Stephen Glover in the Indy mentions the troubles the Torygraph has being so in-the-bed with the Conservative Party. Tory leader Michael Howard’s ex-spin doctor, Guy Black, handles corporate affairs for the Telegraph Group, but has taken to interfering in editorial affairs, according to Glover
Mr Black recently issued an instruction to editorial that Daily Telegraph columnists were not to make too much of the attack by Rebekah Wade on her husband. (Mr Black is a close friend of both parties.)
Which is odd, since they are both Labour supporters…
The Notting Hill crowd reckon this is a battle worth fighting – the Tory MEPs could form the future base of a pan-European Altanticist “New Europe”, free trade and free markets faction. But leaving the large EPP faction would involve the immediate loss of some privileges, perhaps fewer MEP family members on the payroll, maybe Belgian Bob would no longer be in charge of the European Committee on Stationery Control Technology.
Guido reckons the loss of Tory influence in the EPP would be welcome. The Tories always seem to be influenced in one direction – towards the inertia and corrupt ways of their fellow Euro-politicians. The European parliament seems like a vast international student union debating society funded by Europe’s taxpayers. Who knows, the Tories might even gain influence, with the horse-trading and compromises going in their direction for a change.
Labour sleaze : its John Major time all over again. Previous posts.
UPDATE : from a blog reading source“overheard a senior Tory MEP discussing Cameron’s decision to leave the EPP. He said that they will most likely rebel against the plan and tell Cameron there are other, more important fights for him to fight. It was said that it is wrong to appease the Eurosceptic likes of Bill Cash.”
So many MPs have publicly dumped their support for Davis its embarrassing, although entirely in keeping with Tory tradition. One case intrigues Guido: who was the Davis campaign team MP who told Denis MacShane in Brussels when asked why he wasn’t back in Westminster campaigning for Basher, that “there was no point in flogging a dead horse”? (A tale recounted gleefully to Andrew Marr).
Dig for dirt is the message from the Treasury to Old Queen Street. Various Labour sources tell me implausibly that they have “dirt” on Cameron. The nature of it varies, lately its been more sex than drugs, probably because the drugs thing has been lanced, but who cares about girls when he was younger? Even if it were to come out that Cameron was involved in gay sex orgies its doubtful it would make much difference. So long as he has been a good husband and father – and everything suggests he has – they will not be able to break him. But they will try, Labour can do little else. Cameron is the Brownite’s nightmare, he even claims their greatest enemy’s mantle – that he will continue the Blairite project, more choice, more private sector reforms of the welfare state, and something they can’t match – tax reductions.
UPDATE : The Sunday Torygraph has picked up the same vibe from the Treasury - with them getting a strangely worded decline of a Freedom of Information request. The article reports that the “Government’s treatment of the request has fuelled fears in the Cameron camp that officials are digging for dirt in preparation for a Cameron victory.” You bet they are. Never mind, he did actually pass positive vetting. Mind you, so did Guido once…
You’d be amazed at how much preparation goes into these big interviews, on our side and theirs. Obviously, most thought goes into the questions and the answers, but apparently trivial issues like location can take on huge significance. We were determined from the outset to be scrupulously even-handed in our treatment of the two candidates. We made exactly the same offer to both – a 20 minute, as-live, uncut interview either in Newsnight’s studio or at a mutually agreed location.
David Davis wanted somewhere near Westminster – we suggested that favourite Tory hang-out the Carlton Club, and he happily accepted. Some – including Cameron’s camp apparently – felt we’d set up Mr Davis by shooting him surrounded by portraits of Conservative elder statesmen, including an imperious Lady Thatcher. Modernising Mr Cameron wouldn’t have been seen dead in such a setting, but Davis knew what buttons he was pressing.
If Cameron wins by a landslide – and the Davis campaign team are now merely battling to avoid that humiliation – it will signal to the public that the nasty party is history. That should translate into more votes rather than core votes.
News from the David Davis Campaign
How to beat the LibDems
David spoke at a meeting in Winchester this morning – a Liberal Democrat held seat in the battleground county of Hampshire.
He was able to draw on his own experiences in fighting the LibDems to set out how the Conservative Party can tackle the threat they pose in the coming years.
“I know how to beat LibDems. I did it in my own constituency. They boasted they would decapitate me. Instead I trebled my majority”, he said.
That email was sent out from Basher’s bunker yesterday, much to the irritation of a Guido operative armed with a calculator. He points out that Basher originally won the seat in 1997 with a reduced majority of 7,514 over the LibDems (a swing against Davis to the LibDems of 9.5%). Such was his effectiveness as a campaigner against the LibDems that in 2001 his was majority was further slashed to 1,903 (another swing from Davis to the LibDems of 5.4%).
So 2005 was a panic in the face of that trend, Basher plagued CCO for support and resources were poured into the constituency to bolster his campaign. Tory HQ was bullied into mounting a hugely disproportionate effort into what was once a safe Tory seat. It worked, his majority was increased to 5,118, a swing back of 4.2%. But still well down on the majority he inherited originally. How can Basher claim he knows how to beat the Libdems when he has succeeded only in reducing his majority over them?
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Nigel Farage hits the nail on the head:
“This olive oil ban was virgin on the ridiculous.”
Ned Flanders – Clegg
Lisa Simpson – Natalie Bennett
Milhouse – Hilary Benn
Martin Prince – Andy Burnham
Edna Krabappel – Luciana Berger
Crazy Cat Lady – Glenda jackson
Comic book guy – John Prescott
Carl – Chucka
Lenny – Philip Hammond
Willie – Eric joyce
Poochie – Gordon Brown
Reverend Lovejoy – Tony Blair