February 5th, 2013

Tory Whips: Eastleigh “Will Not Be A Shoe In”

Guido has seen exchanges between the Government whips office and Tory MPs that would imply they are not expecting the Eastleigh writ to be moved for many months. Michael Fabricant, who seems to be in charge of the by-election again, reminds colleagues that the LibDems have three months to fire the starting gun. His background notes on the seat confirms that the Tory candidate will be Maria Hutchings, though he is rather gloomy about her prospects “although many constituents in Eastleigh will understandably feel that they have been let down badly by their Lib-Dem MP, this will not be a shoe-in [sic] for us.” Somewhat of an understatement…



  1. 1
    Bad Hair Day says:


  2. 2
    Malcolm Redfellow says:

    The usual expression is “shoo-in”. It dates from 1928. Refer to the Oxford English Dictionary and find:

    1928 National Turf Digest (Baltimore) Dec. 929/2 A ‘skate’ is a horse having no class whatever, and rarely wins only in case of a ‘fluke’ or ‘shoo in’.

    But then Micky Fab never really got it on with the zeitgeist.


  3. 3
    Anonymous says:

    do you mean “shoo-in” or is there some irony in the title that I haven’t spotted?


  4. 4
    Nigel Farage says:

    See you there !


    • 89
      Frederick Gideon Threepwood says:

      No, sorry. It clashes with your contractual obligations to appear as Parker in the new Thunderbirds series.


  5. 5
    The Meissen Bison says:

    Shoo not shoe


  6. 6
    Jimmy says:

    Maybe the LibDems are going to wait for the start of the Coulson trial?


    • 90
      Frederick Gideon Threepwood says:

      Or the arrest of all those on the Elm Guest House list who are still living (and seem to be all Tories).


  7. 7
    This is a shoe in says:


  8. 8
    Gordon Brown says:

    Is it a quiz?


  9. 12
    • 14
      Mark your 2014 calendars for an election says:

      Agreed. YOU should be in prison. *innocent face*


    • 16
      Mark your 2014 calendars for an election says:


      For Grumpy’s sake?


      • 35
        Trousers down says:

        I assumed it was twit speak for “Fags” – ie an allusion to what Huhne can expect in prison.


    • 20
      Sally Sally Sally. Just think before you Tweet. says:

      Perverting Justice is a threat to society Sally.

      With no Justice then there is no society. How do you find this hard to understand?


      • 22
        Note the time... says:

        10:55pm – full of Lambrini.


      • 75
        VERITAS says:

        What about a swap send Bercunut and his appaling wife to gaol and give Huhne a probation order.


      • 92
        Frederick Gideon Threepwood says:

        So what should be the penalty for a Home Secretary who suppressed police enquiries in the 80s and a Welsh Secretary who suppressed an embarrassing report into a childrens home in the 90s?


        • 105
          Useless Partizan Troll Alert says:

          Why stop there? Bliar put a 100 year embargo on what his ministers and their pals were up to with vulnerable children.


        • 109
          Us lot says:

          Sorry Fred, this is a family blog so you will have to get images of being sat on by Di out of your head.


    • 21
      (I don't need no doctor) says:

      Look in the mirror Sally.


    • 31
      Where are Tony Blair's expenses says:

      Who gives a flying *uck what this slapper thinks.


      • 61
        disgustedoftunbridgewells says:

        As a matter of fact, I have always admired this lady for her intellectual input and ability to sleep with a man who must tickle it with his toes when they are in bed.


        • 106
          Massow and Boles, missing their third "man" says:

          I’d be careful about badmouthing Paddy like that.

          Gyppos can turn very nasty.


    • 34
      Cynical-old-bag says:

      Stupid woman.


    • 53
      MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

      Said the Gypo shagger


    • 74
      Chris 'changed my tune ' Hoon says:

      Oh do fuck off ! I’ve got enough problems with these two ugly hags. Don’t need to add you to my collection.


  10. 13
    Mark your 2014 calendars for an election says:

    Everyone knows this coalition will be dead within the next 12 months.


  11. 18
    S True, S True says:


  12. 23
    Lord Effingham says:

    Never mind the ‘shoe/shoo’ bollocks.

    The voters of Eastleigh are going to be without a representative in Parliament until such time as the arrogant gits in Westminster can be arsed to give them a by-election.


    • 27
      P l e b says:

      They might not want one.


    • 40
      Tay King-dePisse says:

      The people of Kirkcaldy & Cowdenbeath seem to be getting along swimmingly without one, your Lordship. The folks in South Shields (Ed’s Olda Bruvva) apparently are not represented on any continuous basis, either.


      • 60
        pissed off voter says:

        makes one wonder why the number of MPs can’t be reduced. maybe by 50 or so ….


      • 78
        Labours core heartlands, crime riven sink estates, immigrant ghettos and welfareland says:

        Who in Labours core heartlands is?

        The sheep are expected to vote red and their representatives can then piss of to Paris and the like to live in serene idleness, until the next election looms.


        • 94
          Frederick Gideon Threepwood says:

          Its a little like the Surrey heartlands for the Tories. Milton and Hunt. A pensioner who has just had a makeover to reappear as the oldest goth in existence, and a congenital liar with the integrity of Huhne.


  13. 26
    I'm an MP ban this time bomb says:

    I have a feeling that you could end up in the clink, if you woke up to this in oh so serious Britain.



  14. 28
    Turkeys voting for Christmas says:

    I live in Eastleigh. I just thought I’d say that.


  15. 30
    Tay King-dePisse says:

    The Tories may not be a “shoe-in [sic],” but that doesn’t mean they can’t put the boot into Huhne, as everyone else would seem to want to do at this stage.


  16. 37
    Not impressed says:

    What if the animal on Fabricant’s head wants to marry the animal on Danny Alexander’s head? Woudl that be allowed?


    • 49
      the savant10.4 highway patrol says:

      No ……it would be tantamount to male incest .

      Definitely a no no.

      Good God at that rate you are not too far off legalising homosexuality !!


  17. 38
    rebekah aka nellnewman says:

    Well with a tory labour libdem half baked field like that I reckon nigel farage might stand a good chance.

    Wonder if he will have a go?


    • 95
      Frederick Gideon Threepwood says:

      See reply above. Committments to appear as ‘Parker’ rule him out.


    • 118
      Us lot says:

      No he has to wait for a much better chance, but that should not stop him presenting a credible candidate – even if just for laughs and to gauge the response from a highly disillusion us lot.


  18. 54
  19. 63
    Richard III says:

    Want me to run for Tory leader?


  20. 64
    Jimmy says:

    Talking of elections oddly enough no report on YouGov today showing the highest Labour lead in its history. Butch is now officially doing worse than IDS.


    • 100
      Nick and Ivan says:

      Wait until Dave triumphs in today’s vote – the people of Britain will rise up and salute their saviour.

      Let’s declare today – National Bumsex Day.


    • 121
      Us lot says:

      Kellner was on Sky early today saying that the vast majority of the British people are in favour of gay marriage. He managed to keep a straight face too, but being married to our Cathy then maybe you can see where he is coming from!


      • 131
        Jimmy says:

        Most are in favour but it’s not an issue that will cause many to switch sides. It’s a bit like the photo op with the huskies, Butch wants to persuade people that the tories weren’t evil any more. Unfortunately for him most of his MPs are determined to prove him wrong. Yet another popcorn moment for the rest of us.


  21. 66
    SP4BS says:

    What a coke up.


  22. 67
    old SHEP says:

    Right the first time Michael; ‘Shoo-in’, cluck, cluck.


  23. 71
    old SHEP says:

    The Archiepiscopal of Canterbury has flatly refused to marry a Donkey.


  24. 72
    VERITAS says:

    Is it any surprise that Easleigh will not be a shoo in given this clown is running the show he is as daft as his hair.I personally feel sorry for the electors of Eastleigh to have been represented by the liar Huhne and that sexual deviant Milligan in the space of twenty years,the political class is corrupt and beyond redemption.


  25. 77
    albacore says:

    You’d need wellies to paddle through LibLabCon sleaze
    We’ve got representatives like a dog’s got fleas
    Who knows, the Eastleigh folks might feel the glass slipper
    Is more befitting an unsullied Ukipper


  26. 80
    ████ 'change my tune' Hoon says:

    Anyone got a job for an accomplished liar ? Able to lie through teeth for years, am contemptuous and arrogant. References cannot be supplied on request.


  27. 83
    gildedtumbril says:

    Arsewipes all. 650 shysters, charlatans, scumbags and scallywags, all of whom are scoundrels. What is euphemistically named’ the upper house’ even worse. As for fairies at the bottom of the garden wedding…One wonders what camoron’s beard has to say about it.


  28. 84
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    Is a “Fabric cant” like a “fish mitten ?


  29. 91
    Hang The B@stards says:

    The Tories will realise their mistake in Beastly Eastleigh as UKIP destroy their vote.

    Camoron, take note !


  30. 103
    Propaganda Watch says:

    The content of these calls can be considered black propaganda:


    It is interesting that the lawyers are not mentioned in the report. This is a typical legal tactic more than a press tactic.


  31. 110
    Turkeys voting for Christmas says:

    Farage not standing in Eastleigh apparently.


  32. 111
    Anonymous says:



  33. 114
    the voice of reason says:

    Just watched the worst Daily Politics thus far – Toynbee allowed total Party Broadcast, then speaks on Eastleigh and denies herself within a minute. All unchallenged by JC.

    Why are PT and JC allowed to broadcast ?

    silly me ….. it’s the BBC !


  34. 132
    CHRST ON A BIKE! says:

    Look at the scummy Liebour MPs who were booted out of parliament, since the last electio,n and their scummy electorates, immediately returned another Liebour Bastard.

    Admittedly, they were safe seats and would elect a dog-turd if it had a red rosette on it.


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