Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Did Harriet Panic?

Guido has been pondering Harriet’s retort to Hague’s jibe about her wanting Gordon’s job - “It wouldn’t be possible because there aren’t enough airports in the country for all the men who would want to flee…”. James Forsyth over at the CoffeeHouse has it on the nail:

she actually froze and couldn’t find a way out of the hole she was digging herself into… Harman was rather desperately searching for some witty rejoinder and ended up blurting out the first thing that came into her head. I do find it incredible–considering all the press speculation in recent days – that Harman didn’t arrive with a pre-prepared line to use if the leadership came up.

Looking at the video she was stumped by Hague’s head-on jibe. She floundered and put her foot in her mouth using a suggestion first made by co-conspirators here. Perhaps she will support a third runway for Heathrow after all…

PMQs / LOQs : Harriet Edition

New Labour Guilty as Charged

Propeller-Head Wonk Watch: Maurice Saatchi’s Enemy of the People published today by the re-energised Centre for Policy Studies (IEA trustees take note) is brilliant. Written in the form of an indictment it succinctly lists the chief charges of which New Labour is guilty as their era closes.

The core of the criminal conspiracy was “The Four-Stage Plan”:
… the defendants concocted and put into execution a four-stage plan to secure power over the people:

Step 1 The victims pay more tax
Step 2 They receive “benefits” to pay the tax
Step 3 They are grateful for the “benefits”
Step 4 They vote for the defendants

This is the central charge against the left universally, whether social democrat or socialist, humanist or Stalinist, they always end up taxing to give back benefits to the people they took the money from in the first place. An astonishing 22,400,000 people in this country claim benefits, 39% of households, the number has doubled under New Labour. If we lifted the threshold at which taxes were paid to say £12,000 (as advocated by Adam Smith Institute) millions would be able to get off the tax-bureaucracy-benefit merry-go-round. Gordon has built a client class of state bureacrats and those dependent on the state. The only reason Gordon deliberately pays child benefit to millionaires is because he thinks it will shore up support for the welfare state.

It is a shame that Saatchi is out of favour with the Cameroons, mainly because he sings from the old Thatcherite hymn sheet. Well, he did after all write some of the best hit tunes…

Sun Says : Harriet Definitely Plotting

The insider panel on Politics Home agrees – two-thirds reckon she is positioning herself. Lets see if she does well at PMQs today. If she cheers the Labour benches it will put some oomph in her covert campaign. Guido’s top tip to those briefing Dave William today – every now and then even a Grand National winning champion jockey holds back, today would be a good day. Gordon will not be amused when he finds out…

UPDATE : Fathers4Justice campaigners are back on the roof of her house again.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Jump on the Harriet Bandwagon

A co-conspirator reminds Guido that it was the Fink himself who foresaw the potential for Harriet back in May. Elsewhere in pundit land Jackie Ashley makes a pretty uncoded call on the sisterhood in the Guardian:
In nine decades, we’ve seen just one female prime minister, one female foreign secretary and one female home secretary…. It’s easy to dismiss the presence of more than 100 women MPs on those green benches for the last 11 years…Only this week we have seen the new equalities bill in parliament, piloted by Harriet Harman…it’s quite normal to see women up there at the centre of power without batting an eye…

Yes, but Guido gets the wink and the nod Jackie. Andrew Gimson in the Labourgraph urges her on subtly Harriet Harman should go for Labour leadership. The Mail paints her as a “stand in” PM. The great she-pundit Polly ominously says “face-change at the top” may be coming. Wonder which face she has in mind…?

Tomorrow is Harriet’s chance to shine at PMQs. C’mon Harriet…

UPDATE : Comrade Dale has spotted her lunching with Jack Straw.

Brogan’s Boob Blogging

The Daily Mail’s politicial editor, Ben Brogan has a very dry blog, read widely in the Westminster Village. It has never had much of a popular following for some reason. Here however is his excellent report on the flight arrangements for the PM’s visit to Tokyo. Guido welcomes his more populist style…

Jonah Goes to Japan

Lands Monday, Earthquake richter scale 6 hits Tuesday. His life is like a disaster movie…

Downing Street Still Not Listening

There was a lot of talk when David Muir was appointed from WPP that he would turn the Prime Mentalist into a digital leader superior to WebCameron. Advertising “guru” Muir even wrote a paean to the power of YouTube in his WPP days. The YouTube “Ask the PM” initiative was presumably his idea – dozens of people have asked the PM, with no answers despite them being promised and now well overdue.

Things actually seem to be getting worse on the digital front. If you are unable to get an answer from Downing Street’s YouTube channel emailing the Prime Minister should be easy – that was set up during Blair’s time. Alas, for weeks now Gordon’s public email has been out of order:

This service has been temporarily suspended for maintenance work. Don’t worry, we are still accepting faxes and letters, and you can still let us know your opinions via an epetition or on our new Twitter service.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused. We hope to be back up and running in a few days.

23 June 2008

Maintenence work for email? Eh? Basically Downing Street, digitally speaking, is in broadcast-only mode. They can send you messages, but you can’t tell them anything. A metaphor for the bigger picture…

Monday, July 7, 2008

C’mon Harriet, Your Country Needs You!

It has really come to something when Harriet Harman taking control of the country seems like a good idea. Guido really does believe we have a psychologically flawed prime minister lacking a strong grasp of reality. Gordon is an embarrassing disaster, the government is paralysed, ministers basically just want him to go, backbench MPs want him to go, Labour Party activists want him to go, Labour voters think he is a crap PM. He has led his party to its lowest point in history. He is the most despised PM since polling began. Gordon Brown is just no good. Harriet can’t be worse. Can she?

Mike Smithson has put money on her, The Times and the Daily Mail say she is discreetly taking soundings. If Glasgow falls can she find the support of 70 MPs or perhaps a majority of Labour Party members at the September party conference? She might, the situation is that dire…

So What is Gordon Eating Today?

As his government directs the people to cut back and eat crusts, Gordon will be eating today:

The food is being prepared by one of Japan’s Michelin starred chefs. Still Guido would advise gourmet Gordon to go easy on the salt-grilled bighand thornyhead. Particularly appropriate that the Prime Mentalist is eating G8 fantasy dessert.


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“Well, then he’s gonna pay on December 2nd”



Mycroft says:

Have you read the last bit of Animal Farm?

You know where the animals are looking through the Farmhouse window?

My TV screen was that window at lunch-time today.

Be careful, the sudden self-congratulatory tone, the slightly pudgy outline of indulgence and you become exactly what you should despise.

The jolly face of the Quisling Cameron poses for your camera has mesmerised and deceived you, you who were once not so deceived.

You were no firebrand, you were a damp squib in my opinion, sorry.

You need a damned good kick up the ahse!


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