As this is to be my last regular column for The Times, I am in a different position today from other commentators. I don’t have to worry about whether the new regime at No 10 will return my calls, at least until the autumn. I don’t have to curry favour with anyone or worry about giving offence. Instead I can give you an unvarnished prediction of what the next few years of a Gordon Brown premiership will be like.
She has, it is rumoured, taken up the offer of a redundancy payout in the latest round of News International job cuts. Last time Guido indulged in a bit of Times-bashing they got very upset. Peter Riddell even called up an associate to tell him to stop associating with Guido, there was talk of them getting Guido back with an “exposé”. But here you have it from someone who knows; Peter Riddell, Phil Webster et al suck up to Brown and Balls out of fear. It must be true, it is printed in The Times…
Phone calls and emails go unanswered. Guido strongly recommends that he pays up this week.
LibDems should be aware that Shirley Williams was apparently spotted going into Gordon’s Commons office. She incidentally closed down grammar schools. So presumably her talent would cancel out Bercow’s talent.
Is it all just to destabilise the opposition? Of course, but it goes both ways, Frank Field was spotted chatting to David Laws, his brow furrowed. You never know…
UPDATE : Adam Boulton is reporting “Strong rumours that the Lib Dem peer and QC Alec Carlisle will be appointed Attorney General.”
The Downing Street secretaries should be aware that his last girlfriend, a junior employee at the Bank, prospered very well during his time as a Board member. There were allegations made of favouritism in that scurrilous gossip rag The Wall Street Journal – which were subsequently denied. Still girls, it is worth knowing…
It has been written by bloggers with contributions from across the spectrum of the political blogosphere. It is in the bookshops this week or you can buy it online by clicking on the picture. And you can expect a little viral advertising campaign with a difference soon…
German politicians have lost it over the montage of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s bare breasts suckling Polish Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski and his twin brother, President Lech Kaczynski under the headline “Stepmother of Europe”. The Hun seem to be a little lacking in a sense of humour here. Seems harmless enough to Guido, attractive even…
Usually reliable sources…
UPDATE :Some are pointing to this speech last week by Bercow, formerly an avowed Euro-sceptic, with particular interest.
Guido even managed to beat blogging Benedict Brogan, which is becoming increasingly difficult to do nowadays. Do keep up the rest of you…
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Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann on Cameron’s refusal to pay the £1.7 billion EU bill by December 1st:
“Well, then he’s gonna pay on December 2nd”