Given what a shining New Statesman’s James Macintyre took to top freelance totty Rowenna Davis, it was only going to be a matter of time before she ended up writing for the struggling magazine. Last month she wrote a piece slamming parliamentarian’s use of unpaid interns suggesting that “MPs’ dependence on unpaid interns gives those from richer backgrounds a headstart on breaking into politics.” A fair point perhaps, so what’s this Guido reads? “The New Statesman Brand and Project Department is looking for an intern…” Paid? Yeah right…
The Guardian have tried doing a hatchet job on right-wing kiddy trainers the Young Britons’ Foundation. Apparently YBF acolytes visited a firing range while in the U.S. to shoot off some AK-47s, so this means Dave is going to repeal the handgun ban. Well that was the line pumped by one Mrs Bob Marshall-Andrews, the wife of the stalwart Labour MP, who happens to work for the anti-firearms lobby. No mention of the relationship in the article though.
In Guido’s student days we went to actual war zones, not firing ranges, to shoot off Ak47s. Given that Eric Pickles just last Wednesday gave a speech to YBF, praising them and getting them fired up for the coming ground war, it seems somewhat pathetic for him to be trying to distance himself. Guido was wondering what exactly is wrong with shooting off a few rounds? After all a right-wing gun nut was Britain’s finest Prime Minister. The Guardian make it sound like they are being trained for a military coup. They shouldn’t worry too much though, as Guido told the YBF audience just after Pickles had addressed them – they aren’t nearly extreme enough.
They should spend more time on the firing range and less time trying to climb the greasy pole.
Ashcroft’s commercial links to ConservativeHome, PoliticsHome and Iain Dale are getting a lot of coverage, not least in the Guardian this morning. People should not forget that Charlie Whelan’s Unite union funds LabourList and LeftFootForward is also union funded.
For the avoidance of doubt, Guido’s blog is an editorially independent, for profit enterprise. If James Murdoch, the Barclay Brothers, Charlie Whelan or Michael Ashcroft want to buy Guido’s blog, he is open to offers.
Until that day the editorial line of this blog is determined by Guido alone…
So Lord Swraj Paul has fallen into line with Ashcroft. However Lakshmi Mittal has given even more – some £4 million pounds to the Labour Party tax free – shouldn’t he or the Labour Party pay tax on that sum?
Guido has identified £10,596,751 in non-dom donations to the Labour Party from donors who have avoided paying UK taxes, that is an average of £16,403 per constituency. There are, as Lord Paul himself says, more donations and donors not yet identified. If donors had to pay taxes at the higher rate of 40% like ordinary voters the exchequer would have not been cheated of £7,064,500.
Labour’s 1997 manifesto promised to put a stop to all this…
There is growing resentment in some quarters with Michael Ashcroft, the feeling is that his Lordship has unnecessarily made difficulties for the Tories by waiting till this late moment to come clean.
There is also a concern that in deciding to sue, at this time, the Indy (over allegations of corruption) he is guaranteeing more bad headlines during the campaign. He is being cut loose already, the Tories are ruthless about these things, CCHQ is briefing that
“Michael Ashcroft has said that he is standing down as deputy chairman of the Conservative party after the election to concentrate on his media and business interests. Under the ministerial code this would exclude him from holding a government post.”
In the words of Douglas Adams, the Cameroons are saying: So long and thanks for all the cash…
This week’s Guy News interviewed Sam Dunkerley, a pensioner who worked at an engineering firm taken over by Gordon’s non-domiciled financial backer, Lord Swraj Paul. Emily reports on what happened to the firm’s pension fund and how bitter Mr Dunkerley feels about Lord Paul’s donations to the Labour Party: “Lord Paul has been bank-rolling the Labour Party with our money”.
TB reports on the ermine vermin problem at the Lords and we go inside Steve Hilton’s Zen Space. We also have an official declaration from Lord Evil, the non-domiciled backer of Guy News, stating his clear and transparent financial position. Enjoy.
Sticking with the International Women’s Day theme, Guido had to chuckle when he saw that Jo Swinson, the chairman of the Liberal Democrat’s “Real Women” campaign, will be chairing a panel of feminists today. The Campaign for Body Confidence will look into “combating body image pressure felt by women and girls today.” Funny Ms. Swinson doesn’t quite practice what she preaches. Was it body image pressure that led her to claim a £27.94 receipt from Boots, including £5 for eyeliner, a £5 lip liner and £12 for “R&M Eye Kit” on her expenses? Not forgetting the electric toothbrush and hair-dryer. The Fees Office drew the line at the £19.10 tooth flosser.
It is election time so 18 year-olds get birthday greetings from politicians. Here is Ed’s slightly scary welcome. He pretends to be interested in their views on the economy and such like. Though question 7 – “Will you deliver leaflets for Ed down your road?” – gives you a better idea as to Ed’s true motivation in contacting teenagers. Question 6 seems a particularly stupid question…