Wednesday, June 11, 2008

CCHQ Conspiracy or Cock-Up?

A few weeks ago Guido noticed that he was not receiving any press releases from CCHQ. Guido emailed asking if he was persona non grata. No reply. Oh well. Carry on as normal, it won’t matter much if Guido doesn’t know Peter Ainsworth’s latest green thoughts or Andrew Mitchell’s travel arrangements. That was until Guido missed an official comment from Dave on the MEPs, so Guido called the Tory press office, was assured that there had been some changes to the distribution list and keeping Guido in the dark was an error that would be rectified. Another phone call emphasised that it was now fixed.

No press releases followed. Weeks go by. Is it a conspiracy of silence, has Caroline Spelman exacted revenge? Is it a competence issue? This kind of thing never happens to Iain Dale…

UPDATE : Tim Montgomerie of ConservativeHome says he has been cut out as well. We’re not talking about the guff sent to supporters, we’re talking about the media releases. If it is deliberate, it is pretty short-sighted.

Diary Change

On the Indy’s Pandora column Olly Duff is moving to the news desk. So he clearly didn’t disgrace himself too much in the eyes of Roger Alton at the leaving moving party for Simon Kelner. The gossip column will be left in the hands of Henry Deedes. Floreat Etona!

Over at The Times Hugo Rifkind is moving to features and apparently there may be no successor gossip column in the newspaper (although there seems to be one today, by-lined Adam Sherwin with a familiar story about Nadine employing her daughter). The editor obviously aims to boost sales by making the paper even less entertaining.

Katy-Taylor Richards is no longer a gossip columnist and is now a serious lobby journalist she tells Guido. Which is very confusing, because she writes for the Daily Express.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Ruth Turner Fundraising for Blair Again

Actually, she is doing it for charidee – the Tony Blair Sports Foundation. At ease Commander Yates…

Who Could Succeed Spelman?

If Caroline Spelman does lose her job – noticeably Dave has not come out and given her fulsome support yet – who will succeed her as Tory Chairman? Speculation is rising.

The job is not what it was in the glory days of Parkinson and Tebbit. Ashcroft’s team does process and the nitty gritty of the campaign machine in marginals, Osborne is charge of general election strategy. Betting is on Eric Pickles or Chris Grayling. Both popular with the activists, Pickles is adored and is basking in the post by-election glory. Grayling is fantastically good at taking the fight to Labour. He isn’t afraid of Paxman and comes over well on the news shows. Spelman on the other hand has only registered with the public now and for the wrong reasons…

Why do Political Insiders Say All Parties Fear Sleaze Charges? Because They Are All At It

According to the latest PoliticsHome “Insider Panel” two thirds think all parties have something to fear from Euro-sleaze allegations. The insiders know what Guido has always said is true – they are all at it. Taxpayer’s money is being spent on ensuring parasite politicians can employ their spouses, lovers and offspring at the public’s expense. They gentrify their gardens, clean their windows, buy their wives cars, finance trips to their children’s foreign weddings, carry out household repairs, buy themselves plasma TVs and Aga stoves at our expense. When not eating in taxpayer subsidised restaurants they charge their groceries to the taxpayer. Prescott literally gorged himself until he puked, then claimed for the food on expenses – and we paid his residential cleaning bill. Many MPs approaching retirement have gained themselves property portfolios built at the taxpayer’s expense. The politicians who deny themselves personal pork are few and far between.

This culture of pork was one of the motivating reasons for Guido setting up this blog. The silence from the political class on this issue is because they really are almost all at it. Millionaires like Clegg and Cameron claim subsidies for their mortgages equivalent to more than most people in this country earn. Even Gordon Brown, who has two gratis homes – Downing Street and Chequers – claims for a London flat and his constituency home.

The Spelman saga encapsulates the problem – ignore the excuses about hard pressed mothers – take her at her word. That a politically savvy high flier thought it even remotely possible and ethical that she could pay her nanny at the taxpayers expense is indicative of the culture. Her and her husband could well afford to pay it themselves, millions of us do. No one in the private sector would dream of asking their employer to pay their childcare costs, we pay our own bills out of post tax income and our taxes go to pay their personal expenses tax free. The sheer arrogance of these pigs is breathtaking.

Monday, June 9, 2008

+++ Den Dover Euro Cash Laundered Into Tory Coffers +++

According to the Electoral Commission records, Den Dover’s “service provider” company MP Holdings gave £1,200 to the North West Tories and printing worth £1,701 to the Chorley branch in 2004. Dover has personally given the party £57,000 since 2001.

Incidentally, Guido has been busy gathering evidence of LibDem and Labour MEPs using European Parliament expense funds in a systematic way to fund their party machines. So don’t expect to hear much complaining about this from them…

Blue-on-Blue or Red Dragons?

Post-lunch Guido peruses Nadine’s blog to discover a picture of her comely researcher, one Jenny Dorries, and Nadine has this to say:
If Michael Crick or any other journalist would like to check it out she is working from my staff office, just be our guest. Is there a better communication tool than a blog?

No of course not, so Guido calls Nadine’s office; “Is Jenny there?” “No she has just popped out” comes the reply. Guido leaves his number for her to call back. Seconds pass… ring, ring. A lioness roars down the line in tones that remind Guido of Mrs Fawkes. Nadine is not impressed. Guido protests that she did invite calls. She also complains about the blog’s coverage of Caroline Spelman. Guido points out she never called about Guido’s coverage of Beckett’s pergola or Follet’s window cleaning at our expense. We agree to differ.

Elsewhere on her blog Nadine laments

“The frenzied attack against Conservative MPs and MEPs, orchestrated by and emanating from the left wing BBC and press has equalled that of an animal in its death throes. The more terminal the position looks for Labour, the more desperate the BBC and left wing press become. The incoming Conservative government has many big dragons to slay, the BBC has to be the biggest.”

Yes, Guido and those horrible left-wingers at Open Europe must be desperately trying to prop up the Labour Party. Guido wonders aloud to Nadine whether, just maybe, Spelman’s troubles might come from another direction, after all, the Whip’s office knew of her misdemeanor, perhaps others in CCHQ knew as well? Some of those Tory MEPs she was threatening have been around a while, they are not entirely without friends – people do gossip – black books are kept. Maybe they also knew Michael Crick’s phone number? Isn’t it more likely to be Blue-on-Blue shooting than originating from the BBC’s red dragons? Nadine went quiet for a moment… briefly.

There Will Be Blue Blood On the Floor

Guido has bad news for Tory MEPs caught fiddling their expenses, he is reliably informed that Cameron is inclined to take a tough line on them – including sacking as official candidates – a move that will be hugely popular with grassroots Tories.

Such is the strength of feeling in the Conservative Party that outraged Tory councillors and activists in Giles Chichester’s own constituency plan to go public with their disgust if he goes unpunished. There is unlikely to be much mercy shown to troughing MEPs from Tory MPs in Westminster who resent the luxurious gravy train of their continental counterparts. In CCHQ Andy Coulson “wants a bloodbath” in Brussels…

Image courtesy of The Lakelander

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Rich & Mark’s Monday Morning View

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Sunday Sleaze Round-Up

Due to the quantity of political sleaze being reported Guido has introduced a simple Pigs in Shit rating system for guidance on the misdemeanors of porcine politicians (guide here).

Tory MEP Sir Robert Atkins Flew to Son’s Wedding on EU Expenses
His wife, Dulcie, is employed as a secretary and his son, James, worked for him in Brussels until 2004.

Ed Balls & Yvette Cooper
This morning on Sky Adam Boulton asked Ed Balls about the double claiming for mortgages by him and his wife, “it’s complicated” was the reply. Tell us Ed, where is your primary residence really Ed? (He is a reader of this blog).


Boris uncovers Ken’s Wasted Millions


Has Guido missed any sleaze? Answers in the comments please – will update above.

Seen Elsewhere

‘Queers for Palestine’ | Milo Yiannopoulos
Tories Attack Labour on Tax | Mark Wallace
UKIP No Flash In Pan | Matthew Goodwin
12 Signs It’s Time to Get Out of Gaza | Slate
Mars Lawyers Slam Plain Packaging | CityAM
HealthCare.gov Construction Cost $840 Million | Wall Street Journal
Why Do Feminists Oppose Stay-at-Home Mothers? | Laura Perrins
Chris Cook’s “Excellent Journalism” | Iain Dale
The Deficit Hasn’t Gone Away | Tim Montgomerie
Doctors Against Burnham | Mail
Privatisation is Good for the NHS | John McTernan


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Knifed former civil service chief Bob Kerslake on his recent troubles:

“Many thks for kind wishes following back opn. Incision measured 16cm. A pretty big knife in the back! Photos on request.”



TJ says:

And i’ve noticed that 100% of Guido Fawkes staff are men. Looks like Guido has a woman problem. Or is it an hypocrisy problem?


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