What Have Tory MEPs Got to Hide?

“You lie and you spin, you fiddle your expenses and you break your promises…. To describe this disengagement and cynicism as a ‘mood’ is to underestimate both the depth and the intensity of the breakdown in relations between the government and the governed… we need to understand why this political breakdown has happened. A lot of it is to do with behaviour. The behaviour of a minority of individual politicians, in all parties. .”
  1. Sir Robert Atkins
  2. Christopher Beazely
  3. John Bowis
  4. Philip Bushill-Matthews
  5. Martin Callanan
  6. Den Dover
  7. James Elles
  8. Malcolm Harbour
  9. Caroline Jackson
  10. Timothy Kirkhope
  11. John Purvis
  12. Struan Stevenson
  13. Robert Sturdy
Open Europe surveyed 79 British MEPs from all parties as part of their Transparency Initiative. Most did not answer, some 19 did from all parties. This issue is toxic for the above 13 Tory MEPs that did not answer. They will, Guido suspects, come to regret their high handedness. The Tory grassroots is restless about the still unresolved EPP issue and suspects that too many MEPs go native in Brussels once they taste the gravy splashing around the EU-train. They are right…

ConservativeHome is campaigning to make Tory MEPs more accountable, this issue will be used by them to leverage against Europhile nativists. Cameron would do well to order the MEPs to be transparent about their expenses before the breakdown with the grassroots becomes total. Else the suspicion will grow that something shady is going on with these MEPs…

The Labour Left Looms

The lumpen left of the Labour Party reckons the answer to voter disenchantment is to abandon the centre and turn back to the old ways. A fish rots from the head, the weakness of the party leader makes it more likely that this rot will take hold.

Paul Mason, Newsnight’s shop steward, could barely contain his excitement last night reporting the prospect of a battered Brown introducing higher taxes on high earners, windfall corporate taxes and the expected soon to be announced “equality agenda” – in other words leveling down. This will be kamikaze left-wing stuff. Britain is already sliding down the economic competitiveness league, the Irish are welcoming FTSE 100 companies making the taxodus from HMRC’s demands. Gordon will now be weighing up a shift leftwards, to shore up his position within the party, giving some red meat to the activists and pundits like Polly Toynbee. It will be a change of policy direction based entirely on self -preservation.

He could survive the party conference whatever the polls by promising a left-wing lurch…

Poor Quentin, Not One of Us or One of Them

A claret enhanced co-conspirator emails:

I am sure you will be delighted to learn that one of the highlights of the Crewe campaign was seeing Quentin Davies canvassing the streets of Crewe on Tuesday. In his immaculate Saville Row suit he looked both uncomfortable and ridiculous as he banged doors in Oxford Street – an area of Crewe which bears zero resemblance to its London namesake.

I particularly enjoyed drawing my car up beside him and shouting “Labour Toff” – which was met with a bemused grin somewhat akin to that of someone feeling the effects of perhaps 2 bottles of claret at lunch!

Skipping along behind him was little Ben Bradshaw – who with his numerous Labour badges and neat little back-pack bore a remarkable resemblance to some sort of serial trainspotter.

Quentin, it is too late to go back…

Friday Caption Contest (24 Months to Save the Party Edition)

Prick of a Politician

Somebody has made a right prick of Gary Kasparov…

Gordon Can’t Be the Change Voters Want

It was the worst night possible for Gordon. The election was directed by him, it used “tough on toffs” tactics approved by him and dog-whistle issues designed to get out the vote. It failed.

Failed spectacularly – Labour areas did not get out to vote they stayed at home, resulting in a 17% net swing to the Tories. What Guido would describe as the “Maguire Manifesto” was tried out in Crewe. Just as Kevin Maguire talks down to his Mirror readers about “Tory toffs” and tries to divide “them and us” on a class basis, Labour tried to motivate the core vote with an appeal that is just dated. Even if it was as they now claim an attempt to inject humour into the campaign, the time for potent class-based politics is past, most people in the twenty-first century perceive themselves as middle-class. Using the language and imagery of the Beano’s Lord Snooty might appeal to kids, but voters know when they are being patronised. That strategy has now been tested to destruction against Boris and Timpson, it won’t work against Cameron either. So what appeal can Gordon offer voters?

The tipping point is now past, Labour is tired and has run out of ideas and public support. There is nothing they can do in government to turn that around. Taking policies from their opponents won’t work. Gordon is a big part of the problem, he can’t be the face of the change the voters want. The choice facing Labour now is to lose a general election catastrophically under Gordon, or find a more appealing fresher face like Miliband, Purnell or Johnson and lose by a lesser margin. If they lose catastrophically the party could swing to the left after a general election to Cruddas or McDonnell – condemning them to decades of opposition.

The Labour Left is blaming New Labour policies and pushing for a leftward shift. The younger heirs to Blair know this, they may not want to take the helm now, however if they don’t, the Labour Party might be finished off by the left-wing. Gordon is on course to destroy New Labour as an electoral force…

UPDATE : Luke Akehurst points out that if Labour lose badly, never mind catastrophically, Cruddas and McDonnell will almost certainly lose their seats. How amusing.

The Moment Gordon Cursed Met John Terry

This just in. Gordon met Chelsea’s penalty kick missing John Terry (pictured here) only a few weeks ago at Cystic Fibrosis charity event.

Doomed, doomed…

Last Night and the Jonah Brown Effect

As Guido noted yesterday, Gordon carefully wished both teams well the PMS insisted the PM was a “neutral”. He did however (as many pointed out) receive a recent visit to No. 10 from Chelsea boss Avram Grant. He is also sympathetic to Manchester’s Labour supporting multi-millionaire boss, Alex Ferguson. Is it any surprise in these circumstances that it was a draw after extra time? The Jonah effect was vectoring both ways, on balance the negative ju-ju was clearly weighing more heavily on Avram than Fergie…

UPDATE : When Gordon was asked about his meeting with Avram Grant he told the Lobby

“We had a very interesting discussion about who was going to win the Premier league and how the change in management at Chelsea was going to make a difference, and we speculated about the performance of all the different teams over the next few months.”

Doomed after discussing strategy with Gordon…

UPDATE II : Guido’s broker has just called to tell him that GOOG stock is down $31 since Gordon spoke at the Google Zeitgeist conference on Monday. Knew it was a short

+++ ONS : Public Net Debt 43.1% +++

The Office of National Statistics makes it official: 40% Golden Rule smashed by Northern Rock being included as government debt… don’t even think about Network Rail or the unfunded public sector pensions deficit…

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Tonight’s Football

Guido was looking to see who Brown had backed so as to bet on the other team. It appears he cursed wished them both. Guido fears a terrorist outrage…

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Don’t Shout at the Telly :LiveChat PMQs Watching the Daily Politics

Be here from 11.55 for fun and to throw rotten tomatoes…

Watch Daily Politics online here.

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Guido Now Available Offline on Amazon’s Kindle

As part of Guido’s continuing contribution to saving the trees from slaughter and making himself ubiquitous this blog is now available offline to subscribers via Amazon’s Kindle reader.

Everybody is Twittering nowadays, rolling news keeps on rolling frenetically and

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