+++ Labour MP Arrested +++

Rob Marris, MP for Wolverhampton South West, has been arrested on charges of criminal damage. More from local paper.

Friday Caption Contest (Seeking Something Edition)

+++ Cable : Clegg’s Position “Unassailable” +++

Vince has just recorded an interview for GMTV, telling Jackie Ashley that the LibDems were not doing well enough. She asked if Clegg’s position was “unassailable”? The ballroom dancing Ming assassin said Clegg was “completely unassailable”.

Be afraid Nick, very afraid…

Mother of the House Dead

Gwyneth Dunwoody, couldn’t stand her politics, loved her attitude. She was, as all the obituaries say, a New Labour defying parliamentary. She was also a patriotic and principled Euros-ceptic. You don’t see many of them in New Labour.
Mike Smithson over at PoliticalBetting.com reckons the Tories could win it if they translated their national lead to a local 8% swing. Guido is not so sure, LibDems live and die for by-elections and if Labour are smart enough to choose someone local in Gwyneth’s mould, rather than a New Labour clone, they could defend it successfully by running ‘against’ the Westminster establishment. All to play for…

Setting the Story Straight on Hain’s “Surreal” Conspiracy Theory

Some readers have been asking about the Western Mail story about fake emails where Peter Hain dons the cloak of victimhood and complains of a dirty tricks vendetta against him involving Guido. The story has now hit the news wires. This is Guido’s side of the story.

Hain claims

“Someone has persistently been sending material designed to discredit me to the right wing Guido Fawkes website. Some of the material has also been sent to the Western Mail. In the main it has been fabricated. My campaign failed and as a result of this scapegoating and these dirty tricks, I have lost my Cabinet job. The whole thing is a surreal nightmare and I don’t know what is behind it.”

It is true that Guido got hold of and published Hain’s campaign budget. That set in course a chain of events that led eventually to a few small shortfalls becoming public knowledge on the front pages. The small matter, for instance, of £103,000 in hidden campaign donations now under investigation by the police.
Hain knows, though the way he slants it a reader would not know, that Guido did not fall for the fake email scam. Which is what Guido told Peter BlackGuido didn’t publish any of the fake emails or use them. It became clear very early on that as much as Guido might have wanted to believe the tantalising tale they told (they contained nuggets of truth), what became obvious in a short time was somebody pursuing a disinformation agenda. There is clearly someone who has a keen interest in muddying the waters regarding emails. It is not Peter Hain and nor is it Guido. The faker desperately wanted to get the fake emails on this blog, probably to discredit a genuine email that is causing them acute legal difficulties.

Guido doesn’t usually like to reveal his dealings with the dead-tree-press but, for the record and for the avoidance of any doubt in this case, Guido can confirm that it was he who gave the story and examples of the faked emails over to the Western Mail’s Martin Shipton when the faker realised that Guido was on to him. As the Press Association wire story reports – the faked emails were sent after Peter Hain resigned.

So to be clear:

  • the faked emails started circulating only after Hain resigned.
  • have not so far been published by Guido or anyone else.
  • their existence has come to light because Guido gave them over to the Western Mail’s Martin Shipton to investigate.
So nobody should be fooled into thinking Hain was brought down by a dirty tricks campaign based on fake emails. They should ask themselves cui bono? Who has an interest right now in presenting that as the reality? Clue – it isn’t Hain or Guido…

Jonah Brown Goes to America, Dollar Crashes to All Time Low

The Jonah effect is becoming scary, Gordon lands in America in the morning and the dollar crashes to an all time historic low by lunchtime. There really is something in this – within weeks of him becoming PM the country was hit by terror fire, pestilence and floods. He is a curse on everything he touches.

Jenny Leaves Brillo for the Old Lady

Jenny Scott has been appointed as head of spin at the Bank of England. Petite brainbox Jenny was one of the best reasons to watch the Daily Politics and had perhaps an over-enthusiastic following.

Jenny studied economics at Cambridge, worked at the Bank of England in 1992 as a professional economist during the ERM crisis before moving to Reuters in 1994 until becoming the BBC’s Economics Correspondent. In 2005 she became co-presenter with Brillo of the Daily Politics.

Guido particularly enjoyed her occasional cat-fights with Yvette Cooper and her teaching of rudimentary economics to Ed Balls. Viewer’s loss is Mervyn’s gain…

Post-It Note Won Gilligan Journalist of the Year

Inside Andrew Hosken’s new biography Ken: The Ups and Downs of Ken Livingstone (after the slightly tedious chapters about left-wing politics) we learn that a City Hall worker on the eighth floor was the source of the emails which may prove to be the downfall of Ken Livingstone. How was this incredible feat of political espionage achieved? A temporary worker read the password off a Post-It note…
He/she was able to log in as Lee Jasper and print off the emails, by the yard, which ended up in Andrew Gilligan’s welcoming hands. General Lee Jasper had to stand down as a result and we all got to laugh at a few hot and steamy emails that he had sent to a female colleague.

Gilligan won the Journalist of the Year award on the back of the the stories. Coincidentally a survey by Infosecurity released today found that

“women are far more likely to give away their passwords to total strangers than their male counterparts, with 45% of women versus 10% of men prepared to give away their password, to strangers masquerading as market researchers with the lure of a chocolate bar as an incentive for filling in the survey.”

Guido hopes the source got more than a choccie bar for his / her efforts.

BBC London Mayoral Hustings

Last night’s hustings will be dissected and the post-match spin applied by the various teams. Two things struck Guido. Firstly Ken seemed uncharacteristically lacking in confidence. He talked about “the new mayor” and what Boris would do as a mayor. Not his usual chirpy cockney character.

Secondly, on balance whereas none of the candidates made a compelling case, Andrew Neil was very good. Well briefed, firm, aggressive enough, refusing to accept bullshit spin. He had tough questions for them all that were thought out with supplementary comebacks. Whereas Paxman would sneer, Brillo laced his interrogative aggression with humour. The victor of last night’s hustings was definitely Brillo.

U.S. Visit Front Page News

Guido has checked the front pages of the New York Times, Washington Post, New York Post, the CNN and Drudge websites. The visit of his Holiness the Pope is everywhere. The visit of his twattyness the PM is nowhere to be seen. Not on front pages, not on inside pages. Nowhere.

Gordon has hired a high-powered PR team and they don’t even think to avoid a scheduling clash with Pope Benedict – which was always going to be the big box office draw. Gordon was giving delusional interviews yesterday lauding his important role as “a bridge to Europe”. Laughable.

UPDATE : According to Nick Robinson this morning, British Embassy officials admit they didn’t know the Pope was coming to Washington at the same time. The British Embassy n Washington is the biggest and most expensive outpost of the FCO. Well done chaps…

Ashcroft Buys 4% of Spurs

Given the paranoia of some Labour MPs we should expect early day motions backing Arsenal. Tottenham isn’t even a marginal constituency…

Clegg : the FCS Days, Denials and Delays

Calamity Clegg is denying this story that he was a member of the Cambridge University Conservative Association, unfortunately nobody believes him. Greg Hands MP says “There was only one Nick Clegg at Robinson College, and Nick Clegg was a member of CUCA.” He should know, he was counting on Clegg’s votes in the internal CUCA elections.

The Huhnie monsters accused Clegg of having a Tory past during the leadership election, something he denied at the time, as he does now.

Changing the subject, his press team told Guido a few weeks ago they would be publishing his expenses about now. Now Hannah in his office says they didn’t tell Guido that, and they will be publishing his expenses in “a few weeks”. Just as well, because Clegg himself warned us nearly a month ago that “Any delay will only add to the British public’s distrust in their politicians.”

Another Firm Flees UK Tax Burden

When the odd non-domiciled Labour Party donor threatens to leave the country because of Brown and Darling’s taxes it is unfortunate. When a FTSE 100 corporate giant announces it is to re-register its head office outside the UK for tax reasons it is a disaster for UK plc.

According to London’s City A.M. business paper, the £5 billion Shire Pharmaceuticals is going tore-domicile to Ireland. The company will re-register in Jersey and re-domicile in low tax Ireland, joining a growing number of firms who have relocated away from Britain for tax reasons. Insurance brokers Hiscox and Amlin went to Bermuda. Technology groups Electronic Arts and Yahoo! are off to Switzerland. The truth is the UK’s excessive tax burden is driving high value and high tech businesses out of the country.

The TaxPayers’ Alliance’s Matthew Elliott puts it succintly “This disastrous news confirms that Britain’s competitiveness has suffered a series of blows from misguided tax hikes.” Gordon is destroying the ability of the UK to compete globally.

UPDATE : Shire officially confirms story to the London Stock Exchange.

Don’t know how the Guardian will be reporting this, but they have re-located their property arm to the Caymans to avoid tax.

Bloggers Force No. 10 to RemovePartisan Material on Website

Shane Greer wrote a story on Friday highlighting the links driving traffic from the Downing Street website to the Labour Party’s local elections campaign website. This breaches the Ministerial Code which states explicitly:
6.3 Official facilities and resources may not be used for the dissemination of material which is essentially party political.


8.4 Ministers must only use official machinery for distributing texts of speeches relating to Government business. Speeches made in a party political context must be distributed through the Party machinery.

Linking to the front page of the Labour Party website seems to Guido to clearly breach the rules.

The Cabinet Office issued specific guidance on 20 March 2008:

“Elections to Local Authorities in England and Wales and to the Greater London Authority – Guidance on Conduct for Civil Servants in UK Government Departments”

Under the heading “Communication Activities” it states…

“It is also important to take care with official websites which will be scrutinised closely by the news media and the political parties during election periods.”

The story was taken up by PJC and Wonko’s World. Wonko complained to a Mr Brown (no relation) on the Ethics Desk of the Cabinet Office. The link was gone yesterday afternoon. So much for the PR skills of the much heralded Carter imported Downing Street digital new media team. Guido has been compiling evidence of a pattern of systemic fraud by the Labour Party in abusing government resources for partisan purposes…


Summer Fashion Must Haves

Available now from Guido’s online merchandise store.
Well worth a tenner or so…

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Bet Wenger is Sorry Now

Guido has confirmed this with Ladbrokes: back in February Arsenal were the odds-on favourites to win Football’s Premier League title. In March Gordon held a summit with President Sarkozy at Arsenal’s Emirates stadium.

Many of Guido’s co-conspirators predicted that what has now come to pass would result.



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