The Daily Politics is currently interviewing all the Labour leadership contenders. Well almost all, the usually media friendly Diane Abbott was scheduled for another pasting by Brillo this Thursday.
She is, for some reason, now no longer available…
Guido is off to the Institute of Economic Affairs to debate the whats and wherefores of the “liberal elite”. As is traditional whenever Guido goes head-to-head with Sir Michael White, Guido is wearing national dress tonight (pictured).
The Free Society and Liberal Vision will be discussing:
Who holds the liberal torch in 2010: Libertarians, Lib Dems or the “liberal elite”?
Tuesday June 29, 2010 Chaired by Mark Littlewood (Institute of Economic Affairs), speakers include Julian Harris (chairman, Liberal Vision), Chris Mounsey (leader, Libertarian party), Brendan O’Neill (editor, Spiked!), Paul Staines (aka blogger Guido Fawkes), James Delingpole (writer, journalist and broadcaster), Mark Pack (co-editor, Liberal Democrat Voice) and Michael White (assistant editor, Guardian).
Guido isn’t normally one for line-by-line analysis, but when glancing over Ed Miliband’s speech from earlier something very obvious stuck out. Take a look at what Ed was talking about the most:
What the speech boils down to is “People Want Labour and the State”. The election reality clearly hasn’t set in.
Compare the weight of words like “state” and “want” to “cut” and “deficit”. They are in utter denial. The Labour leadership candidates aren’t going to get any cut through with their campaigns unless they stop talking about themselves and denying the hell-hole of a situation the country is in. They slam the coalition for their plans and far from offering any alternatives, simply whine.
The High Court has just ruled in favour of the Mayor of London who is trying to get the “peace” camp evicted from Parliament Square.
UPDATE: The Mayor’s legal team said:
“In bringing this claim, the mayor does not seek to minimise the vital importance of the right to free speech and assembly and protest, especially in such a significant location and in such a vibrant city as this. Rather, what he seeks to achieve is to safeguard the rights of the majority to use and enjoy Parliament Square Gardens and bid to prevent the abrogation to themselves of such a place by a small minority, however well-intentioned.”
There was a flurry of excitement in yellow circles this morning as Lembit Opik declared he would like to run for Mayor of London for the LibDems. It all seemed rather familiar though.
Regular readers will remember that Guido told you this nearly a month ago:
He doesn’t understand why they bothered denying it at the time.
The campaign doesn’t seem to be getting off to a strong start though. The comments on LibDem Voice discussion at the prospect aren’t exactly in favour, with words such as “under NO CIRCUMSTANCES”, “idle” “self indulgent tosser” and “publicity-seeking fool” featuring heavily. But then again who ever thought Boris would get the Tory nomination…
It’s not just former ministers and Labour MPs who are having to get used to life in the slow lane. Spare a moment for all those poor former Special Advisers. But don’t feel too bad, those that haven’t disappeared off to make their fortunes still have a job on the taxpayer. Labour now have almost all of the Short Money haul that used to be divided up between the Tories and the Liberal Democrats. They lose the “special” title though.
Like he did with the SpAds, Guido is putting together a list of all the Labour “Political Advisers” as they are now known. Not everyone here is necessarily on Short Money and many will be working on leadership bids or could be part-time for other reasons. The two dozen or so PAds cost taxpayers the best part of £2 million. Plenty of old faces have stuck around though.
Most amusing is Harman’s office where her staff basically consists of two economic wonks (Duncan Weldon and Stuart Hudson,) and a comedian (Ayesha Hazarika). Pretty much sums up where Labour are right now.
In the Commons yesterday for Dave’s statement on the G8, when Harriet Harman asked him to give due credit to Gordon Brown for his work on international development, Dave retorted “I’d be delighted to, if he could be bothered to turn up to this House.”
If Gordon is taking the time to write his memoirs at our expense he should be ashamed. If he is in fact mentally incapacitated (cue howls of protest, but the rumours are circulating most widely in Labour circles) then he should stand down and take a rest.
Gordon was famous for his Macavity instinct – avoiding negative situations – this negative situation will continue until he either goes back to “getting on with the job” for which he is paid, or he resigns. The sooner the better.
UPDATE : Think last night’s vote on VAT was a three-line whip and Gordon didn’t care to vote. So much for standing up for fairness, remember “I will never let you down”…
EyeSpy.MP revealed last night that Derek Draper was back in the heart of politics in the company of Gloria de Piero MP. Gloria of course shared the GMTV sofa with Dolly’s missus Kate Garraway before she went into politics.
What does the ‘Beauty and the Beast’ pairing signify? Is he giving politico-media advice to Gloria, or readying himself for a return? Guido thinks he deserves a third chance, the Labour Party in opposition is a very dull thing, set to get even duller under the leadership of David Miliband. Dolly’s return would liven things up…
UPDATE: Lest we forget Dolly gave Gloria her first job at his old comms firm Prima.
On first impression the aims of the All Party Parliamentary Group for the Armed Forces – “to promote in Parliament better understanding of the UK’s armed forces, and their objectives and activities” – seem reasonable. Alarm bells start to ring […]