YouGov boss Peter Kellner has clarified this morning’s poll putting UKIP on a suspiciously low 17% for the Euro elections. With ComRes placing UKIP’s European Parliament ratings at 23% and Survation at 22% over the past week, the YouGov poll seemed considerably off. Kellner explains that the 17% figure was arrived at using the “two-stage” prompting method where the initial choice is only between the main three parties. When UKIP were prompted, YouGov found they had a rating of 19%. As Kellner says: “To put it another way, on a like-with like basis, we all put UKIP’s EP support at 21% plus or minus two”. And it’s only going to go one way from here…
Gordon is in town as is big oil’s Al Gore, who was sighted on Air Street earlier. Which reminded Guido of one his favourite videos…
Tory MPs are spluttering into their afternoon tea over this:
Sinn Fein Briefing meeting for Members
Michelle Gildernew MP, 12.30pm, Room T, Portcullis House, Wednesday 16 January
I am writing to remind you of the invitation to attend invite tomorrow’s briefing with Sinn Fein MP Michelle Gildernew next Wednesday, 16 January. The meeting will be an opportunity to discuss the current political situation and in particular concern over the ongoing violence and protest in the north.
Many thanks to those who have already responded. If you are unable to attend but would like to send a member of staff to represent you, they would be most welcome.
If have any queries, please contact me on 07XXX XXXXXXX.
We very much hope to see you.
Sinn Fein MPs
Despite refusing to be MPs they’re happy to use Parliament’s facilities to grandstand then…
Guardian CEO Andrew Miller has just announced to staff that they are going under and launching an Australian version sponsored by shadowy antipodean billionaire Graeme Wood. The on-line entrepreneur was investigated in a political corruption case in 2011 after giving the largest ever political donation in the country’s history: $1.6 million to the Greens. Guardian Deputy Editor Katherine Viner is being transported as the “losing ten pounds a minute” pom. Another rival of Ian Katz conveniently cleared out of the way…
Via Pam Nash
Dave and Nick have taken the politically extraordinary step to “set aside” collective responsibility over the boundary reform vote. The move will allow LibDem ministers to rebel against the government without having to resign. This has raised all sorts of constitutional discussion among politicos, but it’s not the first time this has happened.
Previous governments have suspended collective responsibility before in slightly differing ways, for example the 1930s National Government over tariff reform, Harold Wilson over Europe in 1975, and Tony Blair’s failure to sack Claire Short over Iraq. With this hardly being an issue of conscience, however, it is hard to argue against the claim that our – albeit uncodified – constitutional commitment to collective responsibility is being severely eroded under the Coalition. What would Erskine May say…
Two-faced Chuka Umunna told Jo Coburn that he had visited an HMV store over Christmas, but when pressed on what he had bought, replied:
“Er…I actually didn’t buy anything.”
No pressure for Friday Dave. A damning new poll has found that one in three Conservative voters in 2010 would currently vote UKIP in the Euro elections. The YouGov poll has the Tories in second place but still haemorrhaging support to UKIP. ComRes had them in second over the weekend.
If anything it seems like an under-estimate…
Despite the Cabinet Office trying to keep them secret, Whitehall papers show that the Queen and Prince Charles have effectively been given a veto on a range of bills. This morning’s Guardian has gone big on the story that ministers have been seeking royal approval for government legislation on the quiet. Guido can now reveal that the Household of the Prince of Wales currently has an employee on secondment in the Cabinet Office. Two Cabinet Office sources Guido has spoken to were not aware of the mysterious staffer’s presence, and pressed for an official response they have so far yet to think up an explanation. Maybe he’s there to censor FoI requests about Charles’ secret lefty lobbying letters sent to ministers…
Guardian April Fools Apology | Press Gazette
Jenni Russell and Her Child’s Godfather, Ed Miliband | Breitbart
Labour’s Left and Right are Growing Restive | Staggers
Corrupt, Incompetent UN Has No Right to Lecture Us | Dan Hannan
Mirror’s Lazy Lie | Guardian
Hungary’s Heir to Thatcher | Conservative Woman
Farage and Salmond Both Want Outopia | David Aaronovitch
More Missing UKIP Money | Times
Church Should Fight Evil of Welfare Dependency | Stephen Glover
1 in 16 Pick Up Infections in Filthy NHS Hospitals | Mail
Let’s Get Evangelical | David Cameron
Rod Liddle on the loony UN sexism special rapporteur:
“There is more sexism in Britain than in any other country in the world, according to a mad woman who has been sent here by the United Nations.
Rashida Manjoo is a part-time professor of law at Cape Town University in the totally non-sexist country of South Africa (otherwise known as Rape Capital Of The World).
Mrs Magoo has been wandering around with her notebook and is appalled by the sexist “boys’ club” culture here, apparently.
I don’t doubt we still have sexism in the UK. But is it worse than in, say, Saudi Arabia, d’you think, honey-lamb? Or about 175 other countries? Get a grip, you doolally old bat.”