Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Night in the Cell for Champagne Grabber

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.

Lord Falconer at Tory Conference

FalconerBig 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…

What’s Hot on the Fringe

fringelist-buttonA few more changes last night to the Fringelist.com top events derived from the most registrations made by conference goers to receive free SMS text reminders.

The new #1 is the Sunlight Centre’s “Disinfecting Parliament: Debate on MP’s expenses.” The debate will be chaired by Home Office whistleblower Chris Galley and Guido will be arguing on the panel with Jacqui Smith’s media defender, John Rentoul, the Independent’s political correspondent and Mark Wallace from the Taxpayers’ Allliance.

The Top 10:

  1. Disinfecting Parliament: Debate on the Shadow Report into MP’s expenses
  2. Iain Dale’s Blog Readers’ Party
  3. Conference Pride
  4. Would we be Beter Off Out of the European Union?NEW ENTRY
  5. Save Our Pubs and Clubs Drinks Party
  6. Tweet for Change/Bloggers meet up
  7. Trust in Politics: How to get it backNEW ENTRY
  8. Murdoch was right! The case against the BBCNEW ENTRY
  9. The Rural ReceptionNEW ENTRY
  10. A Reception to launch Progressive ConservativesNEW ENTRY

Six new entries compared to yesterday’s movers-and-shakers listOnly twenty-six receptions remaining over the next two nights…

Monday, October 5, 2009

Hi Dave, Party is That Way

Just slipped out of a packed Spectator party to see Fraser Nelson, the new Speccie editor, standing to attention on a blue carpet. “Where are you going?” he asks an exiting Guido. Somebody has to go report on the Telegraph party is Guido’s retort to his now satisfied smile.  Bizarrely scheduled against the premier party (Guido saw Telegraph hacks at the Speccie party) it shows just how out of touch the Telegraph is with the party it once had a monopoly on reporting.

A familiar face approached as Guido exited, he extended his hand, Guido shook his hand, slurred a “hello”, and smiled.  God knows what Fraser thought as his star guest, David Cameron, moved down the blue carpet towards him.

Positive Identification

Don’t know why everyone complains about how difficult it is to get a pass…

Where’s the EU-Row?

Guido got to Manchester this afternoon in search of of the inevitable row post the Irish “Yes” vote. First stop the Bruges group fringe meeting.  It looked promising, Guido counted some 600 attendees and it was standing room only, the line-up included Peter Hitchens and Simon Heffer.

Thatcher’s handbag was mentioned in the chairman’s introduction to great acclaim.  Heffer was measured in his nevertheless strong critique, Peter Hitchens had the room laughing telling them Cameron has put Rohypnol in the champagne and date-raped the Conservative Party. Lots of laughs, but only half the room clapped.  They didn’t like it much when Hitchens told them to stay at home on election day.  He said he himself would be in France.

During the Q&A the sense of the audience was Eurosceptic but not Europhobic, there was a lot of antipathy to the Hitchens line.  One audience member told him to stay in France.  Later on elsewhere Guido bumped into Dan Hannan and asked him where the EU-row fringe was, he emphasised he was very happy with the settled party position and thought that there was a real chance the Czechs could hold the line until election day.  He dismissed the idea that there would be any headbanging on Europe – “If Eurosceptics were plotting surely I would know”.

Rich & Mark’s Monday Morning View

Blair

What’s Hot on the Fringe

fringelist-buttonA few changes today to the Fringelist.com top ten events derived from the most registrations made by conference goers to receive free SMS text reminders.

The new #1 is Google’s campaigning breakfast event.  Expect it to be full of hungover geeks tomorrow morning…

The Top 10 Tonight:

  1. Google’s Guide to Online Campaigning
  2. You TWEET If You Want To: #Twinge
  3. A Force to be Reckoned With: Police ReformNEW ENTRY
  4. Iain Dale’s Blog Readers’ Party
  5. Disinfecting Parliament
  6. The Thin Blue Line: How Do We Build Public Confidence in Policing?- NEW ENTRY
  7. Can Mentoring and Skills Reduce Re-offending?- NEW ENTRY
  8. Tory Bear and Friends Karaoke
  9. Conference PrideNEW ENTRY
  10. Save Our Pubs and Clubs Drinks Party

A lot of moves in the rankings from yesterday.  Three new entries focused on law and order, plus another social event entering the top ten – Conference Pride. Still no sign of a surge towards fringe events focused on Europe…

Sunday, October 4, 2009

The Truest Conference Slogan Ever

ready-for-drink
From an anonymous co-conspirator in the Midland Hotel…

+++ Marr Asks Dave “Are You Worth £30 Million?”

Dave tells him “absolutely ridiculous”

Dave handled it far more deftly than Gordon took the pill popping question…


Seen Elsewhere

UKIP on 23% With Survation | Mirror
UKIP Could Deal With Dave | Douglas Carswell
Tories Would Lower Benefit Cap | Telegraph
Bashir Twitter Meltdown | Mirror
Bashir is a Wrong’un | Norman Tebbit
Natalie Bennett Says it Should Not be a Crime to Belong to ISIS | Indy
LibDems Fifth in London | Standard
45 Mirror Group Stories Linked to Phone-Hacking | Press Gazette
Dave’s Diet | Speccie
Pink’O’Flynn | HuffPo
Trojan Horse Destroying British Values | Nick Wood


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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.”


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