Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Hain “Absolute Nonsense”

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Wales Online reports that Peter Hain claims that it is “absolute nonsense” to suggest that Tracey Ullmann’s daughter Mabel McKeown is his preferred successor in the safe Labour seat of Neath. The former “Equalities Officer and Office Manager for the Office of Right Honourable Harriet Harman QC MP” is one of the front-runners to succeed him. Is it really absolute nonsense?

  • Is it absolute nonsense that McKeown shares a flat with Hain’s former SpAd?
  • Is it absolute nonsense that Hain’s constituency agent Howard Davies is running McKeown’s campaign to parachute in Mckeown?

Neutral? Nonsense…

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Labour Backed £4-a-Day Pay for Mentally Disabled

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In 2003 the Labour government supported allowing some companies to pay people with mental health problems £4-a-day to man assembly lines. A government paper from when Patricia Hewitt was Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which argues that that some so-called “therapeutic work” should not qualify for the minimum wage. It proposed an organisation which “runs a facility for mental health out patients, who do various activities such as packing and assembly can “pay varying amounts up to £20 per week, so long as “if [workers] do not attend there are no sanctions”. The government paper concludes that under such an arrangement “there would probably not be an employer/worker relationship” and therefore “the national minimum wage would not apply. Ironically the likes of Scope, Mencap and the TUC were consulted during the preparation of the document. Ed Miliband today called for the resignation of a government minister for suggesting something not nearly as draconian…

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Exclusive:
Douglas Alexander Orders Gagging of Internal Miliband Critics

Labour’s weekly conference call between election coordinator Douglas Alexander and the party’s regional organisers has been blighted with negative feedback about Ed Miliband for months. The local party hands report back on issues coming up on the doorstep during canvassing, and Alexander feeds that back to the top. Ed has apparently been the constant complaint, and the regional staff did not mince their words…

Except, well placed Labour sources reveal, someone has put a stop to all that. Guido hears that an official from Labour HQ – at the express behest of Douglas Alexander – rang the regional officers and told them to stop bringing up the criticism of the leader in the calls. Is an ostrich strategy better than no strategy at all?

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Tristram Hunt on Privilege


Very witty of Labour HQ to put Tristram Hunt, the shadow education secretary, up to attack the coalition for failing on social mobility, he says “Under the Tories, the attainment gap between disadvantaged children and the rest is blah blah blah…” That is Tristram Hunt,  son of Julian Hunt, Baron Hunt of Chesterton, educated at the exclusive private University College School and Trinity College, Cambridge. How we laughed…

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Miliband Now Backing Call for Shaun Wright to Quit

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Having campaigned for him to become a Police and Crime Commissioner in 2012 – even after negative reports about Children’s Services in Rotherham for which Shaun Wright was responsible – Labour HQ says Ed Miliband is backing calls for Wright to resign. The warning signs were there before he stood to be PCC; Ofsted giving the council the lowest rating possible, the Whitehall warnings to improve, the Times news reports rejected by Shaun Wright . Pictured here on the campaign, it is now handbags…

Yet again this shows why we need a voter’s power of recall for all elected positions. Back it here.

Shaun Wright Should Resign Today

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Never has a politician more deserved to be targeted by Guido’s crosshairs. Shaun Wright failed the children of Rotherham terribly…

Shaun Wright was the Labour councillor with cabinet responsibility for children’s services in the Rotherham from 2005 to 2010 until he was elected to the PCC role in 2012. Yorkshire and Humber UKIP MEP Jane Collins has called for Shaun Wright to step down yesterday, in response he told the BBC he took his responsibilities very seriously but would not stand down. He should accept he bears responsibility and resign immediately.

UPDATE: Labour’s national-level distancing operation has begun, with Yvette Cooper saying it’s right for Wright to walk. Helen Pidd, the Guardian’s Northern editor is cynical and right:

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

McPoison and McPangloss

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Tories Map Ed’s Inadequacy in Labour Quotes
Interactive One Nation of Labour Criticism

This morning as Labour continue their summer assault the Tories are reminding everyone of the Labour Party’s own doubts about Ed Miliband with a new website, JustNotUpToIt.com:

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The interactive map is populated with pins, click on a pin and a local Labour critique of Ed pops up. The map is, to coin a phrase, Ed’s One Nation Labour in their own despairing words. Have a browse here

Sunday, June 29, 2014

LISTEN: Dead Hand Ed
Candid Cruddas Concedes Central Cynicism to Compass

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Third Sector Mafia Tantrum
Labour’s Charity Allies Attack Tory MP 

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Back in 2012 Fraser Nelson warned that Brown was putting his people into the Charity third-sector. Sure enough the usual suspects from the taxpayer-subsidised charity mafia will tomorrow try to pull off one of their coordinated outrage media hits. They will have a pop at Tory MP Conor Burns for having the cheek to suggest that charities like Oxfam, who take a significant chunk of public money for their international efforts, should butt out of domestic politics. The well-heeled public affairs team at Friends of the Earth have got a collection of Labour sleepers to sign a letter to the Times which will be published on Monday morning. They will claim that they are all very ‘concerned’ that attempts are being made to ‘stifle charities’. They deliberately miss the point that this is ‘concern’ about the government awarding money to organisations that then use that cash to lobby the very same government. 

Guido was particularly amused when  he had a little look at the signatories to Monday’s letter. Just how independent is Joe Irvin from the National Association for Voluntary and Community Action? Well he used to be a Special Adviser to John Prescott and a member of the Number 10 policy unit under Labour…

Kate Allen of Amnesty International? Well she was sleeping with Ken Livingstone for long enough…

How about Alexandra Runswick from Unlock Democracy? Proud Labour member. 

Surely Tony Dykes, from those UK-based experts Action for Southern Africa, is alright?  Nope, the former Leader of Camden Council. (Labour).

Guido feels he is being a bit unfair labelling all these concerned do-gooders as Labour supporters. At least Jon Nott, the General Secretary of the Woodcraft Folk, is a Green. The same cannot be said of Martin Drewry  from Health Poverty Action who is another proud Labour supporter.

Leaked emails reveal that the now much maligned Oxfam have had a hand in making this letter happen. Their Policy and Communications Manager, Richard Pyle, has been encouraging old friends, colleagues and fellow travellers to sign up. Let’s have a peek at some of his ‘likes’ and interests on Facebook, shall we?

- Wes Streeting for Ilford North (Labour PPC)
- Derek4Europe (Derek Munn a Labour MEP candidate for Scotland)
- Pam Duncan (who ran for Labour selection in wait for it…Falkirk)
- Kirsty4Europe (Kirsty O’Brien, a Labour MEP candidate for Scotland)
- LGBT Labour
- Luke Pollard (Labour PPC in South West Devon in 2010)
- David Miliband
- Peter Mandelson
- Tony Blair

And, lest there be any doubt:

- I’m supporting Labour at the General Election

You have to wonder how switched on Oxfam’s Policy Manager really is when he ‘declares war on unemployment’ in the same week that employment reaches a record high. It’s worth noting who is really driving this hysterical outrage bus. Hint: it’s party political.


Seen Elsewhere

PC Worries Prevent Police Protecting Young Girls | Jill Kirby
Miliband Should Win Rochester | Martin Kettle
Thatcher Minister Sir John Nott ‘Voted for UKIP’ | Times
Time to Listen to Drugs Experts | Guardian
Drug Laws Don’t Work | Times
Our Moral Duty to Cut Taxes | David Cameron
Greens Ahead of LibDems | Guardian
Channel 4 to Spoof UKIP Election Win | Guardian
The Threat to Press Freedom | Paul Dacre
White House Scoop Strategy | Post
Labour Council Retweets BNP Endorsement | HandF Forum


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