Boris Clashes With New Statesman

The biggest event on the Tory fringe this week is the Rally for Boris being held this evening, it will be packed – the Tories know Boris will be fun. Guess what time the Staggers have scheduled their party? The same time, not only that it is some way outside the security zone and it is pouring with rain here in Brum.

So if you are interested, there’ll be plenty of Cheesy Wotsits to go round…

UPDATE : If any Tories are going, they can take the opportunity to ask James Macintyre if he still thinks the leader of the Tory grouping in the European Parliament is a “neo-nazi”…

Lunch at Red Ed’s Diner

The CCHQ boys and girls do like a tease:

The beer was a little flat…

Docked in Brum


Guido docked his yacht* late last night within spitting distance of the main Hyatt conference hotel.  The river police noisily erecting a security barrier on the canal woke him up this morning. Fortunately the floating Guinness-palace is now inside the security cordon. If the Prime Minister looks down from his hotel suite window he’ll be able to easily identify the boat – it is the one with the 5-foot-wide Jolly Roger pirate flag fluttering to the aft.

Sky News viewers who thought Guido looked less than cheerful (above) on Adam Boulton with Iain Dale and Tim Montgomerie this morning shouldn’t read anything into it. It was merely caffeine deprivation…

*Not too familiar with nautical terminology, does a barge qualify as a yacht?

Saturday Seven Up

7upSeptember saw 249,626 absolute unique visitors make 1,036,633 visits to view 1,736,062 pages, adding in the 870,894 views from feed readers and Guido is at some 2.6 million hits.

The top story last month was breaking that William Hague shared hotel bedrooms with his Special Adviser Christopher Myers. In fact four out of five of the top stories last month were Hague related, the other top story being The Media’s Crucifixion of the Pope is Atheist Bigotry – which attracted some 820 comments from co-conspirators as well as a new range of followers on Twitter – many of whom tweet in Latin. Usually traffic falls off a little during party conference season, Guido suspects this week it won’t…

Last week Guido beat all the mainstream media and co-conspirators read the statement confirming David Miliband’s exit from frontline politics here first – a good half-an-hour before the BBC. The top 7 stories from the last 7 days (in order of popularity) that you might have missed were:

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

Sally’s Loose Tongue

Verbal diarrhea sufferer and wife of the Speaker Sally Bercow has found her big mouth getting her into trouble on many occasions, but this time it’s getting serious. She has had to bring the lawyers in after Sir Andrew Green has made moves to start legal action against after Sally dismissed a MigrationWatch report that proves a link between a rise in youth unemployment and immigration was “dangerous propaganda” and compared it to arguments used by Hitler and Mosley. Live on Sky News. Ooops.

Bercow has called upon online friend David Allen Green of Preiskel & Co LLP and is currently lamenting the “fail” on Twitter. Guido wonders if she will still be so flippant after a day in court…

UPDATE : After looking at this more closely (and receiving a briefing from Guido’s friends at Index on Censorship) it is now clear to Guido that Sally didn’t compare Sir Andrew Green to Hitler or Mosley. In which case Sir Andrew will be very unlikely to succeed with his action. Nor should he succeed.

Red Ed Cracks the Whip

Prior to Saturday most of the Parliamentary Labour party were formulating Shadow Cabinet predictions around a David win.  Hitherto confident David supporters are now frantic about their futures. At this point zealous Labour spinners and Red Ed defenders will be itching to point out that the Shadow Cabinet is elected independently of the leadership however it seems that is not strictly true. One veteran Labour MP recently describe the process to Guido:

“Anyone who’s remotely ambitious and fancies themselves either a decent shadow cabinet portfolio or junior shadow ministerial role is paid a visit by one of the whips – whereby they hand over their ballot and the whip fills it out for them.”

No wonder ruthless Red Ed was so keen to get his Chief Whip in place immediately.

Brillo Makes Blears Eats Her Word

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Friday Caption Contest (Poisoned Chalice Edition)

Ed Tries to Lose the Red, Again

Red Ed has called up the BBC strikers and asked them not to black out coverage of the Conservative Party conference next week. Before you start thinking this socialist isn’t so evil he ha intervened not because of any objection […]

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First Expenses Jailing

In what will hopefully be the first of many to go down, finally someone has been jailed for defrauding the Fees Office. Sadly it’s wasn’t an honourable member but former clerk Andrew Gibson who nicked six grand in 2005 and […]

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Top 10 Most Popular Fringe Events at Tory Conference

Courtesy of the FringeList.com service, based on users who have registered to receive free SMS text message reminders to attend events, the top 10 most popular events on the fringe are in order:

  1. Iain Dale’s Diary Blogreaders Comedy Night
  2. The

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Off To See Maggie

Guido is off to tonight’s launch of New Direction, a new free market think-tank seeking to modernise the structures of the EU. He will be avoiding Gerald Howarth for obvious reason, and will hopefully get to ask the keynote speaker […]

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