Gordon Dooms Yvette (?)

The former Prime Mentalist has endorsed the wife of his one time economic adviser, including a preference for every candidate except Corbyn. The only surprise is that Brown didn’t back Cooper in his speech two weeks ago:

One cannot help but feel the nomination is doomed to failure. Still no word from another former Labour leader from the recent past…

Happy 20th Birthday Windows 95

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Twenty years ago today Microsoft unleashed the Windows 95 operating system on the world. Complete with a start menu, minimizable windows and Internet Explorer, Techno’s childhood would have been very different without it. But perhaps Windows 95’s greatest gift to the world was this hour long “cyber sitcom”  starring Jennifer Aniston and Matthew Perry that exaplined how the operating system worked:

Looks like they had the right Outlook…

Damian: The Omen

As China’s Shanghai Composite index slides by 8.5% in a day, its biggest one-day percentage loss since 2007, Damian McBride offers his prophecy of doom:

Zombie Apocalypse: This Time The QE Won’t Work…

How Switching to Renewables Hit Ordinary Germans in the Pocket

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Germany’s grand plan to switch to renewable energy while keeping costs under control is falling apart at the seams. Figures released today show costs are rocketing by €28 billion a year. The astronomical price rise was revealed by the Cologne Institute for Economic Research, who claim households now pay an additional €270 as result of the the energy switch. The greenies who advocated the German renewable revolution claimed it would cost consumers the equivalent of one cappuccino per month…

As Gaia has pointed out before, the policy of guaranteeing renewable energy companies a fixed price, even if their electricity isn’t used, has led to surges of power in the north of the country, where there’s wind power, while the south of the country receives none of it. The situation has got so ridiculous that the German government is paying billions to hold the coal power plants it took offline “in reserve” for emergencies. Das ist Bescheuert!

IDS Bows to DWP Fake Outrage

IDS has flown the white flag from the top of Caxton House, bowing to pressure from the Twitter mob and distancing himself from the DWP’s perfectly reasonable promotional material:

“.. somebody along the way put up what is essentially meant to be an example of the kind of advice… and ended up going out as a quote… it’s quite peculiar and quite wrong and we’ve immediately taken it down and stopped it.. “

He has also hung whoever approved the leaflet out to dry, vowing disciplinary proceedings against someone who was essentially doing their job: helping benefits claimants avoid being sanctioned by using illustrative examples. A victory for the Twitter outrage bus…

Alison McGovern’s Shadow Treasury #EverydaySexism

Labour’s City spokesman Alison McGovern is receiving plenty of support after revealing a rather rude letter from a viewer accusing her of deeming it “necessary to demonstrate your cleavage on TV”.

A case of #EverydaySexism for sure, but this is not the first time Alison’s attire has caused consternation.

Attendees at the Shadow Treasury’s pre-Budget briefing with the IFS back in July claimed she “arrived late looking scruffy in a badly-fitting, too tight dress” and spent the meeting “yawning and texting on her phone”. It’s a sad day when Alison can’t convince her own colleagues to maintain eye contact either…

Iran’s “More Nuanced Approach” to Israel

Philip Hammond took to the airwaves this morning to praise Iran’s “more nuanced approach” towards Israel, in response to critics of his attempts to rebuild relations with the theocratic regime. How is that whole “more nuanced approach” going?

Here is the latest diplomatic effort from Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s Twitter account, which CNN confirms is “affiliated” to the Supreme Leader:

“We support resistance in Palestine and the region, and take all possible means to support anyone who fights Israel, is against the Zionist regime and supports resistance.”

Just two days ago, Khamenei told Iranians:

“the root cause of the problems returns to [our] real enemies, the US and Israel… [Islamic nations] have realized that their real stubborn enemy is the world arrogance and Zionism and that’s why they chant slogans against the US and Zionism”

Perhaps that “more nuanced approach” simply involves Fajr-5 rockets rather than nuclear bombs…

Mandelson to Advise “Yes to EU”

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The Telegraph has got hold of Mandelson’s letter to Juncker’s “Head of Cabinet” Martin Selmayr. In it Mandelson is clearly establishing the terms for him pulling the strings for the “Yes to EU” campaign. Note the reply’s classic Euro-fat-cat reference to the Berlaymont dining room serving taxpayer-funded fine wine and foie gras….

Guido hopes Mandelson and the other old guilty men of Europhilia take a leading role in the referendum campaign. One thing does concern him. Surely it can’t be right for EU money – from British taxpayers – or foreign government funding of any kind, to find its way into the coffers of either the Yes or No campaigns? The question of EU membership should not be swayed by foreign governments interfering in British sovereignty. Foreign cash funding the campaigns should be illegal…

Now Corbyn Equates Putin With the West

Last week video emerged of Jeremy Corbyn comparing ISIS to the US. This morning he’s gone one better with a Milne-esque apologia for Putin’s aggression in the FT:

“I am no defender whatsoever of Putin or Russian foreign policy

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Rich’s Monday Morning View

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Saturday Seven Up

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This week 121,934 visitors visited 335,183 times viewing 532,529 pages. The top stories in order of popularity were:

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Corbynistas: Agent Provocateurs

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YouGov have made a profile of what is “particularly true” of people who like Jeremy Corbyn and have made a surprising discovery: their favourite clothing brand is apparently the sexy lingerie company Agent Provocateur. Sexy Socialism? Somehow […]

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