Thursday, December 11, 2014

Labour MP: Fisheries Minister ‘Not a Job for a Woman’

Labour’s Frank Doran told the House this afternoon:

“I’m not sure it is a job for a woman, although the honourable lady [Sheryll Murray MP] might reach that. That was not a sexist remark. I know the fishing industry very well.”

Everyday sexism…

Socialist Paradise Update: Venezuela Has 93% Chance of Default

It’s been a while since Guido’s global coverage caught up with how the loony Labour left’s favourite socialist paradise is getting on. Well, today Venezuela’s probability of defaulting on its debts has sky-rocketed to 93%, as the oil price slump sends the country’s bond prices to a 16 year low. The graph above from Zero Hedge shows how default risk has gone through the roof.

Bloomberg reports:

“Venezuela, which has seen over 1,000 of its companies nationalized since former President Hugo Chavez came to power 15 years ago, relies on oil for 95% of its export revenue. The nation is plagued by chronic shortages of everything from milk to toilet paper amid the world’s fastest inflation. The economy is expected to shrink 3% this year and another 1.5% in 2015.”

Owen Jones, Diane Abbott et al don’t tend to talk about Venezuela so much these days…

PFI Polly’s Paper Pitch Picked Apart By UKIP

Labour parachuted Miliband aide Polly Billington down to Thurrock with the expectation she would take the seat from the Tories, but the carpet-bagging candidate’s campaign is going from bad to worse. Not only is she trailing UKIP’s Tim Aker in the Ashcroft constituency polling, not only were Labour well behind UKIP in a recent local council by-election, now Billington is losing the student vote. “I don’t need to consult a folder to tell you what I believe in,” said Aker during today’s debate at a local college, skewering Polly on Labour’s PFI shocker after she spent two minutes reading attack lines from her notes about UKIP privatising the NHS. No doubt as to who the room preferred – the Thurrock Gazette reports “student support for UKIP and Mr Aker at the event appeared strong”. If Polly can’t even convince Thurrock’s students to vote for her…

Ed Balls Laughs at His Own Track Record

Labour have launched their new slogan today: “A Strong Economic Foundation”. They’re about as structurally sound as a planning application for a city built on rock and roll.

Teeing up his leader’s speech, it was not a great outing for Ed Balls on Sky News:

He laughed his way through a denial that he was late to waking up to the deficit and a total opportunist.

Laughing at you not with you Shadow Chancellor. 

Super Soaraway Sun Supper for Miliband

Great to see the scourge of Murdoch on the top table with Sun editors and senior News UK staff last night. You show ‘em, Ed.

Poll: Labour Won’t Deliver “Programme British People Want”

How many relaunches is that now? Ed Miliband’s big speech on the economy today is being tipped by sympathetic quarters of the press as showing Labour are serious about reducing the deficit, so at least there’s no chance he will forget to mention it this time. Yet Ed is also going to attack the Tories for planning to cut spending to “1930s levels”, insisting “That is not our programme, that will never be our programme, and I do not believe it is the programme the British people want”. Just one problem: a ComRes poll for ITV out last night shows that this is the “programme the British people want”. 33% support cutting spending to 1930s levels, 26% oppose. Another great relaunch success…

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Baldwin Spins Cancer Story Despite Sick Bone Marrow Outrage

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“Labour will tackle scandal of cancer patients denied life-saving treatment” screams the press machine this morning. “Labour will create a new annual Cancer Treatments Fund to improve access not just to the latest drugs but also to the latest forms of radiotherapy and surgery that are too often not available for thousands of people with cancer.” Worthy stuff.

Guido thought today would be a good time check up on how the internal Labour party investigation is going into out-of-control psycho-spinner Tom Baldwin. As Guido revealed a few weeks ago, Baldwin told a journalist that even if “he was dying he wouldn’t want his bone marrow.”

After near universal condemnation for the sick outburst, something was promised to be done.

Guido wonders what that well known leukaemia campaigner and Baldwin’s mentor Alastair Campbell has to say about it all?

Monday, December 8, 2014

Ed Insists on Privacy for Pre-Xmas Turkey Eating Rehearsal

It’s the talk of Hognaston, Derbyshire. You’ll never guess who was in the Red Lion on Friday… Only that Ed Miliband!

Most of the regulars would have missed the Labour leader rehearsing how to eat a turkey lunch in the run up to Christmas, due to the fact that his party insisted on privacy. “It was only a couple of waitresses who knew he was here, which is what they wanted,” says Tony Waterall, the owner of the pub. “He didn’t want people looking at him or for there to be any confrontation.”

Given Ed’s previous well publicised masticatory gaffes, you can understand why he now insists on dining closed doors. But panic not, as ever, Guido provides an artistic recreation of the moment the turkey tucked into the turkey.

Another London-Born Labour Adviser Parachuted Up North?

John McTernan is being tipped to ditch his self-appointed role as a panglossian Labour media cheerleader and make it official by running for parliament. The Edinburgh News says he is set to join the race to inherit Alistair Darling’s 8,000 majority in Edinburgh South West, with the deadline for applications in ten days’ time. Despite the accent McPangloss was actually born in London. Another metropolitan careerist political adviser parachuted up to a safe seat…

UPDATE: McTernan denies the story to Guido.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Greens Target York as Labour MP Quits

The Greens are to redirect resources up to York Central after the long-serving Labour MP Hugh Bayley announced he is standing down at the election. Though Labour have a safe-ish majority of 6,451, Guido understands the seat was already on the Green’s top 12 target list and is now being considered a key target. The Greens polled four times their national share in York Central in 2010, and secured 15% of the vote there in the Euros. Their candidate for 2015 is railwayman Jonathan Tyler, who tells Guido:

“Labour have blown it. They have behaved arrogantly here. They’ve now had a number of defections and lost control of the council. We’ve done well here in past elections and did extremely well in the European elections. It’s certainly promising ground.”

Tyler has lived in the seat for 27 years, just in case Labour were thinking about parachuting a London candidate up to York. Now the Greens are parking their solar-powered tanks on Labour’s lawn…


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