Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Walking in the Air (Of Superiority)

Meet Aled Jones, 20 year-old namesake of your mum’s favourite Welsh ex-choirboy and star of this pre-election Labour campaign video:

Aled shares the heart-warming story of his humble beginnings, how he grew up on his family’s sheep farm in rural Wales, and why “I’m Labour because I believe in a society where no one falls behind”. But Aled’s meek backstory isn’t all it seems.

What Labour don’t tell us is their new poster boy is actually a law student at Oxford, co-chair of Oxford University Labour Club and former intern for several Labour politicians. Presumably his commitment to “a society where wealth doesn’t just trickle down from the top” stems from his experience working for Shell oil company and Magic Circle law firm Slaughter and May. And, like any aspiring socialist, he also has a penchant for champagne and white tie:

The revolution is safe in Aled’s hands…

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Warsi Speaks – Warns of Consequences

Warsi has spoken on camera finally:

“Over the last four weeks I have done everything I can both at formal and informal meetings to try to convince my colleagues that our current policy on Gaza is morally indefensible that it is not in our interests not in British interests and that it will have consequences for us both internationally and here at home. But in the end I felt the governments position wasn’t moving and therefore I had to on a point of principle resign.”

Cathy Newman has the sit down interview at 7…

UPDATE:

Thursday, July 31, 2014

WATCH: Hannity v Brand

Fans of seeing Russell Brand be made to look foolish will enjoy watching him get the Sean Hannity treatment on Fox News:

Fair and balanced as ever…

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

McPoison and McPangloss

This, for students of self-indulgent punditry, is worth watching…

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Ruffley Faces Tory Crisis Meeting as Voters Call for His Head

Bury St. Edmunds Conservative Association has brought forward a meeting of its executive from 9 September to 31 July – Thursday week. They will grill David Ruffley over his caution for assaulting a woman, unsurprisingly once again both Ruffley and the association declined to comment when approached by the BBC last night. Jenny Antill of the Suffolk Domestic Abuse Partnership, who is also a Tory county council cabinet member, has added her name to the growing list calling on him to resign:

“He is a part of a government who has stood out firmly against domestic abuse in all its forms and I think under those circumstances he really must consider his position.”

Ruffley now has nine days to come up with an explanation as to how he can be a candidate for parliament after accepting a caution for violently assaulting his ex-girlfriend. Staying silent didn’t work…

dean-ruffley

Elsewhere BBC’s Look East is now following the issue closely and the local Green Party is meeting tomorrow to consider how to make Ruffley’s behaviour an issue during the election campaign. Now the issue has spread out into wider civil society locally with the Dean of St Edmundsbury Cathedral having now written to Ruffley calling on him to consider his position as calls mount for his resignation. The issue won’t go away…

Monday, July 21, 2014

SPEAKER WATCH: Bercow Cracks Joke in Ukraine/Gaza Debate

The PM was updating the House on the situation in Ukraine and Gaza, with MPs paying tribute to those who lost their lives and discussing what Britain’s response should be.

Enter stage left, John Bercow. Carrying a tin ear.

The Speaker interrupted the House’s discussion about Hamas with a joke about Cameron playing tennis:

Another black mark. 

UPDATE: A Westminster wag points out that Bercow has a book out soon on tennis.

What is Happening to Miliband in the White House Right Now

“Give him a bottle of milk.”

Courtesy of In The Loop.

Friday, July 18, 2014

WATCH: Cameron Statement on Ukraine Plane Crash

Via Sky/ITV.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

SPEAKER WATCH: Bercow’s “F**k Off” Bust Up With Fabricant

The Speaker didn’t take too kindly to being reminded of the time he launched a four-letter tirade at the Clerk of the House by Michael Fabricant this afternoon. The chamber was stunned to silence and poor Bercow didn’t know quite how to respond as the expletive made its way into Hansard:

A Clinton-esque reply from Bercow, giving himself just enough wriggle room. Of course Fabbers was technically wrong that Bercow told Robert Rogers to “*.*.*.* off”. Guido understands the full quote was: “F**k off Robert, can’t you see we haven’t finished yet…”

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

MUSICAL SPECIAL: Claire Perry Does the Locomotion

New rail minister Claire Perry showed she is well on top of her new brief as she left Downing Street this afternoon, sharing her good news with assembled news crews in style. As ever, Guido put it to music:

Come on, baby, do the locomotion!


Seen Elsewhere

Multiculturalism: At What Price? | Allison Pearson
Labour Failed Those Victims | Labour Uncut
We Cannot Ignore the Race Issue Here | Dan Hodges
74 MPs Who Back Stop Mills Motion | Speccie
Milibande | Ian Birrell
The True Meaning of Political Correctness Gone Mad | Speccie
Nigel, Nigel, Nigel! | Bloomberg
Bercow Blinks | Guardian
Speaker on the Ropes | Indy
Outgoing Clerk Slams Bercow – Row Goes Very Public | BBC
Darling Was Wrong on OBR | Speccie


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