Sunday, March 1, 2009

Happy St David’s Day

Happy St David’s Day to you all, and to Steve Morgan happy birthday and happy wedding anniversary. Morgan is unfortunately reeling from the recession and reaping the consequences of his sleazy spin antics being widely exposed. Morgan has reputedly been a very angry man since all his ambitions started collapsing, for the maestro behind Hain’s disastrous deputy leadership bid, life this last year has been challenging politically, professionally and personally.

His firm, Morgan Allan Moore, is in ruins with offices closed and clients drifting away. Not surprising really after the firm became the first to be booted out of the lobbyist’s club the APPC, for breaching the rules on client disclosure. The firm was even singled out for criticism by the Public Administration Select Committee in their report on the lobbying industry. A highly risky High Court libel case against a former employee turned whistle blower was dropped when evidence emerged to back up the whistle blower’s claims. Rumour has it that a director’s living room now doubles as the English “office”. On the political front Steve Morgan can’t even count on old mates now once loyal Peter Hain has publicly gone on the record to blame Morgan’s incompetence for his own downfall.

Quite cunning of Morgan to have his wedding (and birthday) on St David’s Day, avoids any danger of him forgetting flowers (presumably daffodils) for the wife, which must be a danger when you are on your fifth marriage. At least his marriage to Deborah (half his age) isn’t falling apart. Is it?

Union Boss has Bling Lifestyle

Grandad Fawkes was a Fabian in his youth (we are all allowed a few follies), he once recounted to a young Guido the day he lost his faith in the Labour Party. He was in his mid-twenties, on the lowest rung of corporate management and was delighted to be invited out with his superiors to a fantastically expensive restaurant (on expenses).

This was in the miserable seventies, industrial strife was terrible, strikes and union unrest were marking the decline of the country. Despite all this Grandad Fawkes believed in the ideals of equality and justice for all. On a neighbouring restaurant table he noticed union bosses recognisable from so many television news broadcasts, where they would without fail bemoan the plight of their members. The union bosses were enjoying themselves immensely, ordering the best wines and cigars like plutocrats. In that moment he realised his naivety.

So it is no surprise to learn, that Unite’s Derek Simpson is not satisfied with his annual £150,000 package, nor his £800,000 grace and favour union house. He stays weekdays at the Waldorf, despite living a mere half-an-hour from the office. “Nothing is too good for the workers” they say. Derek Simpson enjoys the use of a luxury suite that usually rents for £500 a night. Unite, his union, is Labour’s biggest paymaster.

Ordinary union members couldn’t dream of the bling chauffeur-driven lifestyle he leads – paid for out of their dues.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Why Do Sporting Teams Go Anywhere Near Jonah Brown?

Guido had some money on Ireland winning the rugby today. England fans will have been despondent knowing that on Wednesday the England rugby team visited Downing Street. They were doomed as a result.

Ireland played poorly, missed penalties and still won, (narrowly). Thanks Gordon.

Newbie Bloggers Campbell & Prezza Challenge Dale & Guido (But Can’t Remember Whatsisname)


Looks like they, along with thousands of others, enjoyed the Draper’s Downfall video. Alas, Prezza forgot the name of Draper’s blog.

Fred Goodwin’s Payslip Revealed

This was found blowing around on Whitehall outside the Treasury:

Click to enlarge

Hat-tip : Paul Myners

Friday, February 27, 2009

Jonah Brown Sinks Southampton

Gordon’s visit to Southampton is not without casulties:

42 dock workers are to be axed at ABP … equivalent to 10% of the workforce … from across all sectors and will include senior managers … Trade in key areas has “dropped like a stone”… The jobs blow comes hard on the heels of a succession of bad news for hard-hit dockworkers and just days after Prime Minister Gordon Brown hailed the port as “one of the most important parts of the economy”

Source Daily Echo

A worried student co-conspirator has just emailed:

Dear Guido,
Just thought you might want to know Gordon turned up unannounced at Oxford University today to deliver the annual Romanes lecture, titled ‘Science and the Economy’. Despite beginning by talking about the fact Gladstone put more effort into researching and writing his Romanes Lecture than anything else he did in his life, Gordon’s lecture was the dullest of SpAd-written drivel. He also told a completely bullshit story about Einstein and his chauffeur (debunked here), even having the cheek to set it in Britain, adding to the lie. Finally, and no doubt striking fear into the heart of the audience, he invoked the curse of Jonah by praising Oxford’s scientific achievement and hoping it continues into the future. Will we ever discover anything again? I’d be surprised if the University’s still here this time next year after that endorsement!

 

Guido will be cheering Ireland on in the rugby tomorrow. England fans should note that on Wednesday the England rugby team visited Downing Street. Diplomatically he didn’t wish them luck (Scotland are in also in the six nations).

 

But frankly the Jonah curse is on our side…

Friday Caption Competition

Prescott’s Pension Hypocrisy

Prescott was on the Today show this morning complaining about Fred the Shred’s pension “rewards for failure”. How ironic that this is in fact an area of particular expertise for Prezza.

When he was sacked as Deputy PM, for generally being an embarrassing incompetent, he kept hold of his pension perks – including additional pension contributions from taxpayers even though he wasn’t working for them. Blair even let him keep two grace-and-favour homes, while stripping him of his departmental responsibilities. At the time opposition politicians railed at Prezza’s “rewards for failure”.

Lord Oakeshott, the LibDem pensions spokesman, said at the time: “First it was two Jags, then two pads. Now it seems we have two pensions Prescott. No fat-cat director in the private sector would dream of awarding himself such a generous pension for a part-time job.”

Chris Grayling accused Blair of misusing taxpayers’ money by keeping Prescott in government, said: “Just this extra pension cost to the taxpayer of keeping John Prescott in his position could have paid for four additional nurses. That is without other trappings such as his official residence and his ministerial car.”

Even Labour MPs like Geraldine Smith were stunned; “I think it is outrageous that the Deputy Prime Minister loses his department but keeps his position, his salary and the perks of the job. It seems absolutely astonishing.”

Prezza’s pension pot makes him a multi-millionaire, courtesy of the taxpayers.

UPDATE : It is satire that writes itself to know that Lord Myners of Short Selling chaired what was known as the Treasury’s “Myners Review” into the good governance of pensions.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Fred’s Smackdown to Myners

Guido can’t help thinking that the row over Fred’s £8 million pension is a contrived bit of spin to distract headlines away from the £300 billion bet that HM Treasury is taking on RBS. Frankly Fred’s £8 / £16 million is neither here nor there in comparison to what the government is committing the taxpayer to underwriting. If this goes pear shaped Iceland will be nothing in comparison.

10 PPS Sign EDM Opposing Postal Privatisation

Usually the convention is that a PPS who opposes a government motion resigns for the reason that technically they are part of the government, even though they are unpaid. The FT’s Westminster blog lists ten PPS who have signed the EDM opposing Mandelson’s plans to make the Royal Mail pay:
David Wright (PPS to John Hutton), David Anderson (Bill Rammell), Claire Curtis-Thomas (Baroness Scotland of Asthal), David Hamilton (Ed Miliband), Mark Hendrick (Jack Straw), Stephen Hesford (Vera Baird), Sharon Hodgson (Dawn Primarolo), Ashok Kumar (Hilary Benn), John Mann (Tessa Jowell), Stephen Pound (Stephen Timms)

Laura Moffatt is a former PPS to Alan Johnson, her opposition might be a sign of where he really stands. Nick Brown, Gordon’s long time henchman and now chief whip is also said to be not keen mon the bill. It is getting a bit like the dying days of the Major regime when euro-sceptics openly defied the government…


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Russell Brand Comes Out as 9/11 Truther | Guardian
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Tory MP Tells Leftie Jon Snow to Retire | Guardian


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Rob Colvile reviews Russell Brand’s new book:

“Oddly, the person I feel sorriest for isn’t Brand himself – although he certainly comes across as a rather pitiable figure, projecting his own brokenness on to the world around him – but Johann Hari. Drummed out of Fleet Street for plagiarism, the former Independent columnist has washed up as “my mate Johann, who’s been doing research for this book”. For a genuinely talented polemicist, it would have been a humbling experience to have to treat this sub-undergraduate dross as the scintillating wisdom of a philosopher-king.”



Mycroft says:

Have you read the last bit of Animal Farm?

You know where the animals are looking through the Farmhouse window?

My TV screen was that window at lunch-time today.

Be careful, the sudden self-congratulatory tone, the slightly pudgy outline of indulgence and you become exactly what you should despise.

The jolly face of the Quisling Cameron poses for your camera has mesmerised and deceived you, you who were once not so deceived.

You were no firebrand, you were a damp squib in my opinion, sorry.

You need a damned good kick up the ahse!


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