14.57 Just in from a co-conspirator :
Some poor fellow was just walking along Great Smith Street ahead of me, just outside of the Department for Children, Schools and Families. A car zoomed up outside and the door was flung open in a “I’m important and busy” manner – hitting the poor pedestrian. The moron responsible eventually shouted a token “sorry”, but not before those standing about (including me) had spotted that the culprit was the popular Ed Balls.
The door was opened just ahead of the pedestrian who walked into it, although was protecting himself with his hands as he must have seen it coming at the last second.
It was the reason why he eventually shouted an apology. He also had his team with him (3 or 4 people), and there were another two or three bystanders.
Source is pukka.
16:12 UPDATE : Another co-conspirator is prompted to email:
A couple of years ago I was at the dentist in Victoria Street. Ed Balls was there with his daughter. When they left, Ed was on the phone being incredibly busy and important. He walked out of the heavy swing door letting it fall back on his daughter who got properly squidged. She must have been no more than about 8 years old and the valiant little soul put her whole body strength into squeezing the door open again and followed her dad out into the street where he was still on the phone completely oblivious.
Not the most recent of events granted, but shows he has got form…
The Daily Telegraph has got hold of a letter sent by chief whip Geoff Hoon to Vaz expressing an expectation that his former ministerial colleague will be “appropriately rewarded” for backing the measure to hold terror suspects for up to 42 days without charge.
Slimy Vaz is the Labour chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee. He was at first opposed to the plans but eventually gave them his full backing.
Vaz was asked in Parliament during the debate if he had been offered an honour for his support. He said: “No, it was certainly not offered—but I do not know; there is still time.”
Hoon’s letter says:
Just a quick note to thank you for all your help during the period leading up to last Wednesday’s vote. I wanted you to know how much I appreciated all your help… I trust that it will be appropriately rewarded!…With thanks and best wishes,
So “Lord Vaz” it is…
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Guido would especially like to thank his advertisers this month for their support and contribution to his cellars.
Amazon – Guido’s readers buy hundreds of books every month.
Argos Online – They can deliver barbecues and kiddies pools.
Betfair – Place your bets.
Central Office of Information – It was like a tax rebate.
Children Are Unbeatable Alliance – They are in Guido’s house.
Compass – Discerning advertisers.
Connect Online Backup – Keeps Guido’s data safe.
eBay – For everything.
Friends of Zimbabwe – But not Mugabe.
Help the Aged – Getting heard in Westminster.
Laithwaites – Booze to the door.
Lastminute – Nice viral.
MoneySupermarket.com – Does what it says on the tin.
Leonard Cheshire Disability – Campaigning.
Savanna Cider – African cider.
Standpoint magazine – Definitely.
The Stationery Office – Download legislation.
Total Politics magazine – Welcome.
War on Want – Keeps Guido in Margaux.
WWF – Love those Pandas…
*Fewer people re-loaded PoliticalBetting.com more often.
Martin Sheehan says: “The opportunity to join Portland at this stage in the company’s growth is one I couldn’t refuse. Working for two Prime Ministers has been a fantastic experience. After spending eight of the last ten years in Downing Street, it’s time for a new challenge.” Translation: a year of the Prime Mentalist is enough for me…
Last week Downing Street functionaries were asked by Gordon to switch off auto-complete on his email software. It turned out that our early morning emailing PM had accidentally emailed Wendi Deng, also known as Mrs Rupert Murdoch.
Easy mistake to make, but Mrs Murdoch doesn’t really have much interest in Scottish politics. No doubt she is a little better informed now…
Guido is sceptical, but Brown is such a Jonah,* you never know…
Hence the cosy pictures of Mandela with his feet up with Dave, but none such with the Prime Mentalist…
He is rumoured to be a possible replacement for Alistair Darling at the Treasury. Clearly not something that will please the City’s moneymen….
CPS Study Abrahams ‘Dodgy’ Donations Dossier from Police – Sky
It ain’t over until it is over.
MEPs’ Champagne ‘Study Days’ Cost Taxpayer £200,000 – Sunday Times
Champagne swilling luxury junket taking the piss out of taxpayers as per normal.
How MPs Claim for a Second Home – Sunday Telegraph
Simple explanation of the mechanics of the fiddle.
Wintertons to Cost Taxpayers Thousands More on New Flat – Mail on Sunday
Continuing tale of the troughing Tory twosome. Why don’t they live in their own now mortgage-free luxury flat? The taxpayer has bought it for them and fitted it out already. They are a troughing disgrace.
Labour Mired in Sleaze Claims as Scots Leader Quits and MPs are Accused of Homes Tax-Dodge – Mail on Sunday
Scottish Leader and Scottish MP go in disgrace.
‘Over 100 MPs’ in Multi-Million Tax Dodge Over Second Homes – Mail on Sunday
A specific capital gains dodge used by the likes of James Purnell and many others.
Scots Labour Leader ‘Confident of Being Cleared’ after Resigning – Mail on Sunday
No chance Wendy.
Marshall in Shock Resignation after Rumours Over Expenses – Mail on Sunday
End of the gravy train for one MP.
Paul Green also admitted that he gave two personal cheques of £950 which would have put him over the £1000 barrier and shown he was an impermissible offshoredonor.
Guido predicted that “there is no wriggle room. She is on the hook completely”. So it turned out, eventually.
*N.B. Incidentally, Guido was accused by Labour supporters of forging the letter.
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