Sarkozy certainly knows how to pick his women. Caribbean-born Christine Kelly, 39, is is to become minister for overseas territories.
The Mail quotes a source as saying “Mr Sarkozy is hugely impressed that she is not only attractive, but in touch with the modern world… Christine has a huge fan base thanks to her regular appearances in the media, and will be a massive asset.”
She certainly has great assets.
A governor of the Bank of England has never had an audience with the Queen before. King had just told a stunned Westminster that there is no more money for another fiscal splurge. Perhaps Her Majesty is worried that the currency adorned by her face is being recklessly devalued. If she next calls in the generals for an audience our unelected, unmandated Prime Minister should really get worried…
Some great home truths were served up by Dan Hannan in reply to Brown’s address to the European Parliament. All the time Gordon just squirmed in his seat pretending not to be bothered. Gordon was reduced to grinning like a monkey at a zoo caught playing with himself. Worth listening to Hannan lash Brown time and time again.
UPDATE : The BBC’s Mark Mardell is loathed by Brussels Euro-sceptics, sometimes a little unfairly, but his report of the address fails to mention the replies, merely quoting the leader of the Socialist grouping calling Brown’s speech “brilliant” and “courageous”. No mention of the British reply speeches fom UKIP’s Nigel Farage or Dan Hannan for the Tories. The comments on his blog take him to task for his omission.
In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Jean-Claude Trichet says that instead of Gordon pushing new measures at the G20, governments around the world should move faster on what they’ve already announced. The president of the ECB said Europe doesn’t need to boost spending more to combat the global financial crisis, effectively backing the Tory position that we need time for the monetary stimulus to work and for the already announced measures to be enacted.
Hyperactivity by the government on the announcements front is not being matched by the delivery of policy goals.
Nigel Griffiths is all over the place, from claiming at first the Screws of the World had fabricated the whole story to now implying via the “close friends” off-the-record briefing ruse, that it was a forgotten in a drunken haze one-off fling. Perhaps that explains the photos – they were his aide memoire.
If it turns out not to be true that it was just a fling and the liaison was a more long term affair, he will have done himself no favours by not now coming clean and will be risking a second round of revelations. Bonking in the office may well cost him his office at the election.
Tories Sceptical About 45% Tax Rate – ConservativeHome
Source : LFIG Newsletter
Jade Goody is gone and the tributes pour in from the same rent-a-quotes who condemned her for her outburts against Shilpa Shetty. Politicians are always desperate to associate themselves with popular culture in any way they can. Sometimes though Guido despairs of the priorities of spin, the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition today paid warm tribute to a deceased reality TV star with her own perfume fragance. At the same time three soldiers, sent to war by them, returned in coffins from Afghanistan unremarked.
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David Cameron on political promiscuity…
“On May 7 you could go to bed with Nigel Farage and wake up with Ed Miliband. Not one bit of that works for me.”