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Compare and contrast the Speaker’s own visit Down Under last month, when he only managed to half fill a small side room, to the footage of Dave stuffing the main chamber to the the rafters today. Must have hurt….
Norman Baker has at last brought Theresa May some good news after a fairly dire week. Regular readers will not be surprised about the Loon of Lewis has quit – Guido reported the preparations for the departure back in mid-October. Now ConHome have even more good news for the Home Secretary:
“The second loss of a child abuse enquiry Chairman. A backbench backlash over the European Arrest Warrant – which isn’t all that popular in Downing Street or the Whips’ Office either. Revelations of enough illegal immigrants undeported “to fill Wembley Stadium almost five times over“. Politicians described as having had their “worst week ever” have seldom actually had it. But it is hard to think of a worse one than last week for Theresa May – notwithstanding Norman Baker’s welcome resignation. Yet here she is – back on top of our monthly poll future Party leader poll.”
May has the backing of 24% of the Tory grassroots, to Boris’ 22%.
Gove is in third on 11%, ahead of George on 10%, with his protege Saj on 9%.
But of course, ‘there isn’t a vacancy’…
David Cameron drug policy reformer and leadership contender in 2005…
“Politicians attempt to appeal to the lowest common denominator by posturing with tough policies and calling for crackdown after crackdown. Drugs policy has been failing for decades.”
Well, it seems Harriet Harman’s PMQs protest has backfired massively. A YouGov poll this afternoon finds women overwhelmingly back the PM, with 64% saying he was right not to wear the “This is what a feminist looks like” t-shirt, compared with just 14% saying he should:
Not for the first time recently, the public has seen through Labour’s empty gesture politics…
Guido’s revelation that Cameron’s Europhile Chief of Staff wants out of Downing Street, has not been denied.
Forget the rumours of Rome, now a well versed government source whispers that Ed Llewellyn is holding out to secure the Ambassadorship to Berlin before jumping ship.
Well Kim Philby ended up in Moscow…
ITV have found the man who ran into the PM in Leeds. Here is Dean Farley’s latest Facebook status:
As for the verdict of his friends:
Turns out he is a jogger:
The assailant approaches:
And charges at the PM:
UPDATE: And video via ITV:
David Cameron’s Chief of Staff Ed Llewellyn has signalled that he wants out. As Guido revealed in yesterday’s Sun on Sunday the exact timings are yet to be decided, though Llewellyn is holding out for a top ambassadorship with Dave reportedly promising his Old Etonian chum the plum job in Rome or Washington. A Downing Street source claims the PM is “indifferent” about Llewellyn going, telling Guido: “Like everyone, he hears the whispers about Evil Eddie.”
Meanwhile, Guido is told Dave’s hopes of poaching Osborne’s Chief of Staff Rupert Harrison to replace Llewellyn were short-lived. So far it appears Osborne’s “brain” is not keen on sticking around either and is also hoping to leave before the next election.
Will the last Chief of Staff to leave Downing Street please turn off the lights…
On which day, according to Shakespeare, the leader of the English told the herald of the Constable of France:
Come thou no more for ransom, gentle herald:
They shall have none, I swear, but these my joints;
Which if they have as I will leave ‘em them,
Shall yield them little, tell the constable.
“…he which hath no stomach to this fight, let him depart…”
Rise of Angela Merkel | New Yorker
May SpAd Removed From Candidates List | ConHome
Clodagh’s Law | Press Gazette
Whitehall Bosses Ban Christmas | Sun
Meanwhile, in Russia… | Media Guido
Christmas TV Tips | Laura Perrins
Labour Marginal Fright | Lord Ashcroft
Osborne’ Real Deficit Reduction Record | ConHome
Blameronism | Peter Oborne
Everyone Can Lose | Staggers
Splintering of the Left | Tim Montgomerie
Labour insiders turn on Ed over Powell’s latest gaffe:
“When is he going to stop promoting useless people? He was warned about her.”