Picture Imperfect

To pick up a media pass for the Conservative conference in Blackpool they specify that you have to bring photo-ID. Your face is not good enough?

Basher Shoots Another Staff Member

Guido hasn’t found the body, but there is circumstantial evidence that yet another David Davis staff member has bitten the dust. Does anyone have an explanation for this puzzling phenomenon?

Don’t Miss Dispatches Tonight on C4 at 8pm

Have just finished reading Peter Oborne’s new book The Triumph of the Political Class. It is a brilliant anatomisation of the reality of the contemporary situation. Guido is therefore looking forward to tonight’s exposé of the venality of our politicians. Ed Balls and Yvette Cooper’s legal fiddling of £27,000 of allowances will be covered…

Ten More Years of the Same?

David Miliband said on the weekend that he wants another ten years of New Labour rule. Looking through today’s speech from Gordon about his aspirations for Britain, it struck Guido that it is all more of the same. After ten years all the goals of 1997 are still the goals of 2007.

Child poverty, social mobility, youth unemployment, basic literacy and crime are still unsolved problems. In some of these areas things have gone back, not forward – youth unemployment is worse, violent gun crime is higher. How can Gordon be the change?

Lost Count

Guido lost count of the number of times Gordon said “Britain” or “British”. Don’t think he mentioned Scotland once…

UPDATE : The Fink makes a snappy point, Gordon “pledged that unless contract cleaners in hospitals meet the highest standards of cleanliness they will lose their contract. What’s the procedure at the moment, then?”

Rich & Mark’s Monday Morning View

From A-List to Shoplift

Adam Rickitt is the soap star A-lister who, despite dancing semi-naked in pop videos, never managed to find a seat. So he went down under to New Zealand to act in a local show.

The New Zealand Herald on Sunday reports today that he has been arrested for shoplifting.

Meanwhile over at the News of the Screws Andrew Pelling’s soon to be ex-wife has put the boot in to the soon to be ex-MP, accusing him of being a Prozac-crazed, Chav-hating, Cameron-despising loon. So he is not completely crazy…

Hat-tip : kiwiblog.co.nz

Friday Caption Contest (Andrew Pelling Edition)

Sky News to Up Online Coverage

Adam Boulton has found out that this blogging lark is harder than he thought and has brought in reinforcements, his blog is now re-branded Boulton & Co with more of the newsroom collaborating.
Sky News is re-launching next month as well, with a 7.30pm slot with a net focus. They are looking to get some of the UK’s most influential bloggers to comment on the news stories that are moving up across the web. Alas they can’t lure Guido out of his cellar, so if you fancy becoming a talking head, email their multi-media producer Ruth Barnett. Or else it will be Iain…

Nadine Dorries Fails Conference Security Check

Nadine Dorries MP is having problems getting a pass for the Tory conference, her researcher has already been refused a pass on the grounds that his pass was taken in front of a tree.

Is CCHQ trying to tell the garrulous Cornerstone supporter something?

Research May Clear Pelling

Too Late…

King Holds His Own

Mervyn is coming over as calm, collected and straight forward. He said something interesting about the Treasury guarantee, or rather the form of words used about it was interesting, “my understanding…as far as I know”, signalling that he was not the author of, or privy to the details.

Watch Labour Blame King

The entire Labour apparatus is straining to blame Mervyn King for the Northern Rock debacle. He will without doubt be mauled at the Treasury Select Committee today.
The BBC’s Robert Peston is leading the media charge against Mervyn King. In reality it is of course the Northern Rock board, in particular Derek Wanless, who should be resigning. Alastair Darling’s own fumbling performance and if house prices tumble, the taxpayer guarantee’s open ended recklessness will be a catastrophic matter for resignation. Another resignation candidate is Andy Burnham, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, he simply hasn’t got a clue. When he was asked in an interview should the government “guarantee 100% of all bank deposits”, he replied that it would be “the wrong thing” for politicians to get involved “in that way”. Within that very hour Darling did exactly that. The only reason Mervyn King should resign is in disgust at Brown and Darling politicising the Bank of England.

Cherie Does a Hilary

Cherie’s husband is out of office, so she has decided to cash-in and write her autobiography. Obviously the quicker she does it the more she’ll make, so no surprise there. It is apparently going to be “warm, intimate and often funny”. Must be fiction.

Look at the cover picture, does the whole black roll-neck thing remind you of another political wife’s post-husband -leaving-office autobiography?

You don’t think Cherie is going to copy Hilary and try running for office as well? She really does hate Gordon*…

*You can see what she thinks of Gordon on GuyNews.TV.

Who is Really to Blame for Northern Rock?

Robert Peston’s reporting for the BBC of the whole Northern Rock saga has had a “blame Mervyn” undertone to it. Today he basically peddles one of the two Treasury favoured spin lines;
  1. The Treasury’s primary spin-line is that it is all because of the sub-prime crisis in America and that no one could predict it coming.
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