Another Leveson musical is doing the rounds:
Some of this is pretty cringe but the David Cameron on the stand bit did tickle Guido…
The controversial Downing Street Second Email System story is back in the news. In 2007 in the middle of Blair’s Loans for Lordships crisis and the arrest of Downing Street officials by police searching for evidence, Guido alleged that there was a second, unofficial, email system in Downing Street used to send off-the-record emails. The Mail on Sunday ran with the story, the Prime Minister’s Official Spokesman under questioning from the Lobby denied its existence at two briefings. Guido demanded that the PMOS issued a correction, none was forthcoming. Shortly after on Newsnight, back in his more camera-shy days, Guido repeated the allegation. Michael White in no uncertain terms sided with the PMOS saying Guido’s story was untrue, based on the word of PMOS rather than any research.
Under questioning about this subject by MPs on the Public Administration Select Committee Blair’s Cabinet Secretary Gus O’Donnell also claimed “There is no second email system inside No 10.” Damian McBride two weeks ago confirmed the existence of a second email system in Downing Street. Michael will surely want to correct his naive mistake…
Not everyone at the Durham Miners’ Gala liked Ed Miliband’s speech.
At least the son of Brown didn’t call Isaac Duffy “that bigoted boy”…
Lots of confusion last night as Newsnight viewers tuned in to find Eddie Mair from Radio 4 in Paxo’s chair. And he did rather well, if he was a little gloomy:
With a fresh face around, many are wondering if Paxo is too old. Often his heart doesn’t seem to be in the questioning, and new evidence has emerged to suggest he’s getting on a bit:
News of Paxman’s demise has been greatly exaggerated though- he’s on holiday apparently.
Yesterday Nell Diamond caused a stir telling George Osborne and Ed Miliband to “hold my dick“, but this afternoon Daddy Diamond taught his daughter a lesson by enforcing his strict “no jerk rule“. With Bob explaining to the Treasury Select Committee how he got “frustrated with his technology“, the Lobby didn’t need an excuse to behave like schoolboys:
Funnily enough, Bob Diamond's 'no jerk rule' didn't stop him from going blind (*coughs*) when it came to rate-fixing scandal—
Paul Waugh (@paulwaugh) July 04, 2012
"You say your organisation excluded jerks, Mr Diamond. But what was your policy on douchebags and doofuses?"—
Michael Deacon (@MichaelPDeacon) July 04, 2012
Brian wouldn’t stand for this smut…
“With everyone of your predictions it goes on getting worse, I’m sorry sir you don’t have the presence, the credibility or the standing for the international markets to believe you can provide a solution. And Mr Barroso here, who stood up at the G20 and said “we don’t need any lessons on democracy”. Says the unelected president of the European Commission… You’ve made yourselves an international laughing stock. You don’t have any credibility.”
They put Chloe Smith on Newsnight and Nick Clegg on Newsround. Sounds about right…
The star witness at any future banking inquiry…
Smith’s Channel Four outing was arguably worse…
Following the Jimmy Carr crash last week Danny Alexander took to our screens to attack tax avoiders. That’s the very same Danny Alexander who conned the Treasury out of over £100,000 by flipping his home back during the expenses scandal. Beaker shamelessly registered the property as his second home when he became an MP in 2005, despite admitting to Revenue and Customs that it was in fact his main residence. The trick allowed him to claim over £37,000 of taxpayers’ money doing up the London pad over the following two years. In 2007 Danny then sold up for £300,000, using a tax loophole to avoid paying the then 40% capital gains tax. His accountant certainly earned his – or should that be our – money.
Now Alexander is laying into the likes of Carr and Gary Barlow, lambasting tax avoiders as the moral equivalent of benefits cheats. People in flipped houses…
Carswell, the Clacton Cassandra | James Ford
Love Bomb Carswell | ConservativeHome
Denis MacShane’s Ex is Now Hacked Off Spokesman | Speccie
How the Carswell Story Unfolded | Sky News
How to Defect | Telegraph
Carswell Defection Will Dismay Thoughtful Tories | ConservativeHome
Carswell: Darling of the Tories, Labour and Now UKIP | Speccie
Where is the Love? | Tom Watson
Tory Eurosceptics Weakened | Speccie
Thacker Played Down Scandal | Times
How Clegg Lost the Women of Britain | Sophy Ridge
Douglas Carswell’s side-kick Dan Hannan MEP pours water on the obvious question:
“I won’t be joining UKIP, though I wish Douglas Carswell all the best. He has been a superb MP, and it’s honourable to stand for re-election.”
Owen Jones says:
We also need Zil lanes.