Saturday, September 19, 2009

Scotland Case Causing Panic

baroness scotlandThe Sunday Times is calling round every government minister and shadow cabinet member stupid enough to answer the phone, asking them if they have foreign staff working as housekeepers, nannies or as cleaners?

Now of course all of the honourable members will be paying their help in full and above minimum wages, plus national insurance and income tax, first having taken triple copies of their paperwork and satisfied themselves as to their cleaner’s right to work in the country.

Nothing for them to worry about…

Friday, September 18, 2009

Question Time Special : “Are We Fooked?”

This is brilliant.

“The Prime Minister, an Economist and a Banker bear the full brunt of the Elephant in the Room during Question Time. Economic collapse can make your eyes water.”

“Debt is dandy”.

Cable Admits He Got Crisis Wrong

brillo-twinkleGuido has been saying for some time that Vince Cable’s reputation as a seer is much overstated and that his reputation is cashing cheques his actual policy account can’t cover. His ability to provide authoritative sounding soundbites to journalists is fantastic.  Hacks never bother to check his prognostications and previous policy flips (who knows what the LibDem policy is on anything besides PR?)  He thus gets a free ride in comparison to Labour and the Tories.

So it will be worth tuning into Straight Talk tomorrow where by all accounts Vince Cable gets a mauling from Andrew Neil about his history of changing his position on a range of issues during the financial crisis and Brillo gets him to admit that he was wrong last autumn to support the merger of Lloyds TSB and HBOS.  Vince admits to Brillo when challenged “you’re right – perfectly fair comment that my first reaction was not the right one.”

Brillo also spotted that in Cable’s just released policy paper for Reform he is proposing to cut items that were only earmarked by Nick Clegg and Vince Cable in February as part of a planned increase of £6.7 bn in spending on childcare and education.

By all accounts it is worth tuning into Straight Talk on BBC News tomorrow night to see Brillo hold Cable’s feet to the fire for all his flip-flopping on economic policy.

UPDATE : Sam Coates over at Red box has spotted another Cable incoherency.

UPDATE II : There is of course the whole Darth Cable / Brillo Skywalker angle about this: Cable was Neil’s economics tutor at Glasgow.  Now the circle is complete, the student is the inquisitor.  The force is strong…

Friday Caption Contest (Wales & Scotland Edition)

Britain's Attorney General Baroness Scotland and Secretary of State for Wales Peter Hain arrive at Downing Street.

Guido has a copy of Fleeced!: How we’ve been betrayed by the politicians, bureaucrats and bankersto send to the author of the funniest account of a conversation between these two dodgy politicians. Funny, not merely abusive…

They All Look the Same

Not sure if this is actionable. Ed Davey should call his lawyer. To the Daily Mail they really do all look the same (LibDems that is). Well there is the Cameron look-a-like one who leads them, the bald one who used to lead them but isn’t the other old one who can dance and perhaps should lead them. And Lembit of course. Lembit. The only one we all remember.

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Truth is Stranger than Fiction for Radio 4

electric inkLast night BBC R4 ran a story line in which had an emotionally unstable and depressed PM on medication going a bit bonkers and undergoing psychotherapy.  Wonder where they get their crazy script ideas?

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Jonah Jinx Hits Home in Fife and Downing Street

Dozens of co-conspirators have emailed to draw attention to the story of the young Diversity dancer crashing painfully into the ground outside Downing Street after meeting Jonah Brown.

fife2Away from his London home, the Prime Mentalist has been cursing workers back in Fife. The Fife Free Press notes the job losses resulting from Jonah Brown praising the company two months ago.  The curse continues…

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++ Sunlight Reports Baroness Scotland to UK Border Agency ++

Letter here.

baroness scotlandUPDATE : Now if the standard operational procedure for law breaking by senior government figures as per the New Labour school of spin is followed (as executed in the past by Harriet Harman and Peter Hain) Patricia Scotland will report herself to the UKBA.  They report themselves so they can spin “when I became aware of the technical breach of the rules blah blah.”  They are not rules, they are laws, laws which the Attorney General has sworn to uphold….

UPDATE II : Shadow Home Secretary Chris Grayling is demanding answers to some difficult questions from Baroness Scotland

“The Government has been absolutely clear that small employers should carry full legal responsibility if they hire illegal immigrants. Baroness Scotland should be no different, she should face a proper investigation by the Border Agency and should face the same sanctions as any other employer.”

UPDATE III : Just got off the phone again with the SpAd who this morning said (repeatedly) there would be no further statements, she gave a further statement saying “Baroness Scotland has reported the matter to the relevant authorities”. How predictable…

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Attorney General’s Office :
No Comment on Documentation Question

Just got off the phone with Baroness Scotland’s SpAd.

SpAd : We have no comment to add further to the statement last night.
Guido : So you are unable to confirm that Patricia has a copy of the required documentation?
SpAd : We have no comment to add further to the statement last night.
Guido :
‘Her spokesman could not confirm that the Baroness had the documentation required under the Immigration Act’.
SpAd : No, we have no comment to add further to the statement last night.
Guido : Well that sounds like a non-denial to me.

If they had the documentation they would surely have released it by now…

Baroness Scotland : Show Or We Tell

Chris Galley, the former Home Office official who now heads the Sunlight Centre for Open Politics has written to Baroness Scotland demanding that she shows proof that she complied with the laws she was responsible for introducing at the Home Office.

It is a fundamental rule of politics that law makers can not be law breakers – particularly when they are the highest law officer in the land.  The letter asks the Attorney General to show publicly the legally required documentation or face being reported to the UK Border Agency later today…


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