Thursday, December 16, 2010

How to Get Ahead in the Labour Party

As Ed Miliband goes to campaign in Oldham, Labour HQ must be having some trouble working out who to send to campaign in the local elections in Wolverhampton. Something tells Guido that Labour’s deputy leader won’t be going to stump for this candidate:

Better send Jack Dromey instead…

Friday, November 19, 2010

Harman’s Coup String Pulling Confirmed

Remember how quiet Harriet Harman was on the Hoon/Hewitt attempted coup day?  Guido has been scanning the footage and column inches from that cold day in January and the only person who came to Gordon’s defence any later was brave David Miliband. Note her absence from the Guy News round up of that day. The rest of the cabinet hardly gave a ringing endorsement either though:

Harman hosted a New Years Eve goose roast with the other plotters at her country pile just six days before the attempted coup. Again this raises questions about why she didn’t run herself in May. It seems she was sensible enough not to wield the knife herself, but she clearly had her eye on the crown. Harman’s reputation as the mother of the party, uniting factions and holding things together has taken a massive hit with this news. Red Ed should watch his back – there have been stirrings while the leader has been away on paternity leave. Has Harriet been hosting any dinner parties this week?

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Dromey’s Miraculous Cure

Former union boss Jack Dromey tries hard to keep up his man of the people act, even now he is a Member of Parliament. Back in July he promised to take part in last Saturday’s Birmingham Half Marathon and press released the fact to his local rag. On Friday night attendees confirmed that he was as fit as a fiddle at a Compass event at which he spoke at in Birmingham. Yet on Sunday Dromey was a no-show at the marathon, citing a cold and the fact he was on antibiotics. However the drugs and Harriet gently mopping his brow must have had a wonderous effect since he had made a miraculous recovery in time for Sunday’s Politics Show.

After an audible gulp Jack’s office assured Guido that Jack hadn’t actually raised any money for the race, but that anything pledged will be rolled over to a fun run next year. Unless of course there is a chance to get on the telly…

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Dromey Fuels the Fire

With the London Fire Brigade Union set to walk out on Guido’s party night, the public and the government are up in arms, but strangely there hasn’t been a word from Labour. You would have thought that the Shadow Minister responsible for the fire services would have at least attempted to encourage a compromise. Strangely though, former union boss Jack Dromey hasn’t said a word. Guido can’t think why..

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Harman’s War Flip-Flop

Yesterday morning the Labour Party was in favour of the war in Iraq because “it was the right thing to do”, yesterday afternoon it turned against the war in Iraq because Red Ed said “it was wrong”. Harriet Harman voted for and argued for the war. Hundreds of British soldiers gave their lives and limbs to liberate Iraq from Saddam’s tyranny. Harman illustrates the Orwellian readiness of professional politicians to say whatever suits them at the time, whatever the price in other’s blood and treasure. At least David Miliband had a principled position…

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Pickles Highlights Harman’s Serene Room

Despite becoming Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles still enjoys bashing Labour as much as he did when he was Tory party chairman.

Today he is highlighting “Harriet Harman’s Serene Green Tranquillity Room” built as part of a £2.4 million refit of the offices used by her Equalities Office. Described as “a 21st Century… space of quality, air and light, where we can work, relax and refuel in a natural ebb and flow”.

So bascially civil servants can loaf about doing nothing in comfort…

Thursday, June 24, 2010

The PM’s a Sheila

As Guido highlighted yesterday as a real possibility, the Aussie Labor Party has got rid of an unpopular leader in Kevin Rudd rather than risk certain electoral defeat. Welsh-born Julia Gillard has become leader and Australia’s first woman PM. Harriet Harman would only be human if she wistfully asked herself this morning, “what might have been…”

UPDATE : Gillard is in Labor terms a right-winger, so her British analogue would be fellow redhead Hazel Blears rather than Hattie.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Some More Equal Than Others

Portcullis House parliamentary offices are highly prized. They are light, spacious and luxurious. Only twqo floors are currently allocated to the Labour Party and unsurprisingly, all but a small handful are allocated to ex-ministers and very senior backbenchers. But what’s this? Extraordinarily, one or two first time MPs are so highly favoured that they are already ensconced within the hallowed portals that lesser lobby-fodder plot and plead for years to achieve. What possible influence could have been brought to bear that Jack Dromey has been catapulted into the Valhalla of ex-Cabinet Ministers within a mere six weeks of arriving in the House?  Answers consistent with trade union & Labour Party values in the comments please…

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Harman Marches On

Harriet just had her newly elected husband Jack Dromey as a warm up act at the Unite conference in Liverpool. He wouldn’t be an MP if she hadn’t sold out on her All Woman Shortlist plans in his seat. Both heaped lavish praise on Tony Woodly and Derek Simpson, who had found time off from pushing BA under.

It seems Harman won’t be wasting these few months steering the ship to forward her feminist crusade, she used her speech this morning to decree that 50% of the Labour Shadow cabinet will be women regardless of talent. Unless of course her husband wants a job and then the rules can be bent once again presumably?

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Harman’s Secret Weapon

There was much surprise that Harman came out of the blocks quick, littering her first despatch box attack on the coalition with jokes that Gordon could only dream of delivering. Particularly good was her quip about the Lib Dems wanting to cling on to the trappings of opposition. It bodes well for some entertaining PMQs.

Before conclusions are jumped to that she is a natural, could Harman’s new-found sense of humour have something to do with the promotion of Ayesha Hazarika, a stand up comedian, to Director of Communications of the Labour Party and Deputy Chief of Staff to the Leader of the Opposition? For all the jokes, Labour are still not finding the need to mention that deficit.


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Nick Robinson’s Britain First Selfie | Metro
Dyson: Leave German Dominated EU, Join EFTA |
How UKIP Won Rochester | Seb Payne
Labour’s Islington Problem | Harry Phibbs
Ed Lost More Than a By-Election | Labour Uncut
Labour the Biggest Losers in Rochester | Speccie
Thornberry a Gift to Farage | Nick Wood
Is Left Finally Turning Against EU? | Dan Hannan
Labour Votes Going Green | Guardian


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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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