Atheist Clegg Sending Kids to Blair’s Catholic Oratory

The Mail asks on the front page: Why is atheist Nick Clegg considering sending his son to the same exclusive Catholic school as the Blairs? Could it be because the children are being brought up as Catholics? Clegg might be Godless but his wife is not.

Normally the non-Catholic partner agrees, at the request of the priest, to let the Catholic partner bring up the children in the faith if they are being married in a Catholic church. Hypocritical? Perhaps. He would however have likely been breaking his word to have done otherwise…

Continuity TaliBrown Not Happy

Kevin Maguire and Charlie Whelan are two of the most high profile former members of the inner-circle of the TaliBrown, now they are at the core of the continuity-TaliBrownies. Both are allies of, and boosters for Brown’s heir, Ed Balls. Both of them today are not happy…

Our Kevin says Not-So-Red-Ed was “scared of his shadow – or at least the notion of making either Ed Balls or Yvette Cooper his Shadow Chancellor. So the timid new Labour leader fluffed his first big call and played safe with Alan Johnson. As a result he missed a glorious opportunity to recast his party’s economic policy and to turn the tables on the Tories.” Maguire, in his role as TaliBrown propaganda chief, makes no secret of his preference for deficit denial.

Despite swinging the unions behind Red Ed to win control of the Labour Party, the TaliBrown bully and union-fixer Charlie Whelan is still unhappy; mainly with Peter Mandelson and David Miliband. Telling The Times that David Miliband was annoying and should “get a life” after his failed leadership battle, adding for good measure that his exit from the Shadow Cabinet was ungracious.

“It was slightly self-indulgent to just go off. It didn’t look good. It would have been best for him to say straight away what he was going to do. It’s a tragedy when you lose your job, you are on the dole and you have no money for your family. Politician losing top job is not a tragedy. It’s personally uncomfortable but that’s all. This is why David’s attitude annoys me. He didn’t get the job but it’s not a disaster. Get a life.”

Whelan also backs Ed Balls to be Chancellor in the Shadow Cabinet claiming “He’s got a grasp of the economy and his position on the economy is the right one”. Charlie adamantly rejects the accepted wisdom that Labour’s defeat in the last election was in any part down to Gordon Brown’s deficit denial, claiming

“We could have won that election. Peter Mandelson went round at Christmas saying it’s going to be a catastrophic defeat. Well, if you’re going into the election with your main man telling you you’re going to be defeated then you might as well pack up and go home. Obviously the campaign was an unmitigated disaster.”

Guido can see Balls and his boosters waging low intensity political warfare on Red Ed for as long as he seeks to get on the reality-based side of the deficit denying dividing line. That is something Balls and the rest of the continuity-TaliBrown will be determined to block…

Saturday Seven Up

7upLast week saw 78,876 absolute unique visitors make 230,365 visits to view 368,552 pages. Guido had a couple of exclusives that were followed up by the Dead Tree Press, the fighting Tory MPs in the Hyatt in particular. Guido’s favourite story of the week was “Scud Stud” Fires Hilton’s Rocket, because it illuminated the low intensity conflict simmering between Steve Hilton and Andy Coulson in Downing Street.

The top stories last week in order of popularity were:

You’re either in front of Guido, or you are behind…

5 Things You Should Know About the Shadow Justice Secretary

Sadiq Khan has somewhat controversially been made the Shadow Justice Secretary by Red Ed. He was  also put in charge of constitutional and political reform, which is ironic. A relative unknown before his promotion there are all sorts of mysteries about the man that  Guido feels need some light shedding on them…

  • Did you know that Khan has been exposed three times for fiddling his expenses, even after the public outcry last year? Using a thief to catch thief?
  • Did you know that five members of Khan’s family and various clients belonged to fundamentalist group Hizb ut-Tahrir? Something he called “irrelevant” and “trivial” Well they must be proud of his line of work…
  • Did you know Khan got the bent copper Ali Dizaei off the hook. He was later jailed in Wandsworth Prison, in Khan’s own constituency.
  • Did you know Khan tried to join the defence team of Zacarias Moussaoui, the only person convicted of the 9/11 attacks. The US government refused him clearance. As they did over a Guantanamo suspect’s trial. What do the Americans know about Khan?
  • Did you know Khan voted for post office closures at 7pm in Parliament and spoke out against closures at 8pm in a public meeting in his constituency? What was that about two faced liars…

Come back next week for five more facts that raise serious questions about the new Labour leader’s judgement…

Friday Caption Contest (Big Lie Edition)

+ + Alan Johnson Shadow Chancellor + +

The union man gets the top job. Yvette Cooper is Shadow Foreign Secretary. Balls will tear chunks out of May as Shadow Home Secretary. Family bullet dodged, humiliating for Ed though…

BREAKING:

Leader of the Opposition Rt. Hon. Ed Miliband MP
Shadow Secretary of State for International Development Rt Hon Harriet Harman MP
Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer Rt Hon Alan Johnson MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Rt Hon Yvette Cooper MP
Shadow Secretary of State for the Home Department Rt Hon Ed Balls MP
Chief Whip Rt Hon Rosie Winterton MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Education Rt Hon Andy Burnham MP
Shadow Lord Chancellor, Secretary of State for Justice Rt Hon Sadiq Khan MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Rt Hon Douglas Alexander MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Business Rt Hon John Denham MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Health Rt Hon John Healey MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Local Government Rt Hon Caroline Flint MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Defence Rt Hon Jim Murphy
Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Meg Hillier MP
Shadow Leader of the House of Commons Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Transport Maria Eagle MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Mary Creagh MP
Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury Angela Eagle MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Rt Hon Shaun Woodward MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland Ann McKechin MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Wales Rt Hon Peter Hain MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Ivan Lewis MP
Shadow Leader of the House of Lords Baroness Royall of Blaisdon
Shadow Minister for the Olympics Rt Hon Tessa Jowell MP
Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office Rt Hon Liam Byrne MP
Lords Chief Whip Lord Bassam of Brighton
Shadow Attorney-General Baroness Scotland 

Dave’s Rap

It was only a matter of time before certain sections of Dave’s conference speech were turned into this:

All innit together.

“Scud Stud” Fires Hilton’s Rocket

When the Big Society (B.S.) came up on Question Time last night it was greeted by the audience and the panel with an above average level of scepticism. However there was one surprising defender of the the B.S. dream. Step forward former BBC man in Baghdad, Rageh Omaar…

“One thing that David Cameron can’t be accused of in pursuit of this idea of a Big Society is inconsistency, you know, he said it before when he came to the leadership of the Conservative Party, right the way through the election... The idea of a Big Society although it hasn’t quite found it’s mojo yet in finding out what it actually mean, I think it does tap into an enormously important area in which politicians need to define a public role and the role that citizens can play in it.”

He went on to advocate British responses to international crisis as a good example and sung the praises of Help for Heroes before concluding that citizens need a sense of empowerment. The B.S. defined far more articulately than many a Tory MP….

However it wasn’t all good news for Dave from the “scud-stud”. He fired a rocket at Andy Coulson in no uncertain terms. Giving reference to Downing Street insiders and calling for the guilty spinner’s head on a plate he said:

“I think it’s a time bomb for David Cameron if nothing else, him and Andy Coulson have got to have a very very honest heart to heart chat about exactly what did go on because I know for a fact that the Channel Four dispatches program is going to be the first of many other investigations, it’s crossed the Atlantic, there’s been a huge amount of new evidence turned up in the New York Times of all places… I suspect David Cameron and his team around him are wondering how much people give a damn about this out in the country, that this is just a Westminster hot-house kind of story but I think it will come back to affect the reputation of the government and of David Cameron unless something is done about it soon.”

Interesting to note then that Rageh and Steve Hilton were sitting outside Bank restaurant in Birmingham having lunch on Tuesday afternoon during Tory Conference. What were they talking about in preparation for his appearance? Along with his dinner with tipped-Coulson-replacement Ian Birrell, a cynical man might suggest that Hilton was on manoeuvres against his governmental nemesis…

Labour MPs Reject Gays, Toffs and People of Colour

There has been much comment that Labour MPs didn’t look beyond the letter ‘M’ in the alphabetically ordered voting paper. That doesn’t explain the rejection of Abbott, Bradshaw and Bryant. Guido would point out only that the MPs rejected Woodward […]

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Official Complete Shadow Cabinet Results

The following have been elected to the Shadow Cabinet:

Douglas Alexander
Ed Balls
Hilary Benn
Andy Burnham
Liam Byrne
Yvette Cooper
Mary Creagh
John Denham
Angela Eagle
Maria Eagle
Caroline Flint
John Healey
Meg Hillier
Alan Johnson
Tessa Jowell
Sadiq […]

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+ + + “Handycock” Loses Injunction Battle + + +

Breaking : A judge has this evening  found for Les Cumming, who was injuncted by the controversial LibDem MP Mike Hancock, after making allegations of sexual impropriety against “Handycock”. The judge struck out Hancock’s claim completely, criticising his legal […]

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The Shirtless Bard

Things must be really bad for “rising star” Chris Bryant. The Labour wannabe attack dog has reverted to writing cringing anti-coalition poetry…

But now the champagne flutes are passed their time –
And late-night, lightweight, internecine strife.
The autumn parliamentary
[…]

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