Do You Know Now?

Just in from the Court:

A Metropolitan police security officer, Chris Ham, 21, told the high court in London today that Mr Jones, the MP for Clwyd South for 20 years, swore at him after he “politely” asked to see his pass at Portcullis House in Westminster. Mr Ham, who said he had never seen Mr Jones before the incident, described the outburst as having left him “shocked and flustered”.

Giving evidence on behalf of Mail on Sunday publisher Associated Newspapers, Mr Ham said: “His immediate response was to tell me to fuck off and that he was a member of parliament. I again asked politely, persisted. His second response was ‘Fuck off, you should know who I am, you don’t have the right to question me, you are only security.'”


Who is fucked now?

Self-Important-Shit-of-an-MP Sues

Martyn Jones is widely regarded in the Palace of Westminster, by the few people who actually know who he is, as a bit of a self-important prat in a building full of self-important prats. He is suing the Mail on Sunday’s Simon Walters for libel on the grounds that an article exaggerated an incident in a report with the headline “Labour MP in foul-mouthed outburst”.

Before entering parliament Martyn Jones worked in a brewery and in a 20-year backbench career since he has hardly risen to the heights of recognition. Yet when a Portcullis House security guard asked him to show his ID card he went into a full blown “do-you-know-who-I-am” routine and told the guard, who was only doing his job, that “I don’t give a shit what you are. You should know who members of Parliament are.”

Giving evidence in court Jones claimed that only about 10% of MPs wore their passes and it was better for security to identify MPs by their faces. Is that true, do only 60 or so MPs wear their passes? How is it better for security not to wear a pass?

UPDATE : On a scale of 0 -100%, the Public Whip rates his opposition to ID cards at 0%.

Osborne : "We’ll Cut Taxes – Maybe"

Sometimes Guido wonders what the point of the Tories is nowadays, if they won’t even promise to reduce the tax burden in government, what use are they?

Osborne today will promise the British Chambers of Commerce a tax reduction in “a new pact with Britain’s small businesses” and a “radical package of tax simplification”. This will be done in a “fiscally neutral way”. That means the overall tax burden will remain unchanged. So it is not really a tax cut, more a shifting of taxes about. Did he learn nothing in Dublin?

On the Hustings

A co-conspirator writes

On Sunday in Oxford Gordon referred to ‘party reforms’ to make Labour a 21st Century party. The few proposals he listed were all pretty dull.

I also managed to catch two party officials ‘helping a questioner’ with the question they had submitted for gordon to ask. She turned out to be a young NEC member, and when it got around to her she asked about making anti retroviral drugs more widely available to HIV/aids sufferers in Africa.

They were cagey when I pointed out I had seen them talking to her, going over the written question and they seeing her write another question on the back of the paper.

It really does beggar belief, he can’t lose because there are no votes, yet the Stalinist still rigs the questions to make himself look good. There are grim days coming..

Cameron iSpanks Gordon

Gordon once implausibly claimed, in an effort to look as hip as young Cameron, that he woke up to the sound of the Artic Monkeys on his iPod. It was later conceded that the claim was ridiculous spin which he blamed on his image advisers. How will Gordon cope in iPod-street-credibility terms with the news that the last album Dave bought was by the Seattle-based indie band Modest Mouse?

Which Modest Mouse album Dave bought is not known. Guido suspects it was Baron Von Bullshit.

Rich & Mark’s Monday Morning View

Terror Spin : Blair Apologises to Cameron

Voters Dislike All Six Deputy CandidatesDislike Blears the Most

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Mike Smithson over at PoliticalBetting.Com pulls out some recognisability data from the latest Populus poll. Less than 1 in 5 people can identify the most recognisable candidate, Harriet Harman. 1 in 10 people can identify Hazel Blears and she is most disliked – to be even less liked than Peter Hain must be depressing.

Johnson and Benn are the least disliked and the political punter’s favourites on Betfair. None of the number two wannabees has a positive rating.

How to Get Ahead in Cowley Street

Since the departure of the Kennedy regime in January 2006, the LibDems have been very keen to abide by fair and scrupulous application processes in order to widen the net of talent that is employed at their Westminster HQ.
Ed Davy, the LibDem campaigns supremo and Ming’s chief of staff, must therefore know some very talented people. By remarkable coincidence, the three key spin appointments since Davy took on the role of campaigns chair have been:
  • Olly Grender as acting communications director – who is a close friend and former flatmate of Ed.
  • Johnathan Oates as permanent communications director – Ed’s former agent in Kingston and the best man at his wedding in 2006.
  • Hannah Parker Gardiner, has been appointed as Head of Media just recently – Ed’s ex-lover.
With Davy so connected to such a wealth of talent it is a wonder the party bothers with an application process at all. Why not just ask Ed who he has in his address book that might be suitable for any particular role? Wonder if Ed has leadership ambitions for the future? Placing his people in position now would be quite cunning…

Civil Liberties Group Condemns Race Speech

No not Big Brother, this is about Gordon Brown. Remember these headlines following Gordon’s speech to the GMB on Monday?

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Brown pledges ‘British workers for British jobs’ Daily Mail
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Turncoat Short-Listed for Gillingham

Rehman Chishti defected to the Tories in the early days of Project Cameron much to the satisfaction of the Cameroonies. He even starred in a video with Dave where, in a plummy accent, he asserted his working-class roots.

With the

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BBC 5 Live : Removals Van Spotted Outside No. 10

UPDATE : Real picture here.

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They Don’t Like It Up ‘Em

Iain Dale had a go at the Sunday Lobby yesterday for recycling a Brownite speech and spin package. The gentlemen of the Lobby were not slow to respond. Patrick Hennessy from the Sunday Telegraph and Ian Kirby from the News

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