Monday, April 6, 2009

Rich & Mark’s Monday Morning View

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Sunday Sleaze Round-Up – MPs Spit in Our Faces

When Guido started his campaign against troughing MPs it was an occasional thing to to do a Sunday Sleaze Round-Up. Nowadays it is difficult to keep up with so many pigs in so much s**t:

Jacqui claimed for her barbecue as well as her kitchen sink to ‘help her perform her duties as an MP’.

MPs ‘not trusted’ to review their own pay and expenses according to the Committee for Standards in Public Life.

The News of the World has done a great video which seems to come from a familiar idea:

It accompanies their story on the husband and wife champion parliamentary troughing team to match and exceed the greedy pillaging of the taxpayers done by the Wintertons – the Robinsons. They get to trough in Westminster and at the Northern Ireland Assembly to the tune of an unbelievable £600,000 a year.

MPs have even claimed for their taxes out of your taxes. Genius. They charge stamp duty to expenses.

Guido has been shouting about the Green Book Rule changes which came into force on April Fools Day – and politicians really must take us for fools. To stop all the rule breaking by MPs they came up with a clever solution. Scrap the rules! Keep on troughing…

Finally Rudi Vis MP is retiring from troughing and will no longer be on burden on the taxpayers – just as soon as we finance his retirement home on expenses. Don’t forget to collect your gold-plated index-linked pension scheme…

Sunday Sleaze Hoon Special

Sunday Sleaze

The Mail on Sunday has Hoon bang to rights manipulating the system to build a mortgage free property portfolio.  He lived in a grace and favour apartment in Admiralty House, rented out his London home and claimed the allowance for his constituency home.  In the process making hundreds of thousands in profits playing the system and clearing his mortgage. All at the expense of the taxpayer.

Classic line from the article:

When The Mail on Sunday suggested that it appeared he had made a considerable sum by ‘manipulating the system’, he replied: ‘I don’t accept that for a moment.’

Complete Hoon…

UPDATE : According to the News of the World 138 MPs rent out a property at the same time as claiming claiming a second home allowance.  138 MPs are clearly and Hoonishly manipulating the system to build a property portfolio at the taxpayer’s expense.  That is how “public servants” who have never had a proper job in their lives, retire as millionaires off the backs of taxpayers.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Grand National Tip

Guido got a call yesterday from the Spectator -

Speccie : Who are you tipping for the Grand National?

Guido : No idea, when is it?

Speccie : An Irishman who knows nothing about horses?

Guido : I know one thing, don’t take any tips from Peter Oborne.

On the basis of Peter’s tips Guido would consider laying (betting against) Brooklyn Brownie and Golden Flight on Betfair.  Oborne has finally got the full measure of Gordon Brown.  His demolition of Gordon’s G20 boasts is fantastic; Hubris, hoopla and claims that were false, cynical and very, very dangerous.

Hard to believe that Oborne was once Brown’s last commentariat fan.

Aussie PM Rude Bully of Air Hostess

pm-rudeAussie PM Kevin Rudd has more in common with our own Prime Mentalist than Guido realised.  His foul temper reduced a 23 year-old RAAF flight attendant to tears when he exploded because she was unable to serve him the in-flight meal he wanted.  No Nokias were harmed during the incident.

What is interesting about this story from a UK perspective is how the Aussie PM’s spin-doctors responded.  Lachlan Harris, the PM’s press spokesman, initially tried to cover up the incident with a flat denial that it had even occurred. When irritated air force top brass contradicted him the rude Rudd gave an evasive half-truth of an apology to the press via Lachlan.  Lachlan Harris is a protege of our very own Alastair Campbell, who was hired to advise on how to sharpen up Aussie Labor’s spin operation.  Clearly Lachlan has learnt from the master of dodgy deceit.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Guardianista Fat Cats Tighten Belts 10%

Do you think Guido’s relentless goading of  the media fat cats Alan Rusbridger (Guardian editor) and Carolyn McCall (GMG CEO) has touched a nerve?  Guido has taken every opportunity available to point out their lavish bonuses and rewards for failure.

The very same things their staff criticise in the paper when writing about City fat cats:

They have announced they will not be taking their bonuses this year and in addition will be taking a 10% pay cut.  Rusbridger will have to scrape by on a £1/3 million while McCall will be reduced to a £1/2 million pittance.  GMG is expected to make a big loss this year…

Friday Caption Competition

MP’s Expenses Scans Update :£10,000 Reward Offered for the Truth

They are being hawked around again. The Sun (as well as The Times) has been offered the disks, but are worried about handling “stolen” goods. Sources at the Mail on Sunday and News of the World say that have not been offered the scans and would in any case have to consider legal obstacles.  So much for a fearless free press.

After the last story a number of co-conspirators contacted Guido suggesting we have a whip round.  If you want to pledge support in the comments, feel free.

To the person who has the disks, what you have is of great public interest, what you have done is heroic, Guido and his co-conspirators will pay £10,000 cash in gratitude for the disks – today – no questions asked.  Call 0709 284 0531.

Jury Finds Jacqui Guilty

Jury Team, the new internet-based party set-up by Paul Judge to bring independent candidates with clean hands into politics, is making waves by running American-style attack ads in Jacqui Smith’s constituency – they will run online in Redditch local newspapers from tomorrow morning.

The advert is not that aggressive by American standards, by British standards it is, so much so that the newspapers in which it is running took legal advice before accepting the advert.

Iain Dale underestimates the anti-political climate that they are trying to tap into, anyone can stand in the party’s primaries. They are a small party but the internet means they can grow fast.  The Italian mani pulite movement in the early 90s started small and led eventually to the demise of the corrupt First Republic and the collapse of the old party structures.  When you have David Cameron proposing parliamentary reforms which will result in MPs pocketing more taxpayers cash you really wonder if these mavericks could go mainstream.  It happened in Italy…

Thursday, April 2, 2009

More Raw Free Statporn, More than a Million Page Views

Look away if this stuff bores you.   The site broke the million page-views barrier for the first time in March.  The numbers broke down thus:

  • 1,191,456 page views plus another 251,952 via RSS feed.
  • 767,473 unique visits
  • 147,689 absolute visitors

The big jump is partly due to the Dan Hannan effect, his story was twice as popular as any other.  Top referrers were (excluding search engines) in order:

1. iaindale.blogspot.com / 56,888
2. spectator.co.uk / 20,363
3. politicshome.com / 16,082
4. politicalbetting.com /13,542
5. twitter.com /9,059

Twitter has come from nowhere in the last month.

The new server set-up also allows Guido to analyse the comments.  Notice how a few window-lickers have  already disappeared?  Multiple personalities have dissolved away as well.  Hopefully this has not been too heavy-handed.  The comments system’s automatic algorithm is still in beta and will be refined further, nevertheless it has already released Guido from moderation duties allowing 516 different individuals to make 17,080 comments last month.  It is a huge relief to no longer have to personally moderate them.

Many thanks to the readers and advertisers who have supported the blog.  You make it all possible.


Seen Elsewhere

Comply or Die at Grauniad | MediaGuido
Labour Beats UKIP in South Yorkshire | LabourList
Mock the Week’s Weak Comedy | Nigel Farage
Can Jim Murphy Save Scottish Labour? | Guardian
There is Still Appetite for the Westminster Lunch | Jon Craig
Labour Turn Their Backs on Jewish Community | Dan Hodges
Chivalry is Not Dead | Laura Perrins
Jonathan Jones is a Tw*t | Iain Dale
Second Scotland Poll Suggests Labour Wipeout | Times
Paedo Probe Boss Urged to Quit | Sun
Keynesian Tories Won’t Eliminate Deficit | Tim Montgomerie


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