Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Dave Makes a Mug of Himself

As if the mirrors in the toilets at the new CCHQ carrying the cringeworthy slogan You’re looking at the face of change were not bad enough, the PM has revealed another painful Tory motivational tactic:

Please, no more.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Grey Man Back at No10

Four years in office have taken their toll on the PM…

Monday, February 17, 2014

Clegg: Cameron “Spineless”
DPM Claims PM Only Cares ‘How It Will Play’

Guido revealed what went on inside a tense recent meeting of LibDem MPs in yesterday’s Sun column. Clegg defended himself against allegations it had been “easy for him” in government, quipping “If I’d been a Tory it would have been easy.”

One crowd-pleasing line stood out: Clegg calling Cameron “spineless” and saying that while he used his Liberal values as guidance, the PM merely asks “how’s this going to play?”

Something that Tory backbenchers might find themselves in rare agreement with Clegg over.

Expect more public airing of dirty laundry as the Coalition’s divorce day draws nearer.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

238 Days Later

The PM must have heard it’s Guido’s birthday because he’s got him a gift – the first Downing Street press conference in 238 days – 16.45 at No. 10.

Along with the floods, this is the second sign of the apocalypse. Guido is expecting a downpour of frogs any second.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Friday Caption Contest (Over a Barrel Edition)

Cameron Speech Word Cloud

Click to enlarge.

One word he didn’t say: debate.

 

Dave’s Olympic Effort to Avoid Salmond

Brave David Cameron will square up to the nationalist peril from the comfort of the Olympic Park’s velodrome today. He’s got the headlines down south that he wanted – putting himself at the heart of the campaign without actually having to get his hands dirty and go to Scotland. Yet, will frit Dave really be able to get through the next six months running away from Alex Salmond? If he wants to defend the union, he should have the courage of his convictions and be willing to defend it to the hilt. It would be good practice for the 2015 TV debates too. Why so scared?

UPDATE: Pete Wishart of the SNP gives Dave two barrels:

“As an example of political cowardice Cameron gets the gold medal for this Olympic lecture to the Scottish people. As Scotland’s Prime Minister he will run a country mile to avoid a debate with Scotland’s First Minister yet is happy to turn Westminster into a massive resource for the No campaign. The Nos are getting increasingly tetchy as the polls close and no amount of love bombinng or Olympic posturing is going to turn that round now.”

Monday, February 3, 2014

Yeo’s Woes are Direct Challenge to PM’s Authority

Well that was a bad judgement call from Downing Street, with Cameron and Osborne spending their political capital hopelessly backing Tim Yeo. Senior Tories are paranoid that this is just the beginning of the de-selection woes and the crack in the dam is rapidly expanding. Associations are going to get a taste for this sort of accountability and direct action. 

No. 10 say the deselection “is a matter for the constituency”, but that’s a funny way of describing a direct challenge to the PM’s authority. While the Chancellor hilariously described Yeo as “politician of principle”, just last week Dave wrote:

“You have served your constituency of South Suffolk for over three decades – a record of which you can be enormously proud. I very much hope that you will be selected to stand as the Conservative representative in this seat again, so that you can fight to continue representing your constituents in the next parliament as you always have done in the past, with tenacity and commitment. Your considerable expertise in rural issues and the environment has been of real benefit to our party and our country. You have always provided a strong voice for the people of South Suffolk and it would be a great loss to your constituents, to parliament, and to the Conservative Party if the South Suffolk Conservative Association did not re-select you so that you can continue providing that steadfast representation.”

The hard-working people of South Suffolk politely disagreed. Let the uprising begin.

UPDATE: 

Monday, January 27, 2014

Dan Hodges Writing Tell-All Plebgate Book With Mitchell

As Guido revealed in yesterday’s Sun column, Dave’s favourite journalist, one-time Labour spinner Dan Hodges, is working with Andrew Mitchell on a tell-all book about Plebgate. No doubt he’s come up with a new theory to solve the mystery of what happened once and for all: it was all Ed Miliband’s fault.

The Tories are also concerned about the detailed notes taken in meetings by Sayeeda Warsi, who is still bitter after being moved sideways to the dreamt up job of ‘Minister for State’. Some well-timed diaries from the bungling baroness would be spicy enough to have publishers drooling. And there is growing speculation that Lord Ashcroft will publish his Cameron biography with Isabel Oakeshott before the election, not after as originally planned. Anyone else want to have a go?

Friday, January 24, 2014

About That New Tory Cost-of-Living Counter-Attack…

Guido likes to think we are more than just a political gossip blog providing readers with the finest in tittle-tattle for a decade.

We’re also a think-tank:

January 24, 2014, George Osborne’s sock-puppet Matthew Hancock is arguing in The Times and on the Today programme this morning that the cost of living crisis is over:

matt-hancockOver the past year, from 2012 to 2013, things have started to turn around. New facts on take-home pay — the pound in your pocket — are stark. Last year take-home pay grew faster than inflation for every group of earners except the top 10 per cent.

In Davos today the PM is also hailing rising take home pay. You’re either in front of Guido, or you’re behind…


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What Farage, Boris and Rob Ford Have in Common | William Walter
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Rod Liddle on the loony UN sexism special rapporteur:

“There is more sexism in Britain than in any other country in the world, according to a mad woman who has been sent here by the United Nations.

Rashida Manjoo is a part-time professor of law at Cape Town University in the totally non-sexist country of South Africa (otherwise known as Rape Capital Of The World).

Mrs Magoo has been wandering around with her notebook and is appalled by the sexist “boys’ club” culture here, apparently.

I don’t doubt we still have sexism in the UK. But is it worse than in, say, Saudi Arabia, d’you think, honey-lamb? Or about 175 other countries? Get a grip, you doolally old bat.”



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What’s he been doing FFS, mining bitcoins?


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