Wednesday, December 10, 2014

UKIP in “Uproar” Over Neil Hamilton Selection Stitch Up

First a sex scandal and now a selection stitch up: UKIP are really showing themselves to be a proper, grown up party this week. Guido is told the locals in Essex are “furious” and in “uproar” ahead of tonight’s hustings in South Basildon and East Thurrock, where Neil Hamilton has been parachuted in by the central party. Sources express “deep concern” that disgraced Hamilton’s “baggage” will have a negative effect across other constituencies in Essex where UKIP believe they have winnable seats. The local party is still angry that their preferred candidate Kerry Smith was deselected by the party to make way for a “big name”. “It will become the Neil Hamilton show in Essex if he wins,” warns a worried local. So much for UKIP’s claim not to interfere in the business of their local branches…

WATCH: Ben Bradshaw’s Below the Belt Pickles “Size” Jibe

Bit rich for Bradshaw to have a go at smokers too. Remember he likes to share his sister’s rollies

DPMQs LIVE: See Who Is Asking the Questions to Clegg Today

Q1 Jonathan Reynolds (Stalybridge and Hyde)

Q2 Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon)

Q3 Charlie Elphicke (Dover) 

Q4 Gordon Banks (Ochil and South Perthshire) 

Q5 Kevin Barron (Rother Valley) 

Q6 Andrew Gwynne (Denton and Reddish) 

Q7 Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough) 

Q8 Mr Mark Spencer (Sherwood) 

Q9 Toby Perkins (Chesterfield) 

Q10 Robert Jenrick (Newark) 

Q11 Gregg McClymont (Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East) 

Q12 Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East)

Q13 Mr Ben Bradshaw (Exeter)

Q14 Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North)

Comments in the comments please…

Proper Christmas Card From Godly Dr Fox

That’s more like it.

The former Defence Secretary has even done a video to accompany his card, explaining why he won’t apologise for loving Jesus:

Take that ISIS!

Maguire Dave Dig Backfires

Perhaps Kev should have checked PA before his rant:

David Cameron is in Poland to visit Nazi death camp Auschwitz. The Prime Minister is travelling to the notorious site on the way back from Turkey, where he held talks with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The trip to Auschwitz, the first by Mr Cameron, was heralded in his speech to the Israeli Knesset in March. He has expressed his determination that memories of the atrocities are kept “strong and vibrant”.

A source points out the PM will be actually be on site during PMQs. Won’t be that easy for the leaders debates though…

What Would Prime Minister Miliband Be Like?

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Today the French press and social media are convulsed with a hat-related collective “Why is our president an embarrassing jerk?” spasm.

Guido would like to point out that “Hollande” is the French word for “Miliband”…

WATCH: UKIP Natasha on “Gentleman” Roger Bird

This bizarre Newsnight interview with Natasha Bolter was carried out before her I love u” texts with Roger Bird were leaked, so it’s unfortunate for her case that she denied the messages were intimate: “Often I send a kiss after a text, but I don’t think that’s particularly intimate”. Oddly Natasha described the man she is accusing of sexually harassing her as “a gentleman”. She insists “I did not sleep with Roger Bird, end of,” but yesterday Bird told Guido the relationship was sexual. One of them is telling porkies…

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Fois Gras Too Far: EU Bigwigs Debate Christmas Meal Bonanza

Good to see our EU overlords are dealing with the big issues this afternoon. Green MEP Keith Taylor has issued a stinging missive to European Parliament President Martin Schulz, demanding that fois gras is taken off the MEPs’ Christmas menu:

From: TAYLOR Keith 
Date: 3 Dec 2014 09:51:40 GMT
To: “SCHULZ Martin, President” 
Cc: MEPs & ASSISTANTS-8th-Legislature 
Subject: URGENT: Request for removal of foie gras from JAN menu today

Dear President Schulz,

I’m emailing you in my capacity as Vice-Chair of the Parliament’s animal welfare intergroup because I’ve learned that today the Jan Restaurant will be serving MEPs a Christmas meal featuring foie gras.

As you will be aware,  the production of foie gras inflicts immense suffering on ducks and geese. The European Union’s own Scientific Committee on Animal Health and Animal Welfare – whose members include more than a dozen professors of veterinary medicine and animal science from across Europe – concluded that “force feeding, as currently practised, is detrimental to the welfare of the birds”.

Guido wonders if this call for a ban includes bloc de foie gras avec morceaux as well as the traditional and delicious pan fried stuff…

Roger Bird: I Did Have Sex With That Woman
Read Sexy Texts Between UKIP Chief and Star Candidate

These are some of the texts between departing UKIP general secretary Roger Bird and Natasha Bolter, the woman who alleges he sexually harassed her. Natasha’s texts are on the left, Roger’s are on the right:

More extracts from text messages from Natasha Bolter to Roger Bird:

Nov 9, 17.26: “I am really missing u bird…”

Nov 6, 19.05: “I have sang you praises to Nigel for 12 minutes”

Nov 6, 00.24: “U r not coming back and accordingly my life will go back to a meaningless void and it was chance that I met u. But I didn’t invent u – u were real…”

Nov 2, 23.45: “I love u bird and wish u let me look after u. Hope u feel better xx”

Nov 1, 09.27: “But I love u and miss u and think u r sort of perfect…”

Oct 30, 18.12: “I am really looking forward to c bird x”

Oct 28, 19.20: “…it’s so lovely to hear from u x”

Oct 19, 21.09: “Anyway bird I always f— up and u don’t let me in! And let go and u can trust me x. Ps thanks u for 2 nd chance but will probably screw it up!”

Oct 14, 09.31: “U r a really great mentor bird”

Sep 27 09.48: “R u still cool with me leaving suitcase here and coming home with u? Xx” [referring to leaving the party conference in Doncaster]

Roger tells Guido:

The timeline of events is:

10 September, 1pm: I met Natasha Bolter (NB) for the first time and carried out one of her four assessments to go onto the list of approved candidates

4pm: At the lead assessor’s suggestion I phoned her to arrange for her to re-sit one module. As she was still in town, I proposed to meet her at 6pm at the Oxford & Cambridge Club and conducted the assessment on the roof terrace there. It was a pleasant evening, she was able to smoke to relax. It was also a semi-public location – precisely to avoid any suggestion of impropriety.

11 September, 9.30am: I reported to the lead assessor that NB had now reached the requisite score and passed the assessment. She was then added to the list of approved candidates. I have emails to substantiate this.

12-15 September: Various email exchanges, including my helping her re-write her speech for the Doncaster conference.

18 September: Beginning of the relationship

27 October: I bought her a dress (as noted in the Times) before taking her to dinner that evening. Obviously this was during the relationship.

2 November: end of the relationship

Bird tells Guido that he has all the emails and texts which demonstrate the gradual development of the relationship and make it clear that there was no impropriety involved. Being a gentlemen he does not want to go into unseemly details beyond confirming that it was sexual. Seems neither UKIP nor The Times wanted to believe Bird’s word…

Texts via Telegraph.

Sweet: Candy Crush Revelation Investigation Called Off

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The Sergeant at Arms has quite rightly decided that “no further action will be taken” concerning the filming of Nigel Mills wasting taxpayers money playing playing Candy Crush on his taxpayer funded iPad when he should have been doing his taxpayer funded job. There should never have been a suggestion that the whistleblower was anything less than a hero…


Seen Elsewhere

Rise of Angela Merkel | New Yorker
May SpAd Removed From Candidates List | ConHome
Clodagh’s Law | Press Gazette
Whitehall Bosses Ban Christmas | Sun
Meanwhile, in Russia… | Media Guido
Christmas TV Tips | Laura Perrins
Labour Marginal Fright | Lord Ashcroft
Osborne’ Real Deficit Reduction Record | ConHome
Blameronism | Peter Oborne
Everyone Can Lose | Staggers
Splintering of the Left | Tim Montgomerie


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