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Leaked Tory Memo: Cable "Roasted" and "Damaged Lib Dems"

As the fallout from Clegg’s singing dominates Westminster, Vince Cable’s own positioning on the mea culpa has been forgotten. One line of CCHQ’s internal press summary for last night really sticks out. The internal blue verdict on Vince’s Newsnight appearance is stinging:

“Cable was serious [sic] roasted and further damaged the Lib Dems in an attempt to cover himself.” 

No sympathy there it seems…

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IDS muses:

“Nothing demoralises me. I was leader of the Conservative Party.”

LibDems Split on Cleggapology

Nick Clegg’s apology was always going to split opinion outside of LibDem land, but it seems internally it’s going to make things a bit awkward. Never one to position himself as a challenger to his leader, back in March closet veggie Tim Farron insisted the LibDems shouldn’t be saying sorry:

Farron has decency in his DNA apparently. Remember that if he stabs his leader…

Via Chris from Britain Votes

Indy's Parliamentary Sketchwriting Shifts Leftwards

The Indy’s march to the left continues. They have replaced long-standing parliamentary sketchwriter Simon Carr, who had robustly sound views, with left-leaning Donald MacIntyre (pictured wearing glasses), who is being recalled back from Jerusalem. His politics are left-wing to the extent that he was close enough to Mandelson in his Lobby days to write his biography.

Don is the sober more thoughtful father of James MacIntyre and in more politically incorrect times he was once voted the sexiest man in the Lobby by the hackettes – some say Maggie fancied him. MacIntyre may not be quite as acerbic or non-partisan as the much-missed Simon Carr, but given his clout he should be a big enough figure to tell the editor Chris Blackhurst to get lost if he tries any editorial bossing about. Getting rid of Carr means there is one less reason to read the Indy…

IDS/Hague Heckle Confusion

Guido is keenly awaiting the footage of this one…

Frankie Slashes Civil Service Pay

IPPR have been given a taster of what Francis Maude will be expecting of them this morning. New figures show that the number of civil servants earning over £150,000 has fallen dramatically in the last twelve months. The salary bill for senior government officials has been slashed by 18%, saving some £9 million. The civil servant who raked in the most cash was Olympics boss Dennis Hone, who pocketed £315,000 for his troubles. The 234 still share almost £50 million between them…

Stats via @ChrisMasonBBC

Two top Guardian executives have left.

Find out who on Media Guido.[…]

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Senior Guardian Suits Leave in Executive Shake Up

Two top Guardian executives have left the company as part of a “restructure of senior management” announced last night. Commercial executive director Adam Freeman will move on after a decade at the paper to be replaced by David Pemsel, the man behind the “Three Little Pigs” ad campaign.[…]

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Media Bitch Fight: Tommo Neutron Bombed

Fresh from moaning about the Ofcom/BSkyB ruling on the Today programme in his underpants, Tom Watson has tried to take his frustrations out on another Murdoch man. Tommo’s ire this morning is focused on Tom Newton Dunn, The Sun’s political editor.[…]

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Nick Clegg Says Sorry (The Apology Autotune Remix)

Awesome humility via The Poke

UPDATE:

Smart move…[…]

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Fib Dems

David Laws was out on the airwaves this morning mopping up in the wake of Clegg’s apology. He coughed to the Today programme the logic behind LibDem policy formation:

“If the Liberal Democrats had won 500 seats…of course it would have been technically possible to deliver this policy.

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Quote of the Day

David Cowling, the BBC’s head of political research, in an internal memo…

“It seems to me that the London bubble has to burst if there is to be any prospect of addressing the issues that have brought us to our current situation. There are many millions of people in the UK who do not enthuse about diversity and do not embrace metropolitan values yet do not consider themselves lesser human beings for all that. Until their values and opinions are acknowledged and respected, rather than ignored and despised, our present discord will persist. Because these discontents run very wide and very deep and the metropolitan political class, confronted by them, seems completely bewildered and at a loss about how to respond (“who are these ghastly people and where do they come from?” doesn’t really hack it). The 2016 EU referendum has witnessed the cashing in of some very bitter bankable grudges but I believe that, throughout this 2016 campaign, Europe has been the shadow not the substance.”

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