Monday, August 11, 2008

Kirsty, Kirsty, Kirsty, Kirsty, Kirsty….

For those of you who missed the Newsnight session where Kirsty walk tried valiantly to get a clear answer out of Caroline Flint over Stamp Duty, here it is again. Don’t expect a straight answer…

Labour Wage-Slave Hypocrisy

Many graduates are desperate to break into politics – sadly this exposes them to exploitation by unscrupulous employers who will take advantage of their desire to get political experience of any kind. Have no fear, Guido learns from the Labour Party party website that
“Labour has announced a new drive to crack down on rogue employers who abuse vulnerable workers… The crack down will be overseen by a new Fair Employment Enforcement Board which will co-ordinate the work… by using a single telephone helpline number for vulnerable workers to report abuses the agencies will be able to better share the vital information necessary to catch rogue employers..

Labour’s Employment Relations Minister Pat McFadden said:

“We want to prevent unscrupulous employers who undercut honest competition and prey on people who are fearful or so desperate to earn a living that they are open to exploitation.”

Guido has just had a quick check of some job advertising and found a number of unscrupulous employers preying on desperately ambitious young workers keen to break into politics:

Work for no pay for Claire Curtis-Thomas MP.
Work for no pay for Fabian Society.
Work for no pay for Labour Party (North Regional Office).
Work for no pay for Diane Abbott MP.
Work for no pay for Barbara Follett MP.
Work for no pay for Andy Slaughter MP.

What is the number on which to report these unscrupulous employers?

UPDATE : MPs get a staffing allowance of £100, 205. Claire Curtis Thomas, don’t forget, is “Britain’s most expensive MP” racking up costs of over £170,000 a year.

The Horror that is FrankenBrown!

Rich & Mark’s Monday Morning View

Sunday, August 10, 2008

How Many Beeboids Does it Take to Watch US TV Coverage?

Reportedly “no fewer than 472 BBC staff were hanging on the telephone 10 days ago to discuss its coverage of the upcoming US party conventions.” Why? Because there is no serious budget control, no profit motive and unlimited access to funds courtesy of a feudal taxation system to the benefit of the broadcasting barons.

Realistically the coverage could be done by the BBC’s existing American correspondents. Every news and current affairs show however wants a jolly and to enjoy the buzzing excitement. Guido was told by one Democratic insider that the BBC had a bigger presence at the U.S. conventions than any other domestic broadcaster – more than ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, Fox or PBS. It was ridiculous he said because none of the main players had the time to waste speaking to viewers who weren’t voters. The best they could hope for would be an answer to a shouted question.

It is a complete waste of money, there is no reason why the BBC could not provide a comprehensive service with one tenth of the 427 people on that conference call. Why does every news and current affairs programme have to send a team over the Atlantic at a cost of millions of pounds of telly taxpayers money? Reform of the bloated BBC should be high on the next government’s agenda.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Gordon : “I’m the Result of a Failed Experiment”

This just in from a cultured co-conspirator in Edinburgh:

Gordon was the guest interviewee at the opening event of the Edinburgh Book festival this morning. Interviewed by author Ian Rankin the PM told the audience that he’d gone to university aged 16 as the result of a school “hot-housing” experiment which had later been dumped. “I’m the result of a failed experiment….” he said.

Before the interview, as the audience waited, they were regaled with an appropriate piece of music, “The Dying Swan” by Tchaikovsky.

Guido still feels no pity.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Edwards Finally Admits Affair that US Press Ignored

John Edwards, the third-placed, left-leaning former Democratic Party presidential candidate, was in the running for the VP slot with Obama, now he is in disgrace. Tonight he will admit in an interview to be broadcast on ABC News that he had an affair with a staffer. Edwards denied the truth until now:
“I’ve been in love with the same woman for 30-plus years,” Edwards added, about his wife Elizabeth, who is suffering from incurable cancer, “and as anybody who’s been around us knows, she’s an extraordinary human being, warm, loving, beautiful, sexy and as good a person as I have ever known. So the story’s just false.”

The most interesting aspect of the matter is the craven attitude of the U.S. press. No major newspaper touched the story for weeks, the National Enquirer was the only national paper to touch the story for a long time and Fox News the only broadcaster to report the truth. Bloggers ran with the story whilst the New York Times and Washington Post remained silent. A shameful conspiracy of silence. Elizabeth Edwards has cancer.

The mistress has a baby, which he still denies fathering, despite photos of him cradling the child being in circulation. Just as well or he might have to return his 2007 Father of the Year Award.

See also Gawker and Hitsville.

UPDATE : He laundered hush money to the mistress from his campaign funds as payments for her producing YouTube videos. A twist we haven’t had before.

+++ Stamp Duty Fiasco : Source – McBride Leaked Sun Story +++

Caroline Flint on Newsnight last night was hilarious – “Kirsty, Kirsty, Kirsty” she kept forlornly shouting on the two-way to studio.

In all fairness she has the worst job in government right now – Housing Minister. It can’t have helped that some moronic briefing to the Sun has brought a stagnant property market to a complete halt – why exchange now when if you wait until September you can save thousands in stamp duty? Which genius clumsily leaked the plan scheduled for September?

Damian McBride has the hotline to the George Pascoe-Watson

Friday Caption Contest (Only Way is Up Edition)

Another Day, Another Downing Street Press Officer

Remember the end to spin that Gordon’s premiership ushered in?

PR Week reports that a new spin merchant chief press officer role has been created at Downing Street.

When appointed, the new chief press officer will report to interim head of news Tom Hoskin. Downing Street is currently seeking candidates… the role ‘involves helping to run the press office day to day and ensuring that we have all we need to carry out the daily lobby briefings’.

However hard you try, you can’t polish a turd…


Seen Elsewhere

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Commons Should Reject Aussie Rules | Telegraph
Galloway Interviewed By Police | Standard
Bribes, Lies and Curry in Tower Hamlets | Standard
Tory MP Breaks Cover on Canberra Crisis | BBC
Labour MP: Wimmin’ Stop Us Bombing ISIS | Speccie
Peace Envoy Arrives on Italian Coast | Mail


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