Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Tories Give Bloggers Parity with Big Media

The Tory press office is, quite rightly, treating bloggers at their conference the same as the rest of the media (including charging us £150 for an internet connection and £95 for a power socket). Guido however will be unplugged and wirelessly blogging from his shiny new iPhone-killing, Blackberry-beating, all-singing, all-dancing, sat-naving, “beam me up Scotty” Sony Ericsson Xperia X1* phone, saving himself a couple of hundred quid.

Nice of CCHQ to offer bloggers a dedicated base to work from… the bar works best for Guido…

*Muchos gracias to Sony-Ericsson for the pre-launch model.

Gordon Openly Backs Obama President McCain Here We Come

In a breach of internationally accepted convention, Gordon has openly backed Obama in an article under his byline. The story got picked up last night by Drudge and followed up by the news wires.

The McCain campaign has been in contact with the British Embassy in Washington to “express concern”. William Hague has queried the wisdom of the PM taking sides. Downing Street is desperately back-pedalling, claiming the article was written by a junior underling.

The first meeting Obama had with Gordon resulted in McCain inching ahead in the polls. This is more good news, get your money on McCain. Barring an act of god, the curse of Jonah Brown means Obama is now doomed…

UPDATE : Team McCain are trying to keep a straight face – see the campaign’s piss-takeThe Coveted Gordon Brown Endorsement. Loser backs loser…

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Brand Cameron

Guido believes in the power of advertising and so clearly do the Camerons. Dave had as his primary mission on becoming leader the “decontamination of the Tory brand”. Which he has successfully achieved judging by the polls. Samantha has as her primary mission the flogging of upmarket luxury handbags for the Smythson brand. Sam with the prominent yellow handbag is on the left, flanking Dave on the other side is fellow handbag queen Anya Hindmarch, who if she could, would have put her bag in front of Dave’s face.

The product placement in this photo is from last night’s launch party for Cameron on Cameron: Conversations with Dylan Jones. It is all about the marketing…


UPDATE 20.30 : Mrs Fawkes: “the yellow one looks quite nice” – giving meaningful sideways look.  Sam, if you are reading… will pick it up in Brum.  No questions asked (she means mustard, please).  You look after Guido’s other half…

Totty Watch : Tatler Tory Totty Special

You would, wouldn’t you?* Guido couldn’t help noticing when watching the Democrat and Republican conventions that the Republicans were better groomed and better looking. Forza Italia look like they have just come off the catwalk. Are right-of-centre types universally better looking than their left-of-centre counterparts?

1 – Shaun Bailey, 37, 2 – Mark Clarke, 31, 3 – Joanne Cash, 38, 4 – Annunziata Rees-Mogg, 29, 5 - Peter Lyburn, 24, 6 – Charlotte Leslie, 29, 7 – Jeremy Brier, 27, 8 – Nicola Blackwood, 28, 9 – Helen Whately, 32, 10 – Kulveer Ranger, 33.

*Vote for them – they are all Conservative Prospective Parliamentary Candidates.

Picture via : Evening Standard

Treasury’s Crash

This picture, taken outside HM Treasury, sent in minutes ago by co-conspirator Maria Fort*. A metaphor for the direction HM Treasury is taking us in…

*A co-conspirators T-shirt is in the post Maria.

Eastern Media Elite Revealed

The Class Contradictions of Polly

Polly is whining again about the verbal kicking she gets after almost every column:

…my most constant hate-swipes on Comment is Free and in rightwing political blogs is for being middle class.

Guido frequently questions her judgment, but he has never accused her of being middle-class, for the simple reason she is not. Mary Louisa Toynbee is in fact part of the rarefied metropolitan media elite, she has a comfortable six-figure income and a villa in Italy to go with the London townhouse and house in the country. She is not middle-class by any stretch of the imagination.

Her income is not middle-class, it puts her in the top 1% of earners.

The great grand-daughter of the Earl of Carlisle was privately educated (Badminton), went to Oxford (St Annes) and on to the BBC. A classic metropolitan elite career path. Toynbee is the daughter of the literary critic Philip Toynbee and grand-daughter of the famous historian Arnold J. Toynbee, his uncle was the philanthropist and economic historian Arnold Toynbee after whom Toynbee Hall is named. She was born into three generations of metropolitan elitists.

She is perfectly entitled to point to the toffs on the Tory front-bench, but Guido is not going to let her pretend to be middle-class. She is the enemy of the aspirational middle-classes, the high priestess advocate of taxing them to pay for her social democratic utopia.

N.B. See also this for an example of Polly’s consistency, prescience and judgement over Gordon Brown. This “rightwing blog” must have got under her skin…

Jonah Put His Curse in Writing

Andy Murray was doomed:

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Return to Rationing?

An advertisement is not an endorsement.  However in the case of the British Legion campaign for better treatment for servicemen Guido is happy to give his support.  The treatment of ex-soldiers by this government is disgraceful.  Whitehall bureaucrats have gold-plated index linked pensions, MPs vote themselves phenomenal benefits and pensions to keep them in the manner they are accustomed to when they retire (courtesy of the taxpayer).  These are the people who determine the pensions of ex-servicemen.
An estimated one third of ex-servicemen are in poverty.  Something is very wrong.

Jonah Cursed Murray Live on Sky

As many co-conspirators pointed out yesterday, Andy Murray has spent the last two weeks at Flushing Meadows playing the best tennis he’s ever played. He beat the World’s #1 to get to his first grand slam final against a man he has already beaten. Winning the US Open would make him the first Briton to win a major single title since 1936.
Then Jonah Brown sent him a good luck message live on Sky News.* Andy Murray lost in straight sets…

*Congratulations to all the co-conspirators who immediately called their bookies.

Seen Elsewhere

Why Pollsters Could Be Wrong | John McDermott
Cameron Faces Vote of No Confidence or Rebellion | FT
Cameron Faces Revolt Over ‘Vow’ | Sun
It’s Time to Speak for England | John Redwood
It Was Me Who Taped Howard Flight | John Woodcock
Indy Editor: We Will Stay Afloat | Press Gazette
English Don’t Want Scotland to Stay at Any Price | Dan Hodges
England Must Have Self-Government Too | Mark Wallace
Next Year’s Election Will Be the Dirtiest Ever | Speccie
Chicken Salmond Runs Away From Sun Cabbie | Sun
Scary No Messages Don’t Add Up | Sun


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Gyles Brandreth writes in his memoirs:

“Sunday, May 10, 1998

Early start: appearing on Breakfast With Frost, to be broadcast from 11 Downing Street. The Chancellor [Gordon Brown] is grouchily amiable, but so earnest — and still biting his fingernails to the quick.

After the show, he took us upstairs to his flat. He lives above No 10, while Blair and family are in the No 11 duplex, which is bigger and more like a proper house.

I was intrigued that, when he took us into his bedroom, the Chancellor rather ostentatiously opened the built-in wardrobes, as if he wanted us to see the women’s frocks that were hanging in there.

They looked quite large, but I don’t think they belong to Gordon. I assume they belong to his girlfriend [Sarah Macaulay, who he later married].

I presume he was keen for us to know that he has one — and that she’s not a ‘beard’. I don’t think he does anything without calculation.”



The British media are Hunts says:

Now the SNP know how UKIP voters feel all the time.


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