Super-Hero Gordon Cartoon Surprisingly Realistic

The new Captain Britain cartoon has Gordon Brown decisively instructing the comic book super-hero. Guido likes the realism…

Hat-tip : Rich Johnston

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Leader of Tory MEPs Under Suspicion

Dave has made an issue of transparency, promising that his expenses will all be made public and that he will insist on his MPs doing everything above board. The MEPs in Brussels, more used to the continental ways, are proving to be opaque and less than open about their dealings. 13 Tory MEPs have refused to make public their expenses. So public money is spent unaccountably by politicians who are supposed to be holding the EU Commission to account. Much of the cash is known to end up in the bank accounts of people close to the MEPs themselves.
  1. Sir Robert Atkins
  2. Christopher Beazely
  3. John Bowis
  4. Philip Bushill-Matthews
  5. Martin Callanan
  6. Den Dover
  7. James Elles
  8. Malcolm Harbour
  9. Caroline Jackson
  10. Timothy Kirkhope
  11. John Purvis
  12. Struan Stevenson
  13. Robert Sturdy
The 13 Tory MEPs above did not answer questions posed by Open Europe’s Transparency Initiative. It gets worse, the leader of the Tory MEPs, Giles Chichester, 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.

That is an insurmountable conflict of interest. Even if, as is so often the way with political corruption, he faces no charges, he should at the very least be relieved of his position as Euro-Tory leader. David Cameron has publicly asked for “a full explanation and a detailed account of his Parliamentary expenses”. If it is not satisfactory or forthcoming, Chichester’s days on the Euro-gravy train are over…

+++ AP : Hillary Clinton to Concede +++

UPDATE : Reuters, running Clinton campaign denial.

Beer and Sandwiches Were Not On the Menu

Brendan Barber, general secretary of the TUC is not really a beer and sandwiches man, so what was on the menu when he was seen slipping quietly into No. 10 yesterday afternoon?

Well, the Labour Party has 27 days to find £7.45m due by the end of the month. Where else are they going to find it?

The TUC no doubt went in to negotiate terms. Perhaps another bung from the government’s “union modernisation” fund to recycle into Labour Party coffers? Some new employment regulations? Perhaps a bit of public sector pay upward flexibility? Gordon will definitely have been listening to his paymaster…

The Crosby Effect Mapped

That was one successful strategy. Ken’s voters are under siege…

Hat-tip : Vote 2007

Sunlight Disinfects and Evaporates Expense Claims

At the European Parliament yesterday afternoon they held a hearing on the proposals from the Commission to limit access to information. Kevin Dunion, the Scottish Information Commissioner, was there and gave evidence. The most interesting thing he said was that when he ruled that all MSP’s expenses had to be publicly declared, the result was a 30% drop in the total expenses bill. He suggested the same might happen if the MEPs had to be open about their expenses.
Do you think that if the Tory MEP leader Giles Chichester knew that voters would be able to hold him to account for his expenses that he would have fiddled £500,000 through his family firm?. Stinks doesn’t it?

Incidentally if you are wondering why LibDem and Labour MEPs are not attacking Chichester, the answer is obvious. They are all at it…

+++ Internal Poll of Labour Activists Says "Ditch Brown" +++

Rumour going around Westminster.

Smith Institute Used to Sell 42 Days

Gordon Brown is in a lot of trouble over 42 days, his attachment to this Blairite legacy policy has become a trial of strength. Jacqui Smith is going round selling the policy to sceptical Labour backbenchers and implacable opposition.
Strange

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Mediasaurus-like Stat-Porn

Just got off the phone with Deborah Summers, Guardian Online’s Politics Editor. She doesn’t really dispute the figures, just that they are not “like for like”. She reckons we should include Comment is Free to boost up her numbers.

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De-Googlisation?

It is all very well CCHQ’s spinmeister, Steve Hilton, following his partner, Google’s spinmeister Rachel Whetstone, off to California – he can time shift his remote control of the Tories whilst waiting for Rachel’s stock options to vest. The much

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Today Your Tax Serfdom is Over for this Year

According to the annual calculations made by the Adam Smith Institute, today is Tax Freedom Day:

that wonderful point in the year when the average taxpayer has finally earned enough to cover all their taxes and at last can

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