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The Italian appeals court has today acquitted Silvio Berlusconi in his underage prostitution “Rubygate” trial. He had been sentenced to seven years behind bars but now walks free. Salute!
UPDATE: His ban on holding public office has also been overturned, reports AP. Time for a comeback?
Guido will spare his blushes by not naming the PM’s key aide who turned up at a Buckingham Palace dinner straight from the office. He immediately realised he’d failed to read the invitation as he joined the other guests who were dressed for dinner in black-tie. To his relief he spotted someone else also in a suit, but at that very moment Prince Philip walked in and turned to the incorrectly dressed pair. The adviser tried to make light of his sartorial mistake, at which point Prince Philip boomed, “Who the bloody hell comes to dinner in a suit?” Before an aide diplomatically shuffled the Prince on…
It didn’t take long for Owen Paterson to take advantage of being freed from the shackles of high office. The axed Environment Secretary is to deliver this year’s annual lecture at the Global Warming Policy Foundation, the climate sceptic group and scourge of lefty climate change activists chaired by Nigel Lawson. One for the diary…
Labour sources were last night unconcerned by the Tories’ announcement that “the next Conservative government” will introduce a 50% threshold for strikes. Frankie Maude has pledged to force unions to secure a “double majority” for strikes to be legal, a majority of members and a majority in favour of industrial action. On the face of it this seems another welcome trade union reform by Maude’s Cabinet Office, though if it is conditional on the almost impossible event of the Tories winning a majority next year then it is little more than window-dressing. As the Telegraph’s Polling Observatory shows today, it will take a small miracle for the Tories to do so. So far the LibDems have resisted union reform this time round. If the Tories are serious, this needs to be a red line in coalition negotiations after the election…
The Downing Street ducklings are fast becoming Guido’s favourite addition to the catwalk.
BBC Radio Suffolk have just announced that the under pressure David Ruffley has cancelled a long-standing appointment to be interviewed tomorrow (Friday) due to a “diary clash”. They confirmed half an ago that when contacted earlier in the week the diary clash had not been noticed. Suffolk voters will be disappointed at not being able to hear him explain his police caution. He won’t be able to avoid the media during an election campaign…
Nettle-sucker Helen Goodman has strayed from the Labour line on the reshuffle. She really hates Tories…
UPDATE: It’s gone.
A Labour Party spokesperson said:
“The Labour Party’s view is that David Cameron’s promises on increasing the representation of women are a sham. He said a third of all his ministers would be women. Fewer than one-in-four are. It is David Cameron who has failed.”
That doesn’t really add weight to Goodman’s apology.
I was wrong in what I tweeted about Tory women ministers and I apologise to them unreservedly.—
Helen Goodman (@HelenGoodmanMP) July 17, 2014
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John McTernan told Channel 4 News…
“You can’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs, you don’t win in politics without breaking legs.”
What time will dinner be ready this evening?
Rob Wilson MP
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