Thursday, October 4, 2012

Watson Attempts to Silence Critic

Tom Watson has had a busy afternoon. Instead of coordinating Labour’s by-election in Corby, or listening to his Deputy Leader address conference, or playing on his beloved X-box, he has been phoning editors of esteemed British periodicals.

Both Gareth Morgan of the Daily Star Sunday and Fraser Nelson of the Spectator were contacted this afternoon by a whining Watson, complaining about a deliberately misconstrued Tweet from one of their contributors.

When it was pointed out that perhaps it would be more appropriate to talk to the Tweeter in question directly, Watson declared that he would not, preferring to try have him silenced by higher powers.

Tom should spend less time worrying about Neo-Guido’s job and more time about his own

Guidogram Going Out Shortly

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Video: One Nation Ed in 90 Seconds

Via Staggers

Mitt Romney Gangnam Style

Who Wants to Be a Mili-onaire?

Awkward Ed’s inability to answer the million pound question yesterday hasn’t gone unnoticed.

The Telegraph reports that:

“Ed Miliband found it easy enough to criticise David Cameron’s “millionaire” status, but when questioned about his own personal wealth, the Labour leader struggled to find an answer.”

While the Mail piles in:

“The morning after his widely-praised conference speech, Mr Miliband was forced to defend claims the Prime Minister would personally benefit from a ‘tax cut for millionaires’ but refused to discuss his own levels of personal wealth.”

As seen here yesterday. You’re either in front of Guido…

Andrew Mitchell is a Laughing Stock

In what is shaping up to be the most tempestuous Tory conferences in half a decade, discipline is out of the window as Andrew Mitchell announces he is unable to attend in the wake of gate-gate. For the Chief Whip to be forced to hide under a rock is both a humiliation and a real problem for the PM. Mitchell apparently does not want to be a distraction. That’s going well…

UPDATE: Coincidently, look who has popped up:

UPDATE II: Twitter users point out that Mitchell’s constituency is the closest Tory seat to the conference venue…

Ed Not So Intern Aware

The papers are all going with Millionaire Miliband this morning, as the fine details of Tuesday’s speech begin to unravel. It’s also worth noting how Ed pledged to “crack down” on unpaid internships in Manchester. Just who are these evil predators who don’t pay their exploited young staff?

Guido is sure an upstanding paragon of virtue such as the New Statesman would never offer unpaid positions, and with all that union gold Political Scrapbook can surely afford to fork out for more than the odd lunch. It would be pretty bad if, say, the Guardian offered ethnic minority kids work without pay, and Intern Aware-backing Left Foot Forward would have to pay their own interns, right? And what about two-faced Chuka? Guido is still waiting to hear whether Labour HQ pay their interns. Ed needs to look a bit closer to home…

Romney Wins Debate, Bookies Slash Odds

One term Obama?

Quote of the Day

Mitt Romney questions Obama’s priorities…

“I just don’t know how the president could have come into office facing 23 million people out of work, rising unemployment and economic crisis at the kitchen table, and spent his energy and passion for two years fighting for Obamacare instead of fighting for jobs for the American people.”

I Don’t Want Murdoch, DJ

Guido has noted with interest how campaigning hero Tom Watson has yet to call an inquiry into the BBC over Jimmy Savile. To be fair to Tommo, he has been busy enjoying Manchester’s nightlife over the last few days. Last night he was spinning the discs in the Sandinistas bar, treating party-goers to some Jackson Five. Looks like the whole Labour campaign chief thing is as easy as ABC…


Seen Elsewhere

Small State Keynesians, Anti-Corporate Hayekians? | Chris Dillow
Ruffley Shows Why We Need a Proper Recall Bill Now | Alex Wickham
How is Miliband’s ‘New Politics’ Working Out? | Speccie
State Should Send More Poor Children Private | Sam Bowman
£1 Million Cost of Ed Balls’ Ego | Laura Perrins
William Hague’s Sausage Fest | Rochdale Online
Public Doesn’t Prioritise Housing | Mark Pack
Mysterious Case of Ruffley’s Missing Letter | Speccie
All the Single Ladies (And Lords) | Bloomberg
How Ruffley’s Resignation Became Inevitable | ConservativeHome
We Need a Recall Bill Now | Speccie


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Damian McBride writes in the epilogue to his memoir…

“At the time of writing, nine months from the election, I’ve concluded that Labour currently has no positive messages to communicate to anyone about why they should vote for the party, no policies which will persuade them, and is being run in a totally dysfunctional way.”



Rob Wilson says:

Without Predujice

Darling

What time will dinner be ready this evening?

Yours

Rob Wilson MP

In the interests of me I am placing a copy of this email in the public domain.


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