She likes him…
Whenever you see the words Tory and Councillor together, you know it’s going to be good. Canterbury councillor Neil Baker has just been put in charge of the committee responsible for road safety in his town, despite being convicted of drink-driving just a few weeks ago. According to the Canterbury Times:
“Part of the new role is to advise the council’s executive committee – which Tankerton representative Mr Baker was suspended from following his arrest – on highways, road traffic and public transport issues. The 30-year-old father-to-be was hauled before the courts on January 7, after crashing his car into a tree in Whitstable while more than twice the legal drink limit.”
You couldn’t make it up…
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In all the referendum chatter yesterday something significant went little reported. Fraser Nelson pointed out that the Prime Minister told a massive fib in the Conservative party political broadcast. He claimed the government was “paying down Britain’s debts”, listen:
As you can see from the graph that is completely untrue. That’s not poor phrasing. That is lying.
UPDATE: Jean-Christophe Gray – the PM’s spokesman – told the Lobby that the PM does know the difference between the UK’s budget deficit, down from 11% to 7% of GDP and the total stock of debt, up from 70.7% to 79.9% by the time of the next general election.
Tin foil hat time over at the progressive workhouse that is the Staggers. Apparently the police have re-opened their investigations into proven liar Denis MacShane because of David Cameron’s speech on Europe. No, really:
“What’s really going on with this new police investigation into Denis MacShane’s expenses? Months ago, the police said there would be no charges, and there’s no new information. There’s a reason why they have suddenly reopened it, now of all times, and it’s got nothing at all to do with Denis’s expenses, and everything to do with David Cameron’s speech about Europe.”
Francis Beckett froths on before admitting MacShane is a old friend and then saying it’s all fine because David Laws thieved more. He then has a go at Guido for doing his job of exposing crooks. Yes Guido is vindictive, MacShane would still be at it if he was not…
Sour-faced LibDem are standing firmly on the wrong side of history. Yesterday saw the launch of Justice Across Borders, a Europhile campaign aiming to fend off plans to opt-out of the 130-odd Justice and Home Affairs powers drafted up in Brussels.
First Lord Carlile expressed his wish to be bestowed with the Order of the OTT by claiming the opt-out could lead to another European war. Then lucky guests were treated to a video by that bastion of freedom Charles Clarke. And just who is Justice Across Borders’ big name trustee? Swivle-eyed press-hater Dr Evan Harris. Guido’s spy notes that guests were not told the name of the generous benefactor who forked out for the cost of hiring the Churchill Room and laying on booze and nibbles. It’s like another Hacked Off…
To mark the New Statesman’s George Orwell week, here is the man himself on the Staggers:
“An adolescent in a Glasgow slum worships Al Capone. An aspiring pupil at a business college worships Lord Nuffield. A New Statesman reader worships Stalin. There is a difference in intellectual maturity, but none in moral outlook.”
Last weekend’s Sunday Express went big on a story that detectives had got hold of a new photo apparently showing Maddie McCann in Brazil. James Murray’s splash did not run the picture, but reported that:
“Officers were happy for us to describe the potentially key evidence which shows a healthy fair-haired girl aged three or four in pink trousers, a green top and a blue hat. The child is walking along a road, possibly near a port or airport as there are many people with suitcases in the area. It is sunny with a palm tree in the background. The photograph was allegedly taken in Brazil in June 2007, a month after Madeleine, three, was snatched from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz on Portugal’s Algarve coast. The girl is holding the hand of a swarthy foreign-looking man aged about 50 with long dark hair and a beard. He is wearing cut-off jeans and a green T-shirt. Nearby, another man in checked shorts and a black T-shirt is pulling a red suitcase. There is no sign of a woman and the child looks out of place with the older men. ”
Could this be the photo that the Sunday Express story was talking about?
It shows a young, fair-haired girl in pink trousers, a green top and a blue hat, walking along a busy road with dozens of people carrying suitcases. The sun is shining and there is a palm tree in the background. She is holding the hand of an bearded, middle-aged man with cut-off jeans and a black t-shirt, with a man in checked shorts pulling a red suitcase behind. The problem? This is an Associated Press photo taken at Ibiza airport in 2007 after a bomb scare. It was even used in a BBC report at the time.