Bonkers in the Bunker

Cameron explicitly said at PMQs what Guido thinks, in the “bunker” they are bonkers, barking out orders for schemes that never happen. Gordon actually claimed at one point during PMQs that Germany had “left the mainstream” of economic thinking.  That would be Germany, with the biggest economy in Europe and a centrist coalition government.

Delusional and in denial are inadequate terms to describe Gordon’s state of mind.  He is completely disconnected from the reality of the situation, that makes it impossible for him to get us out of this mess.

Don’t just take Guido’s word for it, Brian Wilson, a former government minister with across the board experience in a number of departments has just written this; “Brown was clearly deluding himself this week with his overblown invocations of Churchillian resolve to counter the turbulent economic times in which we live.” In private more and more Labour people are completely despondent.

PMQs Sorry Story

Bust Gordon Will Be Politely Ignored at G20

Gordon keeps on mumbling about the need for an “international early warning” system, some might say that the IMF already does that job.  After all it gave at least half-a-dozen warnings about Britain’s over-indebtedness in the years proceeding Brown’s bubble bursting.

This morning the IMF is warning that the UK will be the last major economy out of recession.  Gordon thinks he can use the G20 Summit to show his leadership, Guido suspects many world leaders will be grateful that they are not in his situation.  Americans commentators talk about the UK’s currency collapse and debt crisis.  The Europeans are dismissive of his VAT cut, Asians bored by his talk of global regulation –  which seems laughable in the wake of the collapse of the British banking sector.  The White House wants to sort Wall Street out themselves and the American voters won’t be interested in Gordon’s grandiose schemes.

The truth is that Gordon has presided over the biggest bust of any major economy. The IMF says Britain will probably be last out of recession.   Gordon has no credibility as a prudent finance minister.  The G20 leaders will politely listen to his ramblings in the way that you listen to the views of a slightly demented uncle who invites you over for lunch.  They know he is finished and they probably won’t have to listen to him again.

UPDATE : Former Blairite Downing Street spinner turned lobbyist Darren Murphy is dismissive of the relevance of the G20.  Reading between the lines, he is dismissive of Brown altogether.  Expect more of this kind of thing from Labour figures.

Barack O’Bama Says “Happy St Patricks”

They didn’t dye the White House fountains when Gordon visited.   The Irish Taoiseach got a warm welcome from Barack – after all he is family.

“My mother’s family can be traced back to Ireland, and it turns out that our first Irish ancestor came from the same county that the Taoiseach once represented. So we may be cousins. We haven’t sorted that through yet. But even if blood we’re not related by culture and affinity…by friendship we are certainly related… an affirmation of one of the strongest bonds of people that exists in the world.”

Ireland has had “probably as much impact on our culture and our traditions as any country on earth” said President O’Bama ahead of a lunch to be attended by Secretary of State Clinton. Tonight will see a ceremony and a reception for almost 400 people.  Guido has been unable to ascertain if the Taoiseach will be getting a blockbuster DVD box set as well.

Ipsos MORI : 52% Happy with Dave, 59% Unhappy with Gordon

Personal RatingsThere is no coming back from numbers like this whatever pundits say. Gordon is going to take the Labour Party down with him. The reality is that his personal negative rating is a deadweight on the party’s electoral prospects.

Ipsos MORI March Political Monitor – Conservative lead Labour by 10 points despite economic optimism rising

  • Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s personal ratings have increased since last month: one in three (34%) are satisfied with the way he is doing his job as Prime Minister, and three in five (59%) are dissatisfied, giving a net score (the percentage satisfied minus the percentage dissatisfied) of -25.
  • Public opinion on how David Cameron is doing his job as leader of the Conservative Party has shown a marked increase since February 2009: 52% are satisfied (up nine points from last month) and 30% dissatisfied (down four points), yielding a net figure of +22. This is a thirteen point ‘net’ increase (from last month’s net figure of +9) and matches the highest satisfaction rating we have ever recorded for David Cameron (in August 2008).

Labour strategists and activists know they are “going down with Brown”…

UPDATE : Labour contested the City Wards elections for the first time in history, breaking with the City’s tradition of independents. They lost every single seat.

Slogan Submissions

The co-conspirators have come up with a few slogan ideas for Andy Coulson and Steve Hilton (courtesy of Labour’s ToryLogo.com slogan generator).

Slogans

What do you think works?

Prezza Punked, Co-conspirators Overwhelm His Site

Prezza Punked

Labour still have some way to go before they get the knack of this online stuff.  Still it gave us a good laugh.  Dizzy has the full storyThe site was co-sponsored by a web hosting firm…

Tory BandwithUPDATE : They have now put 50p in the bandwith meter and got the site back up – this time with no gallery of images, most of which were anti-Labour.  Guido will give a prize for the slogan image that most amuses him.  Email the small  version of the image (not the link) to guido.fawkes@order-order.comWill put up some of the best for co-conspirators to vote on…

Prescott’s Tory Logo Generator

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It is only a little bit of fun, but Guido is liking Prezza’s Tory logo generator a lot.  Designed to cheer up the downtrodden and dejected Labour activist base, it certainly made Guido smile.  Have a go yourself…

UPDATE : For some reason they seem to no longer have a picture gallery of uploaded slogans.  Sense of humour failure?

Cherie Blair to Fight Greed and Hubris

Cherie BookIs Guido the only one amused at the news that Cherie Blair has been hired to help fight a legal case against RBS management?  The papers presented to the Court in New York allege greed and hubris on the part […]

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+++ Cameron : “I Want to Freeze BBC Licence Fee” +++

BBC Wastes MoneySays he supports the principle of the Licence Fee, freezing is the right thing to do.

He is not proposing deep cuts.[…]

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Rich & Mark’s Monday Morning View

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Dougie Alexander “Pretty Optimistic” About the Next General Election[…]

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“Brown is Bonkers” Meme Now Underpins the Tory Message

Matthew d’Ancona in the Sunday Telegraph is optimistic in his analysis of Cameron’s Birmingham “sorry” speech.  Matthew compares the speech to Keith Joseph’s systematic attack on the post-war economic consensus, the famous speeches which were the intellectual foundation of Thatcherism. […]

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