Carol’s Conservative Conundrum

Guido tweeted last night that Carol Vorderman seemed to be going a little Palin-esque for her appearance on Question Time. It turned out to be more than just the look. For someone who has been on television for donkey’s years, her performance last night was less than exemplary. Reading constantly from CCHQ briefing notes she gave a blizzard of Tory lines.  As head of the Conservative “Maths Task Force” Vorderman seems to be edging towards a peerage, though this idea took a hit last night.  Clearly someone in the Tory high command is a fan though.

Who could it be that is guiding the rise of Vorderman? Well Guido remembers hearing a certain Lord, like many men of a certain age, had rather a soft spot for her even before she was brought into the fold.  Maybe in return for that peerage, Carol could help Ashcroft with his numbers…

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Some come down…

Who Put the M in Conservative?

There were grumbles from the blue rinse brigade when the Tories moved their conferences from the seaside and signed up to have them in Manchester or Birmingham for the next few years. Guido isn’t sure that the branching out strategy had to go quite as far as stealing the design of Manchester City FC’s website:

Compare and contrast for yourself.

Friday Caption Contest (Purcell Washes Whiter Edition)

Hello Microsoft, Help!

Some months ago Guido got a Microsoft Windows urgent update message on his Sony Vaio saying that his Windows XP software needed updating.  Guido clicked the download button, it updated and he was asked to key in the product key code again.

Turned the laptop over copied the code off the sticker, typed it in.  It didn’t work.  Tried again. Called the helpline.  Told had to go to a Microsoft re-seller.  Put the laptop in cupboard.  Now this laptop was a £1,300 top of the range dual core Sony Vaio which Guido ran on Windows XP because it worked perfectly, until the security update.  It is now an expensive paperweight.

There is no question that the Windows XP installed was genuine, unless Sony are shipping counterfeit copies.  Dale just got Vodafone to sort out his difficulties.  Any chance Microsoft could supply Guido with a working copy of Windows XP Media centre for laptops?  Please.

UPDATE : Microsoft have got in touch promising restoration!

MPs’ Pay : Grand Rewards for Failure


The respective frontbenchers will not be taking their grand pay rise but as sure as pigs squeal the backbenchers will be.  They will say it is fair and was recommended by the Senior Salaries Review Board and is based on comparisons with doctors and judges and such like.

Hang on a second – becoming a doctor requires years of training and is a high stress position where you literally make life and death decisions.  A judge is is a position of ultimate responsibility at which you arrive after many years in the law and for which you will have studied hard for years.

Any scoundrel can become an MP with no training and no experience.  Guido will cite the example of the lovely Chloe Smith, a nice enough person, but it is fair to say she became a Tory candidate after a gap-year working for former Conservative education secretary Gillian Shephard before going to university where she did a bit of summer work for Bernard Jenkin and was a graduate trainee at Deloittes for a couple of years before she became an MP.  She is now on a compensation package from the taxpayers of over £100,000 a year in her mid-twenties.  Nice work if you can get it…

MPs don’t deserve a raise, 52% of them were guilty of over-claiming expenses, the country is broke, the rest of the public-sector is facing pay cuts, the private sector is facing tax hikes and reduced incomes. They should be considering belt-tightening along with the rest of us.  Take the trouble to ask your MP: “Will you be taking your pay rise?  Why do you really think you deserve a pay rise?”

Forward any responses to Guido to publish with pleasure…

Liam Fox It Up

Jon Craig was smirking on Sky when he said he had no doubt that Liam Fox was “trying to be helpful” when he revealed that David Cameron had only known about Ashcroft’s tax status for a month. However Hague knew two months ago.

An innocent mistake or is the Good Doctor dipping an oar in here?

Guido has been hearing that Fox has been having quiet words in dark corners recently, discussing what life would be like in the party if there was a hung parliament. He also has a little score to settle from his very public dressing down by Cameron and Hague on the back of this cock-up in 2007. Fox has played dirty before and still harbours the delusional notion that he could one day lead the Tories.  Has he really dropped Hague in it by accident…?

Graphic Example of Media Influence

On Tuesday Guido posted a graph displaying an inverse correlation: every time Gordon showed a whiff of recovery the value of the pound went into free fall. Whenever Labour goes up in the polls the pound goes down on the exchanges.

Well it seems last night the Newsnight economic team not only copied the concept, but Emily Nomates’s graphic too – the start dates and margins are identical to Emily’s original graph.

Nice to know where the BBC’s great and good come for an economics lesson.

Jonah’s Pharmaceutical Omnishambles

The Curse of the One-Eyed Son of the Manse will not go away. Pharma big boys AstraZeneca were very chuffed when Gordon welcomed their chairman as one of Britain’s Business Ambassadors three months ago. This was never going to go […]

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Justice for Nick Hogan

Pub landlord Nick Hogan was  jailed last week for an absurd six months for breaking the smoking ban. Anna Racoon broke the story

“Nick was actually jailed for non-payment of the fine originally imposed for a ‘mass smoke-in’ on the

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Even After Earthquake, Chilean Debt Safer than UK Debt

Just how much debt-fuelled danger is Gordon risking with the UK economy?  A reasonable question and the only place we can get hope to get objective answers is from the debt default insurance market place.  Harriet claimed at PMQs yesterday […]

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The ‘Donkey Jacket’ Remembered

For many younger people Michael Foot is most famously remembered only for turning up to a remembrance service at the Cenotaph wearing a ‘donkey jacket’.

It was the Press Association’s legendary Chris Moncrieff who broke the story after receiving a […]

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