Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Scotland Yard is not playing ball with Ken’s request to investigate a crime that no one said Jasper had committed. So this means the “no running commentary on an ongoing police investigation” strategy to push the issue off the agenda has come unstuck.

Brian Paddick, the ex-Scotland Yard Deputy Commissioner and LibDem candidate for Mayor puts it succinctly:

“Last week, Ken Livingstone suspended one of his closest aides, Lee Jasper, saying he wanted to enable the police to investigate the allegations of malpractice and corruption made against him.

We now learn from Scotland Yard that there is no such police investigation taking place. It begs the question why was Lee Jasper suspended in the first place?”

The GLA will now presumably be able to cross-examine Jasper. The police are still investigating six companies which have enjoyed the LDA’s generous patronage…

Fijian PM is Commander Bainimarama
British PM is Completely Bananas

Guido is not making this up, this is the official advertising campaign for the Fijian Visitors Bureau:Fijime.comGordon gave permission for the use of his image according to the advertising agency behind the advert “so long as it was not derogatory and it did not appear that he was endorsing the islands in any way. We showed them the image of the Prime Minister with the red flower behind his ear and they said it was okay to use”. Presumably the PM just wants to show solidarity with another unelected PM?UPDATE : Have just been looking into the situation in Fiji, widespread human rights abuses, suppression of pro-democracy activists, violence against activists by the dictatorship and the jailing of independent bloggers in the forefront of the widely suppressed anti-government media. You can see the attraction for Gordon…

Gordon’s Birthday Prize Competition

Guido will give a prize to the wittiest 200(ish) word long description of Gordon’s ideal day in the style of A Day in the Life.

A full 24 hours please (remember Gordon is rumoured to be suffering from insomnia – those demons torment him). In the comments please, closes Friday morning. A book to the winner…

Huck Me!

Guido is a bit hungover this morning. (Cuba Libre’s topped off by Irish Coffees at 2 a.m. with cheese and port to follow – seemed like a good idea at the time). So you’ll just have to make do with a girl in hot-pants and bra waving a gun, singing about Mike Huckabee over on GuyNews.TV.

Huck Me

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Drink to Cuba Libre!

Guido will be down in Bar Cubana, Waterloo (map) this evening drinking to the ill health of Fidel Castro. The bar is owned by blogging ex-Tory MP Phillip Oppenheim and he has been prevailed upon to contribute a few drinks to celebrate the end of Fidelismo. So if any of you fancy dropping in after work…

(Oppenheim was called a “c**t” by Shadow DFID Minister Andrew Mitchell over this blog story).

Labour’s Anathematising of Hain & Morgan the Organ

Guido has heard that it was made clear to Steve Morgan, Peter Hain’s sleazy campaign manager, that this year he was not welcome at the recent Welsh Labour Party conference. Guido has checked with the Labour Party press office and they will only confirm that Morgan did not attend. (Nor incidentally did the disgraced former Secretary of State for Wales).

That is a little strange for a man who likes to think of himself as an important Welsh Labour Party mover and shaker, usually he can be found glad handing and ingratiating himself with the Welsh Labour Party’s big-wigs in the bars. Wonder why he didn’t attend? Why miss out on all those photo and client-opportunities?

Could it be that he was a little embarrassed about his efforts on behalf of Hillary Clinton? Surely not. Could it be that despite all the spin from Morgan Allen Moore about the lobbyist industry’s APPC professional standards investigation going nowhere, it is getting seriously embarrassing for Morgan?

Morgan spun a line to the public affairs trade press that the complaint had been lodged by an aggrieved Tory ex-employee and would go nowhere. However when the APPC Management Committee met on 5 February they concluded there was a cause for complaint and referred it to the APPC’s Professional Practices Panel.

International spin merchants Grayling were rumoured to be on the verge of a multi-million pound takeover deal for MAM until this scandal blew-up and they pulled out days before the deal was to be agreed. Grayling were one of the founders of the APPC. Guido tried to get confirmation from David Thomas, Grayling’s finance director, without success…

Government to Make Darren Minnikins Homeless

In Bishop Auckland right now the “People’s Bank” is attempting to make Darren Minnikin homeless.

Claim 8PA12900:
Northern Rock plc versus Mr Darren Minnikin

Congratulations Mr Minnikin. You are the first victim of socialist economics today…

Guido Now Available On Bloomberg Terminals

Guido is happy to report that, in response to demand, his cutting edge political and economic news analysis is now distributed worldwide directly into dealing rooms via Bloomberg’s terminal network – the fastest-growing real-time financial information network in the world.

Guido is now more accessible to the world’s central banks, investment institutions, commercial banks, government offices and agencies, law firms, corporations and news organisations in over 150 countries.

You’re either in front of Guido, or you’re behind…

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UPDATE : Guido will be buying Cuba Libres in Bar Cubana this lunchtime evening!


Seen Elsewhere

Harriet Harman Offers Less Than the Living Wage | Owen Bennett
Fallon’s Red Arrow Spin Unravels | Wings Over Scotland
What is the LibDems’ Problem With “The Jews” | Speccie
Image is the Least of Ed’s Worries | Speccie
The Most Politically Cynical Speech I Have Ever Seen | Dan Hodges
Full Sunday Sport Style Guide Email | MediaGuido
What if a Hamas Rocket Hit a BA Plane? | Richard Littlejohn
Sunday Sport Swearing Style Guide | Popbitch
Tory MP’s Love of Astrology | BBC
No.10 Shouldn’t Get Excited at Growth Figures | Mark Wallace
Feminist Lobby Killing Meritocracy | Kathy Gyngell


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New Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has big ambitions in his first meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu today:

“I came to bring this conflict to an end.”



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