“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.”
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.
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…
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.
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.
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…
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.”
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.
UPDATE II : Don’t know how the Guardian will be reporting this, but they have re-located their property arm to the Caymans to avoid tax.
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.”
Many of Guido’s co-conspirators predicted that what has now come to pass would result. The curse of Jonah Brown hit Wenger’s boys in red as surely as if the PM himself had attended each and every match since.
The once-mighty Arsenal were beaten by Manchester United yesterday and are now out of the running for the Premier League title. They were doomed from the moment they agreed to let Gordon on to the pitch…
- stands for being different from Blair and being the same
- is going to leave and stay in Iraq
- cuts the NHS and expands it
- emits and cuts back CO2 emissions; is anti-green and pro-green
- is regressive and progressive; right wing and left wing
- will be at the Olympic games and not at them
- was against and in favour of obtaining a mandate to govern the British people
- wanted a referendum and opposes a referendum
- was both at the Lisbon treaty ceremony and not at it
- stands for more and less borrowing
- has ended and started the boom and bust cycle.
Hat-tip : Deconvoluter