Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Sir Michael White Concedes to Guido

Many will remember fondly Guido’s spit roasting by Paxman and Sir Michael White last year. Guido remembers that they both took particular umbrage at Guido’s news priorities. At the time the top story on the blog was a video of Gordon picking his nose. Paxman went into his faux outraged Grande Dame routine at this prioritising of political tittle tattle. Today in his column Sir Michael concedes that perhaps Guido knew better what the public want. He has obviously been studying the YouTube charts:
“YouTube’s clip of chancellor Brown picking his nose is twice as popular as his PM’s debut last June.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown arrives at Downing Street
Views: 118,600 on the Downing Street YouTube channel

Prime Minister Gordon Brown picks his nose on budget day
Views: 233,649 on the Guido Fawkes’ YouTube channel

So you can teach an old dog new tricks…

Who Will Tell the PM?

Guido has been asking around his Labour Party sources. Nobody has any knowledge of a planned Milburn putsch – though one source said he would support one. The difficulty in a candidate getting 71 nominations from the PLP is irrelevant, the rules state that a challenge had to be in place in April for the party conference. Guido’s Sage of the Handbook says it doesn’t really matter about the rules. If a significant number of Labour MPs told Brown to go, he would have to go. If only people like Milburn, Clarke, Hoey or McDonnell say it, he can weather it.

The sage thought that if only a handful of members of the cabinet were to tell Brown to his face that he had to go for the sake of the party, that would be that. Jack Straw would be the man deputised to do the job. Brown has been a disaster for the Labour Party, he can’t be the change he promised, he is clearly physically and politically exhausted. Will Jack be the one to put him out of his misery on Friday?

UPDATE : Word is that Gordon will flee to Fife on Friday. What was it Alex Salmond called him? “The big feartie from Fife” will want to be well away from any PLP posse wanting mutiny. When there is trouble he will be gone…

Is this Really Why Fiona Gordon is Going?

From January to June 2007 HM Treasury staff took an average of 166 days off per month due to stress-related illnesses. From July to December 2007 HM Treasury staff took an average of 106 days off per month due to stress-related illnesses. The stress levels dropped off dramatically from the moment when Gordon went from the Treasury to No. 10.

Fiona Gordon, Political Secretary to the PM, is leaving this summer. The spin is because she wants to do other things. In fact, Guido is reliably informed, it is because she bears the brunt of most of Gordon’s mobile phone flinging tantrums. It was she who procured and failed to secure David Pitt-Watson for the General Secretaryship of the Labour Party. Some Labour activists suspect she is now the real acting General Secretary of the Labour Party. As Gordon’s henchwoman it should be remembered that, if the Crewe campaign ends in disaster and Gordon tries to deny his active direction of it, Steve McCabe, the orchestrator of the campaign, is Fiona’s other half. The nasty party campaign comes directly from Downing Street…

The Way He Tells ‘Em

Fraser Nelson on CoffeeHouse says Gordon’s joke at Google’s Zeitgeist conference yesterday in which he claims to have seen a banner saying “worldwide campaign against globalisation” is familiar. Brown used it in January ’08, July ’07, March ’07, Jan ’07 and November ’06 and (first) in a Newsweek article in September ’06. Fraser reckons Brown lifted the slogan not from a demo, but an April 2000 article by William Keegan here.

This is not the first time his speech writers have recycled an anecdote repeatedly. Yesterday Guido joked with his broker that if Jonah Brown was speaking to Google maybe it was time to short GOOG stock. “Don’t be silly” said the broker “GOOG is enjoying a mega bull run”. GOOG stock closed down $2.55 on the day cursed by Jonah Brown…

Monday, May 19, 2008

Is Tony Playing a Joke on Gordon?

Having been trying to figure out why on earth Labour would think to use the clunking fist imagery for their Crewe campaign. A co-conspirator has come up with the answer:
“Look, Gordon. You know I’m a regular sort of guy. You know how much I want you to succeed. Why don’t you try…” [He presses the mute button because Cherie is giggling too loudly]).

Tony made him do it. The “clunking fist” was his image idea after all….

Crewe Gets Shown Gordon’s Clunking Fist

Why don’t they use a jack-boot rather than a fist? Get some party activists to wear brown shirts. C’mon Gordon, this is too namby pamby…

UPDATE : The awfully posh harriet Harman has cancelled visiting the constituency tomorrow – possibly to avoid being questioned about her remarks on the weekend that the campaign was “not very positive”.

UPDATE II : Tamsin has finally given an answer to the BBC on the Gordon asset/liability question: “Gordon is an asset as Prime Minister, but I am fighting on local issues.”

"Tough on Toffs" Comes from the Top

According to Iain Dale’s source, Moyra Tamsin Dunwoody-Kneafsy denies having ever met Gordon Brown, but speaks to him regularly on the phone during her class-war campaign for Crewe & Nantwich. Odd, Guido has obtained this picture of the pair smiling for the camera.

This campaign strategy has been implicitly and publicly disowned by Harriet Harman, Ed & David Miliband, Jon Cruddas and according to rumour, Stephen Carter. This is not a strategy to maximise votes, it is a strategy to hold on to core votes. This is not reaching out to the middle classes or the common ground, the ground that wins elections. It is a strategy only to ensure that Labour does not come third.

Gordon is supposed to have personally authorised the campaign and condoned the tactics. The message being sent out from Labour’s campaign is that the Tory candidate is soft on foreigners, criminals and is an effete posh, multi-millionaire. Having tried the “Boris is a racist, right-wing toff” they are trying the “Timpson is a foreigner-loving, nanmby-pampby toff” tactic to see if that nuanced version of it will work. No positive message is being sent, it is an entirely negative campaign. Gordon has thrown £2.7 billion at this by-election. If it doesn’t work in this Labour heartland seat, it won’t work anywhere. Where then for Gordon?

UPDATE : Tamsin, grand-daughter of Baroness Norah Philips and Morgan Philips, a Labour former General Secretary, daughter of Labour MP Gwyneth, has just told Sky’s live-chat that “I was selected on ability, experience and my fundamental political beliefs”. She also admitted to living on a six acre plot in Wales that she is redeveloping. She will have plenty of time to finish it.

Asked repeatedly during the live-chat she again refused to answer the question(s) as to if Gordon is an asset or a liability, nor would she say if she would vote for 42-days detention.

Rich & Mark’s Monday Morning View

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Picture of Unity

Gordon at the Church of Scotland Assembly. He looks like he is being kept in the dock by Hinge and Bracket. Wendy’s proximity says it all…

Saturday, May 17, 2008

+++ Ted Kennedy Rushed to Hospital +++


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Stop Bercow | The Times


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