Saturday, July 5, 2008

Gordon Doesn’t Appear to Have Any Answers

Post your video on YouTube and Gordon will answer your questions – PMQs for the People – on the interwebby. Gordon is a digital Prime Minister… or so they spun back in May.

Some 167,000 people watched his call for questions to be uploaded on YouTube – not quite as many as watched him pick his nose. Now the fanfare has died down. “The top-voted user questions will be answered by Gordon Brown at the end of June” says the “Ask the PM” website.
It is now July, Guido knows not if it is incompetence or dithering, but Gordon has given no answers to the questions posed. Promise broken. Time, effort and money wasted. A load of spin. Nothing in return. We have our answer PM…

+++ David Davis Finally Gets His Debate +++

Sky is tentatively reporting that Boulton will host a debate between David Davis and Tony McNulty at 1100 this Sunday (tomorrow). Surprising since it was reported that Downing Street had decreed that Davis was not to be debated against, all the more to marginalise him.

Tony McNulty went to the same school as Guido. He learnt logic from a fearsome maths master in the Jesuit tradition (though our old school was Salvatorian not Jesuit). Davis is not renowned for his oratorical ability, McNulty has a bit of a steam-roller style of debate. So even if McNulty has the fundamentally more difficult case to argue, he won’t be easily bested by Basher….

Pink ‘Un Euromania is Unhinged

Like many in the City, Guido reads the FT for the markets section and the excellent arts section. The political commentary however is often woeful – it is like the Indy in pink. This morning the leader castigates Cameron for a lack of hard policy positions. Fair enough. It also has this barking Europhile non-sequitur:

Mr Cameron has rightly said he wants to tackle global challenges, such as climate change and migration. To succeed, he must work closely with the European Union. This will be difficult if he is also pandering to the eurosceptic right of his party by pledging to pull out of the EU’s main centre-right grouping.

What difference does it make to global warming if the Euro-Tories agree their line with the French centre-right party or the Czech centre-right party? Mad.

Rupert Murdoch has bought the Wall Street Journal, if the European edition of the WSJ sources more editorial content locally, many in the City will switch, since the FT has already become the preferred journal of record for the Brussels bureaucracy, the WSJ could become the preferred reading of the Square Mile and the business community, which is overwhelmingly wary of Brussels. The FT’s centrist establishment tone alienates more readers than it pleases, many of whom feel they have to read the paper on sufferance. Somehow Guido doubts Murdoch’s WSJ will be Europhile…

UPDATE : ConservativeHome reminds us that Dan Hannan described the FT as the Eurocrats paper.

Boris Loses Another Adviser

If you are going to stand for public office, don’t lie about your CV. With questions already hanging over him Ray Lewis made an exaggerated claim that he was a Justice of the Peace rather than merely approved to be a Justice of the Peace. In the context of questions about his probity, that was a fatal untruth.

Boris supporters talk darkly of a dirt digging campaign by supporters of Socialist Action, the far left clique that surrounded Ken. Guido has no idea if there is any truth in it, nor does he think the information source to be relevant. If Ray Lewis was completely straight and honest, there would have been no need to resign. Politicians are put in positions of trust, past misdemeanours don’t necessarily disqualify a reformed individual from public office. Lying in the present does.

UPDATE : A co-conspirator points out that this week’s Time Out London quotes Ken Livingstone as saying he “rates Lewis as ‘imaginative’, and says he wishes he’d got him on board.” Boris wasn’t the only one mislead clearly…

Friday, July 4, 2008

¡Viva España!

Guido calls the Tory MP Graham Stuart -

GF Have you just got back from Tokyo?
GS Err, yes.
GF Did you watch the match on Sunday?
GS Err, yes at 4 a.m. in the morning..
GF In the Lime Bar in Roppongi?
GS How the hell did you know that…
GF Did you grab microphone at one point?
GS I think I have said enough Guido.

The match in question was the Spain v Germany Euro 2008 final. Obviously he did what any patriotic Englishman does in a bar overseas watching a football tournament England isn’t in. He grabbed a microphone and told the multi-national audience that he and his South African colleaguesare supporting Spain and not the Germans” – Graham was after all traveling as vice-president of GLOBE (Global Legislators Organisation for a Balanced Environment) with some South African parliamentarians. The purpose of the junket was “to facilitate high level dialogues amongst legislators”, hence his oft stated position: “I could never support the f*****g Germans”.

Good work Graham, spoken like a true English football fan….

UPDATE : Graham has called back to say he definitely did not use any naughty words. on the microphone. He simply told the room that he wouldn’t be supporting the genial Germans. Genially. Genuinely. Yes, let’s not be beastly to the Germans…

*Technically he can only speak for the opposition, not the government. However, broadly speaking, he captured the essential view of the British nation.

Friday Caption Contest*


*Since last week there were complaints that it was a fix, Guido has gone back to not giving out prizes. That’ll learn ya…

+++ Source : Tories Take Legal Advice on Deselecting MEPS +++

Which could be bad news for John Purvis, he is going around telling everyone he has been cleared.

More Nuisance Calling from Gordon Brown

A well informed co-conspirator alerts Guido to more nuisance phone calls to Glasgow from Gordon. Labour is so desperate to see a high profile candidate in the Glasgow East by-election in the hope of stopping the SNP wiping out their 13,000 majority. Last weekend alone Gordon Brown phoned Glasgow Council leader Steven Purcell four times pleading with him to stand. Purcell apparently has more sense. Gordon then phoned former Scottish General Secretary Lesley Quinn asking if she would stand. She too declined…

Troughing Ministers, Troughing Tory MPs

No surprise to see the Wintertons voting to keep their troughs unaudited. Just to look at Tom Watson you know he obviously likes it at the trough. Surprised to see the likes of Jacqui Smith voting against auditing expenses. There were a hundred or so more backbench Labour MPs who voted to keep their snouts in the trough, that is to be expected: they are taking a “fill yer boots before we go” attitude.

UPDATE : Full list of all MPs who voted here. One shadow minister broke ranks and voted for unaudited greed – Andrew Rosindell – who is the shadow minister for dog catching or something. A job designed solely to keep him out of trouble.

UPDATE II : Have checked and all the LibDems managed to vote for more transparency.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Speccie Party: No Canapes, Plenty of Sardines

It was not quite politics babylon on St James – Diane Abbott cosying up to Jonathan Aitken, Andrew Neil cosying up to a bevy of dusky maidens (really), Matthew d’Ancona cosying up to no one in particular. Guido dropped in on the Speccie party. They had heavies in the undergrowth, yet still Guido squeezed in.

Dave apparently did his usual 15 minutes of smiling, showing his face to friends thing, before heading back to Notting Hill (Guido arrived late, so that is second hand, possibly even completely untrue). Coulson was chatting cheerfully to some totty. The co-conspirator’s sweetheart – little Jenny of the Bank of England – was inquiring as to her permanent successor on the Daily Politics - still no news. Melanie Philips actually looked jolly, Simon Hoggart looked lost, Katy Taylor-Richards was wearing a short skirt.

It was as packed as the proverbial tin of sardines. Guido experimented with the cocktail of the night – sponsored by the Ardbeg whisky firm – it was a very strong sort of a whisky sour with Grand Marnier. Guido thinks he will be snoring on the sofa through Diane and Brillo tonight…


Seen Elsewhere

The Carswell Show | Jon Craig
Cops Seized Journalist’s Phone to Out Whistleblower | Press Gazette
Chuka’s £2,500 Tax Avoidance Donation | Times
Another BBC Stitch Up? | David Keighley
Divided, Pessimistic Tories Expect Defeat | Alex Wickham
Labour Suspends Rotherham Council Members | Sky
PM Used Terror Crisis to Deflect From Carswell | Rachel Sylvester
Scotland Surges for Freedom | Times
Carswell Left Because Cam Can’t Be Trusted on Reform | ConHome
Top 100 Most UKIP-Friendly Tory Seats | ConHome
Bercow ‘Wounded’ | Speccie


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