++ Sleaze Watchdog to Investigate Spelman +++

Full scale inquiry into Spelman to go ahead:


CONDUCT OF MRS CAROLINE SPELMAN MP

The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards has been authorised by the Committee on Standards and Privileges to undertake an inquiry into whether Mrs Caroline Spelman MP breached the rules of the House in the arrangements she made for the employment of a secretarial assistant who was also her children’s nanny for a period from 1997.

The Commissioner had a meeting with Mrs Spelman on 9 June to discuss this matter with her. He undertook to consider carefully her request that he undertake an inquiry, despite having received no formal complaint about her conduct and that the events complained of were more than seven years ago. Such an inquiry would be exceptional and would require the agreement of the Committee.

Having carefully considered the matter the Commissioner has recommended to the Committee that exceptionally he should conduct an inquiry. The Committee has accepted that recommendation.

The Commissioner is therefore initiating an inquiry into whether the circumstances of Mrs Spelman’s employment of her secretarial assistant from 1997 breached the rules of the House in force at the time.

Guido can’t really understand how she can possibly be exonerated. Her latest statements seem to be misleading as well…

Change of Address

Basher’s office needs to let go:

From: KRANTZ, Caroline

To: XXXX
Subject: RE: XXXX

Many thanks

Caroline Krantz, Secretary
Office of the Rt Hon David Davis MP
Shadow Home Secretary
House of Commons
Westminster SW1A 0AA

Irish “No” Hero Declan Resolute in Westminster

Victorious “No” campaigner Declan Ganley is in London tonight doing a bit of a victory lap and setting out his plans should the EU decide to press ahead regardless of the democratic will. He spoke from the heart, not as smoothly as a politician, he listened patiently to a critique from Sir Michael Whitewhich lasted almost as long as his own speech (though it ended with a question mark). He was firm, in a room full of Eurosceptics he maintained his own pro-European credentials, stating that he wanted a democratic, peaceful Europe. He said he was perhaps Brussels-sceptic. He advocated turning the 2009 European elections into a referendum.There was much laughter when Declan predicted that the Europhile Irish Times journalist would report that he was speaking to a room full of CIA backed Eurosceptics at an extreme right-wing British think-tank. He was speaking at an event hosted by the centrist Policy Exchange think tank and liberal pressure group Open Europe. When a hostile questioner identified himself as from the European Movement, Declan pointed out, to the amusement of the crowd, that his organisation actually was financed during the Cold War by the CIA.

"DD for Freedom" Campaign Launches Tomorrow

Word is that www.DavidDavisforFreedom.com launches tomorrow and that he is going to wait until after PMQs to jab a question to the clunking fist before he stands down as an MP. Do hope this campaign site is going to be better than his leadership campaign site. That went under the title “Modern Conservatives” and looked ten years out of date…

Howard’s End

Friday night saw a surprise party for Michael Howard, the well attended party in the constituency saw warm video tributes from Margaret Thatcher, David Cameron and John Major. The John Major video set may have seemed familiar to Howard – it was filmed in his office with Major sitting in his seat, a reversal that some might have found amusing…

Michael Howard will be spending more time at the races

Jonah Jinxs Fiji

Fijime.comRemember the Fijian Visitors Bureau’s plan to boost tourism with an official endorsement from Gordon Brown? That was in February, so how has it worked out for them?

Guido has sad but unsurprising news for followers of the chilling effects of the Curse of the One-Eyed Son of the Manse. Fiji’s economic circumstances are difficult and they must have been desperate to call on help from Gordon to boost tourism. 1 in 5 Fiji holidays are from people having beach weddings. The Fiji Registrar General reports a dramatic drop this year, Fiji Visitors Bureau chairman Patrick Wong expressed concern at the declining figures last week.

Is it any surprise? “Darling, shall we get married in Fiji, Gordon Brown is endorsing it…” Hardly going to impress the fiance is it..?

Rich & Mark’s Monday Morning View

+++ Spelman’s Nanny Story Unravelling +++

CCHQ admitting nanny worked for two years, not one, at taxpayers expense. Other contradictions in the story coming out…

BBC Reporting Insults Irish Democracy

When the result came in yesterday Mark Mardell looked shocked and sounded exasperated. The BBC has continually been running this line in its reporting of Ireland’s historic vote on the Lisbon Treaty:

Just over three million Irish voters are

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Ireland Saves Europe Again

Guido is so proud he could cry. The land of saints and scholars saves Europe from the darkness once again. The people of Ireland, a free sovereign state, stood up to and defeated the Brussels imperium.

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+++ Irish "No Vote" Hopes High on Early Returns +++

RTE reporting “The No vote is strong in many rural areas and in working class districts of cities, while middle class areas appear to be less supportive of the Treaty than had been anticipated.”

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