Innocent Drinks

Last night at the House, on the terrace, a co-conspirator spied John McTernan, drinking with Bridget Prentice. They moved on to the Strangers bar later that night. She is the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice with responsibility for legal services. John was, you will recall, very helpful to Yates of the Yard with his enquires. Clearly they had much to discuss…

Thatcher v Brown : Rallying the Troops

Margaret Thatcher sent a message of support to British troops on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the Liberation of the Falklands. Even though her voice betrays the effects of a stroke, her words still carry conviction. “Fortune does, in the end, favour the brave. And it is Britain’s good fortune that none are braver than our armed forces.”

Brown went to Baghdad last week and told the troops they were getting a below inflation 2% pay rise. Not inspiring.

BBC audio here.

See You Next Tuesday : Sleazy Levy’s £6,000 Leaving Party

Next Tuesday the Foreign Office will be hosting a party for the twice arrested, out-on-bail, under investigation for corruption, Sleazemaster General himself – Lord Levy. The SNP’s tenacious Mike Weir got Geoff Hoon to admit that the party is being paid for by the taxpayer – “the estimated cost is £6,000, which will be met by the Foreign Secretary’s entertainment budget.”

The LibDem’s Lord Oakeshott asks: “Why should the taxpayer put his card behind the bar for Lord Levy’s leaving party?” Guido would be happy to see the taxpayer pick-up the tab for levy’s food and drinkporridge and prison tea…

Do You Know Now?

Just in from the Court:

A Metropolitan police security officer, Chris Ham, 21, told the high court in London today that Mr Jones, the MP for Clwyd South for 20 years, swore at him after he “politely” asked to see his pass at Portcullis House in Westminster. Mr Ham, who said he had never seen Mr Jones before the incident, described the outburst as having left him “shocked and flustered”.

Giving evidence on behalf of Mail on Sunday publisher Associated Newspapers, Mr Ham said: “His immediate response was to tell me to fuck off and that he was a member of parliament. I again asked politely, persisted. His second response was ‘Fuck off, you should know who I am, you don’t have the right to question me, you are only security.'”


Who is fucked now?

Self-Important-Shit-of-an-MP Sues

Martyn Jones is widely regarded in the Palace of Westminster, by the few people who actually know who he is, as a bit of a self-important prat in a building full of self-important prats. He is suing the Mail on Sunday’s Simon Walters for libel on the grounds that an article exaggerated an incident in a report with the headline “Labour MP in foul-mouthed outburst”.

Before entering parliament Martyn Jones worked in a brewery and in a 20-year backbench career since he has hardly risen to the heights of recognition. Yet when a Portcullis House security guard asked him to show his ID card he went into a full blown “do-you-know-who-I-am” routine and told the guard, who was only doing his job, that “I don’t give a shit what you are. You should know who members of Parliament are.”

Giving evidence in court Jones claimed that only about 10% of MPs wore their passes and it was better for security to identify MPs by their faces. Is that true, do only 60 or so MPs wear their passes? How is it better for security not to wear a pass?

UPDATE : On a scale of 0 -100%, the Public Whip rates his opposition to ID cards at 0%.

Osborne : "We’ll Cut Taxes – Maybe"

Sometimes Guido wonders what the point of the Tories is nowadays, if they won’t even promise to reduce the tax burden in government, what use are they?

Osborne today will promise the British Chambers of Commerce a tax reduction in “a new pact with Britain’s small businesses” and a “radical package of tax simplification”. This will be done in a “fiscally neutral way”. That means the overall tax burden will remain unchanged. So it is not really a tax cut, more a shifting of taxes about. Did he learn nothing in Dublin?

On the Hustings

A co-conspirator writes

On Sunday in Oxford Gordon referred to ‘party reforms’ to make Labour a 21st Century party. The few proposals he listed were all pretty dull.

I also managed to catch two party officials ‘helping a questioner’ with the question they had submitted for gordon to ask. She turned out to be a young NEC member, and when it got around to her she asked about making anti retroviral drugs more widely available to HIV/aids sufferers in Africa.

They were cagey when I pointed out I had seen them talking to her, going over the written question and they seeing her write another question on the back of the paper.

It really does beggar belief, he can’t lose because there are no votes, yet the Stalinist still rigs the questions to make himself look good. There are grim days coming..

Cameron iSpanks Gordon

Gordon once implausibly claimed, in an effort to look as hip as young Cameron, that he woke up to the sound of the Artic Monkeys on his iPod. It was later conceded that the claim was ridiculous spin which he blamed on his image advisers. How will Gordon cope in iPod-street-credibility terms with the news that the last album Dave bought was by the Seattle-based indie band Modest Mouse?

Which Modest Mouse album Dave bought is not known. Guido suspects it was Baron Von Bullshit.

Rich & Mark’s Monday Morning View

Terror Spin : Blair Apologises to Cameron

[…]

Voters Dislike All Six Deputy CandidatesDislike Blears the Most

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Mike Smithson over at PoliticalBetting.Com pulls out some recognisability data from the latest Populus poll. Less than 1 in 5 people can identify the most recognisable candidate, Harriet Harman. 1 in 10 people can identify Hazel

[…]

How to Get Ahead in Cowley Street

Since the departure of the Kennedy regime in January 2006, the LibDems have been very keen to abide by fair and scrupulous application processes in order to widen the net of talent that is employed at their Westminster HQ.
Ed

[…]

Civil Liberties Group Condemns Race Speech

No not Big Brother, this is about Gordon Brown. Remember these headlines following Gordon’s speech to the GMB on Monday?

British workers for British jobs Daily Telegraph
Brown pledges ‘British workers for British jobs’ Daily Mail
Get British jobless doing

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