After some confusion and delay, the much hyped fuel prices e-petition that was set up by Robert Halfon will be debated in the House on Thursday 15, November.
Guido would hope a little more successfully than in America…
Guido took a stroll round the distinctly underwhelming camp at St Paul’s last night. One or two things did make him giggle though:
His face lit up by a thousand corporations…
It all go a little too tiring and emotional for one merry camper…
UPDATE: Behind the paywall The Times have some disgruntled voices:
“Zakandrew Roberts, 18, joined Occupy London on its first day, but left on Saturday after a series of incidents, including someone urinating in his tent and a friend being threatened with a penknife. He claimed that the camp had deteriorated from a group of serious campaigners intent on highlighting issues about economic equality, to “drunks and drug-takers . . . here for a laugh”. Mr Roberts, an unemployed charity worker, said: “Half the people there don’t know why they are there or what they are protesting about. I want political change, not to get high and drunk all the time.”
Watch out for that progressive punch, it’s lethal…
The LibDems stood on a manifesto commitment to hold an In/Out EU referendum. They were so keen on the idea that they set up a petition campaign website:
You can still sign…
UPDATE: Took them a few hours to erase the evidence down the digital memory hole.
Last week Ed promised to release a list of business clients he met at a dinner at the home of super-spinner Roland Rudd. So far he has not coughed the information. Lets ask him what he’s hiding…
Ed’s Twitter humiliation is becoming a near monthly occurrence. He’s doing yet another #AskEdM event at 15:00.
As ever Guido is making it easy for you to take part, all you have to do is click the box above and you are away.
Did you sup with a long spoon Ed, or were you the prey?
UPDATE: Are you listening Ed? Lots of people want a question answered:
Paul Waugh has confirmed that a locked and hidden Twitter account is in fact that of the Downing Street Director of Communications:
Given that Craig Oliver is using his job title and place of work in his Twitter name, Guido feels we have a right to know what he’s pushing. As well as being nosy…
It seems our Ed is a glutton for punishment. He’s doing yet another Ask Ed event at 5.30 on Twitter. As ever Guido is making it easy for you to take part, all you have to do is click the box above and you are away. After his conference speech crashed and burned, the rumour doing the rounds is that he wrote it himself – hence why it was so terrible.
Click and ask him to explain…
While we are on the subject of controversal email practice, it is worth noting that the use of personal email accounts to avoid the eyes, and ham-fists, of civil servants is not confined to one department. The rules in the Special Adviser’s code state that party political activity must not be done on government resources, Andy Coulson used to remind SpAds of this when they were appointed to their jobs, telling them to use their own private emails. Guido understands that government Ministers Oliver Letwin and Frankie Maude prefer to use Google’s G-Mail rather than the government network. When it was broached with Frankie that there were security issues about this, Maude is said to have quipped that he’s the Minister for Transparency so it didn’t matter…
Steve Hilton is said to be a big fan of instant messaging on Skype, and Cameron still has his Yahoo mail, though he prefers to text message MPs, which isn’t always as private or secure as one might hope. Downing Street information security protocols do not allow the use of webmail on official computers, hence the common sight of double-BlackBerry wielding SpAds and ministers. It also assists Ministers and SpAds who want to outwit backward looking civil servants resistant to change – a big problem in the Education Department…
This was just emailed to the entire Labour supporters email list. There is something quite touching, a little sad perhaps, about Ed asking for mates:
When I became Leader of the Labour Party a year ago, I said that we had to be a party that looked outwards, not just inwards.
Over the last 12 months, I’ve been working hard to live up to that, by listening and learning from people all over our country.
I’ve been talking to people in shops, factories, High Streets – and I’ve been using social media too.
Now, Google have invited me to have a profile on Google+ and I want to invite you to join me.
You already use Gmail, so the next step to keeping in touch using Google+ is easy – just add me to your circles.
If you’re not signed up yet, I have 150 invites to share and I’ll be giving them to people who respond to this email. Click here for an invite.
Leader of the Labour Party
A nice bit of free advertising for Google.
It seems it’s not just the Tories that they have under the thumb…
What a strange coincidence: after a hounding from his local press and an investigation launched by the Labour Party, Sir Stuart Bell has taken up the tool that many of his colleagues use to convince us they are doing something:
Welcome to the official twitter of Sir Stuart Bell MP for Middlesbrough—
Sir Stuart Bell (@StuartBellMP) September 08, 2011
Why not use Twitter to ask him what the weather is like in Paris?
UPDATE: Turns out it’s fake. Guido isn’t quite sure why someone would go to the effort for such a dull fake, but c’est la vie. Miliband’s office have told the BBC that the Chief Whip has had a “stern conversation” with Bell. A classic Labour Party “investigation”.
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Sarah Vine writes of Esther McVey…
“McVey told Grazia that she hasn’t married or had children because she ‘never found anyone to wind her biological clock’ … If I remember rightly, half the current Cabinet would have cheerfully ‘wound her clock’ if she’d given them a glimmer of a chance.”