Ed Miliband, the Cabinet Office minister and frequent attendee of Smith Institute events at 11 Downing Street in the past, now reckons “Charities should be free to participate in appropriate ways in political activities. There are clear benefits to society from allowing charities to do so.”
Guido is in favour of such a change in the law, but the Charity Commission’s Smith Institute investigation should still reach a prompt conclusion. Gordon Brown was the sole beneficiary of a charity which broke the law continuously for five years and acted as a campaign slush fund for him. Nobody is above the law.
The Charity Commission needs to ascertain, in good time, whether or not taxpayers money was diverted to furthering Gordon Brown’s private interests.
CCHQ is nowadays staffed by people who have never won an election and don’t even seem to fight to win the way the usually third placed Cowley Street operators do. CCHQ needs to move to battle-stations rather than the lacking any sense of urgency, business-as-usual default mode.
For every Alan Duncan, Chris Grayling and David Davis there are two Shadow Cabinet slackers. When you remember the mid-90s and compare how New Labour’s leading lights grabbed broadcast airtime like it was oxygen, you have to wonder. Do these people really have the drive to win?
She can strip off various costumes including traditional “French Maid, Schoolgirl, Sexy Nurse, Headmistress, Devil Lady, Catwoman, Jungle Jane, Sexy Secretary, Miss Whiplash, Cowgirl, Miss Santa, Sexy Horseriding lady, Vampiress, Witch, Army Girl, Bunny Girl, Sexy Gypsy Lady etc.”
Fantastic. Her website informs us that she is a talented pole dancer as well. But her talent does not end there, she also talks dirty for £1.50 a minute to phone callers, “Proportional representation, prepare for government, fancy a coalition big boy?” Those are the sort of words that usually bring a smile to LibDem’s faces, Guido suspects that the language is very, very different in this case.
How have her fellow LibDem councillors reacted to the news? Illiberally – they have resigned in disgust.
Hat-tip : LibDemVoice
Now this is what Guido calls a cavalier attitude to the facts:
Thursday July 26, 2007
Corrections and clarificationsA chart showing David Cameron’s personal rating in a Guardian/ICM poll (front page, yesterday) contained several mistakes. It did not include those voters who said they liked both David Cameron and the Conservative party, and muddled some other figures. The correct figures are: likes Cameron, but not the party, 18%; likes Cameron and the party, 25%; doesn’t like Cameron, but does like the party, 26%; don’t know, 26%. Five per cent refused to answer. Voters were not asked if they did not like both Cameron and the party. We did not make clear that the chart showed figures for all voters, not just Conservative voters.
All three seemed to have been issued with white jackets, black T-shirts and necklaces. Is it some ruse to make him look less dour and saturnine? Jacqui Smith looked like the moody one out of the Human League – which suggests maybe it was a fashion clash rather than sartorial spin.
Incidentally did anyone notice yesterday that the speaker called Cameron, Mr Campbell?
It seems their auditors agree with Guido. They only signed off the latest accounts on the basis that the £2.4m was a contingent liability for the party. The LibDems may not be benefiting from the proceeds of crime for much longer…
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Alan Rusbridger opines…
“One thing that Snowden has taught us journalists is that it’s essential to be paranoid.”