“Deluded communist idiot” (Farage, 2012) and EU boss Jose Manuel Barroso claims he has launched a new Twitter account today. Barroso’s spokesman was quick to boast about the man-with-no-mandate’s new-found popularity:
…Roughly translating as “the new Twitter account of the EU President has gained nearly 5,000 followers in less than 20 minutes“. The only problem being that the account isn’t new at all, has been open for over a year and already had a large number of followers before today. Nice try…
Asked by Dennis Skinner on whether he would accept a seat in the Lords, Nick Clegg at first tried to joke that he would not be very welcome given what he has said about the upper chamber, but was pinned down and confirmed that it would “stick in the throat” for him to accept the honour having apparently campaigned against it all his life. Presumably a nice job in the unelected EU will suit his democratic outlook though…
Clegg did leave himself some wriggle room by saying he would not accept the seat in an “unreformed House of Lords.” Such caveats never worried Prezza, Clegg’s predecessor as Deputy Prime Minister, though. We’ll hold him to this one…
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Guido presumes that the “unforeseen circumstances” are “because the speaker has just been promoted into government”.
Who is in? Who is out? Shouting at politicians and unexpected cats. What more could you want from a piece to camera…
Pushed after his speech on whether he has confidence in George Osborne, David Davis stayed just the right side of loyal given he had spent the last half hour providing a comprehensive take down of the Chancellor. Apparently “he is clever enough, smart enough to do what needs to be done“.
The old timer did set a de facto deadline of the autumn statement for the right thing to be done though – the right thing presumably being Davis plan in full. He would not be drawn on what would happen if bold action was not taken, but that one went without saying…
Cracks are starting to appear in Brussels. Literally.
From: “WELLE Klaus”
To: “Parlement Européen”
Date: Mon, 3 Sep 2012 07:41:19 +0200
Subject: Temporary closure of Section A of the Paul-Henri Spaak Buildin
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In agreement with the President and the responsible Vice-President, I have taken the decision to temporarily close Section A of the Paul-Henri Spaak (PHS) Building.
With the PM on his way back from holidays and apparently a “pretty full diary” after that, Whitehall sources whisper to Guido that they are expecting the “reasonable clear-out” to begin tomorrow morning. There is some talk of Cabinet being cancelled first thing Tuesday and the fun and games commencing then.[…] Read the rest
International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell is a master of his own spin. At any one time over the last two years he’s been a contender for Defence, the Foreign Office or the position of Chief Whip. The latter was the only idea not greeted with howls of derision and the weekend’s papers were full of the speculation that David Davis’ former campaign manager could be about to spin himself into the job.[…] Read the rest