Drink to Cuba Libre!

Guido will be down in Bar Cubana, Waterloo (map) this evening drinking to the ill health of Fidel Castro. The bar is owned by blogging ex-Tory MP Phillip Oppenheim and he has been prevailed upon to contribute a few drinks to celebrate the end of Fidelismo. So if any of you fancy dropping in after work…

(Oppenheim was called a “c**t” by Shadow DFID Minister Andrew Mitchell over this blog story).

Labour’s Anathematising of Hain & Morgan the Organ

Guido has heard that it was made clear to Steve Morgan, Peter Hain’s sleazy campaign manager, that this year he was not welcome at the recent Welsh Labour Party conference. Guido has checked with the Labour Party press office and they will only confirm that Morgan did not attend. (Nor incidentally did the disgraced former Secretary of State for Wales).

That is a little strange for a man who likes to think of himself as an important Welsh Labour Party mover and shaker, usually he can be found glad handing and ingratiating himself with the Welsh Labour Party’s big-wigs in the bars. Wonder why he didn’t attend? Why miss out on all those photo and client-opportunities?

Could it be that he was a little embarrassed about his efforts on behalf of Hillary Clinton? Surely not. Could it be that despite all the spin from Morgan Allen Moore about the lobbyist industry’s APPC professional standards investigation going nowhere, it is getting seriously embarrassing for Morgan?

Morgan spun a line to the public affairs trade press that the complaint had been lodged by an aggrieved Tory ex-employee and would go nowhere. However when the APPC Management Committee met on 5 February they concluded there was a cause for complaint and referred it to the APPC’s Professional Practices Panel.

International spin merchants Grayling were rumoured to be on the verge of a multi-million pound takeover deal for MAM until this scandal blew-up and they pulled out days before the deal was to be agreed. Grayling were one of the founders of the APPC. Guido tried to get confirmation from David Thomas, Grayling’s finance director, without success…

Government to Make Darren Minnikins Homeless

In Bishop Auckland right now the “People’s Bank” is attempting to make Darren Minnikin homeless.

Claim 8PA12900:
Northern Rock plc versus Mr Darren Minnikin

Congratulations Mr Minnikin. You are the first victim of socialist economics today…

Guido Now Available On Bloomberg Terminals

Guido is happy to report that, in response to demand, his cutting edge political and economic news analysis is now distributed worldwide directly into dealing rooms via Bloomberg’s terminal network – the fastest-growing real-time financial information network in the world.

Guido is now more accessible to the world’s central banks, investment institutions, commercial banks, government offices and agencies, law firms, corporations and news organisations in over 150 countries.

You’re either in front of Guido, or you’re behind…

Whose Home Will Brown & Darling Repossess First?

Right now, across the land, stringers for tabloids are looking for the first tragic but photogenic family to have their home repossessed by “the people’s bank”, Northern Rock. They will be the poster family for this whole incompetent mess.

As Goldman Sachs walk away laughing after offering counsel that will have earnt them a fee not unadjacent to £10 million for advice that Vince Cable offered for free, Tom Scholar,* Gordon Brown’s former private secretary, joined the board of the people’s bank yesterday from the Treasury. He will be not just the eyes and ears of Darling and Brown but the one who casts their vote. So much for an “arms length” relationship…

Home repossessions are already up 94% since Labour ran this poster during the 2005 general election campaign. Now the government won’t just get the blame for rising home repossessions, it will actually be repossessing homes. The state will then of course be obliged to re-house them. Welcome back to the world of socialist economics…

*The girls in the typing pool at Northern Rock should be aware that he follows in the tradition of former CEO Adam Applegarth’s hands-on management style.

U.S. Markets Closed for Public Holiday Today

Just Guido being helpful. Wouldn’t want you guys to get it wrong. Again…

UPDATE 20.15 : A co-conspirator points out that BBC Radio 4’s 6 o’clock news has reported the Dow down 29 points – which was Friday’s change. Doh!

Gordon’s Jinx : It Is Official!

At the Lobby briefing this afternoon the PMOS confirmed that Gordon is a Jonah. A member of the fearless Lobby asked the PMOS “Which football match had the Prime Minister attended on Saturday?”

“Raith Rovers” replied the PMOS.

” They lost, didn’t they,” said the correspondent.

” I don’t know,” said the PMOS. ” They must have done – every team he goes to watch loses,” continued the PMOS.

Things are now so bad in England under Gordon that residents in the Northumberland town of beautiful Berwick-upon-Tweed have voted in favour of becoming part of free Scotland under the SNP.

According to a poll for ITV1’s Tonight programme (to be broadcast 8pm, errm, tonight) 60% want the town to be administered by Scotland. Better public services, including free care for the elderly, were the main reasons. The SNP’s Christine Grahame has tabled a motion in the Scottish Parliament calling for the town to “return to the fold”.

If only we could return Gordon to whence he came so easily…

First Draft of the Dodgy Dossier Released

Download it here. There is no mention in the FCO’s first draft of “45 minutes…” This will result in many trees slaughtered and much ink spilt by hand wringing lefties over the government lying to us. Old news…

UPDATE : As pointed out in the comments, this was a different dossier. Now corrected. Guido never read any of them. Not a fan of fiction…

+++ IAIN PAISLEY JUNIOR RESIGNS OVER SLEAZE +++

UPDATE : More on Slugger.

Usual fiddling politician resigning for no reason. “I am not going because of some hidden or some revealed wrongdoing”. So why resign?

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Seventies Socialism Returns

In 1975 Britain was told by Tony Benn that the nationalisation of British Motor Holdings and the Leyland Motor Corporation would be “partial”. Alistair Darling today says the nationalisation of Northern Rock will be “temporary”.

It is worth

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Rich & Mark’s Monday Morning View

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Sunday Sleaze Round-Up

Due to the quantity of political sleaze being reported Guido has introduced a simple Pigs in Shit rating system for guidance on the misdemeanors of porcine politicians (guide here).
Speaker Fiddled Family Flights on Taxpayer’s Airmiles
Press

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