Thursday, January 24, 2008

+++ HAIN TO RESIGN +++

+++ SKY HAIN DONATIONS MET POLICE TO INVESTIGATE +++

Guardian Online Doesn’t Have Much to Boast About

The Guardian was boasting this week that it has 3.6 million UK users a month. Guido has got the breakdown of those numbers from the online industry’s competitive intelligence monitors Hitwise.

In December the Guardian politics pages had some 455,000 UK users, compared to Guido’s 305,000 users. Iain Dale is on a similar number. In fact any two of the top five blogs get more British readers in a month than the whole of Guardian Online’s politics pages. Something that should be worrying the boys and girls on the Farringdon Road…

More Orwellian Behaviour

On Tuesday Guido drew attention to the Orwellian re-writing of speeches after they had been delivered by Gordon to cover-up mistakes. Today we have another 1930s Soviet-style propaganda technique being used by McStalin: airbrushed old photos being used in government publications.
The picture on the left is taken from Gordon’s introduction to Healthy Weight, Healthy Lives published yesterday. The first picture looks ten years old, the picture of the unhealthy figure on the right was taken more recently. Who are they trying to kid, him or us?

Hat-tip : LFAT

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Memories of the Way We Were

Simon Hughes’ somewhat frazzled researcher is currently calling TV companies and newspapers asking “can you remember when Simon was on/wrote for you over the past year? He has to file his tax return.”

Simon has a terrible memory and his January 29th tax return is looming. His memory is so bad that during the 1983 Bermondsey by-election (which was described by Gay News as “the dirtiest and most notorious by-election in British political history”) in which he beat gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, after distributing a leaflet describing the election as a “straight choice”, he forgot he was gay bisexual. Easily done…

Gordon Earns Himself a Blue Peter Badge

As markets plunged yesterday George Bush convened a White House summit to push an emergency $150 billion growth stimulus package through Congress in weeks. He called in heavyweight politicians for a bipartisan effort. Elsewhere in Washington an emergency meeting of the Federal Reserve slashed interest rates 75 basis points in an effort to shore up global markets fearing recession. What does Gordon do?
He takes time out to appear on Blue Peter to wish Konnie Huq good luck in her next job. Yes, the Prime Minister has his own weird sense of priorities.

Weaning News

The first Ms Fawkes was weaned in a weekend and took to the bottle like her father. We were spending the summer in France and French baby formula is creamy rich. Her eyes lit up, she grabbed the bottle and mum retired to take some paracetamol. Her mother’s services were no longer required.

The second daughter is very different, she is six months old and treats the bottle with contempt. Mother is sleeping in the spare room, Father Fawkes is sharing a bedroom with baby and cot. Any sight of mother results in tears and cries demanding mother’s milk and only mother’s milk. Her father proffering a bottle is treated with total contempt. Her eyes say “Where are the boobs?” The bottle is spat out, hours pass, much baby formula is spilt. It occurs to Guido that the reason nobody has written a “Father’s Guide to Baby Weaning” is because they were just too tired to write it.

Sleep deprivation is a recognised means of breaking interrogation subjects. The lack of contiguous sleep eventually dissolves the subjects will and mental powers. Guido is too tired to even want alcohol…

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

This story is a bit confused, not least by the Mayor’s office issuing denials and spin. The few facts that are clear are that the Mayor’s Deputy Race Adviser, Rosemary Emodi, had visited Kamp Afrika, a holiday resort in Nigeria. Errol Walters, who styles himself the Managing Director of Brixton Base Limited, also claimed to represent the Mayor’s Office. According to the Nigerian press, Errol offered Kamp Afrika support and promised London offices for the project, to support the Nigerian diaspora, courtesy of the Mayor’s taxpayers.

Questioned by the BBC, Rosemary Emodi denied attending, she later admitted she had attended and was forced to resign. (Googling quickly comes up with pictures of her in full African costume at the resort) The Mayor’s Office denies any support for the project. Brixton Base is at the centre of an investigation into £2m in grants allegedly given because of links to Jasper. The sleaze is lapping at Ken’s door. He still supports Lee Jasper unreservedly…

Gordon is a Jonah

Gordon goes to Heathrow. Airplane crashes. Lands in India. Bombay Stock Exchange has record all time losses falling 15%. Returns to London, London Stock Exchange crashes. When he first became PM, God punished the people of England with floods, pestilence and Islamic fires of terror. Every national sporting event he visits, the home team loses. God must really hate Gordon…

Northern Rocky

Stolen from : Channel 4 News

UPDATE 30 January 2008 : Seems that the humorous “Stolen from” reference has set someone off – for the record, Channel 4 News have given written permission for the occasional use of artwork on condition that they get a back-link.

Seen Elsewhere

Corrupt, Incompetent UN Has No Right to Lecture Us | Dan Hannan
Mirror’s Lazy Lie | Guardian
Hungary’s Heir to Thatcher | Conservative Woman
Farage and Salmond Both Want Outopia | David Aaronovitch
More Missing UKIP Money | Times
Church Should Fight Evil of Welfare Dependency | Stephen Glover
1 in 16 Pick Up Infections in Filthy NHS Hospitals | Mail
Let’s Get Evangelical | David Cameron
From the IRA to Windsor Castle | WSJ
Coulson: Everything You Need to Know in 6 Seconds | MediaGuido
Mo Ansar’s Silence | Adrian Hilton


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Cathy Jamieson MP, Labour’s Shadow Treasury minister, commenting on Treasury analysis of the economic impact of tax changes…

“If the Treasury is looking at the economic impact of tax changes, then surely it should examine the impact of the rise in VAT and cuts to tax credits? George Osborne’s £12 billion VAT rise knocked confidence, helped to choke off the recovery and has cost families £1,350 over the last three years.”



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What’s he been doing FFS, mining bitcoins?


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