Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Multi-Millionaire Clegg Claims Tax Free Allowance99% of the Maximum Legally Allowed

So we wait 48 days for something that Nick Clegg said should be published immediately* and it breaks down as follows:

Additional Costs Allowance he claimed £23,083.00

100% of the maximum £23,083 legally allowed.

Incidental Expenses Provision claim £20,926.63

98% of the maximum £21,339 legally allowed.

Guido wonders why it took so long to add up. Does this restore your trust in politicans?

UPDATE : Checking the back of an envelope, at the 40% rate that is equivalent to gross pay of £74,036 on top of his salary – effectively doubling his salary for home improvements.

*”His “publish immediately” demand here. Detailed breakdown here.

Labour Activists : "We Want Miliband"

LabourHome has started doing a tracker poll, if it is good enough for ConservativeHome and PoliticsHome it is good enough for them.

Good news and bad news for Gordon, the good news is he is rated higher than his Chancellor. The bad news is he scored the second lowest out of the cabinet…

Most Labour activists rate Miliband highest, followed by Alan Johnson. Would Guido be completely crazy to suspect that this isn’t really a 1 to 10 performance rating, but a proxy for “Who would you rather lead the Labour Party?” Of course it is…

+++ Live PMQs Chat Here 11.45 +++

We will be watching Daily Politics. Would a co-conspirator like to volunteer to be a moderator? Basically let everything pass with few exceptions even if it upsets Suzanne Moore. No drinking before midday. Email Guido.Fawkes@order-order.com.

+++ Committee on Standards and Privileges Rejects Speaker Taxi Complaint +++

83% Don’t Want the Gordon Dummy

Tamsin Thrice Denies Gordon is an Asset

Via the Crown Blog the cringe making More4 News interview where Tamsin is asked three times if Gordon is “an asset or a liability?”:


We already know the answer Tamsin, we just wanted to hear you say it…

You’ll Be Fired Gordon

Unbelievably Hazel Blears also flashed her Cabinet notes a la Ms Flint, so now we know that she intended to raise the possibility of Gordon starring in an Alan Sugar style TV show.

Please do it Gordon, with your charisma and natural ability as a performer it will be worth hundreds of thousands of votes for the opposition.

Guido thought the Brown era signalled the end of the celebrity culture? ‘I’ll have nothing to do with celebrity culture,’ he told the Indy. That was of course before Carter used Shakira, Beckham, Clooney and Kylie to sprinkle some stardust on the dour PM.

Talking of Carter, Guido is eagerly awaiting the latest edition of PR Week, which is rumoured to be working on a story that one of the new PR hires wants out already. Another David Pitt-Watson debacle in the making. Perhaps they realise that putting “PR for Gordon” may not look too good on their CV after all…

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Unfunded Tax Cuts – Hooray!

At last a policy from the government that Guido can support. Let us hear no more from Labour politicians about Tory “unfunded tax cuts”. The government is going to have to go to the City to borrow the extra £2.7 billion…

Prize Competition :Explain the Labour Party’s Position on a Scottish Referendum

Could someone please explain, in 50 words or less, the Labour Party position on a referendum?
Following the Labour Group in the Scottish Parliament’s meeting on Tuesday (6 May) their Convener, Duncan McNeil, said: “No one in the room had any complaints about the decision that has been taken and we are now in a position where, as a group, we will not vote down any Referendum Bill that comes into the Parliament. That’s the change in the Labour group’s position today.” Wendy Alexander told us “I was delighted that at the Labour group today not a single colleague advocated the position that we should walk into the lobbies and vote down Scotland’s right to choose.”

Previously Labour’s position was that it would oppose an attempt by Alex Salmond’s SNP to hold a referendum in 2010 on freeing Scotland from Westminster rule. Now their position is that it will all come down to “timescale” and “wording”. Some of them are even saying they will vote against a referendum bill. The Labour Group came out of a meeting today looking sullen and refused to answer direct questions. They have u-turned again. Guido will give a copy of the best book on how to win a referendum – White Elephant – How the North East Said No – to anyone who can explain, definitively the Labour Party’s position on a Scottish referendum in less than 50 words. Answers in the comments please.

‘Ello ‘Ello ‘Ello

A co-conspirator emails:

Seen today in Portcullis House: Assistant Commissioner John Yates. Wonder what he’s doing here…?


Seen Elsewhere

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
Labour are the Biggest Losers | Phil Collins
Westminster Will Never Allow Referendum Again | Daily Mash
Yes Scotland’s Geo-Targeting Advertising Fail | MessageSpace
#IndyRef Twitter Map | Trendsmap


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