How Much Did You Make Today?

The Taxpayers’ Alliance have released this depressing little video highlighting the fact that from 9am to 1.21pm you are working for the taxman and from 1.21pm to 5pm you finally get to earn some money. Seems the plush new TPA office takes a starring role too:

If people realised just how much they are taxed at every opportunity throughout the day, Guido is convinced there would be more outrage about the daily mugging by the Treasury. A break down of cost and taxes on every receipt would be a very good start. Guido isn’t sure what the timing is in Ireland, but given it’s about eleven now, he hopes you all enjoy the next couple of hours feeding the state…

What Were they Thinking?

Bad Al Campbell is cock-a-hoop this morning, Downing Street refused to put up a minister against him on Question Time. Admittedly this is not a strategic error of the order of Suez, but it does provide comfort to a demoralised enemy.  Campbell feels all self-important and Downing Street looks scared, arrogant or amateurish depending on your viewpoint.

It might only be a Westminster Village story, but it seems like an unforced error.

Michael Howard shows how easy it is to effectively crush Campbell:


Ken Clarke could have done the job with ease…

UPDATE : In the comments most co-conspirators reckon Guido is wrong, typical comment (from Angelnstar)

Alastair Campbell is a discredited political figure who degrades debate. Why should anyone give this rubbishy person air time? He should be kicked off every programme, not just Question Time. …

Why should any sensible person have to waste time correcting his deluded spin, and sick fantasies, and why should they pander to his overdeveloped ego? If more people refused to appear with him, his TV time would be severely restricted. He is trash.

That may be true, nevertheless Bad Al was on television all the time during the general election and he probably cost Labour votes. He appeals to Labour’s activist headbangers and appals voters. Guido reckons the more voters see him, the more they remember why they dislike Labour…

The Final Special Advisers List*

Guido’s list of the assorted SpAds, bag carriers and spinners is pretty much complete. He has yet to sub-categorise it into naughty and nice though. Thank you to all those who helped out with the tip-offs. One newspaper editor told Guido they had printed it off for reference in his newsroom. Guido has kept their mobile numbers to himself…

*Almost complete, subject to revision, not legally binding, do not swallow whole.

Not First Past The Post, Again

Rather like the election result, Cameron was almost, but not quite, there with his racing tips. “Midnight Fantasy” – the horse Dave tipped for those who think the Coalition will fall didn’t even manage to start at Wolverhampton earlier. On the other hand up at Ayr “Daring Dream” – the horse for those who think this government will last, came second, an each-way winner. Read into that what you will.

Still more foresight than Cable ever had.

A Not So Cunning Fox

Keeping with the courteous cross-party tradition of praising whoever gives their first Commons speech, Liam Fox flattered Labour MP Alison Seabeck yesterday for her “incredibly informed maiden speech, albeit a highly political one”. One slight problem – Seabeck was elected in 2005.

Quick to respond with “that wasn’t my maiden speech” a cross Seabeck went on to remind the Secretary of State for Defence that she had spent the last Parliament lobbying hard for the Plymouth defence industry, but it seems Fox hadn’t noticed her across the benches. Perhaps the good doctor should focus more on reality rather than daydreaming about bringing down Dave.

Via Matt Chorley

Labour’s Leadership Omnishambles

It looks set to be a very long and tedious summer if the Labour leadership campaign drags on at this current level of excitement, not far off a second-rate student election.

The Milibrothers are shooting way ahead in terms of nominations and the rest of the candidates should pause for a moment to reflect that if they can’t even get the support of their colleagues, how exactly are they planning on achieving the support of the country?

What have we really learnt about any of these white middle-aged Oxbridge wonks so far on the campaign?  No one is talking about the deficit, no one is talking about cuts or taking the fight to the Coalition. All they seem to be capable of trying to do is determine who has the bona fide dyed-in-the-wool working class thing sorted.

In terms of money, it seems Miliband major has capitalised on the “big mo”. A Smith Square campaign office doesn’t come free and he is paying for whip-like text messaging services for his PLP supporters who are sent campaign lines and updates throughout the day. Burnham is basing his campaign up north, which is cheaper and Milband minor seems to be relying on the Labour Twitterati to run his campaign for him – which worked so well in the general election didn’t it? It seems Ed Balls is as yet unable to afford either an office or a website.

Andy Burnham’s piss-poor website somehow looks very 80s, eventually it came to Guido. Burnham is clearly a fan of 1980s experimental German electronic music…

UPDATE: Not content with Lord Sainsbury’s money and minions, Jason Beatie is reporting that Blair has lent David Miliband some of his office staff. Miliband has turned down the endorsement so far though…

Studying the Form

In between choosing his new favourite political joke and moving into Number 10, in what must be a first, the Prime Minister read out his racing tips at the end of his Today interview.

There was a bit of a wince when he chose “Daring Dream” for those in support of the coalition and  ‘Midnight Fantasy’ for those who think it will collapse. Though clearly chosen for a cheap laugh, Dave might be worth listening to here. He is clearly quite good at picking horses…

UPDATE: Robert Colvile has more:

“The race card suggests that in playing to the gallery, Cameron has betrayed his pledge to be the most environmentally friendly PM in history – for next to ‘Daring Dream’ in the 3.50 at Ayr is the neglected ‘Green Agenda’.”

Quote of the Day

Mike Masnick tells the Fink his paywall is going to fail…

“For pretty much all of the modern history of newspapers, the newspapers were not paid for their “intellectual property.” Subscriber fees paid for less than printing and delivery costs. The money was made from selling ads, and the ads were sold because (at the time) the newspapers were the only ones who could bring together a community of local eyeballs that advertisers wanted to buy.”

Ed Balls Campaign Diary* #Balls4Leader

Things are looking up, Yvette finally agreed, after a little bit of arm twisting, to nominate me rather than Diane Abbott, so am now just 10 short of 33 nominations. Nightmare scenario is that I’m 1 nomination short and […]

+ READ MORE +

Cable’s Positioning

Vince Cable has been looking like he swallowed a bee ever since Cleggmania took off. His announcement today that he is resigning as deputy leader of the LibDems is transparently a piece of positioning. Cameron manages to combine being party […]

+ READ MORE +

Balls Not Bananas

Fired up on Pimms Guido led the chants of “Balls not Bananas” as David Miliband left his press conference to launch his website earlier:

The banana waving Ed Balls flying squad might have to become a regular feature […]

+ READ MORE +

Come to Guido’s “Ed Balls for Leader” Rally

The Labour Leadership campaign is looking a bit boring and to be honest a lot of you are pretty disappointed that Ed Balls is struggling so badly in his quest to lead the Labour Party.

So to liven things up […]

+ READ MORE +



Tip offs: 0709 284 0531
team@Order-order.com

Quote of the Day

Preston Council leader Peter Rankin explains rising anti-Semitism…

“You need to think why this anti-semitism is getting worse. It’s because of the actions of the IDF shelling schools and hospitals and killing and maiming thousands of men, women and children.”

Top Posts This Week

Guidogram: Sign up

Subscribe to the most succinct 7 days a week daily email read by thousands of Westminster insiders.

Facebook

SADIQ: “I’M SORRY” FOR RACIAL SLUR AGAINST MODERATE MUSLIMS SADIQ: “I’M SORRY” FOR RACIAL SLUR AGAINST MODERATE MUSLIMS
TWO MORE LABOUR COUNCILLORS RANTED ABOUT “JEWS” TWO MORE LABOUR COUNCILLORS RANTED ABOUT “JEWS”
CRUZ QUITS, HITS WIFE CRUZ QUITS, HITS WIFE
KHAN CALLED MODERATE MUSLIMS “UNCLE TOMS” ON IRANIAN STATE TV KHAN CALLED MODERATE MUSLIMS “UNCLE TOMS” ON IRANIAN STATE TV
NAZ SHAH RESIGNS FROM HOME AFFAIRS SELECT COMMITTEE NAZ SHAH RESIGNS FROM HOME AFFAIRS SELECT COMMITTEE
HAMAS DISTANCE THEMSELVES FROM CORBYN HAMAS DISTANCE THEMSELVES FROM CORBYN
LABOUR COUNCILLOR DEFENDS COMPARING JEWS TO HITLER LABOUR COUNCILLOR DEFENDS COMPARING JEWS TO HITLER
TOP CORBYNISTA MP TWEETED ABOUT PUTTING ISRAEL IN MID-WEST OF AMERICA TOP CORBYNISTA MP TWEETED ABOUT PUTTING ISRAEL IN MID-WEST OF AMERICA
GOVE TOPS CONHOME POLL AGAIN GOVE TOPS CONHOME POLL AGAIN
UBER, BUT FOR BREXIT UBER, BUT FOR BREXIT
LABOUR’S BANK HOLIDAY TIMELINE LABOUR’S BANK HOLIDAY TIMELINE
THIRD LABOUR COUNCILLOR SUSPENDED OVER “HITLER” TWEET THIRD LABOUR COUNCILLOR SUSPENDED OVER “HITLER” TWEET
LABOUR COUNCILLOR: ISRAEL BEHIND ISIS, “ZIONIST JEWS ARE A DISGRACE TO HUMANITY” LABOUR COUNCILLOR: ISRAEL BEHIND ISIS, “ZIONIST JEWS ARE A DISGRACE TO HUMANITY”
ANOTHER LABOUR POLITICIAN WANTS TO “RELOCATE” JEWS TO AMERICA ANOTHER LABOUR POLITICIAN WANTS TO “RELOCATE” JEWS TO AMERICA
DIANE ABBOTT CAR CRASH: ANTI-SEMITISM A “SMEAR” DIANE ABBOTT CAR CRASH: ANTI-SEMITISM A “SMEAR”
KHAN ALLY: “ISRAEL IS A TERRORIST STATE LIKE ISIS” KHAN ALLY: “ISRAEL IS A TERRORIST STATE LIKE ISIS”
DIANE ABBOTT DEFENDS NAZ SHAH, SAYS ANTI-SEMITISM ISN’T A PROBLEM FOR LABOUR DIANE ABBOTT DEFENDS NAZ SHAH, SAYS ANTI-SEMITISM ISN’T A PROBLEM FOR LABOUR
Fiorina Drops Fiorina Drops
£500,000 EXPENSES FRAUDSTER MEP JAILED £500,000 EXPENSES FRAUDSTER MEP JAILED
SEUMAS MILNE PRAISES HAMAS SEUMAS MILNE PRAISES HAMAS
ALLEGED GRANNY BASHER MP IN COURT TODAY ALLEGED GRANNY BASHER MP IN COURT TODAY
CORBYN AGREES BBC ARE “ZIONIST LIARS” CORBYN AGREES BBC ARE “ZIONIST LIARS”
LABOUR IN CRISIS LABOUR IN CRISIS
KHAN ON KEN, KEN ON KHAN KHAN ON KEN, KEN ON KHAN
CORBYN’S CALLAGHAN MOMENT CORBYN’S CALLAGHAN MOMENT
BERNARD JENKIN ACCUSES NO. 10 OF CASH FOR QUESTIONS BERNARD JENKIN ACCUSES NO. 10 OF CASH FOR QUESTIONS
JOHN MANN TELLS KEN “YOU’RE A F**KING DISGRACE” JOHN MANN TELLS KEN “YOU’RE A F**KING DISGRACE”
KHAN CAMPAIGNED FOR NAZ SHAH, DEFENDED KEN ON ANTI-SEMITISM KHAN CAMPAIGNED FOR NAZ SHAH, DEFENDED KEN ON ANTI-SEMITISM
KEN: “HITLER WAS SUPPORTING ZIONISM” KEN: “HITLER WAS SUPPORTING ZIONISM”
NEUBERGER AND LEVY ON LABOUR’S ANTI-SEMITISM NEUBERGER AND LEVY ON LABOUR’S ANTI-SEMITISM