Guido 2, Miliblogger 0

Miliband has just deleted the blog post (see below) where he broke the civil service rules and used his ministerial office to further party political goals. Given he gets his civil servants to deal with his blog, taxpayers were harmed in the making of this, he should refund the cost out of Labour party funds. By Guido’s count this makes the score two-nil.
Miliband is the intellectual future of the Labour party and their next leader after Gordon? God help ’em…

EDITORIAL ADVISORY GuyNews TV Special : 17:00 GMTThe Bogeyman Cometh

Viewer caution. Not suitable for children. Release time 5pm.

UPDATE : 5pm ish.

MiliBlogger Breaks the Rules

When Miliband started his ministerial blog he got a lot of criticism that it was party politics at the taxpayers expense, he promised that “because this is a Government site I won’t lapse into party ranting”. It would be a breach of the Civil Service Code if he did.

So why today is he defending the Labour party against allegations of a history of animosity to the countryside and invoking Bevin in defence of his party on the taxpayer funded blog? That is a clear breach of the non-partisan rules and his own promises.

Brown : “I Am A Changed Man”

The amazing spin now being pushed in all media outlets is that he doesn’t bear grudges and he cuts taxes as well. He is a completely changed man, we are being spun, in time for the coming of the feared dark days of his premiership.
So out goes the dour Scottish Presbyterian, mincing, psychologically flawed, vindictive sulking socialist loser. In comes the smiley, touchy-feely, Kylie loving, British, loving father-of-two and premier. Yeah, right.

Crick Replaces Martha

Left-wing broadcaster Michael Crick is taking over as political editor on Newsnight. Which means the nation’s prime current affairs show will be short a campaigning investigative reporter. Hmmm…

Labour HQ Model Press Release

As sent out TO BROWNITES:

XXXXXX Welcomes 11th Brown Budget

XXXXXXXX MP XXXXXXX has welcomed Gordon Brown’s 11th Budget as a ‘magnificent deal for Britain’.

XXXXXXX added that the Chancellor’s budget proved Labour is the Party of low taxes and safe economic management.

He said: “For the environment, for families, for businesses, pensioners and children, this was a Budget that delivered brilliant benefits.

“Corporation tax cuts will help XXXXX businesses, while rises in spending on schools, hospitals and defence of £17 billion will see us all safer, more secure and better educated.

“Above all else though, Gordon has delivered an amazing reduction in the basic rate of Income Tax which will see huge savings for XXXXXXXXXXXXX people.

“I was also delighted to see measures introduced to help the fight against global warming, as well as a major increase in the fund to help people who have seen their pensions demolished.

“On top of all these measures, the doubling of Capital Gains Tax allowance for couples will make a significant difference for thousands of XXXXXXXX families who have been responsible with their incomes.

“This is a golden budget for Britain and a clear sign of the great Prime Minister Gordon Brown will soon become.”

Macavity – The Mystery Clunking Paw

Music to Wind-Up Guardian Readers

The Right Tunes

Da Fink is asking for music choices from right-leaning types. My personal favourite tune is (ex-Massive Attack) Nicolette’s “No Government”. Cool Acid Jazz with anarchist philosophy in lyrical form. Before you protest, anarchy is right-of-centre if you are an anarcho-capitalist.

“No government is a way of life. No government means to trust your friends. I know who I am, and you know who you are. If everybody knew what they wanted, There’d be nothing, nothing left. People would do what they wanted, And there’d be no government.”

Rolling back the state sounds funky and cool, you can listen to a short snippet here.

To wind up Guardian-reading peaceniks, nothing beatsBush was right! Play it at full volume.

UPDATE : The Tories have got in on the act this morning playing “99 Red Balloons” and releasing a photo-op balloon for each of the chancellor’s stealth taxes…

Comrade Gordon’s 5-Year Plan Today

It is going to be all Gordon, all day today. He will be telling us how we live in a heaven on earth and tractor production in the Urals is up 500% since the last 5-year plan.

Meantime the government spends even more than it taxes us to the tune of something like £100,000,000 a day. The BBC always like to tell us it costs less than a newspaper a day, well Gordon overspends three newspapers a day for every man, woman and child in the country – every day.

The result? Inflation at the highest since 1991, government indebtedness out of control and the whole public sector pay and prolifigacy being done off-balance-sheet means the City is demanding more and more to hold government debt. His main boast is that he removed monetary policy from his control by ceding interest rate decision making to the Bank of England. The longest sustained period of growth in generations that he boasts about began under the Tories after we came out of the ERM system – a decision he bitterly opposd at the time. Child poverty rates were lower under Thatcher, youth unemployment is higher now than it was in 1997 and social mobility is lower than it was under Thatcher as well. Everything he has meddled with has become overly complex and muddled. Ask any Blairite why after ten years the welfare state and the public sector remain largely unreconstructed and they will tell you it is because of Gordon’s obstructionism. The business sector is groaning under the weight of over-regulation and over-taxation, Britain has tumbled from the top to the bottom of the competitiveness tables. In benign times he has had no major economic disaster, but no economic success either.

For all his talk of reform and renewal of public services for the benefit of ordinary working people, remember when he dazzles his new sincere smile, he went private for it

Paging Deborah Mattinson, Paging Deborah Mattinson

Guess Who Did This Attack Ad Before the End

3 Out of 4 Beautiful People Selected

With the selction of Zac Goldsmith for Richmond, three out of the four A-listers first identified by Guido as thebeautiful people have been selected for seats of varying likelihood of being won. Only Adam Rickitt remains unplaced. Surely he is the man to turn a Northern town blue?

CORRECTION : Bugger – Julia Manning (third from left) has not been selected – Guido got confused with someone else entirely. So headline wrong, picture wrong and premise wrong. A great start to the week…

New Government Advice Incorrect

“Avoid alcohol if you are pregnant or trying to conceive”shome mishtake shurely, many of us were actually conceived as a result of alcohol….

Rich & Mark’s Monday Morning View(Shoot That Golden Arrow Edition)

Gerry Sutcliffe, the prisons minister, and Stephen Ladyman, the transport minister, were named during a two-month investigation into “cash for access” by the Sunday Times.

Bidding Breaks a Monkey!

Last bid £510. Half-an-hour to go… last chance to place your bids ladies and gentlemen…

UPDATE : £577 with a minute to go.

UPDATE : The winner has paid up already – via the magic of Ebay and Paypal – Katy and Guido will be making contact to make arrangements.

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