Risks Before Swine

Flicking through the Budget Red Book (as one does) Guido’s eye alights on page 131. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is cutting £44 million from “animal disease surveillance through a more risk-based approach to monitoring and enforcement and by sharing costs with industry“.

The same beloved “risk-based approach” as was advocated by the then Chancellor Brown and his SpAd, Ed Balls, for financial markets?   The same.

Just as Swine Flu approaches British shores?  Don’t worry, it started in America…

Tell Gordon to “Just Go”

ResignFor those who missed this on Friday evening, here is a reminder.  There is a petition on the PM’s official website calling for him to resign.

It was in the hundreds when Guido first highlighted it, it got into the thousands over the weekend.  This morning it is above ten thousand.

When people start emailing it around offices it will climb into the tens of thousands.  Be patient, the Downing Street database server got overloaded over the weekend and petitioners had to try more than once to register their support.

Tell him to “Just Go!”

Rich & Mark’s Monday Morning View

Trophy

Laser Printer not Lobbed at Lucky Leaders

Looks like the leaders of the opposition parties were lucky not to get a Nokia to the temple administered by the Prime Mentalist.  Reports from the meeting to discuss reforming MP’s expenses have a shouting Brown shaking his fist at the other party leaders shouting ‘We have to get this sorted! We have to get this sorted!’ repeatedly.

Clegg called time on the meeting which saw Brown blame Cameron for bringing the subject up repeatedly at PMQs.  Tsk, tsk, tsk.  Asking the PM questions at PMQs.  Enough to drive him bonkers…

Sunday Sleaze

Sunday Sleaze

Looks like two Labour peers have been found guilty of taking cash for amendments. The Sunday Times reports that Lord Taylor of Blackburn and Lord Truscott face a one year suspension.

A years suspension from the gravy train?  They just got caught trying to sell legislation, isn’t whoring out parliament a bit more serious than that punishment suggests?  Is there really no criminal sanction available?

We still have yet to hear the outcome of the investigation into Alistair Darling’s old flatmate, Lord Moonie.  Guido would also love to get to the bottom of the financial relationship between Moonie, Gordon Brown and Darling. We know Moonie paid Gordon Brown handsomely for his old Kennington flat which he then sub-let to Alistair Darling. We are clearly not dealing with an obscure outsider here, we are dealing with someone at the corrupt heart of Labour’s Scottish Raj.  Did Darling claiming an allowance from the taxpayers to be paid to his mate Moonie?  Isn’t that a little too cosy a use of public money?

UPDATE I : The proxy battle for the soul of the Labour party being waged by Blairites via the candidacy of Georgia Gould, 22 year old daughter of Philip, one of the architects of New Labour, is hotting up.  Unsealed ballot boxes, dirty tricks, offers of ministerial bribes,  mendacious “uncle Ally” Campbell lobbying on her behalf and finally the sitting Labour MP calling for a police investigation into irregularities.   This is the future of the Labour Party.

UPDATE II : Tommy McAvoy, the whip behind Gordon’s expense plans, has had a million quid in expenses, employs multiple family members at the taxpayer’s expense and owns a pub according to the Mail on SundayTime please…

UPDATE III : The News of the World says that according to Labour’s own internal polling – based on polls and focus groups carried out over the past two weeks – Guido’s two favourite topics; MP’s sleaze and MP’s expense fiddling have destroyed the Labour Party’s electoral hopes:

* Voters think Labour are now sleazier than the Tories.

* Even if Brown fixes the economy, voters still don’t want another Labour government.

One senior Labour insider told the News of the World: “This is an awful toxic mix for us. The research shows we have lost the one advantage we had over the Tories.

“People always thought Labour stood for helping other people, for social justice, while the Tories stood for self interest.

“Now they think we are sleazier than the Tories.”

So defeat will, based on the Labour Party’s own polling research, officially be due to sleaze.  It will be, to coin a phrase, “Guido wot won it”…

Alan Duncan Car Crash TV

Guido watched Have I Got New for You last night.  Gay Tory MP Alan Duncan was the fall guy,  it soon became clear he is no Boris. Watch it on iPlayer and cringe.

From the beginning when he pulled a bath plug out of his pocket to the moment when he threatened to murder Miss California he was trying too hard to be outrageously funny.  The camp jokes didn’t really work.  Guido recently declined an invitation to go on the Irish equivalent of HIGNFY.  Guido, like Alan Duncan, is well able to make an idiot of himself without the help of comedians.

UPDATE : Courtesy of Swiss Bob :

+++ Nadine : I’m Suing Damian McBride +++

She was rumoured to have instructed lawyers this week.  Her blog confirms it this afternoon Just For The Record“:

“I have instructed and proceeded with legal action. Obviously, I am not going to say anything at all at this stage, other than that.”

Guido knows for a fact that the untrue story about her was given to some journalists, and it was alluded to in stories, it was then refined for a second more vicious smear attempt by Damian McBride in the infamous Smeargate emails.

Nadine DorriesGuido understands that legally even if the intended second round of smears were not published widely in print, she has at least two courses of action for slander and defamation because McBride telling journalists the story on his mobile would be slanderous and presumably emailing the smear to Charlie Whelan, Derek Draper and the Unite press officer Andrew Dodgshon would constitute publication (those are the known recipients of the smear at this time).  There are likely to be more people who were briefed by McBride…

Knowingly and deliberately libeling someone was until not so long ago a jailable criminal offence, that has if Guido recalls correctly, been taken off the statute books.  Guido has said it before; do not mess with Nadine Dorries, she is a Tory tigress…

Just Go Petition

ResignIt was in the hundreds when Guido first highlighted it, it is in the thousands now. On Monday morning when people start emailing it around offices it will be in the tens of thousands.

Tell him to “Just Go!”

Will a Million Voters Tell Gordon to Go?

Resign

Guido never links to Downing Street online petitions because they never achieve anything.  However dozens of people have emailed about this petition.  Guido has spoken to Civil Service types who confirm that under the rules of the petition service this […]

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Friday Caption Contest (Bend It Like Edition)

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Bonkers Brown Bruising in the Bunker

The financial newswire Bloomberg is not known for sensationalism, it has an in-house rule that unattributable reports have to be double-sourced.  So bunker watchers can be confident that this report from inside the Prime Mentalist’s bunker is more than just […]

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The Heirs to Blair Should Fight Labour on Tax and Spend

Matthew Parris yesterday called on the Conservatives to come out of the closet, and behave like conservatives, Guido would be happy if they just behaved like Blairites. The symbolic 63.8% tax rate* should be opposed. Everyone can see that […]

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