Wednesday, November 7, 2007

+++ 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.

New Media versus Old Media

The news that the Telegraph lost £10m last year encourages Guido to believe that in the coming years the truth will slowly dawn on loss making media moguls. Comment is just a click away. Good quality comment is free of charge at places like ConservativeHome, PoliticalBetting and UK Polling Report. The value of your paper pundits will therefore decrease to zero. The “we know best” gatekeeper mentality just won’t do.

To all those media executives shaking their heads, don’t forget that this blog is more profitable than the Telegraph, Independent and Guardian combined. Better value for readers as well…

[See also Henry Blodget's fisk of a speech from AP's Tom Curley.]

Martin Bell Witnesses Crime, Keeps Schtum

Speaking at the University of Wolverhampton yesterday, Martin Bell told an audience at an open public lecture to plug his latest, book that “he saw and heard an MP trade his vote for a peerage while he was a member”. He explained that he wouldn’t name the party involved because he “didn’t want to spend the next 5 years in court”.

Some might think that reporting crime was a legal requirement, let alone a moral one, for the man in the white suit.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Enjoy the Fireworks

Gordon Does Fluffy Showbiz Politics

At the close of the Blair era the Mirror was reporting “Gordon slams Cameron for ‘fluffy’ showbiz politics”. With the passing of Tony we were told we would see an end to all that showbiz glitz of the star-struck Blairs. No more holidays at Cliff’s place in Barbados, no more “Am I bovvered” comedy sketches from this PM.

Now Gordon is 8% behind in the polls. So is he doing hard-hitting interviews setting out his vision? No. Apart from the fellatio-interview with Andy Marr he has only been seen on GMTV, the soft-centred yolk of a breakfast show. Where, with a fine sense of priorities, the producers actually bumped him from the 8.00 a.m. prime slot to earlier when they got Heather Mills on live.

So Guido was not entirely surprised when the Brownies had a change of plan. Imagine the brainstorming at No. 10:

McSnide : Gordon you need to connect more with GMTV and Daytime TV viewers.
Konrad (pours tea) : My grandma loves Countdown on channel 4. You know she will have been watching it for 25 years now.
McSnide : Brilliant, lets do a tribute to Countdown’s 25 years of consonants and vowels and their contribution to British spelling.
Konrad : Don’t forget Carol Vorderman’s contribution to budgetary understanding.

The resulting bizarre official Downing Street video is up on GuyNews.TV.

He is having what seems to be a slightly scary, Prozac-induced episode. The bouncing grin on his face as he congratulates Des Lynam, Carol Vorderman and posthumously Richard Whitely and Kenneth Williams is just odd.

So much for ending fluffy showbiz politics…

An End to Celebrity Culture (After Countdown)

Is he overdoing his medication? Look at the crazy smile…

UPDATE : Some are questioning if this is actually genuine. The full uncut and even more manic version can be seen on the Downing Street website.

Seen Elsewhere

Jason Groves New Mail Deputy Pol Ed | MediaGuido
Cocaine Conservatives | Standard
Jezza Browne Responds to LibDem Haters | LibDem Voice
Why Britain Needs to Leave the EU | Douglas Carswell
Who Tells Ed When He’s Wrong? | Speccie
Hands Off Our Cojones, Mr Clegg | Laura Perrins
London Live Averaging Just 2,400 Viewers | Forbes
Ed’s Constitutional Failure | ConHome
UKIP Poster Girl’s Naked Photos | Sun
Miliband’s Radical Old Labour Agenda | Fraser Nelson
Meet Team Miliband | Dan Hodges


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Dan Hodges on Team Miliband:

“‘Poisonous’, was the picture painted by one former senior advisor. ‘Dysfunctional,’ said one shadow cabinet member. ‘A bunch of medieval courtiers, not an office,’ said another. The most positive description I could get was ‘It’s a work in progress. They’re learning. Slowly. But they are learning.’”



Nick Clegg says:

Do you want lies with that?


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