Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Sorry Sam: Dave Cancels Cornwall


The PM is on his way back to London to do nothing from his desk in Downing Street, rather than via his Blackberry.

Bad day for fishmongers of Cornwall.

Clegg Spins His Own Rennard Failings

The restoration of Lord Rennard’s LibDem membership card, and neutering of Nick Clegg, as gone down like a cup of cold sick with almost everybody except the pervy peer’s mates. The Deputy PM and LibDem leader – in office but out of power – is left to bleating about long hard looks in the mirror.

Clegg outrider Sean Kemp spins to the Times RedBox:

“The Lib Dems’ absurdly complex disciplinary system has meant the only person being punished for the Rennard affair is Nick Clegg. The party’s leader was left unable to take charge of the issue, even while it badly damaged his party’s reputation.That system has now been changed, but that will do nothing for the people who wanted to see the party take tougher action.”

Clegg could have ‘taken charge of the issue’ when the allegations first surfaced internally before the last election. Or when he was told about them in 2010. Instead, like with Mike Hancock, he chose to ignore the problem and hoped it would go away.

Guido has zero sympathy.

Twitter Bitch Fight: Mann v MacShame

This could get interesting…

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

WATCH: John McCain Does the Robot

Would we be seeing heads cut off on Iraqi street corners had this man been Commander in Chief?

Tories Very Publicly Break Cover in Speaker Row
MP Demands Delay in Appointment of New Clerk

He’s at it again. Tory MP Rob Wilson has written to the Leader of the House, the PM and the Speaker to very publicly blow up the row over the appointment of the new Clerk of the House:

“Media reports suggest, as does the Australian Senate website, that Ms Mill’s Department of Parliamentary Services oversaw the CCTV ‘spying’ on a senior Labor Senator’s office for the purpose of unmasking a whistle-blower and also recorded a Senator’s movements. The Senate Privileges Committee has a significant investigation underway which apparently will report early next year, March 2015.

In these circumstances, how can we possibly appoint a Clerk of the House of Commons who is under investigation for a serious breach of parliamentary privilege? Should we not await the investigation being carried out by the highly respected cross-party Australian Senate Committee?

Likewise, it is reported today that the Speaker (as a compromise to critics) is now considering a split in this historic role. I seriously doubt the merit of this proposal and agree with Sir Robert Rogers when he said: “I can’t think of more than half a dozen chief executive-type decisions that I have had to take over the last three years that haven’t had to be very closely informed by a profound knowledge of the house and what the house will take. So the two roles are inextricably intertwined.” Furthermore it would not overcome the concerns outlined above regarding Senate Committee investigation into Ms Mills.

I therefore urge you and the Prime Minister to use your good offices to find a way to block the appointment of Mrs Mills, at least until such time that matters become clearer. It could prove extremely damaging to both Parliament, and to all concerned with Ms Mills’s appointment to do otherwise.”

The Speaker will take great pleasure in swiftly replying, no doubt.

Venezuela: Socialist Paradise Update


How is the loony Labour left’s latest favourite socialist paradise Venezuela faring? Not since Gadaffi have we had an oil rich socialist paradise in the making to set an example for us running dogs of capitalist imperialismo. Socialism should surely work when you are floating on billions in oil wealth – just share it out comrades! Venezuela has the world’s largest proven oil reserves at 298 billion barrels – that is more than Saudi Arabia or the UK’s measly 6.9 billion barrels – untold riches. Yet according to Bloomberg data:

  • Oil production has declined by 27.2% over the last decade. Production declining…
  • GDP growth in 2013 was 1.3%. In 2004 it was 18.3%. Growth slowing…
  • The country’s inflation rate in May 2014 (61%) was the highest in the world. Iran was second and Argentina third. Venezuela leads the world in inflation…
  • The bolivar, the national currency, has fallen 88% since 2008. Devaluing…
  • Foreign exchange reserves have fallen by 51% since 2008 to $20 billion. Cash running out…
  • In 2012 it 22% of families lived below the poverty line, last year it was 27%. Poverty is rising…
  • Meat production is down 36% this year. Dieting…
  • In January 2014 there was a 28% shortage of basic goods, compared with 8% in 2005. More people queuing…

Guido has just finished reading the new book from “our generation’s Orwell”, Comrade Owen Jones, in which he advocates sweeping nationalisation with currency and capital controls. Like they have in Venezuela…

Farage Cannot Feel the Love Tonight

Elton John has gone and broken Nigel Farage’s heart, pouring cold water on speculation that the singer could come out and support UKIP. Nigel, who has recently confirmed he’s still standing in Thanet South, had made the comments over the weekend:

“Maybe I’ve got a big announcement to make, you never know,” Farage said. “Like a lot of things I get invited to, a lot of private lunches and dinners and I never ever say a word about them. I was invited by Elton John and David Furnish to their house for a dinner which was held six or seven weeks ago. There were 15 or 20 people there. It was a private dinner but, yeah, we talked about politics and current affairs and all of these things and, yes, actually the press reports were right: I got on very well with Elton John indeed.”

The sun hasn’t gone down completely on their relationship though, Elton’s minions confirmed the pair got on very well, but stress, I hope you don’t mind, I hope you don’t mind, but “Elton will not be favouring any party.” And I guess that’s why they call it the blues…

Government Front Group Hires Lobbyist to Lobby Government

Save the Children is an organisation that gets 53% of its money from the government. You probably think of it is as a charity, yet it’s funding structure looks more like a quango that does a little fundraising on the side.

The group, that is dependent on handouts from the government, is looking to recruit somebody with a lavish salary and pension to lobby the same very government.

Round and round the money goes…

Israeli Ambassador Occupies Territory of Bradford

TAUB-BRADFORD
As if to taunt George Galloway the Israeli ambassador Daniel Taub went to Bradford today to fly the flag for the only Western democracy in the Middle East. “My sense, even from a short visit, is that the real voice of Bradford is not the voice of exclusion we hear from George Galloway, but the voice of inclusion,” Taub told the Bradford Telegraph & Argus. “I don’t believe George Galloway is the real voice of Bradford. There is a long history of cooperation between Bradford and Israel… It’s not an Israel-free zone you are talking about, George… It’s a tolerance-free zone, a progress-free zone, a future-free zone.”

Bradford’s other MP is the wannabe LibDem jihadi David Ward. The Israeli embassy clearly believes in taking the fight to the enemy…

Another Dromey Twitter Favourite Gaffe

Labour’s deputy leader has been giving her ego a little boost by ‘favouriting’ tweets that are nice about her and rude to Ed Miliband:

You would have thought the Dromey household would have have had a little chat by now about the pitfalls and dangers of Twitter’s favourite function. It could have been worse though. Did the happy couple ever make it to Paris?


Seen Elsewhere

What Will Happen if Scots Leave? | David Aaronovitch
Why Are Radicals Like Carswell Leaving Tories? | BBC
Danczuk: Rotherham Abuse Imported From Pakistan | Telegraph
Ashya King Case Shows How Authorities Get it Wrong | ConHome
The Carswell Show | Jon Craig
Cops Seized Journalist’s Phone to Out Whistleblower | Press Gazette
Chuka’s £2,500 Tax Avoidance Donation | Times
Another BBC Stitch Up? | David Keighley
Divided, Pessimistic Tories Expect Defeat | Alex Wickham
Labour Suspends Rotherham Council Members | Sky
PM Used Terror Crisis to Deflect From Carswell | Rachel Sylvester


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