Saturday, December 12, 2009

Saturday Seven Up

7upIf you were not one of the 54,950 visitors viewing 329,232 blog pages over the last seven days, here are the seven most popular stories (in order of popularity) that you missed:

You are either in front of Guido, or you are behind…

The Guy News TV broadcast is going out to Guidogram subscribers shortly. Subscribe (it is free) if you want to see a warm front from the political weather girl, all the gang will be there: Emily Nomates and Tory Bear playing Budget Bingo, we report back from the party in Copenhagen, the sad tale of the Lord of No Fixed Abode, an investigation into evidence of Twitter-fraud by Sarah Brown and we have coaxed our shadowy financial backer, Lord Evil, into making a rare appearance.  If that is not enough catch the homage to Sky New’s Joeycasts, in our moment of zen we ask “What would Obama do?” to get Britain out of recession.  Eat your vegetarian heart out Adam Boulton…

Guido, as ever, will also exclusively tell subscribers about his week behind the making of blog.

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Friday, December 11, 2009

LibDems Not Winning Here

This coming Monday night all over London crack teams of digital war-planners will be extraordinarily rendered into the back of black vans with darkened windows to an undisclosed secret location. With only months to go before full scale political war breaks out, digital advertising and campaigns agency MessageSpace* has, in the tradition of the trenches of the First World War, organised a frontline truce with drinks. After doing paintball battle…

Combatants from CCHQ’s MyConservatives.com and Labour’s digital teams will be fighting with leading bloggers (cough) and online campaigners from the political world. It should be fun, it could be brutal, hopefully Guido won’t be too bruised.

Despite being invited, the LibDem’s failed to muster a team…

*Yes, they sell Guido’s adverts.

Ding Dong : Guido V Kevin Barron MP

Guido isn’t sure what Labour MP Kevin Barron was expecting when he agreed to go on Sky News last night – the day details of MPs’ expenses were released.  Beforehand in the green room he was lamenting to former LibDem MP Richard Allen that the expenses gravy train had come to an end.  Once in front of the cameras he tried to make out he was some kind of reformer.  Guido wasn’t having that:

After this on screen exchange he called Guido a rude word. How hurtful…

Friday Caption Contest (Do You Feel Lucky Brown? Edition)

Investors Flee Fiscal Fiction

UK government debt took a whack yesterday, the gilt market dropped heavily on what the FT describes as ‘fiscal fiction’. The FT is blunt:

Investors took fright on Thursday at the timidity of the government’s plans to balance the books with one of the biggest sell-offs of British gilts this year.

The fiction will continue, the Bank of England will print more money and buy take billions more gilts on to its books to prop up the market.  The Moodys bond rating agency warned that the ‘AAA’ rating on UK sovereign debt was good for now, but within a few years that could be historyThe day of reckoning will be postponed, only to be worse when it comes…

Gordon Claims for His Second Home: Where is His First Home?

There has been a lot of tut-tutting about Gordon belatedly paying back £500 for the “questionable” painting of a summerhouse in the garden of his Fife home. So there should be, how did Gordon imagine it was that the summerhouse expenses claimed had been incurred “wholly, necessarily, and exclusively” in the performance of parliamentary duties?

He was able to do that using his second home allowance, but hang on a second, where is his first home?  He lives in grace and favour accomodation in Downing Street, he has use of the grace and favour Chequer’s mansion.  He pays nothing in rent or mortgage for those properties.  When he married he adroitly gave to Sarah the flat he bought cheaply in dubious circumstances from Robert Maxwell’s estate and Guido understands it is now rented out at a profit.  That leaves only his old Fife home.  It is clearly his real home, it is the only one he owns. Yet he designates it as his “second home” for expenses purposes.

That is just quite simply a dishonest and false claim made only to maximise the amount he can milk from the expenses system.  It allows him to live without paying for accommodation anywhere – if only he was so frugal with government expenditure – all at the expense of the taxpayer.  He taxes the shirts off our backs to pay for the ironing of the shirt on his back.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Mrs Graham Allen

Nottingham MP Graham Allen has a bit of a thing for dry cleaning. One receipt he put in was for £258. This of course would have nothing to do with his wife Allyson Stewart-Allen and her frequent TV appearances as a business commentator on CNN’s World Report. It’s not just the dry cleaning that Mrs Allen is benefiting from, according to Allen’s 08/09 ACA we have been paying for his newspapers every month. While it is understandable that our elected representatives need to be on top of the news, perhaps Mr Allen can explain why he is putting his wife’s Financial Times and Wall Street Journals on his expenses:

Over £65 a month for Mrs Allen to do research her job?  Payback time.

Tony & Cherie’s Godless Christmas Card

Still, it was nice of them to think of Guido…

Labour Toff Claimed £20,000 for Bell Tower

Labour toff Quentin Davies attempted to claim over £20,000 for repairs to the bell tower on his £5 million country seat Frampton Hall.  The government minister was clearly somewhat confused by the rules of what is and isn’t in the realms of totally unacceptable.  Nor is it the first time he has got into a muddle, he once described Gordon as “a leader I have always greatly admired, who I believe is entirely straightforward, and who has a towering record, and a clear vision for the future of our country which I fully share.”

After what has to be the most outrageous claim by an MP yet, Guido suspects something nasty will happen to Mr Davies before too long and he will have no one but himself to blame.

Ed Balls Thinks Footie is “Wholly and Necessarily” Etc.

Ed Balls reckons we should pay his football subs. Why?

Perhaps because Gordon thinks we should pay his Sky Sports subscription his homunculus thinks we should pay for him to watch football as well?  The parliamentary Green Book says expenses claimed should have been incurred “wholly, necessarily, and exclusively” in the performance of parliamentary duties…


Seen Elsewhere

Ruffley Loses Confidence of Constituency | Guardian
Ruffley Under Pressure to Quit | Telegraph
Gove Launches Ruffley Probe | Staggers
Clegg Must Fire David Ward | Sun
David Ruffley’s Campaign Against Domestic Violence | Buzzfeed
LibDem Criticises Clegg Over Farage Debates | Express
Ruffley Must Go | Guardian
Political Correctness Breeds Extremism in Schools | Chris McGovern
Ruffley Faces Crisis Meeting | ITV
I Sang “Maggie Out” (When I Was 7) | Liz Truss
UKIP Have Learnt How to Street Fight | Dr Rob Ford


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New Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has big ambitions in his first meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu today:

“I came to bring this conflict to an end.”



Flight Watch says:

Russia Today is a cauldron of bullsh*t. The only people that take it seriously are deluded conspiracy theorists. Other RT journos have resigned citing the same reasons.

It’s about as believable as Press TV, KCNA of North Korea or the Daily Mirror.


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