Exclusive : Inside the CCHQ War Room
Ashcroft Pushed Out, Loses Desk

With the Osborne and Cameron operation moving over from the Norman Shaw building on the Parliamentary Estate  to CCHQ on the fifth floor of Millbank, it is interesting to note who has been given the chop. The latest floor-plan reveals the fact that, unannounced, Ashcroft has lost his much discussed “office” in the centre of operations.  He has been turfed out and it has been turned into a proof-reading area and editing suite, clearly they have decided it is more important to check the small-print.  A case of “thanks for all the cash m’lord, goodbye!”

The policy unit has been pushed further and further from the centre and replaced with even more spinners, which illustrates campaign priorities. Perhaps worryingly for the embattled shadow Chancellor his desk space is listed as “George Osborne / Hotdesk”, as is often the way with offices using temporary staff.  There are a mere 6 double-barrelled names listed in the 200 strong operation.  See, the Tories really have changed!

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Taxpayers’ Alliance Rebut Union Scaremongering Advert

UNISON, the public sector trade union, recently launched an online video which claimed that cutting public spending meant leaving people without 999 operators, bin men or nurses. In response the Taxpayers’ Alliance produced an edited version of their film which demonstrates the wide range of absurd non-jobs throughout the public sector which could be abolished without any impact at all on front line services.  A good example of how it is hotting up in the iCampaign

EXCLUSIVE : Sadiq Khan Caught Lying to Lyon
Tells Standards Commissioner He Can’t Remember ‘Mistaken’ Claim

Transport Minister Sadiq Khan is in hot water this afternoon after it has been revealed that he lied to the press and to the Parliamentary authorities. He is paying back £2,500. Having had over a grands worth of greeting card receipts rightly rejected from his Communications Allowance claims, Khan then went back to the printers and had them create a new receipt, for the same amount, but without the birthday cards itemised on them. This fraudulent receipt was then accepted by the Fees Office.

Blatant and deliberate deception by the “Right Honourable” Minister.

Khan has form in this area, he had to pay back another £1,000 in  2007 for a Communications Allowance funded newsletter plastered in Labour roses. In November 2007 he told The Telegraph “I personally pay for the cost of sending out birthday cards to some of my constituents who turn 18.” A blatant “mistruth” given he made two claims, one for Diwali and Eid cards in December 2005 and one for 18th birthday cards in January 2006. A cocktail of lies, deception and dodgy paperwork. Ministers have resigned for less.

Click here to view John Lyon’s full response to the complaint.

Guy News : The Smoking Martyr, MPs on Trial and Big Issues

This week Emily was in Manchester to grab the first interview with freed pub landlord Nick Hogan, we get immediate comment from campaigners who made the trial of three MPs a reality, and also we investigate some Big Issues. Finally there is a  poingnant musical mash up of Gordon Brown and Johnny Cash.

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Moodys : Britain “Substantially Closer” to Losing ‘AAA’ Rating

Update :

March 15 (Bloomberg) — The U.S. and the U.K. have moved “substantially” closer to losing their AAA credit ratings as the cost of servicing their debt rose, according to Moody’s Investors Service.

Update : II : Pierre Cailleteau, managing director of sovereign risk at Moody’s in London, said under the ratings company’s so-called baseline scenario the UK will spend more on debt service as a percentage of revenue this year than any other AAA rated country: “We expect the situation to further deteriorate in terms of the key ratings metrics before they start stabilizing … This story is not going to stop at the end of the year. There is inertia in the deterioration of credit metrics.” Moodys predicts the UK will spend 7% of tax revenue servicing debt this year and between 9% and 12% in 2013. Financing costs above 10% automatically put countries outside of the AAA ratings category.

Update : III : For a completely different take, see the BBC –  UK Credit Rating Viewed As Safe

On and On and On

Gordon was showing his true Prime Mentalist colours when he appeared on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour this morning. Firstly he claimed “I feel more comfortable with women, I have got to tell you”. If that was really true, then why the need for the “I have got to tell you.Which aide told him “you’ve got to tell them that”?

Secondly and terrifyingly he said that even if he loses the election “I’ll keep going because I want a majority, I’ll keep going.”  It seems he doesn’t quite understand how elections work. It’s pure arrogance to think the country would tolerate him after rejecting  him at the ballot box and it’s almost as naive as thinking his party won’t be calling for his head within minutes of the polls closing. The delusion is really setting in.

It seems he has form in the whole not-quite-getting-how-elections-work area.

Video via Tory Landlord

UPDATE: At 11.19 Guido stated the thought of Gordon clinging on was terrifying. At 11.48 a CCHQ press officer said the prospect of Brown clinging on was “truly terrifying”. Another happy reader.

How to P155 0FF the Locals

One time girlfriend of Euan Blair, and now Sion Simon’s squeeze, Luciana Berger has been parachuted in as the Labour candidate for Liverpool Wavertree. Given the posh London image is being played down for the election, it was a tad embarrassing when the fact Luciana has swapped cars with her brother for the duration of campaign was revealed by the Mail on Sunday.

Her little black Yaris with 5k personalised numberplate clearly wasn’t cutting the mustard in down-town Liverpool

Rich & Mark’s Monday Morning View

Sunday Sleaze

Sunday Sleaze
The Sunday Times has been digging into Labour donor Willie Haughey’s Links to Cocaine City Councillor, which seem unhealthy.  Scottish Labour’s biggest donor does a heck of a lot of profitable business with Labour controlled Glasgow City Council.  It […]

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+ + + Lord Paul Repays Fiddled £38,000 Expenses + + +

Telegraph is reporting that Lord Paul has repaid the £38,000 in expenses he claimed for a flat he never slept in. He says it is not an admission of guilt. So why is he repaying it?[…]

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Fabians Attack LibDem Plans for “Lower Taxes for the Low Paid”

The Fabian’s Tim Horton and IPPR’s Howard Reed have jointly authored a paper for Left Foot Forward designed to undermine the case for raising tax thresholds for low income earners.  Clearly they are trying to undermine Clegg’s claim to support […]

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McMillan-Scott Defects to LibDems

Most Tories will be glad to see the back of the pompous europhile Edward McMillan-Scott. He is whinging that “People are controlled within the Conservative party, as I was.” He’ll be happier with the free and easy Libdems, who have […]

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