August 22nd, 2012

Lobbyists, Wonks and Tories Mingling at the Russian Embassy
Conservative Friends of Russia Launch Party

Last night Guido infiltrated the Russian Embassy for the Conservative Friends of Russia launch party. The vodka was flowing as lobbyists, businessmen, wonks and Conservative MPs mingled with Russian diplomats and pals of Putin. Guido gathers that the decision to set up Conservative Friends of Russia was not taken lightly, with the Tory hierarchy expressing concerns that the group was being established the week after the Pussy Riot girls were imprisoned. Perhaps that was why the advertised keynote speaker Malcolm Rifkind didn’t show…

Replacing Rifkind was John Whittingdale, who awkwardly noted that “sometimes our country will not agree with your country, and sometimes your country will not agree with ours“. With the pleasantries dealt with the Russian Standard booze was wheeled out and tongues were loosened. One champagne-swilling Russian reader told Guido that he would be locked up if he ever decided to relocate the blog to the motherland…

UPDATE: CFoR have got in touch claiming that Rifkind is in Scotland and was never due to speak at the event. Despite being their Honorary President

UPDATE II:  Guido has independently confirmed that Rifkind was in Edinburgh yesterday and was never intended to be there.


  1. 1
    Putin says:

    Fuck off!

  2. 2
    Joe Stalin says:

    I though I’d taught you everything!

  3. 3
    What Putin said to Obama says:

  4. 4
    Larry says:

    But Young H@rry is a Pussy cat really and not a riot.

  5. 5
    Polly Toynbee says:

    Go on Guido, relocate the blog to the Motherland.

    You know you want to !!!

    I’ll even visit you in jail.

  6. 6
    Bob Crow says:

    You taught me everything.

  7. 7
    The proles says:

    How’s Tuscany?

  8. 8
    Grigory Yevseevich Zinoviev says:

    are the Con. Friends of Russia related to the Con. Friends of Germany in the 1930’s?

    or is this still confidential?

  9. 9
    David Cameron (Leader of the Nasty Party) says:

    Comrade Guido

    Please explain what “Russian Standard booze” consists of ?

  10. 10
    The FSB says:

    That is a secret

  11. 11
    Plato says:

    We’re getting more posts per day than in term time?

  12. 12
    Postman Pat says:

    Got a letter for you.

  13. 13
    Citizen Comrade 'Mad' as a Hat HarPerson says:

    There you are! A Tory toff drinking the worker’s tipple.

    Proves everything I’ve said.

    Which reminds me, – mustn’t forget to get some more caviar at F@rtnums on the way home

  14. 14

    Strange bedfellows, indeed! Wonder who is f****ing who!!!

  15. 15
    The KGB says:

    You come to cafe, – we show you – no? Then we knock your door at 5am.

  16. 16
    Gordon Brown says:

    I wish H@rry every success.

  17. 17
    Axe The Telly Tax says:

    You can be sure that the taxpayers are getting fucked.

  18. 18
    Reflections says:

    This is the world Pussy Riot comes from…the Eastern European Punk scene..with ‘Nazi’ Punks, Anarchist Punks, communist punks…it’s amazing how the stringpullers washed them, put them into neutral clothes and gave them haircuts before the trial. They video their events, and, of course all hate Angie and the Fascist government in Germany, the Polish Government in Poland where they got locked up for two years, and in Russia they hate the ‘bourgeois’ The common factor is that all come from societies collapsed by communism. They are the moral mess left behind when the communist tide rolled back.. Hate is the raison etre that fuels the groupies sent out to create maximum confusion…policemen don’t like truncheoning girls.

    Here endeth the lesson.

  19. 19
    SP4BS says:

    Champagne? Or sham-champagne?

    Or do Russians just call fizzy stuff what the hell they like?

  20. 20
    Asil Nadir says:

    Looks like you lot will be paying for my bed and board for a few years.

  21. 21
    Lord Marmaduke of Bunkerton says:

    Thank god it wan’t you in the “dirty harry” pictures

  22. 22
    Willy Hague says:

    Would you like one egg or two Mr Nadir ?

  23. 23
    Quisling scum says:

    Is there a ‘Friends of Britain’ group in Parliament?

    Any MP who has joined one of these foreign lobby groups is no friend of Britain.

  24. 24
    Axe The Telly Tax says:

    How to deal with punks ;-)

  25. 25
    smoggie says:

    Russian Standard = a decent brand of vodka. You can get it in most supermarkets these days.

  26. 26
    Axe The Telly Tax says:

    Unfortunately UKIP and the B&P don’t have any seats in Parliament.

  27. 27
    Kim Philby says:

    Now we just sit back and wait for the KGB style sting, where some drippy Tory is photographed in flagrante.

  28. 28
    gildedtumbril says:

    I have figured out what Vladimir Vladimirovitch Putin’s nickname was at school…RAS.

  29. 29
    gildedtumbril says:

    I think you mean traitorous bastards?
    Contrary to common belief the war criminal bliar has not revoked, rescinded or repealed the reward for treason. Common Law, upon which the US Constitution is based is immutable.
    The ultimate penalty for the ultimate betrayal still stands.

  30. 30
    gildedtumbril says:

    Ah yes! Albert Popplewell, I think. Looks like a real enricher, does he not? Actually a dancer.
    Make my day.

  31. 31
    Jimmy says:

    I’m sure a pro-government blogger would do very well there.

  32. 32
  33. 33
    Handycock (sex Tourist on Taxpyer's money) says:

    I cannot understand why I wasn’t invited to this party. I am Russia’s greatest friend in Parliament and a member of the coalition and I have visited Russia officially and unofficially more than all other MPs put together. Jahbulon.

  34. 34
    Forkbender says:

    Guido won’t do that he just likes the free Vodka, the genuine stuff, not that stuff made somewhere in UK. I don’t think it is as strong as Polish Spririt (something like 75/80% alcohol)

  35. 35
    Forkbender says:

    OK, what did you put in young Harry’s vodka

  36. 36
    Forkbender says:

    In the past 40/50 years they (all political parties) have been so busy chasing the USA, Germany and now Russia that they cannot be bothered with the UK.

  37. 37
    Polly " Peck " Toynbee says:

    its the nadir of all time

  38. 38
    the savant says:

    Vodka and Meths — that’s whyits called a White Russian

  39. 39
    taC eht abbaJ says:

    That punk, skinhead and police fighting video is from the 1990’s, and is all in the same place in West Germany…

  40. 40
    keredybretsa says:

    Pussy Riot and Syria…another vodka and another….Syria Riot and Pissy Pussy time to leave.

  41. 41
    dadsfortwoaircraftcarriers says:

    Guido, I have said this before to you a million times and you never listen but you must keep an eye on Russian interests. The description of this as a ‘sinister’ gathering – Henry Jackson Society – seems about right. Please please please keep your eye on this lot and keep me informed. Thanks.

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