Guido won’t be live blogging the inauguration (yawn), turn up the volume, play this one last time as loud as possible and annoy your office lefties before Dubya exits in the helicopter. Guido notices that Brillo’s sidekick, Anita Anand, is providing the impartial political coverage for which the BBC is famous…
The 13% point Tory poll lead tells us clearly that the endlessly repeated key “Do Nothing Party” attack line from Labour just isn’t working. Blair’s former aide, Benjamin Wegg-Prosser, in what must be a first for LabourList, gives an honest assessment of Labour’s immediate prospects:
This weekend’s polls show that politics is now returning to normal. Despite defying political gravity throughout the Autumn Gordon Brown has now been brought back to earth with a widening poll gap and a sense that his new year campaigning has not quite delivered. While the second wave of British bail-outs shows that there is no quick fix to the systemic crisis in the global financial system. … The elevation of Eric Pickles to Tory Party Chair is further evidence that both parties intend to indulge in some fairly tough political combat. Having Chris Grayling as Shadow Home Secretary will certainly add some grit to Conservative policy campaigning.
Since the new year Gordon Brown hadtried to get with the programme with some bolder moves… [for] the Downing Street team … to get some momentum going … stop repeating tired lines about the Conservative party being a “do nothing” party.
When even your own side think your propaganda is crap, you need to up your game.
New to the Shadow Cabinet:
- The Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke QC MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
- Mark Francois MP
Shadow Minister for Europe
New Shadow Cabinet responsibilities:
- Alan Duncan MP
Shadow Leader of the House of Commons
- Chris Grayling MP
Shadow Home Secretary
- The Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Justice
- Nick Herbert MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
- The Rt Hon Theresa May MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and Shadow Minister for Women
- Eric Pickles MP
Chairman of the Conservative Party
The Prime Mentalist saw team manager Harry Redknapp on a visit to Tottenham Hotspur on Friday. A mere 24 hours later on Saturday, Spurs went bottom of the Premier league. Doomed…
The effects of the curse were as malign as ever. Tottenham captain Ledley King (pictured) was stretchered off the pitch on Sunday. He is set for a lengthy injury lay-off after tearing a hamstring during the 1-1 draw against Portsmouth at White Hart Lane on Sunday. Redknapp says “Ledley King has a torn hamstring and is going to be out long term”. Beware the malign hand of the accursed One Eyed Son of the Manse…
Unlucky for Gordon:
Con : 45
Lab : 32
Lib : 14
YouGov Sunday Times whisper number from reliable source.
UPDATE 19.19 : Press Association has just caught up.
The Labour favouring ComRes pollsters also reflect the shift in the Indy:
Conservatives – 41% (+2)
Labour – 32% (-2)
Lib Dems – 15% (-1)
Most of the losses occurred in the last hour of trading. The City is awash with rumours as to why. With the Treasury looking at a second round of bank bail-outs it looks like the taxpayer is going to need a lot of lube for another big shafting. Admittedly it could just be an old-fashioned bear ambush now shorting financial stocks is permitted again…
*Guido covered his gilt short anyway, when fear grips the markets government bonds tend to rally. Will short gilts again later…
Whatever your views as to the rights and wrongs of another runway at Heathrow, Guido can see no reason why it should not be discussed in parliament. John McDonnell’s constituency will be blighted by the project, schools will be closed,
Guido is not referring to the Soviet-backed Communist paper the Morning Star, but to the former Daily Mirror owner, Labour MP, socialist plutocrat, pension Labour Party donor, thief and long term Soviet asset: Robert Maxwell.