Government Line on EU Humilation

This was just sent to Tory MPs:

We hear and we take notice, as always, of what Parliament has said.

MPs on both sides of the vote want to see EU spending kept down as effectively as possible at a time of restraint and reductions at home. The only difference is about the tactics of doing so.

The Prime Minister has taken the toughest position of any Prime Minister in history – a freeze has never been achieved before – and when you realise 17 out 26 other countries are net gainers from the budget these will obviously be difficult negotiations.

The Prime Minister will continue to do everything possible to achieve the best deal we can deliver for the British taxpayer.

This is all in contrast to a Labour Party who never achieved a freeze, never even asked for freeze and allowed vast increases to British contributions to the EU budget. For them this has been about cheap politics rather than taking responsibility for how we get the best deal for Britain.

Licking the wounds

Video: Boris Calls Hecklers “Lefty T***ers”

Well said that man…

Via ITV

Hugh Grant tells tomorrow’s Spectator:

“Rupert Murdoch recently called me a scumbag. Harsh, but I see where he’s coming from.”

Blair Faces HMRC Unpaid Interns Investigation

In a delicious twist of fate, the very man who introduced the minimum wage to Britain is facing a possible HMRC investigation into allegations he has broken minimum wage laws. Last week Guido picked up Graduate Fogs Tony Blair unpaid intern story, calculating that it would take the £20 million-a-year former PM just twenty minutes to earn enough to fund a three month minimum wage internship. The papers followed suit, and now it looks like Tone’s tightness could prove costly.

Evidence of the Office of Tony Blair’s alleged breach of minimum wage laws has been passed on to HMRC. Employers found to have broken the law can be forced to pay compensation of up to eighty times the minimum wage, in the case of Blair’s three month internships that makes almost a quarter of a million pounds per intern. That’s at least a couple of speeches…

Flashman Dave Snaps at Tory Rebel
Prime Minister Swears at Andrew Bingham MP

Tempers are fraying in the run up to tonight’s vote. Guido hears that Cameron was at a drinks gathering for northern Tory MPs. Andrew Bingham was there and got the full Flashman treatment as a consequence of having signed the Reckless amendment. The Prime Minister is reported to have lambasted the Member for High Peak saying:

“What do you think you are doing? This isn’t some f**king sixth-form debating society.”

Temper, temper Dave…

UPDATE: Apologies to Andrew Bridgen whom we originally misreported getting the ear full.

UPDATE II: Bingham denies the story his colleagues report, yet the Prime Minister’s official spokesman was very mealy mouthed.

Scilly Spring: Islands’ Tinpot Dictator Philip Hygate Suspended

Guido stuck his infamous cross-hairs on the face of Philip Hygate at the end of last week, and last night the loathed Chief Executive of the Isles of Scilly Council was suspended from his post. The allegations against him have been mounting up over the last few months, but it started with this story from May. Radio Scilly caught his departure:

The island’s tinpot dictator opened the floodgates by blocking the local school from becoming an academy, and now Hygate is not only facing an investigation into the circumstances behind that move, but a broader inquiry into his entire twenty year tenure. Starting with his alleged illegal surveillance of council staff and residents. Representing the very worst aspect of local government and vested interests, you have to wonder how many other Philip Hygates there are across the country… 

LibDems In Need: Donate Now

One of the few memories Guido has from the LibDem conference is the army of yellow lanyard-wearing charity muggers sending round the begging bowls before Nick Clegg’s speech. Clearly the pennies didn’t add up – the LibDems In Need have resorted to taking donations from Oxfam. Martin Horwood has this month disclosed a £1,015 donation from the children’s charity for foreign travel.

And which poverty-stricken third-world country did he visit to help needy young people? Horwood used the charity cash to fly to New York, stay in a hotel and pay for his meals as part of a delegation to lobby the UN on the arms trade. Just what the generous kind-hearted souls who donate to Oxfam want their money going towards…

PMQs LIVE: Frankenstorm Edition

Comments in the comments please…

Get the details of the redundancy deal being offered to Guardian hacks, and latest dark joke doing the rounds…

…Only over on MediaGuido[…]

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Guardian Gallows Humour Gag

Guido hears that Guardian hacks are being offered £100,000 if they take redundancy. Given that they are trying to move 70 of their staff on, it’s going to be a costly cost saving.

But why £100,000? The latest gag doing […]

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No.10 Musical Chairs

Susie Squire, formerly of the Taxpayers’ Alliance, has made it to No. 10 via DWP and CCHQ – the glamorous brunette will be covering for another glamorous brunette, Gabby Bertin, while she is on maternity leave as Dave’s political spokesman. […]

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Government Chief Whip Lines to Take Over EU Budget Vote

This is what the Whips Office are distributing to Tory MPs about tonight’s EU Budget vote:

We would love to see real cuts to the EU budget; we are going for cuts to the CAP, to the EU’s admin budget

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