Monday, December 15, 2008

Rich & Mark’s Monday Morning View

Sunday, December 14, 2008

What the Army Really Thinks of Brown

Gordon is off doing a flying visit to India, Pakistan and Afghanistan doling out millions to people who would rather the British were not there. Gordon loves being photographed with men in uniform, they however are not so keen on him. The ARRSE site is an online forum for soldiers, here are some excerpts from the site today:

At the bottom of the awful man’s black heart, I’ll wager he doesn’t give a stuff about casualties in Afghanistan. He’ll be calculating the costs, not in lives, but in pounds Sterling.

He was the worst Chancellor possibly ever, he has brought this nation to it’s knees and now he has the gall, the brass-necked affrontery to parade about bragging that he is ‘saving the world’. Will the men in white-coats be able to get into Downing Street, with the politically controlled ‘Met Police Farce’ at the gates?
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FFS, who goes into the bloody wilds of the Stan in a bloody suit and tie? Does he never take the bloody thing off?
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100 groats and his pick of the wenches to the man who rid’s us of Jonah McGabe.
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How do the lads he talks to, do it with a straight face? I mean I know there’s discipline and good manners, but honestly…
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Have a look for yourself, he is not popular at all.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Totty Watch : Mink Minx

Anne Coulter, Michelle Malkin, Kellyanne Conway and a few more U.S. women conservatives have done a calendar “Pretty in Mink” to raise funds for the Clare Boothe Luce Institute. The left have flipped in outrage, as was obviously intended.

The institute offers political leadership training to right-leaning women and discourages promiscuity. Guido therefore won’t be buying the calendar.

Hat-tip : ABC News photo story here.

So Much for the Santa Claus Rally

Those of you who have been following Guido’s trading on the right will have seen it jump substantially last week. Guido was short Dow and FTSE futures which collapsed after the auto-bailout deal in Washington failed midweek, closed all the positions before the yanks could cobble together some compromise. Booked profits for the trading for the last three months are 97% – Mrs Fawkes hinted that perhaps going back to full-time trading might be more lucrative than blogging. Perhaps, however this was performance off a small amount of capital, the Value-at-Risk was sometimes leveraged 20 times, it was pure risk money and Guido got lucky.

Basically the trades were shorting the pound versus the euro, selling rallies in the Dow and FTSE, quickly covering after significant drops. Somehow Guido managed to lose money twice trading from the long side on Gold futures just before retracements rather than just buying and holding. Sir Michael White sneered at Guido for recommending buying gold as we shift towards Mugabonomics and the Bank of England sets the printing presses rolling. Gold is the safest refuge and the cost of carry with interest rates tending towards zero is ever more favourable to passive holders of the metal.

Sterling investors who bought gold at the beginning of the year have seen it rise 28% from £424 to £544 an ounce. If in 2009 we see “quantitative easing” (printing money), holding gold will be insurance as much as an investment. If you have apocalyptic fears, holding physical gold coins is reassuring.

Won’t be keeping a diary of trades on the blog next year, because this is a politics blog and some (not all) readers find it boring and/or self indulgent. Not bothered about being self indulgent (it is a personal blog) but being boring won’t do.

Friday, December 12, 2008

+++ UK Statistics Head : Government Knife Crime Figures Distorted +++

Friday Caption Competition

For You Herr Brown, the Boom is Over

Steffen Kampeter, is the budget spokesman for Merkel’s CDU, last night he backed Peer Steinbrück (the SPD finance minister), saying he was “exactly expressing” the views of the government. Yesterday Balls and Brown were spinning bullshit saying that this was internal German coalition politics – in fact it is the shared view of both the CDU and the SPD.

Kampeter put the boot into Crash Gordon: “Peer Steinbrück’s comments have nothing whatsoever to do with internal German politics as Prime Minister Brown has suggested. In questioning the British Government’s approach, Peer Steinbrück is exactly expressing the views of the German Grand Coalition. After years of lecturing us on how we need to share in the gains of uncontrolled financial markets, the Labour politicians can’t now expect us to share in it’s losses. The tremendous amount of debt being offered by Britain shows a complete failure of Labour policy.”

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Did Dale Bribe Labour MP Ann Moffat?

The cover of the Total Politics January edition depicts Harriet Harman as Wonder Woman. Which is ridiculous, because as any fool knows, Crash Flash Gordon’s partner was Dale Arden.

Trying to make a joke of the Prime Mentalists Freudian slip Harman has just told the house that she would “rather have Superman as our leader than their leader who is The Joker”. Immediately after that quip Ann Moffat chipped in “Wonder Woman does it again…”

So either Dale is paying for promotional product placement or the whole Labour Party is gripped with a delusion of superpowers.

Dead Tree Press Now Actually Dying

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Totty Watch : TottyCheeky Girls II

Lembit seems to be finding it difficult to let go of the past. He has been appointed as The Sport’s only political columnist. The publicity shots are in a sad way poignant, two young slim, sexy dark haired girls in his arms. Oh the memories…
Lembit is the living embodiment of the Guidoisation of politics. He has had a tragically tough year. Clearly to find happiness he needs the love of a good woman, or women even.

Seen Elsewhere

Government Needs 10.6% Spending Cuts To Meet Target | IFS
What We Learned From the Referendum | FT
Scottish Crisis Moves South | Nick Wood
English Democrats Accidentally Celebrate Yes Victory | Pink News
Union In Its Current Form is Dead | Janan Ganesh
Labour Could Be Split in Two | Sun
Ashcroft Poll: Why Scotland Voted No | Buzzfeed
Boris: Change Barnett Formula | Sun
Cameron is Back | Dan Hodges
What Happens Now | James Kirkup
Cairo of the North | Quentin Letts


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cynic says:

Can anyone help me? I went on holiday a week ago and returned to find someone has pulled out the stake and Gordon Brown is back and acting as Prime Minister. What did I miss? Has there been a snap election?


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