Thursday, September 3, 2009

Twittery Today : Prezza / FCO Edition

no_twitter_smallGuido is starting a new occasional blog feature highlighting some of the idiocy that appears on Twitter.  If you find any examples, please email them to twitter@order-order.com.

Email ‘em, don’t Tweet ‘em, please…

@foreignoffice Opium cultivation, production and prices are down according to @UNODC report

Why, if you are trying to eradicate supply in Afghanistan, proudly boast that opium supplies are cheaper?  Is that supposed to be a success?

@John Prescott If Adam Boulton insisted empty chairing every politician he asked on his show he’d need to do a deal with Ikea!

Boulton would need only one empty chair.   Once filled, it would by definition no longer be an “empty chair”Back of the maths class Professor Prezza, doh!

+++ UKIP’s Farage : “I’ll Stand Against Bercow” +++

In what was one of the safest Tory seats in the country UKIP plan to mount a challenge. Speaking about Bercow, the controversial Labour-backed Speaker, Nigel Farage told the Telegraph

nigel farage“He is not a Conservative and yet he is sitting in one of the safest Conservative seats in the country. It means the people of Buckingham cannot vote for a Conservative even if they want to. This is a part of England where we did very well in the European elections and local elections. We are very well organised and strong and I intend to fight this very hard to become the MP.”

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Bercow 27,748 57.4 +3.7
Labour David Greene 9,619 19.9 −4.3
Liberal Democrat Luke Croydon 9,508 19.7 −0.3
UKIP David Williams 1,432 3.0 +0.9

This could be fun…

UPDATE : ConservativeHome’s Tim Montgomerie says what a lot of Tories will be thinking “I’d be tempted to vote UKIP if I lived in Buckingham”.  Dizzy thinks he “… would happily campaign/vote for Farage over Bercow.”

PM’s Wife Taken by Aliens on UFO to Venus

Alien KidnappersNo, really.  The new Japanese premier-in-waiting, Yukio Hatoyama, has won an historic election victory over the long-ruling Liberal Democratic Party. That is nothing, his wife Miyuki, beat alien kidnappers. In Miyuki’s book published last year  (“Very Strange Things I’ve Encountered”) she claims that “while my body was asleep, I think my soul rode on a triangular-shaped UFO and went to Venus… It was a very beautiful place and it was really green.”

First Ladies are often “out there”.  Nancy Reagan consulted astrologers, Cherie Blair had tantric, naked, in-shower, deep massages with Carole Caplin amongst other fruity new age mumbo jumbo practises.  Bet Sarah Brown sometimes wishes she was kidnapped by aliens….

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Health Ministers Considering £9 Billion in NHS Cuts

Good news – the “#WeLovetheNHS” Health Ministry commissioned a report from McKinsey showing how £9 billion in wasted taxes could be saved from frontline NHS costs.

Acute care could be cut by 38%…

hsj

Via Health Service Journal

+++ 137,000 NHS Job Cuts Proposed +++
+++ Leaked Secret Department of Health Report +++

More follows…

Fox Reporter Accuses Gordon Brown of Lying Over Libyan Deal

The release of the man convicted of killing over 100 Americans is not going down well across the pond…

Kerron Cross Quits Blogging for Spinning (for the Archbishop)

kerronKerron Cross “the voice of the delectable left” is the new spokesman for the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu.  He got the job via Twitter after the Archbishop tweeted: “As the current postholder moves to parish ministry I am seeking a Director of Communications. Is God calling you?”

Kerron told the Telegraph: “I saw that Twitter message from the Archbishop and thought ‘Yes, this would be a dream job, let’s give it a go’. I suppose God moves in mysterious ways!”  Kerron, who is a very nice bloke, has been a Labour Party staffer of one kind or another since puberty…

General Election TV Debate Campaign

sky debateSky’s Adam Boulton is going flat out with a campaign for a televised debate during the general election.  Sky have a petition site, as well as giving their campaign plenty of airtime and column inches in The Times.

Usually the incumbent or the front runner in Britain finds an excuse to avoid a TV Debate which conventional thinking says could give rivals an opportunity to catch up in what can be an electorally decisive TV drama.  Although Cameron is enjoying a double digit poll lead he has told Sky he is up for it.  Clegg is of course keen for that crucial airtime.

Mandelson recently said Gordon would be keen, Downing Street immediately clarified it with a negative “no change”.  If Brown does bottle it, why not as Boulton hints, leave an empty podium?  Guido wonders if Labour could be cunning enough to offer in his place Mandelson, the real power in government, in the PM’s place.  Now that would be box office…

Statporn Silly Season

The numbers for August were a paltry 882,372 pageviews from 560,736 visits made by 119,756 visitors.

The numbers for the previous 12 months stack up as 15,838,251 pageviews from 9,476,813 visits made by 1,584,090 visitors.

The peak day was Tuesday, April 14, 2009 with 232,332 page views.

Many thanks to readers and advertisers.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Libyan Oil for Prisoner Letters

They are released here for your reading.  Be careful to read between the lines…

UPDATE : Link fixed.

MandyUPDATE II : Let Guido remind you what Lord Mandelson said when it was put to him that there was a deal done: “It’s not only completely wrong to make such a suggestion it’s also quite offensive”.

Lying and feigning queeny indignation…


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Alan Milburn says Labour’s scaremongering campaign for an unreformed NHS will not win election…

“It would be a fatal mistake, in my view, for Labour to go into this election looking as though it is the party that would better resource the National Health Service but not necessarily put its foot to the floor when it comes to reforming. Look, reforms are not easy, but the Labour Party is not a conservative party. It should be about moving things forward not preserving them in aspic. You have got a pale imitation actually of the 1992 general election campaign, and maybe it will have the same outcome. I don’t know.”


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