One day back in Westminster and the gaffes begin. Diane Abbott thinks Tony Blair overseeing the extraordinary rendition of terror suspects and cutting a deal with the murderous Gaddafi regime isn’t as bad as the fact he is godfather to one of Murdoch’s kids:
Guido would like to know how many of her Labour colleagues agree…
Guido’s BBC sources neither denied or confirmed the rumour going around that Andrew Neil is set to move from BBC2’s weekday Daily Politics to front Sunday’s The Politics Show, as part of a bigger restructuring of the Beeb’s political programming. With co-host Anita Anand already going over to Radio 5, it’s certainly looking like the end of an era for political nerds and junkies. You read it here first…
Andrew Neil’s hint of a pending LibDem scandal has set tongues wagging. While Guido did hear an amusing tale from a cabby the other day about a certain LibDem cabinet minister and a large black dominatrix, he doesn’t think this is the story that Brillo is getting at. Given that he is the chairman of Press Holdings, owners of The Scotsman*, perhaps we should turn our eyes north…
This morning’s Scotsman ran a rather bizarre story about Michael Moore the invisible Secretary of State for Scotland. He missed the VAT vote, which was convenient for his re-election attempts but the reason he gave has unraveled. The original answer that he was in Scotland on ministerial business was “incorrect” (translation: a lie) and last night the government claimed releasing Moore’s location would “endanger the physical or mental health of an individual”. Why? What was it Michael Moore was doing on the 13th July?
UPDATE : Michael Moore has gone favourite to be the next resignation from the Cabinet.
UPDATE II: *Scratch that theory:
Guido’s money is still on Tim Farron.
Darling of the nut-roots John Hirst, the axe butchering killer come prisoners’ votes advocate just got destroyed on the Daily Politics. It’s funny how his biggest fans online and over at places like the New Statesman have gone so quiet since he called Tory MP Priti Patel “a paki”:
Guido isn’t sure how Hirst didn’t think that might come up. Doing his sick cause wonders though.
After last night’s documentary Guido has been doing some digging around the Oxford days of our ruling elite. With a little help from a studious co-conspirator, some of the clippings from the 80s editions of the Cherwell make for a fascinating read. There is no doubt that the star of last night’s Posh and Posher had to be “man of the people” Jacob Rees Mogg. It seems he hasn’t changed much from his dreamy spires days:
Guido will save the notorious tales of a certain “Eight minute Eddie” for another day.
Brillo’s “Posh and Posher: Why Public School Boys Run Britain“ documentary broadcast last night made a powerful case that the dominance of British politics by the privately educated and the products of Oxbridge results from the abolition of grammar schools.
The ability of those from modest backgrounds to progress on merit has been undermined by a failing state education system. The ending of the grammar school system means that bright children from modest backgrounds don’t have a well-trodden route to follow to the top, hence the dominance of politics once again by the privileged.
Old friend of the blog Gary Elsby made an appearance, blaming the selection of Tristram Hunt rather than him as the local Labour Party candidate on Peter Mandelson. Others may beg to differ…
Ed Balls gave a point blank denial to Brillo that he had ever criticised Darling’s plans to halve the deficit on the Daily Politics. As you can see, the Shadow Chancellor has barely been able contain his glee at the frosty numbers, but he seems to have forgotten exactly what he told Bloomberg in his pitch for job:
“I told Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling in 2009 that – whatever the media clamour at the time – even trying to halve the deficit in four years was a mistake. The pace was too severe to be credible or sustainable.”
Just like he never briefed behind anyone’s back…
David Ward’s Holocaust Denier Friends | Harry's Place
Grayling: Bercow Faces Questions | Sun
Paul Flynn Could Learn a Lot From a Trip to Israel | Breitbart
50 Shades of Grayling | Speccie
Bercow’s £12,000 of VIP Sporting Freebies | Sun
Aldous Huxley v George Orwell | FatPita
Blinkered BBC is Ripe for Reform | David Keighley
Calls for Bercow to Face Inquiry | Mail
Labour Mad to Fight Tories on Tax | Dan Hodges
Right to be Forgotten is a Disaster | Padraig Reidy
Dave Could Be Finished Before 50 | James Forsyth
Knifed former civil service chief Bob Kerslake on his recent troubles:
“Many thks for kind wishes following back opn. Incision measured 16cm. A pretty big knife in the back! Photos on request.”