Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Mad Mullah Gets More Than Frontline Soldier

Here is another evidence-based chart you won’t see elsewhere; it shows how much taxpayers are forced to give to Anjem Choudary – the extremist cleric who wants to lead a protest march through Wootton Bassett.  He claims £25,740 in benefits to subsidise his hate preaching.  Guido questions how he can be seeking work when he spends all his time rabble rousing in broadcast studios and on demonstrations.  In contrast a frontline soldier, fighting Choudary’s taliban allies in Afghanistan, takes home £17,004 for risking his life.  If that private is killed in combat, his widow and children would have to live on a pension less than Choudary gets.

Why are British taxpayers paying their enemies more than their soldiers?  Is Choudary really actively seeking work?  The evidence suggests he has other priorities – so stop his benefits…

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

+++ Standard : Cabinet Resignation Rumoured +++

Story here.  Paul Waugh says:

In the last few hours, the rumours have been swirling around again that a Cabinet minister could quit in protest at Gordon’s leadership. The plotters have certainly asked a sympathetic minister to do so – but whether he will do so is another matter.

UPDATE : Told by a weary Labour loyalist, that it is “probably bollocks, who knows…”.

Prezza Loses BBC Battle Over Taxpayers’ Alliance

The BBC have replied to Prezza over his demand to the BBC that

the TaxPayers’ Alliance’s [sic] should now be referred to on air as “a group with close links to the Conservative Party” or some similar on-air clarification.

The BBC’s Helen Boaden has now written back to reject Prezza’s demand:

I do not think it would be accurate or fair to describe it on air, as you suggest, as ‘a group with close links to the Conservative Party.’

Prezza is Twittering that this means “we’ve had some real success”How?

Prime Minister’s Spokesman Simon Lewis Blunders Again

Gordon’s ongoing quest for a sprinkling of stardust from Obama has hit yet another obstacle.  Firstly he was forced live on Marr to admit that he hadn’t spoken directly to Obama about the Christmas Day bombing attempt and now it seems Simon Lewis, Brown’s error-strewn official spokesman has sparked a serious falling out and public admonishment from the White House.

“A White House source” used an interesting choice of words to describe “a mistake” by Lewis to suggest that a file on the knicker-bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, had been passed to the US sometime “in 2008“. However Lewis has just had to retract his words and stated there was no suggestion that this had ever happened. Alan Johnson has been forced to schedule an emergency statement at 15.30. Sky News’s Joey Jones said he took no pleasure in describing it as “an awful briefing“. Another serious blunder by Brown’s slapdash spokesman, the Lobby have completely lost respect for Brown’s mouthpiece. A lobby hack who would prefer to anonymous say “it was an utter fucking car-crash”.

By the by, the Telegraph broke the story this morning.  Edited by Simon’s brother, Will Lewis…

Bloggers Will Become Mainstream in this Election

There is lots of speculation around that in this election blogs and even Twitter will be decisive, Toby Helm had a hyperbolic piece in the Observer this weekend How the 2010 Election Will Be Won by Blogs and TweetsGuido is not so sure.

Nowadays blogs help set the mainstream media’s tone, not just because the most avid readers of blogs are mainstream journalists, but because increasingly we are mainstream.

jag singh and iain daleIn the last 24-hour news cycle Guido has seen Iain Dale and Jag Singh going head-to-head on Sky New’s evening show, on the BBC at the same time Shane Greer and Will Straw were spinning their lines.  Guido woke up this morning to hear on the Today programme Tim Montgomerie defending the Tories.  Bloggers are clearly sexier pundits for broadcasters than old stalwarts like Michael White and Polly Toynbee…

Bean PM

Vince Cable famously remarked on the transformation of Gordon from Stalin into Mr Bean. In Spain Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero is also caricatured as a Mr Bean look-a-like.   Spain has this year assumed the presidency of the EU and set up as website, www.eu2010.es promoting itself. Yesterday an unidentified hacker replaced Zapatero’s picture with a picture of Mr Bean.  No doubt Gordon will cite this as proof that once again he is “leading the world”…

Monday, January 4, 2010

Berlusconi’s Buxom Blonde Babe

Silvio Berlusconi pictured with a pretty blonde is hardly news.  Michaela Biancofiore is an MP in his party, she popped in to see him last week to celebrate her fortieth birthday with the billionaire.

Michaela chose the interesting cake design herself.

Can you imagine Harriet Harman celebrating Gordon’s sixtieth birthday with a picture of herself looking buxom and being groped by her party leader?  Come to  that, can you imagine Gordon groping a buxom blonde?

No me neither…

Attack of the Fifteen Foot Dave

In yet another attempt to rattle Labour with how much money they have, the Conservatives have rolled out yet another poster campaign. This time featuring a giant airbrushed Cameron. Guido was particularly tickled to see that one of these giant billboard posters have been bought outside the entrance to News International’s headquarters in Wapping.  This morning streams of Times and Sun hacks had to walk past a giant Dave begging for their affection.  Subtle.

Audacity of Pope

Looks like Greg Pope will be getting some tender loving care from Nick Brown later today.  Labour’s Chief Whip and long-time Brown enforcer was overheard late last night on the train coming into King Cross.  Guido’s informant sent this from his iPhone:

Nick Brown is sitting behind me on the train to KingsX right now and although he thinks he’s being guarded on the mobile – I know what he is talking about. The essence is that the plot rumours are real and he is holding meetings tomorrow to discuss things. Greg Pope was mentioned and the feelings within the PLP and ‘worries’, two camps, theose who will ‘soldier on and those who want him out’…

Monday night* is usually when the PLP meets.  Nick Brown will be keen to crush the dissent that is being stirred up by Charles Clarke before it can get any momentum.  Guido suspects that Greg Pope won’t give a damn, or be cowed very easily, he is openly calling for Brown to go on his blogHe is standing down at the election…

*Haven’t confirmed it is business as usual today.

Rich & Mark’s Monday Morning View


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How the Carswell Story Unfolded | Sky News


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