Knives are Out for Harman

Harriet is protesting that she is loyal and loudly asking “who is briefing against me?” The Brownies of course – that is their stock in trade. A little snippet appears in the FT under Sue Cameron’s byline – though the original author is undoubtedly a Brown henchman.
Harriet Harman (now there’s a woman who knows how to frighten the horses) will be introducing her equalities bill next month. Word is that she has asked her officials to ensure that there are some disabled people in the Commons gallery when the bill is launched, adding: “And it would help if some of them were black.”

That is a perfect example of the kind of poison so often dripped by Damian McBride. Detailed, probably true and obtained by one of his press officer snouts to damage Harman. Expect a lot more of that sort of thing if she keeps make leadership signals.

eRating Public Services

The government plans to establish online feedback to rate public services – GPs, police, childcare and councils. It will, they spin, be like for the public sector. The Tories say it is just a gimmick. Guido thinks it has potential. is a similar concept.

Notice however they have left MPs off the list of public servants who will be getting feedback…

PMQs : The Boys are Back

+++ Twitter Ye Not: Draper Suspended for Abuse of Service +++

Speak of the devil and his bad ways and POW!! the Twitter sysops suspend his account (see for breaches of the of the terms of service:
  • aggressive following (a large number of people are followed in a short amount of time)
  • extremely imbalanced follower / following ratio
You see Derek, Guido did try to tell you

The Case against Twitter

UPDATE 2011: After reading below from March 2009, readers will want to read the article Tweeter Culpa published on May 6, 2010.  A mere year later.

Guido has a Twitter account, it was set-up before Twitter cut the free broadcast-to-SMS-text service. It was, and still is, a headline feed for the blog. The idea that it is some kind of revolutionary form of social media interaction is laughable. Below is the case against political Twittery:

Exhibit A:Derek Draper claims to be the most followed political Twitterer.

Iain Dale positively relishes keeping us up to date with his movements – why anyone besides Mrs Fawkes would be interested in knowing that Guido was stuffing porridge into a recalcitrant 2 year old at 7.30 a.m. or Guinness into himself at 7.30 p.m. is bewildering.
Rachel Sylvester in The Times this morning quotes a psychologist (a real one, not Derek Draper) who hits the send button on the head;

Exhibit B: Twitter is reality TV without the pictures. There is a combination of neurosis and narcissism involved. The psychologist Oliver James has said: “Twittering stems from a lack of identity. It’s a constant update of who you are, what you are, where you are. Nobody would Twitter if they had a strong sense of identity.”

Not sure if sense of identity is the right attribute, it is more a case of self-worth stemming from attention. That people care to know what the Twitterer is doing enhances their own sense of self worth. Draper feels validated and boasts (on Twitter of course) that he has more “followers” than his rivals. He has spent a lot of time canvassing thousands of Twitterers of other political commentators to build his following. Desperate. The desperation is shown by a key ratio, your followers to following ratio – your Twitter F2F ratio.

Exhibit C: Twitter F2F ratios

John Prescott 1,410 Followers, 29 Following 48.62

Iain Dale 2,499 Followers, 152 Following16.44

Tom Watson 2,518 Followers, 909 Following2.77

Alastair Campbell 2,567 Followers, 2,088 Following1.23

Derek Draper 2,918 Followers, 2,836 Following 1.02

Look at those ratios, Prescott and Dale have healthy ratios, with a genuinely won following. Even so, following 152 other Twitterers is toppy for even always-connected Dale. Does Tom Watson really engage with 909 followers? Alastair Campbell and Derek Draper are obviously totally inauthentic spinners, they have merely followed thousands of people by deliberately Twitter-spamming Dale and Guido’s Twitter followers. Automatic reciprocation grew their following completely synthetically – the incredibly low ratio is the giveaway. Prescott hasn’t used artifice, his followers are genuinely interested because he is the real deal.Rachel Sylvester concluded that “At Westminster, [Twitter] is a symbol of a wider loss of confidence by the political class.” She has a point. Twitter is not a substitute for really engaging with people and winning them over. Political Twittering is merely a displacement activity for doing something more meaningful.

Prize Winner

Guido is inclined to belatedly give the prize for last week’s caption competition to Apricot Fox who (a) managed to grasp the contest rules (b) come up with a credible potential thought for the Head of Protocol greeting Gordon on the Brown carpet with his trousers tucked in his sock.

Bemuses Guido that so many when asked to describe what she is thinking, put words in the Prime Mentalist’s mouth. You losers.

“Gee, you are a great Cyclops…I mean, CYCLIST!”

If Apricot Fox emails Guido her address he’ll get round to mailing her A History of Political Trials: From Charles I to Saddam Hussein and a copy of The Big Red Book of New Labour Sleaze. Congratulations.*

*Congratulations also to Hugo Rifkind for getting an advice column out of the picture.

Murphy’s Tax Law

Richard Murphy, the proselytiser for taxation given so much credit as an “expert” by taxaholic hacks at the Guardian as the leading authority, has just made a startling admission on Sky News. He said it is worrying for everyone left behind that more corporations are leaving Britain fearing higher taxes – for which he campaigns – because the tax burden will fall harder on fewer taxpayers. That is what happens when looters try to fleece the productive too much.

Union Boss "Wins" With 5.4% of the Vote

Unite, the union which effectively controls the purse strings of the Labour Party, had an election for leader and nobody bothered. 85% of voters were in the none-of-the-above category.

With only 15% bothering to vote, only 60,048 (5.4%) out of a claimed membership of 1,096,51 voted to keep Derek Simpson in the bling style to which he is accustomed. Not exactly a resounding endorsement.

Rich & Mark’s Monday Morning View



+++ Police Follow Custard Trail, Leila Deen Arrested +++



Marr Book to Be Pulped

From the Bookseller yesterday

Macmillan Recalls Andrew Marr book

06.03.09 Katie Coyne

Pan Macmillan has issued an “urgent” stock recall notice on Andrew Marr’s A History of Modern Britain for legal reasons. Pan Macmillan md, Anthony Forbes Watson, refused to



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