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Gordon Wanted to Set an Etonian to Fight an Etonian

On Sunday the Mail reported that Gordon Brown was looking for someone to replace the piss-poor, soon to be side-lined Simon Lewis.  Lewis is a former press secretary to the Queen and brother of the Daily Telegraph editor, Will Lewis.  He was recommended for the job as Gordon’s spin-doctor by the friend-of-Mandy power-lobbyist Roland Rudd.  He has not worked out with the Lobby or changed the negative narrative pervading Gordon.

patrick_hennessyGordon is in desperation seeking someone new to be his Alastair Campbell and make up for the loss of Damian McBride.  He is having difficulty finding takers and has been rebuffed thrice by people he has offered the job – including once the MoS reported by the political editor of a newspaper. It turns out that the political editor was not Damian McBride’s mate Kevin Maguire – Ephraim Hardcastle in the Mail reports* that Gordon wanted something a bit more classy, and begged Old Etonian Patrick Hennessy of the Sunday Telegraph to take on his fellow Etonians.  Floreat Etona…

*Attribution.  Something Ephraim should learn to do.

Luvvies for the Licence Fee

Stephen Fry and a load of luvvies, unions and interest groups are lobbying to stop the BBC licence fee from being redistributed to non-BBC public service broadcasters.  They want to levy new taxes rather than divert funds away from the bloated BBC to other suppliers.  Calling themselves the Citizens’ Coalition for Public Service Broadcasting they are mostly drawn from the public sector  and unions funded by a grant from the Joseph Rowntree Trust.  It is the usual bunch of media lefties, worried that their BBC gravy train might be derailed.  They are so out of date in their thinking that they still think in terms of  “broadcasting” rather than content provision across all distribution platforms.

The BBC does not have a monopoly on public service broadcasting, the next government would be wise to promote a more diverse public service content provider environment.  The technology of new media lowers the cost of entry to new online broadcasters.  Ofcom even identified some excellent prospectsGuido is almost too modest  to name  worthy emerging public service candidates

UKIP Go After the Tories

referendumWell it didn’t take UKIP long. Nigel Farage says: “We can now see how gutless and dishonest the Conservative Party has been about their intentions on a referendum.”

Not completely fair, but unless Cameron comes up with a formula that satisfies Hannan et al, he is in a bit of trouble…

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Guido understands that we are going to be told the new formula tomorrow afternoon.

Look to Luton for the General Election Trend

luton-outGuido has been saying for some time that this election may well exceed the 1945 election for clearing out incumbent MPs. The number of troughing MPs retiring or being thrown out by electors is going to be huge. As well as the macro-political environment and the visceral anti-political feeling that covers the land and will be celebrated this Thursday 5, November, the nature of the expenses scandal means that local newspaper journalists will find it easy to attack their sitting MPs.

None will find it easier than the Luton & Dunstable Express which has started aGet Moran Out Now campaign in her Luton South constituency.  Expect to see more of this across the land.  Guido will be watching to see if Julie Kirkbride tries to stand again…

Hat-tip : Miranda Richardson

+++ Cameron : Treaty Position Will Be Clarified This Week +++

Cameron References the Jonah Jinx

Yesterday in the chamber Cameron made a jibe that Tony Blair’s campaign to become EU president was going well until the moment the Prime Mentalist backed him, ensuring the “curse of the one eyed son of the manse” doomed Blair’s ambitions.

The more significant evidence of the curse and something that is symbolic of the end of the twentieth century Anglo-American dominance of the world, is the purchase by the Indian Central Bank of  200 tonnes of gold from the IMF.  The Indian Central Bank paid an average of $1040 per ounce, Gordon and Balls sold the Bank of England’s gold at an average of $275 an ounce.  So cack-handed were the gold sales that Brown and Balls gave advance notice to the gold market and the trade is now famously known as “the Brown Bottom”.  It was an act of short-term, self inflicted imprudence that has cost untold billions.

As quantitative easing drives the dollar and pound down in value the cost of that blunder becomes clearer.  India is heading towards becoming the new English speaking superpower and Britain is heading towards becoming a bankrupt state with a devalued currency.   Gordon has jinxed generations to come with government debt…

Wonk Watch : IPPR Gives Staff P45s for Christmas

Guido understands that IPPR, the think-tank that did most of the thinking for New Labour in the beginning, has given half-a-dozen staff redundancy notices terminating their contracts on Christmas Eve.  Guido pointed out that their 21st anniversary party held in June had the feel of a wake about it.  As New Labour dies the accoutrements go with it… ippr

In an attempt to flesh out the story* Guido has been calling the IPPR press office all morning trying to get confirmation.  Unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be anyone there to take the call…

*OK, Guido will admit, he was  just trying to find out if the tired and emotional PR hackette who gave him flack at the IPPR party had been sacked.

“You Can’t Have Politicians Stepping Into the Scientific Arena”

The sacked Professor David Nutt has turned the tables on Alan Johnson.  Johnson keeps repeating angrily that the professor should stay out of politics, the professor is squarely saying that politicians should stay out of the science. Dr. Les King […]

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Rich & Mark’s Monday Morning View

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Cameron Flashback : “I Will Give This Cast-Iron Guarantee”

ConservativeHome’s Tim Montgomerie says the Lisbon Treaty Referendum is off.   Guido has dug out the September 2007 text of Cameron’s famous cast-iron guarantee to Sun readers.

lisbon_yes_noThe final reason we must have a vote is trust. Gordon Brown talks about

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Sir Christopher Kelly Reports on Wednesday, Who Will Win?
646 of Them, or 60 Million of Us?

The spin will be intense, it will be all-party, it will be relentless. They will squeal, they will plead, they will wriggle. In the end who will win?

Comparison

Guido has at times during the last 5 years fought what some […]

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