Thursday, June 19, 2008

"The Hitch" Meets Peter Hitchens

The Hitch has just called with news, he has met the object of his homage this morning outside the British Museum.

Having spotted his hero he, of course, asked him for an autograph.

The not-at-all-bonkers Hitchens produced a grubby biro from his pocket, apologised for not having a fountain pen and proceeded to sign, just as he reached the letter “H” the Hitch said “I think I owe you an apology”. He immediately stops and asks “Why?”

As the Hitch recounts

“I’m the one who called himself Peter Hitchens on the Guido blog.” His chin hits his chest, a look of righteous indignation spread across his face followed by the screwing up of the autograph and his saying “In that case you aren’t having my autograph.”

I proffered my apology saying that as soon as I realised not-at-all-bonkers Hitchens had been hurt by my homage, I stopped doing it, this apparently wasn’t enough for the committed Christian. A frank exchange of views was then exchanged. Despite having told him it had all been in good spirit, Hitchens replied “If you really believe that then you are an even bigger aperture than you look”. To which I then retorted with a sub-Wildean flourish “And you are even more of a pompous w****r than I ever imagined, and you have a fat arse, now f*** off!”

The Hitch reports that his not-at-all-bonkers namesake then did just that, affording him a fine view of the Hitchens posterior as he wandered off a broken man. The Hitch is a disappointed, autograph-less man this morning…

See also the infamous blog post Peter Hitchens Stalking The Hitch

Downing Street Lisbon Treaty Referendum Update

As it stands this morning according to the Prime Minister’s own Downing Street website:

21,194 people have voted “No”


18 people have voted “Yes”

Open Government in Practice

The Register tried to interview a senior Civil Servant about another IT related fiasco, a Home Office press officer called soon after to say that “I’m not impressed by that… you [The Register] do not do that, you come through us. If you do you will not get any response [at all to your queries]“.

They asked if it was Home office policy to threaten journalists with excommunication if they try talking to senior civil servants. “No,” she said. “It’s just the way it is.” They really have forgotten who pays their wages…

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Downing Street Offers Lisbon Treaty Referendum Today

If you wanted a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty as promised by Gordon, now via the Downing Street petition site* you can finally vote for or against ratifying the treaty. Who said Downing Street would never give the people a chance to vote on the Lisbon Treaty?
or

Click on the appropriate box to vote on the official Downing Street Website

*Guido might have helped bring this referendum about…

Egotistical, Moi?

His DavidDavisforFreedom.com campaign site has come in for some criticism for being “too white”, and his blog is without a facility for comments. That’s nothing, he is having an election without opponents.

UPDATE : Fraser Nelson has an article in tomorrow’s Spectator which basically says Basher Davis was bored. So this is, as Harriet Harman says, a bit of a “frolic”. Why not just get a young mistress for a bit of excitement?

PMQs : Don’t Just Shout Abuse at the Telly!

MP "Chasing the Dragon" Shocker

An email arrives to the inbox from Andy Reed MP. In it he challenges Guido to “Chase the Dragon” around the back of Portcullis House. Odd, he seems to be a bit of a fitness freak…

Kerron Cross works for him and has a suspiciously louche hippy way about him. Anyway find out more details for yourself about this charity event by emailing him on Andy Reed.

Guido may have got the wrong end of the opium stick…

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

++ Sleaze Watchdog to Investigate Spelman +++

Full scale inquiry into Spelman to go ahead:


CONDUCT OF MRS CAROLINE SPELMAN MP

The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards has been authorised by the Committee on Standards and Privileges to undertake an inquiry into whether Mrs Caroline Spelman MP breached the rules of the House in the arrangements she made for the employment of a secretarial assistant who was also her children’s nanny for a period from 1997.

The Commissioner had a meeting with Mrs Spelman on 9 June to discuss this matter with her. He undertook to consider carefully her request that he undertake an inquiry, despite having received no formal complaint about her conduct and that the events complained of were more than seven years ago. Such an inquiry would be exceptional and would require the agreement of the Committee.

Having carefully considered the matter the Commissioner has recommended to the Committee that exceptionally he should conduct an inquiry. The Committee has accepted that recommendation.

The Commissioner is therefore initiating an inquiry into whether the circumstances of Mrs Spelman’s employment of her secretarial assistant from 1997 breached the rules of the House in force at the time.

Guido can’t really understand how she can possibly be exonerated. Her latest statements seem to be misleading as well…

Change of Address

Basher’s office needs to let go:

From: KRANTZ, Caroline

To: XXXX
Subject: RE: XXXX

Many thanks

Caroline Krantz, Secretary
Office of the Rt Hon David Davis MP
Shadow Home Secretary
House of Commons
Westminster SW1A 0AA

The Case for Elite Politics and Not Listening to the People

Fresh from telling people that if only they were as clever as him they would vote for Ken Livingstone, Steve Richards has a pricelessly revealing piece in The Indy this morning. It reveals a core trait shared with many fellow pundits who are fully paid-up members of the political class – an elitist contempt for democracy.

Richards accepts that a referendum on Europe would be lost in Britain, he blames this rightly on “distant bureaucrats that run the EU, apparently incapable of producing documents that are comprehensible to voters. We cannot hold these officials to account if we do not know what they are doing or supposed to do.” Does he accept this signals that Europe needs to be reformed? No, it means a referendum should not be held.Bizarrely he goes on to argue that politicians “are so in touch with the mood of voters they are fearful of their own convictions… Party lines are already blurred because leaders fear the voters too much. If they became less neurotically attentive, politics would become more interesting and, I suspect, more progressive.” There we have it. In print. If only politicians ignored the voters, the policies he favours could be implemented. If only the voters weren’t in the way…

The arrogance and contempt for the will of the people that Steve Richards shows again is breath taking, he makes no bones about it, he wants a progressive tyranny run by people who think like him. He knows the voters do not want the same, so he thinks politicians should ignore the voters. He laments that this is “unfashionable”, on the contrary, it remains a core belief of many members of the political class in the Westminster Village and in Brussels. Is it any surprise that an anti-politics culture is growing as people and politicians become disengaged?


Seen Elsewhere

Small State Keynesians, Anti-Corporate Hayekians? | Chris Dillow
Ruffley Shows Why We Need a Proper Recall Bill Now | Alex Wickham
How is Miliband’s ‘New Politics’ Working Out? | Speccie
State Should Send More Poor Children Private | Sam Bowman
£1 Million Cost of Ed Balls’ Ego | Laura Perrins
William Hague’s Sausage Fest | Rochdale Online
Public Doesn’t Prioritise Housing | Mark Pack
Mysterious Case of Ruffley’s Missing Letter | Speccie
All the Single Ladies (And Lords) | Bloomberg
How Ruffley’s Resignation Became Inevitable | ConservativeHome
We Need a Recall Bill Now | Speccie


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Damian McBride writes in the epilogue to his memoir…

“At the time of writing, nine months from the election, I’ve concluded that Labour currently has no positive messages to communicate to anyone about why they should vote for the party, no policies which will persuade them, and is being run in a totally dysfunctional way.”



Rob Wilson says:

Without Predujice

Darling

What time will dinner be ready this evening?

Yours

Rob Wilson MP

In the interests of me I am placing a copy of this email in the public domain.


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