Despite his Maltese hangover, Nigel Farage was back on the Malbec at the Newark count:
Taking it down a notch or two from his jet-set partying earlier in the week.
Rev Flowers has pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine, methyl amphetamine and ketamine at Leeds Magistrates Court. He has been fined £525. Or 6 Gs as he would call it.
“There is a phrase for some people, they call them vultures, and I really do hope that somebody quotes me on that, especially the BBC. The BBC have been really nice to me but the rest of you are vultures.”
He must be very grateful that Newsnight failed to ask him about his use of drugs and rent-boys since he declared himself a changed man…
Evans was led from the dock in tears as local supporters and friends in the gallery erupted into cheers.
Not guilty on eight counts.
UPDATE: The Guardian are withering in their destruction of the CPS case against Evans:
“The prosecution case against Nigel Evans, the former Commons deputy speaker, began to fall apart as soon as his accusers entered the witness box. One by one, the young men trooped into Preston crown court and said they did not consider themselves victims of any criminal offence, nor had they wanted to complain to police.”
Bullingdon Boy David Dimbleby is already on the Bollinger, while the mere plebs in the Spin Room will apparently be left dry for tonight’s BBC Europe debate. Beeb cuts are biting deep for all but a few privileged old timers.
In light of this tragic news, Guido is planning on pre-gaming in the bar of the Langham Hotel opposite Broadcasting House from about 5.30:
It’s a convenient location, if a little pricey. See you there.
The socialist French government have been showing Chuka Umunna some love, whisking the our two-faced chum across the channel for an all-expenses paid three day visit.
The £4,348 cost of the trip included the services of a translator, which is odd given Chuka boasts on his CV about his degree in English and French Law.
Clearly the year that he spent at the University of Burgundy in Dijon, France did not cut the mustard.
Have all those long nights partying in Ibiza had some sort of negative effect on Chuka’s memory?
Over £100, 000 was raised last night at the Sixteenth Annual Macmillan Cancer Support’s Parliamentary Palace of Varieties. The Daily Politics were there, though they missed Guido losing a bet to LibDem MP John Hemming that Fabricant, Gillan and Binley would slag off the PM in their turn.[…]
Late last night an account purporting to be that of Sally Bercow tweeted:
“SB friend for 20 yrs & she asked i tweet 4 her- she in spa/rehab”.
The Speaker’s Office declined the opportunity to comment. Sally was not immediately available at the time of going to pixel…
UPDATE: Sally claims she was hacked.[…]
“Last week, Nick Clegg returned from a trip to South America. Goodness knows what he smoked out there, because he actually made a couple of smart points. First, the so-called War on Drugs isn’t working. Second, we should appoint a royal commission to look into the alternatives.
Guido has many fond memories of the Red Lion, not to mention the many more he can’t remember…[…]
Unsurprisingly business leaders weren’t impressed with Ed’s speech either. Institute of Directors boss Simon Walker has his say:
“The state has a very poor history of creating competition in banking. The last time the Government told a bank what to do, Lloyds was ordered to sell branches to Rev.
Labour MP Toby Perkins may well be simple, but that does not excuse his attempts to re-write history. The “Shadow Pubs Minister” has sent out a ham-fisted attack about the “great pub scandal”:
“Labour is forcing a Parliamentary debate on backing local pubs, pressing the Government to act as research shows 26 pubs are closing every week.