Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Who Will Tell the PM?

Guido has been asking around his Labour Party sources. Nobody has any knowledge of a planned Milburn putsch – though one source said he would support one. The difficulty in a candidate getting 71 nominations from the PLP is irrelevant, the rules state that a challenge had to be in place in April for the party conference. Guido’s Sage of the Handbook says it doesn’t really matter about the rules. If a significant number of Labour MPs told Brown to go, he would have to go. If only people like Milburn, Clarke, Hoey or McDonnell say it, he can weather it.

The sage thought that if only a handful of members of the cabinet were to tell Brown to his face that he had to go for the sake of the party, that would be that. Jack Straw would be the man deputised to do the job. Brown has been a disaster for the Labour Party, he can’t be the change he promised, he is clearly physically and politically exhausted. Will Jack be the one to put him out of his misery on Friday?

UPDATE : Word is that Gordon will flee to Fife on Friday. What was it Alex Salmond called him? “The big feartie from Fife” will want to be well away from any PLP posse wanting mutiny. When there is trouble he will be gone…

Is this Really Why Fiona Gordon is Going?

From January to June 2007 HM Treasury staff took an average of 166 days off per month due to stress-related illnesses. From July to December 2007 HM Treasury staff took an average of 106 days off per month due to stress-related illnesses. The stress levels dropped off dramatically from the moment when Gordon went from the Treasury to No. 10.

Fiona Gordon, Political Secretary to the PM, is leaving this summer. The spin is because she wants to do other things. In fact, Guido is reliably informed, it is because she bears the brunt of most of Gordon’s mobile phone flinging tantrums. It was she who procured and failed to secure David Pitt-Watson for the General Secretaryship of the Labour Party. Some Labour activists suspect she is now the real acting General Secretary of the Labour Party. As Gordon’s henchwoman it should be remembered that, if the Crewe campaign ends in disaster and Gordon tries to deny his active direction of it, Steve McCabe, the orchestrator of the campaign, is Fiona’s other half. The nasty party campaign comes directly from Downing Street…

The Way He Tells ‘Em

Fraser Nelson on CoffeeHouse says Gordon’s joke at Google’s Zeitgeist conference yesterday in which he claims to have seen a banner saying “worldwide campaign against globalisation” is familiar. Brown used it in January ’08, July ’07, March ’07, Jan ’07 and November ’06 and (first) in a Newsweek article in September ’06. Fraser reckons Brown lifted the slogan not from a demo, but an April 2000 article by William Keegan here.

This is not the first time his speech writers have recycled an anecdote repeatedly. Yesterday Guido joked with his broker that if Jonah Brown was speaking to Google maybe it was time to short GOOG stock. “Don’t be silly” said the broker “GOOG is enjoying a mega bull run”. GOOG stock closed down $2.55 on the day cursed by Jonah Brown…

Monday, May 19, 2008

Is Tony Playing a Joke on Gordon?

Having been trying to figure out why on earth Labour would think to use the clunking fist imagery for their Crewe campaign. A co-conspirator has come up with the answer:
“Look, Gordon. You know I’m a regular sort of guy. You know how much I want you to succeed. Why don’t you try…” [He presses the mute button because Cherie is giggling too loudly]).

Tony made him do it. The “clunking fist” was his image idea after all….

Crewe Gets Shown Gordon’s Clunking Fist

Why don’t they use a jack-boot rather than a fist? Get some party activists to wear brown shirts. C’mon Gordon, this is too namby pamby…

UPDATE : The awfully posh harriet Harman has cancelled visiting the constituency tomorrow – possibly to avoid being questioned about her remarks on the weekend that the campaign was “not very positive”.

UPDATE II : Tamsin has finally given an answer to the BBC on the Gordon asset/liability question: “Gordon is an asset as Prime Minister, but I am fighting on local issues.”

"Tough on Toffs" Comes from the Top

According to Iain Dale’s source, Moyra Tamsin Dunwoody-Kneafsy denies having ever met Gordon Brown, but speaks to him regularly on the phone during her class-war campaign for Crewe & Nantwich. Odd, Guido has obtained this picture of the pair smiling for the camera.

This campaign strategy has been implicitly and publicly disowned by Harriet Harman, Ed & David Miliband, Jon Cruddas and according to rumour, Stephen Carter. This is not a strategy to maximise votes, it is a strategy to hold on to core votes. This is not reaching out to the middle classes or the common ground, the ground that wins elections. It is a strategy only to ensure that Labour does not come third.

Gordon is supposed to have personally authorised the campaign and condoned the tactics. The message being sent out from Labour’s campaign is that the Tory candidate is soft on foreigners, criminals and is an effete posh, multi-millionaire. Having tried the “Boris is a racist, right-wing toff” they are trying the “Timpson is a foreigner-loving, nanmby-pampby toff” tactic to see if that nuanced version of it will work. No positive message is being sent, it is an entirely negative campaign. Gordon has thrown £2.7 billion at this by-election. If it doesn’t work in this Labour heartland seat, it won’t work anywhere. Where then for Gordon?

UPDATE : Tamsin, grand-daughter of Baroness Norah Philips and Morgan Philips, a Labour former General Secretary, daughter of Labour MP Gwyneth, has just told Sky’s live-chat that “I was selected on ability, experience and my fundamental political beliefs”. She also admitted to living on a six acre plot in Wales that she is redeveloping. She will have plenty of time to finish it.

Asked repeatedly during the live-chat she again refused to answer the question(s) as to if Gordon is an asset or a liability, nor would she say if she would vote for 42-days detention.

Rich & Mark’s Monday Morning View

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Picture of Unity

Gordon at the Church of Scotland Assembly. He looks like he is being kept in the dock by Hinge and Bracket. Wendy’s proximity says it all…

Saturday, May 17, 2008

+++ Ted Kennedy Rushed to Hospital +++

Where’s Gordon’s Courage and Leadership?

Whenever New Labour were in trouble Tony Blair would lead from the front, whatever you may say about him, he never feared to open the batting however sticky the wicket.

When New Labour were first elected Tony Blair risked campaigning during the Uxbridge by-election in May 1997. Blair led from the front even though the Tories were sure to hold the seat. Gordon, author of two books on courage, has ordered 80 ministers and SpAds to go to Crewe and Nantwich this weekend to campaign. He however plans to stay well away chewing his nails.

Gordon avoids elections wherever possible, he chickened out of a contest with Blair for the leadership in 1994, he engineered a coronation unopposed for the party leadership in July 2007 and he bottled holding a mandate producing election in October 2007. Nobody has cast a single vote for him to lead his party or his country.

Gordon is a truly pathetic figure, on Friday morning Labour will have to face up to their mistake. If they can’t win Crewe, where they are testing to destruction the “don’t vote for a toff” approach – “tough on toffs, tough on the causes of toffs” - backed-up by illiberal knuckle dragging dog-whistle policies, they can’t win nationally with Brown. Crewe is 165th on the list of Tory target seats… that should concentrate the minds of 164 Labour MPs…

UPDATE : Blair also visited the tightly fought Eddisbury by-election to campaign in August 1999. Before he stood down Blair told the Labour Party in his final speech to their conference that “there are no rules in politics.” Quite.


Seen Elsewhere

Grayling: Bercow Faces Questions | Sun
Paul Flynn Could Learn a Lot From a Trip to Israel | Breitbart
50 Shades of Grayling | Speccie
Bercow’s £12,000 of VIP Sporting Freebies | Sun
Aldous Huxley v George Orwell | FatPita
Blinkered BBC is Ripe for Reform | David Keighley
Calls for Bercow to Face Inquiry | Mail
Labour Mad to Fight Tories on Tax | Dan Hodges
Right to be Forgotten is a Disaster | Padraig Reidy
Dave Could Be Finished Before 50 | James Forsyth
Why Do Politicians Keep Getting Caught on Tape? | BBC


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“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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