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After Brand accused Nigel Farage of attacking the disabled, an audience member holding a crutch spoke for the nation. Then it all went a bit Jeremy Kyle. Fiiiiight!
It’s taken six months for UKIP to find a new Director of Communications and Paul Lambert has certainly been showing some ankle elsewhere. There was talk of him going to ITV, Sky or even to run Miliband’s operations. Now Guido can reveal Gobby applied to work for Theresa May’s Home Office before accepting the UKIP gig. Both the party and Mr Lambert declined the opportunity to comment. Not so gobby now…
I am delighted to announce that Paul 'Gobby' Lambert is set to become UKIP's new Director of Communications. He's one of the best in town.
— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) December 7, 2014
In view of today's announcement think I shall be applying for the now vacant job of shouting "Are you going to resign Minister?"
— Media Guido (@MediaGuido) December 7, 2014
Gobby is quite simply a Westminster legend. His actual name is Paul Lambert and he says “UKIP is today the place to be if you want to be a part of a party that is changing the face of British politics for the better…”. When a senior UKIP source told Guido this was on the cards last week, Guido just did not believe them. Let’s see how he copes with being on the other side of the camera…
The delicate flowers over at the licence fee-funded spin arm of the BBC are terribly upset with the Sun:
One problem with this supposed fisking. Auntie Beeb’s spinmeisters completely fail to address the original charge, that the number of senior BBC managers earning more than the Prime Minister has gone up. Instead, they claim “Senior Manager numbers fell again last year”. An entirely different point, and a straw man erected to deflect from the original, evidently accurate Sun claim about how many of them earn more than the PM. When the state broadcaster needs a propaganda arm…
The Chief Whip was in punchy form with a bad-tempered Eddie Mair on PM:
EM: “Will you resign as Chief Whip is there’s another defection before the general election?”
MG: “Well, I’m convinced that nobody will, so the matter doesn’t arise.”
EM: “But you won’t put your job on the line? You’re not that certain?”
MG: “Well, I’m certain that we need a Conservative majority at the next election and I’m going to do everything possible to ensure that we get that.”
EM: “Is that the kind of answer that puts people off politics?”
EM: “Is that the kind of answer that puts listeners off politics?”
MG: “In what way?”
EM: “It’s not a direct answer to the question.”
MG: “Yes, but your question was, if I may say so, the type of political game-playing that puts people off BBC interviewers.”
Gove went on to say Theresa May would not be as successful a Tory leader as David Cameron. Pow!
The BBC are on the case. Today’s Daily Politics had more on the Khan story:
Tory MP Justin Tomlinson explained he only went to the police because Khan went into hiding:
“There were two things that got me angry yesterday. Firstly that he had worked with the very same charities I had, he was the parliamentary champion for road safety, and he had personally boasted that he had campaigned on this issue for nine years. And secondly we are all human, we all do make mistakes yet he has gone into hiding. The irony is he has now turned his phone off.
His local media, the radio, your programme today – no one can get hold of him and he should put his hands up and say I am sorry I understand the importance of this issue.
I want him to say… I am going to learn from this. We as politicians are all human and are happy to come and take the credit when things go well, but sometimes you make mistakes and you’ve got to hold up to that. Frankly if he had put his hands up straight away and apologised I wouldn’t have taken this any further. It is not acceptable. We have a duty – especially those of us who have been involved in these sort of campaigns to set a good example. You cannot simply disappear when things don’t go your way.”
He Khan run, but he can’t hide…
Short-Termism of CCHQ | ConHome
May Aide: CCHQ Are Being Misleading | Telegraph
Tories Planning For Second Election | Guardian
We Are Losing Cyber War | Fraser Nelson
Osborne Aide Lands Pay Rise | Mirror
The Sick Of It | Sun
UKIP MEP’s Welfare Hypocrisy | Channel 4
Rise of Angela Merkel | New Yorker
May SpAd Removed From Candidates List | ConHome
Clodagh’s Law | Press Gazette
Whitehall Bosses Ban Christmas | Sun
The Economist asks Tony Blair about Wendi Deng:
“Mr Blair roundly denies any impropriety. Asked whether he was (at least) careless about his reputation, he says calmly that it is “not something I will ever talk about—I haven’t and I won’t”, and then bangs his coffee cup so loudly into its saucer that it spills and everyone in the room jumps. But did he find himself in a tangle over his friendship with Ms Deng? A large, dark pool of sweat has suddenly appeared under his armpit, spreading across an expensive blue shirt. Even Mr Blair’s close friends acknowledge that the saga damaged him—not least financially, since Mr Murdoch stopped contributing to Mr Blair’s faith foundation and cut him off from other friendly donors in America.”