Labour PPC : "Gordon is Giving Me Nightmares"

John Wiseman, Labour PPC for Westmorland and Lonsdale has, writing on LabourHome, candidly admitted that he seems “to be in the middle of a nightmare at present… Everyone seems depressed where I am standing for parliament. Gordon has decided to take money away from his core vote, PPS’s are threatening to resign!! When are we going to wake up!!! There is hundreds of councillors who are going to lose their seats if Gordon doesn’t listen. I am asking please Gordon for the last time wake up and smell the coffee…”
He blames it squarely on the abolition of the 10p tax rate…

Book of the Year

The ConservativeHomies have voted The Triumph of the Political Class their best book for 2007/08. Guido thinks they have made a good choice – the book is spot on. Peter Oborne anatomises a cross-party, parasitical ruling class. The class is personified in the next generation of most likely leaders of the major political parties; Clegg, Miliband and Cameron.

With views that are essentially interchangeably metropolitan liberal, all that differentiates them besides the colour of their rosettes is a bit of proportional representation, some income redistribution and a little Euro-scepticism. They are crowded ideologically onto that marginal – voter – friendly, focus-grouped, centre – ground. All went to Oxbridge, all had politico-media-wonkish mini-careers before climbing the political greasy pole.

If you have not read it already, Guido can’t recommend it enough…

Brown at Close Quarters

Fascinating and sympathetic Guardian piece by Tom Clark about what it was like to deal with Brown and the Brownies at close quarters for four years. It confirms a lot of what we have already surmised about the core method of policy development through dithering.

Tom Clark was a SpAd at the DWP and the old DTI hired from the Institute for Fiscal Studies. He clearly admires Brown whilst recognising his faults. Faults that make him unsuitable to be PM. Well worth a read.

+++ Labour MP Arrested +++

Rob Marris, MP for Wolverhampton South West, has been arrested on charges of criminal damage. More from local paper.

Friday Caption Contest (Seeking Something Edition)

+++ Cable : Clegg’s Position "Unassailable" +++

Vince has just recorded an interview for GMTV, telling Jackie Ashley that the LibDems were not doing well enough. She asked if Clegg’s position was “unassailable”? The ballroom dancing Ming assassin said Clegg was “completely unassailable”.

Be afraid Nick, very afraid…

Mother of the House Dead

Gwyneth Dunwoody, couldn’t stand her politics, loved her attitude. She was, as all the obituaries say, a New Labour defying parliamentary. She was also a patriotic and principled Euros-ceptic. You don’t see many of them in New Labour.
Mike Smithson over at PoliticalBetting.com reckons the Tories could win it if they translated their national lead to a local 8% swing. Guido is not so sure, LibDems live and die for by-elections and if Labour are smart enough to choose someone local in Gwyneth’s mould, rather than a New Labour clone, they could defend it successfully by running ‘against’ the Westminster establishment. All to play for…

Setting the Story Straight on Hain’s “Surreal” Conspiracy Theory

Some readers have been asking about the Western Mail story about fake emails where Peter Hain dons the cloak of victimhood and complains of a dirty tricks vendetta against him involving Guido. The story has now hit the news wires. This is Guido’s side of the story.

Hain claims

“Someone has persistently been sending material designed to discredit me to the right wing Guido Fawkes website. Some of the material has also been sent to the Western Mail. In the main it has been fabricated. My campaign failed and as a result of this scapegoating and these dirty tricks, I have lost my Cabinet job. The whole thing is a surreal nightmare and I don’t know what is behind it.”

It is true that Guido got hold of and published Hain’s campaign budget. That set in course a chain of events that led eventually to a few small shortfalls becoming public knowledge on the front pages. The small matter, for instance, of £103,000 in hidden campaign donations now under investigation by the police.
Hain knows, though the way he slants it a reader would not know, that Guido did not fall for the fake email scam. Which is what Guido told Peter BlackGuido didn’t publish any of the fake emails or use them. It became clear very early on that as much as Guido might have wanted to believe the tantalising tale they told (they contained nuggets of truth), what became obvious in a short time was somebody pursuing a disinformation agenda. There is clearly someone who has a keen interest in muddying the waters regarding emails. It is not Peter Hain and nor is it Guido. The faker desperately wanted to get the fake emails on this blog, probably to discredit a genuine email that is causing them acute legal difficulties.

Guido doesn’t usually like to reveal his dealings with the dead-tree-press but, for the record and for the avoidance of any doubt in this case, Guido can confirm that it was he who gave the story and examples of the faked emails over to the Western Mail’s Martin Shipton when the faker realised that Guido was on to him. As the Press Association wire story reports – the faked emails were sent after Peter Hain resigned.

So to be clear:

  • the faked emails started circulating only after Hain resigned.
  • have not so far been published by Guido or anyone else.
  • their existence has come to light because Guido gave them over to the Western Mail’s Martin Shipton to investigate.
So nobody should be fooled into thinking Hain was brought down by a dirty tricks campaign based on fake emails. They should ask themselves cui bono? Who has an interest right now in presenting that as the reality? Clue – it isn’t Hain or Guido…

Jonah Brown Goes to America, Dollar Crashes to All Time Low

The Jonah effect is becoming scary, Gordon lands in America in the morning and the dollar crashes to an all time historic low by lunchtime. There really is something in this – within weeks of him becoming PM the country

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Jenny Leaves Brillo for the Old Lady

Jenny Scott has been appointed as head of spin at the Bank of England. Petite brainbox Jenny was one of the best reasons to watch the Daily Politics and had perhaps an over-enthusiastic following.

Jenny studied economics at Cambridge, worked

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Post-It Note Won Gilligan Journalist of the Year

Inside Andrew Hosken’s new biography Ken: The Ups and Downs of Ken Livingstone (after the slightly tedious chapters about left-wing politics) we learn that a City Hall worker on the eighth floor was the source of the emails which may

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BBC London Mayoral Hustings

Last night’s hustings will be dissected and the post-match spin applied by the various teams. Two things struck Guido. Firstly Ken seemed uncharacteristically lacking in confidence. He talked about “the new mayor” and what Boris would do as a mayor.

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