Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Guidos: Backbench Maverick of the Decade

The nominees are:

  • Labour’s Tom Watson – the nonce finder general
  • Lib Dem’s John Hemming – Ryan Giggs
  • Conservative’s Zac Goldsmith – Recall and Green crap
  • Douglas Carswell – iDemocracy

And the winner:

Love him or hate him, there is no denying he’s caused an earthquake…

The Guidos:
Most Successful Delivery of an Order-Order Blog Post Into Policy

The nominees are:

  • Douglas Carswell: The People’s EU Bill
  • Andrew Mitchell: Banning international aid towards the Indian Space Programme
  • Francis Maude: Banning full time trade union ‘Pilgrims’

And the winner:

Mad Frankie Maude takes home the Guido…

PMQs SKETCH: Cameron Rubs Salt Into Bercow’s Wounds

The only really enjoyable part of PMQs came right at the end in a question on immigration, and time running out. The PM broke off his answer with an abrupt change of subject to congratulate ex-Chief Clerk Sir Robert Rogers on his peerage.

It had been an indirect attack on the Speaker to make the hated Rogers a peer, now a slightly less indirect way of rubbing salt into the open wound that sits in the Speaker’s chair.

The House loved it. And not just Tories. Witnesses inside the Chamber said the cheering came from both sides of the House and went on for a parliamentary eternity (about 15 seconds).

The Speaker busied himself in conversation with his secretary. He wasn’t taking on that mob.

Feelings about the Speaker are like a tsunami wave travelling a long distance. Out at sea the wave looks like any other. Only when the seabed rises approaching land does the wave rise and reveal itself.

That was one moment of the wave passing an island. Up it reared.

In every second of every cheer the House was saying, “We know what you’re like. You bullied, browbeat, berated, swore at a decent man until he couldn’t take it any more and quit the job that meant the world to him. You have revealed yourself. And we won’t forget it.”

The occasion passes, the wave resumes its normal height, but it’s still traveling with undiminished power .

(more…)

The Guidos: Social Media Hero or Heroine of the Decade

The nominees were:

  • Louise Mensch: For services to international trolling and picking Twitter fights
  • Cllr Karen Danczuk: for selfless services to selfies and feminism
  • Brooks Newmark: for not putting down the loo seat before photographing himself masturbating in the bathroom mirror
  • Aidan Burley: For cultural diversity online and really entering into the whole Olympic spirit

And the winner:

Stay tuned for the rest of the winners throughout the afternoon…

Nigel Farage at #GF10

Despite telling Guido for the last ten years that voting in Europe changes nothing, Nige was in Strasbourg last night. He did send this video though. The big news is he turned down a drink…

Michael Gove at #GF10

He knows who really puts a bit of stick about…

We Had a Party, Almost Everyone Came…

More from Guido’s Tenth Anniversary Awards night to follow…

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Snouts In The Trough

  • Tian of crab, king prawns with keta caviar and crème fraiche.
  • Elderflower sorbet drizzled with Champagne.
  • Herb crusted rack of Elwy lamb, butterbean purée with ratatouille.
  • Warm chocolate fondant with vanilla ice cream.
  • Coffee and Truffles.
  • DRINKS.

WINES:

  • Simonet-Febvre, Chablis 2011
  • l’Espirit de Bellevue, St Emillion 2011

Twitter Hashtag #GF10

Soon…

soon

Blogging will be light this afternoon. The Guido Awards… and the Golden Crosshairs. Soon…

SPEAKER WATCH: A New Managerial Mess of Bercow’s Making

We’ve definitely reached peak Bercow. The poor fellow is running out in front of our eyes.

The ennoblement of Robert Rogers on Cameron’s recommendation is a marvellously indirect attack, recognised by everyone in the Commons. We all now know Rogers was hounded from office by the Speaker.

Less well known – the Speaker suffered a sharp set-back last week when the House of Commons Commission (which he chairs) voted to appoint hated, old Etonian David Natzler as temporary Chief Clerk.

Bercow voted against this – and lost.

Half the Commission is appointed by Bercow himself – his own people are starting to turn away from him.

But the position of chief executive is still vacant, as is the chair of the management board. Whom other top staff report to is unclear. It’s a managerial mess and entirely of the Speaker’s making.

Natzler is moving into the Clerk’s palatial office, and everyone underneath him has moved up as well.

Shifting them all back would cause a palace revolt.

This as much as anything makes Carol Mills’ appointment less likely than ever.


Seen Elsewhere

Comply or Die at Grauniad | MediaGuido
Labour Beats UKIP in South Yorkshire | LabourList
Mock the Week’s Weak Comedy | Nigel Farage
Can Jim Murphy Save Scottish Labour? | Guardian
There is Still Appetite for the Westminster Lunch | Jon Craig
Labour Turn Their Backs on Jewish Community | Dan Hodges
Chivalry is Not Dead | Laura Perrins
Jonathan Jones is a Tw*t | Iain Dale
Second Scotland Poll Suggests Labour Wipeout | Times
Paedo Probe Boss Urged to Quit | Sun
Keynesian Tories Won’t Eliminate Deficit | Tim Montgomerie


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