He does not drive a Mercedes Bing.
He does not drive a Mercedes Bing.
From: John Hemming [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: 09 January 2006 14:09
Subject: Collection of Nominations
It will take me some time to talk to colleagues about the process of nomination and I would request that people give me the time to make my pitch before deciding who to nominate.
UPDATE:John Hemming writes “Patience, Patience my friend.” Guido is on tenterhooks, what can he do to assist the Brummie Love Machine, Proto-Geek and Political Theorist?
No relation, but we did both drink in the French. Epic obit.
Betfair’s rules state “The market will be settled based on the first official announcement of the next Liberal Democrat Party leader.” Guido called Cowley Street LibDem HQ this morning and asked, “Who is the leader of the Liberal Democrat party?” The press office replied that Menzies Campbell was indeed their leader.
Unless the Bookies claim the LibDems are leaderless, then the punters have a good point. Michael Howard signalled he was stepping down six months in advance, a very different situation, Charlie Kennedy actually stepped down as leader and Ming Campbell took his place. Morally, if the parliamentary authorities accept Ming as LibDem leader how can the bookies not follow suit?
UPDATE: Betfair has suspended the market.
UPDATE: “For the avoidance of doubt, this market will be settled on the first official announcement of the next Liberal Democrat leader as selected in the next Liberal Democrat leadership contest.” Betfair moves the goalposts! Well this is not only unsporting, but leaves them with a potential problem if Ming is crowned and a leadership contest is forgone. This could result in the market being out of play for years…
Ming will be 68 come the election – the LibDems think they can turn this into a strength – did they see the panto Tory Toff outfit he was wearing when he announced he was standing? He will be a joy to caricature. Oaten as leader would potentially bring about Liberal / Tory tactical alliances. Simon Hughes as leader will bring disaffected LibDem voters back to the Tory fold.
As Cameron crunches his cornflakes, he can only laugh at his luck.
Will there be a Flash to save us? Oaten? A slaphead who most mothers would feel uneasy seeing near a playground. Hughes, the darling of the backroom boys and beardie-weirdie, sandal wearers. Or John Hemming MP, a man who probably does believe he is Flash – aaaaah – saviour of the universe.
Hemming is an attention seeking nutcase, who claims to have the support of another MP for his leadership bid and is soliciting the required rank and file nominations. He was the only LibDem MP to not sign Kennedy’s formal nomination papers in May, he says because of his concerns. Hard to say how to describe Hemming, but bonkers does spring to mind. Guido will of course be endorsing him (since he is a reader of this blog) and I urge you all to answer his call for volunteers. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Galloway has never met a dictator he hasn’t liked, so Big Brother will suit him perfectly. No word as to if it’s true he negotiated an exceptionally high fee through his agents, but its supposed to be for a Palestinian charity which fought a legal battle against the Board of Jewish Deputies.
Many will be pleased to see him imprisoned if only temporarily, over at Harry’s Place, the warmongering lefties are uncontrollable, too high-brow to watch Big Brother, but too seething with hatred to miss Galloway making an idiot of himself. The betting on Big Brother is best blogged over at SpecialBets. Guido can’t bring himself to watch.
UPDATE: His £60,000 fee and his share of the premium phoneline votes money is allegedly going to Interpal. A charity which had a high profile legal battle with the Board of Jewish Deputies. Of course if Gorgeous were to in the future, hypothetically, go on a speaking tour for Interpal it would be perfectly proper for him to claim expenses. Just like he did with the Mariam Appeal, War-on-Want, etc. He only does it for charity.
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Tom Harris bemoans the public’s attitude to politicians…
“Mr Oborne echoes the lazy, anti-politics whine we hear so often these days, all based on the absurd notion that politicians were once loved and only fell out of public favour during the expenses scandal. He should take a walk to the Strangers’ Bar. But not to sup with the patrons he seems to despise so much, dearie me, no; he should instead look at the paintings on the corridor outside the bar, which depict the devastating fire which consumed most of the Palace in 1834. And he should reflect on the fact that on that dramatic night, as the Commons went up in flames, a crowd gathered on the South Bank to clap and cheer.”
The thing that Dave needs to work out is which group is more likely to vote Conservative. Mad swivel-eyed loons or mad homosexuals wishing to get married.