Saturday Seven Up

7upApologies for the delay today, Guido has been hanging out with Cinderella and riding on the Mad Hatter’s Teacups…

A satisfying week that saw yet another Labour MP have his collar felt by the law. Guido is almost losing count. There were 282,714 visits and 354,739 pageviews.

The top stories last week in order of popularity were:

You’re either in front of Guido, or you are behind…

Flashback: Talking of Leaflet Lies…

It was the lies spread via his election communications that has likely ended the career of Phil Woolas. However this case has opened up an entire can of worms of just how honest candidates and Members have been on their leaflets. Remember when Chris Huhne left his wife for a staffer? Well just months before he was telling his constituents he was quite the family man. He reminisced on his marriage and promoted an image to the voters that simply wasn’t true:

There should not be a line when it comes to making things up…

+ + + Farage Wins UKIP Leadership Again + + +

Shock…

Friday Caption Contest (5th November Edition)

+ + + Woolas Guilty + + +

The Labour MP recently appointed to Red Ed’s Shadow Cabinet has been found guilty on two counts of breaking the Representation of the People Act by making false election statements. No appeal, by-election in Oldham imminent.

Developing…

UPDATE: Labour HQ is silent but the distancing has already begun. Lord Falconer just told the BBC he doesn’t believe that Woolas will be the candidate at the by-election. Red Ed is in a very tricky spot here…

UPDATE II: Woolas is making noises about attempting a Judicial Review. Hope he’s got a pretty penny…

An Interesting Angle

As the judgement day approaches for the four MPs and two Lords facing trial, an FOIing co-conspirator makes a very valid point. Asking how much Lord Paul (£41,982), Bhaitia (£27,446) and Baroness Uddin (£0) have paid back to date, they were informed that no interest was added. The same logic must have applied to all the money from the fiddlers in the Commons, much of which is still being chased from MPs…

If the repayments, which were quiet admissions of guilt that no ordinary citizen could use as penance for a crime, do not include interest then surely the honourable Members and Peers have profited from their little “borrowings”?

Exclusive: Dave’s Stylist Goes from CCHQ to the Civil Service

Before this May’s general election CCHQ’s Anna-Maren Ashford was the “Head of Brand Communications” and is credited with styling “Brand Dave”. The former advertising executive was brought in by Steve Hilton from Young & Rubicam to kick out the old Tory torch logo and bring in the huggable tree. The glossy 30 year-old made the right look right.

She successfully helped detoxify the Tories and turn them into the beautiful people…

Post-election she still answers to Hilton and is close to hand in the Cabinet Office should the smooth Brand Dave need further polishing – just nowadays it is at the taxpayers’ expense as a civil servant in Whitehall. Officially she works with the Behavioural Insights Strategy Team known universally across Whitehall as the “Nudge Unit”.

Dave controversially put his personal photographer, Andy Parsons, on the Civil Service payroll, the news that his image stylist has also become a civil servant will infuriate many who will question his priorities…

Beginnin’ Diggin’ into Piggin’ Wiggin


Dave’s Old Etonian chum Bill Wiggin might have thought he had got away with his expenses, but the discrepancies between his evidence and his receipts leave a literal paper trail. Dave gave one of his famous cast iron pledges that Wiggin would go if he was found guilty, yet he’s still got the Tory whip. As Guido has previously reported though, there are new developments. Wiggin’s office received this today from the Sunlight Centre:

Guido hears that Wiggin replied personally, almost automatically, claiming the matter was in the hands of Hammersmith and Fulham Council who are apparently dealing with a “misunderstanding”. Looks pretty black and white from here…

Exclusive: Axe Murderer Raised in Commons

In about half an hour this question from Tory David Morris MP will appear on the Order Paper for justice questions concerning the axe man John Hirst:

“To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if the Probation Service will

[…]

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Mr Harding Goes To Washington

Well not quite, but to a ranch in Texas in fact. Guido learns that Murdoch has secured the serialisation of George W. Bush’s long awaited “I was right all along and screw you all” book and The Times editor James […]

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Rohan’s Silicon Silliness on the Roundabouts of Life

Later today the PM will deliver a speech in East London on the growth of high tech enterprises. Dave will laud the colony of groovy start-up internet companies in EC1 that runs from Clerkenwell to Shoreditch bordering on Whitechapel.

Ahead […]

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Hirst Attempting to Unionise Prisoners

Fresh from using the European Convention on Human Rights to give prisoners a right to vote – which will make plans for elected police commissioners farcical – Hirst is trying to organise prisoners’ associations.

He is urging convicts to set […]

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