Monday, November 24, 2014

Rich’s Monday Morning View

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Read Guido’s Column in the Sun on Sunday Online

In today’s Sun on Sunday, Guido reveals Emily Thornberry’s real back story. Is her rags to riches tale stretching the truth? Guido spoke to Snob-erry’s childhood friends and neighbours to find out. Don’t miss out on:

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  • The week after the Tories’ by-election thrashing, Theresa May picks Abba for Desert Island Discs…
  • …And is also hosting the Spectator Parliamentarian of the Year Awards. Almost as if she wanted to guarantee being in the spotlight this week for some reason…

  • Brooks Newmark is out and about again, recovered from his “demons”
  • Could Boris follow in Arnie’s footsteps?

Click here to read Guido’s column for free with a free 30-day trial…

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Saturday Seven Up

Friday, November 21, 2014

Lucy Powell Meltdown

Gove Goes to War on the BBC (And Can’t Resist a Dig at May)

The Chief Whip was in punchy form with a bad-tempered Eddie Mair on PM:

EM: “Will you resign as Chief Whip is there’s another defection before the general election?”

MG: “Well, I’m convinced that nobody will, so the matter doesn’t arise.”

EM: “But you won’t put your job on the line? You’re not that certain?”

MG: “Well, I’m certain that we need a Conservative majority at the next election and I’m going to do everything possible to ensure that we get that.”

EM: “Is that the kind of answer that puts people off politics?”

MG: “Sorry?”

EM: “Is that the kind of answer that puts listeners off politics?”

MG: “In what way?”

EM: “It’s not a direct answer to the question.”

MG: “Yes, but your question was, if I may say so, the type of political game-playing that puts people off BBC interviewers.”

Gove went on to say Theresa May would not be as successful a Tory leader as David Cameron. Pow!

Skinner: Vote UKIP and I’ll Be Dead in Six Months

“I’ve got a United Nations heart bypass… and it was done by a Syrian cardiologist, a Malaysian surgeon, a Dutch doctor, a Nigerian registrar, and these two people here [Reckless and Carswell] talk about sending them back from whence they came. If they did that to the hospitals in London I for one would be dead in six months.”

An old dinosaur accusing UKIP of being stuck in the past… 

Miliband: I Feel Respect When I See a White Van

Sky: “What goes through your mind when you see a white van outside a house?”

EM: “What goes through my mind is respect.”

Guido could watch this all day…

Speaker Watch: Lansley Wounds Bercow

The wheels of a Parliament grind slow but they grind fine.

Andrew Lansley’s evidence to the Governance committee this week is very damaging to John Bercow’s prospects.

The committee was set up to look at the Speaker’s (disastrous) handling of the appointment of chief Clerk of the Commons. As Guido pointed out early in the year, it was clear that Bercow was operating a policy of Diminish and Rule to increase his suffocating grip on Commons life.

Abolishing, or massively diminishing, the office of Clerk would give him unrestrained access to the powers and budgets of department heads.

Andrew Lansley confirmed in evidence that Bercow ran the recruitment as if it was his own personal process (in our view, to appoint the one person he had in mind from the outset).

(more…)

Another Stunning Intervention From Lucy Powell

“I would be deeply angry if someone came down my road and took a picture of my house and put it on the internet,” Miliband aide Lucy Powell told Andrew Neil on the Daily Politics.

“Deeply angry…”

UPDATE:

She also seemed confused about why Labour fared so badly in Rochester:

” I am not as complacent as Michael Gove is, who simply wants to put these issues down to by-election… We did badly because in part, this is a by-election.”

What was that about complacency?

White Van Dan Turns Up at Thornberry’s Mansion

Video over at The Sun.

Perhaps she should stay in one of her many other homes tonight…

UPDATE:


Seen Elsewhere

How Avoidable Scandals Destroy Stupid Politicians | Alex Wickham
UKIP Mosque Confusion | The Week
Let’s Ban the Word Internet | Padraig Reidy
Are the Broadcasters Ready For the Election? | Specccie
Moral Bankruptcy of the BBC | David Keighley
UKIP’s ‘Starsky and Hutch’ | Total Politics
Innocent Sun Journo Just Doing Her Job | Sun
Boris Sent Up North | Times
The Only Way to Mend the EU | Leo McKinstry
Northern Labour Tearing Party Apart | David Aaronovitch
Osborne is Son of Brown | Peter Oborne


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Tony Blair threatens Ed:

“If you had a strong political lead that was combining the politics of aspiration with the politics of compassion, I still think that’s where you could get a substantial majority…  If I ever do an interview on [the state of the Labour Party], it will have to be at length…”



Left on Left says:

The lefties are attacking because the panellist is a millionaire and lives in a London home worth upwards of two million. Someone had best tell them he’s called Ed Miliband.


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