Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Where Did Dave Get the “Baldemort” Line From?

As Guido mentioned earlier, CCHQ keep a close eye on the blogs.  He hadn’t realised that Dave was such a fan though. In his budget response he referred to Liam Byrne as “Baldemort“. As far as Guido is aware that nickname was first applied to him here last week, before being lifted by the Mail.

Another happy customer.

Guy News : Budget Special

PMQs Live : Goodbye Darling Edition

Joined Up Government

Treasury attack dog Liam Byrne just said that Tory plans to crowd source analysis of the budget small print shows Tories “need help”. Self evidently they do. The clue was when Eric Pickles emailed thousands of people saying “we need your help”.

Meanwhile Ed Miliband says he wants to crowd source Labour Party manifesto ideas

Answers on a Postcard to Patsy Hewitt

Patricia Hewitt is speaking at the International Corporate Governance Network tomorrow morning.  According to the programme notes she will try to answer questions like “Who holds the moral compass determining the balance between just deserts and too much?”  Wonder if she is charging them £3,000?

Do Bloggers Influence Politics?

Dizzy suggested two weeks ago that the Tories should harness the distributed brain power of the web and crowd source their response to the budget. Yesterday Eric Pickles announced that is exactly what they are going to do today:

Wading through all this small print ourselves is a huge job. This year we’ve decided to do something a bit different – we’re going to crowdsource our response to the Budget. Once the Budget’s out, we’ll publish it in a simple format as soon as possible so you can have a good dig into it. The Treasury has hundreds of civil servants working on all this and there’s no way we can match their resources – so it’s important for as many of you as possible to lend a hand in analysing the detail.

CCHQ clearly follow blogs closely. The see-through government idea – publishing the details of all government contracts – was another idea first promoted by a blogger and taken up as Conservative policy.  Unfortunately it seems Tory taxation policy is controlled by this blogger instead of these ones

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Foot : Loose and Fancied Three

Michael Foot, who recently died and is soon to be deified (though not as a result of one of Gordon’s recycled speeches), was a bit of a dark horse with the ladies.  According to his biographer the old firebrand admitted he had three affairs: with two of his secretaries and an Indian journalist at Tribune. ‘We had quite a close association at Tribune. We sometimes stayed after everybody else had gone and I sat on his knee. You can imagine sometimes things happened.’ recalls one aide.  Sounds almost as much fun as the Speccie under Boris…

Strangely one mistress when asked if she found him attractive replied ‘Not particularly, no. He wasn’t really.’

Balls : Blame Blairites If Labour Loses

A Blairite source tells Guido that Ed Balls is already telling Labour colleagues that the blame for a potential Labour defeat lies with the Blairites for (a) rocking the boat with repeated attempted coups (b) getting caught money grubbing. Coincidentally he is expected to be Charlie Whelan’s chosen candidate against Blair’s protege Miliband. Nothing like getting your attack in first…

Labour’s Dirty Dozen

This is the line-up of Labour figures who are either facing criminal charges for theft, have been suspended from the party, suspended from the Lords, found to be expense fiddling, offering to whore themselves out or some permutation of all of the above.  Byers, Hewitt, Hoon, Devine, Chaytor, Morley, Baroness Uddin, Lords Blackburn, Truscott, Snape and Moonie, last but not least, Margaret Moran.  To describe these people as morally flawed fails to capture their essence.  These are just some of the Labour politicians who have been caught.

The majority of Labour MPs were ordered to repay expense “over-claims” – fiddles in normal language. In the real world employees caught fiddling on this scale would be fired.  MPs are supposed to work for you, remember that on election day…

If Byers Has “Brought the Labour Party into Disrepute”
He’s Surely Disgraced the Privy Council
4000 Call for Him to Resign

The petition to the Queen asking her to strip the “Right Honourable” status off Stephen Byers by removing him from the Privy Council is now approaching 4,000 signatures of support in less than 24 hours.

It seems to Guido that if he has been suspended from the Labour Party for bringing it into disrepute then his position is impossible and he should have the decency to resign from the Privy Council.  Byers swore an Oath when he became a member of the Privy Council that “by Almighty God to be a true and faithful Servant unto The Queen’s Majesty as one of Her Majesty’s Privy Council … And generally in all things you will do as a faithful and true Servant ought to do to Her Majesty.“ He has broken that Oath and brought dishonour to his office.  He should no longer be able to call himself “Right Honourable”, sign the petition:

“We, the undersigned, call on Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of Her other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith, to strip Stephen Byers MP of his membership of the Privy Council due to his involvement in offering to sell access to Her Majesty’s Government for personal profit.”

Click here to sign the petition.



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Why’s Clegg Giving Men Paternity Leave? | Conservative Women
Cam Cannot Stem EU Immigration | David Keighley
9 Mansion Tax Questions for Ed Balls | TPA
Politicians are Lying to You About Immigration | Alex Wickham
Give Journalists Public Interest Defence in Law | Guardian
Cameron is Going to Have to Deal With UKIP | Dan Hodges
Opinions on Key Issues By Constituency | Red Box


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