Thursday, March 1, 2012

Andrew Breitbart Dead:
Provocateur and Internet Journalism Innovator Dies

Andrew Breitbart has died. He was originally a Drudge Report editor who was also involved in the Huffington Post when it launched before he set up his own chain of conservative websites. Provocative and brave, he broke stories about Washington beltway sleaze and corruption. Guido last spoke to Breitbart in the summer, when we were plotting against Piers Morgan. Hated by the left for being so in their face, no one can deny he challenged the media establishment in a way they really detested:

A luta continua…

Monday, February 20, 2012

More Bunkum From Labour

Morning Kenny,

When recycling old attacks on Brown, it’s probably best to clear the line with everyone…

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Labour Suspend IRA Liking Councillor

According to Labour Party sources Councillor Florence Anderson of Sunderland City Councillor has been suspended with immediate effect after Mark Wallace spotted that she had “Liked” a post on Facebook calling for the IRA to bomb the next Tory conference. Good.

UPDATE: It seems she has previous. In October 2010 she called for Thatcher to “burn in hell”. What a charmer…

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

GP Playing Politics

With the prospect of Commons debate about dropping the health bill being forced by an government e-petition, lots of noise is being made about it being a sign of ordinary GPs fighting back. It was hardly an accident though. The GP that started the petition, Dr Kailash Chand, was taken on by former Shadow Health Secretary John Healey to run a policy review and is trying to become a Labour candidate.  This one is like cat-nip to Labour and if they couldn’t find 100,000 of their supporters to sign it, then they really would be in trouble…

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Tory Whips: Follow These Rules or Avoid Twitter

Dear Colleagues

Please see below a link to some good advice from Grant Shapps about how to get the best out of Twitter.

http://ow.ly/1FKxcb

For those in doubt, the best advice is to maybe avoid it altogether.

Enjoy the recess,

Stephen Crabb MP
Assistant Government Whip

Sky News would be proud!

Monday, February 6, 2012

iTroughers

The Rt. Hon. Sir Alan Haselhurst, who once claimed £12,000 on his expenses for the gardening costs of his Essex farmhouse, has excelled himself today. According to PA’s James Tapsfield, as Chairman of the Commons Admin Committee, Haselhurst has has recommended that every MP is “issued with an iPad style tablet device”. Apparently it will save on paper costs in the long run and it’s fine because they can be be bought in bulk.

Guido is sure the public will be very understanding…

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Internship Available in Tom Watson’s Office

Monday, January 23, 2012

Abbott Says Labour HQ Censor Tweets

It’s rare that a Labour MP actually coughs that their Twitter output is stage managed and censored by the party machine. Step forward gaffe-queen Dianne Abbott, who popped up on LBC this morning to talk about that tweet with Nick Ferrari:

NF: Does anyone have sight of [Tweets] within the Labour Party, does anyone like to see them before they go out, or do you have to run them past anybody?

DA: Oh sure, I mean I always check my tweets with my colleagues, and as I say this morning I tweeted on the very sad fact that the poorest people who need to have healthy diet are actually cutting their expenditure on fruit and vegetables.

NF: So who do you check that with, and that’s a very valid point, but who do you check that with?

DA: We have a system in the Labour Party for clearing this sort of thing.

NF: Oh. Was that bad one cleared then? …

DA: That, that was part of a conversation. …

NF: Ha ha, and just before I go so how does the clearance system work with the Labour Party?

DA: How it works is the Labour Party is very clear on the sorts of policies that you’re supposed to talk about for instance we’re not allowed to commit ourselves to reversing any particular cut, and that has been the position right from the beginning.

And there was Guido think Peter Hain’s inspired spin was heartfelt…

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Ellie Keeps the Red Flag Flying From the Outside

It seems Ed Balls’ most loyal Twitter fan can’t get used to life on the outside, Ellie Gellard used to Tweet relentlessly for Ed Balls when he was running for leader. Having left his entourage to go work for Tetra Strategy, the Twitter foghorn formerly known as BevaniteEllie is now “Head of Digital” for the shady spinmeisters.

And look what a difference it has made to their Twitter feed:

Compare that to the more neutral offerings put out before she arrived. Though Tetra was set up by former Labour figures, they have been trying to ingratiate themselves with Tories, most notably with their hiring of the disgraced expenses cheat Julie Kirkbride.

Someone better tell the new kid though…

Ed’s Change of Heart

When Ed Miliband was elected in 2010 he said:

“You have put your trust in me and I am determined to repay that trust to you. The first way I need to repay that trust is by uniting our party and taking it forward together.”

He made clear that he wasn’t going to follow the Blairite route of dividing sections of the party against each other with talk of hard choices. Less than two years later he’s had a typo-free change of heart:

In a way he has united his party, all wings seem to have it in for him. It won’t stop him taking their money though…


Seen Elsewhere

9 Mansion Tax Questions for Ed Balls | TPA
Politicians are Lying to You About Immigration | Alex Wickham
Give Journalists Public Interest Defence in Law | Guardian
Cameron is Going to Have to Deal With UKIP | Dan Hodges
Opinions on Key Issues By Constituency | Red Box
Britain Irrelevant Inside EU | Dan Hannan
Cameron Heading for Fall on Europe | Rachel Sylvester
Lords Speaker Spends £350 on Two Mile Limo Ride | Sun
Shapps Slaps Down Barroso “Propaganda” | City AM
Bookies v Pollsters: What We Learned From IndyRef | Paddy Power
Guido’s Column | Sun


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