Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Poll : 2% Think MPs Honest About Expenses

A PoliticsHome poll finds that:

  • 2% of respondents believe “virtually all MPs are honest about claiming expenses”.
  • 86% of respondents think MP’s expense arrangements are “too generous”.

As many as 2%?  Surely that is within the margin of error?

+++ Gordon in New York: Hannan Attack Front Page Drudge ++++++ It’s Global Most Viewed YouTube Video Today +++

Gordon is in New York and Drudge has for his front page headlines from Guido. With a little help from the co-conspirators…

+++ Gilt Auction Fails +++

The UK Gilt auction failed this morning.

So another Labour government’s funding crisis begins…

Deputy PMQs

Le Totty Watch : Meet Sarkozy’s New Minister

Sarkozy certainly knows how to pick his women. Caribbean-born Christine Kelly, 39, is is to become minister for overseas territories.

The Mail quotes a source as saying “Mr Sarkozy is hugely impressed that she is not only attractive, but in touch with the modern world… Christine has a huge fan base thanks to her regular appearances in the media, and will be a massive asset.”

She certainly has great assets.

Queen and King

Queen & King A governor of the Bank of England has never had an audience with the Queen before.  King had just told a stunned Westminster that there is no more money for another fiscal splurge.  Perhaps Her Majesty is worried that the currency adorned by her face is being recklessly devalued.  If she next calls in the generals for an audience our unelected, unmandated Prime Minister should really get worried…

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Hannan Tells Gordon He Is “Pathologically Incapable”

grinningSome great home truths were served up by Dan Hannan in reply to Brown’s address to the European Parliament.  All the time Gordon just squirmed in his seat pretending not to be bothered.  Gordon was reduced to grinning like a monkey at a zoo caught playing with himself.   Worth listening to Hannan lash Brown time and time again.

UPDATE : The BBC’s Mark Mardell is loathed by Brussels Euro-sceptics, sometimes a little unfairly, but his report of the address fails to mention the replies, merely quoting the leader of the Socialist grouping calling Brown’s speech “brilliant” and “courageous”.  No mention of the British reply speeches fom UKIP’s Nigel Farage or Dan Hannan for the Tories. The comments on his blog take him to task for his omission.

+++ In Transit +++

Stay calm and amuse yourselves.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Trichet Says “No More Stimulus”

trichetIn an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Jean-Claude Trichet says that instead of Gordon pushing new measures at the G20, governments around the world should move faster on what they’ve already announced. The president of the ECB said Europe doesn’t need to boost spending more to combat the global financial crisis, effectively backing the Tory position that we need time for the monetary stimulus to work and for the already announced measures to be enacted.

Hyperactivity by the government on the announcements front is not being matched by the delivery of policy goals.

Dangerous Liaison

Nigel Griffiths is all over the place, from claiming at first the Screws of the World had fabricated the whole story to now implying via the “close friends” off-the-record briefing ruse, that it was a forgotten in a drunken haze one-off fling.  Perhaps that explains the photos – they were his aide memoire.

If it turns out not to be true that it was just a fling and the liaison was  a more long term  affair, he will have done himself no favours by not now coming clean and will be risking a second round of revelations.  Bonking in the office may well cost him his office at the election.


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