Miliband Uses Dave’s Pad for Relaunch

The Coin Street Community Builders rejuvenated the area along the South Bank after a campaign and purchase of the land by local residents. It’s no surprise that Cameron launched the Big Society from there in 2010, it’s a Steve Hilton wet dream. It’s no coincidence then that Ed is using the very same community centre for his relaunch. 

Miliband’s speech today was straight out of the Dave playbook and could easily have  come from either man in opposition. Rewarding hard work, clamping down on those that do not. Remembering the forgotten heroes and protecting those in need et cetra.  The problem for Ed is he’s not going to oust a PM by imitating everything he does…

Bad Week For No.10, Good Week For No.11

Last night’s Channel Four News pointed the finger of blame at Steve Hilton for the messy week that the Prime Minster is having. The list of things for Miliband to pick up on at PMQs is endless, but not everyone is having the same nightmare. Next door at No.11 Osborne couldn’t have asked for much more in the last couple of days. The day after a handful of dubious academics criticised him, the thousand-economists-strong IMF patted him on the head. Balls and the rest of the B-team have been unable to spin very much, and the sharpest critics have been those calling for harder and faster cuts. To cap it all off Moody’s have said Britain’s AAA credit rating could be under threat if there “slippage in the government’s fiscal plans”. In other words if the B-team get their way.

It’s noticeable that all of the u-turns have stuck to Cameron, despite Osborne being in the nerve centre too. The forests, the books, the prisons etcetera, are small change compared to Osborne’s overall deficit reduction strategy. A Chancellor getting his own way while keeping his powder dry? We’ve been down this road before…

He Turned, He Turned, He Turned

Another day and another government u-turn, though it has to be said this one makes sense. As well as playing Health Secretary yesterday, it seems the PM was also acting Justice Secretary. In a victory for the Sun and Mail, Ken Clarke’s controversial plans to half the sentences of people that plead guilty have been given the boot. Given No.10 originally backed the plans, you might say Cameron has ducked another fight…

Downing Street are in a tricky position here, Ken Clarke has been in Parliament longer than George Osborne has been alive. They are making it clear they are not briefing behind Clarke’s back, but this is a hugely embarrassing and very public dressing down for the old man. They don’t want to sack him, but might find the he tells them where to go…

Dave Really is the Heir To Blair

Last year Blair told the Institute for Government that he wasted much of his first term because of “squabbling and inertia” and that he regretted not taking on the task of reforming the public sector, a decision that directly led to the unsustainable mess we are in today. The unions will always have a Labour leader by the balls.

After he was elected last year Dave said “I would rather have five reforming years as Prime Minister than ten wasted years like Blair.” That dream seems a little lofty today after surrendering to the very same vested interests, squabbling and inertia that crippled his hero, in just over a year. The GP-led commissioning at the centre of the plan to save the NHS has been filleted and PCT’s look set to be replaced with equally bureaucratic and expensive “clinically led commissions”. To be radical is to be brave, but it seems Cameron is neither when it comes to the NHS.

Dave Stabs Piggin’ Wiggin

Given he is the first and only MP to be investigated twice by the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner for his curious expenses, it’s no surprise to see Bill Wiggin’s seat high on the list of constituencies likely to face the chop under the boundary review. Given his own association have tried de-selecting the arrogant old-Etonian in the past, it’s unlikely he will find open arms elsewhere…

Despite him being married to the Prime Minister’s ex-girlfriend, it looks like Cameron is finally living up to his word and ensuring that his old school chum went “out of the door”. In the most cowardly way possible…

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Exclusive: Dave the Rave Easyjets to Ibiza


Guido understands that the PM was on a crack-of-dawn flight to Ibiza this morning. He paid for premium boarding. Sam flew out yesterday, again on Easyjet taking the baby but leaving the rest of the kids at home. She also took Friday’s Easyjet 3043 which leaves Stansted at 6 a.m. and is known as the “Sunrise flight” in tribute to the legendary rave organisation.
Samantha Cameron was spotted last night at the International Music Summit’s Dalt Villa party in Ibiza with lots of young ravers and Pete Tong on the decks (above is footage from 2010). Turning 40 clearly hasn’t stopped her raving…

UPDATE: Tomorrow night sees this season’s official opening night parties for Space and Cadenza at Pacha – the super clubs. Happy days…

Delusional Debs Can’t Stop Spinning

The B-team of Miliband, Harman, Alexander and Stewart Wood got their photo op with Obama at the palace yesterday. Only Nick Clegg managed to look more like an excited child meeting Santa. But that hasn’t stopped Gordon’s old pollster bigging things up:

Presumably Obama will be copying the vacant stare thing, the nasel tone and the lisp next?

Rumours that Ed had been allowed to come and serve up at the Downing Street BBQ turned out to be wide at the mark.

Apparently Sam and Michelle did the salad and the boys did the burgers and ribs…

Somewhat cringeworthily…

Cameron’s PMQs Catchphrases

A dull Council Questions there, but another interesting line from the PM. Last week it was a nod to Michael Winner and “calm down dear” and this week Cameron went for Benny Hill’s favourite ‘fairy dairy land’.

Is there […]

Dave’s Line Might Not Be a Winner

Cameron evoking Michael Winner at PMQs with “a calm down dear” has led to Labour kicking off and press releasing a demand for an apology. Presumably they are upset that he didn’t say “honorable dear”. Lets hope that […]

Tail End

Further to yesterday’s news that the PM is going to the wedding in tails, Guido’s man in Moss Bros tells him that Dave refused to wear tails to his step-brother in law’s wedding last year – Will Astor – despite […]

Sorry Tail

Cameron has seen the error of his ways and realised that he is very low down on the agenda at the Royal Wedding and should not use State occasions for tacky political gimmicks. After confirming to James Forsyth at the […]



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