Wednesday, April 29, 2009

+++ Government Loses Gurkha Vote +++

What will put fear into the Labour Party is that it was defeated by a LibDem – Conservative alliance. Cameron and Clegg seemed very at ease with each other in front of the press. Dave even paid tribute to Clegg’s leadership on the issue. Liberal love bombing which has strategic political implications…

Lib Con Alliance

Blogging Tory MP Signs Downing Street “Just Go” Petition

ResignAny minute now the “Just Go” petition on the Downing Street website will be the number one issue on Gordon’s home page, helped on the way by the support of Douglas Carswell MP*, the blogging MP who added his name to the list this lunchtime. When the digital engagement team in Downing Street came up with this wheeze they didn’t really think it through did they?  The coverage has been widespread and uniformly bad for Gordon:

20,000 sign petition calling for resignation of Gordon Brown - Telegraph

Gordon Brown silences YouTube critics by disabling viewer comments - Times
Gordon Brown’s YouTube message on MPs’ expenses has been watched only 4000 times. By contrast, the video of him picking his nose has been watched 630000

Gordon Brown is running on empty - Telegraph

Snubbed Abroad, Humiliated At Home Sky News

Yakkety yak, don’t talk back - Times

Has the government’s e-petitioning system backfired? - VNUNet.com
The government’s e-petitioning system may have backfired. Over 15000 people have signed a petition posted on the Downing Street web site last week calling

Resignation appeal - Scotsman
Gordon Brown was yesterday facing calls for his resignation – from a public petition posted on his own official website. The petition, which has already

EMBARRASSED BROWN URGED TO QUIT NOW - Daily Star
UNDER-fire PM Gordon Brown was left red-faced yesterday after a double whammy of attacks on his competence. Firstly, a petition on his own

QUIT DOWNING STREET’ PETITION IS A BIG HITExpress

More than 20000 sign petition on Downing Street website demanding resignation - Daily Mail
A petition on 10 Downing Street’s own website calling for Gordon Brown to resign as Prime Minister has reached the 20,000-signature

Wonder if Tom Watson, the Minister for Mudslinging and Digital Engagement, has had to duck a Nokia today?

*Charles Clarke MP probably is not a genuine signatory. Or is he?

I’m the Prime Minister, Get Me Out of Here

The chamber fell about laughing after Gordon made a twat of himself forgetting he had a statement to make:

UPDATE : In reply to the statement Dave said: “Can I thank the Prime Minister for making his statement…it was a close run thing”.

Clegg Hit His Mark

Nick Clegg doesn’t always shine at PMQs.  He sometimes misjudges the chamber and suffers for it.  He got the tone right for once.  Dale usually scores PMQs, think Clegg deserves a winning score.

UPDATE : Dale did score Clegg the winner.

PMQs Live Chat : Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

Osborne : PM is Mad Hatter

Like Guido, George Osborne basically thinks Brown is bonkers.  He has in the past described the Prime Mentalist as “autistic”.  In Shadow Chancellor’s speech during the debate on the budget he returned to the theme once again, calling Brown a “mad hatter”:

I hear sneers and dismissal from Government Members about the IMF’s figures, but I thought that the IMF was going to be the new early-warning system for the Prime Minister. In a stroke, the IMF destroyed the credibility of the premise on which the Budget and its borrowing figures had been built. The claim is that within just two years, the British economy is supposed to bounce from the deepest recession that it has known since the second world war to levels of economic growth and household consumption seen only at the height of the boom; we now know that, frankly, in the view of almost every independent forecaster, that is a complete fantasy. No wonder that one paper this morning described the whole thing as “Alistair in Wonderland”. I guess that that leaves the Prime Minister as our mad hatter—and given the expression on the face of the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, he is the white rabbit.

According to Matthew d’Ancona “the subtext “at least Dave is sane” will underpin most of what the Tories say until polling day.” Good. No amount of talk as to the merits of quantitative easing, credit flows or the broken society will ignite passion, or hope to “seal the deal”. Talk instead of the Prime Mentalist in Downing Street, who has now almost run out of people to blame, yet won’t himself say sorry. Inflaming that popular anger with Gordon will “seal his repeal”

Osborne is right to to tap into the popular contempt people feel for Gordon Brown.

Downing Street Petition Site “Broke” Yesterday

ResignGuido had loads of emails yesterday from people saying they couldn’t sign the petition on the Downing Street website.  Many were greeted with this message:

ERROR

The requested URL could not be retrieved


While trying to retrieve the URL: http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/please-go/

The following error was encountered:

  • Unable to forward this request at this time.

This request could not be forwarded to the origin server or to any parent caches. The most likely cause for this error is that:

  • The cache administrator does not allow this cache to make direct connections to origin servers, and
  • All configured parent caches are currently unreachable.

Guido contacted Tom Steinberg, the über geek in charge of the petition project, he confirmed that there was a problem yesterday. His technical explanantion was “something broke whilst being upgraded. Bloody computers, eh.”

UPDATE : More people have now petitioned for Gordon to Go than voted for him in his constitutency.  If a couple of thousand more people sign the petition before midday, Dave will be able to tell the Prime Mentalist at PMQs that the most popular petition on his own website is the one wanting rid of him.  Hint to Dave’s PMQs preparation team:  namecheck the petition at PMQs and it will go ballistic.  Worth it just to wind up Gordon into smashing a computer screen with a flying Nokia.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Dave the Rave : Computer Facial Matching Analysis

Alex, a co-conspirator, has run the pictures through some imaging software.

What do you think?

+++ CCHQ Denies Dave was the Raver +++

Dave the Rave

UPDATE : Guido has now spoken to Tamzin Lightwater, she said she had done her due diligence and showed Dave the pictures. He told her it wasn’t him.  Guido asked had Dave ever been to a rave.  She didn’t think so.  Well, if you can remember, you weren’t really there….

Major : I Complained to Cabinet Secretary About McBride

Guido’s co-conspirator with his eye on the Tory girls was at an event last night held by the Conservative Women’s Organisation.  John Major told the ladies that last year he had put in a complaint to the Cabinet Secretary, Gus O’Donnell, about Damian McBride’s activities. It was of course to no avail.

GusThe truth is that Gus O’Donnell is seen by many senior Tories as an integral part of Team Brown.  They no longer have any respect for him as an impartial civil servant and he is unlikely to survive the coming regime change.

Ironic that he first came to prominence under John Major.


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“Well, then he’s gonna pay on December 2nd”



Mycroft says:

Have you read the last bit of Animal Farm?

You know where the animals are looking through the Farmhouse window?

My TV screen was that window at lunch-time today.

Be careful, the sudden self-congratulatory tone, the slightly pudgy outline of indulgence and you become exactly what you should despise.

The jolly face of the Quisling Cameron poses for your camera has mesmerised and deceived you, you who were once not so deceived.

You were no firebrand, you were a damp squib in my opinion, sorry.

You need a damned good kick up the ahse!


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