Friday, October 26, 2012

Video: Halloween Dave

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Blinking Balls Battered & Bruised By Brillo Over Deficit Denial

Last week Guido flagged up the IMF pouring cold water over Balls telling Andrew Marr in January 2011 that there was no structural deficit pre-crash:

“The IMF declared today that Britain’s structural deficit was £38bn worse than originally thought and running at £73bn or 5.2% in 2007 – a year before that ‘global economic crisis’ Ed Balls hides behind. Here is what he told Marr in January 2011:“I don’t think we had a structural deficit at all in that period [before the recession]” Given the Shadow Chancellor’s fondness for throwing IMF statements around, will he now concede that he was wrong and say sorry?”

No, instead he chose to deny ever saying it. You be the judge…

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Morgan Hacking Hits States

CNN are said to be “twitchy” this morning following yesterday’s Piers Morgan hacking claims. There is a growing feeling both here and across the pond that it’s getting real for Piers, and judging by his out of character Twitter silence yesterday Sven’s nemesis is feeling the heat. Good to see Kier Simmons making waves stateside, as well…

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Video: Paxo v Conrad Black

A bruising encounter between Paxo and disgraced media mogul Conrad Black following his Murdoch “psychopath” jibe yesterday. He’s taking London by storm:

Black is on Boulton and Co at 1pm. All part of the rebranding exercise…

Video via @liarpoliticians

Monday, October 22, 2012

Rowan Atkinson’s Defence of Freedom of Speech

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Did Boris and Dave Dance Eton Style?

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Video: Dave Wants An In/In Referendum

Referendum-pledging Dave admitted in PMQs today that he actually doesn’t want an in/out referendum at all, but merely a “new settlement with Europe”, whatever that means. Effectively he is saying that the only choice he will give the British public is whether they want to stay in the EU… or stay in the EU. Ukip gain.

UPDATE: James Forsyth has the detail in tomorrow’s Spectator about Cameron’s plan:

“As a precursor to this renegotiation, the coalition is undertaking a ‘balance of competences’ review. This might sound a thoroughly dull, bureaucratic exercise. But it is terribly important because for the first time it will reveal just how much the European Union influences our national life. It will call for evidence from government departments, business, civil society, think tanks and parliamentary committees. And the government plans to publish the evidence submitted.

The review won’t make any recommendations, but when it concludes in 2014 it will form the evidential basis for renegotiation. Cameron’s plan is, before Christmas, to commit to a referendum after the next election. The Cameroons hope that this will be enough to satisfy the party’s Eurosceptics. Conservative strategists believe such a move would check Ukip’s advance. The prospect of Nigel Farage’s merry band pushing the Conservatives into third place in the European elections in 2014 sends many of them into cold sweat, and worse.”

Guido is not sure that will be enough to buy off the growing legion of ‘merry men’…

Monday, October 15, 2012

Ian Paisley Jr Drags Andrew Marr Into BBC Sex Culture Row

“Just a matter of weeks we had one of their senior ‘talent’ caught in photographs in the grips of a young woman with his hands down her trousers in a public place and gets away with it with nothing more than a shrug of the shoulders and a silly excuse. Is the culture really changing? Has it really changed?”

Ouch…

Entwistle Will Face Parliament Next Week

George Entwistle will go in front the Culture Media and Sport Select Committee next week. The Director General of the BBC will be grilled on the whole Savile issue, but most dangerously for him will be the questions about the then Director of Vision’s involvement in pulling the now infamous Newsnight report in 2011. With Mensch jetting off and Tom Watson quitting  as well as Therese Coffey and Damian Collins getting promoted, the CMS is sparsely populated right now. Bradshaw has replaced Watson and only Conor Burns has expressed an interest so far for the Tories. Popcorn time…

UPDATE:

Friday, October 12, 2012

Sue Cameron on Nobel “T***ers”


Seen Elsewhere

UKIP Mosque Confusion | The Week
Let’s Ban the Word Internet | Padraig Reidy
Are the Broadcasters Ready For the Election? | Specccie
Moral Bankruptcy of the BBC | David Keighley
UKIP’s ‘Starsky and Hutch’ | Total Politics
Innocent Sun Journo Just Doing Her Job | Sun
Boris Sent Up North | Times
The Only Way to Mend the EU | Leo McKinstry
Northern Labour Tearing Party Apart | David Aaronovitch
Osborne is Son of Brown | Peter Oborne
Uber Needs to Mind Its Manners | CapX


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Tony Blair threatens Ed:

“If you had a strong political lead that was combining the politics of aspiration with the politics of compassion, I still think that’s where you could get a substantial majority…  If I ever do an interview on [the state of the Labour Party], it will have to be at length…”



Left on Left says:

The lefties are attacking because the panellist is a millionaire and lives in a London home worth upwards of two million. Someone had best tell them he’s called Ed Miliband.


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