Saturday, June 6, 2009

Gordon Booed at D-Day Ceremony by WW II Veterans

Unelected, unwanted even by the majority of the members of his own party*, with no mandate of any kind from party or nation.  He bullied his way to power and it seems he will have to be dragged out of office.  Surely there are decent people in the Labour Party who can put the national interest before the narrow interests of their party?

UPDATE :  The veterans booed him because it is thought that Downing Street encouraged Sarkozy to not invite the Queen so that he could get another photo-op with Obama. The Obama obsession seems evidenced by the Prime Mentalist’s renaming of ‘Omaha beach’ to ‘Obama beach’.  Cringe as our head of government embarrasses the nation yet again:

*YouGov/C4 News poll says the majority of Labour Party members think they would do better without Brown and 53% they would be better off with Blair back in charge.  They would…

Post-Election On-Message “Lines to Take” from Labour HQ

If you have ever wondered how it is that all the broadcasters always seem to end up with on-message Labour talking-heads spouting exactly the same drivel after an election, here is why – Labour HQ emails everyone a briefing on “lines to take” before they go on air.  The degree of control demanded by New Labour means ambitious MPs can’t be allowed to think up their own answers.

Hence we end up with a series of robotic talking heads mouthing the party line.  Backbenchers and cabinet ministers alike will all parrot the same form of words regardless of the question asked.  If you were watching the news yesterday you will have heard the script.  Guido is grateful to a “real socialist” co-conspirator for providing yesterday’s “lines to take”.  If you want to see it, Guido has uploaded the dull script to here.   Hopefully the next leader of the Labour Party will be less Stalinist and permit Labour MPs to think for themselves…

UPDATE : It appears that Paul Waugh has blogged this already.

We Paid the Piper for Brown

The Telegraph has had a closer look at Brown’s receipts and learnt that not only has he charged his cleaning to the taxpayer, he double-dipped for two properties after flipping his designation when he moved into Downing Street.  Gordon flipped the designation of his second home from London to Scotland 10 days after Blair announced he would begoing. This allowed Gordon to carry on claiming a second home allowance after he moved into Downing Street.  He has now been shamed into repaying the imprudent simultaneous over-claiming on two properties. 

This detail is up there with claiming for wreaths; according to the Telegraph

… a detailed analysis of Mr Brown’s expense claims also reveals that the Prime Minister claimed £30 on his office expenses for the cost of hiring a bagpiper to play at a ceremony for veterans.

George Wallace, who played at a “veterans’ badge presentation” at a church in Kirkcaldy, told The Daily Telegraph: “I took a few hours off work but I said I wasn’t worried about getting paid. I was quite surprised when the cheque came from Gordon Brown.” 

Gordon Brown being generous with other people’s money? The story of his political life…

Friday, June 5, 2009

+++ Caroline Flint Resigns +++

Timed exquisitely for the middle of Gordon’s post re-shuffle press conference.  Guido apologises for his earlier disparaging of her.

UPDATE :  She has just said that Gordon Brown treated her as female window dressing and accused him of running a two-tier government of cronies and the rest of the cabinet. Ouch.

+++ Hoon Quits +++

Break open the good stuff…

UPDATE :  The disgraced Tony McNulty has resigned as well. He may yet face questions from the police…

Barrels Being Scraped

Hain is we are told heading back to the Welsh Office.  Is it because of his brilliance?  When Gordon sacked him last time it was for incompetence.  

Is it because he is clean when it comes to his expenses and will demonstrate the sincerity of Brown’s plans to clean up politics  This is the man who failed to declare £100,000 laundered through a think tank / slush fund for his deputy leadership campaign.  Hain, do not forget, was the cabinet minister who argued for the change in the system that allowed ministers to designate their London home as their second home, he “employs” his 80 year-old mother at the taxpayer’s expense to look after his interests, such a shame she never actually visits his office…

Hain has played his hand well, Guido heard a rumour that it was to be him who was going to berate Brown at Monday’s PLP meeting.  Perhaps Brown’s henchmen heard it too, bringing him back buys Hain off.  The barrel is really being scraped in the effort to prop up Gordon…

Friday Caption Contest

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Back Him, Or He’ll Sack You

A Blairite source tells Guido that last night Brown’s henchmen started calling ministers from 10 pm when Purnell’s bombshell exploded, demanding in no uncertain terms  that they publicly back Brown if they wanted to keep their jobs in today’s re-shuffle.

Caroline Flint, who is not a renowned fan of Gordon, issued a statement of support last night.  Might as well keep the ministerial pay and perks for as long as possible…

UPDATE : Is it only the Fink and Guido who are amused that last night Hutton released a statement saying Purnell had made the wrong decision to resign, before resigning this morning?

Browndemonium

This reshuffle is all about survival, Gordon Brown’s survival.  He is trying to buy off his enemies, placate cabinet colleagues who could destroy him and stabilise his government.  It looks like he is too weak to be able to put Ed Balls into the Chancellorship, so all last week’s public dithering about Darling’s position was pain for no gain.

Yvette Balls looks set for promotion so the bunker team is not without advance.  Guido can’t help wondering what Mandelson is thinking.  The serpent could, if he wanted, strike a fatal blow at any moment…

Thursday, June 4, 2009

+++ Purnell Pulls the Trigger +++


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Boris on his fellow Islingtonista Emily Thornberry:

“It was an entirely run-of-the-mill English townscape, with some straightforward words to go with it. There was no obvious insult, no abuse, no overt sneering. She might have got away with it entirely, had some alert blogger not spotted it. He instantly detected the coded message that Emily Thornberry was sending to all her right-on, bien-pensant, Labour-luvvie friends in Islington, or wherever else it is that they follow her on Twitter.”



Left on Left says:

The lefties are attacking because the panellist is a millionaire and lives in a London home worth upwards of two million. Someone had best tell them he’s called Ed Miliband.


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