53% Don’t Care About Labour Leader

A YouGov poll seen by Paul Waugh has the “I don’t care” block dominating the Labour leadership vote. Over half of people polled do not have a preferred candidate. David Miliband is in second with 22%, with Diane Abbott behind him on 11%, followed by the Younger Miliband on 9%. Ed Balls, for all the fluster, media appearances and rehabilitation has scraped the support of just 3% of voters. Andy Burnham is bringing up the rear with just 2%. While this is the wider public, they will be the ones deciding at real elections, rather than internal battles.Things change when the poll is broken down to just Labour voters with David up to 29%, Balls 13% and Ed Miliband on 12%. The same order as the donation rankings, funnily enough.

Ring-fenced Democracy

And then they were gone:

Given the excuse was that the protesters were prohibiting the wider public enjoying the Square, Guido doesn’t quite get the fence…

Via Kevin Brennan MP’s office window, via Twitter.

A Peer Named Sue

Another day, and another swathe of new peers are being sworn into office and £300-a-day expenses. Still waiting for Lord Howard of Transylvania, but the big question today is whether Gordon will actually bother to show up to watch his long-suffering aide Sue Nye ennobled.

Baroness Nye of Rochdale?

After eighteen loyal years in the shadows, keeping out-of-the-way of Nokias, and keeping the rest of the world away from Gordon, her boss repaid her with blame for his own mess and weaknesses. The public got to see it spectacularly once, but who knows what else went on behind closed doors. Eighteen years of mad, bad and dangerous” work?

She deserves a medal…

Dessy v Balls

Last Thursday Ed Balls obfuscated on This Week with Brillo about this email:

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Balls prevaricated to Brillo somewhat, to be fair it seems Dessy didn’t have dinner with Blinky, but he did convey his intent to him around dinner time. Why would a Brownite Labour minister contemptuous of Blair tell the Tory leader’s PPS his intent? To destabilise Blair. These emails were revealed to Dessy’s discomfort by a Tory girl, why are Brillo and Guido being reminded of them? To discomfort Ed. Doesn’t make the email untrue…

The Tories are FAB

No sign of Brains though…

Via Tristram Shepard

Freedom is Too Messy

It seems that your freedom really does have a limit with this government. For all the talk, the majority have once again been silenced by the minority. Along with the “crowd-slicing” spending cuts consultancy project, the government web-watchers have shut down the debate on Your Freedom because of a few nutters. As Guido said the other day and will say again now – freedom is messy It doesn’t matter so long as we find some diamonds in the mud.

The Losers Saga

While much focus has been what the ousted Labour and Liberal lobby fodder is up to, spare a moment for the only two former Tory MPs who lost their should – be – safe seats. Predictably the sound of the revolving door is never far away…

After succumbing to the yellow onslaught in Eastbourne, Nigel Waterson, who after 18 years seemingly upset just about everyone who knew him, has been rescued by a fellow former Tory MP Chris Butler, of spin-merchants Butler Kelly. Guido hears Waterson has even manage to secure face time with the government Chief Whip on behalf of his new client, the old people’s collective, SAGA, trading on his former role as the Tory spokesman for elderly people. Well it’s not like he could get a job working with children

No such undignified paper-chasing for David Heathcoat-Amory. The Manure Member is instead trying to flog his redundant constituency home in Wells. After charging the taxpayer for the manuring of his garden, the grandee is set to make a handsome profit, with a £1.5m asking price, to fund his retirement back in Hammersmith. He might even be able to afford a SAGA holiday or two…

Boris Rides On

Asked earlier this morning whether he had fathered Helen Macintyre’s baby, Boris was quick to give a full and frank explanation to the story:

“I think this is a fantastic cycle superhighway and I hope people will enjoy it. I’m not getting distracted by any adverse headlines.”

A pretty water-tight denial eh?

Conversation eventually drifted towards arriving “full of serotonin, endorphins, energy”. It is thought the Mayor was discussing his cycle to work rather than anything else…

A Whopping 27,500 Customers

Guido speculated last week that more people would be coming here for their political news than The Times and the as-of-yet unconfirmed numbers from the first month of the pay-wall won’t make for comfortable reading down Wapping way.  Dan Sabbagh, […]

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Rich & Mark’s Monday Morning View

All in the bar together.[…]

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Top Tips From Troughing Lord Taylor

Lord  Taylor of Warwick is facing charges related to fiddling his second home expenses and mileage allowance. The CPS have decided that the prosecution is in the “public interest”. Humiliation of troughing politicians is always in the public interest.[…]

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Ed Balls Campaign Diary*

All these bloody memoirs are being used to knife me as an anonymous briefer, Andrew Neil just quoted chapter and verse at me. Fortunately people are wary of going on-the-record so I can, ironically, turn the anonymity of the sources […]

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