They really don’t want to finish third…
The end of an era. Public sector efficiency savings are taking their toll in the corridors of power; the latest victims are four parliamentary lift porters. Guido hears the charming quartet were given the axe this week after pushing the buttons of bosses. Two have retired and two have been given other jobs in the Palace.
Working in Westminster has its ups and downs…
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It is worth noting what Guido had to say about Paul Burstow’s involvement in dealing with the Rennard allegtions back in May 2009:
“Paul Burstow, Chief Whip in the House of Commons, phoned a number of female LibDem PPCs personally to assure them that Chris Rennard would no longer be in charge of their careers. A number of Cowley Street staffers are rejoicing at the departure of of the Chief Executive. Mostly female staff…”
Burstow has just had a nightmare under pressure from LBC’s Julia Hartley-Brewer:
Just spoken @lbc973 to Paul Burstow MP, ex LibDem chief whip, abt Lord Rennard complaints. He spectacularly failed to answer ANY questions.
— Julia Hartley-Brewer (@JuliaHB1) February 28, 2013
No answers in a textbook car crash interview. Guido is working on getting the audio…
UPDATE: You can listen to the interview here:
You would have thought bicycling Tories would have learned their lesson about shouty x-rated rants in public. Boris has been accused of swearing at workers on a building site in south London. Unlike Thrasher, BoJo had his excuse sorted immediately. Apparently he took a wrong turn on his bike, ended up on a building site and was left “cursing his own stupidity”. Of course he was…
The news that Mike Hancock is a sleaze-ball will not come as a surprise to regular Guido readers. We’ve been on the case of the self-confessed teen-fondler for years. Why were Nick and co not?
The evidence was always there and his pervy ways have been well documented by this website. The LibDems, even when contacted, have had their head in the sand. This dossier containing all of the text messages that Hancock sent to a vulnerable constituent was presumably put at the bottom of a pile somewhere in LibDem HQ. Hancock even went on the stand and admitted fondling a teenage girl and still managed to keep the whip. The spy saga was just the tip of the sleaze-berg.
Guido hopes former by-election supremo Lord Rennard will appreciate his Eastleigh souvenir stickers. Back in 1983 Liberal activists fighting against Peter Tatchell in Bermondsey infamously if unsubtly wore “I’ve been kissed by Peter” badges. It’s only fair randy Rennard gets a taste of his own medicine…
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The Prime Minister feels the pressure:
“I have to say that after the events I have been facing over the last few days, assassination would be a welcome release.”