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In the article Oborne mentions also that Peter Mandelson has twice met Cameron in the past two months, once for a long private meeting in Brussels and then for a “brief but cheerful chat at the Davos World Economic Forum”.
Guido can reveal that Oborne is wrong on this point. In fact the Heir-to-Blair has met Mandelson three times in the past two months. The other time being on December 18, after Dave spoke at the Royal United Services Institute [pictured].
Strangely they turned down Guido’s generous counter-offer to direct and produce a 5 minute look at why the Lobby/BBC lets us down, and how bloggers are performing a necessary service to democracy.
Guido suspects that they would much rather record and edit the footage to fit their agenda. Guido would rather “frame” them.
No sign of the mobile phone, glasses, or credit cards. (Co-conspirators should contact Guido on the Irish mobile).
Anyone got any ideas for the Friday picture caption contest?
Sandra Howard charmed Mrs Fawkes, whatever happened to her husband? Aitken played up his ex-con status amusingly. Event was otherwise lacking in senior Tories who were all at the Black and White Ball, only Dominic Grieve showed up in incongruous black tie before he hopped off to Battersea.
Jon Snow was surprisingly bad at reading his auto-cue and we were repeatedly asked to clap and laugh a second time at his fluffed jokes. The live link to the Tory Ball with Cameron was a needle match. Snow couldn’t hide his loathing and made a jibe about tickets to the ball costing £5,000.* Cameron (through a gritted smile) retorted “Well on your salary Jon that wouldn’t be a problem”. Wonder if that will be cut?
*Was actually £325 on Guido’s invite. 325 quid to spend an evening with Tories? Guido might charge that to spend a night with the Tories, but not a hope in hell of paying it.
Guido is a fan of Oona and everything he has heard about her suggests she is great fun.
Presumably Oona will be putting the case for allowing us to get completely caned in Vauxhall after-hours clubs. After all, she has done the research…
Benedict Brogan’s blog captures the moment
Colin Challen was called to ask the Prime Minister a question, and the minute his name left the Speaker’s lips the cat-calls began. “My Lord!” and “Where’s Ed?” came from the across the floor. Labour MPs writhed with embarrassment. And Ed Balls stood at the Bar of the House looking distinctly sheepish.
Da Fink thinks a bit of cronyism is just dandy anyway, because all parties do it. That’s alright then…
The co-conspirator points to the word-count in the papers for last week alone:
Daily Telegraph – 13 Thatchers, 0 Thatcherites
FT – 8 Thatchers, 0 Thatcherites
The Independent – 12 Thatchers, 0 Thatcherites
The Guardian – 31 Thatchers, 5 Thatcherites
Guardianistas still can’t get over her, can they?
From: Guido Fawkes
To: FoI Unit HM Treasury
7 February, 2007
This is an FoI request concerning an email sent by Wilf Stevenson, of the Smith Institute, last month to a number of persons based at at HM Treasury. The email was also addressed to staff at some leading think-tanks including the the Smith Institute, IPPR and Demos. In it I understand that Wilf Stevenson explained that Gordon Brown was interested in gathering in policy ideas for his administration and that he would like to co-ordinate this activity.
I believe that Ed Balls and John Healey were also recipients of the email.
The activities of the Smith Institute with regard to policy formulation at HM Treasury are of great public interest. Please could you, in the first instance, provide me with a copy of this email and any other emails sent by Wilf Stevenson to persons based at HM Treasury.
Guido Fawkes Esq.
For those who don’t understand the internal dynamics of Conservative politics, it would be like Neal Lawson (Compass) backing Stephen Twigg (Progress). Neal and Stephen are always polite to each other, but have very different factional objectives, it is the same with Tim (ConservativeHome) and Nick (Policy Exchange).
Tim Montgomerie will probably back Victoria Borwick, who coincidentally, has hired Nick Wood to spin for her. Nick Wood also advises Cornerstone and is Tim Montgomerie’s close ally and sworn enemy of all things Cameroon…
Variations on these are going round Westminster:
Q. What do you have to be get off Loans-for-Lordship’s charges?
A. Ruthless. Q. What do you call Labour Party HQ without Loans-for-Lordships?
Levy isn’t laughing…
If anybody wants to step up to the plate and bet that nobody will be charged, do email Guido.
Still haven’t seen a payment from the Observer’s Mark Townsend. He predicted the investigation would be all over in October. The Speccie’s Fraser Nelson is studying the wine list. Anyone else care to risk reputation and wallet?
Update : An Über-Blairite-Ultra-Outrider has emailed to say he is on for “20 notes”. Presumably he means £20. Though he should note they don’t print pound notes nowadays.