Please let it have been arranged by David Mills…
Please let it have been arranged by David Mills…
UPDATE :At 2.16pm somebody claiming to be David Miliband posted in this blog’s comments – see for yourself – the IP log shows that at 2.16pm somebody was visiting for their 163rd time from:
Nice to know he is a regular reader, probably something to do with this.
Any more stripping Tories’ pictures out there?
Hat-tip : Andrea
But after the piece on Lord Levy yesterday (the Sleaze Master General) the comments section of this blog was over-run with dozens of unpleasant snide posters, making not very subtle comments. Just so those retards understand, the piece was critical of Levy’s shenanigans, not his religion or his ethnicity. (Guido is in any case a supporter of the state of Israel and the IDF assassinating terrorists who seek to destroy the only Western democracy in the region.) Maybe Mel and Polly get this kind of treatment every day, which would confirm their view that anti-semities are everywhere. They certainly seem to be making concerted use of the comments sections of the Guardian’s blogs, which are not moderated and instead rely on a “report abuse” system. Tom Happold needs to be quicker at dealing with reported abuse.
FYI : Guido’s policy is to delete whatever comments he feels like if they irritate him, the comment makers got wise to this and started posting in the comments section in various different names, including Guido’s own.
Some Brownites and Cameronites have mixed feelings about him going too soon. Some Brownites want him to stay and take the blame for anything they can stick him with until their shiny new Mr Clean takes over and the Iraqi withdrawal can be ordered by PM Brown, other leftwing anti-Blairites just want rid of him and the sooner the better.
Some Cameronites, and Guido suspects Dave himself, want a wounded, rotting administration to remain limping to the bitter end when Cameron will claim his inheritance. They would like nothing better than for the likes of Byers and Blunkett to return to office to sit next to Blair and Jowell. A team like that would just suit them down to the ground. Other Cameroonies look at the polls which consistently show Brown is far less popular than Cameron in a head-to-head fight. They are eager for the main event and expect that with three or more years in the PM’s office, Brown will be terminally damaged goods by the time of the election. Recess Monkey reckons Brown might however find an excuse for a snap election – a suspicion that Cameron himself outlined in a recent speech to Scottish Tories.
Guido will declare an interest, having wagered a good amount on Betfairthat Blair will go around the time of the Labour party conference. Betfairwere giving 10/1 that he’d go between July and September. That’s my top tip. (Beef or Salmon at Cheltenham is my other – but perhaps that one is best ignored).
And of course on Saturday England play Ireland in the rugby, and Guido fancies Ireland’s chances.
Guido has convinced Mrs Fawkes that yesterday’s ill health was due to the mussels consumed at lunchtime and that a few restorative Guinnesses will be appropriate today.
Happy St Patrick’s Day.
For those who can’t remember this is what 364 Keynesian economists wrote to The Times.
“We, who are all present or retired members of the economics staffs of British universities, are convinced that:
a) there is no basis in economic theory or supporting evidence for the Government’s belief that by deflating demand they will bring inflation permanently under control and thereby induce an automatic recovery in output and employment;
b) present politics will deepen the depression, erode the industrial base ofour economy and threaten its social and political stability;
c) there are alternative policies; and
d) the time has come to reject monetarist policies and consider urgently which alternative offers the best hope of sustained recovery.”
Guido won’t be there tonight because he still has the hangover from hell. Incidentally, has anyone seen my scooter?
Levy first came to Blair’s attention in the mid-90s, when he was introduced to the then leader of the opposition by an Israeli diplomat, the ex-music business accountant went on to raise £7m for Blair’s “blind” trust that ran his office. That trust was closed amid allegations about the lack of blindness of the trust and the rewards that went to suppposedly anonymous donors.
The level of coincidence between getting a 7-figure shakedown from Levy and a peerage by return post is approaching mathematical certainty. Levy is certainly adept at manipulating money, the Bentley driving millionaire managed famously to get his tax bill down to £5,000 one year (a fact he went to court to suppress being published by the Sunday Times – and lost). Jack Dromey has timed his intervention well, Blair is looking a bit wobbly today and an extra round of Downing Street sleaze stories will not help. A cynic might wonder if Jack Dromey is not positioning to ingratiate himself with the left-wing union where his future beckons.
Labour sleaze is of a different order to the Tory sleaze of old. The figures are of a different order and the money sloshing about went through No. 10, with the knowledge of the PM he admitted today. Neither Thatcher nor Major would ever have got involved in rattling the begging tin so directly.
The expectation is that Eric will not vote with Blair and Cameron for the Education Bill tonight, which is what Blair was seeking, rather pathetically, to capitalise on. Dave retorted effectively that Blair should concentrate on whipping his own party and leave him to worry about whipping the Tory party.
Forth will do what he wants, but the hope is that he finds something other to do. You know, like give a few cyclists a kicking, send some children up chimneys or just basically any of his hobbies besides voting against Blair.
Hat-tip : ConservativeHome.Com
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Ai Weiwei in China fighting the taxman…
“Under totalitarian rule, no one is protected by law. We will all be the same helpless victims. When a country insists on its lies, it’s time for an artist to bring forth change.”