Evan Harris Actually on Drugs

If you missed the much-maligned Professor David Nutt on Radio 4 this morning, then Guido would highly recommend catching up on the interview here. His research into using drugs like ecstasy and magic mushrooms to treat depression or to allow victims of trauma to open up about their experiences was fascinating. It’s now emerged that former LibDem MP Evan Harris will be taking party in Nutt’s Channel Four show which will look at the effects of MDMA. The usual crowd are shocked and appalled that a former MP will be dropping a bean live on TV. Guido had always presumed Evan Harris was on drugs anyway…

Miliband Launches the “Quiet Bat People”

If you were wondering whether the Thick of It was being too harsh on Ed Miliband, this afternoon we learn that his big theme of party conference is set to be “The Relationship Society”. Which sounds alarmingly like nonsense…

While they are clearly copying the Cameron opposition playbook of saying potentially interesting things to get people talking instead of noticing your lack of policy, is this one really a winner for Ed?

This is man who didn’t commit to marriage until his second child, and only did walk down the aisle under duress.

Will we be hearing all about his relationship is with the other Ed in his life, which is said to be rather tense these days?

And how’s that relationship with his heartbroken mother and estranged brother coming along?

Ed Miliband – relationship expert.

Watch Channel Four News doorstep Kelvin MacKenzie over at Media Guido.

Video: Kelvin’s Doorstepping

Tut tut. Channel Four were on private property. One for the PCC surely?

IPPR Taking G4S Cash For Shadow Policing Minister

Back during the Olympi-shambles (remember them?) Ed blustered:

People want bobbies on the beat, not G4S… Before they are awarded any new policing contracts, we need a review of G4S’s ability to deliver.”

Not only are G4S providing the security for the Labour party conference, but it turns out they are also sponsoring a fringe event hosted by lefty wonk-shop IPPR. Their Director Will Straw’s own website calls the company “controversial”, yet he’s happy to take their money. The invite-only discussion on police commissioners will feature Labour Shadow Minister David Hanson, who must have changed his mind about that review into “G4S’s ability to deliver.”

Guido knows what his first question will be…

UPDATE: Will gets in touch in to point out that he is not IPPR’s Director, rather their Associate Director.

Kelvin’s Car Doorstepping

How Many Working Age British Voters Don’t Pay Income Tax?

Mitt Romney’s highlighting of the 47% of Americans who don’t pay federal income tax has got Guido thinking this morning. Having crunched the numbers it seems that a far greater number of Britons chip in to the Treasury than our stateside counterparts. Of the 34.1 million people of working age in the UK some 30.1 million pay income tax, leaving just 12% not contributing. Using Romney’s less reasonable registered voter method – including other groups such as the elderly – that figure rises to 35%.

Over at the Speccie Fraser Nelson has some interesting research of his own, noting the large number of public sector “dependents” who vote Tory. Fraser goes on: “If you add Brits who derive most of their income from government jobs or welfare, you’d get to about half of registered voters”.

46.1 million registered voters, a public sector workforce of 5.9 million5.8 million on working age benefits and 9.5 million recipients of old-age pensions – that’s approximately 46% of voters who could be described as dependent on the government. They might not all vote Labour but that’s still quite a figure…

Paul Flynn Suspended From the Commons

Labour’s loony-lefty Paul Flynn has been suspended from Commons for accusing Phillip Hammond of being a liar, and then refusing to withdraw the comment.

No such action for when he accused British Jews of secretly working for Israel.

Hey ho…

Ken Clarke Attacks Tory Right and Reshuffle
Tells Allies: “The Party Has Accidentally Drifted to the Right”

Speaking to those subversive wets of the Tory Reform Group at the Carlton Club last night, Ken Clarke displayed some characteristic candour. Reports from the room suggest that Ken was rightly introduced as the “only cabinet minister to lead us […]

Deep Doo-Doo: The Thick Of It Trailer

How do co-conspirators think this series is going? Mixed feelings?[…]

Farage Fine Appeal Fails
UKIP Inundated with Americans Offering to Pay It

Nigel Farage has lost his appeal for a €2,990 fine for accusing EU President Herman Van Rompuy of having the charisma of a “damp rag” or a “low-grade bank clerk.”  Apparently the UKIP leader will now have “to bear his […]

LabourList’s Mark Ferguson on Labour’s toxic leader

“The fact is, after two years as leader, Ed Miliband has managed to detoxify the Labour brand to some extent, but has failed to either build up or detoxify his own brand. […]



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