Michael Howard will be spending more time at the races…
Guido has sad but unsurprising news for followers of the chilling effects of the Curse of the One-Eyed Son of the Manse. Fiji’s economic circumstances are difficult and they must have been desperate to call on help from Gordon to boost tourism. 1 in 5 Fiji holidays are from people having beach weddings. The Fiji Registrar General reports a dramatic drop this year, Fiji Visitors Bureau chairman Patrick Wong expressed concern at the declining figures last week.
Is it any surprise? “Darling, shall we get married in Fiji, Gordon Brown is endorsing it…” Hardly going to impress the fiance is it..?
When the result came in yesterday Mark Mardell looked shocked and sounded exasperated. The BBC has continually been running this line in its reporting of Ireland’s historic vote on the Lisbon Treaty:
“Just over three million Irish voters are registered – in a European Union of 490 million people.”
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The real comparison with Ireland is even far more dramatic and much less democratic than the image the BBC has been projecting….
Labour claims there is massive public support for taking away British freedoms. Prove it. Or will this be yet another election that Brown bottles?
UPDATE : Sir Michael this morning kind of gives the game away “Most politicians dislike the sort of behaviour Davis has displayed. It may please those voters who want their MP to stand up and be counted, but such unpredictability unsettles the trade.” Yes, the political class doesn’t like it, even if voters do…
The fishermen are resolutely opposed, for the same reasons British fishermen oppose the EU. They have blockaded Cork and Waterford harbours recently. There was some talk of doing so locally, but they couldn’t really be arsed.
Two No votes were cast in our household. If the European superstate crumbles as a result, Granny Fawkes will have started it…
Locally David Prescott, son of John, is urging Danny to run. He argues that if Labour don’t run “we would be complicit in turning this stunt into a greater farce and show that we’re too scared or embarrassed to stand. That’ll allow the BNP to have the oxygen of publicity. Would we really want that?”
Patrick Vessey, party leader says:
“The Libertarian Party is the only UK political party which prioritises freedom and civil liberties above all else. As such, we feel sure that Mr Davis would be right at home in the Libertarian Party and invite him to join us… In this day and age, with spin and political corruption so commonplacet hat it’s taken for granted that all Members of Parliament are simply in the job for what they can personally extract from the taxpayer, a man of rare integrity has reminded us all of the long democratic tradition in our nation. The Libertarian Party will not be standing against Mr Davis in the coming by-election, and will rather offer our total support to Mr Davis’campaign,
whether he stands as a Conservative or Independent candidate.”
So perhaps Basher Davis could get to lead a parliamentary party after all…
This is very interesting…
“David Davis’s decision to resign his seat and fight a by-election over the issue of 42 days is a dramatic move. I am grateful to him for having informed me following the vote of his intention to take this step.
“The Liberal Democrats have consistently opposed this unnecessary and illiberal proposal which poses a threat so serious to British liberties that it transcends party politics.
“I have therefore decided, after consultation with the Party nationally and locally, that we will not stand a candidate at the forthcoming by-election which will be contested by David Davis solely on this issue.
“The Liberal Democrats will of course fight the Haltemprice and Howden seat as vigorously as ever at the next General Election.”
Cameron says “we wish David Davis well”. Told the BBC he would campaign for David Davis in the by-election. Local Tories say they were in the know, Duncan Gilmour, chairman of Haltemprice and Howden Conservative Association, has told the Telegraph that Davis discussed the plan with him “earlier this week” and that “a number of conversations” has taken place between Davis and his local party officers during the course of this week. “I’m absolutely sure the local association here will fully support and vindicate his stance” he says.