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Quote of the Day

Jon Snow blogs

“When it comes to military procurement, Israel spends £9 billion a year and administers its purchases with 400 people. Britain spends £10 billion annually on procurement and has a staff of 23,700 to do it.”

Look With Your Eyes Not With Your Hands

Something is just a little bit too convenient about this photo of Beaker the Leaker:

Guido does find it rather amusing that in order to avoid being accused of “announcing to the press before announcing to the House” the government seems to have just accidentally happened to get photographed reading the chosen headline figure.

Dave got caught flashing photographers a document as well. Instead of briefing the press the new method seems to be to simply flash briefings to photographers so hacks know what to write about thus softening the blow. Despite the half a million jobs figure being the official forecast for months, every single newspaper splashed it this morning…

Could this be a plausibly deniable job well done? Though questions still remain about why the Telegraph had the entire Defence Review before it was announced yesterday…

Guy News: Dessy and the Deficit Denying Dinosaurs

That Aircraft Carrier Decision Explained

Amazingly prescient and well informed explanation from Admiral Parr:

Deficit Denying Dinosaurs

The TUC’s grand protest at Parliament today saw a collection of deficit denying unionists and the usual collection of communists. It seems many of them didn’t quite see the irony of a deficit denying dinosaur:

Video to follow…

What Do You Think Should Happen to the BBC?

Red Ken Exposes Labour Hypocrisy

However much we suspect the integrity and word of politicians, rarely is there such a simple acid test of right and wrong. Labour’s selection for a candidate for Mayor of Tower Hamlets has been an utter mess resulting with many supporting the lefty independent Lutfur Rahman, who was deselected after his extremist links were exposed. These rogues included Labour’s candidate for the Mayor of London.

The Staggers reports that so far eight people have already been expelled from Labour for campaigning against the official candidate and Harman said:

“There is nobody else that is a Labour candidate for Tower Hamlets… if they are supporting somebody else, then they are opposing the Labour Party and you cannot be against a party and in it”

So will Labour live up to their famed hypocrisy and let this one go quietly? Are some animals more equal than others?

UPDATE : Smarkets have opened the betting on Tower Hamlets.

The Criminal Ruling Classes

Such are their number it is getting difficult for Guido to keep track of all the politicians who are either under investigation, currently facing charges or are  actually in the dock as defendants.

It is worth bearing in mind that […]

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Paranoid About Left-Wing BBC Bias?

Some would have it that the caricature of BBC news editors as Thatcher-hating, Green-loving, Tory-bashing, anti-Israeli types is just that, a ridiculous caricature of over-the-top nonsense only existing in the minds of paranoid Telegraph readers. Is it really paranoia?

Yet

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An Open Letter to Paul Dacre

The Cellar
House of Commons
London
SW1 0AA

Mr Paul Dacre,
Editor the Daily Mail


Dear Mr Dacre,

I would like to apply for a job as one of your columnists. As you will see below your current columnist Andrew […]

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Has Hancock Perjured Himself?

The Sunday Times would have made uncomfortable reading for pervy LibDem MP Mike Hancock. Having triggered an investigation by Hampshire Police  Hancock’s alleged victim, a mentally ill constituent, has apparently seen a deterioration in her condition since the alleged assault. […]

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