Muddled Mehdi

mehdiMehdi Hasan is the New Statesman’s ‘Senior Politics Editor’. He gets a lot of flack from the Islamophobic Jihadis-Under-the-Bed crowd for being soft on Islamo-Fascism.  They variously accuse him of wanting to sublimate the West to a new Caliphate and kill all non-believers or suchlike.  Frankly Guido has lost track of the detail and suspects they might be slightly misrepresenting Mehdi’s actual beliefs.

Nevertheless Mehdi does hold some strange beliefs which he reveals to us in the Statesman, for example he claims the BBC has an institutionally right-wing biasHave you noticed?

ns_logoToday he writes of the Farage v Bercow election challenge that it isa shame they can’t both lose.” It should hardly fall to Guido to educate the ‘Senior Politics Editor’ of Britain’s leading left-wing political publication.  Nevertheless it is Guido’s understanding of the current system of British parliamentary democracy that there is in fact a way they could indeed “both lose”If another candidate stands and gets “more votes” they would “both lose”.  Hope that helps Mehdi…

Twittery Today : Prezza / FCO Edition

no_twitter_smallGuido is starting a new occasional blog feature highlighting some of the idiocy that appears on Twitter.  If you find any examples, please email them to twitter@order-order.com.

Email ’em, don’t Tweet ’em, please…

@foreignoffice Opium cultivation, production and prices are down according to @UNODC report

Why, if you are trying to eradicate supply in Afghanistan, proudly boast that opium supplies are cheaper?  Is that supposed to be a success?

@John Prescott If Adam Boulton insisted empty chairing every politician he asked on his show he’d need to do a deal with Ikea!

Boulton would need only one empty chair.   Once filled, it would by definition no longer be an “empty chair”Back of the maths class Professor Prezza, doh!

+++ UKIP's Farage : "I'll Stand Against Bercow" +++

In what was one of the safest Tory seats in the country UKIP plan to mount a challenge. Speaking about Bercow, the controversial Labour-backed Speaker, Nigel Farage told the Telegraph

nigel farage“He is not a Conservative and yet he is sitting in one of the safest Conservative seats in the country. It means the people of Buckingham cannot vote for a Conservative even if they want to. This is a part of England where we did very well in the European elections and local elections. We are very well organised and strong and I intend to fight this very hard to become the MP.”

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Bercow 27,748 57.4 +3.7
Labour David Greene 9,619 19.9 −4.3
Liberal Democrat Luke Croydon 9,508 19.7 −0.3
UKIP David Williams 1,432 3.0 +0.9

This could be fun…

UPDATE : ConservativeHome’s Tim Montgomerie says what a lot of Tories will be thinking “I’d be tempted to vote UKIP if I lived in Buckingham”.  Dizzy thinks he “… would happily campaign/vote for Farage over Bercow.”

PM's Wife Taken by Aliens on UFO to Venus

Alien KidnappersNo, really.  The new Japanese premier-in-waiting, Yukio Hatoyama, has won an historic election victory over the long-ruling Liberal Democratic Party. That is nothing, his wife Miyuki, beat alien kidnappers. In Miyuki’s book published last year  (“Very Strange Things I’ve Encountered”) she claims that “while my body was asleep, I think my soul rode on a triangular-shaped UFO and went to Venus… It was a very beautiful place and it was really green.”

First Ladies are often “out there”.  Nancy Reagan consulted astrologers, Cherie Blair had tantric, naked, in-shower, deep massages with Carole Caplin amongst other fruity new age mumbo jumbo practises.  Bet Sarah Brown sometimes wishes she was kidnapped by aliens….

Health Ministers Considering £9 Billion in NHS Cuts

Good news – the “#WeLovetheNHS” Health Ministry commissioned a report from McKinsey showing how £9 billion in wasted taxes could be saved from frontline NHS costs.

Acute care could be cut by 38%…

hsj

Via Health Service Journal

+++ 137,000 NHS Job Cuts Proposed ++++++ Leaked Secret Department of Health Report +++

More follows…

Fox Reporter Accuses Gordon Brown of Lying Over Libyan Deal

The release of the man convicted of killing over 100 Americans is not going down well across the pond…

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Kerron Cross Quits Blogging for Spinning (for the Archbishop)

kerronKerron Cross “the voice of the delectable left” is the new spokesman for the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu.  He got the job via Twitter after the Archbishop tweeted: “As the current postholder moves to parish ministry I am seeking a Director of Communications. Is God calling you?”

Kerron told the Telegraph: “I saw that Twitter message from the Archbishop and thought ‘Yes, this would be a dream job, let’s give it a go’. I suppose God moves in mysterious ways!”  Kerron, who is a very nice bloke, has been a Labour Party staffer of one kind or another since puberty…

General Election TV Debate Campaign

sky debateSky’s Adam Boulton is going flat out with a campaign for a televised debate during the general election.  Sky have a petition site, as well as giving their campaign plenty of airtime and column inches in The Times.

Usually the incumbent or the front runner in Britain finds an excuse to avoid a TV Debate which conventional thinking says could give rivals an opportunity to catch up in what can be an electorally decisive TV drama.  Although Cameron is enjoying a double digit poll lead he has told Sky he is up for it.  Clegg is of course keen for that crucial airtime.

Mandelson recently said Gordon would be keen, Downing Street immediately clarified it with a negative “no change”.  If Brown does bottle it, why not as Boulton hints, leave an empty podium?  Guido wonders if Labour could be cunning enough to offer in his place Mandelson, the real power in government, in the PM’s place.  Now that would be box office…

Statporn Silly Season

The numbers for August were a paltry 882,372 pageviews from 560,736 visits made by 119,756 visitors.

The numbers for the previous 12 months stack up as 15,838,251 pageviews from 9,476,813 visits made by 1,584,090 visitors.

The peak day was Tuesday, April 14, 2009 with 232,332 page views.

Many thanks to readers and advertisers.

Libyan Oil for Prisoner Letters

They are released here for your reading.  Be careful to read between the lines…

UPDATE : Link fixed.

MandyUPDATE II : Let Guido remind you what Lord Mandelson said when it was put to him that there was a deal done: “It’s not only completely wrong to make such a suggestion it’s also quite offensive”.

Lying and feigning queeny indignation…

Blairs Avoid Negative Equity

playboy_tonyGuido enjoyed reading the speech Tony Blair made to the Communion and Liberation conference in sunny Rimini, where he warned that the “case against a purely individualistic or materialistic philosophy has to be made”. Tony spoke on a stopover after enjoying being a guest on the $150 million Rising Sun, a five-deck mega-yacht owned by American software billionaire Larry Ellison, anchored off the Sardinian coast.

c_sqSo the news that Connaught Square properties are down some 20% since the Blairs paid £3.5 million for their mansion terrace, and another £1.5 million for the house behind, won’t worry the materialism rejecting Tony.

He’ll just do another half-a-million quid speech and take another million quid investment bank directorship…

Silly Season Officially Over – No More Twitter Stories

no_twitterPlease let the end of silly season signal the end of Twitter stories. In 2007 we had eBay stories, in 2008 it was Facebook this year it has been Twitter. Despite the hype, Guido thinks Twitter is a fad. Over the summer Guido tried to get into it.  Updating trivia.

It might be a handy way of testing out rumours “has anyone heard?…”, but as a significant tool of communication it sucks compared to old-fashioned email.

Facebook lite is going to kill it anyway.

Tories : We've Been Lefties for Centuries

This propaganda video is to be shown at the upcoming Conservative Party conference.  It is an attempt to convince the rank and file that they are on the “progressive” side of history.  It emphasises every centrist “progressive” piece of legislation Tory leaders have ever done. The video points to Peel’s repeal of the Corn Laws (urged on by the free market radical Richard Cobden) neglecting to mention that it split the land-owning Tory party. Note how it highlights Thatcher’s 1981 budget that put up taxes and cut spending. You don’t think they might be softening up the faithful?

Not easy to highlight Hague’s “progressive” side, so it claims that fighting the Euro was “progressive” as apparently was Heath taking Britain into the European Common Market.

Rich & Mark's Monday Morning View

"Wartime Courage" by G. Brown

Wartime CourageGordon’s latest book Wartime Courage: Stories of Extraordinary Courage by Ordinary People in World War Two seems spectacularly ill-timed for release.  It reminds us of Gordon’s personal lack of courage – never around when trouble hits the fan, the latest example being his invisibility over the Libyan Oil-for-Prisoner deal.[…]

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