London Fire Strikes Get Illegal Support

Secondary picketing is illegal in this country. So why is the RMT turning out at the London Fire Brigade Union protest? Is Bob calling in the comrades?

Note the massive RMT banner…

It is interesting to note that 22 MPs are sponsored by the RMT including London MPs Dianne Abbott, Stephen Pound , John McDonnell and Jeremy Corbyn. Will there be a wall of silence from these normally outspoken MPs? What role is Bob Crowe playing in these strikes?

Dromey Fuels the Fire

With the London Fire Brigade Union set to walk out on Guido’s party night, the public and the government are up in arms, but strangely there hasn’t been a word from Labour. You would have thought that the Shadow Minister responsible for the fire services would have at least attempted to encourage a compromise. Strangely though, former union boss Jack Dromey hasn’t said a word. Guido can’t think why..

Lord Pack of the Blogosphere

There’s lots of talk of who the LibDems will be stuffing into the House of Lords to redress Labour’s majority. Dr Evan Harris and Susan Kramer, both thrown out of Parliament in no uncertain terms by the electorate are rumoured to be seeking promotion to the Upper House despite their rejection from the Commons. However the LibDems are very democratic about these things and members can throw their hat in the ermine ring. It seems Mark Pack, former tech-chief at Cowley Street and editor of LibDemVoice has set up his stall:

Funny, Guido was certain that Mark was a big fan of overhauling the appointed House of Lords…

+ + + GDP Up 0.8% + + +

Better than expected and Labour’s double-dip talk is looking increasingly desperate but it’s not all good news. The Legatum Institute’s Prosperity Index released this morning has Britain lingering at an unlucky thirteenth in the world, with little chance of breaking into the top ten anytime soon. Mandy has returned to the airwaves from nowhere to “talk-down Britain”, as he would have put it during the election…

UPDATE : The GDP figures have really messed up the opposition’s narrative:

First thing this morning the headline on the BBC website was:

UK economic recovery ‘to show sharp slowdown’
The economic recovery in Britain is expected to show a sharp slowdown when figures are released later on Tuesday.

The data release at 0930 forced a headline change:

UK economy grows a faster-than-expected 0.8%
The UK’s economy grew at 0.8% between July and September, official figures show, suggesting the economy is recovering faster than expected. It follows 1.2% growth in the second quarter of the year, and is double the 0.4% expected by analysts… The pound jumped on the news, which lowered expectations that the Bank of England will engage in further quantitative easing in the near future.

But…

The gross domestic product (GDP) figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) is only a first estimate, and may be revised.

The numbers must be wrong, nudge, nudge, wink, wink, says the BBC…

Cuts Causing Commentariat to Exit Reality-Based Community

Polly Toynbee is taking the end of welfare-for-life badly, it has clearly pushed her over the edge, she spitefully told a fellow Guardian journalist recently that her breast cancer was exacerbated, deservedly, because she had worked for the Murdoch press.

Yesterday she claimed “the Tories have a final solution for the poor”. Yes, Polly thinks capping benefits at £26,000 a year is comparable to the genocide of 6 million Jews.

Polly has finally lost it.

How the West Was Won

Guido would like to film something similar with a group of future German school kids laughing at the Irish

Kerry Cautioned

Labour’s ill-fated “Twitter Tsar” Kerry McCarthy has been found guilty and cautioned in what, as far as Guido can see, is the only recorded incident of Twitter Electoral Crime. McCarthy was reported to the police by the Sunlight Centre after being alerted by local constituent Michael Owen days before the election that she had leaked postal vote numbers in a get-out-the-vote bid. Normally a motor mouth, the Bristol East MP is surprisingly quiet today…

UPDATE : From the Bristol Evening Post website.

“Police have confirmed that they have cautioned a man and a woman – both from Bristol – following an investigation into alleged electoral fraud earlier this year under the Representation of the People Act 1983.”

Is it fair to suppose that the man was her agent.

What The Dickens Is He On About?

The Honourable Tristram Julian William Hunt, son of Lord Hunt of Chesterton, was educated at Hampstead’s finest public school*, followed by Trinity College Cambridge and the University of Chicago and King’s College Cambridge. In today’s Mirror he has taken up his quill to slam his fellow toff Dave for going to Eton and employed some spectacular hyperbole, suggesting that “Tory spending cuts send us back to the misery of the Victorian workhouse”:

“Not far from where young David Cameron went to school at Eton, there used to stand a workhouse for the poor of Victorian England. Husbands were separated from wives; mothers from children. The Victorians disliked the poor.

We have civilized ourselves since the 19th century. There is no need for David Cameron to take us back to the ethos of the Eton workhouse.”

For someone who claims to be a historian, Hunt’s grasp of the past and the modern-day seems some what jaded. Just as Guido was typing up this piece and thinking of a suitable logo for a hyperbole award, he noticed that ConservativeHome have given Hunt the “Order of the OTT” for his piece. As he couldn’t put it better himself he borrowed the logo.

*The UCS, where Hunt was a pupil is a member of the Eton Group, an elite grouping of the twelve best schools in the country. But that didn’t quit fit the narrative.

Shock: Maths Not in Left’s Favour

The looney left is never really, really mad until it has formed a boycott of something. True to form any company supporting the coalition cuts its going to be made to really suffer. As the plan gets a nod from […]

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Rich & Mark’s Monday Morning View

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“Progressive” Government is Not the Way to Progress

During the detoxification phase of the Cameron Project to get the Conservative Party re-elected they re-branded themselves as “progressive”, which is the opposite of conservative. It disarmed critics at the cost of ideological coherence.

All parties now say they are […]

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Saturday Seven Up

7upLast week saw 80,951 absolute unique visitors make 235,620 visits to view 376,096 pages. As the BBC moves to supplant the Labour Party as the official opposition with rolling reports of brutal cuts deliberately aimed at crushing the poor (yes […]

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