Guido is now at a secure undisclosed location. The output to the blog will be reduced – am amazed at the angry complaints whenever Guido does this, “your blog is finished” etc. Then when blogging resumes, back comes the traffic as before. To all those who are unhappy about this, please accept a full refund.
The service in truth has been much reduced since the recent arrival of Caoimhe Priya (say Kweey-vah Pree-ya, the name reflects her Indo-Irish heritage). She’ll be getting christened here in Ireland and then her father will be taking her nearer to the vineyards of Margaux.
We do have broadband and will be checking in daily, but things will be at an easy pace. Comment moderation and Guido’s sunglasses are on.
Guido spoke at length with Ali Miraj last night and learnt that there was, as widely rumoured, an approach from a Labour party intermediary and that he turned down the approach. He told Guido that he did not take it that seriously and he would never defect.
He angrily described the team around Cameron as “twats”.
He said that he had sent his critical article to Cameron, Coulson and Hilton last week. On Thursday Cameron called him directly and pleaded with him not to publish it. Cameron was the one who suggested Miraj come in and see him at his Commons office on Monday.
During the meeting “we discussed ways I could help”. Cameron did not concede any of the criticisms in the original article, but merely defended his position with “flim flam”.
Guido put it to him repeatedly that it was true he had suggested making him a Lord, he did not deny the claim as made by Cameron, flannelling that he wasn’t going to discuss a private conversation, even though we were discussing just that.
Then the discussion took a very interesting turn, he was very critical and animated about the Sayeeda Warsi peerage. Comparing his decade long support and work for the party to her more recent support. The tone was “why her, and not me?”. This was very revealing, his ambition and impatience has previously boiled over at the promotion of Asian women. In the previous case it was about Priti Patel. He is at 32 a man in a hurry with a high opinion of himself. He feels strongly that having been an early supporter of Cameron he deserved special treatment. Now he has got it, kicked off the A-list…
Over two hundred people have pledged to contribute financially towards bringing a private prosecution over Loans for Lordships since the CPS has shown itself unwilling to do so.
Guido has taken soundings and now believes that the best course of action is to form a special purpose vehicle to instruct a legal team and take this further. It also seems wise to first allow the Public Administration Select Committee to conduct its investigation when MPs return after the recess. They will hold evidence sessions after Parliament returns from its summer recess, and report by the end of the year.
Tony Wright plans to call Assistant Commissioner John Yates as a witness. It will be particularly interesting to see what evidence comes out at that time. Meantime if you want to be involved in the formation of a vehicle to bring a prosecution or have relevant legal experience and knowledge, email Guido.
The Courts come to a halt and the political class will be on holiday for the next month. Guido will be in touch with pledge makers with more details in due course.
Dale is looking for your list of Top 20 blogs for his 2007 Guide to Political Blogging in the UK. He wants a more objective means of ordering of them. Don’t know why, last year the result seemed right to Guido.
I don’t have an order of preference, but the blogs Guido reads every day tend to serve up new information rather than commentary. Iain is in there, da Fink’s Comment Central, the Speccie’s CoffeeHouse, Recess Monkey, the unmissable Political Betting, ConservativeHome, LabourHome and LibDemVoice. Dizzy is reliable, SpyBlog is authoritative. Kevin Maguire often talks down to his readers, but has the odd gem of (sometimes unintended) insight, Benedict Brogan is fast and from the frontline.
My favourite blog overall is probably Mike Smithson’s Political Betting.
Email your list to Iain by clicking here and you could win a pile of DVDs and stuff.
Nick Robinson and all the rest of the Lobby will be in full-on pontification mode today in Washington.
Yet again it falls to Guido to get the important news: Gordon Brown banged his head against the door frame as he boarded the Presidential helicopter. Perhaps he misunderstood and was over-excited to be on his way to see Camp David?
Billions spent on the BBC news gathering operation and they miss the big story again.
The Charity Commission has been foot dragging on reporting any findings from their investigation into the Smith Institute’s multiple breaches of the charity laws.
Ed Miliband, the Cabinet Office minister and frequent attendee of Smith Institute events at 11 Downing […]
When Guido first claimed that the LibDems would have to pay back the stolen £2.4m that was their biggest donation, the blog’s comments were filled with claims from LibDems that it was sensationalist nonsense. Guido stuck to his guns that