Well it looks like Craig Oliver was the only one not smiling at the Boris rally…
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.
4,000 word speech & not a single mention of 'growth'. Tells you everything you need to know about this govt #cpc12
— Alex Belardinelli (@abelardinelli) October 8, 2012
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-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.
"It's the Proyme Minister, the Proyme Minister," said Brummie commuters as Boris Johnson arrived just now at New Street.
— Michael Crick (@MichaelLCrick) October 8, 2012
Songs of "There's only one Boris Johnson" and "You're so beautiful" from public as Johnson arrives at New Street.
— Michael Crick (@MichaelLCrick) October 8, 2012
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…
The most popular fringe events at the Conservative Party Conference as of the time this went to pixel conference are according to FringeList.com:
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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…
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?
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Guido didn’t think much of Adam Boulton’s little slip on Sky News earlier. But then he went and did it again:
#Tory12 Osborne reich pay more under this govt in spite of 50 to 45p top rate tax cut. But you can't balance the budget only on rich wallets
— Adam Boulton (@adamboultonSKY) October 8, 2012
What would Freud say…
Greens are Commies in Disguise | Andrei Rogobete
When Osborne Weaponised | Paul Waugh
Divided Left Will Cost Ed | George Eaton
I’m Hoping Labour Attack Tories on Education | Toby Young
Westminster’s NHS Conspiracy of Silence | Allister Heath
Milburn Health Consultancy Worth £2 Million | Scrapbook
Stuart Broad Right, Peston Broadly Wrong | Ryan Bourne
The 38 Seats in England Yet to Select a Tory Candidate | ConHome
Labour and Green Ecofascism | Matthew Walsh
Burnham Shows Why Labour Can’t Be Trusted | Speccie
Why Online Voting is a Crap Idea | Ballot Box
Alan Milburn says Labour’s scaremongering campaign for an unreformed NHS will not win election…
“It would be a fatal mistake, in my view, for Labour to go into this election looking as though it is the party that would better resource the National Health Service but not necessarily put its foot to the floor when it comes to reforming. Look, reforms are not easy, but the Labour Party is not a conservative party. It should be about moving things forward not preserving them in aspic. You have got a pale imitation actually of the 1992 general election campaign, and maybe it will have the same outcome. I don’t know.”