Saturday, October 17, 2009

Saturday Seven Up

7upIf you were not one of the 112,122 visitors viewing 443,257 blog pages over the last seven days, here are the seven most popular stories (in order of popularity) that you missed:

  1. Guardian Gagged from Reporting Parliament
  2. Ed Vaizey’s Three Hour Lunch with Tracey Emin
  3. Sunday Sleaze
  4. 60 Million of Us, 646 of Them
  5. +++ Guardian Gag Attempt Dropped +++
  6. MPs’ Standards Committee Says :
    Jacqui Can Keep Every Penny She Fiddled if She Says ‘Sorry’
  7. Jacqui Smith : Crime Without Punishment

You are either in front of Guido, or behind…

Friday, October 16, 2009

+++ BBC : HMRC Investigating Taxes of 27 MPs +++

Talking Heads

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Friday Caption Contest (Boozy Vaizey Edition)

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Jonah Jinxs Leyland

jonah_leylandYesterday afternoon Jonah Brown visited Leyland Trucks in Leyland in the North West to support the South Ribble Labour MP.   To those who follow Jonah’s travels is it no surprise that same night Labour were humiliated in the Leyland St Mary’s local by-election – a seat they once held.  The result was:

Con 709
Lab 239

A swing to the Tories from two years ago when they gained the council – recording 65% of the vote across the whole constituency. The one-eyed son of the manse is working his electoral curse at local and national level for Labour…

Last Night at the Opera

tristan-und-isolde-royal-opera-houseOvert Opera fan Nick Brown, the government Chief Whip, was well placed last night at the Royal Opera House in the front row of the stalls circle before 5 pm (yes thats when it started) for the new production of Tristan und Isolde. He was in a party with lobbyist Peter Bingle of  spin merchants Bell Pottinger.  Perhaps Gordon should have cause to worry that his Chief Henchman was watching a tale of the betrayal of King Marke by Tristan and Isolde in the company of a Conservative enemy.

George Osborne and his wife were sitting in the stalls on their own, presumably having paid for their own tickets.  At four hours and fifty five minutes Guido would have paid not to attend…

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Another Trougher Bites the Dust : Wilshire to Stand Down

wilshireAccording to Nick Robinson the Tory chief whip Patrick McLoughlin, gave the Wilshire the bullet. He is sticking to the “it was all within the rules” / “approved by the Fees Office” line.

In reality, like in so many other cases, the £3,250 a month in parliamentary office allowances to Wilshire’s company Moorlands Research Services was completely outside the spirit of the rules and the Fees Office was wrong to make the payment.  Goodbye and good riddance.

+++ Sun’s George Pascoe-Watson Goes to Spin for Portland +++

Vote Reformer of the Year : Heather Brooke

Heather BrookeThe Reform think tank is inviting nominations for the “reformer of the year”.  Looking down the list there is one candidate who deserves to win.  Heather Brooke, the Freedom of Information campaigner who fought the Speaker and parliament to reveal the true venality of the political class deserves your voteIf it was not for her the troughing would still be going on unseen by the public today…

See also : Expenses Freedom of Information : Villains and Heroes

Dishonourable MPs Can No Longer Be Trusted to Self Regulate

wilshireTory MP David Wilshire has been paying £105,000 expenses to run a company he owns.  He has referred himself to Parliamentary Standards Commissioner before Guido could.  In due course the Committee on Standards and Privileges will let him off with a slap on the wrist and he will not be the first six-figure expense trougher to be let off. The Wintertons and Jacqui Smith got the naughty step treatment from the Committtee of fellow MPs and paid not a penny back. Crime without punishment seems to be the operating principle, probably because MPs are thinking “there but for the grace of God go I”.

There is a Latin legal maxim: “nemo debet esse iudex in propria causa”, meaning no one should be judge in his own cause.  The idea that MPs can be trusted to follow “fundamental principles of propriety” and self regulate according to the Green Book is laughable and it is now seen by the public as laughable.  This has to change.  The forthcoming Kelly Report to the Committee on Standards in Public Life needs to resolve this with tough transparency measures.


Seen Elsewhere

Stuart Broad Right, Peston Broadly Wrong | Ryan Bourne
The 38 Seats in England Yet to Select a Tory Candidate | ConHome
Labour and Green Ecofascism | Matthew Walsh
Burnham Shows Why Labour Can’t Be Trusted | Speccie
Why Online Voting is a Crap Idea | Ballot Box
Time We Showed Super Rich Some Love | Alice Thomson
We Need True Popular Capitalism | Maurice Saatchi
Labour’s Winning Hand | Sebastian Shakespeare
We Defend Labour’s Record | John Hutton and Alan Milburn
100 Tories to Rebel on Plain Packs | Telegraph
May 2015 and the Art of Political Betting | MAY2015


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Alan Milburn says Labour’s scaremongering campaign for an unreformed NHS will not win election…

“It would be a fatal mistake, in my view, for Labour to go into this election looking as though it is the party that would better resource the National Health Service but not necessarily put its foot to the floor when it comes to reforming. Look, reforms are not easy, but the Labour Party is not a conservative party. It should be about moving things forward not preserving them in aspic. You have got a pale imitation actually of the 1992 general election campaign, and maybe it will have the same outcome. I don’t know.”


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