City Boycotting the Lefties at the Pink ‘Un

FT-CCCP-thumbnailThe Financial Times has just announced a year-on-year circulation fall of more than 14% in the UK.   The paper now sells more copies overseas than in the UK – which may explain its fanatically europhile stance. Whereas the core UK readership is from the eurosceptic City and business community, the overseas readership is euo-establishment.  Increasingly commuters to the Square Mile are turning to City AM if they are casual consumers of financial news or, if they are need-to-know types, the revamped and strengthened Wall Street Journal.

Allister Heath, the editor of City AM, is a free-marketeer and the paper reflects the values of the readership which toils in the capitalist heart of the economy. The paper is prospering.

Two refugees from the Labourgraph, Patience Wheatcroft and Iain Martin,* have been drafted into the Wall Street Journal in London to strengthen the European edition. They don’t insult their readers, decry their investment banking and hedge fund employers or call for socialist solutions to our economic problems. Murdoch has consequently propelled the WSJ into becoming what is now the single biggest selling newspaper in America and also the only growing newspaper in America. As the FT’s circulation shrinks further perhaps it will decide not to support the Labour Party for a fifth general election in a row.   Yes, the Pink ‘Un even backed Neil Kinnock to the huge annoyance of the readership.

Guido still reads the excellent FT Alphaville blog, but if he wants to read left-wing prognostications on the economy, he’ll buy Tribune

*Iain Martin has started mocking the lefties at the FT.

PMQs Live Chat : Will They Mention Expenses This Week?

Cautious on Kelly

christopher_kellyThe piggies are squealing now they can see the glint of  Sir Christopher Kelly’s knife coming to cut off their perks.  Sir Stuart Bell, the ridiculous trougher-in-chief, says somewhat disingenuously that “The House would want to look at these resolutions, to debate them… and have the opportunity to amend them.”

This is the problem, pigs don’t normally choose the manner of their  own butchering.  Our porcine political class determines their own fate which is why even when they are caughting cheating the public purse of hundreds of thousands (the Wintertons, Jacqui Smith) nothing happens.

Guido predicts that MPs will fight tooth and nail to keep sinecures for their spouses and children –  for example we pay £40,000 a year for Jacqui Smith’s husband to knock out expense claim forms when not knocking one out on the porn channel.  Sir George Young, the Tory Shadow Leader of the House, who is supposed be leading the charge for the clean up now Alan Duncan is too tainted, at one time employed both his wife and daughter.  The pigs will put up a fearsome fight to keep these perks…

Late Night U-Turn on the TA

Gordon Brown will be spinning at PMQs later today that the reversal of a planned £20 million cut to the Territorial Army training budget is a result of him personally intervening with the Chancellor.  In reality it is more likely he just could not face another onslaught at PMQs on the issue.

Cameron raised the issue during a previous PMQs.  Former Defence Secretary John Reid – no fan of Gordon’s – also raised the issue this week.  Reid was gloating last night about forcing the U-turn by a visibly weakened PM:  “Gordon Brown and Bob Ainsworth have always said that those who are taking the risks and making sacrifices would receive the back-up that they needed and I am delighted that they have confirmed that by their willingness to intervene in this.” Somewhat belatedly.

Stories are circulating that Mandelson has given up on Brown and is mulling his Miliband options…

Downing Street : Biscuitgate Never Happened…

Is Brown Bonkers?Downing Street is now insisting that Gordon never saw the dozen Biscuitgate questions during the Mumsnet livechat.  Being unable to see anything that isn’t in headline size letters, the questions were instead put to him verbally by Mumsnet staff who also typed the answers as well.  They allegedly didn’t want to waste the Prime Mentalist’s time on chocolate finger issues.

On Saturday they said on the Downing Street  website that Gordon isn’t depressed:

Depression

Why the hell shouldn’t he be depressed? Unemployment is nearly 3 million, the public finances are a disaster, the economy is bust and the Labour Party is facing electoral annihilation. He would have to be a madman to be happy.  Next they will be claiming he didn’t say he liked to jump out of bed to the sound of the Artic Monkeys in the mornings…

Feels Good to Slap Nick

Feels Good to Slap nick
Guido managed 44 slaps in 30 seconds, so far he has had 12 million slaps.  More fun than deleting his comments on the blog. 

Go to www.slapnickgriffin.co.uk

+++ Mills Convicted of Taking Bribe From Berlusconi +++

Mills was found guilty by a Milan appeals court of taking a bribe in exchange for lying under oath to protect Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. Mills had appealed a conviction and sentence to serve four years and six months in prison. Mills is appealing…

Tessa Jowell spends a lot of time in the village of Darlingscote where David Mills, her supposedly estranged husband lives.  So she still finds him appealing.

Foreign Secretary Lost in Brazil

Foreign Secretary David Miliband believes that Rio de Janeiro is the capital of Brazil:

milibanana“Unless Europe gets its act together, policymakers in Washington, Delhi, Rio de Janeiro, Moscow and Beijing and elsewhere are going to conclude that Europe is not ready to be the partner they want.”

As every schoolboy knows, Brasilia is the political capital of Brazil and Rio is the thong capital of the world…

+++ Cameron : Time is Coming Close to Announce
What We Will Do if Lisbon is Ratified +++

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Freedom of Speech Includes “Hate Speech”

Hate Criminal
Pauline Howe, 67, wrote a letter to Norwich Council objecting to a local gay pride march. She used the word “sodomites” and objected to “perverted sexual practices”.  A tad old fashioned, something you would perhaps be embarrassed by if […]

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Parker Preaches Openness, Fails to Practise It

Alan Parker is the shadowy CEO of Brunswick.  Brunswick refuses to disclose its clients and the government has backed away from revealing meetings between civil servants and lobbyists like Alan Parker.  Parker has the chutzpah to back a political clean […]

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Guy News : Home Is Where the Expenses Are…

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