About That Hunt Abortion Conspiracy Theory

The conspiracy theory goes like this: Hunt is taking a hard-line in some grand plan by Cameron to soften the ground for a reduction in the abortion limit from 6 to 5 months. The whole debate would also be a giant distraction from the NHS reforms. Guido thinks this gives Hunt way too much credit, but one thing did catch his eye in a briefing sent to Tory MPs. The top line is that the “Government has no plans to revisit this issue“, but then there is this below:

“We are publishing our sexual health strategy in the autumn which will cover a large range of issues including contraception and abortion.”

A sliver of wriggle room.

The thing that kills the theory though is the fact that today was meant to be this:

A stunning success for the new “communicating Health Secretary”.

Quote of the Day

Nigel Nelson in the The People provides a feminist analysis of Labour conference…

“The prospect of power drew lots of slim, pretty girls to conference. They’re Labour’s lean shoots of recovery.”

More Awesome David Cameron

Note the underscore, so as not to be confused with his more awesome namesake:


First come, first served on Twitter…

Ten Most Popular Fringe Events at Tory Conference

The most popular fringe events at the Conservative Party Conference as of the time this went to pixel conference are according to FringeList.com:

#1 A Plan To Win The Next Election

#2  Midnight Reception

#3  How We Won Our Seats: Lessons from the battleground

#4  ConHome Rally: Boris Johnson’s 2012: Re-elected and Olympotastic

#5  Who’s Following? Politics in the age of social media

#6  Beers Of Europe

#7  Tweet Up

#8  Conservative Friends of Russia Vodka Party

#9 RSPCA Beer & Curry Night

#10  Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar Reception

Based on advanced registrations for free SMS text reminder by users of the FringeList App.

My Name Is Blond… Phillip Blond

On the back of Ed’s “One Nation” schtick expect to see Red Toryism spouted on the fringe at Tory Conference, pushed out invariably by Phillip Blond. He is speaking at 5 fringe meetings. Such is his ubiquity songsters Sly and Reggie have done a ditty about “the intellectual curio of the Conservative Party”.

Not sure that Guido has ever heard a song about a policy wonk before, the lyrics are spot on, enjoy:

“My Name Is Blond… Phillip Blond”

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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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