Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Twitter Media Bitch Fight: Shippers v Owen Jones

The Mail’s Tim Shipman has just handed Owen Jones his rear end on welfare:

Tim Montgomerie Quits ConHome For The Times

Interesting news: Tim Montgomerie is standing down as editor of ConHome to become the Times’ comment editor:

“It is with mixed emotions that I report that Sunday 7th April will be my last day as full-time Editor of ConservativeHome. The following day I start an exciting new chapter in my working life. The Times newspaper’s new editor John Witherow recently asked me to edit The Times’ comment pages and I have decided that it was right to say yes to this exciting new opportunity.”

He will still be contributing weekly to ConHome and advising the site. Congratulations…

Gove to Education Select Committee: See You Next Thursday

Toby Helm and co have been cock-a-hoop this afternoon with the news that the Labour leaning Education Select Committee are set to recall Michael Gove over his bombastic SpAd Dominic Cummings.  Calling their bluff he has replied asking to come immediately. Tomorrow at the earliest. Cocky… 

Another LibDem Peer Defends Randy Rennard

Weirdy-beardy Lord Greaves has been at it again on the LibDem forum; smearing one of the women at the centre of the allegations as untrustworthy and a “fundraiser who raised less money than she cost to employ”. Guido hears he’s been referred to the internal investigation on the matter. Now Shirley Williams has come out to bat for Rennard, insisting that “he is a very fine man”. Something is badly wrong when the only LibDem women willing to talk to the press are defending the party sex pest…

An Unto-Ward Punishment

Clegg met with David “The Jews” Ward last night, telling him he has to go and work with LibDem Friends of Israel to “achieve a better understanding” of the situation. With other things on their mind they are kicking it into the long grass, but his punishment, though slight, is quite amusing…

No Thanks

Silent Sarah Teather Jokes About Avoiding the Media

Given the very obvious lack of female LibDem MPs coming forward to discuss Lord Rennard on the airwaves, is it really wise for one of them to joke about avoiding the cameras?

Sarah Teather has been located at last: she’s on the way to Eastleigh:

You might not want to do media, Sarah, but Guido suspects others in your party would like you to take the bold step and speak up. What did you know of Lord Rennard’s ways and when? As a female candidate selected to fight a winnable by-election masterminded by the man himself, she would be able to shed some light on the situation. Why so quiet?

The New Statesman’s Cruel Mistress

The only highlight of a shouty PMQs came when the Leader of the Opposition tore the Staggers a new one, telling Dave:

“he’s scraping the barrel by quoting the New Statesman.”

That’s how he repays them after they endorsed Ed. They ejaculated in 2010:

“Labour needs a bold, charismatic, compassionate and visionary leader to renew the party and begin the journey back to government. Ed Miliband has shown us he could be that leader.”

The magazine went on to force out their best writer to keep Ed happy and yet he still humiliates them in front of all their friends. A cruel mistress…

Quote of the Day

Ed tells Dave:

“he’s scraping the barrel by quoting the New Statesman”

PMQs LIVE: Self-Appointed Detectives Edition

Comments in the comments please…


Seen Elsewhere

Bribes, Lies and Curry in Tower Hamlets | Standard
Tory MP Breaks Cover on Canberra Crisis | BBC
Labour MP: Wimmin’ Stop Us Bombing ISIS | Speccie
Peace Envoy Arrives on Italian Coast | Mail
Golden Age of Trusting Politicians is a Myth | Irish Times
More Ed Criticism | Damian McBride
Hague to Weigh into Bercow’s Canberra Crisis | Times
Shadow Cabinet: Who’ll Johnson & Darling Replace? | Labour Uncut
Damian McBride’s Spinning Against Ed Miliband | John Rentoul
Boris Fails the Character Test for Social Conservatives | Laura Perrins
No Charges After Two Years On Bail | Patrick Foster


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Damian McBride offers some more of his helpful advice:

‘Mr Miliband will not survive the televised leaders’ debates trying to have it both ways on every policy from Syria to an EU referendum. The prime minister may be entirely wrong on issues such as HS2, but at least his position is clear.The Labour leader’s attempt to keep his options open is all very well, but to what end? If he thinks he can avoid taking any big decisions until he’s securely installed in Downing Street, Mr Miliband unfortunately hasn’t a prayer.’



Owen Jones says:

We also need Zil lanes.


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