Number Twos Through

With one more day to go Jon Cruddas needs one more nomination to be through. Benn looks finished, unless he has a last minute surge, which is not impossible. Although Johnson’s people have been blamed for smearing Benn others have suggested that Blears’ people had more to gain.

Blears’ salary as Party Chairwoman is paid for by the Labour Party. During the leadership elections she is not doing any work as Chairwoman (for obvious reasons), organising the elections is all being left to Jaquie Smith. Given the cash-strapped nature of the Labour party some are calling for her to forego her salary during the campaign – she is after all not doing the job she is paid to do. Seems fair enough…

Gordon Backed by 81% of Labour MPs

Alan Milburn somehow found the time to nominate Hazel Blears, but not Gordon Brown. What a surprise…

Gove "Doing Immense Harm"

So says David Cameron, or at least that is the inference to be made from his blog about the use of the term “Islamist terrorists”.
It’s hard to over-emphasise the importance of language. I know it sounds like a side issue, but it isn’t. We are just not getting this right. Every time the BBC or a politician talks about “Islamist terrorists” they are doing immense harm..

Gove’s book, Celsius 7/7, refers to “Islamist terrorists” on almost every page. Guido has only read the reviews and very mixed they were. Guido’s strategy for dealing with the clash of civilisations utilises iPods, mini-skirt clad girls, Playboy, Jack Daniels & Coca Cola, Sony PlayStations and Ferraris in a kulturkampf to convince disaffected young male muslims of the superior attractions of Western values. Not sure if Gove advocated that kind of hearts and minds strategy, but it would be much more effective than lessons in civics or whatever it is that Blunkett and Reid advocate. Which strikes Guido as fundamentally misunderstanding the primal motivations of disaffected young males…

Another Poll Confirms the Brown Deficit

On the weekend the YouGov poll in the Sunday Times emphasised the electoral liability that Gordon is to Labour. When asked to choose between Cameron and Brown the voters prefer Dave more than when asked to choose between Labour and the Tories.
Today Populus in the Times* re-confirms the finding, when asked to choose between the parties it has the Tories 4% ahead, when asked to choose between the leaders the Tories are 10% ahead – exactly the same result as YouGov.

Putting the crude numbers into the electoral calculus translates that differential, the Brown Deficit, into 60 lost Labour marginal seats. Now you know why Guido says it is lemming-like to dispatch Blair for Brown…

*How the hell Peter Riddell and Philip Webster can spin the poll as positive for Brown is beyond Guido. What people will do for access. The headline isA Bounce for Brown. Maybe they mean a lemming-like bounce, with people even less likely to vote Labour when Brown is leader.

Will Benn Be Toast at Tea-Time?

Whether or not Hilary Benn has only the rumoured twenty or so nominations will be known for a fact this tea-time (6pm) when the list of nominations received will be posted on the Labour party website. Expect leaks this afternoon…

We will also find out if Meacher’s backers are willing to switch to McDonnell. His price on Betfair has come in to 80/1. Guido backed him at 250/1, has covered all of it and some, with a free bet left if he gets through to cover. That is still a big if…

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Benn Struggling

Benn is rumoured to have less than two-dozen MP backers – well short of the required nominations – expect him to be the first to drop out before nominations close. Spin that he will get the foreign secretaryship seem ambitious…

Rich & Mark’s Monday Morning View

Latest Poll Confirms Labour’s Lemming "Bounce"

Voters are going to miss Blair when he is gone, the latest YouGov poll for the Sunday Times says the people rate him a good prime minister by a narrow 3% margin, by a bigger 45% margin they believed he

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Aussie Labor Party Doomed

At the swearing in ceremony at the Scottish Parliament a few days ago John McTernan, fresh from organising the Scottish Labour party election campaign, was overheard saying he was off to Australia to help the Australian Labor Party in the

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Friday Caption Competition (Save the Children Edition)

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Gordon’s Campaign Site

As Dizzy first broke (and Gordon’s people denied and lied about) the Silverfish owned site GordonBrownforBritain.com has been launched. It has as always, pictures of Gordon with children and a Where is Gordon? google map. A Where’s Gordon?™ Google map

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