Friday, May 15, 2009

UKIP Breaking Through on 19%

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Yesterday Guido spoke to a number of UKIP staffers – they were saying they are overwhelmed with new support.  They were particularly excited by the cross-over from former Labour voters.  UKIP plan to run a bigger poster campaign than they did at the last Euro-elections.  Punters are even betting on them beating Labour for third place.  Tebbit was right, UKIP look to be the big beneficiary of the revulsion at the expense scandals engulfing the three major parties.

For the euro-elections YouGov have the Tories on only 28%, Labour on 22%, LibDems on 19% and UKIP have risen 12 points this week to 19%, the BNP are on 4%.  Despite Labour propaganda about the dangers of the BNP, it looks like it will be UKIP who are going to be the big winners from the anti-political zeitgeist.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

+++ Greg Barker : I Will Pay Property Capital Gains Taxes +++

The Shadow Climate Change Minister Greg Barker is doing a Blears – he says he doesn’t have to but he will anyway.  He is close (socially*) to the Cameron inner circle.  It seems that the closer you are to Cameron the whiter-than-white you have to be.

Julie Kirkbride seems to have got off lighter than her husband, yet she is equally guilty of over-claiming…

*Someone once told Guido (unkindly) that Barker’s closeness to the Cameroon inner circle was largely a result of his willingness to pick up the restaurant tab.

2/3rds of Tories Say MacKay Should Resign

ConservativeHome polled 1,414 grassroots Tory members today and it don’t look good for troughers:

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+++ MacKay : Local Conservative Association Livid +++

rsz_pay-it-backGuido has been contacted by constituency members from Andrew MacKay’s local Bracknell Conservative Association. To say they are livid is an understatement. They think he is in denial about his wrong doing and do not accept it was a mere error of judgement – they think it was blatant troughing.

ConservativeHome is polling grassroots feeling on the issue. If a majority of party loyalists give him the thumbs down it will signal real trouble. He may have no option but to consider “retirement”.

Andrew MacKay’s voting record on transparency issues is appalling – hardly surprising in the circumstances:

20 Apr 2007 Freedom of Information (Amendment) Bill — Keep disclosure for MPs’ expenses —  absent
20 Apr 2007 Freedom of Information (Amendment) Bill — Exempt only correspondence — absent
18 May 2007 Freedom of Information (Amendment) Bill — absent
18 May 2007 Freedom of Information (Amendment) Bill —  absent
18 May 2007 Freedom of Information (Amendment) Bill —  absent
18 May 2007 Freedom of Information (Amendment) Bill — absent
18 May 2007 Freedom of Information (Amendment) Bill — absent
3 Jul 2008 MPs’ allowances — External audits and no more furniture — disagree
30 Apr 2009 MPs’ financial interests — absent

His constituents meet on Friday 22, May to decide his fate.

MacKay : “I’ll Pay It All Back”Calling Emergency Meeting in Constituency Next Week

He has sent out a statement to Conservative Party members in his constituency:

Message from Andrew.
11 a.m.
15th May 2009

I wanted you to know immediately that this morning I resigned as David Cameron’s Senior Parliamentary and Political Adviser.

As you can imagine I have been working very closely with David over the expenses issue, and particularly his excellent tough stance, which has gained such approval this week.

Along with senior Shadow Cabinet members, I was among the first to submit my claims and receipts to internal Party examination. This morning, I was told that whilst I had acted on the advice of the Head of the Fees Office and been transparent in submitting annually my designated home and second home addresses, my arrangements would not necessarily pass David’s reasonableness test.

Consequently in a very early morning conversation with David, I submitted my resignation, which I thought was the right way forward.

I am sorry that we have all become embroiled in this expenses row, particularly as I was following advice. I am now traveling up to the Constituency to see as many of you as possible, and will of course be fulfilling engagements tomorrow and on Saturday, as well as campaigning for the European elections.

I have decided to call a public meeting in the Constituency on Friday, 22nd May, so that any constituents who have concerns can put them to me. I will let you have details as soon as this is arranged.

Andrew

rsz_pay-it-backUPDATE : According to numbers collected by Bloomberg, MacKay and his wife Julie Kirkbride have claimed £282,731 since 2001. So that is £141,000 worth of over-claiming. No wonder why Cameron sacked him at sunrise this morning. This is straight forward looting.

+++ Police / Parliamentary Officials Discussing Elliot Morley +++

UPDATE 13.00 : He has referred himself to the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner.  Unfortunately for him the Taxpayers’ Alliance has already referred his case to the police.

+++ Lord Truscott and Lord Taylor To Be Suspended +++

That Balls Injunction Rumour

This blog’s comment threads have been rife with rumours that Ed and Yvette have got an injunction preventing reporting of their financial affairs.  Guido hasn’t had an injunction, nor has anyone he knows received one.  So if the Telegraph is injuncted no one is letting on.  If you know different get in touch.

+++ Andrew MacKay Resigns Over Expenses +++

Sky reporting that Andrew MacKay has resigned as Cameron’s senior adviser over “unacceptable” expense claims.  Andrew MacKay was last seen having a run-in with the police over Damian Green.

UPDATE : MacKay is of course married to Julie Kirkbride MP.  So this could be double interesting…

UPDATE II : MacKay has just described the situation with his expense as an “anomaly” to Andrew Neil on the Daily PoliticsThey are shameless.

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MPs Crying Into Their Subsidised Beers

Guido was on the Commons terrace last night drinking subsidised Guinness.  In the bar were some of the shadiest racketeers in Britain, hanging around for a Finance Bill vote on Bingo (Guido kids you not). In the bar were wannabee Red Rag bloggers Charlie Whelan and Kevin “Make it up” Maguire – they made a swift exit before Guido could say “hello”.  Gordon’s thuggish enforcer and chief whip Nick Brown was holding court like the mafia boss he resembles.  A glum Lembit was literally propping up the bar all night.  Outside on the terrace another disgraced LibDem, Andrew George, was glued to his mobile phone – no doubt still spinning that his daughter “sometimes” stays at his taxpayer financed flat – in reality it is him who sometimes stays there from Monday to Wednesday night and his daughter is there all week.  (If he wants to challenge Guido on this he’ll be sorry).

lovelyGeoff Hoon was glumly sipping his beer, he downed his last pint and did that “I know who you are” stare thing that Labour figures have taken to doing with Guido, before  presumably leaving for the bed we have bought for him.  Rosie Winterton, Phil Woolas and a large gang of Labour cronies all looked pretty miserable.  The low morale of Labour MPs was palpable, the perfect storm of smear and sleaze revelations has broken them.  Guido will drink to that for some time…


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