Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Bilderberg Again

Knowing how reluctant politicians are to put their hands in their own pocket for expenses, who actually paid for Ed Balls and George Osborne to travel to Ottawa and stay in a five star spa? The Bilderberg meetings are closed to the public with the proceedings kept secret. Since this was after all a private meeting the use of taxes or party funds would be inappropriate. Guido finds it hard to believe that Ed Balls, whose tightness with money is more than prudent, would actually pay for it himself. So we can expect a full declaration in the interests register soon.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Lobby Lunch

Guido passed on IPPR’s kind offer of a lunch hour with a professor and no food or drink. Instead Guido made his way out of the cellar and up a few floors to the press dining room for today’s Lobby lunch. Christopher Meyer of the PCC was the speaker defending the status quo, pro that he is he made an excellent case for the continuance of the lobby unchanged that was almost plausible. Essentially mere mortals don’t need to know everything because if it was all on the record it would be bland. No mention of the truth being a good benchmark. Lots of patronising lines from him about lovely regional paper editors not wanting to bother their head about Westminster stuff. Particularly enjoyed the self-comparison made between his role and that of King Solomon.

Finally, yes, it was Guido who turned up in shorts and an Irish rugby shirt having forgotten about the lunch and then having to dash over without changing. My thanks to the Lobby journalist who invited me firstly for a decent bottle of wine and secondly for not blushing at the attire of his guest. No need for Guido to add to his embarrassment by naming him.

Possibly The Best By-Election Leaflet of All-Time

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Genius. Normal sane people hate politicians and politics and want to be free to get on with their lives without interference. Guido predicts a crushing victory for Bob. Not so sure about England.

IPPR & Morality

Wonks for Sale : One of the most money-grubbing think-tanks in wonkland, the Institute for Public Policy Research is holding a seminar on “morality in politics” today. Guido laughed out loud on reading that, no think-tank could be less qualified to pontificate on the subject.

As a think-tank IPPR is the leading cash-for-access practioner and is without doubt the undisputed master of this wheeze. Never so crude as “give us a donation and we will introduce you to the minister”, but effectively that is the implicit deal offered. IPPR boasts of its “strong networks in government” and the flow of wonks to the civil service as special advisers (SpAds), who later go on to become well paid lobbyists, keeps the corporate cheques coming. IPPR describes it clients as “partners” . The IPPR pitch is careful, but clear: “partners have regular contact with our research directors to discuss the progress of projects relevant to their sector. Partners have the opportunity to get on the inside track of policy development. You bet they do.

It has come to something when a left-wing union, the GMB, has become so outraged with the wonk-SpAd-lobbyist merry-go-round which has IPPR at its epicentre that it was prepared to go to the trouble of producing a revealing report on the subject last week. Only the Brownite Smith Institute gives IPPR a run for it’s money – forinstance when Ed Balls moaned about his penury before becoming an MP, a well paid sinecure at the Smith Institute was found to endogenously wedge him up. The Smith Institute can expect to boost it’s coffers at IPPR’s expense if Gordon becomes PM. The GMB’s 27 page report focuses page after page on the IPPR’s revolving door and people. The New Local Government Network is another bastion of New Labour’s soft corruption – it has replaced the Freemasons as the way to get on in local government (sponsored by Capita). Knowing IPPR, Guido can only wonder who is paying for this “morality in politics” seminar. The press office has been strangely unhelpful so far…

UPDATE : The IPPR press office has just invited Guido to the seminar. No alcoholic enticement has been offered.

Father's Day

Monday, June 12, 2006

British Journos at Bilderberg Conference

Adrian Wooldridge and Vendeline von Vredow of the Economist attended as did Martin Wolf of the FT and The Times‘ Anatole Kaletsky.

BP’s John Browne and Ken Clarke also padded out the British contingent.

Best Odds


Guido co-conspirators* infiltrated the shadowy and secretive Bilderberg Conference in Ottawa, they discovered that representing Britain were Ed Balls and George Osborne:

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Credit : Guido Fawkes, Order-Order.Com

There were no signs of any lizards (or even chameleons).

*Always tip bell-boys generously.

Ice-Cream Cone of Freedom Melts Away

Frankie Maude told Adam Boulton on Sky that the old “ice-cream cone of freedom” logo would be replaced, presumably by the “blue squares of electoral pragmatism”. If they want to emphasise the willingness to change.. why not a chameleon logo?

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Fascists In EPP?

The spin from Blair is that if the Tories were to leave the Christian Democrat dominated EPP they would end up in bed with UKIP fruitcakes and neo-fascists. So the news that Alleanza Nazionale is currently applying to join the EPP will come as something of a shock. To be fair describing the AN as neo-fascist makes as much sense as describing the British Labour party as eugenecist because the Webbs advocated sterilising the poor.

Neverthess it is true that the EPP is considering Alleanza Nazionale’s application to join. So if the Tories don’t leave the EPP…

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Blairite Wonk Endorses Cameron

Geoff Mulgan used to be at the heart of Downing Street when he was head of Blair’s policy unit. In an interview for GMTV tomorrow he will say through gritted teeth the usual positive guff about Gordon – a tad insincerely methinks – and then he gets a dig in at the end.
“I think David Cameron is a pretty impressive leader as well. That’s why I think Britain is unusually well placed from the next decade or so in terms of our potential political leadership.”

He is basically saying he won’t mind if Dave not Gordon becomes PM. Mulgan is not some outsider, he is a Blairite wonk who founded Demos and went on to become Blair’s director of strategy at the Performance and Innovation Unit. Is that the first time an über-Blairite has publicly endorsed Cameron?

Friday, June 9, 2006

Letwin : Tories Not "Creatures from Outer Space"

The BBC reports Oliver Letwin is denying the rumours. Guido is still not convinced.

Seen Elsewhere

Labour’s Plan to Attack Part-Time Boris | Standard
Ex-Sun Hack Cleared After 582 Days on Bail | MediaGuido
11 Times Boris Denied He Would Stand for Parliament | Buzzfeed
Attacking UKIP’s Posters is Counter-Productive | Guardian
Sarkozy Tried it on With Hollande’s Ex | Times
Another Spare Room Subsidy Cut Success | Harry Phibbs
Rich Now Have Less Leisure Than Poor | Economist
UKIP’s Immigration Policy Promotes Migrant Entrepreneurs | Breitbart
Another Feminist Lecture | Laura Perrins
UKIP Posters Bad Economics But Good Politics | James Delingpole
Tories Losing to UKIP in Scotland | ConHome

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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.”

Alexrod says:

It’s money innit.

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