+++ PMQs : Gordon Wishes Rangers Luck – They Lose 2-0 +++

During the PMQs live chat the co-conspirators immediately predicted Glasgow Rangers would lose to St. Petersburg as soon as Gordon wished them well. They lost the UEFA cup final 2-0 tonight. John Reid will be laughing

Multi-Millionaire Clegg Claims Tax Free Allowance99% of the Maximum Legally Allowed

So we wait 48 days for something that Nick Clegg said should be published immediately* and it breaks down as follows:

Additional Costs Allowance he claimed £23,083.00

100% of the maximum £23,083 legally allowed.

Incidental Expenses Provision claim £20,926.63

98% of the maximum £21,339 legally allowed.

Guido wonders why it took so long to add up. Does this restore your trust in politicans?

UPDATE : Checking the back of an envelope, at the 40% rate that is equivalent to gross pay of £74,036 on top of his salary – effectively doubling his salary for home improvements.

*”His “publish immediately” demand here. Detailed breakdown here.

Labour Activists : “We Want Miliband”

LabourHome has started doing a tracker poll, if it is good enough for ConservativeHome and PoliticsHome it is good enough for them.

Good news and bad news for Gordon, the good news is he is rated higher than his Chancellor. The bad news is he scored the second lowest out of the cabinet…

Most Labour activists rate Miliband highest, followed by Alan Johnson. Would Guido be completely crazy to suspect that this isn’t really a 1 to 10 performance rating, but a proxy for “Who would you rather lead the Labour Party?” Of course it is…

+++ Live PMQs Chat Here 11.45 +++

We will be watching Daily Politics. Would a co-conspirator like to volunteer to be a moderator? Basically let everything pass with few exceptions even if it upsets Suzanne Moore. No drinking before midday. Email Guido.Fawkes@order-order.com.

+++ Committee on Standards and Privileges Rejects Speaker Taxi Complaint +++

83% Don’t Want the Gordon Dummy

Tamsin Thrice Denies Gordon is an Asset

Via the Crown Blog the cringe making More4 News interview where Tamsin is asked three times if Gordon is “an asset or a liability?”:


We already know the answer Tamsin, we just wanted to hear you say it…

You’ll Be Fired Gordon

Unbelievably Hazel Blears also flashed her Cabinet notes a la Ms Flint, so now we know that she intended to raise the possibility of Gordon starring in an Alan Sugar style TV show.

Please do it Gordon, with your charisma and natural ability as a performer it will be worth hundreds of thousands of votes for the opposition.

Guido thought the Brown era signalled the end of the celebrity culture? ‘I’ll have nothing to do with celebrity culture,’ he told the Indy. That was of course before Carter used Shakira, Beckham, Clooney and Kylie to sprinkle some stardust on the dour PM.

Talking of Carter, Guido is eagerly awaiting the latest edition of PR Week, which is rumoured to be working on a story that one of the new PR hires wants out already. Another David Pitt-Watson debacle in the making. Perhaps they realise that putting “PR for Gordon” may not look too good on their CV after all…

Unfunded Tax Cuts – Hooray!

At last a policy from the government that Guido can support. Let us hear no more from Labour politicians about Tory “unfunded tax cuts”. The government is going to have to go to the City to borrow the extra £2.7 billion…

Prize Competition :Explain the Labour Party’s Position on a Scottish Referendum

Could someone please explain, in 50 words or less, the Labour Party position on a referendum?
Following the Labour Group in the Scottish Parliament’s meeting on Tuesday (6 May) their Convener, Duncan McNeil, said: “No one in the room had any complaints about the decision that has been taken and we are now in a position where, as a group, we will not vote down any Referendum Bill that comes into the Parliament. That’s the change in the Labour group’s position today.” Wendy Alexander told us “I was delighted that at the Labour group today not a single colleague advocated the position that we should walk into the lobbies and vote down Scotland’s right to choose.”

Previously Labour’s position was that it would oppose an attempt by Alex Salmond’s SNP to hold a referendum in 2010 on freeing Scotland from Westminster rule. Now their position is that it will all come down to “timescale” and “wording”. Some of them are even saying they will vote against a referendum bill. The Labour Group came out of a meeting today looking sullen and refused to answer direct questions. They have u-turned again. Guido will give a copy of the best book on how to win a referendum – White Elephant – How the North East Said No – to anyone who can explain, definitively the Labour Party’s position on a Scottish referendum in less than 50 words. Answers in the comments please.

‘Ello ‘Ello ‘Ello

A co-conspirator emails:

Seen today in Portcullis House: Assistant Commissioner John Yates. Wonder what he’s doing here…?

This Leak Enquiry Should Be Easy

Careful examination of the photographic evidence reveals that it is the manicured finger of Ms Flint that is holding this morning’s Cabinet briefing* for public viewing. She should be charged under Section 8 of the Official Secrets Act 1989 for failing “to take such care to prevent its unauthorised disclosure as a person in his/[her] position may reasonably be expected to take.”

The final sentence visible concludes, in bold type, that most importantly: “… it is vital that we show that at this time of uncertainty we show that we are on people’s side”. You see that is the thing with New Labour politicians, what they care most about is covering their arse. Not that they would think to introduce an emergency growth package as Bush has done in the U.S., or cut taxes to boost growth like they have elsewhere in Europe. No, the most important thing is that they push their disingenuous spin slogan that they are “on people’s side”. That should do it…

*They don’t have a clue – 5%, 10% or more falls in property prices possible. Government has of course guaranteed the mortgage market with taxpayers money.

So the Answer is “No”

The official report of yesterday morning’s Lobby briefing is the usual waste of time and evasive non-answers from the PMS. However this bit of obsfucation amused Guido:
Asked if the Prime Minister was happy, the PMS said that the Prime Minister, as he had said himself before, believed that he had the best job in the world and he was focusing on meeting the priorities of the British people; that’s what we were doing today and what we would be doing for the days and weeks ahead.

“No” in other words…

Brown Loses Compass, Neal Lawson Calls for Him to Go

Neal Lawson runs Compass which is the liveliest of Labour’s soft-left factional campaigning organisations. He is a prickly character, some will attribute his knifing of Gordon today (Indy) to a mixture of disappointment and perhaps irritation that post-Blair he has neither been listened to, nor given any preferment by Gordon. He might not have taken up a position in Gordon’s big tent, but it would have been nice to have been asked…

Compass was a strategic part of the “coalition of the willing” to unseat Blair, so Lawson should accept some of the responsibility for saddling Labour with Brown. The month after Brown took office Lawson wrote a piece for the Guardian gushing like a school girl:

The skilfully engineered bounce witnessed in the first days of Gordon Brown’s premiership could be turned into something more: a political earthquake. The time is ripe not just for a better Labour government but for a shift in the centre of gravity of politics decisively to the left. Brown could be the first Labour leader since Clement Attlee to recast British society – not by taking small steps but giant leaps. This is why. Once in every generation a political revolution takes place in which thinking and behaviour shifts not just by degrees but qualitatively. It happened in 1945 under Labour, as the experience of the war and the economic depression before it heralded the centralised welfare state.

He concluded his paean with a quote from the left-wing theorist Gramsci: “The challenge of modernity is to live without illusions, without becoming disillusioned.” Well today he has himself failed Gramsci’s challenge, his disillusionment is total. He complains that since Gordon funked calling an election in October he has been an “unmitigated disaster”. Gordon’s “responses have been both wrong and weak” or merely “dog whistle policies”. How hard it must be for Lawson and his Compass followers, who connived with the Brownies so long to make life difficult for Blair, to see left-wing hopes crushed as Labour now campaigns on an authoritarian agenda, promising British jobs for British workers, attacking the Tories for being soft on foreigners and ID cards so soon after publicly taking tea with Mrs Thatcher. Gordon is now reviled both by the vindicated Blairites and the disillusioned left. The worry for the Tories must be that the factions might just unite to dispatch Brown early…

Crewe & Nantwich Betting

After seeing some of the LibDem campaign literature and the undeniable fact that the Labour odds have lengthened even further, Guido has covered his bet taking the hit and cutting his losses on that Labour bet.
The LibDems are not repeating the mistake they made in the Mayorals. They attacked Boris when the public was moving towards the Tories. This election they are going with the popular flow and attacking Labour. Their advertising says “Send a Message to Gordon Brown”. They might take some votes from disillusioned Labour voters who can’t bring themselves to vote Tory. More bad news for Tamsin…

Levy Sweats it Out

Just got back from popping in on Sleazy Levy’s book launch for A Question of Honour. Guido doesn’t usually do the London political scene cocktail circuit, however for Levy, well, Guido thought he would make an exception. The venue (Daunts in Marylebone) was not air-conditioned and the sweat was dripping off the guests.[…] Read the rest

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