Saturday, April 26, 2008

Technical Problems

Overnight something has happened. Not sure if it is technical failure, a hacker attack or just a glitch. Everything is backed-up and will be restored in due course…

UPDATE : It was a glitch. Thanks to Dizzy for the solution.

Friday, April 25, 2008

American Idol Producers Baffled by Ratings Collapse

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According to the LA Times the curse of Jonah Brown has struck the ratings of the (until now) most successful show on U.S. TV:
And the pace of the fall off may be quickening. Last week’s performance show, featuring the songs of Mariah Carey, one of the most successful pop singers in history, was the lowest-rated Tuesday “Idol” in five years among TV’s most important demographic, adults ages 18 to 49. The subsequent results show, in which country warbler Kristy Lee Cook got the hook, delivered “Idol’s” worst Wednesday numbers among adults ages 18 to 34 since its first season back in summer 2002. Producers also saw depressed ratings for their “Idol Gives Back” charity extravaganza, which this year aired as a stand-alone show with no competition-related material.

Guido has warned before – beware the one-eyed son of the manse, for he is accursed, and all he touches is cursed by him…

"Secret" Meeting Today Over Pitt-Watson

According to the Tribune (yes it is still going) Dianne Hayter and Labour HQ staff had been attempting to keep the meeting today “as secret as possible”.
Pitt-Watson has missed three officers’ meetings and at least two business board meetings and has communicated only to confirm that he had not given notice to his present employer.

Feel free to email Guido the conclusion of the meeting…

Background here and follow-up.

Friday Caption Contest

Blair’s Final Bit of Advice to Gordon

With Labour now 18% behind in the polls on levels last seen at the height of Thatcherism, it is perhaps worth taking a moment to reflect. In his valedictory speech to the Labour Party’s 2006 conference, Tony told Gordon what to do if he was having trouble defeating Dave’s Tories. Gordon should heed the advice…

Blair’s 2006 Final Bit of Advice to Gordon

Harman Backing Boris on Her Blog

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Her website is also currently announcing her defection to the Conservatives. Guido thought it was a spoof site at first. In fact it appears she has been taking online security lessons from Grant Shapps. Her real website appears to have been “improved” overnight. Nice touch thanking Guido for knocking Hain out of the race…

This is the spoof site. They seem to be remarkably well informed about the hack of the real site. Maybe they swapped Harriet some chocolate for her password

UPDATE 09.05 : Guido called Harman’s parliamentary office for a comment. No answer. Well they do keep public sector hours so perhaps someone will get back to Guido before lunch. Meantime you can leave a comment, and many of you have already…

UPDATE 09.10 : The hacker has contacted Guido to tell him that the passwords have been changed. Harman is now locked out of her own website.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

"Let Them Drink Tap"

Frank Doran is Chairman of the Commons Admin-istration Committee. His Committee has decided that MPs will continue to drink bottled water.

He claims the decision was taken on “cost and hygiene” grounds. Guido doesn’t understand. How can it be cost effective to ship 30,000 litres of mineral water in bottles up the motorway compared to pouring tap water into jugs?

If London water is not hygenic enough for MPs to drink, why is it good enough for the people of London?

This Scottish lawyer (another one) sounds more like Marie Antoinette than a tribune of the people…

The British Legion have launched a campaign* – the issue they want to promote to the public and politicians is the injustice of a situation where the families of soldiers who die heroically do not receive financial aid for legal representation in Court. When convicted child molesters die in custody, their families get legal aid. Why should soldier’s families be treated worse?

The MoD is doing everything it can to frustrate legal investigations by coroners, suppress publicity and withhold compensation. The power to grant public funding for representation at an inquest lies only with the Lord Chancellor, Jack Straw. In the case of prisoners who die in custody the funding is automatic, Service families need to apply to the Lord Chancellor for their case to be classed as “exceptional” and they must meet financial criteria. Is that the right way round?

*Full disclosure: the British Legion are advertising their campaign on Guido. An advert is not the same as an endorsement – but Guido is more than happy in this case to support their campaign.

UK Mortgage Debt / GDP Ratio Worse than U.S.

“I will not allow house prices to get out of control and put at risk the sustainability of the recovery.”
Gordon Brown, 1997 Budget Statement.

Gordon repeatedly tells us that Britain will weather the global financial turbulence better than America. The Bank of England projects that over a million homeowners could face negative equity in the widely expected property market downturn. The data above shows that British homeowners are more indebted than even Americans…

The National Association of Estate Agents reports that house sales and mortgage approvals have halved. First time buyers are an increasing rarity, below the asking price deals more common, properties are taking longer to sell and the number of buyers on agents books is down by a third. And Gordon still condemns the Tories for proposing to effectively remove first time buyers from paying stamp duty…


Seen Elsewhere

Inside an Islamist Takeover Plot School | Newsnight
Ed Heads to Scotland | Sun
Assad’s New Chemical Weapon Attacks | National Review
Jason Groves New Mail Deputy Pol Ed | MediaGuido
Cocaine Conservatives | Standard
Jezza Browne Responds to LibDem Haters | LibDem Voice
Why Britain Needs to Leave the EU | Douglas Carswell
Who Tells Ed When He’s Wrong? | Speccie
Hands Off Our Cojones, Mr Clegg | Laura Perrins
London Live Averaging Just 2,400 Viewers | Forbes
Ed’s Constitutional Failure | ConHome


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Dan Hodges on Team Miliband:

“‘Poisonous’, was the picture painted by one former senior advisor. ‘Dysfunctional,’ said one shadow cabinet member. ‘A bunch of medieval courtiers, not an office,’ said another. The most positive description I could get was ‘It’s a work in progress. They’re learning. Slowly. But they are learning.’”



Nick Clegg says:

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