Gordon Says "You Decide", He’ll Ignore

Gordon Brown launched his website with a promise of a new kind of politics, humble and listening. All of this was a mere three weeks ago.

“You Decide” what his website will discuss. New politics! Open! Listening! Interactivity! Digital not Analogue! Yeah Groovy! This week thousands voted to discuss “The NHS”. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and finally today Friday – Guido checked for the discussion.

Nothing but tumbleweed blew across the site.

Even checked out Oona’s blog on the site “following Gordon around the country listening to the people”. Nothing there either, she last mentioned the NHS on May 12.

Guido called up the campaign press office:

Guido Fawkes “Where is the discussion this week about the NHS?”
Press Officer “Errr, errm, I only deal with the website”
GF “Yes, this is a question about the website”
PO “Can I get Tony McElroy to call you back”
GF “Thanks”

If they start a “You Decide” discussion this weekend it would still be this week, technically…

Friday Caption Contest (Simple Reds Edition)

UPDATE : “Holding back the Blears” tickled Guido..

What the People Really Want to Know

The Guidoisation of democracy continues apace: this is an interesting nugget of research into what people are actually searching to find out about our political leaders.

Gordon Brown and his plans for tax credits? Cameron’s carbon capping agenda? Not a chance. They really want to know about what Guido gives ‘em. What people are searching to find out about Gordon is particularly interesting. “The Legend” is now a mainstream subject of discourse down the pub. Not just down the Red Lion on Whitehall, but in Glasgow boozers, City bars, Home Counties village pubs as well, they speculate and they wonder. Then they go home and Google…

The top search terms reveal the public is keen to find out about subjects very different to those selected by the mainstream media. Paxman, Sir Michael White et al sneer that, for example, Guido prioritises distributing video evidence of Gordon’s propensity to pick his nose, but given the popularity of that over interest in Gordon’s plans for constitutional reform, who is more in touch with the popular pulse? According to industry data, blogs are now more widely read than than online newspapers. Think about what that implies.
IncidentallyGordon the Bogeyman is being re-edited to be made suitable for mobile phones as a commercially sponsored free download soon. People will download it on to their phones, and show it to their mates down the pub for a laugh. Guido confidently predicts it will be one of the all time most downloaded mobile videos in the UK.

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Workers Soviet Council Formed at CCHQ

Nominations for officers of the CCHQ Staff Association close on Friday. The inaugral meeting will be on June 1st.
Soviet-style it will be a party approved union, organising picnics and such-like. Millbank Militant demands at the AGM are expected to include the provision of moisturiser in the men’s loos. Suspect the CCHQ-SA will not be affiliating to the TUC…

Who are Ruth Turner’s Solicitors?

Just chasing up something, having difficulty finding out the name of the firm representing poor Ruth. Do any of you many loafing lawyers happen to know?

LibDems Call for End to Anti-Catholic Bigotry

LibDem equality spokesperson, Lorely Burt, is today calling for an end to discrimination against Catholics. She therefore rises in my estimation considerably (am pretty certain she also put her card behind the bar one night after an event Guido attended, it is all a bit vague).

“Before he steps down, Tony Blair should consider removing this institutional discrimination. After all, if reports are to believed, he may have a rather more personal interest in Catholic affairs when he leaves No. 10; he should act whilst he still has the chance.” Hmm.

Remember, remember…

Seriously Incompetent?

Iain is being a little unfair on the blessed Ruth citing her as potentially Labour’s Most Incompetent Minister.
Firstly Mrs Balls (Yvette Cooper) deserves most of the opprobrium for the HIPs mess and there is a competitive field of choices in the ministerial incompetence stakes. Prezza has messed up more policies in his time than most. Hewitt is hardly the best of the bunch, Des Browne sends men to die for lack of equipment and lack of any comprehensible strategic or even credible tactical plan in Afghanistan.

Des Browne gets Guido’s vote, his incompetence is the most serious. It is wasting the lives of British soldiers…

Harman 7/1? Worth a Punt

Betfair has finally opened up a market on who will be the Labour number two – smart move guys, but the trading would have been more choppy earlier. Alan Johnson is favourite, Hilary Benn is behind him 5/2 and Harman

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Grammar School Row Down to Cack-Handed Willets

As far as Guido can tell this whole “new” grammar school policy row is bogus. The policy hasn’t changed since a speech on education Dave delivered a year ago. What is new is Willetts – he’s simply not up to

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Friday Caption Contest (Washington, Late Edition)

Yes it isn’t Friday (when this was supposed to go up to coincide with Tony’s visit to Dubya*). There were, errm, technical problems.

What should have been on the placards?

*Incidentally, wasn’t that Ruth Turner chatting animatedly to the POTUS

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