Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Why Fake a Toff When You Have a Real One Available?

The Labour Party’s efforts in Crewe and Nantwich to paint the local candidate as a “Tory Toff” required them to dress up a couple of Young Socialists in top hats and parade them around as fake toffs in an Andy Coulson style gimmick. Seems all of a bit of a waste of time when not far away they have a real Toff of their own they could have used.

Step forward Mark Fisher, Labour MP for Stoke-on-Trent, the Eton and Oxbridge educated son of a Tory MP is a gent to his finger-tips.

He would never have committed the faux-pas of wearing a grey topper either…

Joined Up Government or Daily Dithering?

The Treasury’s Kitty Ussher has just given an interview to Bloomberg TV saying Britain’s financial sector needs more new migrants the very day after the Home Office put up a new set of hurdles to slow the number of people coming into the country. It’s absolutely crucial that we bring skilled people in,” Ussher told Bloomie today, “When we have difficult economic times, we need to search all over the world to find the people we need.”

A month ago the government introduced a points-based migration system to cut migrant numbers. In March, the Home Office ran advertisements announcing “the biggest shake-up of the immigration system in 45 years.” They showed a picture of a series of hurdles, each labeled “New Immigration Controls.” Yesterday Liam Byrne announced new regulations to make it even more difficult for companies to employ skilled migrants. Consistency? Consistently incompetent…

Hat-tip : Bloomberg

PMQs Daily Politics Live Chat

PMQs : Don’t Shout Abuse at the Telly

After the alcohol driven success of the local election night live-chat Guido will be hosting on the blog another live chat session from 11.30 until 12.30 covering PMQs. We will be watching the Daily Politics as our point of reference.

On election night it was fun and profoundly profane. No doubt this time it will be full of respect for our political masters, completely free from bad language and vitriol. Or maybe not…

The system allows Guido to let 10 chatterers go freely unmoderated, the rest have to have their comments click-approved. So if you want to be unmoderated, be wittier and more amusing…

Contractual Lies

Sue Cameron of the FT took the trouble to call Hermes to dig into Labour’s spin that David Pitt-Watson is walking away from the General Secretary job because of “contractual difficulties” with his old job. “No contractual difficulties with us,” Hermes told her.

Well, says Labour, he has had difficulties extricating himself from his old job. “No,” says Hermes. “He left last week.”

We seem to accept blatant lies from politicians nowadays as just par for the course. Particularly if they come from anonymous spokesman. Guido always tries to name the spokesperson so that we know who is doing the lying. They don’t like that…

Should Labour Make Family Privilegean Issue in Crewe & Nantwich?

Two Young Socialists had a good wheeze dressing up as top hat and tails toting toffs to meet David Cameron and Edward Timpson off the train as they arrived to campaign in Crewe and Nantwich. Class war might seem like a good idea against two public schoolboys from privileged monied families.

Except Guido has the nagging feeling that it might it be a little unwise given that Labour have themselves chosen to use the hereditary principle in selecting Tamsin to fight the seat.

Tamsin Dunwoody is of course the privileged daughter of the Labour MP who held the seat until her death last month…

UPDATE : Guido’s co-conspirators comment that Tamsin’s grandfather, Morgan Phillips, was the General Secretary of the Labour Party, and her grandmother served as a minister in the House of Lords before being made the Lord Lieutenant of London. Tamsin is hardly working class…

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Still No Sign of Clegg’s Expenses

Do you remember back in March when Nick Clegg righteously boomed that the delaying of publication of MPs’ expenses is a “hammer blow” to public confidence in the Commons?
Do you remember Guido called his office and asked when he would be publishing his expenses. They said in two weeks. The two weeks passed and no publication was made. Things got very testy, they denied telling me what they had told me. So Guido pressed them. They would be publishing them “in a few weeks” said Hannah his spin-mistress. So that meant “that month [April] not next month?”, pressed Guido There was some “humphing” from Hannah.

The month has passed.

Farewell Arabella…

Arabella Weir, Guardianista, actress and writer last week on what she would do if Boris was elected:

“I will go on hunger strike and throw myself in front of the next horse at Ascot if he wins.

… and good luck with the diet.

The former adviser to the former Mayor of London, Lee Jasper, who did so much to help Boris on to the path to power, is speaking tomorrow on the subject of “Money, Power and the Route to Success” (tickets only £10).

According to the Mayor Ken subsidised (until now) BLINK website, the downwardly mobile Jasper will be speaking to “upwardly mobile people like yourself who want to socialize with like-minded others in luxury surroundings that reflect where we are, at this stage of our careers and businesses.” In Jasper’s case that would be unemployed and under police investigation.

Steve Richards: Fails Numeracy Test

The man who told us last week that if we were only as clever as him we would vote for Ken Livingstone, demonstrates his genius again this morning in the Indy.

So what, if anything, can Brown do to avoid a 1997 landslide in reverse? Currently, a fatal narrative is in place. It can be summarised in three words: “Brown is a disaster”.

Via Dizzy


Seen Elsewhere

Guido’s Column | Sun
NUT’s Loony Defence of Status Quo | Jago Pearson
A Dozen Reasons to Be Cheerful | John McTernan
Political Bloggers Are Equal Opportunities Attackers | ConHome
Michael Gove Should Resign | Conservative Women
Sarah Wollaston’s Naming and Shaming of Bloggers | LibDemVoice
Fraser Nelson: Put Your Money on Ed Miliband to Win | Guardian
Guido Fawkes is Too Aggressive | The Times
Ditch Tobacco Plain Packaging | Grassroots Conservatives
What Farage, Boris and Rob Ford Have in Common | William Walter
Labour Spell New Adviser’s Name Wrong | ITV


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Rod Liddle on the loony UN sexism special rapporteur:

“There is more sexism in Britain than in any other country in the world, according to a mad woman who has been sent here by the United Nations.

Rashida Manjoo is a part-time professor of law at Cape Town University in the totally non-sexist country of South Africa (otherwise known as Rape Capital Of The World).

Mrs Magoo has been wandering around with her notebook and is appalled by the sexist “boys’ club” culture here, apparently.

I don’t doubt we still have sexism in the UK. But is it worse than in, say, Saudi Arabia, d’you think, honey-lamb? Or about 175 other countries? Get a grip, you doolally old bat.”



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What’s he been doing FFS, mining bitcoins?


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