LEAKED EMAILS: Sony Boss Plotted to Get Ed Vaizey Fired

Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton conspired to replace Culture Minister Ed Vaizey with a socialite called David Macmillan. The plan has come to light in a series of extraordinary emails between Michael Lynton and Macmillan via the publication of a searchable archive of last years ‘Sony Hack‘ by Wikileaks:

Lynton claimed he could use his influence with George Osborne to get Ed Vaizey fired and then introduce Macmillan to Conservative supporting business boss Sir Charles Dunstone. Lynton then claimed the chairman of the Carphone Warehouse would recommend Macmillan for the ministerial post:

“I am sitting here with Bella and conspiring as to how to make you Minister of Culture and Sport. You are perfectly qualified. First step is to get ed Vaizey fired. I will do this with George Osborne. Next step is to get you appointed. This requires you meeting CHARLES Dunstone and having him recommend you. I will make the introduction in September. The games afoot !!!”

Macmillan claims to be up for it, but points out the obvious flaws:

“Need to be elected to parliament or raised to the peerage to proceed further with your plan, but love the idea.”

Intriguingly, Macmillan points out that Osborne might be fearful of upsetting Vaizey because he would want to “avoid the publication of various school time photos,” the Sony CEO assures him that the “Photos are in the cloud. They will be gone soon.What incriminating photos could they possibly be talking about?

Ashcroft: Murphy and Dougie Set to Lose Seats to SNP

Jim Murphy is trailing the SNP by 9 points in his East Renfrewshire seat, according to the latest Ashcroft constituency polling.

Wee Dougie Alexander is also behind by 11 points in Paisley.

LibDem MP for Berwickshire Michael Moore’s seat falls to the Tories.

Ming Campbell and Charlie Kennedy both fall to the SNP.

Scotland is turning yellow…

Damian McBride: My 20/1 solution to the three-pipe problem that is the next DPM

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Former political spin-doctor and pub quiz enthusiast Damian McBride takes you through the runners for the post of Deputy Prime Minister with the latest odds from Paddy Power.

If you think the outcome of the election is difficult to call, just take a look at Paddy’s superb new market on the identity of the next Deputy Prime Minister. As Sherlock Holmes said in The Red-Headed League, “it is quite a three pipe problem, and I beg that you won’t speak to me for fifty minutes.” Well, pipe at the ready, let me try and solve the case a bit quicker than that.

Favourite in the betting is ‘no-one’ at 7/4, reflecting the fact that there’s no genuine need – either constitutional or practical – for the PM to appoint a deputy. That said, we’ve had a Deputy PM in place during 27 of the last 36 years, so whether we’ve got a minority government, a majority or a coalition, there’s a decent chance the modern tradition will continue. So my fellow detectives, who are the candidates?

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Friday Caption Contest (Hasta La Vista, Beeb-y Edition)

Entries in the comments, please…

Ed Miliband: What Is Vice?

Asked a question about patronising young voters at Labour’s ‘Youth Manifesto’ launch, Ed successfully managed to patronise young voters. Here is his exchange with former Telegraph investigations reporter Ben Bryant, now at Vice News:

BB: “Hello, Ben Bryant from Vice News”

EM: “From where?”

BB: “Vice News.”

EM:Oh right. What does Vice News do?”

BB: “We make films, we write stories.”

EM: “Right.”

BB: “So one of the criticisms of this election campaign has been how controlled it is. You yourself have only done one walkabout with voters so far. Don’t you think that all of this stage management bullsh*t is particularly alienating young people?”

EM: “I don’t think you count as stage managed, do you Ben?”

No wonder they were keeping him away from questions…

War of the Words

There’s a spin war on and Labour think they are onto a Romney-like gaffe by IDS:

“The Tories renamed the Bedroom Tax the “spare room subsidy”, they claim. Is this really the whole story? 

Back in 2012, a government policy was introduced that remains named the “under occupancy charge” or the “under occupancy penalty”.

It was Labour that started the cultural revolutionary tinkering, branding it the “bedroom tax”.

In doing so, they won the narrative, but lost the honesty war.

Even the High Court ruled that it is not a tax.

And so it a bit rich for the left to complain about renaming policies.

Is it really any surprise that the Work and Pensions Secretary would want to “rename zero-hours contracts flexible hours contracts“? Work without fixed hours guaranteed always used to be called casual labour, before Labour dreamt up the much nastier sounding “zero hours” moniker. War is peace, ignorance is strength…

Rent Your Flat To an MP, If You Dare

Nice to see the mansions of SW1 getting a look in – this letter has been posted to flat owners near Westminster – but surely this has to be the biggest fib of the election? MPs will be “good quality, respectable tenants”:

Dolphin Square landlords need not apply…

Ed’s Floppy Farage Power Pat

At least Nige went back to collect his notes…

Six Questions the Next Government Must Answer

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Carswell Quips He Would Have Liked to Write UKIP Manifesto

Douglas Carswell let slip more than he probably should have last night when asked if Nigel Farage had no input into his party’s manifesto. “If only,” Carswell quipped back.

QT audience member “I’d like to know how much

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Survation/Mirror Snap Poll: Miliband Wins

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The Rainbow Coalition

Expect the Tories to play this section showing what life would look like under a Miliband government again and again:

Here is Farage accusing Miliband of lying on the NHS:

Chaos, to coin a phrase…[…]

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