Wonk Wanted : £100,000 Offered

The Institute of Economic Affairs has appointed headhunters at Odgers Berndtson to find a new General Director to lead the daddy of all think-tanks into the 21st Century.  The salary is £100,000, the closing date is August 28, if you want to brush off your CV.  Can’t be many wonks on that kind of money…

They say they are looking for a media-savvy, free marketeer with drive.   They should have political nous, but no party ties.  Guido has listed a few potential candidates previously.  There are also a few unemployed (and employed) journalists around who might be interested in the job.

At that rate even Guido could be tempted if it were not for the “no drinking on the premises” restriction…

NHS Twitter Storm in Small Tea-Cup

Twitter plus politics seems to get people very excited.  So the number of people who are hashtagging WeLovetheNHS is in the news.  Sarah Brown is in on the Twitter tag, Downing Street has just sent out an email about it, Cameron did the same yesterday.

Viral!  Some say it even crashed the Twitter system.  It didn’t.  How many people have used the #welovethenhs hash tag exactly?  In three days 11,902 people have Tweeted it a total of 22,642 times at the time of writing.  By comparison   69,991 people have signed the petition on the Downing Street website calling on Gordon Brown to resign and some 2.5 million people watched Dan Hannan dissect Gordon Brown to his face live on YouTube.  Guido knows internet viral storms when he sees them.  This ain’t one.

11,902 people is less than the number of people who come to this blog site on a day in Silly Season when Guido hasn’t even posted an article. Get a grip you twits…

UPDATE : If Sarah and Gordon love the NHS so much, why did she urge him to spend thousands of pounds having his teeth done privately? They don’t love the NHS enough to wait for it to fix his teeth. Hypocrite.

High Pay Attracts Wrong Type of MP

Alan Duncan has, we are told, been given a final “third strike and you are out” warning by Dave. Guido can’t see how the public can trust the Tories to be really sincere on reforming MPs’ expenses if Alan Duncan is negotiating for the Tories. His sense of self-entitlement clearly shows he is not well disposed to anything that is going to reduce his ability to pick the pockets of the taxpayers.

Tory backbenchers are lining up behind Duncan’s claim that parliament will not be able to attract candidates of the “right calibre”. Complete bullshit – this is a self-serving and fallacious argument. The army pays poorly and yet still attracts the best calibre people, well motivated and made of the right stuff. The finest priests are poor and honest.

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Politics is a field that has always attracted the worst character types; the power hungry and the vain, egotistical blowhards with an an over-developed sense of self worth go into politics the world-over claiming they want to “make the world a better place”. Paying them high salaries and padding it all out with financial perks compounds the problem. It attracts people with all the usual character flaws of those attracted to politics and who are also plain greedy.

Politics should be about public service, it should be an honour, not a grubby profession pursued for personal enrichment straight out of Oxbridge.

Don’t go into politics to make money. Choose a different business career if you want to be wealthy. Better still make some money first and go into politics after you have gained a couple of decades of real world experience. John Prescott becoming a multi-millionaire at the taxpayers’ expense when he was supposed to be a servant of the people sends out the wrong signals.

Politicians who claim that the “right calibre” people are motivated by high financial rewards really mean they want those rewards. Guido wants politicians who are motivated not by the prospect of personal enrichment, but instead by the honour of being elected as public servants.

Guido on the Fringe

Have had a few requests to speak at fringe events at the party conferences, so just to make the position clear – Guido is willing to do so, preferably in relation to areas of interest covered on this blog.

First come first served.  Will be in Bournemouth with the LibDems on the Sunday and the Monday, will be with the Tories from Monday to Thursday. No one has actually asked Guido to speak on the Labour fringe yet…

Email guido.fawkes@order-order.com.

Doh!

Heydon Prowse offered Guido the Alan Duncan video back in June. Doh!

Paul Goodman on ConservativeHome warns that the next election is the YouTube election. Expect to see more of this type of thing…

On balance it seems difficult to see how Alan Duncan can now credibly lead the Tory charge on expense reforms. He clearly doesn’t get it.

Most MPs are Sh*ts

Alan Duncan has been caught on camera complaining that post expense-gate he lives on rations and is “treated like shit”. He is now backtracking and claiming it was only said in jest and it is a great honour to blah, blah, blah. He of course lives in a Westminster pad worth well over a million quid and a constituency house which we pay to maintain in some style. We also paid him four hundred quid a month tax free, no receipts required for groceries. (MPs recently voted in a show of piss-taking to raise that to five hundred quid.) Not exactly hardship rations.

The more MPs Guido meets, the more he is confirmed in his view that they are for the most; venal, egotistical, untrustworthy, shits. Alan Duncan has to ask himself why he is treated so. Guido says “treat ’em as you find ’em…”

Ancram: Toff Trougher

It is important to remember, as tributes are paid to Michael Ancram on his announced retirement, that he never failed to take any opportunity available to bleed the taxpayer. The wealthy Most Honourable the Marquess of Lothian made sure that we were charged to the fullest extent to maintain his stately home.

Nor should you forget that he was so completely lacking in self awareness that he quite ridiculously put himself forward as one of the candidates for Tory leader last time round. As if…

Bear all that in mind when you read all the tributes…

Rich & Mark’s Monday Morning View


Downing Street in “Purnell Gay” Smears Row – Mail on Sunday

Indy on iPhone

iphone-independent-_230785tRemember Guido’s Plan to Save the Indy?

Well they have gone half way towards the concept.  They have released an iPhone app that allows you to read the paper offline.  Handy for people getting on the tube.  Just launch […]

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Kamiński Cleared

rsz_1michalWhen Guido posted Edward Macmillan Scott’s attack on Michał Kamiński there was quite a strong backlash from the co-conspirators. Dan Hannan did quite a comprehensive rebuttal of the charges against Kamiński, Charles Crawford the blogging former British ambassador to Poland […]

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Meet the Man in Charge of Digital Britain

If the above is not enough, here is the classic example of the calibre of his insight: read this New Statesman article and weep with laughter at the twat that is Sion Simon…[…]

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Murdoch Bucks the Market

rupe_rupeCan he buck the market?  As newspaper revenues crumble, Murdoch says he will charge for online news.  Guido’s hunch is that even if that becomes widespread this will not save the newspaper industry.  It is like the plan by […]

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