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Nominations close 10 a.m. Monday – expect Boris to make an announcement on the day – not sure if it will be the announcement many hope for…

Logo from the 700 strong Backing Boris group on Facebook

Come On Then, If You Think You Are Hard Enough

Basher Davis is advertising for a new staff member. He has a high-turnover of staff. The job specification requires that candidates are “calm under pressure”. An understatement…

Friday Caption Contest (Queen Edition)

CameroonHome.Com Coming Soon

In Westminster political blogging there are three unofficial party affiliated sites which try to be the public voice of the grassroots. ConservativeHome is the daddy of them all, LabourHome is a technically superior site with far inferior content and a lack of editorial direction. LibDemVoice is a bit too much of an outlet for Cowley Street stuff that could be put in press releases.
Guido has been hearing rumours about a new CameroonHome site which Fraser Nelson has outed as going under the title Platform 10. Ex-Dave-Babe Fiona Melville is the motivating force behind it, backed by a 15-strong editorial team of mainly ex-CCHQ staffers lined up as contributors, but apparently with no full time editor. Steve Hilton has, it is believed, wanted an alternative Conservative grassroots voice to counter-balance the critical but friendly voice of Tim Montgomerie. Guido guesses it won’t work unless it is honest about issues. That is the strength of ConservativeHome, it explores the issues critically, and in doing so has improved the Tory internal debate. If CameroonHome becomes just a platform for “Dave is Great” stories in the same way that LibDemVoice ignores the “Ming Problem” it will be just another boring e-Pravda adjunct of the official party site. We shall see…

Mayor Boris

Andrew Pierce in the Torygraph is speculating that we could get an announcement of a Boris candidature today.

“I’m Backing Boris” T-shirts are on order. C’mon Boris…

UPDATE : ConservativeHome is reporting that the Boris website was showing this earlier – so it looks like it the game is on! T-shirts coming…
UPDATE II : Boris’ on-blog announcement is still in the archive.

Honest Cabal Government

Alistair Darling in Treasury Questions this morning appeared to have taken his boss’ instructions to be open and honest perhaps a little too seriously. When pressed about Gordon Brown’s premiership, he said: “I think it’s safe to say that the honeymoon has come to an end.”

While we are on the subject of his boss, what happened to “an end to Sofa Government?” Wasn’t it only last week, during the Brown honeymoon, that we were told that Gordon believed in Cabinet government and the merits of the Civil Service? So did the cabinet discuss the major policy change that is the Casinos U-turn? No.

Tax Cutting LibDems

Political cross dressing is getting increasingly complex, Vince Cable is advocating a 16% starting rate for income tax, abolishing tax breaks on capital gains and pensions plus raising “dirty” taxes. They admit they don’t really aim to cut taxes, just shift the burden around.

Cutting the tax code, raising the stamp duty and inheritance tax threshold are all good, but clobbering capital gains will discourage enterprise and investment. Retirees are in enough trouble after Gordon’s Great Pension Grab without taxing them even more.

Can’t help feeling sorry for multi-millionaire Chris Huhne, it came out during the LibDem leadership battle that he was a prolific investor in capital gains tax shelters…

Everyone is Backing Boris

Despite the fact that Guido rarely meets anyone who doesn’t want Boris to run, the issue is troubling Guido, with less than a week to go before nominations close things are still unclear. The Backing Boris Facebook group has gained over 500 members in a few days, a small but telling indicator of his popularity.

Boris has intimated that the opinion of his constituency supporters is crucial. So Guido emailed them to encourage them to look favourably on Boris running for Mayor. You can too by emailing soca@oxfordshireconservatives.com.

The prospect of Steve Norris losing to Ken again fills Guido with dread. Why would the Tories repeat the pattern? C’mon Boris…

Sky News : Sir Michael White versus Andrew Gilligan

A co-conspirator reports a ding-dong of press review late last night on Sky. They clashed over Rushdie’s knighthood, with Gilligan apparently implying that Sir Michael could look forward to some reward in Blair’s resignation honours list. How disrespectful of young Gilligan to the doyen of the lobby…

Shapps Caught Personally Astro-Turfing

Grant Shapps MP is gaining acclaim for his mastery of the Tory by-election campaign in Ealing Southall. Now Guido doesn’t usually cover the usual poster stealing, leaflet faking shenanigans that go on in local elections, but this one is just too funny.It appears that yesterday Grant Shapps indulged in a bit of astro-turfing on the LibDem’s YouTube site, posing as a demoralised LibDem comment maker “Okay, realistically we’re not going to win though. Especially since the Tories have just received 5 defecting Councillors from Labour. Don’t quite know how they’ve done it, but the Tories have stolen a march on us this time.”

Alas it wasn’t very well disguised and quickly seen through, since he used what appears to be his genuine GrantShapps login. Doh!

Hat-Tip : LibDemVoice

UPDATE : CCHQ is denying it. Grant was hacked they claim. “In past two days he has removed a number of posts from his own YouTube videos which had appeared without authorisation. We will be monitoring the account carefully and can’t rule out the activities of our opponents.” Yeah right. You don’t need his password to comment on his videos, so that is irrelevant. We are supposed to believe that someone hacked his account, posed as him posing as a LibDem? C’mon.

Al Gore Arrested

No not the globe-trotting scare-monger with the huge hypocritical carbon foot-print. His dope-smoking son was arrested last week for possession after he was pulled over for speeding. If he was speeding in his car you can bet the only hybrid was the weed. Seems like my kinda guy. On the subject of betting, bookmakers Paddy Power has as a result paid out on bets that Al Gore would be arrested – very sporting of them.

Al Gore III also gave Guido an excuse for a great headline.

UPDATE : That pun backfired, he was driving and smoking hybrids apparently.

Ealing Southall : Punters Back Tories Over LibDems

Guido said the by-election in Ealing Southall was a battle for second place between the Tories and the LibDems. If the Ming led LibDems lost ground to the Tories in a high-profile by-election it would destabilise him. LibDems live for by-elections.

The Tories are enthusiastically fighting this campaign and have a strong candidate. Money has now shifted on to Tony Lit, with punters on Betfair now reckoning the Tories have a better chance than the LibDems (who previously held second place at the general election).

If the Tories do well, Ming could face yet another challenging party conference…

Rich & Mark’s Monday Morning View

83% Back Boris for Mayor

Guido’s now closed poll of readers scientifically sampled a total of 1060 co-conspirators. A massive 83% backed Boris running.
Run Boris, Run. London needs you…

GuyNews TV : Bogeyman Re-Mix

Now Gordon’s honeymoon is over it seemed like a good time to re-release the re-mixed version of Gordon the Bogeyman. It has been reconfigured for mobile phones and is being released as a text-messaged viral to download soon. The idea is that people will show it on their phones to their mates down the pub.

Once you watch it, you won’t be able to get it outta your head, unlike Gordon. See the close-up Bogeytastic re-mix now on GuyNews.TV.

Bogeyman Brown Remix

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