Spin Cycle : Fiona Melville

Guido hears that another one of Daves’ babes is leaving CCHQ. Fiona Melville is off to pastures new. Anyone know where?

More stories of Tories off to spin merchants welcome.

Do email Guido names of newly minted Tory lobbyists…

Where’s Gordon?™ Day 1

Here are some pictures of recent difficult PMQ sessions for Blair. At many of them Cameron’s attack focussed on the Chancellor. Notice anything?

He is never there. Pension grab – not his idea – it was civil servants, CBI, former Chancellor’s twentysomething special adviser called, errmm, Cameron. Anyone but Gordon…

Smith Institute – 167 political meetings at his place organised by his best friend - nothing to do with Gordon.

Watch the local election campaign, if it looks bad for Labour you can bet he won’t be taking responsibility. He’ll be out of sight, out of mind – he hopes. So Guido is asking the co-conspirators to trail him and email in sightings of him on the campaign trail for the next month. Where’s Gordon? is the question to be answered – the blog will have an interactive map of his daily movements up and running soon. More fun than pavement policy analysis…

Blair Emails

The local government campaign kicks off from Labour with an email to supporters from tony.blair@new.labour.org.uk. The whole email is pregnant with subtexts. It defends his record over the last decade, refers to his 12 years of party leadership and most importantly he refers to “I” repeatedly. Unlike during the general election campaign, nowhere does it mention Gordon. Blair is going to take the rap for Labour’s showing, not Gordon, who is nowhere to be seen.

Pensions Pilfering

Just a simple question – if the Tories think Gordon’s pensions grab was wrong, will they reverse it? Guido suspects that the cunning stealthiness of the ploy means the political reward isn’t worth the fiscal hit. Will it be a manifesto commitment?

Smash and Gabb

Propeller-Head Wonk Watch: A number of co-conspirators from the wonk-world have pointed out Sean Gabb’s demolition of Danny Kruger’s latest work. Dave’s speechwriter has been caught out before for lifting Dave’s foreign policy speech from After the Neo-Cons, a recent book Fukyama. This time nobody is accusing Danny of cutting and pasting, Gabb suggests Kruger’s book – On Fraternity: Politics Beyond Liberty and Equality – is an intellectual fraud in its intention, and shabby in its execution.
Guido’s classical education is a little sketchy, but prima facie Gabb has undermined Danny’s pretensions comprehensively. Ouch.

Rich & Mark’s Monday Morning View(Kamikaze Klarke Edition)

GOTCHA!

Fooled some readers and bloggers yesterday. Guido will spare the blushes of the leading blogger who explained in detail why Guido’s traffic would and should be down. Despite the move and the resultant broken links, traffic is again up some 10% last month, unique visitors: 326,897, pageviews: 478,717. Iain Dale remain’s the main referrer – as if Tom Watson would ever be popular.

In the coming months Guido expects big developments in Loans for Lordships, including a new witness coming forward. Gordon Brown’s very own Smith Institute will be in Guido’s line of fire – expect a direct hit.

This is the blog you love, and they hate.

Traffic Surprise

Two surprises in fact – last month saw an unprecedented dip in traffic to this blog. Excluding the summer and Christmas holidays (when Guido stops posting) this blog has had a year-on-year, month-on-month trend of rising audience numbers. Today sees the end of that trend. Traffic dipped some 20% down to a mere 368,401 page-views, below even January’s 404,427 page-views. Guido presumes that last month’s website re-design and re-location of the hosting from 5thNovember.blogspot.com to www.Order-Order.com was a factor.

The second surprise was that Tom Watson MP has replaced Iain Dale as the top referring website, an indication that perhaps his traffic is either eclipsing Iain’s or that he writes about Guido more. Hard to say.

Beermatters

Not a photoshop job, genuine campaign beermat from Blears. Wonder where they were when thought up that idea?

[…]

Miliblogger Survey

From: Edemocracy@lse.ac.uk
Sent: Fri, 30 Mar 2007 2.31PM
Subject: David Miliband Blog Evaluation Survey

Hello,
As you are aware, David Miliband MP’s blog is being evaluated as part of the ‘Digital Dialogues’ pilot (www.digitaldialogues.org.uk). The ‘Digital Dialogues’

[…]

Speech Writing This Morning

Best Man at a wedding this afternoon, so no blogging…

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No Such Thing As A Free Lunch

The Commons Standards and Privileges Committee today told Dave he had been “ill-advised” to link funding to access to his office. Guido has been told that the modus operandi for the “Leaders Group” was to have proven donors over for

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Tim Shipman to Adam Boulton on the TV debates…

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