Jade Goody is gone and the tributes pour in from the same rent-a-quotes who condemned her for her outburts against Shilpa Shetty. Politicians are always desperate to associate themselves with popular culture in any way they can. Sometimes though Guido despairs of the priorities of spin, the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition today paid warm tribute to a deceased reality TV star with her own perfume fragance. At the same time three soldiers, sent to war by them, returned in coffins from Afghanistan unremarked.
Guido went to school with Tony McNulty and it seems that some of the moral guidance he was given by the Irish priests has been lost on him after spending so long in Westminster.
The Mail on Sunday reports that the taxpayer is paying his parent’s housing costs – they live in his constituency home in Harrow (11 miles from Big Ben) while he lives in Hammersmith (3 miles from Westminster). Note that it is about half-an-hour on the Metropolitan tube line from his constituency home to Westmnster tube station. Why on earth in those circumstances should he need to avail himself of the second home allowance?
The remnants of a Catholic guilt complex have just about survived his years in the parliament of whores, because after being caught he told the Mail on Sunday that:
- He was stopping claiming the allowance.
- He thinks MPs who live within 60 miles of Westminster should be barred from claiming the mortgage subsidy.
He then tried to muddy the issue by claiming that Tory frontbenchers also abuse the allowance – true – which breaks the terms of the ceasefire on this issue agreed by whips from both parties. He then backtracked and said “that is entirely appropriate.” They really are all at it.
McNulty has claimed over £100,000 from the allowance – despite him and his quangocrat wife receiving an income from the taxpayers of some £1/3 million a year. Do you think there is any chance he will repay it – if he thinks it inappropriate to claim it now – surely it was inappropriate in the past as well? Like Spelman he should have to repay what he cheated from the taxpayers and be grateful he isn’t facing charges for obtaining monies by deception.
Guido wants to remind readers that the parliamentary committee set up to review the system – following repeated exposure of MPs defrauding the taxpayers – is recommending that the rules be changed to make the fiddle permissable. MPs deciding MPs should continue to be able to get away with ripping off the taxpayers. They really do like to stick their snouts in the taxpayer’s trough and crap it out on the public.
The News of the Screws has a fantastic story (with pictures) about Nigel Griffiths at it with a stockings and suspenders wearing brunette in his office. They even have pictures – though they declined to publish one of him reclining naked on his sofa enjoying a post orgasmic cigar. Didn’t Griffiths vote to make it illegal to smoke “in the workplace”?
Why have the Screws only published pictures of her legs and bum? Is it because the brunette sold the Screws the pictures? Do any co-conspirators recognise that bum?
UPDATE : Just recalled that Peter Stringfellow once advised Guido that if your wife ever accuses you of being unfaithful, deny, deny, deny – they want to believe it is not true. He told Guido that a girlfriend had once found a polaroid photo of Stringy’s penis, which she had not taken, he denied it was a picture of his member. She eventually believed him. Nigel, hysterically, denied the Screws photos were genuine. Wonder if his wife will believe him?
A co-conspirator emails:
I just snapped this bizarre poster on the northbound Victoria line platform at Green Park. No headlines or text, just a big picture in a station almost completely bereft of other adverts. Any idea what the message is supposed to be? “No time for a novice” perhaps? Or “Wait till you’re 65, like I had to”?
The co-conspirator confirms that Cameron is blurred on the poster and it is not just an out of focus shot. Anyone know what this is all about?
UPDATE : It is, as some of the comments below immediately identified, an advertising campaign for The Times.
Last July Gordon visited the Motor Show, the showcase for British engineering which has run for over 100 years. The next show has been cancelled. Only the Kaiser, the Führer and now the Jonah have ever stopped the show from going ahead. The Treasury has a 2p hike in petrol taxes scheduled for next month, this curse on the British Motor Industry is not the result of Jonah Brown’s jinx – it is government policy.
Angela Merkel told the Bundestag yesterday “It is not time to look at more growth measures. I disagree with this idea completely. The existing measures must work, they must be allowed to develop”, by which she means the monetary stimuli already implemented.
Referring to the G20 the German Chancellor said: “We need to send good psychological signals from London and not engage in a competition for unrealisable growth packages. We have already done our part.”
Already Treasury officials are back-pedalling on Gordon’s calls for yet more co-ordinated global fiscal stimulus and ceding to Franco-German demands for pan-European financial markets regulation – something that Britain has hitherto resisted. Gordon is caving in to European demands in the hope of getting a G20 boost from having got an international deal of some kind which he can spin.
Isaby has scooped another story for ConservativeHome, the news that Lynton Crosby is advising Declan Ganley on running a slate of candidates in Britain for June’s European elections. Guido suggested early on that the Tories should have associated themselves with the Libertas pan-European ticket. Maybe they felt there was little to be gained in doing so in the UK. In the wider post-EPP environment after the election it might have been useful, assuming Libertas win any seats.
Lynton is a business-like strategist, he knows he has three major problems; firstly the policy position taken by Libertas is nearly the same as the Conservative stance towards the EU, secondly British voters who are particularly interested in the EU tend to UKIP. His third problem is name recognition, few have heard of Libertas. Will be fascinating to see what strategy he comes up with since Crosby has a reputation as a realist when it comes to campaigning. If he wins a single UK seat he will have done well.
UPDATE : The Fink asks Is Libertas Pointless?
At the request of readers Guido has been trying to avoid blogging about Draper, so this plug is a bit of a, hopefully forgivable, relapse. This anecdote is to illustrate the difference in the approach taken by Draper (spin) and […]