Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Levy’s Consolation Prize

The was a touching scene the night before last in Albert Square, Manchester. Lord Levy was consoling a very worried man. Sleazy Levy had one hand on the man’s shoulder and the other gripping his elbow as a taxi waited. They must have had the meter on the taxi running for ages since they were having a very animated discussion about something. Levy was quite chipper whereas his friend was disgruntled and worried. “Don’t worry; it’ll all be all right; don’t worry” Levy assured the troubled man.

So far nothing that you have not read already on Iain Dale’s blog earlier. Guido believes that the weepy man was none other than Nick Bowes, formerly the Labour Party’s Head of High Value Fundraising. Nick is a reader of this blog from his desk at the metal bashers and widget makers trade association the EEF, he is up in Manchester on their behalf.

Guido has emailed Nick to corroborate this piece but has as yet no reply to his questions. Let us hope the detectives got more answers out of him…

See also here and here.

Conference Totty Report : Hucknall Makes His Move

Police : Prescott & Anschutz"Not Enough Evidence for a Prosecution for Corruption"

The Met has decided that their investigation following complaints made to Scotland Yard by Windsor-based businessman George Bathurst and the LibDem’s Norman Baker has found “not sufficient basis” for criminal charges. Maybe Guido should send them a copy of the “The Little Red Book of New Labour Sleaze“?

Battersea X-Factor : Michael Crick is in the Building

Ring, Ring, Ring, Ring…
Guido Fawkes: Morning Michael
Michael Crick: Who is that?
GF: Guido
MC: Oh, crikey
GF: Who are you voting for tonight in Battersea?
MC: I don’t know yet…
GF: You were at Oxford weren’t you, aren’t you contemporaneous with any of them? It is an Oxford slate.
MC: Don’t think so. Well I have met Louise Bagshawe, she wrote to me outraged after my Jeffrey Archer book came out.
GF: Really?
MC: Yes, took me out to tea at a very grand hotel and told me I’d got it all wrong and how he had been very nice to her when she was starting out.
GF: Ha!
MC: I think she has seen the light now.

Crick lives in the constituency and told Guido he is probably going to take his daughter along. He is “not sure” if he is going to take a camera-crew along with him. He also told Guido that in July 1976 he wrote an article in the New Statesman advocating primaries. Sometimes policy takes time to implement Michael…

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Hutton v Brown? What has he got to lose?

He has recently sorted out his contact lenses and started getting his hair done more fashionably. He hasn’t endorsed Brown and he is careful in interviews not to do so using a word formula that is in itself revealing. He was challenged in an interview and repeatedly asked if he thought Brown needed a “cabinet-level” challenger. He basically did not say no. Evasive. Unlike Miliband he has not gone on bended knee before Brown and publicly repented for his Blairite sins. He is more Blairite than Blair.

He famously told Nick Robinson that “Brown would be a fucking disastrous PM”.

As a result he is not going to feature in a Brown cabinet. After Reid and Johnson he is the next favourite, ahead of Miliband and Hilary Benn. He is surely worth a few quid on Betfair?

Blair’s Long Goodbye Speech – Liveblog

Thanks Prezza for sticking New Labour down the throats of the party membership.

Class Cherie joke “At least I don’t have to worry about her running off with the bloke next door”.

Starts listing how brilliant things are now and how terrible they were in 1997.

Things are really, really brilliant.

Starts on the history of the Labour party. Points out that Council house sales were first proposed by Labour.

Says gossip is more newsworthy than real news. [Too right, check the traffic figures...]

“It is hard to let go” – legacy will be a fourth term victory.

I love you Gordon, I do.

India, China, Terror, Change, Globalisation, Open yet secure, secure but open, openly secure, securely open. Openness. Security. Partners in progress.

New Labour for ever. Ten more years. Thousand year reich.

Nukes now, biosciences, stem-cell research, global warming, clean technology, clean coal, clean up politics, Kyoto to the max.

Skools are brilliant, loads more teachers, Google generation.

NHS reform SMASH THE UNIONS for a fourth term.

Home Office, Civil liberties, lock em up. ID cards will protect you. PRAISES REID. Ooooh.

Terrorists are everywhere. War for Peace. ID cards for Freedom.

I sorted out Belfast, I’ll sort out Palestine. I love Dubya.

Joke about the Blair boys canvassing, [See Gordon he connects with people, he can be funny, human, a leader]

No rules in politics. Get after David Cameron’s Tories, takes the piss out of non-policies and hug-a-mugger. Accuses Cameron of pandering to anti-Americanism.

Praises Denis Skinner. [Audience ecstatic.] Starts getting misty eyed. Audience silent. We are the world. We saved Africa. Win one more time for me. “You are the future now, make the most of it.”

He is just too good. They’re going to miss him when he’s gone.

Battersea Primary : "Anyone But Ellison"

Guido is fascinated by the line up for the X-factor style Battersea open primary where the voters will get to choose the candidate tomorrow night. It seems a thoroughly healthy democratic development, local people choosing their candidate in public. The choices are a wet, a smoothie, a cutie and Cleverly.

Jane Ellison, studied PPE at Oxford, where she was active in the TRG. Remains active in this ultra-factional and divisive europhile organisation outside the Tory mainstream. Has an expensive looking website where she proudly boasts the endorsement of Gordon Prentice (the Labour MP for Pendle).

Sam Gyimah is an ex-president of the Oxford Union, and centrist Bow Group bigwig. Smart, smooth, successful and a dream candidate for CCHQ .

Louise Bagshawe, novelist fan of Thatcher, went to Oxford. She admits to having joined New Labour and getting suckered by Blair pre-1997. Comes over well on telly.

James Cleverly, army background and works in publishing now. Born and bred Londoner. Was an A-list sceptic who ended up on the A-list.

So the A-list widening of the candidate pool has thrown up three Oxford graduates out of four. Can’t help feeling Cleverly might be the best candidate to win the seat, he is after all a Londoner, he comes over as a nice guy and he didn’t go to Oxford. He also holds more traditional Conservative views. Ellison could win if she got the votes of Labour supporters to go with the endorsement…

Battersea voters will choose, registration starts tomorrow at 7pm. Each of the candidates will be speaking, and will then be asked questions by Michael Portillo and those present. If you are on the electoral roll in the Battersea constituency you are entitled to attend – to pre-register call 020 8944 0378.

Lie-O-Meter : Cherie v Carolin

Carolin Lotter passes the Lie-O-Meter test so easily. Just check out her explanation here (the video is on the right) compared to Ms Blair’s “Honestly, guys, I hate to spoil your story, but I didn’t say it and I don’t believe it either.”

Why didn’t Bloomberg put her on air immediately instead of hiding her in a hotel room? She is genuine, not quite an ingénue, but she compares very well to the duplicitous, scheming and venal Cherie. That every talking head put up by the Labour party is willing to call Carolin a liar tells us all we need to know about them. Guido hears that there is a second source for the comment who, unlike the security officers, has not signed the Official Secrets Act.

Comment Control

The comments are getting out of control again. Here is a reminder about the policy. Stop boring on. Guido will be deleting liberally and possibly putting comment moderation back on. The constant c**t calling is going to get deleted. We know that already.

The comments are supposed to be entertaining, not ranting witless drivel. Special attention to ‘Moko’ who complained that he was being “censored” – no you bored Guido senseless. Here is a snapshot of your comment log from yesterday:

So expect to be deleted. Now, where is my coffee?

Monday, September 25, 2006

GO! GO! GOING!

Phase One of the A. B. G. Media Plan is judged a success.

UPDATE : It was Bloomberg’s Carolin Lotter who overheard and first reported Cherie’s comments. Bloomberg has been given the Labour party media machine’s full-on expletives-not-deleted attack in an attempt to force a retraction. None is forthcoming and Bloomberg are standing by their story despite denials from spokesmen. A second story clarifies the exact circumstances:
Mrs. Blair left the conference hall with her security detail as Brown was speaking to the Labour Party conference in Manchester, England. As she walked through a display area outside the auditorium, Brown was on television monitors, extolling the strength and achievements of his relationship with Blair. “Well, that’s a lie,” she said, apparently unaware that she was within earshot of a Bloomberg News journalist.

A spokesman for Blair said the account of his wife’s comment “is completely untrue. Mrs. Blair was going round the stalls at the conference center when the chancellor began speaking, and she went immediately to the stall organizer’s office to watch the remainder of the speech on TV. She certainly didn’t say that.”

Yeah right. A BBC source emails to say that Mrs Blair’s hotel is jammed with journos…

Seen Elsewhere

Cocaine Conservatives | Standard
Jezza Browne Responds to LibDem Haters | LibDem Voice
Why Britain Needs to Leave the EU | Douglas Carswell
Literally No One is Watching London Live | MediaGuido
Who Tells Ed When He’s Wrong? | Speccie
Hands Off Our Cojones, Mr Clegg | Laura Perrins
London Live Averaging Just 2,400 Viewers | Forbes
Ed’s Constitutional Failure | ConHome
UKIP Poster Girl’s Naked Photos | Sun
Miliband’s Radical Old Labour Agenda | Fraser Nelson
Meet Team Miliband | Dan Hodges


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A confused Nick Griffin says Nigel Farage is a shill for the City, forgetting that City banks want to stay in the EU:

“Farage is a snake oil salesman, but a very good one. His supposed anti-immigration stance is all smoke and mirrors, as is his carefully cultivated image as a ‘man of the people’. The truth is that UKIP is a pro-immigration party that exists to lobby for the interests of the City of London.”



Nick Clegg says:

Do you want lies with that?


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