Football Clubs Better Placed than Government

Paul Waugh tweeted from the PM’s press conference this morning

“I can’t type for laughing. Gordon is attacking football clubs for jacking up debts beyond their income.”

So Guido thought a bit of evidence based blogging in order:

Manchester United, the red team led by Alex Ferguson, a Labour supporting Scot, is having a difficult time yet managed to sell off an asset (Ronaldo) and show a profit of £78 million on revenue of £278 million.

This disunited government, a red team managed by Gordon Brown, a Labour Party leading Scot, failed to cut expenditure and as a result has a deficit of some £180 billion on tax revenues of £465 billion.

It just isn’t funny.  Gordon is in no position to lecture the football clubs on financial management.

Guy News : UKIP Burqa Infiltrator

Is this a new media first? Guido has broken a story on YouTube – Lord Evil reveals who the next chairman of the Lobby is going to be. You watched it on Guy News first. Guidogram subscribers saw this broadcast last week…

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Pill Popping Bad Al Campbell Depressed by Gordon

Bad Al can’t stop doing two things: plugging his books and lying. On his blog he is gearing up yet again to try dent that warehouse full of unsold copies of his redacted and spun diaries – “Stand by for a special offer we are launching here soon using The Blair Years to raise money for the Labour Party.” Al’s encouraging people to take a very partial inside look at Labour’s darkest most deceitful years.  Given the spin-meister’s book is widely available in remainder bins for £1 that might not help much towards the £10 million Labour needs.

Either Campbell is an idiot or he has a wonderful sense of irony.

This weekend he had a cup of tea and a chat with The Times.  Janice Turner was treated to a spin round his poster collection, fed some casual lies about Campbell not realising his Chilcot evidence would be televised, and she even had to put up with him whining about his depression again:

“He had a major bout last summer, a lesser one a month ago. Only then does he resort to medication. He has learnt to carry on with work, while cancelling a few social things…”

Last summer? Just after the Labour Party finished fifth in the European elections behind UKIP? When Gordon was nearly brought down by a divided Labour Party? Are his mood swings correlated with the the inner workings of the Labour Party? A small bout last month – well Labour didn’t have a great month in December.  Gordon cursed Copenhagen and embarrassed himself and the nation by being forced out of the closet by Al Gore. Straight after Christmas he was faced with yet another coup attempt.  Bad Al says he is advising Gordon – he was uncharacteristically quiet that week – was he properly dosed up?  (Al, not Gordon)  Guido fears the election defeat the Labour Party are crawling towards might just tip him into the abyss…

Chaytor Alleged to Have Falsified ‘Consultancy’ Invoices

Guido wonders when David Chaytor will be charged.  Allegations are piling up against him.  This morning the Telegraph has testimony that Chaytor falsified invoices for expense claims.

  • We knew already that he claimed for a phantom mortgage.  He says that was an oversight because he was busy and his mother was ill.
  • The Sunday Times revealed that Chaytor drew up a tenancy agreement with his daughter using her middle name instead of her surname.
  • HIs published expenses reveal that he used the same name-change trick to pay his daughter Sarah £5,000 from his Commons office allowances while she was a student.

The CPS needs to move, no matter if there is an election in the offing.  Justice delayed is justice denied.

Rich & Mark’s Monday Morning View

Sunday Sleaze

Sunday Sleaze

David Chaytor, the soon to be former MP for Bury North, drew up a tenancy agreement with his daughter but disguised their relationship by giving her middle name as her surname.  That is deception.  That cannot be spun as an over-sight in the way he is trying to make out that continuing to claim for a phantom mortgage was an over-sight.  Chaytor claims his mother  was sick, he was so busy he didn’t notice the mortgage was paid off, the dog ate his conscience etc.

The Sunday Times reveals that Chaytor

“claimed that he was renting his flat from a woman he called Sarah Rastrick. These are the first names of his daughter Sarah Rastrick Chaytor, who had recently graduated from university when the arrangement started.”

We already knew that Chaytor had also used the name Sarah Rastrick when paying his daughter £5,000 from his Commons office allowances for research while she was a student.  Using his daughter’s name to commit fraud is particularly low.  Guido thinks there is a good chance that Chaytor will go to jail.  Rightly so…

pork-spotlight

The semi-official LibDem policy of exploiting the expenses system for political rather than personal gain is looking likely to become a campaign issue.  This is in some ways a more insidious form of sleaze.  There is circumstantial evidence that Hampshire’s LibDem MPs; Sandra Gidley, Mike Hancock, Christopher Huhne and the retiring Mark Oaten have manipulated the Communications Allowance to save their party spending some £17,000 on envelope stuffing machines, which they claim are not used for political communications.

LibDem MPs like Sarah Teather have subsidised their constituency offices out of public funds for partisan purposes.  She like many LibDems candidates uses an unincorporated association (controlled by LibDem activists) which publishes no accounts to produce her party literature.  The not unfounded suspicion is that this is effectively a slush fund used to gouge the taxpayer at inflated costs for ‘official’ literature which subsidises the printing of unofficial party leaflets. These are not isolated cases, Cowley Street advises MPs to be “imaginative” in exploiting “grey areas”.  They are still ripping off the taxpayer just as much as David Chaytor.

Guy News : Out Now to Guidogram Subscribers

This week’s Guy News exclusively reveals who is to be the new chairman of the Lobby.

Guido sent Emily Nomates undercover in a Burqa to see UKIP leader Lord Pearson. No really, he thought he was being interviewed by Al Ja Guido.  Tory Bear went to Brent to doorstep Sarah Teather at her rent-free (to the LibDems) constituency office paid for out of expenses.

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Saturday Seven-Up

7upIf you were not one of the 55,172 visitors viewing 340,150 pages over the last seven days, here are the seven most popular stories (in order of popularity) that you missed:

Incidentally Clifford Singer has been boasting that the very enjoyable airbrushed myDavidCameron poster site is the most popular political website of the moment, David Prescott is even soliciting advertising. Guido has enjoyed the posters but just to get the facts straight, on January 6 this blog had 109,788 page views that day.  In the two weeks following, according to Clifford, his site had 105,928 page views in total. Some way to go Clifford. Functionally the Cameronizer and Barefoot sites are much better…

Osborne Misled Today Show

On the Today programme this morning Osborne described claims that the Tories would increase road tax to pay for tax breaks for married couples as “bizarre”, saying “it bears no reality to our thinking in this area”.

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Devilish Gordon Looks Down on Labour Candidates

Guido knows what you are thinking.  Here is yet another puerile, disrespectful image of the Prime Minister which reflects more on the producer of the poster than our great leader.

Perhaps.  However the poster is not hanging on the wall […]

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Friday Caption Contest (UKIP Burka Banning Edition)

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Gordon’s “Fund With No Name”

The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards is taking longer than usual to indicate whether or not he intends to investigate allegations about a second secret slush fund used by Gordon Brown to pay his personal pollster and speech writer Bob Shrum, […]

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