Wednesday, April 23, 2008

+++ Alliance & Leicester Drops 10% +++

Perhaps they need another £50 billion…

Gordon’s Local Garage Hikes Fuel Price 25%

Britain is getting more and more like Zimbabwe every day, a leader afraid of elections, food prices soaring and now petrol prices jumping 25% in a week.

The Rix garage in Kirkcaldy has been charging an outrageous £1.45 a litre for diesel and £1.25 for unleaded petrol. Not that this will bother Gordon – he has never had to pay for petrol.

The Grangemouth oil refinery is on the verge of shutdown as it looks like a two-day strike by staff will go ahead this weekend.

Reports from around the country tell of queues of panic buyers worried that the 200,000 barrel-a-day Grangemouth refinery closure will force the BP Forties Pipeline System, which transfers oil from more than 50 North Sea fields, to be turned off. If the dispute lasts for more than two days Britain will run dry…

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Is Jack Straw Four Votes from Becoming PM?

Sky’s Jon Craig, who didn’t join the Lobby to stand around in bars speculating idly, is playing What If…
  1. Gordon loses Monday’s vote to double the 10p tax rate on low earners on Frank Field’s rebel amendment?
  2. What if Ken Livingstone loses to Boris Johnson in London on May 1?
  3. What if Labour rebels throw out 42-day detention for terrorists next month?
The first would be a personal defeat for Brown, he introduced the 10p rate, he is abolishing it. If Londoners voted for Boris it would put real fear into Southern Labour MPs. If the third vote is lost, and most Labour Party MPs and activists don’t have their heart in needless 42-day detention, it will surely be curtains for Gordon.

Who would the PLP then want to lead them in times of trouble? Not one of the young pretenders. Jack Straw would be their Michael Howard figure. Safely captaining the sinking ship, hopefully without the loss of too many lives / seats. The PLP would vote for Jack ahead of Cruddas…

Labour Looking After Themselves

If you go to the Labour website and type in a valid street name you get a customised page.

Such as: www.labour.org.uk/downingstreet.

Clever? Not really. Hacked in 30 seconds. Type in below (or something ruder) to your browser…

http://www.labour.org.uk/flash/street_sign.swf?street_title=Gordon Has Lost His Way

Hat-tip : LibDemVoice
UPDATE 17.25 : The spoilsports have blocked it now. Does Ed Balls know the party site is promoting Excellance [sic] for All“?

UPDATE 17.45 : The geeks at Tangent, Labour’s web specialist should check this out.

Spink : I’m Not Joining UKIP

Less than a month ago Bob Spink emailed Nadine Dorries to say why it was nonsense that he would be joining UKIP:

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This morning he did just that…

Is Des Down?

Ever since that bizarre interview on the Today show last week people have been speculating about Des Browne’s state-of-mind. John Humphrys tore him to pieces following a High Court ruling that families of British soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan could sue the Government under human rights laws. Des was all over the place.

Then MoD documents released under an FoI request showed he had misled the Commons over the 15 weeping Royal Navy sailors taken prisoner by Iran last year. Contrary to his claims they had been in Iraqi rather than international waters. He will have to apologise to the House for his lies.

Whitehall reckons Browne is down and possibly suffering from mental exhaustion because he is both a part-time Defence Secretary and a part-time Scottish Secretary. His SpAds spin that he has a chest infection. Guido prefers to believe that in the dark hours of the night his soul is tortured by the ghosts of the soldiers he sent to their death under-equipped.

Or perhaps he is ashamed of himself over the failed court action (in his name) to gag a coroner’s ruling from becoming public which criticised the MoD over troops deaths?

Oil Hits Record High as U.K. Strike Shutdown Proceeds

Ineos Group is proceeding with the shutdown of its 200,000 barrel-a-day Grangemouth refinery as talks with unions to avert industrial action look bleak. The plant takes crude from BP’s Forties Pipeline System, which transfers oil from more than 50 North Sea fields.

So the housing market is dropping on the back of the credit crunch and U.K. oil supplies are about to be turned off. Not exactly the best economic outlook is it? Expect to see queues at petrol stations just in time for the local elections….

Lobby Hacks Show Professionalism

At the end of last night’s meeting of the PLP Ian Austin, Gordon’s PPS, came out to give the official word to the thirsty gentlemen of the Lobby. Last time he did this his cunning plan was to say that everyone loved Gordon and everything was fine.
This had only one tiny flaw: it relied on 350 unhappy Labour MPs keeping their mouths shut. They of course did not, and we all now know that there was a mutiny over doubling the tax rate on low earners. So what did Ian do last night? He explained again that everything is fine and everyone loves Gordon! “That’s what you told us last time,” said Newsnight’s Crick. “I stand by every word of what I said last time,” Austin replied, “I tell the truth. I stake my reputation on the accuracy of my briefing.”

Guido has previously implied that Lobby hacks are unskilled. On reflection they did show professionalism last night. Not one of them laughed until after Ian Austin was out of sight.

Murdoch Moves : The Beginning of the Endgame

Murdoch backs winners as a matter of good business practice. He told a Lords Select Committee last year that whereas he does not interfere in his broadsheets, he acts as “a traditional proprietor” with his tabloids. This morning The Sun says “Vote for Boris”. The first time it has backed the Conservatives since 1997. Murdoch clearly thinks Labour will lose the next general election.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Ofcom : "Guido is a Public Service"

Guido has only just become aware that Ofcom has published a consultation paper on Public Service Broadcasting in the Digital Age. So what?

Well, this blog is cited in the review of “public service content available online” as “an example of a widely read and influential blog that has become a must-read in Westminster.” Of course, but is it a “public service”? It is, after all, primarily for Guido’s personal amusement and mischief making merriment. This is not a public space, it is private property.

On the other hand, the Tories have a policy proposal to top slice the telly-tax to other public service providers to promote diversity and stimulate the creative industries market. If Guido is a public service content provider, does that not mean as content goes multi-platform, with online video-on-demand and suchlike, that Guido should get a splash of the £3 billion gravy train? Drinks all round on the telly taxpayer, why waste all that money on the BBC?


Seen Elsewhere

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
Mirror’s Lazy Lie | Guardian
Hungary’s Heir to Thatcher | Conservative Woman
Farage and Salmond Both Want Outopia | David Aaronovitch
More Missing UKIP Money | Times
Church Should Fight Evil of Welfare Dependency | Stephen Glover
1 in 16 Pick Up Infections in Filthy NHS Hospitals | Mail
Let’s Get Evangelical | David Cameron


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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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