Guido’s revelation – despite what Blair’s people claim – won’t really add to his security risk.
Iranian MOIS intelligence agents will practically have to drive past the front door on the way to their Embassy, so they will probably notice him.
Guido suspects that the added security risk the neo-peacemaker brings to the area is going to irritate the hedge fund managers and corporate titans whose natural domain he is entering. Never mind what the denizens of the local gentleman’s clubs will make of his wife…
Guido called the Indy newsroom looking for Andrew Grice, the political editor who had the accompanying story, to be told he was not available. So I asked who was responsible for cutting and pasting the press release. “Brrr…” – they slammed the phone down.
There must be terrible telecoms problems at the Indy. The Speccie gave the editor of the Indy three hours to respond to their inquiries. Silencio.
The CoffeeHouse blog broke the story. When Blair said the Indy was a viewspaper not a newspaper, you can bet he never imagined it would be the government’s views spread over three pages. Not so bloody piously independent today…
The BBC boss Mark Thompson made a revealing comment, he said that following the announcement of staff reductions he had “one interview request from ITN, one from Sky and 37 from the BBC”. All asking the same bloody questions…
UPDATE : On the Sky News blog Jon Craig points out that the Beeb has in Brussels today; Chief Political Editor Nick Robinson, News 24 Chief Political Correspondent James Landale, Newsnight Political Correspondent David Grossman, Radio 5 Live Political Correspondent John Pienaar, Europe Editor Mark Mardell. All at the same press conference, with their production teams, running up expenses….
08:00 UPDATE :Ashdown is the first LibDem grandee to come out and endorse Clegg.
11:25 UPDATE : Hemming has reconfirmed he is still in the race and his hat remains firmly in the ring.
Eric Pickles MP, Tory local government shadow didn’t hold back, he laid into the Smith Institute today – “the public will be alarmed that Gordon Brown’s advisers and favoured think-tank are calling for a toxic cocktail of local income taxes and a new national property tax.”
The Charity Commission is still investigating the Smith Institute for engaging in illegal political activity. Obviously these new policies are just a tad politically contentious…
When Chris Huhne launched his Lib Dem leadership bid, our cameraman took the trouble to count the number of BBC people present.
There were TWELVE of them. Sky and ITN had three each.
Betfair have opened up a market on the LibDem Leadership –
Clegg is hot favourite at less than evens.
Huhne is 13/5
Steve Webb is 15/1
Ed Davey is 36/1
Charles Kennedy is 40/1
Julia Goldsworthy is 40/1
Vince Cable is 50/1
Incidentally, Guido covered all his “Tories to be the biggest party” bets at a profit last night. If Clegg wins he may enjoy a honeymoon at Cameron’s expense…
He has sent out a position statement which is basically steady as she goes, neither right nor left etc., concluding with –
I am one of the few Members of Parliament who have the practical experience of having successfully led a political group from opposition to a position of power (in Birmingham). On issues of diversity I have delivered. As far as extra parliamentary considerations are concerned I am almost certainly the only successful entrepreneur in the parliamentary party that is also a member of a Trades Union. I will be taking soundings following this position statement.
That should sew it up…
Lynne Featherstone isn’t running.
31st October: nominations close.
17th December: the new leader will be announced.
Nick Robinson has got the first Ming interview.
But remember, leading the LibDems isn’t just for Christmas….
Will he stay out of it and endorse another candidate? Decisions, decisions. At the rate the LibDems change leaders, he could perhaps get another chance next year by backing Vince…
Incidentally, despite some speculation Lynne Featherstone told Guido she is “running in the other direction”. Guido suspects she will probably endorse Huhne (again).
Who wielded the dagger? Damning with feint praise was the chosen weapon of choice. Two killer quotes from the leadership team might explain why Ming has not spoken to either Hughes or Cable, the GMTV “must do better” from Hughes and the treacherous “under discussion, not under threat” comment from Cable on The World at One made it death-by-media.
Old Vince Cable trying to look solemn last night on Newsnight was a bit of a laugh. If Vince were to succeed in making his current leadership position permanent, most voters would not even notice. They would probably think that whatshisname looked a little different.
Perhaps, they might think, he was now darkening his remaining hair…