Gordon is still getting the personality cult treatment - for now. Cameron is not liked by Irwin Stelzer (Murdoch’s emmissary), but the drip-drip of news slanting is neutral for Dave. Andrew Neil reckons that this is the crunch year for The Sun, either it backs Dave this year or sticks with Gordon. We shall see…
“They are up to their necks in sleaze. The best slogan he could think up for their conference next week is Life’s better under the Tories. Sounds to me like one of Steven Norris’s chat up lines. Can you believe that this lot is in charge? Not for long, eh? Then after 17 years of this Tory government, they have the audacity to talk about morality. Did you hear John Major on the Today programme? – calling for ethics to come back into the political debate? I’m told some Tory MPs think ethics is a county near Middlesex. It’s a bit hard to take: John Major – ethics man. … For too many Tories, morality means not getting caught. Morality is measured in more than just money. It’s about right and wrong. We are a party of principle. We will earn the trust of the British people. We’ve had enough lies. Enough sleaze.”
Hat-tip : Iain Dale
Inquiring minds should be looking for a local grammar school girl (this would be prior to him becoming DPM). The girl has since done very well for herself.
More revelations to follow…
The LibDem MP has noticed that when drugs go off patent the generic alternatives become available for a fraction of the old rip-off price. Looking at only three drugs, he has identified savings of £500m, but there are plenty more Big Pharma rip-offs. If the NHS is looking to save money, sourcing drugs more cheaply is a good place to start.
Coincidentally, Pfizer, the most
rapacious profitable pharmaceutical corporation in the world, recently gave £40,000 to Progress, the ultra-Blairite faction organising operation. That should help keep this eminently sensible policy off Blair’s reform agenda.
When the champagne ran out Guido went on for a few Guinesses before winding his way back home. Mrs Fawkes was not best pleased. Mercilessly unamused she kicked a hungover husband out of bed at 5.30am to deal with a teething, screaming baby Fawkes. Mrs Fawkes then continued to berate Guido (before breakfast) for snoring, failing to sleep on the sofa and I think (though it is a little unclear) my role in the Middle East peace process or something. Generally adding to Guido’s throbbing headache.
As she was going out the door she picked up the book, looked at me and put it in her handbag. As if she bloody well needed it…
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Ai Weiwei in China fighting the taxman…
“Under totalitarian rule, no one is protected by law. We will all be the same helpless victims. When a country insists on its lies, it’s time for an artist to bring forth change.”