Blinky Balls : I Won’t Be Chancellor

Blinky BallsIn a puff piece in the Brownite Daily Mail, Blinky does a bit of false modesty and says “I still have a lot to learn.” He tells Dacre’s hacks, “No” he won’t be taking over at the Treasury “I have been a Minister for less than a year”. Yes, and he has barely managed to hang on to his parliamentary seat. If Brown hadn’t sorted out a sinecure and a peerage for the neighbouring sitting MP his protege would soon face actually having to earn a living.Guido has been betting against Balls being Chancellor for sometime, his odds are far too short and he has effectively made himself a longshot. Alastair Darling should get the gig unless the upcoming cabinet game of musical chairs somehow upsets Brown’s plans. In other bets Guido has rebalanced the Blair-to-Go bet to July/Sep on Betfair. Uncharacteristically am “all red” on any other outcome. If Yates forces an early Blair resignation Guido will take a hammering at the bookies, but it would be worth it…

Cheer yourself up again by watching Blinky fall apart under interrogation by Brillo.

No Independent Deterrent MeansNo Independent Foreign Policy

As the Tories traipse loyally into the “Aye” lobby with Blair it is worth reflecting on what they are really voting for – a foreign and defence policy subordinate to the U.S. national interest. Now it may be the case that U.S. and U.K. interests generally coincide, but this is a strategic decision which binds Britain to the U.S. for the next thirty years.
If it has been possible for the French to have an independent Force de Frappe and Force Océanique Stratégique since the sixties surely the British can manage after half-a-century to have control of their own weapons system. Since no U.S. president would ever sacrifice a U.S. city to save London, it is verging on treachery to vote to allow the U.S. the ultimate veto on the Defence of the Realm.

For the £30 to £60 billion the replacement system will allegedly cost, surely the Royal Navy could be equipped with a British made and truly independent deterrent. Or is British technology as inferior to French technologie as the British political establishment’s deference to U.S. interests is inferior to the French sense of exceptional national interest?

McTernan Documentation

The Law Report for Attorney-General v British Broadcasting Corporation contains a little nugget Guido hadn’t noticed before. The three categories of documentation identified were:
A Material relating to policy strategy in conducting their future investigations. As to that, the judge said that the real concern of the police was that they wished to put the document to several individuals who might be suspects. They considered that there was a risk that if information about the document was published, that would give potential interviewees the opportunity to frustrate the investigation.

B Material of a factual nature: The police regarded the document in question as a key document in the investigation into the perversion of the course of justice, whose deployment was a matter of real interest and concern and the police were for that reason concerned about it receiving advanced publicity in the media. The document was not an email, it ran to several pages and contained far more information. There was a real question mark as to whether Mr Powell, the addressee, ever received it and the investigating officers were very interested to discover whether he did so or not.

C Material related to Mr John McTernan, director of political operations at Downing Street.

Most of Westminster thinks he has grassed or cut a deal to save his skin. The whole Loans for Lordships affair has, at the very least, cost him his much desired safe seat.

No doubt John will take precious time out from overseeing the decimation of the Labour party in Scotland to post again in the comments telling us how he is in the clear and Guido gets it all wrong. We shall see…

Guess the Odd One Out

One of these guys has recently changed his hair parting, one of these guys has only half-admitted to his drugs issues and one of these guys is leader of the Conservative party. Can you tell which?

Hat-tip : Comment Central

Milan Fashion News

“Tricky corners” are out with fashionistas like David Mills and Silvio Berlusconi. On trial and facing up to twenty years in jail he isn’t worried. The trial will be dragged out beyond the statute of limitations and the former husband of Tessa Jowell will get off free, but not proved innocent.

Mills not only advised his ex-wife on back-to-back mortgages, he also advised Bernie Ecclestone, the Formula One boss, at the time his wife, Tessa, was formulating legislation on banning tobacco advertising F1. Bernie bunged more than £1 million to the Labour Party and succeeded in blocking a ban.

They are said to be separated, but can still be found sleeping under the same roof. Guido suspects that sometime next year, after the trial is halted, they will be reunited.

"Oh Fuck, Levy Has Asked Me To Lie For Him"

That is the quote that the Beeb is too frit to broadcast.

Coincidentally, Guido is speaking tomorrow at midday at the Westminster Media Forum’s Privacy, convergence and content regulation conference sponsored by the British Broadcasting Corporation and Clifford Chance.

So if the Attorney General does want to serve an injunction, you know where to find Guido.

See Iain Dale for more.

Gordon’s Privatised Teeth

According to the PMOS, Tony uses an NHS dentist. The perma-tanned boy-racer, Peter Hain, switched from an NHS dentist in Putney when he went private to an NHS dentist in his Neath constituency – that should keep the leftie dentist vote on side. Hazel Blears lets the taxpayer subsidise her smile, as do Patricia Hewitt, David Miliband and Baroness Amos.

In a statement he spun the blame onto his wife “Gordon has been going to the same dentist for 11 years. Mr Druian is an old friend of Sarah Brown’s family”.

The latest figures show that 60% of Britons are not registered with an NHS dentist. New Labour pledged in 1999 that all patients would have access to NHS dentistry within two years.

House Keeping & Comments Policy Reminder

  • The hosting of this blog is now on Google’s backbone and anything other than http://www.Order-Order.com is likely not to work.

  • Back to the perennial comments policy: there has been too much discussion of policy and politics in the comments of late, some über-bores even discussing history. It is not entertaining in the least, this blog is about political tittle-tattle and gossip (on a good day).
  • If you want to bore on about policy or tell people which way to vote try Comment is Free, ConservativeHome or LabourHome. Comments policy fully reviewed here.

  • One more moan, this isn’t the Reuters website, it doesn’t cover everything, Guido aims for about three stories a day, is usually (hopefully) drunk on Friday afternoons and takes weekends off. So stop whinging about the limited editorial choices.

Rich & Mark’s Monday Morning View (Dental Edition)

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Blogged on Thursday, Frontpage on Sunday

Guido’s readers had a preview of the Mail on Sunday’s exclusive earlier this week.

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Levy On the Edge

It was a year ago that Guido said Levy would be charged (and started taking bets) it has taken the press and the Lobby a long time to fully come around to Guido’s way of thinking.

The Indy reckons Levy

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Friday Caption Contest (Howzat? Edition)

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