Kind, caring Dave showed his soft side on the News at Ten last night, letting the cameras into No. 10 to film him responding to a letter from a little girl. Of course Nick Robinson and the PM will have got permission to run the letter, name and home address of the girl in full (obscured by Guido above) to their two million viewers, making sure they didn’t blatantly breach the Data Protection Act. Right?
DC: “I haven’t finished!”
JB: “The Prime Minister has finished and he can take it from me that he’s finished.”
With some LibDems calling for their party to split from the Tories sooner rather than later Labour have minted a new coin (on leaflets anyway) featuring the heads of the coalition parties. Guido suspects that some of the few remaining coalicious types would really like to mint this coin as a memento…
Craig Oliver learnt one thing from Andy Coulson, keeping a diary:
"Are there any notebooks in existence?" asks Edis. Coulson says he has notebooks from his time in politics.—
Peter Jukes (@peterjukes) April 25, 2014
By Guido’s count there are at least seven diaries/books about Cameron being worked on at the moment:
They would all be worthless if published after the election if the Tories have lost…
It’s all gone a bit Dads Army in the latest Tory Election Broadcast for the Euro elections.
And lo, it was Eastertide, and David spake unto the Church Times that Britain was indeed a Christian country. And it came to pass that godless pinkos wrote unto the Telegraph that David had sinned, for he had offended them. Despite 59% of Britons describing themselves as Christians in the most recent census, Britain having an established church and the Head of State being nominally still the Defender of the Anglican Faith.
The signatories to the letter – among them Labour donor Ken Follett, Labour peers Baroness Whittaker and Lord O’Neill, Labour-supporting QC Geoffrey Bindman, former Welsh Labour AM Lorraine Barrett, Denis MacShane’s ex Joan Smith, and Polly Toynbee – are very angry about Dave using the phrase “Christian country“. Apparently saying so “fosters alienation and division in our society“. For some reason they did not feel the need to write a letter to a national newspaper ten days ago, when Ed “One Nation” Miliband on a visit to Israel said that Britain was quote
“a Christian country”
Using religion for partisan political ends? Who would do such a thing?
Nigel Farage, who cynics think is the real catalyst for Cameron’s recent remarks on traditional Christian values, has just told viewers of ITV’s Daybreak “I’ve been saying for years that Britain should be more muscular in its Christianity.” Cameroon modernisers and their friends in the commentariat think that Dave talking about faith will impress older UKIP voters put off by the government’s advocacy of gay marriage. Shows their cluelessness…
Guido is greatly enjoying Jeremy Browne’s rallying call for right-wingers. Race Plan is actually very sound. As reported earlier, he only directly attacks Clegg once, but his position on Europe is completely at odds with his leader and party. In fact, it’s another direct example where Browne is totally in line with Cameron:
“So my support of British membership of the European Union is not blind or unconditional – quite the opposite. The terms of our membership, and the institutional architecture of the European Union as a whole, needs serious recalibration. The idea of “ever closer union” – an always slightly sinister notion of being dragged further into an organisation that the rules at the time actually stated – is surely now redundant. Britain is not seeking to join the Euro, which would be the obvious manifestation so “ever closer union” and cannot therefore claim to want to be “at the heart of Europe”.
Come on Jezza, you don’t need those pinkos.
“You know what Mr Speaker, I will take a lecture from almost anyone in the country about the sale of Royal Mail, but not from the two muppets who advised the last Chancellor on selling the gold.”
An attack lined ruined only by the manifesto blunder by the PM – Dave claimed Labour promised to privatise the Royal Mail – actually they were going to part privatise it and keep the majority shareholding in the government’s hands.
Usually Gita keeps in the background, hitting the front pages only when bungling immigration minister James Brokenshire claimed the rich, metropolitian elite get their nannies on the cheap because of mass immigration. It soon emerged that Gita had only been granted British citizenship after Samantha Cameron was named on the application as her employer…
Critics nevertheless will not be pleased to learn that Nepal-born Gita, having only got her passport in 2010, will soon be in receipt of maternity and child benefits.
The happy news means that the Downing Street nanny employment crisis is now becoming critical – George Osborne’s nanny is off as well…
What Will Happen if Scots Leave? | David Aaronovitch
Why Are Radicals Like Carswell Leaving Tories? | BBC
Danczuk: Rotherham Abuse Imported From Pakistan | Telegraph
Ashya King Case Shows How Authorities Get it Wrong | ConHome
The Carswell Show | Jon Craig
Cops Seized Journalist’s Phone to Out Whistleblower | Press Gazette
Chuka’s £2,500 Tax Avoidance Donation | Times
Another BBC Stitch Up? | David Keighley
Divided, Pessimistic Tories Expect Defeat | Alex Wickham
Labour Suspends Rotherham Council Members | Sky
PM Used Terror Crisis to Deflect From Carswell | Rachel Sylvester
George Osborne rejects the Ice Bucket Challenge from Ed Balls:
“I’d rather pay the money to charity and pour cold water on his policies.”
Owen Jones says:
We also need Zil lanes.