Monday, June 8, 2009

+++ Exclusive : Purnell “Will Stand” +++

Unconfirmed, Guido is checking – a source has just phoned, claiming to be at the drinks reception for North West Labour Party parliamentary researchers, where James Purnell has just told them that, if no credible candidate comes forward by noon tomorrow, he himself will stand..

You read it here first…

UPDATE 18.54 : Have just texted Purnell, no response.  Can’t get hold of his former SpAd either.

UPDATE 20.27 : Looks like this will stay exclusive, Guido got punked, guess we will know for sure soon.  Never wrong for long…

Kevin Maguire’s Sick “Maddy” Cameron Jibe

This morning at a breakfast briefing seminar held at the City offices of corporate lobbyists Hanover Communications, Kevin Maguire was the star turn giving the assembled spin-doctors and fee paying clients the benefit of his insight derived from his years of service to Gordon Brown and Damian McBride, the former Downing Street press adviser, who was Kevin’s long time drinking partner.

When the cappuccino supping Maguire was asked by one of the croissant chewing seminar participants if there was any possible way Gordon Brown could win the general election his smirking reply was:

“The only way Gordon Brown can win the general election is if Madeleine McCann’s body is found in David Cameron’s garage.”

maddy mirrorKevin has previous for this sort of tasteless innuendo – he was the key source for the Smeargate stories that were intended to be used by Damian McBride, Derek Draper and Charlie Whelan to smear David Cameron, George Osborne’s wife and other leading Tories.   The sheer hypocrisy of Kevin Maguire is breathtaking.  He talks down to the readers of the Mirror, telling them Gordon can win while at the same time telling high powered corporate insiders that Brown is finished. The Mirror was at the forefront of the campaign to find Maddy, Maguire just thinks it is a joke.

When Guido contacted our Kev’ this afternoon he made no effort to apologise or express any regret.

Flashback : Miliband Was Right, People Do Want Blair Back

A poll last year said Labour would do better under Blair.  Another poll by YouGov shows that Labour voters would prefer Blair as leader again.  Miliband was right…

Frank Field : Brownites are Attempting to Terrorise Labour MPs

Frank Field has just blogged this

Target GordonLabour cannot win with the present Prime Minister. I was one of the seven who would not support his coronation after Tony Blair was shoehorned out of Number 10. But even I didn’t think a Brown administration would be as inept as this one.

The Brownites are attempting to terrorise Labour MPs into inaction. If they succeed then we deserve our fate.

It is simply absurd to argue, as does No. 10, that the next leader must call an immediate general election. A new leader, when being invited by the Queen to form a government, should inform the Monarch that he or she intends to return in April of next year to call for a General Election on May 6.

Frank has shown some spunk, how many more will follow?

Jane Kennedy Blames Gordon’s Bullying

Smeargate was the final straw for Jane Kennedy she says

Jane KennedyI’ve been unhappy for sometime about smears against colleagues, about the undermining of colleagues and friends orchestrated by Number 10. I can’t support it and I believe the Labour Party is part of reason for the rejection that people have indicated, and it’s a rejection of that kind of politics. I can’t distinguish between those around Gordon Brown smearing and Gordon Brown himself. It’s how politics is driven forward by Gordon and the people around him.

I fought against Militant in the 1980s and helped the Labour Party drive them out, because I was applled at their conduct: the bullying, the threats and the intimidation. I can’t stand by and say I am content when that is still happening. Everybody who is active in politics in Westminster knows what I’m alluding to.

We’ve never had the chance as a PLP to discuss the matters that arose out of the Damian McBride incident. My view is – and the view of many activists in my constituency – Gordon isn’t able to get our message across. That’s why voters are turning against us – his style, the type of politics he engages. My unhappiness is with the style of politics that Labour is exhibiting.

Target GordonThe bullying continues, Guido understands that the implicit menace being put about by Nick Brown, chief whip and Gordon’s enforcer, is exposure of expense misdemeanours in a career ending manner if you are disloyal. That is how they work, McBride may be gone, but his spirit lives on. Gordon operates like a mafia godfather, thuggish and threatening. The people have rejected him, will the party find a spine? Why is it only Labour’s women who have the balls to stand up to him?

+++ Jane Kennedy, Environment Minister Resigns +++

Minister for Farming and the Environment.  Another Woman Against Gordon…

Jane Kennedy

UPDATE : Did she go or was she pushed?  Seems she was going, Gordon called to give her the hair dryer treatment / beg / demand loyalty. She refused so he sacked her / she was going anyway. Or possibly Gordon’s people first said they sacked her to put the frighteners on people, then they realised that played badly and admitted she resigned. They never could govern that well, now they can’t even spin properly.

UPDATE 11.40 : Sally Keeble, a Labour MP who is as low profile as she is loyal has just told the BBC “Gordon said he wanted more time, but there is still a sense of lack of direction.  We want a credible Labour party with a clear sense of direction who can command the respect of the party and country. He’s done a phenomenal job but it is time to move on. I think those closest to him should say something.”

Spineless Challengers Deserve Defeat

We are repeatedly told that neither Miliband or Johnson have a campaign team. Guido just made contact with one of the people on standby for one of those leadership campaigns that supposedly doesn’t exist. He sounded down in the dumps. His challenger candidate will not show his hand, nor he says will the other side. Both sides are hoping for a PLP rebellion which they fear won’t come.  Blairites connected to neither camp plan to speak out tonight in favour of ABG – Anyone But Gordon.  Team Brown are totally focused on keeping Gordon in power at any cost, with  Mandelson putting it about that the result of a leadership contest would be Prime Minister Harman. Would that actually be worse than the Prime Mentalist?

Rich & Mark’s Monday Morning View

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Euro Results

Euro Vote 09Everyman and his blog is doing an election results service based on, well, mostly watching TV, so Guido won’t bother with that. Very disappointed that Guido’s Libertas vote looks like it went to waste. At the New Ross polling station in Wexford on Friday a neighbour said “it is our job to choose between the liars”. Wise words.

Hoping UKIP beat Labour, very worried that Dan Hannan may have won his bet that Labour will come fifth in his region. Due to Pimms-related intoxication Guido offered him 10/1 odds. Ouch, think it is bedtime for Guido…

Nick Griffin Gordon Brown

UPDATE : Nick Griffin will be thanking Gordon Brown tonight.  He could not have done it without him. Brown has achieved one policy goal, he got a British job for one British worker, the British National Party candidate who is going to Brussels.  Labour MPs should reflect on that, do they fear losing their jobs in an election more than they loathe the BNP.  As long as they keep a Scot who can’t connect with English working class voters as leader, the stronger the BNP becomes.

Brown’s Photo-Op Rally Moved Forward Hour

Target GordonFollowing Guido’s highlighting of the made-for-propaganda event and possibly fearing Ceauşescu-moment style boos, Gordon’s spinmeisters have suddenly moved the photo-op at West Ham town hall forward an hour (to 3pm).  Only the most loyal of the most loyal will be there.  Don’t expect a big turn out…

UPDATE 15.55 :  Gordon’s speech is literally a string of cliches we have all heard before; tractor production is up in the Urals, we are winning the war against Eurasia, Tories eat babies, Gordon will save the world. The questions are a hoot, first up: “Why don’t the papers report the fantastic, fantastic care for under fives? “

16.02 : The First Lord of State speaks, hair immaculate, make-up trowelled on, in control in all senses, enjoying himself.  Says something about Gordon being courageous enough to spend lots of other people’s money.

16.05 : Questioner says Tories are evil, another that thanks Gordon for visiting, Sheila Thomas, ex-USDAW, just wants to welcome Gordon and thank him for coming down to West Ham, says she wants to see Gordon at party conference.  Young lady says she was born Labour, thanks Gordon for paying her family benefits, (no sign of gratitude to the wealth creators).

16.10 : The Book Mandelson and Draper think Brown Should ReadGuido losing the will to live as they bore on about various welfare benefits.  Gordon name drops that he spoke to Obama yesterday (not sure if he means he talked on a beach or a president).   Gordon, the deficit doubler, talks about getting the deficit down in the long run by spending more now.  Economic genius. (He never did balance the deficit in the long term over the economic cycle, did he?).  Few more questioners say Gordon is brilliant and it is everybody else’s fault.

16.15 : They laugh at the pasting Mandy gave Marr.  Guido laughed as well.  Questioner says the NHS is brilliant.  Blah blah blah Gordon, everything is brilliant.  Must get a drink, if they think this will impress the PLP…  

UPDATE : Mercy comes, Jonah Brown strikes the transmission:

Video credit : G O T


Seen Elsewhere

UKIP on 23% With Survation | Mirror
UKIP Could Deal With Dave | Douglas Carswell
Tories Would Lower Benefit Cap | Telegraph
Bashir Twitter Meltdown | Mirror
Bashir is a Wrong’un | Norman Tebbit
Natalie Bennett Says it Should Not be a Crime to Belong to ISIS | Indy
LibDems Fifth in London | Standard
45 Mirror Group Stories Linked to Phone-Hacking | Press Gazette
Dave’s Diet | Speccie
Pink’O’Flynn | HuffPo
Trojan Horse Destroying British Values | Nick Wood


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“Clearly Bashir does not have any real political principles or commitment, only naked opportunism and self-interest. He represents the revolving door principle in politics. The Tories are welcome to him because he will cause them embarrassment. Fortunately Respect was able to act before he did it to us.”


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