Monday, October 8, 2012

Dre Watches Boris From the Rafters

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Well it looks like Craig Oliver was the only one not smiling at the Boris rally…

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Osborne’s Speech Word Cloud

Tories were quick to spot last week that there was no mention of the “deficit” word in Ed Miliband’s conference speech. Ed Balls’ political advisor is claiming, similarly, that there is no mention of “growth” in Osborne’s speech.

Actually there was one fleeting reference, Osborne said he would go on “making the fundamental, deep-rooted changes needed so our country can grow and compete and prosper.”  Just the one mind you…

Boris on Best Behaviour…

Boris-mania is brewing in Brum. With the Mayor on his way, out-riders close to the team are pre-smoothing feathers:

He’s going to be on best behaviour, but then he always says that.”

No pressure then.

UPDATE:

Unions Help Members Minimise Tax Bills By £26 Million

Fresh from last week’s Pilgrims victory the Trade Union Reform Campaign fringe event is just getting under way in Birmingham. Tory MP Rob Halfon will reveal that unions help their members minimise their tax bills by an astonishing £26 million through a variety of complex financial services schemes. Unite offer personal taxation services which have resulted in “over £6.3 million already refunded to Unite members”, while Unison say that on average over £200 tax per person is saved. Good to see the unions finally embracing capitalism…

H/T @paul_t_abbott

Ten Most Popular Fringe Events at Tory Conference

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Shapps On Business and Pleasure

The Tories’ co-chairmen seem to be getting on a lot better than the last pairing. It was comedy double act for the Chairmen’s  reception last night with Feldman declaring that at his party the food was posher and the “wine marginally better” than your normal fringe event. Presumably he was picking up the tab for the foie gras on offer…

Shapps revealed the PM’s favourite joke at the moment: “If there was a Labour MP and a LibDem MP standing on a cliff, which would you push off… first?” Grant would apparently push the red off then the yellow – “business before pleasure”. Coalition harmony anyone?

Adam Boulton made not one but two Freudian slips in Birmingham today…

…Find out why on MediaGuido

Adam Boulton’s Freudian Slip

Guido didn’t think much of Adam Boulton’s little slip on Sky News earlier. But then he went and did it again:

What would Freud say…


Seen Elsewhere

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The True Meaning of Political Correctness Gone Mad | Speccie
Nigel, Nigel, Nigel! | Bloomberg
Bercow Blinks | Guardian
Speaker on the Ropes | Indy
Outgoing Clerk Slams Bercow – Row Goes Very Public | BBC
Darling Was Wrong on OBR | Speccie
Climate Change Cools Off | Washington Times


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Shaun Wright’s understatement about the Rotherham child abuse scandal…

“..I could have taken more action and probably dealt with this issue better.”



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We also need Zil lanes.


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