Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Labour’s Election Slogan : “Gulags for Slags”

Locking up teen mums is so New Labour.  What struck Guido was the interesting choice of music at the beginning. Sit Downby James which includes the lyrics:

Those who feel the breath of sadness
Sit down next to me
Those who find they’re touched by madness
Sit down next to me
Those who find themselves ridiculous
Sit down next to me

A somewhat insensitive choice for the Prime Mentalist’s entrance…

UPDATE : Nice to see the illegal donor and odd ball David Abrahams back in the audience for the speech again. Guido hears he has been given a “free” ticket for tonight’s Gala Dinner. That will cost him…

UPDATE II : David Miliband’s close adviser Sarah Schaefer was mightily embarrassed last night – so she might want to tap Abrahams for a donation for David’s campaign – her card bounced at the bar when she was getting the drinks in.

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By popular demand from the co-conspirators, we will be live blogging the speech (like we do with PMQs)…

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Conference Speech Advice to Brown from Blair

Well Labour is in third place in the polls, with Brown having failed to take the Tory lead apart. Blair’s advice from his valedictory conference speech was quite clear…

GDP Down 0.6% Q2 ’09, Fifth Successive Quarter
Worst Recession Since the 30s

Gordon’s economics are a sham based on debt, government debt and consumer debt resulting from cheap credit.  Remember prudence?  The nation is now more indebted than ever before.  Remember an end to boom and bust?  This is the mother of all busts.

Thatcher was right: The trouble with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.”

“Thatcher!”

Ben Bradshaw gets a small cheer from the hall for attacking Thatcher.  Two decades after she left office…

Is May 6 the Day the Shadow of Brown is Lifted?

May 6Bloomberg surmises that although June 3 is the last date the Prime Mentalist can call the election, the locals scheduled for May 6* is the date implied by a 34-page Labour document, “General Election Handbook Part 1 — A day-by- day planner for your general election campaign,” issued to candidates at the conference.

The handbook is an idiots guide for activists detailing tasks to perform every day.  For example on Thursday, March 18, it instructs them to “follow up budget coverage.”

At the beginning of April, candidates are told “increase the campaign activity to a maximum level” and switch to the “Short Campaign Handbook,” which details what to do once an election is called.

The Labour Party is stretched financially and the union paymasters know that Labour is set to lose, so they would rather throw money at one not two elections, therefore combining the two campaigns makes sense.  The sooner the better…

*Chief Crazy Horse of the Sioux famouly surrendered to the United States on May 6.  Somehow seems relevant.

UPDATE : It is also Tony Blair’s bithday, so it will be nice for him to see his heir take his old job.

Exclusive : Behind the Scenes Footage from Labour Conference

Monday, September 28, 2009

+++ BBC : Brown Agrees to TV Debate +++

Why Hasn’t Clegg Congratulated Guido?

Cameron was quick to offer fraternal congratulations to Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats.  So far no word from Clegg, the Free Democrats are their sister party and sit with the LibDems in the European Parliament.

The German FDP have had their best showing in decades on a pro-business, tax-cutting manifesto which has driven the Social Democrats out of the government. Most LibDems seem disinterested, only LiberalVision is ecstatic. Makes you wonder if they prefer permanent opposition…

Cameron’s Drug Question Double Standards

Oddly Guido doesn’t recall anyone in the media saying it was unreasonable to ask Cameron if he took drugs in the past, why is it suddenly unreasonable to ask questions about the use of drugs by a politician?  Kevin Maguire seems to have had the most dramatic change of heart on the issue.

Maguire says in the Mirror today that Andy Marr crossed a line and was disrespectful.  Yet in February 2007 Maguire listed10 unanswered questionsabout Dave’s spliff habits, claiming “The character of a future Downing Street tenant is of crucial importance” and “David Cameron’s lofty refusal to discuss what he took and when he took it is contemptible” This from the man who obsessively refers to Cameron as “druggie Dave” in the Mirror and the New StatesmanIs this an example of the kind of phraseology that Gordon Brown now thinks shouldn’t enter the political lexicon?


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Why We Must Remember the Holocaust | Hugo Rifkind
“Adjustments” Not Cuts | Gary Gibbon
The New Puritans | Alex Wickham
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New Tory, New Danger | Laura Perrins


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