Guido is off for a picnic and possibly a post-picnic snooze. When Guido gets back he’ll be blogging information which will give the Baroness a sleepless night…
Gordon denied it in unclear terms.
UPDATE : Who Will Ask the Prime Minister? was Guido’s question earlier this month. All credit to Andrew Marr, who has often been criticised by Guido for pulling his punches in interviews with Gordon Brown.
Gordon looked furious.
UPDATE II : James Forsyth and Sam Coates both question whether it was right to ask the Prime Mentalist if he was on pills, Guido suspects they don’t think it right. However there are not only persistent rumours going around about Gordon’s mental health, there are also rumours and speculation (even in the Spectator and Times) that he will be removed from the leadership in a choreographed ill health waltz off into the sunset. Gordon was given a chance to slap those rumours down. After the Charles Kennedy cover-up the Lobby needs to get these issues out into the open instead of worry about getting the cold shoulder from a Downing Street press officer. Bravo Marr.
UPDATE III : Strangely Guido is unable to find the clip on the BBC site so this is courtesy of ToryBear –
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According to James Graham, Nick Clegg and Vince Cable have followed Lynne Featherstone and quit the PoliticsHome Insider panel following Lord Ashcroft’s purchase. Lynne was however happy to speak at a Total Politics (proprietors M. Ashcroft and I. Dale) LibDem conference fringe meeting.
Does this mean that rival politicians are going to boycott ventures owned by Tories? If so LabourList could be in difficulties, it is hosted online by Tangent Labs, the same people who handle all the Labour Party’s online business. Tangent Labs is owned by Michael Green, who is not only a Tory donor, he is a Tory who donated to David Cameron’s personal leadership campaign and gave young Dave his only experience of working in the private sector by hiring him as his corporate spin-doctor at Carlton. The Labour Party pays Green’s company to do all their online work. He then donates some of the profits to the Conservative Party. You have to laugh…
Steve Richards in the Indy begins his panglossian column with “Labour activists heading for their pre-election conference in Brighton this weekend have cause to be in a mood of giddy euphoria. The Government called it right during the recession. No bank collapsed.”
Apart from Northern Rock of course. Oh, the Royal Bank of Scotland as well. Errrm, didn’t Halifax Bank of Scotland almost bring down Lloyds TSB into the bargain? Almost forgot Bradford & Bingley. Every UK household has the equivalent of £3,000 invested in shares in RBS and Lloyds. The taxpayer 100% owns Northern Crock and Bradford & Bingley because they collapsed.
Giddy Steve Richards’ grasp of the facts is worse than his analysis…
With rumours circulating that Mandelson has lured Alastair Campbell back to take a role in the election campaign, the former Downing Street spinmeister’s prognostications on campaign strategy are becoming more relevant than in the recent past. GoFourth might just be Al and Prezza’s cheer-up-the-base operation rather than a vote winning operation, but a return to Down Street would really signal taking the fight out of the party activist ghetto and to the media. Alive to the charge that Cameron and Coulson are simply copying the Blair and Campbell formula he laments “Ah, go the Pot-Kettle-Black brigade, but it is what you and TB did, got the media all squared and onside.”
He reckons a strategic Labour line of attack should be to spin that the media has fallen in love with Dave:
Cameron is a mediaman. For the media. Of the media. By the media. Giving not two tosses about the public other than as the means to be delivered into power. So the Tories and the media have a shared interest in saying the game is over, and it is only a matter of time. There is the makings of a good line of attack in here – the media love him because all he cares about is what they say about him; they’ve decided he’s home and dry … but shouldn’t the public have their say first? Meanwhile, instead of claiming he has achieved nothing, constantly point up his one big achievement – turning the media into pussycats.
The last election team that faced a national media in love with a candidate was Team McCain, their approach was precisely the approach Campbell is recommending, see here:Vodpod videos no longer available.
In 2008 McCain spun commercials comparing Obama to Paris Hilton and lampooning him as “the one”. Obama still won. When you are reduced to complaining that the other guy gets too good a press and taking campaign cues from a losing strategy, you really have run out of ideas…
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Dodgy Serbian non-solicitors, Tongans tricking Attorney-Generals and much, much more to come. Is it any wonder that Max Clifford has arrived on the scene? All this just in time for Labour Conference. Gordon has expressed his full confidence in the […]