Even Castro is Cutting Public Sector Jobs

Cuba announced yesterday that it will slash at least half-a-million state workers by early next year and reduce restrictions on free enterprise to help them find new jobs – Cuba’s official work force is 5.1 million – meaning nearly 10% of all employees could soon be out of a government job. Which makes Osborne’s deficit reduction plans less radical than Castro’s plans.

According to a statement from the Communist Party controlled Cuban Workers Federation – the only legal union in Cuba – this is “in support of Socialism” and will “make the Cuban production model more efficient.” There is nothing progressive about a budget deficit…

UPDATE : Cuba’s healthcare system is being reorganised as well. There is no money left…

AV Means Labour’s Self-Perceived Lesser Miliband Could Win

YouGov’s data is now out from the Sunday Times Labour leadership poll which forecasts Ed Miliband winning. The Labour party’s use of AV shows how perverse that electoral system can be.

  • 44% think David Miliband “would be most effective, as leader of the opposition, at holding the present government to account”, versus 21% for his brother Ed.
  • 55% think David “Is most likely to lead Labour to victory at the next General Election”, only 25% think Ed would do so.
  • 45% think David “Would make the best Prime Minister” versus 28% for Ed.

Yet YouGov calculate Ed will just shade it on second preferences. Are they mad? Labour supporters think David Miliband is twice the leader his younger brother will be, yet they are going to choose the weaker candidate on second preferences. As Forrest Gump might say – “Stupid is as stupid does”…

Kay Burley’s Fantasy, Drunken, Nymphomaniac Characters

Kay Burley’s new book First Ladies, could be problematic. Burley is quoted in the Telegraph as saying “readers will certainly recognise the three women in my novel”, it tells the somewhat more racy than Mills & Boon tale of “three formidable women, united in their love of one man (who just happens to be the prime minister), but soon set on a path of revenge”.

The fictional women are; the “titian-haired” Sally Simpson, “a powerful magazine editor … in skin-tight Prada and killer heels, she is every man’s fantasy”; Valerie Jenson, a “deeply unhappy” and “weary first lady” who “spends her time drinking”; “sexy TV reporter Isla McGovern, who has caught Julian’s eye and will do anything (or anyone) to get to the top”.

Wonder who she based the characters on?

Pope Seeks to Re-Unify Christendom

The re-Catholicisation of England remains Guido’s long-term objective, so it is a pleasure to welcome to England the key player in the struggle to re-unify Christendom, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI. It is not without irony that the Pope will address the great and the good on Friday gathered in Westminster Hall inside the Palace of Westminster. It was in Westminster Hall some four centuries ago that Guido Fawkes was tried and found guilty of trying to overthrow a Scottish protestant tyrant and his political allies (some things never change). Guido’s ghost haunts Westminster to this day seeking revenge on politicians who had him tortured…

The would-be defender of the faith, Prince Charles, bent the knee to the Pope when he visited the Vatican for the funeral of Pope John Paul II. It seems to Guido that the Church of England is more of a dwindling cultural movement than a religion with eternal truths. This Pope has no truck with wishy washy sixties-era cultural compromises and happy clappy Anglicanism, he wants to upgrade the C of E to RC standards. The re-unification of Christianity will be on Roman terms or not at all…

Rich & Mark’s Monday Morning View

Pollsters Backing Ed V Punters Backing David

Someone is going to get a shock based on these Sunday Times/YouGov polling results. With two weeks to go until the results are known and voting already taking place it is, all are agreed, going to be close. Punters are predicting a win for David Miliband whilst pollsters YouGov are predicting a narrow win for Ed Miliband.  Admittedly the punters could change their positions on this news, but as things stand currently they are ignoring the pollster overall.


Guido is sticking with his money on David Miliband to beat his brother Ed because he disagrees with the YouGov / LeftFootForward analysis of how the second preference votes will break. It will be close undoubtedly and there does seem to have been a shift in the union affiliates section of the electoral college and Guido has taken money off David to win that section (Ed is now 60% favourite to win the union members vote). David Miliband is still overall favourite to win the leadership, the MEP/MPs votes and the members votes. Guido can only think that the switch in union affiliates to Ed is a result of Union bosses’ endorsements sent out with ballot papers.

UPDATE : Ed Balls remains favourite to be eliminated in the first round. Oh dear…

Saturday Seven Up

7upA mere 81,664 readers viewed 369,57 pages over the last seven days, still that is probably more than read the Times’ political news. Here are the seven most popular stories (in order of popularity) that you might have missed:

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

Deathbed Conversions

Guido is a betting man, yet he would never have put money on hearing Castro finally concede that Cuba’s revolution was a failure. He also never imagined Denis Skinner could open his arms and embrace a Blairite. But it seems socialist pigs do fly…

With Castro telling a journalist this week that “under ‘the Cuban model’ the state has much too big a role in the economic life of the country,” the Beast of Bolsover, not wanting to feel left out has endorsed Blairite David Miliband for leader. Is the long march finally over?

Ed Miliband Admits Defeat

In a chat with Mumsnet the Labour leadership contenders were asked which historical figure they would be. Cue standard answers like Nye Bevan (Burnham), Republican president Lincoln (Mili-D) and, er, Elvis (Balls). However most telling was Ed Miliband’s answer – […]

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Friday Caption Contest (Randy Andy Edition)

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Take a Look in the Mirror

While the Mirror and the Guardian try to breathe air into the phone hacking scandal, lets take a look at why it isn’t really only about evil Murdoch and his newspapers. A little evidence based research, with the help of […]

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Asatoband

Ever wondered how David Miliband miraculously has time to blog while he is out and about sewing up the leadership vote. Well he doesn’t:

A little look at the RSS feed for the blog shows us who the real blogger[…]

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