The Boris Bandwagon

Given Cameron isn’t going anywhere any-time soon, Guido is a little surprise that one topic of conversation is already dominating the watering holes of conference – Boris for leader. Despite being confined to the graveyard slot on the morning that everyone is hungover, Boris is stealing the show. Dave’s fake smile said it all…

Osborne is the name that stands in BoJo’s way, but he hardly has the same level of support. The only person really singing Boy George’s praises is Michael Gove. He told the Telegraph: “Are there people in the Cabinet who have the capacity to lead? Yes, and George is pre-eminent among them”. Caveated. Without the prospect of a leadership election for three years, at very least, teams are being picked…

Conservative Conference Midland Hotel Escort Scandal

Normally “women problems” at Tory conference involve the more amorous members of Dave’s cabinet and too much champagne, but his own issues are clearly getting to him. After his  apology in the Sunday Times for being sexist, the PM was overheard thanking their political editor at last night’s media shindig for “getting his message out to women”.


Guido hears the smarm offensive has gone even further though, with female MPs press-ganged into a rota to escort the Prime Minister between the Midland Hotel and the conference hall, or at any other time he might be seen on camera. Form an orderly queue ladies…

Boris on Cameron the Chump

The hand of the FT’s Christopher Cook can once again be felt in story that the Tories will find rather unhelpful. The disgruntled former Tory adviser has lifted the lid on life working next to Boris’s old parliamentary office. Paul Waugh has got hold of extracts of Cook speaking to Sonia Purnell for a her new “Just Boris” biography:

“Boris and I got on because we have similar dislike of most members of the Conservative party,’ explains Chris Cook – one of David Willetts’ aides, also based in the annexe room. ‘He’s clearly not on the right wing, but actually quite Europhile in Tory terms. He liked to come into our office to gossip and bitch about the right-wingers, particularly Liam Fox, or indeed anyone else he thought had screwed up the party that week.”

Then, coincidently, there are some rather more colourful descriptions of what Boris used to moot as ideas for his Telegraph column. In 2006 he suggested opening one with:

‘One thing that has become apparent to me in my years of Parliamentary service is that David Cameron is a complete c**t’.

Vero nihil verius!

Make Your Mind Up Time

Bad news for those supporting of a Palestinian State – The Palestine Liberation Organisation’s ambassador to the US said yesterday that the planned state should be free of Jews. Can any historians out there remind us of the last state to proclaim such an idea?

Only two Tory MPs are signed up to the EDM supporting the state and the debate is raging in the Foreign Office about whether the UK should or should not vote in favour Palestinian Statehood at the UN in a few weeks time This should make that decision a little easier…

Cam Euro Sham Fears

How’s this for a conspiracy theory? Monday’s meeting of over 120 Eurosceptic Tory MPs has certainly got chins wagging and it’s still getting column inches this morning, two days later. It’s an sizeable junk of the parliamentary party and tough for the Dave to punish given that it consists of the majority of his new intake. The operation is being fronted by George Eustice, which provides the perfect media hook of “Dave’s former Press Secretary” and also the fact that he is a former UKIP candidate is music to the ears of the Tory right. It’s also where alarm bells are going off with more than one MP…

The theory goes that Eustice wouldn’t do anything without at least a discreet nod from the top, and how much the grouping is endorsed is the topic of much debate. The “Dave hates Europe really” argument is long dead – actions speak louder than words, but a fair few of the more senior sceptics are highly suspicious that this group has been put together to stop other more aggressive and louder blocs being formed. By maintaining an element of control over this new, large, awkward squad, the Prime Minister can ultimately ignore it. The meeting was raised in Cabinet yesterday, so we shall see…

Dorries PMQs Moment

Monitoring the Situation, From the Beach

As his first foreign policy adventure peaked, David Cameron travelled through the night from Cornwall to be by the big red phone in Downing Street. After the debacle of the Prime Minister being in Rome as his own country burned a few weeks ago, Dave clearly wasn’t taking any chances. There was even a chance to bask in a little glory…

But now twenty-four hours later Cameron has left Clegg in charge to chair the Libya meetings while he returns on holiday to Cornwall. Nobody is doubting that our leaders should have some time off, but this is Dave’s fifth holiday in just a year. At the weekend Guido wrote about the growing prospect of One Term Tories. At the climax of a revolution that you helped cement, swanning off to Chelsea-on-Sea hardly looks like commitment from a fighting leader…

To Rebekah… Love David

Yesterday Guido warned that News International executives have and know things which could prove excruciatingly embarrassing to the Tories. The Telegraph’s Mandrake highlights one today. Minor but still cringe inducing.

Mandrake’s Tim Walker says a Whitehall toiler told him “I used to see him signing letters to her with the words ‘love, David… I suppose I should have known that this was going to land us into trouble, sooner or later.”

Guido has often opined, based on the sum of his life experiences, redheads are trouble…

Rich & Mark’s Monday Morning View

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Cameron’s Irish Mercenaries

What the media in Britain isn’t telling you is how “the rebels of Britain approach Liverpool in hit-and-run battles with Cameron’s brigades and mercenaries from Ireland and Scotland.”

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Compare, Contrast and Despair

Fightback Dave has thrown his liberal streak out of the window as he struggles to redeem his reputation. Gone is the pledge to cut back CCTV, and then there was this particularly chilling gem:

“Mr Speaker, everyone watching these horrific

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Cameron Under Copper Pressure

When Margaret Thatcher came to power in the 1979, one of the first things she did was to implement the recommendations of the report of Lord Edmund-Davies into police conditions, in full. That immediate 45% pay-rise wasn’t forgotten in the […]

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