Tuesday, May 6, 2008

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

Haven’t We Bin Here Before?

Gordon says he is listening. He is listening to the people of Britain. What has he heard? Cut stealth taxes? Restore the great pension grab which wrecked Britain’s pension system? Abandon the wasteful ID Cards plan? Drop 42-days detention without trial? No.

He is going to drop plans for local bin taxes. Was that really what the people of Britain wanted most? Hold on a second, who had the rubbish idea for bin taxes in the first place?

It is hardly a major tax break – the cost was expected to be £50 per annum. Hang on another second, he has already said he wasn’t going to go ahead with bin taxes last October! What a con! He has already U-turned on this…

Hat-tip: Sam Coates

Monday, May 5, 2008

Taxodus – Enterprises Flee UK Tax Regime

The news that WPP is considering fleeing UK shores to escape ever increasing taxes resulting from Gordon’s prolificacy must signal that business has had enough of Gordon’s tax and spend policies. Every week a major business seems to make the move, Ireland is continually welcoming companies keen to halve their tax bill.

The Irish benefit massively and the inward investment has helped make Irish per capita incomes now higher than in the UK. In the last 11 years Gordon’s big government and big tax bill thinking has contrasted with Ireland’s more Thatcherite approach – resulting in Ireland becoming richer. It has come to something when the republic is spending hundreds of millions of euros to help the poor neighbour in the North upgrade infrastructure. Eurosceptics who claim Ireland is subsidised by EU funds are out of date. Nowadays Ireland is a net loser from the EU financially.

Gordon says he is listening, well he should hear what businesses are saying and see what they are doing. The tax base is narrowing and will continue to do so until he takes the low tax, high growth route to prosperity. The taxodus across the Irish sea will only increase otherwise…

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Rich & Mark’s Monday Morning View

Why Guido Backed Boris

Guido’s old friend Harry Phibbs can claim to be the first person to promote the idea of Mayor Boris Johnson. The Hammersmith councillor and Evening Standard diarist first posited Boris running in January 2007 on the Social Affairs Unit’s blog.

Guido thought it an inspired idea and posted a comment in reply:

Draft Boris, this is a tele-democracy, he is a performer. He will crucify Ken.

For what it was worth Guido then did everything in his power to encourage Boris to run. Guido made the succint case for Boris ten days before Tory nominations for Mayor closed. Here was the argument for Boris winning on psephological grounds. Guido’s July 2007 poll that showed 83% of Guido’s readers wanted Boris to run was unscientific but encouraging for him.
It was Guido who set up the “I’m Backing Boris” Facebook group which gained over a thousand supporters in the days before he announced he was running – and was actually taken over by the Boris campaign team when he formally announced he was running.

“How much influence do bloggers and the internet have in politics?” is a question Guido is often asked. My reply is that we only have influence over politicians, journalists and thus the climate of ideas. We don’t have any influence over the voting general public except through that opinion leading influence. Guido set out last July to encourage one political journalist to seize the moment, if Guido succeeded in that objective, his mission was accomplished.

Back Boris for a Greater LondonSome co-conspirators have suggested that Guido compromised his USP and libertarian principles in backing a politician’s bid for power – the first time this blog has endorsed a politician. Well Guido has hated Ken Livingstone’s brand of municipal socialism for decades, at one point it looked possible the Tories would again choose Steve Norris to lose to Ken again – that was not a prospect Guido welcomed. Boris has admirable libertarian-conservative instincts and is a refreshingly direct politician who speaks his mind. In a personal note to Guido after he won the Conservative nomination, Boris indicated that the admiration is mutual. So with an opportunity to encourage someone like-minded to lead London, it would have been churlish to remain aloof from the affray.

Boris as mayor will also hopefully provide Guido with lots of fun material…

Gordon Says "Nothing New"

When even Andy Marr, Gordon’s most reliable friendly broadcaster, says “you are saying nothing new” you know the game is up. Gordon is touring the broadcasters this morning grumpily smiling, setting out his one-eyed vision. The fourth re-launch starts next week during which Gordon says he “will take the fight to the Conservative Party”. Ooh, get him…

Friday, May 2, 2008

London is Officially Liberated

Twinned with Edinburgh

GuyNews : Coulson’s CCHQ Post-Election De-Briefing

Guido managed to get access to CCHQ and snatched this slightly triumphalist footage from Coulson’s post-election de-briefing in the Millbank war-room.

See Andy on GuyNews.TV.


Seen Elsewhere

Tories Losing to UKIP in Scotland | ConHome
UKIPers Will Come Home in 2015 | Sun
Tories Set for Thrashing | Sun
Boris Announcement Imminent | Sun
The Case for Splitting Up CCHQ | ConservativeHome
Why UKIP Should Join a ‘European Union’. | Anna Raccoon
Dave’s Brush With Bed Bugs | Speccie
Farage: No Briton Could Be My Secretary | BBC
Dave and George Can Now Be Seen Together | Ben Brogan
Life in Public Sector Turned Me Into a Tory | Telegraph
We are a Christian Country Whether Left Like It Or Not | Harry Cole


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Francis Elliot reports on No. 10 strategy meetings:

“When discussion veers to subjects that Mr Crosby thinks of concern only to the political and journalistic classes, he treats the offender as a pub bore with a tart request to “pass the beer nuts, mate”.”



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