Friday, October 12, 2007

Go On, Punish the PM Some More

Something for you to play this weekend if it rains…

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Gordon’s "Vision" Problem

Gordon on Monday kept repeating that he needed time to set out his “vision”. As Freedland points out this morning in the Guardian, he has had 13 years to figure out his “vision”, what is his problem?

Guido wonders if Gordon Brown is not only physically vision-impaired but politically vision-impaired as well. He is now reduced to making counterfeit copies of Tory policies. After 100 days he has not shown any vision for change beyond the old tax more, spend more agenda.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Yesterday the Labour Party Realisedthe New Boss is the Same as the Old Boss

What must have been depressing about yesterday, from the point of view of Labour MPs and activists, wasn’t that they lost the non-election, wasn’t that they had got their hopes up to crush Cameron only to see them dashed, it is the dawning collective self-realisation that nothing has changed with New Labour’s new leader.

Of course Brown’s enemies have always said that, but Labour activists wanted, even believed, that Gordon and his moral compass would change their party’s direction. When Oliver Letwin heckled Brown yesterday in the chamber for “pure spinning” the dejected government benches did not react. Usually there would be growling and baying back at him. Nothing. They knew it was true.

The Lobby, when Brown told the press conference that the polls were not the reason he had bottled it, in the words of Ben Brogan – a journalist well plugged into the Brownies - “no-one in the room believed him”.

The voters, uninterested as they are in the goings on in the Westminster village, were half expecting an election this month, only to see a battered Brown back off. The strong man looks weakened.

Labour activists themselves are starting to feel uncomfortable, the poll lead has melted, the gloss has come off their self-anointed leader and the nagging suspicion must be growing given the blatant bold-faced lying we saw yesterday, that nothing has changed besides the name on the door. He has even started doing that inane grin thing. The new boss is the same as the old boss…

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Cultured Celebrity

Gordon did a light-hearted, well light-hearted by his standards, Q & A session with husky voiced, liberal-thinking man’s crumpet, Mariella Frostrup. It seems like it was only yesterday that he signaled his disapproval of aspects of Britain’s celebrity culture: “It is a remarkable culture where people appear on television and are famous simply for the act of appearing on television.”

Mariella is, errm, a famous TV presenter…

Monday, September 24, 2007

Lost Count

Guido lost count of the number of times Gordon said “Britain” or “British”. Don’t think he mentioned Scotland once…

UPDATE : The Fink makes a snappy point, Gordon “pledged that unless contract cleaners in hospitals meet the highest standards of cleanliness they will lose their contract. What’s the procedure at the moment, then?”

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Gordon’s New Convictions Revealed

Some of the comrades don’t seem too impressed with Gordon’s new conviction politics.

Update : Dizzy reports that the blog post has now mysteriously disappeared from the “grassroots” independent LabourHome website. Fancy that.

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Thursday, September 13, 2007

What Did Gordon Learn Today from Thatcher?

The sheer audacity of Team Brown is breathtaking. Are they really trying to portray him as the heir to Thatcher? It is all very well claiming to be a conviction politician, but what if they are the wrong convictions?

Remind yourself of just two examples of when Gordon was on the wrong side of a big battle born of conviction.

Facing down Soviet Communism – Brown was opposed to installing the Cruise and Pershing missiles that the Soviets feared most and could not afford to match. This brought them to the negotiating table.

Miners Strike – the crucial and decisive battle for the economic well being of the country – at the time he opposed Thatcher’s determination to end once and for all Scargill’s blackmail. He never supported the rights of working miners who faced harassment and violence. When David Wilkie was killed by striking NUM miners there was no condemnation from Gordon Brown.

The list is long. Team Brown is doing this not out of conviction, but for pure spin…

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Brown’s Vanity Publishing

Pandora confirms what we already knew, Brown’s Courage book was vanity publishing. Brown backing billionaire Lord Paul has bought six thousand copies to distribute to schools. That is twice as many as have sold nationally.

What did the kids do to deserve this treatment?

Monday, September 3, 2007

Gordon’s Mischief Making

Patrick Mercer struck Guido as someone decent who said something ill-judged. Gordon Brown claims he has brought him into his tent “for his talent“, but in reality it is calculated to cause mischief for Cameron.

When he got the push from Dave, Labour’s Armed Forces Minister, Adam Ingram said

“Racist abuse can have no place in any walk of life, and it is appalling and inappropriate for any politician, never mind a senior Tory MP like Patrick Mercer, to suggest that ‘this is just the way it is in the Army’. Our troops and our officers are 21st century people who recognise that there is no place for prejudice in the modern world… Patrick Mercer may have a military background but he no longer speaks for the Armed Forces. It is an insult to the brave men and women who serve in our armed forces with great distinction…”

Now Brown supposedly wants his advice.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Redwood Wrong on the BBC and the Bogeyman

John Redwood writing in the Sunday Telegraph about the BBC’s coverage of his recent Policy Commission report made two interesting points.

The first point was that since the report was finished before Gordon became PM, how could it be, as claimed by Labour, a “lurch to the Right” after the negative polls of the last few weeks?

The second more bitter point: “I do not recall, every time Neil Kinnock made a statement as EU Commissioner, the BBC running the clip of him slipping on the beach. Gordon Brown’s statements are not introduced by running the recent pictures of him picking his nose on the front bench. I look forward to fairer treatment in future.”

Actually that is not quite true, BBC News 24 explicitly re-ran Gordon’s nosepicking the next day. The presenters were smirking in a weirdly restrained manner and referred to “the allegation”. French TV’s premier late night current affairs show ran the footage to much hilarity in the studio, the female TV presenter saying haughtily something like “this is the man the British want as Prime Minister”. Guido never misses an excuse to show it – much to the annoyance of some.

Here, once again, is the re-mixed version of Gordon the Bogeyman. It has also been reconfigured for viewing on video enabled mobile phones ( and released as a text-messaged viral to download. The idea being that people will show it on their phones to their mates down the pub.

Once you watch it, you won’t be able to get it outta your head, unlike Gordon. You can see the close-up Bogeytastic re-mix again on GuyNews.TV.

Is this just typical Guidoisation, the trivialisation and personalisation of politics? You bet. Does this type of thing have an effect on voter opinion – for sure – ask David Steel about his spitting image puppet. For intellectual support for Guido’s thesis read the hit political book of the summer, Drew Westen’s The Political Brain: How People Vote and How to Change Their Minds: The Role of Emotion in Deciding the Fate of the Nation.

Seen Elsewhere

From the IRA to Windsor Castle | WSJ
Coulson: Everything You Need to Know in 6 Seconds | MediaGuido
Mo Ansar’s Silence | Adrian Hilton
Gove Loses WWI Battle | Conservative Woman
5 Reasons Labour Likely to Win General Election | Sunny Hundal
Dave Surrounded By Topless Women | Sun
UN Loony says Britain Most Sexist Country | Sun
Farage is a Good Reason to Leave the EU | Dan Hannan
UKIP Blocked Expenses Questions | Times
NHS Showdown Coming | Paul Goodman
Sons of Brown | Telegraph

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Cathy Jamieson MP, Labour’s Shadow Treasury minister, commenting on Treasury analysis of the economic impact of tax changes…

“If the Treasury is looking at the economic impact of tax changes, then surely it should examine the impact of the rise in VAT and cuts to tax credits? George Osborne’s £12 billion VAT rise knocked confidence, helped to choke off the recovery and has cost families £1,350 over the last three years.”

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