Thursday, October 8, 2009

+++ Cameron Speech Welcomes General Dannatt +++

Confirms he will go to the Lords.

+++ Cameron : “Steep Climb to the Summit, But It Will Be Worth It” +++

Last Clean Shirt

Managed hopefully not to look too hungover on the Daily Politics, shirt was last clean one.

Half the conference is leaving Manchester to beat the rush and watch the leaders speech on TV back home, the queues began an hour ago for the hall.  Guido will be staying back late to avoid the herd…

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Attack Dog Chases Own Tale

Growling Chris Grayling was out of the loop doing his own speech to conference when it was leaked that General Dannatt was joining the Tories in the Lords.  He told the BBC’s Emily Maitlis

sad_grayling“I admire the work of General Dannatt and other senior generals who’ve done so much in Afghanistan and done so much to lead. I hope that this isn’t a political gimmick. We’ve seen too many appointments in this government of external people where it’s all been about Gordon Brown’s PR. General Dannatt’s an experienced figure and should rightly be working alongside government. I’m always suspicious of government’s motives when it does things like this.

Except it wasn’t the government making the appointment, it was to be Cameron in his speech tomorrow.  Ouch.

He has had to do another interview explaining that he doesn’t really think it is a PR gimmick now he knows he is going to be working for a future Tory government. We are at war with Eurasia, we have always been at war with Eurasia…

Sir Michael Multi-Tasking

Snippets from Bars

From the Fringe Guido heard a great story about Sir Michael White last night; Sir Michael was chairing a fringe event, and when it came to the Q&A section, he pointed towards the back of the hall, saying “You, the man at the back!” Who was he pointing at? The cropped haired yet nevertheless definitely feminine, Melanie Phillips.

But things got worse for the Guardian grandee. A guy was trying to ask a question, and Sir Mike said – “Yes, Ray Lewis Shaun Bailey?” Unfortunately, while the man in question was black, he certainly was not Ray Lewis.  Not a mistake a politician would make…

Guido’s favourite bar tale: the worse for wear young Tory who opened the conversation with a notoriously randy senior Tory Lord thus: “who are you shagging this week?” If looks could kill…

Why is the Mirror Wasting Money on Champagne?

With losses of £73 million last year can the Mirror group really afford to be buying champagne for Tories?  They just tried a stunt to send over a couple of glasses to George Osborne for breakfast.  They should perhaps focus on the local government fat-cats at the The Conservative Local Government Champagne Reception, sponsored by Tesco.  Will it be Tesco’s finest champagne?

Cameron’s Drink Problem

FIZZFraser Nelson says that “When David Cameron turned up to The Spectator’s party last night, I thought it only decent to ply him with a glass of fizz. After all, a magazine whose motto is “champagne for the brain” can hardly begrudge champagne for the guests.”

Guido has been saying for some time that the next election won’t be won or lost because of Twitter. It will be video which will devastate candidates.

This isn’t quite the film of the grassy knoll in Dallas, but it indicative of what is to come.  Good fun…

UPDATE : It looks like it is open season on champagne guzzlers. Guido prefers a Peroni..

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

What’s Hot on the Fringe Tomorrow

fringelist-buttonA little bit earlier than midnight, here is what is hot on the Tory fringe based on registrations with FringeList.com:

The Top 10:

  1. Iain Dale’s Blog Readers’ Party
  2. Tweet for Change/Bloggers meet up
  3. Trust in Politics: How to get it back
  4. Lucky Number 10NEW ENTRY
  5. Champagne Reception – The Conservative Local Government receptionNEW ENTRY
  6. What Priorities in Europe for a Conservative Government?NEW ENTRY
  7. Beers of Europe: ReceptionNEW ENTRY
  8. Picking Winners: Can engineering succeed where finance failed?NEW ENTRY
  9. Housing Poverty: From social breakdown to social mobilityNEW ENTRY
  10. The Rural Reception

James Cleverly (Boris’ ambassador) was raving about the service, his itinerary is public here : tory.fringelist.com/jamescleverly.  Jesse Norman is advertising his speaking itinerary here : tory.fringelist.com/jesse_norman and James Bethell is very busy tory.fringelist.com/jamesbethell.  See who is going where via tory.fringelist.com/goersHundreds of delegates have received thousands of text reminders this week…

Night in the Cell for Champagne Grabber

Guido knows the name of the boozy delegate who at 2 a.m. decided that nicking a bottle of champagne in a locked down secure zone seemed like a good idea.

He got out of jail this morning.


Seen Elsewhere

Users of Gay Hook-Up App Grindr Infected | TechnoGuido
ISIS Raising Funds Online Using Bitcoin | TechnoGuido
UKIP’s Youth Challenge | BBC
ISIS Operative: This Is How We Send Jihadis To Europe | BuzzFeed
Shapps Defends Bashir Defection | Seb Payne
Tory Leadership Contenders Jostle Over Europe | Alex Wickham
Cutting Taxes is Good For You | Art Laffer
Suspects Will Now Have to Prove Innocence | Laura Perrins
Labour Cllr: Cops Shouldn’t Stop Petrol Thieves | HandF Forum
Creeping Cultural Acceptance of Anti-Semitism | Eric Pickles
Time For Greece to Leave Eurozone | Allister Heath


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Boris on British Jihadis. Apparently based on MI5 intel:

“If you look at all the psychological profiling about bombers, they typically will look at porn. They are literally w***ers. Severe onanists. They are tortured. They will be very badly adjusted in their relations with women, and that is a symptom of their feeling of being failures and that the world is against them. They are not making it with girls, and so they turn to other forms of spiritual comfort — which of course is no comfort.”


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