Al Gore Arrested

No not the globe-trotting scare-monger with the huge hypocritical carbon foot-print. His dope-smoking son was arrested last week for possession after he was pulled over for speeding. If he was speeding in his car you can bet the only hybrid was the weed. Seems like my kinda guy. On the subject of betting, bookmakers Paddy Power has as a result paid out on bets that Al Gore would be arrested – very sporting of them.

Al Gore III also gave Guido an excuse for a great headline.

UPDATE : That pun backfired, he was driving and smoking hybrids apparently.

Ealing Southall : Punters Back Tories Over LibDems

Guido said the by-election in Ealing Southall was a battle for second place between the Tories and the LibDems. If the Ming led LibDems lost ground to the Tories in a high-profile by-election it would destabilise him. LibDems live for by-elections.

The Tories are enthusiastically fighting this campaign and have a strong candidate. Money has now shifted on to Tony Lit, with punters on Betfair now reckoning the Tories have a better chance than the LibDems (who previously held second place at the general election).

If the Tories do well, Ming could face yet another challenging party conference…

Rich & Mark’s Monday Morning View

83% Back Boris for Mayor

Guido’s now closed poll of readers scientifically sampled a total of 1060 co-conspirators. A massive 83% backed Boris running.
Run Boris, Run. London needs you…

GuyNews TV : Bogeyman Re-Mix

Now Gordon’s honeymoon is over it seemed like a good time to re-release the re-mixed version of Gordon the Bogeyman. It has been reconfigured for mobile phones and is being released as a text-messaged viral to download soon. The idea is that people will show it on their phones to their mates down the pub.

Once you watch it, you won’t be able to get it outta your head, unlike Gordon. See the close-up Bogeytastic re-mix now on GuyNews.TV.

Bogeyman Brown Remix

The Case for Boris

Guido has learned that Boris has been discussing the possibility of running for Mayor since at least January. Boris is concerned that he first has to have the support of his constituency if he is to devote six months to campaigning for the job.

Surely Henley can spare him in the noble quest to finally rid Lo
ndon of Ken?


The Succinct Case for Boris:

  • He is high profile and likeable. He has name and face recognition that matches Ken Livingstone. Very few people outside the Conservative activist base know any of the other candidates.
  • He would be the popular grassroots choice with his own party activists.
  • He reaches out to those not usually interested in politics.
  • He is a talented media performer and campaigner.
  • He can win.
There are only ten days left to draft him, nominations close Monday July 16th. Currently over 80% of those polled by Guido want Boris to run…
UPDATE : Hammersmith Tory councillor Harry Phibbs, writing for the Conservative leaning think-tank the Social Affairs Unit, backed Boris for Mayor in January.

Gordon @ PMQs

Mrs Fawkes prevented Guido from seeing the first PMQs clash live (the picture on the right is from a previous PMQs session) but reports reach Guido that in the Public Gallery were Gordon’s brother and Wilf Stevenson. They will have been disappointed.

Watching the recording, Brown got off to a surprisingly shaky and stammering start. The act he is putting on will be difficult to maintain, trying to sound unnaturally consensua, as fake as his new smile. Give it a few months and the inner Gordon will come through. His perfomance was such that he was slapped down by Ming. That was a change…

Speccie Endorses Boris for Mayor

Matthew d’Ancona has declared Boris to be the official candidate of The Spectator for the position of London Mayor.
The I’m Backing Boris Facebook group is now open for business…

UPDATE : Tory Radio is backing Boris.

UPDATE : Somebody has bought up today : boris4london.com, boris4london.org, boris4london.co.uk, boris4london.org.uk, boris4london.net, boris4mayor.org, boris4mayor.com, boris4mayor.org, boris4mayor.co.uk, boris4mayor.org.uk, boris4mayor.net.

Brown to Protect the Sith

In the small print of Brown’s Commons Statement yesterday:

Right of charities to campaign
168. …it is important to ensure that the regulatory framework for the third sector, together with the Government’s consultation mechanisms and investments in strengthening the organisational capacity of the sector, help it to foster and harness community voices on important issues of public policy. The Government will therefore work with the Charity Commission, Capacitybuilders and sector leaders to explore the options for enabling charities and other sector organisations to better campaign on issues that are likely to advance the cause of the purposes for which they have been established. As part of this process, the Government will consider the recommendations of the recent report of the independent Advisory Group on Campaigning and the Voluntary Sector, chaired by Baroness Helena Kennedy QC (23 May 2007).

The review was far from independent and was cobbled together by the Treasury last February to report in April – unusually timely and speedily. (Wonder why?) The great and the good on the committee chaired by Helena Kennedy recommended that “Charities should be able to engage in political campaigning in furtherance of their charitable purposes as long as they do not support political parties.”

It might surprise you to learn that Guido supports this move, then again Guido has never seen a tax cut he hasn’t liked. This move might save the Smith Institute’s charitable status, but if campaigning becomes tax-deductible Brown is going to get an awful shock. Right-of-centre pressure groups and campaigns will raise and spend more money than his supporters ever will. It will give political organisations outside the party structures a huge warchest. A lot of people will be far more inclined to give to their causes if it comes off their tax bill…

Blair Trousers First £100,000

Guido hears that Blair’s package for his UN-sponsored Middle East Peace Mission is £100,000-a-year, plus office and travel expenses.

Didn’t Jimmy Carter have this exact same job a decade or two ago?

++ BOLES PULLS OUT OF TORY MAYORAL RACE ++

Nick Boles is quitting the race due to serious illness. He is getting treatment for cancer. Best of luck Bolesy.

Labour’s Anti-Heir-to-Blair Campaign Poster

If Cameron is the Heir-to-Blair, and the Brownites have been fighting Blair for so long, is this any surprise? They have recycled an anti-Blair poster from the 2005 general election. Michael Howard’s Tories had a poster of a grinning Blair, with the slogan “wipe the smile off his face”.
If the Labour party carry on like this it will be cathartic for them. They will be able to attack Dave for all his Blairite traits and in doing so they will purge their guilty consciences.

UPDATE : Here is the old Tory advert.

Snouts in Trough : James Gray (Again)

James Gray is widely perceived to be a cad. He barely held on to his seat when efforts were made by disgusted Tories to deselect him over his treatment of his wife when she had cancer – he left her for his mistress. The mistress’ husband was quoted as saying that James Gray is full of “sanctimonious, self-serving drivel.”

The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, Sir Philip Mawer, “encouraged” him to repay payments to his ex-wife of £12,000 from his Commons expenses between last October and February, when the payments were exposed in the Mail on Sunday. Ordinary people caught defrauding the public purse get prosecuted, when MPs get caught they just repay the money. Disgraced Blunkett fiddled his expenses for his mistress, got caught and repaid the money he defrauded “by mistake”. What will it take for an MP to be prosecuted?

Scores of MPs fiddle their mortgage expenses, pay spouses and offspring to do non-jobs, whilst claiming allowances to which they are not really entitled. The sums are not insignificant, but the principle that law makers should not be law breakers is more important than the size of the fiddle. This is stealing from the public purse, defrauding the taxpayer. MPs complain that the public don’t trust them.

Can’t politicians see that their transparently venal ways are a large part of the problem?

Miliblogger to Persevere

Guido has received a tip-off that the Miliblog will not die, it will be re-incarnated at the FCO. What a waste of taxpayers money. Shouldn’t he really be concentrating on foreign relations rather than his personal spin blog?

Shouldn’t the Labour party rather than the taxpayer pay the bill?

See previous stories.

“Two Horse Race” for Second Place in Ealing Southall

Labour has a thumping majority in Ealing Southall and will, unless something spectacular happens, hold the seat. The interesting race is for second place.

A re-energised Conservative party are intent on squeezing the 3% deficit with the LibDems, who are struggling badly in the polls.

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