There were some golden Boris moments during the Olympics, but Bojo and Barbara Windsor playing sitting volleyball this afternoon has to top the lot. And with that silly season comes to a close…
The latest report from the UN nuclear watchdog IAEA shows Iran doubling their enrichment of uranium in a deep bunker that is definitely for providing power. Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary has weighed in:
“The threat that a nuclear armed Iran would pose to Israel, to the wider stability of the region and to international security as a whole is deeply concerning and warrants urgent and concerted diplomatic efforts. That is why the report today is so deeply concerning and cannot and should not be ignored.”
Don’t tell Mehdi Hasan though, obviously he is right and the UN Security Council are wrong…
Power-dressing pussybow blouses, stylish salmon-pink suits and classy cocktail gowns…what takes your fancy? Fans of the Iron Lady now have the chance to own the ultimate piece of Maggie memorabilia as seven of her classic suits go on auction at Christie’s. Each dress is expected to fetch around £1,500, making a handsome ten grand for their current owner. Don’t rule out a Tory MP bidding war…
Pearson plc, the owners of the FT, have caused a minor ripple today through their imaginatively named Pearson Think Tank. They’ve published a prophecy of doom about the state of primary education and teacher training:
“A perfect storm of falling teacher training applications, low staff morale and rapidly rising pupil numbers could easily create a future teacher workforce crisis in primary schools if left unchallenged.”
The Department for Education claim that the report “could not be further from the truth”. Crucially Pearson Think Tank recommends the way to solve the problem is for the government to spend more money on teacher training. So what was it that first attracted one of the world’s largest providers of education services to create their own in-house wonk-shop and produce knocking copy about teachers?
Nothing to do with their commercial interests, of course. Who could sweep in and fix the terrible mess that Pearson claim is blighting the teaching world? Well these guys look like experts in the area:
Predictably Labour’s sub par education team have got all hot and heavy and are press-releasing quotes about the fake think-tank’s report. Without realising, of course, that they are mere pawns in a corporation’s commercial scheme…
Earlier this month Guido revealed that the Tories’ PCC candidate in Cambridgeshire was not actually a member of the Conservative Party. Guido reported at the time that local Tories had begged John Pye to sign up but he was refusing to carry the party card.
Following the revelations the pressure has mounted over the last few weeks, and yesterday Pye announced that he was standing down. Apparently he wants to “avoid further disruption” to the campaign. It’s bye-bye to Mr Pye…
Do ya feel lucky?
Guido is supporting #PositiveTwitterDay today. Twitter, especially the political Twittersphere can be a horrible nasty place, well today Guido will do his Christian best to be nice to all in his tweets. The idea comes from the invariably polite Sunder Katwala.
A number of well known Twitter curmudgeons have already re-tweeted the hashtag #PositiveTwitterDay and entered into the spirit of the day. Guido for his part is determined to have civil, positive discussions today with the likes of Polly or Mehdi. The power of positive tweeting…
The Guidogram round-up of the week is going out shortly.
Thousands of Westminster insiders read the Guidogram, everyone from Downing Street insiders to Fleet Street never miss it. Silly season is drawing to a close so don’t miss out on the latest rumours that threatened to leave Labour stumped.[…]
Back in May, Guido brought you a crystal clear example of vested interests blocking reform. The fight put up by the Isles of Scilly council against their local school becoming an academy was a perfect microcosm of the problems faced up and down the country.[…]
It is almost exactly a year ago that the Daily Mail’s RightMinds site launched under the direction of Simon Heffer. It is to be mothballed.
The comment section of the world’s most popular news site will not close down immediately and current contributors will still be able to publish there, they are however calling it a day on commissioning new writing although the existing bloggers will be able to upload their wit and wisdom onto the site.[…]
Keith Vaz has been doing the rounds today voicing his concerns over this morning’s decision to ban London Met university from handing out visas to foreign students:
“The way this has been handled is appalling. I am afraid it may damage the reputation of UK as best place in world for overseas students.”
Guido isn’t quite sure how Vaz has the nerve to come on TV to talk about visas.[…]
Earlier this month Guido showed how he who pays the IPPR calls the tune, and now it seems the Labour wonk-shop have been at it once again. Today they have published a report making the case for wind power. Apparently wind is an effective way of reducing carbon emissions and can provide a secure and reliable source of energy for the future.[…]