Smithson Decides Not to Risk It

Mike Smithson from PoliticalBetting.com has a book out The Political Punter, How to make money betting on politics. Guido was chatting to Mike at the book launch when in came Mark Oaten. He strolled over to Mike (interrupting our conversation) and congratulated him on the book.

Mike thanked him and being ever polite turned to introduce Oaten, hesitated for a second and quickly said “there is someone you must speak to”, smoothly diverting Oaten away from Guido. Just as well really…

40 Tory Mayoral Hopefuls

Guido understands that some 40 wannabees have put their name forward to CCHQ in their quest to become Mayor of London. Still time for you to put your name forward…

Where’s Gordon?™ Day 17

Yesterday Gordon was, once again, not next to Tony at PMQs. He seems ever more unwilling to attend PMQs as the preciousss gets nearer to his grasp. Is it because he just can’t stand Tony being PM any more, or because he knows Cameron will poke fun at him and Tony?

Where was he? Check the Where’s Gordon?™ interactive map.

Dale Launches Video Advertising on Blogs

Some of you may have spotted that there are videos playing across the blogosphere starring Iain Dale.

In the video advertisement launching MessageSpace’s new user-generated “Lite” advertising service he amusingly demonstrates two ways of advertising on Iain Dale. Press play to see for yourself.

Guido should declare an interest in that his broadband bills (and a little bit more) are paid by MessageSpace.

Rumour has it that Kerron Cross is to star in the next video advert!

Liberal Conservative Mayoral Candidate?

Iain Dale says he has checked and Greg Dyke was a serious proposition as the joint Liberal/Conservative Mayoral candidate.

Neither the Tory or LibDem high commands have so far managed to find the candidate to take on Ken. Combined perhaps they can do it. Dyke has technocratic ability, a combatitive personality and a track record. He is only a recent convert from Labour to LibDem, so sticking a blue and yellow rosette on him would be a shock. Not least for the activist base who might not be too keen…

UPDATE : The story is true, Greg Dyke confirms an approach was made, which he turned down.

Lord Offshore

Lord Laidlaw may have good reasons why he has not returned to the UK as he promised when he was put up for a peerage. The food is much nicer in Monaco after all and he may need to work on his tan.
Nevertheless, if he is going to honour his promise he should get a move on. If the retired billionaire can’t be bothered to come back he should never have been put up for a peerage.

Robert Peston broke the story. Guido wonders if he got the tip from the Labour peer, Baron Peston?

Guido will be reporting soon on one of Gordon’s favourite businessman and his use of Cayman Islands offshore vehicles. Gordon likes him so much he even backed him for a peerage….

Liar, Liar

Tony Blair is holding talks with the Hungarian prime minister Ferenc Gyurcsany.

To help them get along better Guido has compiled some handy Hungarian political phrases for Tony to use:

“No European country has done something as boneheaded as we have. Obviously, we lied throughout the last year-and-a-half, two years.”
“Európában ilyen böszmeséget még ország nem csinált, mint amit mi csináltunk. Nyilvánvalóan végig hazudtuk az utolsó másfél, két évet.”

“I almost perished because I had to pretend for 18 months that we were governing. Instead, we lied morning, night and evening.” “Majdnem beledöglöttem, hogy másfél évig úgy kellett tenni, mintha kormányoztunk volna. Ehelyett hazudtunk reggel, éjjel meg este.”
The Hungarian PM was caught on tape last May uttering the above and plenty more, resulting in rioting in Budapest. Tony Blair’s lies resulted in Iraq…

Witty Winners in Guido Prize Shock

Breaking with tradition prize tickets have been awarded to Chris Smith and Michael Dearden. Sally has the details here.

The News is Not News

Guido was off getting trashed so missed this “live”, but Benedict Brogan* has decoded it for us all.

At lunchtime Nick Robinson told us that David Miliband was not standing for leader. Something Miliband tells us weekly. This time it was news. Benedict thinks that this time Miliband was saying – “No fucking way am I standing. End of. Drop it. Got it?”

Clear?

*Likely to soon supplant Iain Dale as the second best political blogger going – if Iain doesn’t watch it.

When Pop and Politics Collide

It is a very weird world. Lembit Opik might like to know that the Tory Mayoral hopeful, Mike Read, is “currently writing for and recording with both The Cheeky Girls”.

Get Lembit to do a duet!

Hat-tip: Border Reiver

What Gordon Wrote to Mervyn

The big news is that on the day the house debates a no-confidence motion in Gordon Brown inflation news busts the pound through the psychological $2 barrier. Raising mortgage hike worries and putting exporters under extra pressure. Mervyn King, the Governor of the Bank of England, is obliged to write a letter explaining the situation and the proposed remedy. Guido suspects Gordon wrote to him first…Of course that still doesn’t explain why the other major European economies have lower inflation than the UK, after all, don’t they pay the same price for oil as we do?
Blaming the oil price is convenient – it means it has nothing to do with Gordon’s handling of the fiscal side of things. Gilt prices are falling, dragging long-term rates up because the City is increasingly wary of taking on even more government debt, despite Gordon’s off-balance-sheet manipulation of the PSBR. If he was a corporate CEO hiding debt off the books as he is, he would be looking at doing jail-time…

Where’s Gordon? Day 15 : At the Treasury, writing buck passing letters to the Governor of the Bank of England.

Cheeky Boy

Guido met Lembit recently for the first time, he seemed a decent sort. He does add to the gaiety of the nation doesn’t he?

Sith Pollster Believed UnderProfessional Standards Investigation

As if Gordon’s Sith allies didn’t have enough problems with the Charity Commission investigation, it appears that the Market Research Standards Board is to investigate Opinion Leader Research, Gordon Brown’s pollster. Guido called the Standards Board to get confirmation, but they said they could not comment on individual cases. When Guido asked them to confirm they weren’t investigating OLR, they declined.

Guido has previously noted the cosy closeness of the relationship between OLR, HM Treasury, the Smith Institute, Deborah Mattinson and Gordon Brown. Whenever more objective polls are gloomy for Gordon, OLR can be relied on to produce “Gordon more popular than sliced bread” stories.Other pollsters are very sniffy about OLR’s methodology and the fact that despite not even having a field team they still manage to win juicy government contracts, most recently for the polling for the London Olympics. It obviously helps to have contacts at the highest levels of government when bidding for those contracts…

Hat-tip: Pendennis

Rich & Mark’s Monday Morning View(Goldplated Edition)

Where’s Gordon?™ – Meeting Bush in Washington

The Where’s Gordon?™ map goes transatlantic.

Where’s Gordon?™ [April 11 & 12]

What has he been up to today and yesterday? Forgot to update the interactive Where’s Gordon?™ map. In the comments please…

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