Spivgate

The fallout from Cable’s speech seems to be overshadowing Clegg’s big day out at the UN. Once again “the sage” is the LibDem everyone is talking about. Describing those that work in finance as “spivs” has caused some consternation and outrage in the City, but was lapped up in the hall of course. Sky News gave Clegg a hammering over it and he very clearly did not defend Cable’s words. A better line of questioning would have been whether Clegg thought his brother was a spiv, or his dad, or David Cameron’s late father was a spiv, or LibDem’s donors, or David Laws. The list goes on…

Confused Old Socialism

Vince Cable opened with “comrades” as he took to the podium. He is aiming for the room rather than the real world and will no doubt reference the fact he predicted seventeen of the last three recessions. The business world has pricked up its ears at their biggest bashing since the 70s and who can blame them. A cabinet minister saying “capitalism takes no prisoners and it kills competition where it can” is enough to send a shiver down the spine and should serve as a reminder of just how barking and dangerous Cable is. Though funny we never heard the old sage decrying “unrestrained capitalism” and corporate greed when he was cooking the numbers for Shell…

A Clear Conscience

In a move completely out-of-place for someone who can put their head on the pillow confident in the knowledge that they hadn’t relied on information from tortured terror suspects, David Miliband decided yesterday he would return to the FCO to “look over some papers”. But of course he isn’t worried about anything.

The last thing the ailing front-runner would have wanted is to have his murky involvement in this matter splashed across the Guardian, again, but it seems they have decided not to make an enemy of him forever by holding off with their attack until its almost too late for any real impact to the leadership vote. As ever Guido will take a balanced approach and encourage fair play about it dredging up a political figures past. Just as Labour suggest that Andy Coulson should be held responsible for what happened on his watch with their now well-worn line, is David Miliband lying or incompetent?

‘Red Ed’ Has CCHQ Licking Lips

If as many expect Mili-D wins the MPs’ vote, splits the members vote with his brother, but Mili-E still wins overall because the union vote goes overwhelmingly to him, Guido gets the impression that the few remaining Tory strategists sitting in CCHQ won’t believe their luck. Kevin Maguire can see the danger, Mili-E will he says be “portrayed as the union’s man, lacking a mandate from the Parliamentary Labour Party”.  He will be “Red Ed” – the union baron’s preferred puppet…

Is the Labour Party actually going to reject Mili-D, the only candidate who is attempting to reach out to the centre and hasn’t given into the left, for his younger brother? “They’re skipping Hague and going straight to IDS, in tune with what the party members want, out of tune with what the voters want” says one CCHQ source. Polls show that Labour Party members themselves know Mili-D is more likely to beat Cameron, they still don’t care, emotionally they want a leader who tells them what they want to hear. Soon we will find out if Labour’s heart has ruled over its head…

Minister Mauls Guardian

That extra million votes that the LibDems picked up in May was more to do with Cleggmania than the Guardian’s lukewarm endorsement but it’s nice to know their support was appreciated.

While it was hardly Tony Woodley shredding a copy of The Sun from the podium, Paul Burstow lashed out the “spreader of misinformation and lies”. Arguably a fair assessment of the last bastion of print leftism, but unfortunately for the Health Minister, Newsnight’s beady eyed Michael Crick spied him briefing the very same newspaper this morning.

What was he passing on, misinformation or lies?

Totty Watch : Bristol Palin Shaking Her Booty

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Brown Bunker Debunked, Labour’s Lying Liars

Steve Richards’s inside look at the Brown Bunker on Radio4 this morning proved what Guido was saying all along about the Prime Mentalist. It also proved what many suspected about the likes of Peter Mandelson, Ed Balls, Harriet Harman, Jack Straw, Douglas Alexander, Alan Johnson, and the Milibands . Always publicly loyal, always on message, always defending the dear leader. Always lying through their teeth…

Funny we didn’t hear Deborah Mattinson say No.10 “was an incredibly unhappy place to be” at the time. “Almost everybody in it was incredibly unhappy, and I think ultimately Gordon has to take responsibility for that, for the fact that he didn’t sort it out.” How come the staffers remained silent about the PM stuck “between rage and despair”. Alan Johnson managed to keep it quiet while in office that “You just heard every day of blood on the walls. No one could be around in politics in a senior position and not know that there were big problems over at Number 10.” There was only one place to find the truth in those dark days…

Bigger Brother Twists Arms

Labour Uncut claims that “This Saturday, David Miliband will be elected. It will not mean that we are on the path back to power. Nor that we have fully come to terms with our election defeat. But we will have a new leader.” Well at least half of that is true, but that hasn’t stopped David’s campaign team putting a bit of stick about amongst the 2010 intake of MPs to secure their support in the non-secret ballot.

Guido hears that the David’s henchman have told the newbies “We are going to be back in power in 2015, so this decision is about whether you want a ministerial job or not.”

The campaign is clearly brimming with confidence…

Totty Trumps

It seems the misbehaving MPs feature particularly heavily in the annual Sky News conference season Top Trumps:

This year the “fanciabilty” ranking has caused a few eyebrows. No surprise that the judges (Sir Michael White, Quentin Letts, Sophy […]

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Clegg Live: Go Back To Your Constituencies…

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Where’s the Charlie?

The combination of a hangover and Clegg seems to have got the better of Charles Kennedy. Citing a “late train” he pulled out of various events yesterday and was nowhere to be seen at this morning’s Guardian fringe event. And […]

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LibDems Vote Against Liberalism

A motion attacking the Coalition’s Free Schools plan has just been “very clearly carried” on the conference floor. A bit of a headache for Clegg given the how proud the LibDems are of their internal democratic strategy. It’s not quite […]

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