Saturday, October 6, 2012

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

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”

Saturday Seven Up

This week 106,614 visitors visited 317,352 times viewing 576,780 pages. The top stories in order of popularity were:

You’re either in front of Guido, or behind…


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Tony Blair threatens Ed:

“If you had a strong political lead that was combining the politics of aspiration with the politics of compassion, I still think that’s where you could get a substantial majority…  If I ever do an interview on [the state of the Labour Party], it will have to be at length…”



Left on Left says:

The lefties are attacking because the panellist is a millionaire and lives in a London home worth upwards of two million. Someone had best tell them he’s called Ed Miliband.


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