Thursday, September 11, 2014

Huhne’s Guardian Column Shelved

Chris Huhne’s Guardian column is no more. Guido will remember it for such fine polemical contributions to the political discourse as when he accused the Sun of making up fictional stories, how “tabloid-fuelled schadenfreude” drives the nation’s prison obsession, and his analysis of the Prime Minister’s “sincerity“. Then there was Huhne’s article accusing the Tories of “psychosis“, and the time he tried to convince us “I’ve played my own part in giving MPs a bad name, but ultimately it’s Rupert Murdoch’s media machine that corrodes public trust best of the lot”. Best of all, who can forget the greatest Huhne column quote of all: “whatever happened to loyalty? Best of luck with whatever you decide to do next…

Miliband “As Much Use as a Boil on the Scrotum”

A caller to Jeremy Vine’s show on BBC Radio 2 gives his verdict on Ed Miliband:

“The Scots see Miliband as watered down whisky. During this coalition he has been as much use to traditional Labour voters as a boil on the scrotum, he has been absolutely pathetic.”

The caller was not asked for his opinion on Balls…

Via HuffPo.

Nigel Evans Makes £21,000 From Post-Sex Trial Media Interviews

Cleared Nigel Evans was paid £21,000 for selling the story of his trial to the press. Evans is being paid £1762.50 a month until June 2015 by management company Exclusive Press & Publicity, in respect of three media engagements with the Mail on Sunday, Mirror and ITV. Following his not guilty verdict, Evans gave emotional interviews to the MoS, Sunday Mirror and ITV’s Daybreak. He says he spent three hours with each outlet, so it wasn’t a bad way of helping towards paying his £130,000 legal bills. If he’d been found guilty he would have got a column in the Guardian…

WATCH: Salmond V Nick Robinson

You have to admire Salmond’s sense of humour by inviting the BBC to join the Basque media at his International Press Conference. And he decided to have a pop at Nick Robinson – a noble pursuit in most circumstances.

Stuffing the press conference with activists who clap at every word from the dear leader does not, however, bode well for accountability in a Free Scotland.

McMental MSP

The former Prime Mentalist has hinted he may run in the Scottish Parliament to counter Alex Salmond’s perceived ‘lies’.

How many more jobs on the taxpayer does he want?

Does he realise he actually has to turn up?

Gordon for First Minister – what’s the worst that could happen?

Speaker’s Authority, Competence and Integrity Challenged

Last night, an advance in the Carol Mills story.

The House voted to set up a committee to consider the Governance of the House, including the role of the Clerk and chief executive.

Who thought procedure could be so exciting?

This is a decisive step forward. The remit is wider than expected. It allows, in theory, the source of yesterday’s Bully Bercow story to be called to give evidence.

“Governance of the House” includes control of the Speaker. When the Speaker is out of control, who controls him? That’s the essence of governance.

The Speaker’s bullying, abusive behaviour is within the remit of the committee. Allegations of committee-rigging, running candidates, planting questions, fixing appointments are all within the remit. How the dickens did he let that get through?

John Bercow will be pushing his candidates onto that committee as if his life depended on it (which it may do).

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No More Page 3’s Jubilation Sags

The anti-sex league were really milking it yesterday, their cups runneth over:

The cause for their celebrations? Uncle Rupert had signalled a possible change of heart, just as Page 3 had been absent from the Sun for a few days – not unusual at the moment:

Had their war on fun been won? This morning the Sun’s editor tweeted:

Not quite the ‘support’ they thought they had.

Mail Kills Off Douglas Carswell

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You can’t get the staff…

Speaker Watch: Bercow Stitch Up Faces Committee Scrutiny

John Bercow’s clerk stitch up will face the scrutiny of a committee of MPs after the House last night passed Jesse Norman’s motion to examine the probity of the appointment. The battle lines were drawn in the debate chaired by Lindsay Hoyle: Labour’s Margaret Hodge and Gisela Stuart defended the Speaker from being subjected to “unwarranted and plain wrong” accountability, Hodge insisting “the panel thought that Carol Mills was the only candidate who was appointable to the job”. A claim directly contradicted by Andrew Lansley, who said they found several suitable names. Perhaps Hodge will be called before the committee to explain her mistake.

George Young also urged Mills to withdraw, while William Hague was absent with a belly ache. Jack Straw will chair the committee, reporting back to MPs next year. A very modest pause indeed…

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Survation Latest – No: 53% | Yes: 47%

The Establishment will cheer, but the margin of error is 3%. Still too close to call…

UPDATE: Full data tables here.


Seen Elsewhere

What We Learned From the Referendum | FT
Scottish Crisis Moves South | Nick Wood
English Democrats Accidentally Celebrate Yes Victory | Pink News
Union In Its Current Form is Dead | Janan Ganesh
Labour Could Be Split in Two | Sun
Ashcroft Poll: Why Scotland Voted No | Buzzfeed
Boris: Change Barnett Formula | Sun
Cameron is Back | Dan Hodges
What Happens Now | James Kirkup
Cairo of the North | Quentin Letts
Labour are the Biggest Losers | Phil Collins


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