Labour Leadership’s Lingering Deficit Denial

Guido isn’t normally one for line-by-line analysis, but when glancing over Ed Miliband’s speech from earlier something very obvious stuck out. Take a look at what Ed was talking about the most:


What the speech boils down to is “People Want Labour and the State”. The election reality clearly hasn’t set in.

Compare the weight of words like “state” and “want” to “cut” and “deficit”. They are in utter denial.  The Labour leadership candidates aren’t going to get any cut through with their campaigns unless they stop talking about themselves and denying the hell-hole of a situation the country is in. They slam the coalition for their plans and far from offering any alternatives, simply whine.

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The High Court has just ruled in favour of the Mayor of London who is trying to get the “peace” camp evicted from Parliament Square.

Developing…

UPDATE: The Mayor’s legal team said:

“In bringing this claim, the mayor does not seek to minimise the vital importance of the right to free speech and assembly and protest, especially in such a significant location and in such a vibrant city as this. Rather, what he seeks to achieve is to safeguard the rights of the majority to use and enjoy Parliament Square Gardens and bid to prevent the abrogation to themselves of such a place by a small minority, however well-intentioned.”

A Month Later

There was a flurry of excitement in yellow circles this morning as Lembit Opik declared he would like to run for Mayor of London for the LibDems. It all seemed rather familiar though.

Regular readers will remember that Guido told you this nearly a month ago:

He doesn’t understand why they bothered denying it at the time.

The campaign doesn’t seem to be getting off to a strong start though. The comments on LibDem Voice discussion at the prospect aren’t exactly in favour, with words such as “under NO CIRCUMSTANCES”, “idle” “self indulgent tosser” and “publicity-seeking fool” featuring heavily. But then again who ever thought Boris would get the Tory nomination…

Not So Special Now

It’s not just former ministers and Labour MPs who are having to get used to life in the slow lane. Spare a moment for all those poor former Special Advisers. But don’t feel too bad, those that haven’t disappeared off to make their fortunes still have a job on the taxpayer. Labour now have almost all of the Short Money haul that used to be divided up between the Tories and the Liberal Democrats. They lose the “special” title though.

Like he did with the SpAds, Guido is putting together a list of all the Labour “Political Advisers” as they are now known. Not everyone here is necessarily on Short Money and many will be working on leadership bids or could be part-time for other reasons.  The two dozen or so PAds cost taxpayers the best part of £2 million. Plenty of old faces have stuck around though.

Most amusing is Harman’s office where her staff basically consists of two economic wonks (Duncan Weldon and Stuart Hudson,) and a comedian (Ayesha Hazarika). Pretty much sums up where Labour are right now.

The list (it is as they say “in beta”) can be found here. Corrections, amendments and additions to guido.fawkes@order-order.com.

Dave Shows Disdain for Gordon’s Desertion of Duty

In the Commons yesterday for Dave’s statement on the G8, when Harriet Harman asked him to give due credit to Gordon Brown for his work on international development, Dave retorted “I’d be delighted to, if he could be bothered to turn up to this House.”

If Gordon is taking the time to write his memoirs at our expense he should be ashamed. If he is in fact mentally incapacitated (cue howls of protest, but the rumours are circulating most widely in Labour circles) then he should stand down and take a rest.

Gordon was famous for his Macavity instinct – avoiding negative situations – this negative situation will continue until he either goes back to “getting on with the job” for which he is paid, or he resigns. The sooner the better.

UPDATE : Think last night’s vote on VAT was a three-line whip and Gordon didn’t care to vote. So much for standing up for fairness, remember “I will never let you down”…

Dolly Back in Parliament

EyeSpy.MP revealed last night that Derek Draper was back in the heart of politics in the company of Gloria de Piero MP. Gloria of course shared the GMTV sofa with Dolly’s missus Kate Garraway before she went into politics.

Last night when first spotted there was some incredulity that he would show his face again in the corridors of power, yet he was later seen enjoying himself on the Commons terrace.

What does the ‘Beauty and the Beast’ pairing signify? Is he giving politico-media advice to Gloria, or readying himself for a return? Guido thinks he deserves a third chance, the Labour Party in opposition is a very dull thing, set to get even duller under the leadership of David Miliband. Dolly’s return would liven things up…

UPDATE: Lest we forget Dolly gave Gloria her first job at his old comms firm Prima.

Hypocrisy of Diane Abbott Rolls On

Diane Abbott’s campaign has had a horrific week. She isn’t picking up much support and frankly every time she opens her mouth she shoots herself in the foot. It’s going to take her TV career, let alone backbench reputation a very long time to recover from her pasting by Andrew Neil on This Week last Thursday. Another week of the campaign begins with her saying something stupid…

She was straight out of the blocks today attacking IDS for his plans to allow people to move to areas where there are jobs available. Her criticism of the policy would be more credible if her parents hadn’t emigrated to the UK in the 1950s as part of a wave of economic migrants looking for work. Where would Diane Abbott be now if she her steel welder father hadn’t sought better career prospects somewhere new? Certainly not a contender for Leader of Her Majesty’s Most Loyal Opposition.

UPDATE : Punters give her and Andy Burnham each an outside 3% chance of becoming Labour leader.

Blair Doesn’t Care

Given his willingness to use it for his own advantage whenever he was attempting his salt-of-the-earth, dyed-in-the-wool working class act, you would think that Tony Blair would have a little more concern for the fate of Trimdon Labour Club. His own authoritarian smoking legislation is to blame for the club being forced out of business and it is set to close. Perhaps he could dip into his pockets, or perhaps one of his off-shore trusts, for a little assistance to keep it afloat. Come on our Tony give something back t’Labour.

Gordon’s Cabinet Jaunts Live On

Gordon’s strategy of taking the Cabinet on away-days to marginal seats looks set to continue under Dave. Tomorrow he will convene his first Cabinet at an as of yet unannounced location. When these expeditions were set up the Tories called […]

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Up in Arms: Back Again Despite Being Twice Stripped of Pass,
Loophole Lets Lobbyist Back into Parliament for Third Time


On first impression the aims of the All Party Parliamentary Group for the Armed Forces – “to promote in Parliament better understanding of the UK’s armed forces, and their objectives and activities” – seem reasonable. Alarm bells start to ring […]

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Ten Lords a’Clocking In

The amorous Lord Strathclyde is spinning that he is slashing the maximum amount Peers can claim in expenses from £53,000 to £45,000 if they are full-time. The whole Lords system is to be replaced by a “clocking-in” service where Lords […]

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Those Massive Spending Cuts in Full

Listening to the BBC or reading left-wing newspapers and blogs would lead you to think we were about to suffer shock-doctrine economics at the hands of the Coalition requiring martial law to enforce.  The fact is that at the end […]

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