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 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?”
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!
“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…
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…
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).
“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.
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?
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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…”