Saturday, June 27, 2009

+++ Police Called to Keen House Over Squatters +++

Mr-&-Mrs-Keen-on-Expenses

Unconfirmed reports from local sources say police have been called to deal with squatters at Mr & Mrs Keen (on expenses) empty home. At least it is going to good use…

Brown’s Billions for Climate Change

Yesterday when Gordon proposed throwing $100 billion at developing countries to help them cope with climate change, he said:

When historians look back on this critical moment, let them say, not that we were the generation that failed our children; but that we had the courage, and the will, to succeed.

Brown is BonkersThe Prime Mentalist will succeed only in putting our children into debt that will last generations.   No other G7 country  supports this position because they are not led by loons.  They have budget deficits to worry about, Britain’s deficit is the worst, last month alone the government overspent by £20 billion.  Britain is broke, a government that can’t pay it’s bills has resorted to printing money to buy its own government debt and has run out of things to tax. They are planning to tax phone lines.

Bonkers Brown reminds Guido of Wacko Jacko, saving the world “for the children”.  Jacko died broke, living extravagantly beyond his means.  Brown is taking us to never, never land financially…

Friday, June 26, 2009

Polly is Rabidly Pro-Politics

Polly is moaning again: “The blogosphere could have been a source for better information, but purveys even more rabid anti-politics bile.” Guilty as charged.

Of course it could equally be said that Polly is rabidly pro-politics.  Which of us is right?  Polly with her frothing  at the mouth endorsements of one social democratic politician after another, or Guido, warning against believing the promises of politicians?

Since the days of David Owen she has seen her hopes dashed by one social democrat after another promising her a good time and big government spending.  You would have thought that she would have learnt by now, they all fail to deliver in the end and to expect more from politics is to delude yourself.  This is not cynical nihilism, this is the age-old reality of politics.

Polly has singled Guido out in the past, saying that he couldn’t write about politics well because he has no sympathy for politicians.  If Polly looks at the polls she will see that none of the voters have any sympathy for politicians. Which of us really, truly understands politics: Polly with her over-the-top endorsements and flattery of politicians, or Guido with his anti-political cynicism. Who is rabidly unrealistic?

See also : The Class Contradictions of Polly, For the Love of an Older Woman and a philosophy of life that is anti-politics.

Friday Caption Contest (My Little Pony Edition)

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Press Association and Big Media Fail to Double Source

Big Media Twits

Guido has just checked with David Miliband’s office. He didn’t Twitter a tribute to Michael Jackson. British newspapers are reporting that he Twittered “Never has one soared so high and yet dived so low. RIP Michael”. Except of course he didn’t.

On Wednesday Guido gave a presentation to the Press Association on the future of digital journalism.   Looks like Guido could teach them something about checking their sources…

UPDATE : Paul Waugh and Sunder Katawala also exercised commonsense in suspecting that Her Majesty’s Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs might not be Twittering in the middle of the night about Wacko Jacko.  Guido will not be taking lectures in future from Twitterholics on how they will crowd source news or from the grandees of the newswires on how they have higher thresholds for substantiating stories.

UPDATE II : P.A. have now pulled their story, so has the Telegraph. Agence France Presse also ran the story.

Wacko Jacko Heart Attacko

Michael Jackson died of a heart attack last night.  He did some half decent political songs (They Don’t Care About Us and Earth Song) but his best stuff was disco like Billie Jean and Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough “Thriller” was the best-selling album of all time, yet he dies almost broke…

UPDATE : PMS says on behalf of Gordon Brown “Michael Jackson had millions of fans in Britain and the Prime Minister’s thoughts are with his family.”

Dave says “I know Michael Jackson’s fans in Britain and around the world will be sad today. Despite the controversies, he was a legendary entertainer. Everybody will be thinking of his family, especially his children, at this time.”

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Clean Hands in Parliament

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Is this what they mean by cleaning up parliament?  This poster has gone up in all the loos on the parliamentary estate.  For MPs too stupid to understand the correct procedure…

Gordon’s Lies Get More Extreme

No Really, HonestlyGordon at a photo op this afternoon:

“They [Tories] would take away all the measures that would help the unemployed.”

Are the Tories really going to abolish the dole and re-training grants? When did they say that?

UPDATE : Labour have just sent out a press release:

We will uphold the highest standards of integrity – Gordon Brown

Gordon Brown MP, Prime Minister and Leader of the Labour Party, today pledged Labour candidates to the highest standards of integrity, accountability, and prudence with public money.

100 of Labour’s young candidates and activists joined Gordon Brown at Labour HQ to sign up to an eight point promise that they will put the public’s interest first.

Of course you will…

Hat-tip : FT Westminster Blog

Derek Ducks Out of PR Masterclass

pr weekSadly Guido’s old adversary Derek Draper ducked out of giving us the benefit of his PR and blogging expertise at PR Week’s “new media” conference at the very last moment.  Guido had to improvise his speech since he was expecting to just have another ding-dong with Draper.  Most speakers seemed to be using Draper as a case study in how not to win friends and influence people online. At the conference Guido learnt that LabourHome’s Alex Hilton has gone all corporate and formed a “Digital PR Consultancy” with David Prescott.  So no more monkeying around from him.

Incidentally, the Henry Jackson Society have organised a talk for next Tuesday to which they sent out invitations on Monday.  All tickets went straight away, much to the surprise of the non-partisan society which usually holds dry talks about geo-political flash points like the Middle East.  Such is the demand for tickets the organisers have now moved the event to the biggest room available in Parliament, the Grand Committee room.

When you know that the speakers on the subject of  ‘the internet: saviour or corruptor of democracy?’ include Nick Robinson, Guido and Sir Michael White, you would be right to guess that this could make the Hamas – Likud peace negotiations look calm by comparison.  Unlike Nick, Guido won’t be pulling his punches…robbo-fawkes-white

Mervyn on the Economic Shambles

Mervyn King’s testimony yesterday was shocking, he made public that the Bank of England was not consulted on Alistair Darling’s plans for the reform of banking regulation.  Call Guido old fashioned, but he somehow thinks that it might be a tad useful if the former student Trotskyite turned Chancellor, Alastair Darling, consulted the professor of economics turned career central banker, Mervyn King.  This is not mere student politics, this is the trillion dollar question of the moment.  Mervyn confirmed that the current tri-partite regulatory regime designed by Balls and Brown “was a mess”.

As if that wasn’t bad enough figures released yesterday showed that Britain has the biggest budget deficit in the world.  The best placed economy to weather the global crisis (© G. Brown) had government borrowing hit £20 billion in May, which means the government is overspending by nearly £30 million an hour. Gordon is spending way beyond our means and putting our children into debt at an unheard of rate.  He actually boasts that he is going to spend, spend, spend…

Mervyn basically testified yesterday that the government needed to cut spending much more dramatically than it is planning to do or else we will be ruined.  If Gordon is hoping for a recovery (as Alastair officially predicts) to save him in time for a general election the news from the OECD will not be encouraging.  The OECD said yesterday that Britain is in “severe recession” and that it was downgrading it’s expectations for the UK economy, predicting it will shrink by 4.3% this year…


Seen Elsewhere

100 Tories to Rebel on Plain Packs | Telegraph
May 2015 and the Art of Political Betting | MAY2015
Fate of Eurozone Rests in Hands of Videogame Expert | TechnoGuido
UKIP After Farage | Asa Bennett
Eichmann Called on Arabs to Continue War on Jews | Speccie
Mirror Hacking: 50 Legal Action Claims | Press Gazette
Mandy’s £400,000 Tax-Free Loan From Own Company | Guardian
Why We Must Remember the Holocaust | Hugo Rifkind
“Adjustments” Not Cuts | Gary Gibbon
The New Puritans | Alex Wickham
British Minister in Watch Gaffe | Straits Times


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“Clearly Bashir does not have any real political principles or commitment, only naked opportunism and self-interest. He represents the revolving door principle in politics. The Tories are welcome to him because he will cause them embarrassment. Fortunately Respect was able to act before he did it to us.”


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