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Be Careful What You Wish For…

Guido will be watching Monday’s “Where Did It All Go Wrong?Dispatches on Channel 4 gleefully. Jacqui Smith is quoted as saying “I told him he should have had a holiday last summer…” Comparing yesterday’s pictures of Gordon and Tony it is undeniable that Gordon needs a very long holiday. Most voters would be happy to give him a permanent one as well. Gordon looks at death’s door. By contrast Tony on the GMTV sofa yesterday looked younger, fit and tanned, most of all he looked happy and relaxed.

Gordon is not enjoying power as much as Guido is enjoying the destruction of the Labour Party as an electoral force under his leadership. Odd is it not that what Guido was dreading and Gordon was craving – Brown as Prime Minister – has made him miserable and Guido cheerfully jump out of his bed every morning. Be careful what you wish for…

Third Whoops-A-Daisy Tory MEP

We have had Giles Chichester personally benefiting from payments of £445,000 to his own family service company based at his home, Den Dover authorising payments of £758,143 to his wife’s profiteering service company also headquartered at his home. Blatant and unacceptable self dealing.

This morning Guido is looking at documents which show an MEP authorising six figure payments to himself – not a service company – an unincorporated, unregistered partnership of which prima facie he appears to be the beneficiary.

Guido is contacting the MEP’s office this morning with some serious urgent questions – looking for answers by the close of business today. It doesn’t look good on paper…

+++ Shock Poll Irish Times : No 35% Yes 30% +++

RTE News Flash 22:08

The latest opinion poll on the Lisbon Referendum is showing the ‘No’ side surging ahead in a dramatic reversal of opinion. The TNS/mrbi poll in tomorrow’s Irish Times shows opponents of the Treaty with a 5% lead over those in favour.

Up to now, opinion polls on the Referendum campaign have consistently shown the ‘Yes’ side ahead, although opponents have been closing the gap. But now the ‘No’ side has done more than that, surging into a commanding lead with just a week to polling day.

The poll shows the ‘Yes’ side at 30%, down five points since their last poll three weeks ago, while the ‘No’ side is at 35%, up a staggering 17%, with ‘Don’t Knows’ down 12 at 35%.

If that result is repeated next week, the political establishment is heading for a crushing defeat and the Lisbon Treaty is dead.

Could Ireland save European civilisation again? We are a contrary people…

Dave : Chichester Right to Go

Cameron has just made a statement on Giles Chichester:

Giles Chichester is right to stand down as leader of our MEPs to prepare a full explanation of how his office is funded. Just as I expect our MPs to adhere to the highest standards, so must our MEPs. The tax-paying public have a right to know how their money is being spent and politicians have a duty to ensure it is spent properly.

13 Tory MEPs Still Hiding Their Expenses Even Now

Giles Chichester has resigned as leader of the Tory MEPs and his career is effectively over. Guido can’t see him being re-selected. As is always seemingly the way with these things we never see any criminal charges. The guilty politician will waffle on about “good faith”, “mistakes” and our old favourite “a technical breach of the rules”.

In reality it is criminal fraud. Returning once again to the subject, there are still, right now, 13 Tory MEPs who refuse to disclose what they have done with their expenses. Den Dover has a very similar set-up to Chichester, with hundreds of thousands of pounds paid to a family firm based in his home, he has a lot of questions to answer. Is it acceptable that public servants who work for the voters and spend public money won’t say where the money has gone? Guido doesn’t think so…

UPDATE : Apparently Chichester has already been re-selected to fight next years Euro-elections. Surely the Tories won’t want to run an expense fiddler? Surely?

+++ Rumour Chichester Resigning 4pm +++

UPDATE : BBC reporting Giles Chichester “set to resign”.

Euro-Corruption : Labour Not Gleeful, Just Audited

Labour’s Richard Corbett MEP has called, he says of the Tory Euro-MPs troubles:

“I suppose I should be jumping up and down with glee but I’m afraid we all get tarnished with the same brush.”

He says that they have

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+++ Cameron : MEPs Must Justify Expenses in 48 Hours +++

ConservativeHome’s Tim Montgomerie has been on to Team Cameron. He is reporting that Den Dover and Giles Chichester have 48 hours to explain themselves or have the whip withdrawn – “Zero Tolerance”.

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+++ Another "Whoops-a-Daisy" Tory MEP +++

Guido treads warily with this one since Den Dover MEP got The Sun (at the hands of Carter-Ruck) to apologise for accusing him of expense fiddling. Clearly Den Dover is very sensitive to suggestions that he is an expense fiddler.

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He Says "Whoops-a-Daisy", We Say "Corrupt"

Tory MEPs are led by Giles Chichester, who has been caught paying £445,000 of public funds to a company of which at one time only he and his wife were remunerated directors. Now he has been caught red-handed profiteering from

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