Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Digital Dave Drags in Nick

Seems the PM got grumpy on the plane over to Japan. Talking to hacks about snooping laws, he’s fighting back on the indefensible:

“You’ve got to remember that this was agreed a national security council where sitting round the table was Chris Huhne, Nick Clegg, Ken Clarke – people from impeccable civil libertarian backgrounds. I think when people see the detail they will understand this is a very sensible way of keeping up with technology and not a snoopers’ charter. And I wouldn’t as Prime Minister sanction something that was.”

Hug ‘em close Dave.

Via Dan Knowles.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Team Ken Send Out Tax Lines to Tweet Script

Labour have often denied they use command and control techniques on Twitter, yet strangely their Shadow Ministers, MPs and activists always end up singing from the same hymn sheet. Guido has long suspected this unity is fake and that lines to take are pushed out by spinners. Well it turns out that hunch was right:

From: “Tom Copley KenLivingstone.com”
Date: Thu, 5 Apr 2012 13:47:37
Subject: Ken’s tax and income: urgent online engagement

███████ –

Details of Ken’s tax and income – signed off by his accountant – is now online here:

http://www.kenlivingstone.com/ken-releases-details-of-incometax

This shows that last year he paid the full income tax required on all his earnings at a rate of 35%. This is higher than Brian Paddick but lower than Boris Johnson because unlike Johnson Ken does not fall into the 50p tax bracket.

Guido Fawkes is using dodgy maths to try and claim that Ken only paid 14.5% in income tax last year:

This is deliberately misleading. They’ve calculated this figure by dividing the amount Ken paid in tax on dividends by all the money in the company. This is ridiculous – Ken does not own the whole company and money in the company was used to employ other members of staff. Ken has paid the full income tax required on all the money he has taken out of the company as shown in the accounts.

The truth on Ken’s taxes, from that “left-wing stalwart” the Spectator (of which Boris Johnson was a former editor) – is here:

http://www.spectator.co.uk/coffeehouse/7766343/how-much-tax-do-the-mayoral-candidates-pay

We need you to urgently engage @GuidoFawkes, @MrHarryCole, @DaveMorgan25, @BackBoris2012 and @Boris_Backer on Twitter to rebut their lies. Please tweet the link to the Spectator article too.

Best wishes,

Tom Copley
Digital Campaigns Coordinator
Ken Livingstone for London

How’s that urgent engagement going?

UPDATE: Well badly is the answer. The Spectator have now updated the article that Labour were so keen to push:

“It seems Ken’s campaign is trying to use our chart as proof that he isn’t avoiding tax. It isn’t. Our figures for Ken are simply the amount he’s declared he pays in tax divided by his declared personal income. It’s what he claims his effective tax rate is, not what we claim it is.”

Urgent engagement required. 

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Come Back Nasty Ken, All Is Forgiven

Now that Ken has neutered his entire campaign by promising not to say anything negative, ever, he’s stuck with terrible and desperate email stunts. This one is off the cringeworthy scale:

From: Simon Fletcher Chief of Staff
Date: Wed, 4 Apr 2012 13:23:35
Subject: An email I wanted to you to see

Guido –

I’ve just been sent an email by our Head of Digital and Volunteers and I really wanted you to see it.

He says that we have been overwhelmed with the response for our huge day of action on Tuesday, “Fare Deal Tuesday”.

It promises to be a big day as we leaflet hundreds of stations and thousands of commuters.

I really hope you can be a part of it.

Best,

Simon

Simon Fletcher
Chief of Staff
Ken Livingstone Campaign

From: Mike Joslin
To: Simon Fletcher 04/04/12 12:15
Subject: Overwhelmed

Simon,
I wanted to let you know that hundreds of people have signed up for Tuesday morning.

It is quite incredible that so many people have signed up.

It shows that we can out organise the Tories.

Do you reckon we could send out an all supporters email to tell people the scale of what they’ve done already and give other people the opportunity to take part?

Cheers,
Mike

Who actually speaks like that?

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Hugh Grant Calls for Twitter to Be Regulated

The Englishman who went up a hill but came down a Chinese Communist:

He was on air on behalf of the Hacked Off campaign who were quick to distance themselves from his absurd comments. A glimpse into a dark mind…

Vid via @LiarPoliticians

UPDATE: Friends of Hugh get in touch to point out that he doesn’t really believe what he said. Glad that’s all cleared up then.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Potem-Ken Campaign Battle Bus

Basically Boris announced a battle bus tour, within hours Ken’s digital campaign team Photoshopped a battle bus from a picture on Wikipedia. Just as they copied his “Better off with Boris” logo on Wednesday. Digital campaigning at its lamest.

Faked Potemkin villages might have fooled Russian empresses in 1787 but nobody in 2012 is going to be fooled by a digitally faked Potem-Ken bus. The Ken campaign is woeful…

Andrew Gilligan has the full story.

Friday, March 9, 2012

You’re Either in Front of Guido, or Behind…

From: Iain McNicol
Date: 9 March 2012 15:01:06 GMT
To: All Staff
Subject: New Executive Board

Dear All

I was personally very sorry to see that a number of the appointments were publicised on various blogs earlier today before staff had been fully informed.

Yours

Iain

Iain McNicol
General Secretary

Labour Party
39 Victoria Street
London
SW1H 0HA
@iainmcnicol

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…


Seen Elsewhere

What Did Britain Really Look Like in 1930s? | CapX
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Short-Termism of CCHQ | ConHome
May Aide: CCHQ Are Being Misleading | Telegraph
Tories Planning For Second Election | Guardian
We Are Losing Cyber War | Fraser Nelson
Osborne Aide Lands Pay Rise | Mirror
The Sick Of It | Sun
UKIP MEP’s Welfare Hypocrisy | Channel 4
Rise of Angela Merkel | New Yorker


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“Mr Blair roundly denies any impropriety. Asked whether he was (at least) careless about his reputation, he says calmly that it is “not something I will ever talk about—I haven’t and I won’t”, and then bangs his coffee cup so loudly into its saucer that it spills and everyone in the room jumps. But did he find himself in a tangle over his friendship with Ms Deng? A large, dark pool of sweat has suddenly appeared under his armpit, spreading across an expensive blue shirt. Even Mr Blair’s close friends acknowledge that the saga damaged him—not least financially, since Mr Murdoch stopped contributing to Mr Blair’s faith foundation and cut him off from other friendly donors in America.”


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