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Paul Mason is shortlisted for the Bad Sex Award

“She breathed hot into his neck and he plunged three rough fingers down the front of her jeans, making her squeak. She had never tried wu-wei in this situation before and Khünbish, hairy and slightly paunchy, she noticed now that he had his shirt off, was generating slightly more karmic energy than she had anticipated.”

Merv Swerves Through Northcliffe House

Guido’s eyes and ears over at Northcliffe House report that the outgoing Bank of England chairman Mervyn King has just had a chummy goodbye with Paul Dacre in the atrium. While Merv apparently sits on DMGT’s pension board, the presence of Alex Brummer at the tête-à-tête have lead over there to some speculation a new columnist may have been signed up. It will give him somewhere else to be wrong when he stands down next year…

The Many Apologies of “Dr” Eoin Clarke

He’s sorry, he’s sorry, he’s so, so sorry… Eoin Clarke has been busy apologising again this afternoon. Clarke came to prominence with his seminal PhD study of the history of Irish feminism entitled ‘Feck arf, get me dinner’ and has now risen to the very top of his new field: conspiratorial online left-wing smearing. Last month he was forced to grovel to Ashcroft for smearing him with false allegations, then it was Health Minister Anna Soubry, and now the left-wing loony has had to apologise to Circle Health:

“In several posts on my blog “The Green Benches” in 2012, I made a number of defamatory statements about Circle Health. I now acknowledge that there was no truth to those statements … I would like to offer my sincere apologies to Circle Health for any inconvenience and damage which the untrue statements in my blog have caused. I have removed the offending posts from the blog and undertaken not to repeat the allegations which I made.”

You have to wonder what Eoin’s only reader – Ed Miliband – has to say about it all.

Rent Swapping Labour MP: I Had No Idea Who Riordan Was

One of the many rent-swappers revealed last month was Labour MP Linda Riordan. She claimed £1,473-a-month from the taxpayer to rent a London flat in spite of the fact that she rented her own London property to parliamentary colleague Iain McKenzie. At the time McKenzie claimed that he had no idea that his landlady was a Labour MP, absolving himself of all responsibility and ending the arrangement, apparently, as soon as he found out.

However, documents released by IPSA last night show that the payment for McKenzie’s rent was not to a holding company or estate agent like many of his colleagues, but instead straight to the landlord: Linda Riordan. So did McKenzie mislead us with his previous statement?

McKenzie has now admitted to Guido that he saw Riordan’s name on the lease document, but, and it’s a very big but, he didn’t realise his landlord was an MP because he had never heard of Linda Riordan before in his life:

“Payment was direct by IPSA, they advised they deal direct with Estate agent, the reason I used them. I signed the lease document, on it was landlord Linda – no indication of her employment. As I was only elected three months I did not connect the name, truth is I still do not know all MPs.”

Guido is sceptical, though in truth he’d never heard of her before all this either…

Thanks to @RossMcCaff for pointing out that it said ‘landlord’ on the FOI.

Who is Britain’s Third Party?

The LibDems collected not far off ten times what UKIP managed in Q3 donations. The whole ‘new third party’ dogma gleefully pushed by Farage’s team following last week’s by-election results was good for a laugh but it’s time to get real. Money talks, and the truth is they are still a long way behind…

Letter From Priti Patel to Margaret Hodge Tory MP Says Tax Avoiding Firm Threat to Hodge’s Position

Tory backbencher Priti Patel is twisting the thumbscrews over Margaret Hodge’s family firm.

Fat Cat Flat Cash

As Tom Watson well knows, FoIs can turn up all sorts of gems. Like Labour MPs who rent flats from trade union officials using taxpayers’ money. Having previously lived with Len McKlusky, Watson currently rents two rooms from Unite official Jim Mowatt.  Between 2005 and 2009 Tommo and fellow Labour MP Iain Wright had claimed more than £100,000 on expenses for a London flat they used to share, now Watson is channeling taxpayer cash to a union pal for another property.

IPSA have yet to determine whether he is paying a commercial rent rate…

Labour wannabe attack dog Karl Turner is even more brazen, renting directly from Bob Crow’s RMT.

Yet more taxpayer funding of trade unions…

More Charges For Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks

Another day and another charge for the PM’s old chums.  Andy Coulson and Clive Goodman have been charged over allegations relating to paying Royal contacts for the Palace phone book, while Rebekah Brooks & ex-Sun chief reporter John Kay have been charged over accusations that they paid MOD official Bettina Jordan Barber £100k for stories. Awkward… 

Silly Sally Says So Long!

Last night Sally Bercow got into hot water for the second time in a week over her Twitter account: “Looking at tweets but (sadly) can’t reply (#lawyerswhippedmyass #asdidMrB).”

Then there was this:

And then there was this:

“And that is that.[…]

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Helen’s Unfair Grant

Equalities Minister Helen Grant has opened up a new front on the rent swapping saga: claiming for a flat despite owning a property in another constituency close enough to London, that if they represented they would be unable to claim for a second home.[…]

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