Red Nose Day Charity Auction£330 Latest Bid for a Boozy Friday Lunch with Guido and Katy

C’mon co-conspirators, surely it is worth more than £330 to enjoy the company of Katy and Guido?

You have 48 hours left to bid on Ebay for Guido and Katy…

Details here.

UPDATE : You can now also bid on a Co-conspirator Guido T-shirt. (Profits going to Red Nose Day)

Labour’s “Fear Culture” in Scotland

Blair is losing it, this morning he dismissed the SNP-backing George Mathewson, the ex-Royal Bank of Scotland CEO as “self-indulgent and absurd” after he came out backing freedom for Scotland. He also implied George wasn’t a real businessman – despite the man leading RBS from a regional bank to what is now a global investment banking force.

As chief executive of the Scottish Development Agency, he is credited by many with creating “Silicon Glen”. He took RBS from losses to global profitability. In a letter to The Scotsman today George accuses Labour of scaremongering about the SNP and of creating a “fear culture” about independence – “I have never really seen myself as a political figure, but all I will say is I don’t share the fear culture that some people think we should have.” He dismisses as “absurd” Gordon Brown’s claim that investors would flee if Scotland was free.

All bang on the money, Scotland standing on it’s own two feet would be good for Scotland and good for England. Labour opposes independence because it knows without Scottish Labour MPs, England, which votes Tory, would not be ruled by Scottish Labour as it is now.

The whole Labour party thrust is that the Scottish can’t well rule themselves alone, when in reality it is the Labour party that fears it can’t rule England without Scottish Labour MPs. The scaremongering by Labour is an insult to the Scottish people. The similar sized Republic of Ireland manages to rule itself, have lower taxes and higher per capita GDP than the UK. In comparison, after a decade under Labour, parts of Glasgow now have third-world level health indicators.

Dave Ditches Core Instincts and Still Keeps Base

Over on PoliticalBetting Mike Smithson is giving much consideration to the surprising ease with which Cameron is shifting to the centre without losing much core support. 96% of voters who voted Tory at the last election still plan to vote Tory again, 1 in 9 who voted Labour plan to vote Tory and 1/8 who voted LibDem plan to vote Tory.

So despite the whining on ConservativeHome and in the Telegraph, Tories are sticking with Dave and he is winning over LibDem and Labour voters. Even after moves like this week’s air-travel-tax debacle, which was very badly spun and has resulted in a lot of unease in the ranks and some backtracking – “were just throwing out ideas”, “it is a proposal for discussion” they say now.

Guido hears that Dave even called Will Lewis, editor of the Telegraph to remonstrate about his coverage of the proposal; “Why are you being so horribly harsh about this air-tax” Dave complained, “Well most of our readers have second homes or enjoy foreign holidays, what do you expect me to do?” came the reply.

Nevertheless, Tory voters will it seems just gnash their teeth and still vote for him. They have nowhere elese to go…

Red Nose Day Charity AuctionBid for a Boozy Friday Lunch with Guido and Katy

It has been said that Guido and Katy Taylor-Richards are truly legends in their own lunchtimes. Katy is currently on the Daily Express’ Hickey gossip column.

Being charitable types we have decided that the best and probably only thing we could do for Red Nose Day is auction ourselves for a fabulously fun Friday lunch involving alcohol and unprintable gossip galore.

The location and date will be determined with the winning buyer. So get your wallets out and bid on Ebay for Guido and Katy…

(Yes, 100% of the money goes to Red Nose Day, auction closes Sunday afternoon.)

Yates Writes to Public Administration Select Committee

Doesn’t really say a lot, does say he has enough staff and an “extremely secure environment” (just round the corner from Scotland Yard).

Download the letter here.

Blinky Balls : I Won’t Be Chancellor

Blinky BallsIn a puff piece in the Brownite Daily Mail, Blinky does a bit of false modesty and says “I still have a lot to learn.” He tells Dacre’s hacks, “No” he won’t be taking over at the Treasury “I have been a Minister for less than a year”. Yes, and he has barely managed to hang on to his parliamentary seat. If Brown hadn’t sorted out a sinecure and a peerage for the neighbouring sitting MP his protege would soon face actually having to earn a living.Guido has been betting against Balls being Chancellor for sometime, his odds are far too short and he has effectively made himself a longshot. Alastair Darling should get the gig unless the upcoming cabinet game of musical chairs somehow upsets Brown’s plans. In other bets Guido has rebalanced the Blair-to-Go bet to July/Sep on Betfair. Uncharacteristically am “all red” on any other outcome. If Yates forces an early Blair resignation Guido will take a hammering at the bookies, but it would be worth it…

Cheer yourself up again by watching Blinky fall apart under interrogation by Brillo.

No Independent Deterrent MeansNo Independent Foreign Policy

As the Tories traipse loyally into the “Aye” lobby with Blair it is worth reflecting on what they are really voting for – a foreign and defence policy subordinate to the U.S. national interest. Now it may be the case that U.S. and U.K. interests generally coincide, but this is a strategic decision which binds Britain to the U.S. for the next thirty years.
If it has been possible for the French to have an independent Force de Frappe and Force Océanique Stratégique since the sixties surely the British can manage after half-a-century to have control of their own weapons system. Since no U.S. president would ever sacrifice a U.S. city to save London, it is verging on treachery to vote to allow the U.S. the ultimate veto on the Defence of the Realm.

For the £30 to £60 billion the replacement system will allegedly cost, surely the Royal Navy could be equipped with a British made and truly independent deterrent. Or is British technology as inferior to French technologie as the British political establishment’s deference to U.S. interests is inferior to the French sense of exceptional national interest?

McTernan Documentation

The Law Report for Attorney-General v British Broadcasting Corporation contains a little nugget Guido hadn’t noticed before. The three categories of documentation identified were:
A Material relating to policy strategy in conducting their future investigations. As to that, the judge said that the real concern of the police was that they wished to put the document to several individuals who might be suspects. They considered that there was a risk that if information about the document was published, that would give potential interviewees the opportunity to frustrate the investigation.

B Material of a factual nature: The police regarded the document in question as a key document in the investigation into the perversion of the course of justice, whose deployment was a matter of real interest and concern and the police were for that reason concerned about it receiving advanced publicity in the media. The document was not an email, it ran to several pages and contained far more information. There was a real question mark as to whether Mr Powell, the addressee, ever received it and the investigating officers were very interested to discover whether he did so or not.

C Material related to Mr John McTernan, director of political operations at Downing Street.

Most of Westminster thinks he has grassed or cut a deal to save his skin. The whole Loans for Lordships affair has, at the very least, cost him his much desired safe seat.

No doubt John will take precious time out from overseeing the decimation of the Labour party in Scotland to post again in the comments telling us how he is in the clear and Guido gets it all wrong. We shall see…

Guess the Odd One Out

One of these guys has recently changed his hair parting, one of these guys has only half-admitted to his drugs issues and one of these guys is leader of the Conservative party. Can you tell which?

Hat-tip : Comment Central

Milan Fashion News

“Tricky corners” are out with fashionistas like David Mills and Silvio Berlusconi. On trial and facing up to twenty years in jail he isn’t worried. The trial will be dragged out beyond the statute of limitations and the former husband of Tessa Jowell will get off free, but not proved innocent.

Mills not only advised his ex-wife on back-to-back mortgages, he also advised Bernie Ecclestone, the Formula One boss, at the time his wife, Tessa, was formulating legislation on banning tobacco advertising F1. Bernie bunged more than £1 million to the Labour Party and succeeded in blocking a ban.

They are said to be separated, but can still be found sleeping under the same roof. Guido suspects that sometime next year, after the trial is halted, they will be reunited.

“Oh Fuck, Levy Has Asked Me To Lie For Him”

That is the quote that the Beeb is too frit to broadcast.

Coincidentally, Guido is speaking tomorrow at midday at the Westminster Media Forum’s Privacy, convergence and content regulation conference sponsored by the British Broadcasting Corporation and Clifford Chance.

So if the Attorney General does want to serve an injunction, you know where to find Guido.

See Iain Dale for more.

Gordon’s Privatised Teeth

According to the PMOS, Tony uses an NHS dentist. The perma-tanned boy-racer, Peter Hain, switched from an NHS dentist in Putney when he went private to an NHS dentist in his Neath constituency – that should keep the leftie dentist vote on side. Hazel Blears lets the taxpayer subsidise her smile, as do Patricia Hewitt, David Miliband and Baroness Amos.

In a statement he spun the blame onto his wife “Gordon has been going to the same dentist for 11 years. Mr Druian is an old friend of Sarah Brown’s family”.

The latest figures show that 60% of Britons are not registered with an NHS dentist. New Labour pledged in 1999 that all patients would have access to NHS dentistry within two years.

House Keeping & Comments Policy Reminder

  • The hosting of this blog is now on Google’s backbone and anything other than http://www.Order-Order.com is likely not to work.

  • Back to the perennial comments policy: there has been too much discussion of policy and politics in the comments of late, some über-bores even discussing history. It is not entertaining in the least, this blog is about political tittle-tattle and gossip (on a good day).
  • If you want to bore on about policy or tell people which way to vote try Comment is Free, ConservativeHome or LabourHome. Comments policy fully reviewed here.

  • One more moan, this isn’t the Reuters website, it doesn’t cover everything, Guido aims for about three stories a day, is usually (hopefully) drunk on Friday afternoons and takes weekends off. So stop whinging about the limited editorial choices.

Rich & Mark’s Monday Morning View (Dental Edition)

Blogged on Thursday, Frontpage on Sunday

Guido’s readers had a preview of the Mail on Sunday’s exclusive earlier this week.

Levy On the Edge

It was a year ago that Guido said Levy would be charged (and started taking bets) it has taken the press and the Lobby a long time to fully come around to Guido’s way of thinking.

The Indy reckons Levy ‘feels let down and is about to turn on the Labour Party, the Sunday Times says Blair aides ‘plotted’ to foil police.

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David Cowling, the BBC’s head of political research, in an internal memo…

“It seems to me that the London bubble has to burst if there is to be any prospect of addressing the issues that have brought us to our current situation. There are many millions of people in the UK who do not enthuse about diversity and do not embrace metropolitan values yet do not consider themselves lesser human beings for all that. Until their values and opinions are acknowledged and respected, rather than ignored and despised, our present discord will persist. Because these discontents run very wide and very deep and the metropolitan political class, confronted by them, seems completely bewildered and at a loss about how to respond (“who are these ghastly people and where do they come from?” doesn’t really hack it). The 2016 EU referendum has witnessed the cashing in of some very bitter bankable grudges but I believe that, throughout this 2016 campaign, Europe has been the shadow not the substance.”

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