Tuesday, October 16, 2007

EXCLUSIVE : The indefatigable John Hemming has sent round an email to LibDem MPs throwing his hat in the ring! Yes!

He has sent out a position statement which is basically steady as she goes, neither right nor left etc., concluding with -

I am one of the few Members of Parliament who have the practical experience of having successfully led a political group from opposition to a position of power (in Birmingham). On issues of diversity I have delivered. As far as extra parliamentary considerations are concerned I am almost certainly the only successful entrepreneur in the parliamentary party that is also a member of a Trades Union. I will be taking soundings following this position statement.

That should sew it up…

Lynne Featherstone isn’t running.

Timetable:

31st October: nominations close.
17th December: the new leader will be announced.

Nick Robinson has got the first Ming interview.

But remember, leading the LibDems isn’t just for Christmas….

Competition Winner

There were 200 hundred entries for the Friday caption contest. Most were abysmal and shockingly unfunny. You should all apply for jobs with BBC3.
Tuscan Tony wins with;

Stands the Trust clock at five to three
As the patients stew gently in their poo poo and wee
Gordon’s response – “It can’t be me”
I’ve only been here since June 23

Which just shows how bad the other entries were. He wins a copy of the 2008 edition of The Bumper Book of Government Waste 2008. If he emails his postal address Guido will stump up for the international postage…

Davey’s Dilemma

Ed Davey is in a dilemma, if he doesn’t run will he end up missing out on the crown? If young Clegg wins he could hold the leadership for a decade, with the result that some other young Turk will be jostling for the leadership when Ed is an older, balder man. Relatively old in these circumstances…

Will he stay out of it and endorse another candidate? Decisions, decisions. At the rate the LibDems change leaders, he could perhaps get another chance next year by backing Vince…

Incidentally, despite some speculation Lynne Featherstone told Guido she is “running in the other direction”. Guido suspects she will probably endorse Huhne (again).

Monday, October 15, 2007

What Has Vince Done With Ming?

Is Ming sitting alone in his old XJS Jaguar, finger poised over the ignition? His resignation letter seemed a bit curt. “Right I’m off. Sod the lot of you.”

Who wielded the dagger? Damning with feint praise was the chosen weapon of choice. Two killer quotes from the leadership team might explain why Ming has not spoken to either Hughes or Cable, the GMTV “must do better” from Hughes and the treacherous “under discussion, not under threat” comment from Cable on The World at One made it death-by-media.

Old Vince Cable trying to look solemn last night on Newsnight was a bit of a laugh. If Vince were to succeed in making his current leadership position permanent, most voters would not even notice. They would probably think that whatshisname looked a little different.

Perhaps, they might think, he was now darkening his remaining hair…

Campaign to "Save the Ming"

This is an urgent campaign on behalf of the
Labour and Conservative parties…

Judge Rules Dead Thatcherite Bonkers

A judge has ruled that a man who made a bequest leaving the Conservative party £8.3m was not of sane mind. Pharmaceutical mogul Branislav Kostic believed Margaret Thatcher was “the greatest leader of the free world in history” and that she would save the world from the “satanic monsters and freaks”.

How can that be? These are self-evident truths for the members of Conservative Way Forward, self-appointed keepers of the Thatcherite flame. Guido bumped into CWF’s Mark Allatt at the Tory Party conference, he felt the police had over-reacted to his publicity stunt – parking a 12-tonne tank outside the conference centre and unloading uniformed actors carrying AK-47 machine guns. “They were deactivated AK-47s” he protested incredulously. Not mad at all…

Rich and Mark’s Monday Morning View

Friday, October 12, 2007

Go On, Punish the PM Some More

www.PunishThePM.co.uk

Something for you to play this weekend if it rains…

Hughes First to Stab Ming

Damning Ming with faint praise, Simon Hughes has just done an interview with GMTV for broadcast on Sunday:

Simon Hughes …the leadership is always an issue in all of the parties, we live in a presidential system and therefore the leader has to continually do well and better and he had a good conference, he did a very good speech, it was meant to be the best conference speech he’s made since being leader, and Ming knows that and there’s no sign that he’s not up for that as a task.


Steve Richards So just to clarify, he has to do better?


Simon Hughes Well, of course, because he started, everybody accepts that it wasn’t a great start, that he’s improved considerably, this conference speech went really well and he knows all the time that the party has to do better, that’s my job, collectively, and the leader obviously has to do better, get better at getting the message across better, at getting the policy out better…

Later on Hughes says, referring to Cameron, he didn’t come into politics to “down people”. Well apart from Ming…

Friday Prize Caption Competition

Because it has been such a fun week Guido is actually going to offer, for once, a prize to the winning wit. First some background, above on the left is Rose Gibb, sacked Chief Executive of the patient-killing Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Hospitals Trust and on the right is Andy Burnham MP, the Health Minister performing an opening ceremony. Wittiest caption in the comments wins a copy of the 2008 edition of The Bumper Book of Government Waste 2008.

Seen Elsewhere

From the IRA to Windsor Castle | WSJ
Coulson: Everything You Need to Know in 6 Seconds | MediaGuido
Mo Ansar’s Silence | Adrian Hilton
Gove Loses WWI Battle | Conservative Woman
5 Reasons Labour Likely to Win General Election | Sunny Hundal
Dave Surrounded By Topless Women | Sun
UN Loony says Britain Most Sexist Country | Sun
Farage is a Good Reason to Leave the EU | Dan Hannan
UKIP Blocked Expenses Questions | Times
NHS Showdown Coming | Paul Goodman
Sons of Brown | Telegraph


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Cathy Jamieson MP, Labour’s Shadow Treasury minister, commenting on Treasury analysis of the economic impact of tax changes…

“If the Treasury is looking at the economic impact of tax changes, then surely it should examine the impact of the rise in VAT and cuts to tax credits? George Osborne’s £12 billion VAT rise knocked confidence, helped to choke off the recovery and has cost families £1,350 over the last three years.”



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