UPDATE:Lembit Opik says, in this ill tempered interview, “We could ask, should a man who has had an affair be Prime Minister?” Whomever could he mean? They really are dirty in-fighters in the LibDems…
It will reap his firm (he is the chairman of Carlyle Europe) a £330 million return on an investment of £42 million.
Carlyle always rewards its people very well and this will reap him a seven-figure bung. Labour really doesn’t do these privatisations very well, it has excluded private investors from applying directly for shares. Not exactly popular capitalism, but an 800% return for foreign investors in three years. Is this the wealth redistribution Gordon Brown is always telling us about?
Hughes had for years denied that the LibDems were responsible for that campaign, then in the last few days he admitted responsibility and said, pathetically, that he had apologised to Peter Tatchell for using ‘an unacceptable form of language‘.
Last week he told the press that he was unlucky in love with the ladies, his spinners referred disingenuously to his “deep-felt Christianity” whilst at the same time gay barmen were hawking stories around the tabloids and Hughes was running up bills on Gay chat-lines. What is it with politicians that they are so contemptuous of the public that think they can lie blatantly to us and then expect to be trusted by us? Hughes is an ambitious, lying politician who has lied to everyone for twenty-two years, why should anyone trust him now? If he had been a Conservative, the apologists for him today would be rightly attacking him for hypocrisy and that 1983 campaign. Now what do they say? They blame The Sun…
Mental cruelty is a terrible thing (but sometimes fun) and it’s a shame Gorgeous is going to be voted out of his CCTV’d prison tonight. A Guido co-conspirator emails to tell that it seems the phone number to evict Galloway has been barred from parliamentary office phones. Must have been costing too much.
LibDems will try to paint him out as a nobody, they have already Stalinistically erased his biography and picture from their website.
It gets worse, the Guardian has a focus group giving Hughes the thumbs up by a wide margin against Ming and Whuhne. Whuhne was recognised by only 9 people in the survey.
If Hughes wins, the LibDems face annihilation by the Tories in southern England, something that focuses the mind of LibDem MPs, but doesn’t seem to bother the weirdie beardie membership. They’ll be breaking out the champagne at CCHQ before lunch…
“I hope that there will never be that sort of campaign again. I have never been comfortable about the whole of that campaign, as Peter knows, and I said that to him in the past . . . Where there were things that were inappropriate or wrong, I apologise for that.”
Guido is confused, how can he apologise for something that never happened? When Guido mentioned it before on this blog the comments were flaming with outraged LibDems complaining that it was a smear and untrue. Guido seems to recall that he denied any knowledge or responsibility, now he is apologising for it. Just goes to show, a Hughes denial can not always be believed.
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Tom Harris bemoans the public’s attitude to politicians…
“Mr Oborne echoes the lazy, anti-politics whine we hear so often these days, all based on the absurd notion that politicians were once loved and only fell out of public favour during the expenses scandal. He should take a walk to the Strangers’ Bar. But not to sup with the patrons he seems to despise so much, dearie me, no; he should instead look at the paintings on the corridor outside the bar, which depict the devastating fire which consumed most of the Palace in 1834. And he should reflect on the fact that on that dramatic night, as the Commons went up in flames, a crowd gathered on the South Bank to clap and cheer.”
The thing that Dave needs to work out is which group is more likely to vote Conservative. Mad swivel-eyed loons or mad homosexuals wishing to get married.