BBC Tea Party Documentary Tonight, U.S. Mid-Terms Tomorrow

Guido has just watched a preview of tonight’s BBC documentary, “Tea Party America”. Surprisingly it did not characterise them all as closet Klu Klux Klan loving creationists – usually the BBC finds the nuttiest looking demonstrator and interviews them as a typical Tea Partier. Probably because Andrew Neil was reporting and didn’t go in with the usual pre-conceived agenda…

Brillo has been even handed, though he seems wary of Glenn Beck’s populism and suspicious of some Tea Party elements on the fringe. The Washington beltway consensus seems to be that Sarah Palin, the Tea Partier’s sweet-heart, won’t run in 2012, which from an entertainment perspective is a great disappointment. The Tea Partiers will however have an impact this week. Something those of us who think we’re “Taxed Enough Already” will welcome.

See also: Tea Party Americatonight at 19:00 on BBC 2. Dan Hannan has been reflecting on the Tea Party phenomenon on his blog.

Brillo Makes Blears Eats Her Word

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Diane to Brillo “I Have Nothing More To Say”

Guido was out on the terrace of the Commons last night quaffing the last of the subsidised wine so missed This Week.  Diane Abbott may well come to regret the reputational damage resulting from her running for leader. It was as some have commented a humdinger, by popular request here is the five minute battering that Brillo gave to her. Something tells Guido her contract won’t be renewed…

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Andrew Neil told Total Politics magazine about that picture…

“It’s not Miss Bordes. It never has been Miss Bordes. That was a picture of a woman from New York that I was going out with in 1995. She worked at Fox and she is an Afro-American. She’s not Asian, she’s not Indian, she’s not British. The picture was taken as we came off the beach in Barbados, by Terry O’Neill. It’s been presented now as if (a) it’s Miss Bordes and (b) that we were in some kind of nightclub and I’m there in this stupid shirt in a nightclub. It was a beach we’d come off, hence the baseball cap and beachwear.”

Guy News : Cable’s Flip-Flop Smackdown

The End of the Fable

Regardless of your views on the new hair do, a slightly more aggressive Osborne scored an unexpected victory at this afternoon’s Chancellors Debate. The CCHQ debate preparation team take note – anger works.

Osborne was helped in no uncertain terms by the music hall duo of Flanders and Neil beasting Cable on his reputation and record. These two have history, but the old yellow sage was left speechless by Brillo’s “Isn’t the biggest myth of the election your reputation?”

Guy News Special in the edit right now…

Brillo v Cable : Like Boiling a Frog

Brillo-v-CableJust watched the Straight Talk interview (on iPlayer here).  It starts off easy enough, Cable perhaps expecting the usual “You saw it all coming and you can dance as well Mr Cable?” type of fawning interview he sometimes gets.  Brillo lures Cable into admitting to some fundamental policy flip-flops.  Twinkle-toes ends up blinking as badly as Ed Balls did under cross examination.  How anyone could think Vince called the crisis right after watching this interview amazes Guido. It was like watching a frog boil, Cable got more and more agitated as Brillo turned up the heat.

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Cable Admits He Got Crisis Wrong

brillo-twinkleGuido has been saying for some time that Vince Cable’s reputation as a seer is much overstated and that his reputation is cashing cheques his actual policy account can’t cover. His ability to provide authoritative sounding soundbites to journalists is fantastic.  Hacks never bother to check his prognostications and previous policy flips (who knows what the LibDem policy is on anything besides PR?)  He thus gets a free ride in comparison to Labour and the Tories.

So it will be worth tuning into Straight Talk tomorrow where by all accounts Vince Cable gets a mauling from Andrew Neil about his history of changing his position on a range of issues during the financial crisis and Brillo gets him to admit that he was wrong last autumn to support the merger of Lloyds TSB and HBOS.  Vince admits to Brillo when challenged “you’re right – perfectly fair comment that my first reaction was not the right one.”

Brillo also spotted that in Cable’s just released policy paper for Reform he is proposing to cut items that were only earmarked by Nick Clegg and Vince Cable in February as part of a planned increase of £6.7 bn in spending on childcare and education.

By all accounts it is worth tuning into Straight Talk on BBC News tomorrow night to see Brillo hold Cable’s feet to the fire for all his flip-flopping on economic policy.

UPDATE : Sam Coates over at Red box has spotted another Cable incoherency.

UPDATE II : There is of course the whole Darth Cable / Brillo Skywalker angle about this: Cable was Neil’s economics tutor at Glasgow.  Now the circle is complete, the student is the inquisitor.  The force is strong…

Look Back in Mockery 2008

This is Guido’s favourite photo of the year. It captures Brillo in his natural environment, in Cannes. He was a little testy about this photo;

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PMQs : You Love to Hate

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Is Brillo Hitting the Bottle?

Guido is a close observer of BBC2’s the Daily Politics and The Week, both fronted by Andrew Neil. Recently it has been noticeable that Brillo’s hair seems to have undergone a renaissance. Could be a trick of the light,

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PMQs : Don’t Shout Abuse at the Telly

After the alcohol driven success of the local election night live-chat Guido will be hosting on the blog another live chat session from 11.30 until 12.30 covering PMQs. We will be watching the Daily Politics as our point of reference.

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