Monday, November 25, 2013

Israel Slams Geneva Deal in Hague’s Face

Tough gig for William Hague at the annual Conservative Friends of Israel lunch. Despite knowing Hague at Oxford thirty years ago, Israeli ambassador Daniel Taub slapped down the ‘friend of Israel’ over the deal with Iran. Mocking Cameron for pledging he would stand up for Israel at the same event last year, Taub warned “our good faith is being tested… If you want Israel to be tested then we want to know that the international community will be there for us. We need to hear the international community’s concern”. He stressed Israel are open to a deal, but not this deal, as it “does not require Iran to diffuse a single centrifuge… Iran with a bomb, or bombing Iran? The best alternative is a deal.” Taub concluded:

“The closer you are to Iran, the more clearly you hear the voice of the Iranians leader who called Israel a rabid dog fit for destruction.”

Hague humiliated in front of 500 supporters of Israel. The timing could hardly have been more awkward…

UPDATE:

Other than light applause when he stood up Hague was heard in obvious silence. Trying to placate a cold crowd, he insisted he knew why Israeli leaders have concerns, but that he was clear from the start it had to be a deal that was detailed and thorough, emphasiaing that these are the first important steps that shows the policy of pressure and diplomacy does work. Summing up by stressing that there is no quick fix. Nothing new and nothing to address Israel’s concerns. He sounded like a Cathy Ashton mouthpiece…

Friday, July 5, 2013

WATCH: Hague’s Highlights

James Wharton gave an assured performance on his big day, though it was William Hague who delivered the killer blows:

 Poor wee Dougie.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Friday Caption Contest (International Women’s Day Edition)

Monday, February 18, 2013

Hague Zim Diamond Dilemma

It is sounding increasingly like Hague could abandon the long-term British foreign policy position and ease sanctions against Zimbabwe and Mugabe’s cronies. EU sanctions will lapse on Wednesday and the Belgians are putting a spanner in the works thanks to their interests in the diamond market. Guido hears that the FCO could give in this week. Mugabe’s diamond mining business, and its Mining Minister Obert Mpofu, are being considered for unfreezing of assets and lifting of travel bans.

Mpofu, a man of meagre means until diamonds were discovered in Zimbabwe in 2006, is said to have spent $20,000,000 of his own fortune on cars, property and gifts in Zimbabwe last year. The rest he just squandered. The ZMDC state mining firm that he runs is also a potential business partner hundreds British businesses queuing at the door of Zimbabwe. While it may be tempting for Hague to allow Mpofu and his ilk to come to the spend their cash here, and Britain has a financial interest in seeing restrictions lifted,  it comes at a price: ZMDC is the funding vehicle for Mugabe’s election machine and police state. Agree to lift sanctions now and the FCO will not have a leg to stand on over the Zimbabwean presidential elections, scheduled for July. You reap what you sow… 

UPDATE: The Telegraph’s man in Brussels has more on why the Belgians want the restrictions lifted.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Vinter William’s Fine Wines

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Say what you like about William Hague, the man certainly knows how to play host. Guido has got hold of the list of wines he has served to visiting kings, queens, presidents and prime ministers over the last year. No expense has been spared, out of our pocket naturally.

The Foreign Secretary’s fine choice of the “flamboyantly scented” Château Cheval Blanc 1985 will have impressed guests, at least it should have at £400-a-bottle. Those looking for something a little more subtle could go for the Château Léoville-Lascases 1989, a snip at just £139. A classic Bordeaux is also on offer, the £142-a-bottle Château Cos d’Estournel 1986 will have been enjoyed by visitors from across the Channel. Let it never be said that Hague lets his guests go away unsatisfied, a glass or two of the £87-a-bottle Warre 1977 is how our host likes to end his soirées. And if he’s sufficiently lubricated, he might even let you see his snake

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Hague’s Double Standards

Last week Israel’s ambassador to the UK was summoned to the Foreign Office in a diplomatic protest over their publishing of a planning application. Apparently Hague wanted to show “the depth of the UK’s concerns” about the boost to the Middle East’s construction industry.

Today Egypt’s new progressive president has deployed tanks on the streets of Cairo in an attempt to quell protests against his power grab and constitutional rewrite, yet there is silence from the FCO.

Bricks and mortar bad, tanks and mortar shells good. 

Monday, November 5, 2012

Watson Poised to Criticise Hague’s Abuse Inquiry “Cover-Up”

A Labour source whispers to Guido that Tom Watson is this week planning to attack William Hague over his handling of the North Wales child abuse scandal. Hague set up the Waterhouse Inquiry in 1996 when he was Welsh Secretary under John Major. The report eventually found no evidence of a paedophile ring in North Wales care homes, despite the testimony of hundreds of victims. Downing Street are this afternoon attempting to pre-empt the Watson strike by revisiting the Inquiry:

“Child abuse is a hateful crime. A senior figure will lead an independent investigation of claims of care home abuse in Wales, and will report urgently.”

No. 10 are said to be looking for a judge…

UPDATE: Watson has written to the Prime Minister alleging “a concerted establishment cover-up”.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Hague’s Taxpayer Funded Snake Stuffing

When Guido heard that William Hague had stuffed a 20-foot anaconda in the Foreign Office, he just had to find out how much the taxpayer was being billed. The answer is an eye-watering £10,000. But what followed was perhaps the greatest FOI response of all time:

“‘Albert’ the anaconda was allegedly presented by a Bishop, in what is now Guyana, to the Colonial Secretary in the 19th century – exact names and dates are unknown. However, he appears in a photo from circa 1892, which means he has been in the FCO for at least 120 years. As a gift to the FCO, Albert is therefore regarded as an FCO asset. As such, the FCO is obliged to maintain its assets, and the work on ‘Albert’ was essential maintenance. It is believed that ‘Albert’ was first re-stuffed in the 1960s or 1970s, but there are no records of how much it cost on that occasion. Certainly no significant maintenance has been carried out on him in the last 40-50 years. ‘Albert’ was never housed in a glass case, as is commonly believed. In moving him from his suspended position in the Ansell Library (a separate Library area to the old Home Office Library referenced above) to facilitate planned refurbishment to the area it was observed he was in poor condition. A decision was taken to use this opportunity to carry out a refurbishment to ‘Albert’ including a safety check on the suspension fittings. The cost of the conservation and restoration work on ‘Albert’ was £10,000. The work was undertaken by the Conservation Team at the Natural History Museum, over a 5-week period, from 21 May to 26 June 2012. As nothing was known about previous work done on ‘Albert’, the conversation team at the NHM needed to use x-ray CT scanning, which is a costly procedure that required extensive data processing and a specialist to do the analysis. Also, the level of detailed, delicate work in the restoration involved an intensive amount of care and attention from highly trained staff.”

Austerity, what austerity?

Monday, January 30, 2012

Hague Confirms Obvious Dave Defeat

Who would have thought that a threat made at four in the morning would prove impossible to implement in the cold light of day. Before Christmas, while on a relative high from his EU spanner in the works, Fightin’ Dave was all mouth about EU institutions, but the dampening of expectations has begun this morning. A full retreat will be signalled when the Prime Minister arrives in Brussels this afternoon, but Hague has hit the airwaves to say that they were “not intending to take action about that now”. Another reverse move that could easily have been avoided. Many more of these and the words “defining” and “feature” will stick…

 

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Halfon Puts Hague on the Iranian Spot

Tory MP Robert Halfon has just ratcheted things up in the House in regard to Iran. Having been granted an Urgent Question, he pushed Hague on “what will happen, if these latest economic sanctions don’t work?” He didn’t stop there either:

“What more is being done to bring Russia and China to the UN table? Most would accept that Britain has shouldered its fair burden in tackling dictators. But it seems clear that the free world must send a message to Iran, that if they continue with their nuclear plans it will lead to military action. No one wants war. But tragically, it is looking increasingly likely…”

Hague waffled about “many contingency plans for many contingencies”. A sound-bite almost up there with “known unknowns”.


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Rod Liddle on the loony UN sexism special rapporteur:

“There is more sexism in Britain than in any other country in the world, according to a mad woman who has been sent here by the United Nations.

Rashida Manjoo is a part-time professor of law at Cape Town University in the totally non-sexist country of South Africa (otherwise known as Rape Capital Of The World).

Mrs Magoo has been wandering around with her notebook and is appalled by the sexist “boys’ club” culture here, apparently.

I don’t doubt we still have sexism in the UK. But is it worse than in, say, Saudi Arabia, d’you think, honey-lamb? Or about 175 other countries? Get a grip, you doolally old bat.”



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