Thursday, November 8, 2007

Yawn, Gordon Visits a School

Gordon’s fondness for being pictured with and only taking questions from kids has oft been remarked upon. This week he is at it again:
  • Monday – Downing Street media grid photo op – visit a college, pictured with kids.
  • Thursday – Downing Street media grid photo op – visit a school, pictured with kids.
  • Don’t his media team have any better ideas? Shouldn’t Gordon be lying down in a dark room with calming music playing in the background?

    Chris Huhne’s campaign website had an article by the ex-Somerset Council leader, Sir Chris Clarke, backing Huhne and attacking Clegg as a crypto-Tory. It has now been edited out, but what is the betting that a quick-witted Labour staffer will have a copy to re-use at a later stage?

    Talking of betting, Guido is undecided, Betfair has Clegg as a massive favourite, Guido just to be contrarian has a few quid on Huhne at 3.8 as a value bet. Huhne could be the LibDem’s IDS, popular with grassroots activists, despised by the media and the parliamentary party. Nothing would surprise Guido from the LibDems.

    UPDATE : In the comments a co-conspirator quotes the deleted text thus “One candidate seems to want the Liberal Democrats to be another Tory party when most people in Britain don’t want the one there is already.”

    Hat-tip : Quaequam

    Blair : Peace in the Middle East?More Like a Piece of the Far East!

    Guido’s Hong Kong co-conspirator, David Chappell, tells him that Blair’s visit to talk to the the HK General Chamber of Commerce yesterday was not the only event from which he was banking an honarium. The topic of his keynote address being “global sustainable development and regional co-operation between business and government” or “how to pay the mortgage”.

    According to the Chinese website soufun.com, the powerful China Everbright Group also paid Tony $500,000 to take a VIP tour of its property site at Songshanhu. Tony, ever able to charm, thrilled his hosts by boasting that his sister-in-law is Chinese and his seven-year Leo is learning Putonghua. No doubt he tells them in Jerusalem the boy is learning Hebrew…

    A China Everbright staffer was reported as saying that Mr Blair will be given a Dongguan villa worth as much as 38 million yuan. Local financial gossip Lai See wonders what this might augur for the red-hot real estate market, “given Mr Blair’s notorious track record of buying at the peak and just before the fall.” How very dare they say that of our illustrious ex-PM…

    Wednesday, November 7, 2007

    Gordon Shaking at the Dispatch Box

    See it on GuyNews.TV

    Is Gordon Cracking Up?

    +++ LORD DRAYSON QUITS +++

    After spending all that money on his peerage to become a Minister, he is quitting to race at Le Mans.

    According to the Beeb

    He is to take leave of absence from his unpaid post to take part a series of qualifying events in the US. A government spokesman said it was “a key step towards his eventual dream of success” in Le Mans.

    Makes a change from the “spending more time with the family” excuse. He has the money, why not? More fun than smarming up to dodgy arms traders and the like…

    Vaz – Brown Wants "Employment Apartheid"

    Keith Vaz, a former minister and now chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, is not at all happy with Brown’s“British Jobs for British Workers” slogan. In no uncertain terms last night he told the Commons:

    There has also been talk recently of the importance of British jobs for British people. I worry about that statement. It lacks credible arguments, and some have suggested that it appears to amount to little more than employment apartheid. It assumes that foreign workers are somehow stealing jobs from United Kingdom workers, an idea for which there is absolutely no evidence. It also raises the question: how do we ensure that jobs are going to British people and what do we classify as British? If someone has another citizenship but they have indefinite leave to remain in the UK, they have a right to work.


    Hopes are falsely raised whenever “British jobs” are mentioned. Every position that is filled will require justification and an account kept of how many British jobs there are. The fact is that, in this country, over the past century, we have entered into many agreements with European and Commonwealth countries, which means that we are obligated under treaties, rightly, to give jobs to people who are not British, based on merit… There are Indian and other citizens who came to this country to work hard and to help our economy, and they have been treated very badly.

    Guido’s father and grandparents came from India in the fifties*, it seems that if Brown had been in charge, they would have been made unwelcome and denied employment. Think what might have been the resulting loss to the future of political commentary…

    If a Tory MP had advocated“British Jobs for British Workers” he would have had the whip removed and been sacked from any party position. Yet Brown is prepared to mouth BNP slogans in order to win council estate voters in Dagenham back from the BNP. It won’t however play so well with Guardian reading Hampstead liberals…

    *That will have the obsessive Wikipedia editors even more confused.

    Tuesday, November 6, 2007

    Dave Attacks Gordon’s Borrowed Slogans

    Dave touched on something today that (surprisingly) he hasn’t used before. Brown’s borrowing of an old NF/BNP slogan to blow a dog-whistle to Dagenham voters

    “Take the slogan the Prime Minister wheels out every week – ‘British jobs for British workers.’ If he could only see how embarrassed Labour MPs are, how they shudder whenever he says those words. Well, I’ve done of a bit of work on this slogan of the Prime Minister’s. First, let’s be clear what they want us to think. The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions has told us that there should be no doubt. It is – and I quote – ‘explicitly a British jobs for British people campaign…’… I did a bit more research to find out where he got his slogans from. Here’s one he borrowed off the National Front. Here’s another one he borrowed off the British National Party. Where was his moral compass when he was doing that?

    Knuckle-dragging barrel scraping politics aimed at winning back Dagenham council estate votes for Labour from the BNP. Labour activists are embarrassed by the slogan, Nick Griffin is flattered by it.  In reality it is meaningless, favouring Britons for British jobs is illegal. It is just a Deborah Mattinson focus-group tested dog-whistle slogan.

    UPDATE : Ben Brogan has just updated his blog with something Guido hadn’t noticed, Dave “waved a copy of the BNP’s May 2006 newsletter at Gordon Brown during their Commons exchanges earlier” the document was headlined “Keep British jobs for British workers”.

    Political Cross-Dressing Gets Out of Hand

    See it on GuyNews.TV

    Total Politics, Totally Disconnected

    Peter Oborne’s The Triumph of the Political Class anatomises a cross-party, tax-parasitical ruling class. The class is personified in the next generation of most likely leaders of the major political parties; Clegg, Miliband and Cameron.
    With views that are essentially interchangeably metropolitan liberal, all that differentiates them besides the colour of their rosettes is a bit of proportional representation, some income redistribution and a little Euro-scepticism. They are crowded ideologically onto that marginal – voter – friendly, focus-grouped, centre – ground. All went to Oxbridge, all had politico-media-wonkish mini-careers before climbing the political greasy pole.

    They are increasingly disconnected from voters, electoral apathy at the lack of choice results in falling voter turn-outs. The financing of election campaigns is increasingly a problem as the membership of political parties collapses. When you have unattractive, undifferentiated products it is hard to sell. In the market-place you have to give the consumers what they want or you go bust. Listen to your customers, give them what they want and you will prosper.

    Today we will hear a lot of cant about democracy, Gordon will bemoan the “funding of democracy”, by which he means politicians. He will do what he does best, take money from the taxpayer to coercively fund what the people are unwilling to fund voluntarily.

    Guido has a simple suggestion for all politicians; raise money from your supporters, it will force you to listen to them, it will be good for politics, it will be good for politicians, it will strengthen democracy. Raise the money centrally from taxation and you will further divorce your parties from your supporters. You will concentrate on the few hundred thousand swing voters who allegedly decide the electoral outcome. This is just lazy.

    Yesterday, Ron Paul, a little known anti-War Republican running for President shocked the U.S. political establishment by raising over $4 million online – in one day. Not for nothing is his campaign song “Google Ron Paul”. He comes from the libertarian wing of the Republicans, yet despite his anti-War stance he is the single biggest recipient candidate of donations from military veterans. He talks about ideals, he is principled, he raises money from the grassroots. If Guido could legally give Ron Paul money, he would.

    In contrast, today in Westminster we will see the next step on the road to totally tax-funded political parties. It will be a bad day for our democracy and good only for our lazy, unprincipled politicians.


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    The Case for Splitting Up CCHQ | ConservativeHome
    Why UKIP Should Join a ‘European Union’. | Anna Raccoon
    Dave’s Brush With Bed Bugs | Speccie
    Farage: No Briton Could Be My Secretary | BBC
    Dave and George Can Now Be Seen Together | Ben Brogan


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    Francis Elliot reports on No. 10 strategy meetings:

    “When discussion veers to subjects that Mr Crosby thinks of concern only to the political and journalistic classes, he treats the offender as a pub bore with a tart request to “pass the beer nuts, mate”.”



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    It’s money innit.


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