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…
Where was he? Check the Where’s Gordon?™ interactive map.
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.
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….
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.”|
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?”
*Likely to soon supplant Iain Dale as the second best political blogger going – if Iain doesn’t watch it.
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…