Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Totty Watch : Tatler Tory Totty Special

You would, wouldn’t you?* Guido couldn’t help noticing when watching the Democrat and Republican conventions that the Republicans were better groomed and better looking. Forza Italia look like they have just come off the catwalk. Are right-of-centre types universally better looking than their left-of-centre counterparts?

1 – Shaun Bailey, 37, 2 – Mark Clarke, 31, 3 – Joanne Cash, 38, 4 – Annunziata Rees-Mogg, 29, 5 - Peter Lyburn, 24, 6 – Charlotte Leslie, 29, 7 – Jeremy Brier, 27, 8 – Nicola Blackwood, 28, 9 – Helen Whately, 32, 10 – Kulveer Ranger, 33.

*Vote for them – they are all Conservative Prospective Parliamentary Candidates.

Picture via : Evening Standard

Treasury’s Crash

This picture, taken outside HM Treasury, sent in minutes ago by co-conspirator Maria Fort*. A metaphor for the direction HM Treasury is taking us in…

*A co-conspirators T-shirt is in the post Maria.

Eastern Media Elite Revealed

The Class Contradictions of Polly

Polly is whining again about the verbal kicking she gets after almost every column:

…my most constant hate-swipes on Comment is Free and in rightwing political blogs is for being middle class.

Guido frequently questions her judgment, but he has never accused her of being middle-class, for the simple reason she is not. Mary Louisa Toynbee is in fact part of the rarefied metropolitan media elite, she has a comfortable six-figure income and a villa in Italy to go with the London townhouse and house in the country. She is not middle-class by any stretch of the imagination.

Her income is not middle-class, it puts her in the top 1% of earners.

The great grand-daughter of the Earl of Carlisle was privately educated (Badminton), went to Oxford (St Annes) and on to the BBC. A classic metropolitan elite career path. Toynbee is the daughter of the literary critic Philip Toynbee and grand-daughter of the famous historian Arnold J. Toynbee, his uncle was the philanthropist and economic historian Arnold Toynbee after whom Toynbee Hall is named. She was born into three generations of metropolitan elitists.

She is perfectly entitled to point to the toffs on the Tory front-bench, but Guido is not going to let her pretend to be middle-class. She is the enemy of the aspirational middle-classes, the high priestess advocate of taxing them to pay for her social democratic utopia.

N.B. See also this for an example of Polly’s consistency, prescience and judgement over Gordon Brown. This “rightwing blog” must have got under her skin…

Jonah Put His Curse in Writing

Andy Murray was doomed:

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Return to Rationing?

An advertisement is not an endorsement.  However in the case of the British Legion campaign for better treatment for servicemen Guido is happy to give his support.  The treatment of ex-soldiers by this government is disgraceful.  Whitehall bureaucrats have gold-plated index linked pensions, MPs vote themselves phenomenal benefits and pensions to keep them in the manner they are accustomed to when they retire (courtesy of the taxpayer).  These are the people who determine the pensions of ex-servicemen.
An estimated one third of ex-servicemen are in poverty.  Something is very wrong.

Jonah Cursed Murray Live on Sky

As many co-conspirators pointed out yesterday, Andy Murray has spent the last two weeks at Flushing Meadows playing the best tennis he’s ever played. He beat the World’s #1 to get to his first grand slam final against a man he has already beaten. Winning the US Open would make him the first Briton to win a major single title since 1936.
Then Jonah Brown sent him a good luck message live on Sky News.* Andy Murray lost in straight sets…

*Congratulations to all the co-conspirators who immediately called their bookies.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Gordon Brown’s Downfall – The Prequel

“My struggle” was the sub-text of Gordon’s missive this morning when he told us “Mein own response to the great challenges in my own life has been to confront them, resolute in the belief that there would always be something that could be done to overcome them”.

Perhaps, or perhaps the Allies SNP will take Berlin Edinburgh. This satire on “Gordon listening” had Guido in tears. The sub-titling is inspired.

Gordon Brown’s Downfall – The Prequel

Why Don’t the Tories Propose to Cut VAT on Energy Products?

Guido doesn’t understand why the Tories don’t propose an alternative to taxing energy suppliers, since the cost of a “Windfall” tax would inevitably be passed on to consumers and the money only end up in a Treasury black hole once it got into the Whitehall bureaucracy.
Why not instead advocate the removal of VAT on energy bills and energy saving goods, insulation and devices? A green tax cut on eco-products would please the Zac Goldsmith wing of the Tories, a tax cut would please the voters.
Of course the E.U. would rule such a VAT cut out of order on tax harmonisation grounds, Cameron could take the opportunity to demonstrate his moderate euro-scepticism and argue that this is something that really should be decided by the British government and voters, not the European Commission’s tax commissars. It would demonstrate in a practical populist and easy to understand way how the E.U. costs British consumers. The government would be forced on to the back foot, defending E.U. enforced taxation levels. The LibDems are led by a fanatical europhile, so despite Clegg’s new found zeal for tax cutting, he would not support this progressive tax cut. It is a win-win.

Seen Elsewhere

Labour Failed Those Victims | Labour Uncut
We Cannot Ignore the Race Issue Here | Dan Hodges
74 MPs Who Back Stop Mills Motion | Speccie
Milibande | Ian Birrell
The True Meaning of Political Correctness Gone Mad | Speccie
Nigel, Nigel, Nigel! | Bloomberg
Bercow Blinks | Guardian
Speaker on the Ropes | Indy
Outgoing Clerk Slams Bercow – Row Goes Very Public | BBC
Darling Was Wrong on OBR | Speccie
Climate Change Cools Off | Washington Times


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Shaun Wright’s understatement about the Rotherham child abuse scandal…

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