Tories Launch Ed Balls Attack Advert

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Antony Calvert is the Tory PPC fighting to win in Morley and Outwood. He is aiming to give Labour a “Balls moment” to match the 1997 “Portillo Moment”. Ed Balls has a notional majority of 9,000, Portillo had a 15,000 majority, the symbolism would be perfect.

In his advert Antony Calvert says that if you want to castrate Labour, get Balls out. The best attack ad of the campaign so far, Guido’s contribution is going to be greater than a tenner…

Hewitt in a Hole

In a staggering move the board of Eurotunnel have voted to make the disgraced Patricia Hewitt a director. A great spot by LobbyDog. Even after her  fifty grand golden goodbye, Hewitt is not content with just being a director of Boots, BT, Cinven and Barclays. She shamelessly lists her government roles on the proposed motion being put to shareholders in May. Something tells Guido the vote might not go her way…

UPDATE: The Eurotunnel press office say the decision was made “a while ago” and “we’ll have to wait and see” re the vote.

Hewitt No Longer Searching for Moral Compass

Alas it seems that following the publicity Guido gave the “Right Honourable” Patsy Hewitt yesterday, she has according to a source not a million miles away from the International Corporate Governance Network, decided to pull out of her talk.

A small win for the blog, a great loss to satire. Now about that Privy Councillorship…

Loose Lips Sink Ships

Any villager should know that walking down Victoria Street yelling into their phone is never going to end well. A co-conspirator, walking just behind one of Labour’s regional coordinators, was most amused to hear about a massive pledge of support from Unite in a meeting this morning, “politics is a funny old business, but we shall see” about activist turnout and most amusingly high praise for Dave. Apparently his question to Brown at PMQs about crossing picket lines caused much amusement, and the general consensus in Labour HQ was that it was a very good line.

Over at Portcullis House on the last busy day of this Parliament, other eyes and ears have been at work. One of the greatest uses of the EyeSpyMP twitter feed is the busting of hacks and their sources. Stewart Jackson was spotted earlier chatting away to the Standard’s political team, and hey presto, Paul Waugh tweets some insider gossip:

We are watching you…

UPDATE : Stewart Jackson emails: “I never “briefed” Paul Waugh or showed him any Whip’s messages. My only comment in a two minute chat – with another Conservative MP present – was that David Cameron had played a blinder!”  Very loyal.  So who was the other MP?

NATO Does It’s Hoonwork

Reuters is reporting that Geoff Hoon has been asked to stand down from his prestigious role on the NATO steering committee:

“It was the British government that nominated Mr Hoon to be one of the group of 12 experts and he has served there with distinction. However, given that it is clear the British government no longer supports Mr Hoon’s participation, the secretary-general has decided to ask Mr Hoon to end his participation in the group of 12,” the spokesman said.”

Next stop, stripping these disgraced parasites of their Right Honourable titles.

Where Did Dave Get the “Baldemort” Line From?

As Guido mentioned earlier, CCHQ keep a close eye on the blogs.  He hadn’t realised that Dave was such a fan though. In his budget response he referred to Liam Byrne as “Baldemort“. As far as Guido is aware that nickname was first applied to him here last week, before being lifted by the Mail.

Another happy customer.

Guy News : Budget Special

PMQs Live : Goodbye Darling Edition

Joined Up Government

Treasury attack dog Liam Byrne just said that Tory plans to crowd source analysis of the budget small print shows Tories “need help”. Self evidently they do. The clue was when Eric Pickles emailed thousands of people saying “we […]

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Answers on a Postcard to Patsy Hewitt

Patricia Hewitt is speaking at the International Corporate Governance Network tomorrow morning.  According to the programme notes she will try to answer questions like “Who holds the moral compass determining the balance between just deserts and too much?”  Wonder if […]

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Do Bloggers Influence Politics?

Dizzy suggested two weeks ago that the Tories should harness the distributed brain power of the web and crowd source their response to the budget. Yesterday Eric Pickles announced that is exactly what they are going to do today:

Wading

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Foot : Loose and Fancied Three

Michael Foot, who recently died and is soon to be deified (though not as a result of one of Gordon’s recycled speeches), was a bit of a dark horse with the ladies.  According to his biographer the old firebrand […]

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