Friday, September 12, 2008

Friday Caption Contest (Loft Lagging Leader from La La Land Edition)

+++ Sky : Labour Leadership Nomination Papers Requested +++

Sky’s Political correspondent Joey Jones is reporting that “a small number of Labour MPs have requested Labour leadership nomination papers”.

New Policy Exchange Director Announced Today

Who has arguably the most sought after job in Westminster’s wonk-land will be known today. Policy Exchange staff will be told who the new director is at 1pm.

Guido has talked to people who were in the running. The selection of the new director has been conducted by Charles Moore like the search for the next pope. The interviews were conducted off site. The board was consciously seeking a non-Cameroon. Speculation on CentreRight that George Bridges or Danny Finkelstein were in the running was wide of the mark. Bridges, the expectant father of twins, couldn’t take the pay-cut and Danny did not apply.

+++ Come back at 1pm for the result. +++

Fire in Channel Tunnel – Continent Isolated

Just wanted to re-work the famous headline.

Incidentally, one side-effect of the collapsing pound is that Britain will have to pay £8 billion extra into EU coffers by 2013 according to research by Open Europe. That is equivalent to a penny on income tax for the next 5 years.

The EU gravy train is priced in euros…

Thursday, September 11, 2008

He’s Not a Clown, He’s Austerity Brown

As Guido picked up the late edition of the London Evening Standard off the counter the shopkeeper, looked quizzical and said “ee’s off his ‘ead, innee?

The shopkeeper has it right. The grand plan is a joke. It is a re-hash of an existing programme, it would according to the insulating industry take 10 years to complete. The energy producers say the costs will have to be passed on to consumers. Worse, Brown gave helpful tips at the staged photo-op this morning to wrap-up warm, close the curtains, sit in the dark and stick a balloon up the chimney. You could not, as they say, make this up…

Labour MPs are despairing

++ National Insulation Assoc. "Insulating Will Take 10 Years" ++

Populus Shows Most People Not Interested in Politics

Some odd findings come out of the Populus pre-conference polling of voter perceptions. Guido is working on the assumption that the poll methodology is good – poll pundits like Mike Smithson or Anthony Wells might beg to differ. Some of the findings were:
  • Voters think Brown is more left-wing than he was this time last year.
  • Voters think Cameron is slightly more right-wing than he was this time last year.
  • Nick Clegg is seen as to the left of Ming.
  • Clegg and Brown are seen as slightly more left-wing than their parties.
Most people inside politics and informed enough to read political blogs would disagree with those findings and believe that Brown is to the right of his party and Clegg is more right-of-centre liberal than Ming. So how do you explain the perception disparity?

We live in a tele-democracy, most people are not interested in political detail. Which is why when Dave went off to hug a husky, polls showed that the Tories were seen as more green than the LibDems. McCain is sweeping up woman voters because he has a woman on the ticket, never mind her policy stance. What the likes of Karl Rove, James Carville, Rupert Murdoch, Peter Mandelson and Steve Hilton understand is that perception and image matter more than policy substance in a tele-democracy. People who are not interested in politics have votes. George Dubya Bush was on to something when he said “you can fool some of the people all of the time, and they’re the ones to focus on”…

Classic Biden Gaffe

Biden is Obama’s VP candidate. Here on the campaign trail he hails Chuck Graham, Missouri Senator and paraplegic.

Via the Fink

Gordon’s New Mobile Target

Tim Kiddell is the man with the most difficult job in Whitehall. He is according to the FT the newly appointed speechwriter for the PM. Presumably as a civil servant he will write the non-party speeches.

Gordon was asked by the press this morning for an idea as to what he’ll be saying in his speech to the Labour Party conference. He desperately needs some new lines because yet again Brown said he would be telling them he would be “getting on with the job”. Not if he carries on as vacuously as he is…

Has Gordon Set Out His Vision this Year?

It is nearly a year since Gordon dithered and then bottled calling an election. The greatest strategic error of his political life. He said at the time and repeated this morning at his press conference that it wasn’t a few polls in the marginals that scared him off, it was so that he would have time to set out his vision to the people.
Well he has had a year to do just that. Given he now says they are going to “rethink policy” does that mean it will take another year to set out his vision? Does anyone now better understand his vision?

Seen Elsewhere

Sack David Ward | LibDem Voice
David Ward Condemned for Rocket Support | BBC
LibDem MP Backs Rocket Attacks | Indy
LibDem MP: I Would Bomb Israel | ITV
A Bold Plan to Reform Welfare | Ruth Porter
Clinton’s Busty Mistress Nicknamed ‘Energizer’ | Mail
Photo Analysis of Miliband’s Obama Visit | Buzzfeed
Dave Shouldn’t Have Moved Gove | Michael Howard
Bercow’s Nightmare | Alex Wickham
Miliband Abandons Britain to Meet Obama | Sun
Tequila-Quaffing Chat Show Plonker Clegg | Quentin Letts


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Owen Paterson lifts the lid on the Green Blob:

“I received more death threats in a few months at Defra than I ever did as secretary of state for Northern Ireland.”



Flight Watch says:

Russia Today is a cauldron of bullsh*t. The only people that take it seriously are deluded conspiracy theorists. Other RT journos have resigned citing the same reasons.

It’s about as believable as Press TV, KCNA of North Korea or the Daily Mirror.


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