Monday, October 8, 2012

Dre Watches Boris From the Rafters

Video Hugo Chavez: Tyrant 1999-Present

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

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

#2 Beers Of Europe

#3 Conservative Future Drinks Reception

#4 Conservative Friends of Russia Vodka Party

#5 RSPCA Beer & Curry Night

#6 Tweet Up

#7 How Can Britain Exit the EU?

#8 The Single Income Tax: How to cut taxes

#9 Which Party Poses The Greatest Electoral Threat To The Conservatives?

#10 CPF Policy Dragon’s Den

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

Download the New Guido App

Some 20% of Guido’s readers now come view the blog via mobile phones and tablets. To be honest the light-for-mobile format of the blog isn’t very good. This new app aims to deal with some of those issues and give a richer experience – with interactivity. The blog feed on the app is light-format, you can click through to the desktop version with all the comments. Twitter is integrated into the app, as is a tip-off via email function if you have any gossip for us. If you are using the app on a phone you can now call and speak with us just by double clicking. If there is big story we will send users a push notification alert of the breaking news straight to your phone…

It works on on iPhone, Android and BlackBerry as well as iPad and Android tablets. How much for all this functionality? The first 5000 downloads of the app will be free. In a few weeks the app will be available via the Apple and Android app stores. You can download it here now…

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’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

Insurgent Parties Plunge Labour Into Crisis | Alex Wickham
Mind-Bending Politics of Drugs | Mark Wallace
PC Worries Prevent Police Protecting Young Girls | Jill Kirby
Miliband Should Win Rochester | Martin Kettle
Thatcher Minister Sir John Nott ‘Voted for UKIP’ | Times
Time to Listen to Drugs Experts | Guardian
Drug Laws Don’t Work | Times
Our Moral Duty to Cut Taxes | David Cameron
Greens Ahead of LibDems | Guardian
Channel 4 to Spoof UKIP Election Win | Guardian
The Threat to Press Freedom | Paul Dacre


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