Managed hopefully not to look too hungover on the Daily Politics, shirt was last clean one.
Half the conference is leaving Manchester to beat the rush and watch the leaders speech on TV back home, the queues began an hour ago for the hall. Guido will be staying back late to avoid the herd…
Growling Chris Grayling was out of the loop doing his own speech to conference when it was leaked that General Dannatt was joining the Tories in the Lords. He told the BBC’s Emily Maitlis
“I admire the work of General Dannatt and other senior generals who’ve done so much in Afghanistan and done so much to lead. I hope that this isn’t a political gimmick. We’ve seen too many appointments in this government of external people where it’s all been about Gordon Brown’s PR. General Dannatt’s an experienced figure and should rightly be working alongside government. I’m always suspicious of government’s motives when it does things like this.
Except it wasn’t the government making the appointment, it was to be Cameron in his speech tomorrow. Ouch.
He has had to do another interview explaining that he doesn’t really think it is a PR gimmick now he knows he is going to be working for a future Tory government. We are at war with Eurasia, we have always been at war with Eurasia…
From the Fringe Guido heard a great story about Sir Michael White last night; Sir Michael was chairing a fringe event, and when it came to the Q&A section, he pointed towards the back of the hall, saying “You, the man at the back!” Who was he pointing at? The cropped haired yet nevertheless definitely feminine, Melanie Phillips.
But things got worse for the Guardian grandee. A guy was trying to ask a question, and Sir Mike said – “Yes,
Ray Lewis Shaun Bailey?” Unfortunately, while the man in question was black, he certainly was not Ray Lewis. Not a mistake a politician would make…
Guido’s favourite bar tale: the worse for wear young Tory who opened the conversation with a notoriously randy senior Tory Lord thus: “who are you shagging this week?” If looks could kill…
With losses of £73 million last year can the Mirror group really afford to be buying champagne for Tories? They just tried a stunt to send over a couple of glasses to George Osborne for breakfast. They should perhaps focus on the local government fat-cats at the The Conservative Local Government Champagne Reception, sponsored by Tesco. Will it be Tesco’s finest champagne?
Fraser Nelson says that “When David Cameron turned up to The Spectator’s party last night, I thought it only decent to ply him with a glass of fizz. After all, a magazine whose motto is “champagne for the brain” can hardly begrudge champagne for the guests.”
Guido has been saying for some time that the next election won’t be won or lost because of Twitter. It will be video which will devastate candidates.
This isn’t quite the film of the grassy knoll in Dallas, but it indicative of what is to come. Good fun…
UPDATE : It looks like it is open season on champagne guzzlers. Guido prefers a Peroni..
A little bit earlier than midnight, here is what is hot on the Tory fringe based on registrations with FringeList.com:
The Top 10:
James Cleverly (Boris’ ambassador) was raving about the service, his itinerary is public here : tory.fringelist.com/jamescleverly. Jesse Norman is advertising his speaking itinerary here : tory.fringelist.com/jesse_norman and James Bethell is very busy tory.fringelist.com/jamesbethell. See who is going where via tory.fringelist.com/goers. Hundreds of delegates have received thousands of text reminders this week…
Guido knows the name of the boozy delegate who at 2 a.m. decided that nicking a bottle of champagne in a locked down secure zone seemed like a good idea.
He got out of jail this morning.
Big Brother Watch’s Alex Deane spotted Lord Falconer outside the Tory Conference. With Cameroons openly speculating about welcoming some Blairites into their big tent, one wonders what he is doing in town. Surely he would be one Blairite too far, though he wants Brown out – sooner – and more sorely than the Tories do.
As to why he was hanging around he was keeping schtum…
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George Galloway says of his former Respect candidate the UKIP MEP turned Tory, Amjad Bashir…
“Clearly Bashir does not have any real political principles or commitment, only naked opportunism and self-interest. He represents the revolving door principle in politics. The Tories are welcome to him because he will cause them embarrassment. Fortunately Respect was able to act before he did it to us.”