Monday, December 16, 2013

Mission Accomplished: The Bush Line Dave Should Have Used

It was an obvious question, but one with no correct answer for the PM. Asked if it was “mission accomplished” for returning troops by The Sun, Dave couldn’t very well say no, yet might come to regret his bluntness:

“Yes, I think they do. I think they can come home with their heads held high.”

Quite what the completed mission in Afghanistan looks like, we do not know. Dave should have taken a page out of George W Bush’s 2003 Mission Accomplished speech, which banner aside, gave far more wriggle room:

“The war on terror is not over, yet it is not endless. We do not know the day of final victory, but we have seen the turning of the tide. No act of the terrorists will change our purpose, or weaken our resolve, or alter their fate. Their cause is lost. Free nations will press on to victory.”

Let’s pray that the line does not come back to haunt the PM.

The Ides of May: Dave Tensions Simmer Over Again

It’s a frequent matter of discussion amongst his more grumpy MPs, but now speculation about a Dave-less post 2015 is boiling over. Here is Adam Boulton yesterday in the Sunday Times:

“Cameron is sure of 10 years as party leader and five as prime minister — perhaps that could be enough for him. Go out fighting on the economy, win or lose in 2015, and on to the next thing. Looking up from the mire of wages and expenses right now, there are few even of his own MPs who think they’d miss him. “

Today the prospect a T-May D-Day is flagged up again by a prominent backbencher to the Times:

“She’s very assiduously courting colleagues. She is holding surgeries in the tea room, listening to colleagues’ concerns. She’s my best hope for the future.”

Over Christmas party season, Guido has heard more than his fair share of Tory MPs ranting and raving about the prospect of another coalition. There are those that do not see Dave surviving anything but a majority win.

Friday, December 13, 2013

One Rule for Them…

…And one rule for the hard-working hard hat-wearing people at the Tetley tea factory in Eaglescliffe today.

Clearly health and safety rules don’t apply to the PM.

H/T @andybeer2

UPDATE:

Thursday, December 12, 2013

‘Nigella Fan’ Cam Slam

Dave is in trouble over his interview in this week’s Speccie. The defence in the Saatchi PAs’ trial has tried to halt the whole case, making a submission to the judge which cannot be reported in full but is based on the PM declaring himself to be on #TeamNigella. The judge says:

“The reason for the delay this morning is because I have been looking through a large number of press reports. They centre on comments that the Prime Minister has made about a prosecution witness, Ms Lawson.

It is always of regret when a person in public office comments on a person involved in a trial trial when it is in progress.

I am sorry that so much court time has been taken up on this subject. I am sorry that almost a whole morning has been wasted. The defence feel aggrieved and they have reason to feel aggrieved.”

No, Prime Minister.

UPDATE:

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Cameron Explains Selfie at Mandela Memorial

Friday, December 6, 2013

Another Godless Christmas Card From Dave

It’s that time again. Dave’s Christmas card for this year is out, guest starring Florence:

Once again a godless Christmas card with nothing remotely traditional or Christmassy in sight…

Via @mirrorjames

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Cameron’s Porn Snake

Fans of the old Nokia classic have the opportunity to play the game with a twist. You are internet-regulating David Cameron protecting Britain from all that evil porn. Click below to play.

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Courtesy of Anorak.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Brooks ‘Discussed Phone Hacking’ at Chequers

The Old Bailey have been hearing from Dom Loehnis, a former Telegraph journo turned head-hunter and close old friend of the Prime Minister. Called by the prosecution, Loehnis has told the court that he sat next to Rebekah Brooks at David Cameron’s fortieth Birthday party hosted at the PM’s grace and favour country pad Chequers in 2010. The conversation was rather fruity:

As early as 2010, Brooks did not believe Coulson could survive in N0.10:

Yet he didn’t jump until 2011?

Loehnis came onto the police radar when a latter he wrote to Brooks after she resigned from News International was discovered. Sharp intakes of breath in Downing Street this afternoon….

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Cowardly Cameron Can Get Tae…
Cam Cannot Continue to Dodge Caledonian Confrontation

Guido understands that the PM is to come under renewed pressure from the SNP to debate Alex Salmond ahead of the referendum on Scottish Freedom next year. That first debate of 2010 is still a sore spot for the Cameroons and the nationalists are preparing to exploit that ruthlessly. While the next round of debates between the party leaders will likely be a watered down version of 2010 and months out of polling day, what leg does Dave really have to stand on over Scotland? He is the Prime Minister who has given the nod to a referendum that could see the end of the union he leads. He should lay out exactly why he thinks sticking together is a good idea, and allow himself to be scrutinised by those that disagree. Expect to hear cries of ‘frit, frit, frit’ at PMQs before long..

UPDATE: A Caledonian co-conspirator reminds us that Dave has said he wants to debate with Salmond. Here is what he told parliament last year  

“Frankly, I look forward to having the debate, because I think that too many in the Scottish National party have been happy to talk about the process but, do not want to talk about the substance. I sometimes feel when I listen to them that it is not a referendum they want, but a “neverendum”. Let us have thedebate, and let us keep our country together.”

 Well Dave, what is stopping you?

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

That Permanent Austerity in Full

The usual bedwetters are lining up this morning to proclaim that Cameron signalled never-ending austerity last night. They’re moaning about ideology etcetera.

Have a look at what Dave actually said:

“We have a plan – and we are carefully implementing that plan. Already we have cut the deficit by a third. And we are sticking to the task. But that doesn’t just mean making difficult decisions on public spending. It also means something more profound.

It means building a leaner, more efficient state. We need to do more with less. Not just now, but permanently.

It can be done. Consider these facts. There are 40 per cent fewer people working in the Department for Education – but over 3,000 more free schools and academies, with more children doing tougher subjects than ever before. There are 23,000 fewer administrative roles in the NHS – but 5,000 more doctors, with shorter waiting times. So you can have a leaner, more efficient, more affordable state that actually delivers better results for the taxpayer.”

Guido will believe the “leaner, more efficient, more affordable state” when he sees it, but it is hardly an unreasonable aim? What do the left have against being careful with taxpayers’ money? If you are opposed to efficiency, then you are the ideological one…


Seen Elsewhere

Another Feminist Lecture | Laura Perrins
UKIP Posters Bad Economics But Good Politics | James Delingpole
Tories Losing to UKIP in Scotland | ConHome
UKIPers Will Come Home in 2015 | Sun
Tories Set for Thrashing | Sun
Boris Announcement Imminent | Sun
The Case for Splitting Up CCHQ | ConservativeHome
Why UKIP Should Join a ‘European Union’. | Anna Raccoon
Dave’s Brush With Bed Bugs | Speccie
Farage: No Briton Could Be My Secretary | BBC
Dave and George Can Now Be Seen Together | Ben Brogan


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Francis Elliot reports on No. 10 strategy meetings:

“When discussion veers to subjects that Mr Crosby thinks of concern only to the political and journalistic classes, he treats the offender as a pub bore with a tart request to “pass the beer nuts, mate”.”



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