Home Secretaries Head to Head

Many were hoping see Grayling skewered on the Daily Politics Home Secretary Debate. His mea culpa moment was well rehearsed and he expressed regret at “causing confusion“. In the quick-fire round all three claimed never to have broken any law other than motoring offences. An unlikely statement.

There was no clear winner on points, but Grayling’s priced moved up 10% on Politics Markets during the debate settling on a 60% chance of him being the next Home Secretary.  Although it wasn’t the most exciting of debates, interestingly Alan Johnson said he could not guarantee that police numbers would not be cut if Labour won. That isn’t what Gordon said in the Leaders Debate…

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Gordon’s Daily Gaffe

Another day and anther Prime Mentalist muddle. In a Radio One interview recorded earlier and set to be broadcast shortly at 12.45 Gordon said while discussing immigration and under-estimating numbers from EU ‘We didn’t get it wrong…there was no misjudgment‘. Moments later he goes on to admit “there has been a problem“.

So which is it Prime Minister?

UPDATE: Gordon is taking quite a pasting from the kids. Expenses aren’t playing too well and his excuse that he was “paying over the minimum wage”  for his cleaner wasn’t bought. He took an angry potshot at Legg for making him pay it back too – “what the guy basically said was I shouldn’t be paying the cleaner a minimum wage.He was seething…

Making Your Mind Up

Guido was pretty sure he signed up to take skirts off, not the other way round.

Vote-Mapping : LibDems Vote Increasingly with the Tories

As the howls of anguish seep out of CCHQ that the LibDems will keep Brown in, Guido begs to differ, there is that risk of course but it is not as great a risk as they claim.  There is also a great prize on offer, Brown can lead the Labour Party over the abyss into electoral oblivion destroying the Labour Party as a party of government.  Statist, redistibutive social democracy has now been tested to the destruction of the nation’s finances.  This election now presents an historic chance to break the Labour Party.

As Tories scream and point to Lib-Lab councils and the bearded sandal wearing activists who want to ban the bomb and legalise dope for purchase in euros, Guido says look at the reality.  Since Charlie Kennedy’s demise the LibDems have been moving quietly to the right on economics, have jettisoned a lot of their loopiest policies and the Tories under Cameron have moved towards the LibDems on civil liberties, the environment and localism.  The parties respective policies are closer now than they have been for over half-a-century.  Cameron is telling the truth when he says that he is a liberal-conservative.  Nick Clegg is a former Cambridge Conservative who is now a Liberal.  They fact is they are both instinctively liberal metropolitan modernisers.

“But they are weirdie beardies” cry the Cameroon girls and boys distastefully in CCHQ.  LibDem activists may be, but the parliamentary party is not and it is the parliamentary party with which they would have to work with in government.  Here is a vote map based on data from MySociety’s Public Whip showing how increasingly over the course of the last three parliaments the LibDems more and more vote with the Tories:

We are possibly entering into an era of multi-party realpolitik.  Clegg isn’t stupid, he won’t want to prop up Gordon Brown, it would infuriate voters and betray his whole change message.  He is going to prefer to do a deal with the other ‘change’ candidate.  If Cameron together with Clegg play it right, they can destroy the Labour Party forever…

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Labour Candidate is BBC Bias Complaints Judge

Ever wondered why your complaint of left-wing bias against the BBC wasn’t upheld?  It could be because you were speaking to one Chris Summers on the phone. Via his Facebook we learn that Mr Summer’s isn’t too keen on his “dull, boring, grey, miserable, crap job – dealing with election complaints!Would this be the same Chris Summers who is the Labour coucil candidate in Ealing?

Elsewhere in on his Facebook page Summers spins for Brown, who he refers to as “the boss” and advocates his friends vote Labour. Such sentiments about a political party from someone with such a  keen interest in his job makes you wonder just how serious his employers are about the balance of their output. At the end of the last month Summers said “Oh, the frustration of working for the BBC! Editorial Guidelines!!! Aaaaaah!!”

Guido would wager he isn’t the only lefty in Broadcasting House to think like that…

Gordon’s Gangsters

The downfall of Steven Purcell, Labour’s disgraced former head of Glasgow council has opened up the lid on the rank corruption at the heart of the Labour Party. Three of their MPs face criminal trials and Purcell is now being investigated by the police for Class A drug use and “other matters”, namely to do with his alleged flogging of council contracts to his criminal mates. The Scottish coppers have started interviewing his Labour colleagues over their business deals and drugs links. Further to that the candidate selected to replace Jim Devine has been reported to the police by his own council boss for alleged offences under the Public Bodies Corrupt Practices Act. Perhaps they could share a cell.

Despite being repeatedly asked on television and in the House, Gordon is still being cagey about the problems engulfing his old tribe. Ironically it was the SNP’s John Mason, who won the Glasgow East by-election, who asked Gordon his last ever PMQs question. Gordon again claimed he would “investigate” a conference call between Downing Street and Scottish Labour where Mr Purcell’s little problems were discussed and ruled him unsuitable to stand in that very by-election. He said exactly the same two weeks before.

Three times he has dodged answering and given the growing list of Scottish Labour mob connections you can see why he wants to keep his distance. Once would be unfortunate, twice a coincidence, but on top of the trials and police investigations, the Labour Party have been exposed as associated with organised crime in Scotland dozens of times in the last few years. Cagey Jim Murphy even had a well-known mobster pop into his fundraiser for this election. In the Labour heartlands the party is as bent as a nine bob note.

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UK PLC: “Shareholders Would be Asking Serious Questions”

Guido was surprised that a letter from Sir John Rose, CEO of Rolls Royce in this morning’s FT hasn’t got more traction:

“To draw an analogy, if the UK was a business, the shareholders would be asking serious questions. The

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It’s Not Just the Leaders Debating
Hague, Miliband and Davey Next

Given the profound effect ninety minutes of television has had on the fickle electorate, it will be worth keeping an eye on the other debates happening in the run up to polling day.

The Daily Politics have organised almost all […]

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Goodbye Darling

Word reaches Guido that the Darlings have emptied their Number 11 flat. All their bookshelves have been boxed up and are ready to go. They are clearly not planning on coming back to Downing Street again.

You can bet on […]

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