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When it was legitimately raised at PMQs that it was ridiculous that the PM should have his own personal photographer on the government payroll, Dave did not have a decent answer in his defence. All he could throw at Red Ed was the millions that the last government spent on spin, but given Dave’s airbrushed past, this was an open goal. Obviously official state visits and other such events need to be recorded, but the enormous press-pack that loiters outside Downing Street can’t have escaped the PM or his staff’s notice. Perhaps they could get a rota going…
For those more intimate shots, Steve Hilton didn’t do a bad job back in the days when Webcameron was getting going. Why can’t he pick up his camera again? Guido reckons the official snapper, Andrew Parsons, should be paid for by CCHQ – that would be very “Big Society”?
UPDATE: Jon Craig says Parsons is on £35k and Labour have written to GOD for more information.
So Gordon finally ma ma managed to speak in the House on Monday. Like any good MP he should be trying to put a question to the Prime Minister today, that is what he is paid for after all. Paid very well in fact.
When he finally found the courage to speak it was 179 days since he was elected. Given his backbench salary is £65,738 he would have far so far received £32,238.63 of that. Brown spoke for 4 minutes 32 seconds in his speech, he then asked one question of 5 seconds. That is a total of 277 seconds. Therefore, he has been paid £116.38 for each second he spoke, or £6,983.10 for each minute. Not even Blair can earn that sort of of cash.
Can anyone think of any day job that pays that well?
Tea Party candidates advanced; Republican Mike Lee in Utah, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Marco Rubio of Florida enter the upper chamber. Republicans took the House in the biggest shift in power since the Republicans gained 54 House seats in 1994.
The Democrats clung on to the Senate but symbolically lost Obama’s old Senate seat and half-a-dozen other seats.
All three of Sarah Palin’s Mama Grizzlies have won their gubernatorial races: Susana Martinez, a Republican from New Mexico, Mary Fallin, a Republican from Oklahoma, and Nikki Haley, a Republican from South Carolina.
Proposition 19 to legalise dope was lost in California…
This is John Hirst, the out-on-licence murderer who hacked his defenceless aged landlady to death with an axe, celebrating the votes for prisoners ruling. Reinforces Guido’s belief that the death penalty should be reinstated:
He is happy: “I’m celebrating that murderers, rapists, paedophiles, all of ’em will be getting the vote, it is their human rights.”
Is it really unjust that law breakers shouldn’t get to vote on laws from their prison cells? It is part of their just deprivation of liberty.
Hat-tip : Michael Heaver
One time only, for the first time in six months, here’s Gordon:
Andrew Mitchell is not having a good time at the moment, Dispatches turned him over for having a few quid in a tax haven (who doesn’t?) and the Sunday Times has caught him intervening on behalf of Cocoa-finger, the commodity hedge fund trader Anthony Ward. Nothing wrong with backing British firms. Except when they make donations to your political office. He has now been referred to the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner and is the bookies favourite to be for the chop from the Cabinet. Oops…
Guido has just watched a preview of tonight’s BBC documentary, “Tea Party America”. Surprisingly it did not characterise them all as closet Klu Klux Klan loving creationists – usually the BBC finds the nuttiest looking demonstrator and interviews them […]