Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Quote of the Day

Damian McBride writes in the epilogue to his memoir…

“At the time of writing, nine months from the election, I’ve concluded that Labour currently has no positive messages to communicate to anyone about why they should vote for the party, no policies which will persuade them, and is being run in a totally dysfunctional way.”

Tories Map Ed’s Inadequacy in Labour Quotes
Interactive One Nation of Labour Criticism

This morning as Labour continue their summer assault the Tories are reminding everyone of the Labour Party’s own doubts about Ed Miliband with a new website, JustNotUpToIt.com:

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The interactive map is populated with pins, click on a pin and a local Labour critique of Ed pops up. The map is, to coin a phrase, Ed’s One Nation Labour in their own despairing words. Have a browse here

Monday, July 28, 2014

Mirror Readies Pennies for Hacking Payouts

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Buried in the small print of the Mirror’s Half-Yearly Financial Report (out today) is this little note:

Historical Legal Issues
dailymirrorThe Group continues to co-operate with the police in respect of Operation Elvedon (the investigation relating to alleged inappropriate payments to public officials) and Operation Golding (the investigation into alleged phone hacking).

The Group is aware of a number of civil claims from individuals in relation to phone hacking. In the first half we have provided £4.0 million to cover the cost of dealing with and resolving claims. It remains uncertain as to how these matters will progress, whether further allegations or claims will be made, and their financial impact. Due to this uncertainty a contingent liability has been highlighted in note 18…

18. Contingent liabilities
There is potential for further liabilities to arise from the outcome or resolution of the ongoing historical legal issues. Due to the present uncertainty in respect of the nature, timing or measurement of any such liabilities it is too soon to be able to reliably estimate how these matters will proceed and their financial impact..

£4 million seems an awfully small provision when you consider the hundreds of millions already paid out to phone hacking victims…

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Quote of the Day

Sarah Vine writes of Esther McVey…

“McVey told Grazia that she hasn’t married or had children because she ‘never found anyone to wind her biological clock’ … If I remember rightly, half the current Cabinet would have cheerfully ‘wound her clock’ if she’d given them a glimmer of a chance.”

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Full PPS Reshuffle List

David Cameron – GAVIN WILLIAMSON
William Hague – MARGOT JAMES
George Osborne – ROBERT HALFON
David Gauke – GARETH JOHNSON
Theresa May – GEORGE HOLLINGBERY
James Brokenshire – GUY OPPERMAN
Mike Penning – STEVE BRINE
Philip Hammond – DAMIAN COLLINS
Baroness Warsi – ERIC OLLERENSHAW
David Lidington – DAVID RUTLEY
Hugo Swire – ALEC SHELBROOKE
Lord Livingston – STEPHEN McPARTLAND
Chris Grayling – STEPHEN METCALFE
Michael Fallon – GRAHAM EVANS
Mark Francois – ANDREW BINGHAM
Anna Soubry – MARK PAWSEY
Greg Clark – DAVID MOWAT
Matthew Hancock – NICOLA BLACKWOOD
Nick Boles – MIKE FREER
Ed Vaizey – JUSTIN TOMLINSON
Iain Duncan Smith – CHARLIE ELPHICKE
Esther McVey – JAMES MORRIS
Mark Harper – CAROLINE NOKES
Baroness Stowell – MARK SPENCER
Jeremy Hunt – ANDREW JONES & SIMON KIRBY
Eric Pickles – JOHN GLEN
Brandon Lewis – JULIAN STURDY
Nicky Morgan – CAROLINE DINENAGE & BEN GUMMER
Nick Gibb – REHMAN CHISHTI
Justine Greening – JULIAN SMITH
Desmond Swayne – JACK LOPRESTI
Patrick McLoughlin – IAIN STEWART
John Hayes – NEIL PARISH
Theresa Villiers – MARY MACLEOD
Stephen Crabb – DAVID MORRIS
Sajid Javid – MARCUS JONES
Liz Truss – ROBIN WALKER
Francis Maude – STUART ANDREW
Oliver Letwin – PAUL MAYNARD
Jeremy Wright – HEATHER WHEELER
Grant Shapps – JAKE BERRY

Searching New Sun App

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The new Sun app is good looking with a clean design to rival even the Guardian’s mega app. Two small niggles. Guido can’t find a search function, which means you can’t find anything not current. Nor can he find any links to any columns, ahem *cough*…

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Quote of the Day

Edward Snowden on national versus state security

“We constantly hear the phrase “national security” but when the state begins … broadly intercepting the communications, seizing the communications by themselves, without any warrant, without any suspicion, without any judicial involvement, without any demonstration of probable cause, are they really protecting national security or are they protecting state security?

What I came to feel – and what I think more and more people have seen at least the potential for – is that a regime that is described as a national security agency has stopped representing the public interest and has instead begun to protect and promote state security interests. And the idea of western democracy as having state security bureaus, just that term, that phrase itself, “state security bureau”, is kind of chilling.”

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Ruffley Pulls Out of Local Radio Interview


BBC Radio Suffolk have just announced that the under pressure David Ruffley has cancelled a long-standing appointment to be interviewed tomorrow (Friday) due to a “diary clash”. They confirmed half an ago that when contacted earlier in the week the diary clash had not been noticed. Suffolk voters will be disappointed at not being able to hear him explain his police caution. He won’t be able to avoid the media during an election campaign…

Monday, July 14, 2014

Quote of the Day

Rupert Murdoch contemplates the extinction of printed news…

“There could be a time – I’m not saying there will – when it won’t be economical to print.”

The Editor Who Went Into The Cold

A Guido co-conspirator emailed on Friday:

Hi Just got off the BA flight (BA 232) from Moscow. Fellow passenger in the back of the plane was none other than Alan R. No mistake, definitely him.

Wonder if he was visiting Ed. Snowden?

Ou sont les Neigedens d’antan?

Sure enough the Editor who had his patriotism questioned in parliament by Keith Vaz met Ed Snowden on Saturday at an undisclosed “city centre” location. Civil libertarians will hope Rusbridger didn’t lead MI6 and the CIA to the whistleblower. Alan did leave his mobile phone at the hotel right? His spy tradecraft is clearly less than brilliant. Rusbridger gave Snowden a piece of the government mandated destroyed computer:

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Our secret agent gives the game away with the story’s photo credit


Seen Elsewhere

Small State Keynesians, Anti-Corporate Hayekians? | Chris Dillow
Ruffley Shows Why We Need a Proper Recall Bill Now | Alex Wickham
How is Miliband’s ‘New Politics’ Working Out? | Speccie
State Should Send More Poor Children Private | Sam Bowman
£1 Million Cost of Ed Balls’ Ego | Laura Perrins
William Hague’s Sausage Fest | Rochdale Online
Public Doesn’t Prioritise Housing | Mark Pack
Mysterious Case of Ruffley’s Missing Letter | Speccie
All the Single Ladies (And Lords) | Bloomberg
How Ruffley’s Resignation Became Inevitable | ConservativeHome
We Need a Recall Bill Now | Speccie


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Damian McBride writes in the epilogue to his memoir…

“At the time of writing, nine months from the election, I’ve concluded that Labour currently has no positive messages to communicate to anyone about why they should vote for the party, no policies which will persuade them, and is being run in a totally dysfunctional way.”



Rob Wilson says:

Without Predujice

Darling

What time will dinner be ready this evening?

Yours

Rob Wilson MP

In the interests of me I am placing a copy of this email in the public domain.


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