Monday, April 28, 2008

Gwyneth Funeral Next Week

Gwyneth Dunwoody’s funeral will be held at St Margaret’s Chapel in London on May 8 at midday.

The by-election date will be announced the following week – expect mid-June. Thursday’s local elections will be especially telling because due to boundary re-organisation, the results will be mappable onto the Westminster constituency. Rumours are that her daughter Tamsin may stand for the seat…

+++ YouGov: Boris 11% Ahead on First preferences +++

10% after second preferences…

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Rich & Mark’s Monday Morning View

Lord Laidlaw Laid Low by Lust for Ladies

Frankly Guido is full of admiration for the 64 year-old. Coke-fuelled sex orgies with high class hookers can’t be easy on someone recovering from prostate cancer and a heart attack. The News of the Screws has him at it with 4 girls, a gigolo and a tri-lingual bisexual. He has given £7 million to the Tories out of his £700 million fortune, so plenty left over for enjoying himself. He has now checked himself into a sex addiction clinic…

Saturday, April 26, 2008

How to Hack Harriet Harman

As the government contemplates a law to criminalise “reckless” losses of data it is worth reflecting on the sophisticated data security employed by Harriet Harman to prevent hacking of her blog:
username : harriet
password : harman
The hacker also tells Guido that he used “log-less multiple proxies” – which are the internet equivalents of dead drops. Apparently.

UPDATE Sunday : Adam Boulton asked Harman on Sky if the story above was true (Adam, how could you doubt?) she sheepishly confirmed it to be the case.

Fill Up, If You Can Afford It…

Demos Abandons Party Conferences

Propeller-Head Wonk Watch: Word reaches Guido that the “Third Way” think-tank Demos is not going to the party conferences.

They claim that the returns do not justify the costs. There have been consistent rumours that Demos has funding difficulties – which they deny. Frankly given how much taxpayer’s money is diverted to Demos, Guido doubts they are on the verge of bankruptcy. Guido has heard that as much as a third of their income is from taxpayers rather than voluntary donations .

Demos has a problem in that it seems to be on an intellectual ramble with no clear direction. Which does not mean it doesn’t come up with occasionally interesting ideas, just that it no longer has a cutting ideological edge. Financial backers can’t be sure what they are getting for their money. So they understandably don’t give.

Technical Problems

Overnight something has happened. Not sure if it is technical failure, a hacker attack or just a glitch. Everything is backed-up and will be restored in due course…

UPDATE : It was a glitch. Thanks to Dizzy for the solution.

Friday, April 25, 2008

American Idol Producers Baffled by Ratings Collapse

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According to the LA Times the curse of Jonah Brown has struck the ratings of the (until now) most successful show on U.S. TV:
And the pace of the fall off may be quickening. Last week’s performance show, featuring the songs of Mariah Carey, one of the most successful pop singers in history, was the lowest-rated Tuesday “Idol” in five years among TV’s most important demographic, adults ages 18 to 49. The subsequent results show, in which country warbler Kristy Lee Cook got the hook, delivered “Idol’s” worst Wednesday numbers among adults ages 18 to 34 since its first season back in summer 2002. Producers also saw depressed ratings for their “Idol Gives Back” charity extravaganza, which this year aired as a stand-alone show with no competition-related material.

Guido has warned before – beware the one-eyed son of the manse, for he is accursed, and all he touches is cursed by him…

"Secret" Meeting Today Over Pitt-Watson

According to the Tribune (yes it is still going) Dianne Hayter and Labour HQ staff had been attempting to keep the meeting today “as secret as possible”.
Pitt-Watson has missed three officers’ meetings and at least two business board meetings and has communicated only to confirm that he had not given notice to his present employer.

Feel free to email Guido the conclusion of the meeting…

Background here and follow-up.


Seen Elsewhere

What Farage, Boris and Rob Ford Have in Common | William Walter
Labour Spell New Adviser’s Name Wrong | ITV
Dave Stung by Jellyfish | Sun
City Minister’s Inheritance Tax Dodging Trusts | Indy
What I Would Have Done if I was Sarah Wollaston | Iain Dale
Boris is an Epic Europhile | Louise Mensch
Warsi Got PM to Confront “Secular Fundamentalism” | Fraser Nelson
Guardian April Fools Apology | Press Gazette
Jenni Russell and Her Child’s Godfather, Ed Miliband | Breitbart
Labour’s Left and Right are Growing Restive | Staggers
Corrupt, Incompetent UN Has No Right to Lecture Us | Dan Hannan


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Rod Liddle on the loony UN sexism special rapporteur:

“There is more sexism in Britain than in any other country in the world, according to a mad woman who has been sent here by the United Nations.

Rashida Manjoo is a part-time professor of law at Cape Town University in the totally non-sexist country of South Africa (otherwise known as Rape Capital Of The World).

Mrs Magoo has been wandering around with her notebook and is appalled by the sexist “boys’ club” culture here, apparently.

I don’t doubt we still have sexism in the UK. But is it worse than in, say, Saudi Arabia, d’you think, honey-lamb? Or about 175 other countries? Get a grip, you doolally old bat.”



orkneylad says:

What’s he been doing FFS, mining bitcoins?


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