Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Death of the ‘Squeezed Middle’
Miliband Ambushed By More Harman Comments

The last PMQs before the summer break is one of the most important of the year, as it leaves a lasting impression about the leaders before MPs disappear off for the summer to stew. Poor Ed.

Miliband was just ambushed by Cameron on Harriet Harman’s comments to LBC that she thinks middle income earners should pay more tax. She’s having a great week…

Unsurprisingly, the audio is now being pushed out:

‘Yes I think people on middle incomes should contribute more through their taxes’

According to Ed, pointing this out the death of the ‘squeeze middle’ line is ‘desperate’. Expect to hear this line a lot more. Nightmare last outing before the long, hot summer…

UPDATE: The in-house journal of the Labour Party are not impressed:

Nor is the Tory press:

PMQs LIVE: #BringBackOurBoys Edition

Oral Questions to the Prime Minister

Q1 Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck (South Shields)

Q2 Jonathan Reynolds (Stalybridge and Hyde) 

Q3 Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West) 

Q4 Caroline Nokes (Romsey and Southampton North)

Q5 Huw Irranca-Davies (Ogmore)

Q6 Andrew Jones (Harrogate and Knaresborough) 

Q7 Julian Smith (Skipton and Ripon)

Q8 Mr Pat McFadden (Wolverhampton South East) 

Q9 Dan Jarvis (Barnsley Central) 

Q10 Mr Stephen O’Brien (Eddisbury) 

Q11 Anne Marie Morris (Newton Abbot) 

Q12 Julie Elliott (Sunderland Central)

Q13 Julian Sturdy (York Outer)

Q14 Ian Lucas (Wrexham) 

Comments in the comments please…

Mrs Gove Breaks Cover

Well quoting Max Hastings, but still…

WATCH: Yet More Voters Call on Ruffley to Resign

Following on from this blog’s Guy News special two weeks ago, the BBC have also vox-popped voters in Bury St. Edmunds over whether they think he is fit to remain as their MP. The verdict was unanimous:

“I think he should go.”

“I don’t think you can have somebody in that position behaving in that way.”

Significantly, top Tory councillor in Suffolk Joanna Spicer also stuck the boot in:

“I do think, given the publicity the incident has had and the issues it has raised about violence against women, that it is important that both the Conservative party nationally and locally take the earliest opportunity to make clear that they support all the policies and all the people that work in the field of domestic abuse.”

Yet still Ruffley and his local party remain silent…

Downing Street Catwalk: Here Come the Boys

The usual suspects are upset at the Mail’s angle on the reshuffle. Gaby Hinsliff mused last night:

And don’t they all look lovely. There is an obvious reason why Gaby’s dream of a male lineup would not have made a very interesting feature:

All the moving men wore the identical outfits…

Where would a new runway deliver a Greater Britain?
Gatwick Obviously.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

MUSICAL SPECIAL: Claire Perry Does the Locomotion

New rail minister Claire Perry showed she is well on top of her new brief as she left Downing Street this afternoon, sharing her good news with assembled news crews in style. As ever, Guido put it to music:

Come on, baby, do the locomotion!

Guardian Workers Revolt Over £2 Million Boss
NUJ Condemns Widening Bosses’ Pay Gap

Guardian writers are unhappy that their pay is falling in real terms whilst their bosses’ pay tops £2 million.

guardian-logoFollowing today’s chapel meeting at 2pm, the following motion was passed unanimously:

The chapel believes that GMG’s continued payment of grossly inflated boardroom bonuses and remuneration packages is a violation of the Guardian’s values and represents a failure of corporate governance and accountability by the Trust.

The fact that one package of over £2m has been agreed after five years of large-scale company losses and falling real terms staff pay and numbers demonstrates that City-scale boardroom pay at GMG remains out of control and that genuine independent oversight is not taking place.

The chapel, which represents the overwhelming majority of Guardian and Observer editorial staff, believes the decisions of the board and trust on boardroom pay do not reflect the views of the staff, readership or the ethics of the Guardian that the Trust is obliged to uphold.

The chapel has no confidence in the existing system of executive remuneration, and calls on the company to publish details of all existing long-term incentive and boardroom bonus schemes, as well as the total executive bonus pool paid out annually.

The chapel believes that reform of governance at the Guardian is now essential, and calls on the Trust to respond to chapel representations for reform made over the past five years. The chapel reiterates its opposition to executive performance bonuses and calls on the trust to accept elected staff representation on the remuneration committee and to expand elected staff representation on the Trust itself.

The chapel instructs the officers to prepare a pay claim for this October’s settlement that takes account of GMG boardroom excess, narrows the widening gap between the lowest and highest paid in the company and aims to recoup the real terms cuts in pay and freelance rates sustained by NUJ members over the past five years.

Where was that tribune of the workers and Guardian columnist when the union was meeting?

owen-jones-bar-italia-soho
Owen Jones was having a cappucino breakfast tea in Bar Italia, Soho…

UPDATE:

WATCH: Adam Boulton Swallows a Fly on Live TV

The funniest thing that happened during the reshuffle:

Handled with consummate professionalism, as ever…

The New Cabinet in Full

The Cabinet

David Cameron – Prime Minister

Nick Clegg - Deputy Prime Minister

William Hague - First Secretary of State, Leader of the House of Commons

George Osborne – Chancellor of the Exchequer

Danny Alexander - Chief Secretary to the Treasury

Theresa May - Secretary of State for the Home Department

Michael Fallon - Secretary of State for Defence

Vince Cable - Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

Iain Duncan Smith - Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Chris Grayling - Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

Nicky Morgan - Secretary of State for Education, Women & Equalities Min.

Eric Pickles - Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

Jeremy Hunt - Secretary of State for Health

Elizabeth Truss - Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Justine Greening - Secretary of State for International Development

Alistair Carmichael - Secretary of State for Scotland

Edward Davey – Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

Patrick McLoughlin - Secretary of State for Transport

Sajid Javid - Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

Theresa Villiers - Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

Stephen Crabb - Secretary of State for Wales

Philip Hammond - Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

Also attending Cabinet

Michael Gove - Chief Whip and Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury

Francis Maude - Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General

Matt Hancock - Minister of State for BIS, DECC and Portsmouth

Esther McVey - Minister of State for Employment

Oliver Letwin - Minister for Government Policy, Lord Privy Seal

David Laws - Minister of State for Cabinet Office, Schools

Grant Shapps - Minister Without Portfolio

Baroness Warsi - Senior Minister of State, Faith and Communities

Greg Clark - Minister of State for Universities and Science

Jeremy Wright - Attorney General

Baroness Stowell - Leader of the House of Lords


Seen Elsewhere

Ruffley Loses Confidence of Constituency | Guardian
Ruffley Under Pressure to Quit | Telegraph
Gove Launches Ruffley Probe | Staggers
Clegg Must Fire David Ward | Sun
David Ruffley’s Campaign Against Domestic Violence | Buzzfeed
LibDem Criticises Clegg Over Farage Debates | Express
Ruffley Must Go | Guardian
Political Correctness Breeds Extremism in Schools | Chris McGovern
Ruffley Faces Crisis Meeting | ITV
I Sang “Maggie Out” (When I Was 7) | Liz Truss
UKIP Have Learnt How to Street Fight | Dr Rob Ford


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New Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has big ambitions in his first meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu today:

“I came to bring this conflict to an end.”



Flight Watch says:

Russia Today is a cauldron of bullsh*t. The only people that take it seriously are deluded conspiracy theorists. Other RT journos have resigned citing the same reasons.

It’s about as believable as Press TV, KCNA of North Korea or the Daily Mirror.


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