Product Placement New Low for Bad Al

Campbell has denied to the Iraq Inquiry sexing up the dodgy dossier, cue much tittering in the press room. His denials were as patchy and hole-ridden as the original intelligence. Haven’t we been over this already?

Campbell is  older, calmer, but clearly not wiser – the lies and spin are ageless. He managed to keep a straight face while suggesting that the “45 minutes” aspect was not important and perhaps most hilariously that “I don’t worry about headlines. I never did.” He claimed he didn’t phone up hacks or editors and didn’t manipulate Standard headlines. Nobody believes him.

The real cheek though has been his constant referrals to his diaries – forget the oil – that’s the real blood money. Using a public inquiry and unbroken TV coverage as nothing more than an opportunity to flog his book is low even by Campbell’s standards. Don’t  let him make any money out of this. If for some reason you feel inclined to read the his diaries, don’t line his pockets – download them here for free.

Tory Backbenchers Cut a Deal

Hearing backroom speculation last week when former Shadow Cabinet member Peter Ainsworth announced his resignation from the green benches. A pre-emptive scandal stopper? Or was did he realise just realise his face didn’t fit and he might as well go load his pockets in the real world? Or was it more cynical than that?

Yesterday John Maples, another Tory big wig, Deputy Party Chairman no less, announced his desire to step down at the next election. His expenses weren’t great – Guido is pretty sure Maples private members club is not his main home, but both he and Ainsworth would easily be returned to Westminster in May. Neither  made any noise about stepping down until the announcements came out of the blue. Interestingly CCHQ amended the rules on candidate selection to come into force on the January 1. After that date Team Dave have full control over candidate selection and can pop any on-message box-ticker wherever a safe seat comes up. Guido hears there are more gray haired Tories keen to step down but yet to announce. Has a deal been done with MPs stepping down that they would make the announcement in the new year…   Arise Lords Maples and Ainsworth?

UPDATE : ConservativeHome’s Tim Montgomerie doesn’t think it true. Guido reckons there is a good chance there will be more.

Freedom is Indivisible

Anyone else see the irony in the same politicians who support the banning of Islam4UK supporting the Green Revolutionaries in Tehran?  If they support Democracy4Iran, why not at home? As far as Guido knows Islam4UK have no members who have been charged with terrorism or advocating violence

Freedom of speech is what we are supposedly fighting the “war on terror” to defend.  If these nutters advocate violence, lock ’em up, if they just advocate a change of regime, that is their right in a democratic and free society. Freedom of speech can offend, but that isn’t a reason to do away with it…

First Blog Scalp of the 2010 Election

In the coming elections Guido has his eye on a few scalps, so he is a little surprised to see that this blog’s first casualty of the 2010 election cycle is Greg Stone, a LibDem councillor standing for parliament in Newcastle East against Labour’s Nick Brown.

Greg has withdrawn his candidature after a dossier of comments which he had made on this blog over a period of many months was circulated anonymously to the media.

Dominic Llewellyn, his Tory opponent, says the dossier was sent to him anonymously.  Guido has no doubt it was the work of Nick Brown, the government Chief Whip is not known as Gordon’s enforcer for his delicate approach to politics.  Nick Brown has survived a rent-boy scandal – because he claimed he did not pay for sex – he just gave the rent boy financial gifts.  If Nick Brown can survive that, Greg Stone should survive making a few OTT rude insults made in the context of the blokey bar-room, profanity strewn critique of politicians that prevails in the comments section here.

Probably not wise to indulge if you are a candidate. He won’t be the last politician brought down by a blog in the next few months…

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LibDems : “Stupid and Shouldn’t Have Happened”

Clegg is trying today to position himself as a credible alternative and Danny Alexander, Cable’s Shadow Treasury junior, was sent on the Daily Politics claiming

“On all our figures they add up to the nearest penny”

Do they? Take a look at a Cowley Street press release from yesterday:

Elsewhere the press release is riddled with similar claims:

Sutton 1,000 12,000 44,900% increase
Ham & Fulham 2,000 17,000 22,400% increase
Enfield 1,000 3,000 44,900% increase

Do you really think business rates in Tory controlled Hammersmith and Fulham have increased  over 200 times? Guido particularly laughed at Goldsworthy’s quote: “This is further proof that Labour cannot be trusted on the economy.” It is further proof that the LibDems can’t be trusted to add up.

Guido tried to call Kathrine Bancroft, Cable’s press officer.  Despite her being the contact for the press release, it was nothing to do with her, the press office passed Guido to Nav Prit Rai, the aide responsible, she said less than loyally it was the intern’s fault, that it was “stupid and shouldn’t have happened”. So there you have it, LibDem economic policy, to the last penny, is dictated by the intern…

Totty Watch : Hot Under the CCHQ Collar

Guess why Lord Strathride turned up to the CCHQ phone banking launch party last week:

Seems Pickles is rather fond of the CCHQ receptionist too…

Jonah Curses Fife Constituency

Kirkcaldy used to be a prosperous town. The birth place of Adam Smith was once a booming hub of industrial Fife. Then Gordon took over as the town’s MP.  His SNP opponent highlights just how bad things have become:

“The claimant count unemployment rate in Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath is now higher than the Fife average, which in turn, is higher than the Scottish average. The four wards in Fife with the highest rates of unemployment (Smeaton, Valley, Ballingry and Sinclairtown) are all in Gordon Brown’s constituency. And all four have unemployment rates nearly three times the Scottish average.”

Elsewhere in the constituency things are also looking bleak: “Some 9835 Fifers were claiming job seeker’s benefit last month — which is 4.4% of the population and 2263 more than at the same time in November 2008.”

A staggering 45% of Gordon’s constituents are either on the dole or paid from the public purse.

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Guido’s Plan to Save the Indy (Part II)

There is a lot of speculation, most of it horrified, that Rod Liddle is being lined up to take over the editorship of the Indy by  Lebedev.  Back in May last year Guido advanced two ideas to save the Indy[…]

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“He’s Bonkers”

Former Labour General Secretary Peter Watt was in charge when Gordon bottled having an election. Over six pages the Mail on Sunday runs extracts from Peter Watt’s devastating inside account of the madness in the heart of Downing Street:

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