Thursday, March 6, 2014

Business Turns on Tories

James Brokenshire’s first big speech as immigration minister went well then. First he landed the PM in it by accusing the “wealthy metropolitan elite” of encouraging mass immigration by employing cheap foreign nannies. Just like Dave did.

Now business leaders have piled in, Institute of Directors boss Simon Walker says of Brokenshire’s speech:

“It is feeble and pathetic to hear yet more divisive language from politicians on immigration.”

So Brokenshire has managed to alienate his boss and get business to turn on the Tories in one move. Slow clap.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Labour Point Finger at Llewellyn

Following Guido’s story this morning that Patrick Rock was subject to a second sexual harassment complaint from a junior Downing Street staffer, Labour have written to Cabinet Secretary Jeremy Heywood asking:

  • In total how many sexual harassment allegations have been made against Mr Rock, on what dates were they made, and in each case how were they dealt with and what was the outcome?
  • Was there a formal process for dealing with the sexual harassment allegations against Mr Rock, and what was the involvement of the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff, Ed Llewellyn, in that process?
  • What other officials were involved? In your judgement, is it right for a political appointee to handle a sexual harassment complaint made by an official about another political appointee?

Firming up Labour sources this morning taking aim at Cameron’s chief of staff and Rock’s close friend, Ed Llewellyn. Don’t expect a reply any time soon…

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

WATCH: Cameron Speaks on Child Porn Arrest Aide

The PM says he is “profoundly shocked” by Patrick Rock’s arrest:

Still no reasonable explanation for why Downing Street failed to inform the public that a key aide had resigned…

Monday, March 3, 2014

Cameron Aide Patrick Rock Arrested Over Child Porn
Downing Street Computers Searched By Cops

Patrick Rock, the deputy director of the Downing Street policy unit and one of David Cameron’s closest aides, has resigned after being arrested over child pornography allegations. Detectives searched No10 and and examined Rock’s office computer. Developing…

Read the Mail scoop in full here.

There’s a Dave Look-a-Like Who Looks a Lot Like Dave

Guido would never usually push one of the endless stream of PR emails he gets each day, but this one did tickle him. At the launch of the Two Together rail card at Kings Cross this morning, a David Cameron look-a-like was hired. Now normally these people never look like the actual person they are meant to be, but you have to admit this one is a dead ringer though:

Too much hair though.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Cameron Shelfie

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Dave is winning new admirers with his boxset of ’24′ visible in this shelfie with Merkel. Can you identify any others in the PM’s DVD collection? Comment in the comments…

UPDATE: Readers have since so far identified the James Bond collection and Lost season one.

How’s That Tory Manifesto Immigration Pledge Going?

In the 2010 Tory manifesto, the party vowed to reduce net migration to below 100,000:

“Immigration has enriched our nation over the years and we want to attract the brightest and the best people who can make a real difference to our economic growth. but immigration today is too high and needs to be reduced. We do not need to attract people to do jobs that could be carried out by british citizens, given the right training and support. So we will take steps to take net migration back to the levels of the 1990s – tens of thousands a year, not hundreds of thousands.”

Today’s ONS figures show net migration has risen by 56,000, hitting a total of 212,000 for the last year. You don’t need to change the axes on the graph below to show the Tories have failed to keep their pledge:

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This is what you get for making promises about something you can’t really control…

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

No More Hung Parliament Party

Dave says he will not go into coalition after the election:

“The Prime Minister wants to make a commitment in the Conservative Party election manifesto not to sign a second power-sharing deal with a smaller party in the event of a hung parliament next May, it is understood.”

No.10 are not denying the story, instead saying that the PM is in it to win it. 

Such a promise reminds Guido of a remarkably accurate election broadcast from the Tories just before the last election. Who remembers The Hung Parliament Party? The broadcast went out while the Tories prepared for a Con/Lib government:

Is that a ‘cast-iron guarantee’ Prime Minister?

Monday, February 24, 2014

Government of the Etonians, by the Etonians for the Etonians

tory-etonian-manifesto

The FT has a great spot this morning:

“There are six people writing the manifesto and five of them went to Eton; the other went to St Paul’s,” one Conservative MP in a marginal constituency told the Financial Times. A senior minister said the make-up of the prime minister’s team was a bad advertisement for social mobility.

The authors of the next Tory manifesto are, according to the FT; Cameron himself, Jo Johnson, Ed Llewellyn, Dave’s old school friend and chief of staff; Oliver Letwin, minister for government policy and Rupert Harrison. The male-only team are all former Etonians, except in a nod to social mobility George Osborne, who was educated at St Paul’s in London, has been allowed to join the Eton Fives team. Floreat Etona!

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.


Seen Elsewhere

Tories Say They Could Sack Ruffley | Buzzfeed
Ruffley Supporter Provokes Outcry | HuffPo
Mirror Readies Pennies for Hacking Payouts | Media Guido
How to Win a Twitter Argument | Hopi Sen
Sign Petition Calling for Ruffley to Resign | Change.org
People’s PMQs Would Divide Politicians and Public | Dan Hodges
Morgan Hires Gay Rights Campaigner as SpAd | Telegraph
Don’t Underestimate Philip Hammond | Nick Wood
Labour Council Collaborates With Pro-Hamas Group | Breitbart
Qatar Sugar-Daddies of Islamist Financing | Left Foot Forward
Guido’s Column | Sun


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New Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has big ambitions in his first meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu today:

“I came to bring this conflict to an end.”



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