Thursday, June 12, 2008

Wexford Split on Lisbon

The priest reckons turnout is going to be about 20% at our polling station. The farmers will probably shade towards the Yes since the IFA claims to have secured a veto (they haven’t really, who knows what backroom deal has been done).

The fishermen are resolutely opposed, for the same reasons British fishermen oppose the EU. They have blockaded Cork and Waterford harbours recently. There was some talk of doing so locally, but they couldn’t really be arsed.

Two No votes were cast in our household. If the European superstate crumbles as a result, Granny Fawkes will have started it…

DD Scuppers Brown Re-Launch Narrative

Whatever you might think of David Davis and his mini-referendum by-election, one thing is for sure, he has ruined the planned “Brown fight-back starts here” narrative. The story is Tory, not Brown, not about the issues they want to highlight, it is about issues which Labour politicians and activists don’t feel comfortable about. Nobody is paying Brown any attention now.

Labour PPC "Opposed to 42 Days"

Danny Marten, Labour’s candidate for Haltemprice and Howden last year, is the chair of East Yorkshire Young Labour and by all accounts firends and foes say he is a likeable and committed activist. They also say he is opposed to 42 days detention without trial…

Locally David Prescott, son of John, is urging Danny to run. He argues that if Labour don’t run “we would be complicit in turning this stunt into a greater farce and show that we’re too scared or embarrassed to stand. That’ll allow the BNP to have the oxygen of publicity. Would we really want that?”
Well? Do Labour actually have a candidate and activists willing to campaign for locking up muslim lads without evidence for 42 days? Perhaps not…

Davis Invited to Stand as Libertarian Party Candidate

Join LPUK linkThe UK Libertarian Party has invited David Davis to join them, after he resigned as an MP over the 42 day detention law.

Patrick Vessey, party leader says:

“The Libertarian Party is the only UK political party which prioritises freedom and civil liberties above all else. As such, we feel sure that Mr Davis would be right at home in the Libertarian Party and invite him to join us… In this day and age, with spin and political corruption so commonplacet hat it’s taken for granted that all Members of Parliament are simply in the job for what they can personally extract from the taxpayer, a man of rare integrity has reminded us all of the long democratic tradition in our nation. The Libertarian Party will not be standing against Mr Davis in the coming by-election, and will rather offer our total support to Mr Davis’campaign,
whether he stands as a Conservative or Independent candidate.”

So perhaps Basher Davis could get to lead a parliamentary party after all…

+++ Dominic Grieve Shadow Home Secretary +++

DD for Me!

David Davis plans to stand in a by-election where he wants to makes this a referendum on liberty – the Liberal Democrats have already said they will not stand against him.

This is very interesting…

UPDATE : Sky reports that David Davis told Nick Clegg of his intentions last night. Clegg’s statement:
“David Davis’s decision to resign his seat and fight a by-election over the issue of 42 days is a dramatic move. I am grateful to him for having informed me following the vote of his intention to take this step.

“The Liberal Democrats have consistently opposed this unnecessary and illiberal proposal which poses a threat so serious to British liberties that it transcends party politics.

“I have therefore decided, after consultation with the Party nationally and locally, that we will not stand a candidate at the forthcoming by-election which will be contested by David Davis solely on this issue.

“The Liberal Democrats will of course fight the Haltemprice and Howden seat as vigorously as ever at the next General Election.”

Cameron says “we wish David Davis well”. Told the BBC he would campaign for David Davis in the by-election. Local Tories say they were in the know, Duncan Gilmour, chairman of Haltemprice and Howden Conservative Association, has told the Telegraph that Davis discussed the plan with him “earlier this week” and that “a number of conversations” has taken place between Davis and his local party officers during the course of this week. “I’m absolutely sure the local association here will fully support and vindicate his stance” he says.

+++ David Davis Resigns +++

Seat and from Shadow Cabinet.

UPDATE : Statement coming.

GuyNews : Quentin Letts Rip at Gordon

Quentin Letts is a mere sketch scribbler, a good one, but a lowly hack none the less. It is says something about the esteem in which Gordon Brown is held that Quentin could talk to him publicly with with complete contempt and disgust. Bravo…
See it on GuyNews.TV.

Quentin Letts Rip at Gordon

Via the Crown

Taking The Pulse at the Polls

The poll results will not be known until tomorrow evening (counting does not start until tomorow morning).

Rumours abound as to the outcome, the governing Fianna Fáil party commissioned a private poll which apparently shades it for them. They also said Bertie Ahern was honest, so Guido puts no particular store in that rumour.

It is difficult to call, punters marignally favour a “Yes” win.

N.B. That really is Guido’s polling card.


Seen Elsewhere

Government Needs 10.6% Spending Cuts To Meet Target | IFS
What We Learned From the Referendum | FT
Scottish Crisis Moves South | Nick Wood
English Democrats Accidentally Celebrate Yes Victory | Pink News
Union In Its Current Form is Dead | Janan Ganesh
Labour Could Be Split in Two | Sun
Ashcroft Poll: Why Scotland Voted No | Buzzfeed
Boris: Change Barnett Formula | Sun
Cameron is Back | Dan Hodges
What Happens Now | James Kirkup
Cairo of the North | Quentin Letts


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Diane Abbott on the Daily Politics:

“Labour MPs will unite behind Ed Miliband, once we find out what our policies are.”



cynic says:

Can anyone help me? I went on holiday a week ago and returned to find someone has pulled out the stake and Gordon Brown is back and acting as Prime Minister. What did I miss? Has there been a snap election?


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