Monday, July 22, 2013

Chuka China Junket Fixed By Blairite Cronies

With “close friends” of Tony Blair laying it on thick for Chuka over the weekend, interesting that the Shadow Business Secretary is off on a junket to China tomorrow organised by a group with particularly close links to the former PM. Chuka’s four day trip comes courtesy of Chinese for Labour (CfL), a well-funded organisation that seeks to recruit Chinese Britons to the party, promises access to Labour MPs and offers financial assistance to potential candidates. Manchurian, presumably.

CfL are chaired by Sonny Leong, a publisher who seems to spend his time spinning for the communist Chinese government when he is not personally donating tens of thousands of pounds to the Labour Party. CfL’s patrons include Cherie Blair, David Miliband and former Blair fixer Ian McCartney. On its executive committee sits Lady Katy Tse Blair (right), wife of Tony’s brother Bill. CfL has organised recent trips to China for Blairite Shadow Cabinet ministers Liam Byrne and Douglas Alexander. Worth noting that Blair has earned hundreds of thousands of pounds from his links to the country. He clearly has a soft spot for the Chinese…

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

WATCH: Blair on Miliband

Uncle Tony says Ed’s speech today “is a defining moment. It’s bold and it’s strong… I should have done it when I was leader”.

The photo of himself on the mantelpiece behind him is a nice touch…

Friday, June 14, 2013

Blair Denies Wendi Deng Affair Rumour

The Hollywood Reporter were given a very carefully worded response when they called up Blair’s office this morning:

“If you are asking if they are having an affair, the answer is no.”

People have, surely somewhat unfairly, remarked on the use of the present tense…

Friday, April 12, 2013

Labour Left: Bury Blair With Thatcher
Labour PPC Publicly Calls Blairite “Jumped Up Turd”

bury-miliband

A Blairite Welsh Labour source told Wales Online:

“These comments are beyond tasteless. Darren Williams appears to be advocating the death of Tony Blair.  Mr Williams holds a position of considerable responsibility within the Labour Party as a member of the National Policy Forum… Clearly, people will ask how someone who holds such extreme and offensive views can adequately represent the views of mainstream members in developing party policy. Frankly, if he doesn’t issue a full and unreserved apology and withdraw his remarks his continued membership of the Labour Party should be called into question.”

Meanwhile elsewhere Clive Lewis, the Labour PPC for Norwich South was extending his charm to Wes Streeting, the well known Blairite careerist active in the Progress faction:

Labour’s left are a pretty nasty bunch…

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Tony v Ed

A masterclass in carefully worded digs from Labour leaders old and new this morning. Blair hits the nail on the head about Ed being on the wrong side of every argument:

blair“Parts of the political landscape that had been cast in shadow for some years, at least under New Labour and the first years of coalition government, are illuminated in sharp relief. The Conservative Party is back clothing itself in the mantle of fiscal responsibility, buttressed by moves against ‘benefit scroungers’, immigrants squeezing out British workers and – of course – Labour profligacy. The Labour Party is back as the party opposing ‘Tory cuts’, highlighting the cruel consequences of the Conservative policies on welfare and representing the disadvantaged and vulnerable.”

Team Miliband’s rebuttal is hardly subtle:

“As he was the first to recognise, politics always has to move on to cope with new challenges and different circumstances. For example, on immigration, Labour is learning lessons about the mistakes in office and crafting an immigration policy that will make Britain’s diversity work for all not just a few. It is by challenging old ways of doing things, showing we have understood what we did right and wrong during our time in office that One Nation Labour will win back people’s trust.”

In other words, not listening…

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Thatcher Tops Best PM Poll

An interesting poll for number crunchers in today’s Sun, not least because Margaret Thatcher is named as Britain’s most popular post-war PM. Dave scored a grand total of zero percent, suffering the indignity of coming behind Alec Douglas-Home. Tony Blair won three elections for the Labour Party but only 21% of Labour supporters felt he was the best post-war PM. Also notable that only 18 percent of Tories went for Churchill compared to 25%, 28% and 36% of Labour, LibDem and UKIP supporters respectively. The winner is clear…

Those results in full.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Maggie’s Heirs

Thatcher once quipped that her greatest legacy was Tony Blair, and her prodigy did not let her down. It appears he was on first name terms by the end:

“Very few leaders get to change not only the political landscape of their country but of the world. Margaret was such a leader. Her global impact was vast. And some of the changes she made in Britain were, in certain respects at least, retained by the 1997 Labour Government, and came to be implemented by governments around the world. As a person she was kind and generous spirited and was always immensely supportive to me as Prime Minister although we came from opposite sides of politics. Even if you disagreed with her as I did on certain issues and occasionally strongly, you could not disrespect her character or her contribution to Britain’s national life. She will be sadly missed.”

Cameron hit the right notes yesterday and deliberately put down the markers to try and compare what he is doing with the Eighties, but you could argue Tone laid on more charm. Is he the true heir to Thatcher?

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Charity Cherie CBE

CHERIE-BLAIR-CBE

She does a lot of work for charity and as we all know, charity begins at home. Who can forget the generous charity tour she undertook down under? She was paid £102,000 for her five-city tour of Australia and New Zealand, with one  cancer research charity receiving as much as £6,690, or 8%, of the total funds raised at an £82-a-head dinner which raised £81,270.

Guido doesn’t begrudge her the gong, it will be a laugh to see the avowed republican curtsey to the Queen…

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Victory: Blair Backs Down and Agrees to Pay Interns

Less than a week after Guido ramped up the pressure on £20 million-a-year Tony Blair over his unpaid interns, the former PM has conceded defeat and agreed to give them the minimum wage.

“Over the past 5 years the Office of Tony Blair has had a small number of voluntary interns gaining work experience in the organisation. The vast majority came to us at their request, unadvertised, for voluntary work. Of those, a number have since become full-time paid employees with us. We have also always acted on legal advice in respect of any intern. 

Nonetheless from now on, if we do have interns for an extended period, i.e. around 3 months, we will pay them the National Minimum Wage.”

Credit should also be given to Graduate Fog, who first uncovered Tony’s minimum wage hypocrisy. HMRC sniffing around might also have had something to do with it…

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Blair Faces HMRC Unpaid Interns Investigation

In a delicious twist of fate, the very man who introduced the minimum wage to Britain is facing a possible HMRC investigation into allegations he has broken minimum wage laws. Last week Guido picked up Graduate Fogs Tony Blair unpaid intern story, calculating that it would take the £20 million-a-year former PM just twenty minutes to earn enough to fund a three month minimum wage internship. The papers followed suit, and now it looks like Tone’s tightness could prove costly.

Evidence of the Office of Tony Blair’s alleged breach of minimum wage laws has been passed on to HMRC. Employers found to have broken the law can be forced to pay compensation of up to eighty times the minimum wage, in the case of Blair’s three month internships that makes almost a quarter of a million pounds per intern. That’s at least a couple of speeches…


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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