Thursday, December 4, 2014

Tony Blair: Be Nice to Politicians and Pay Them More Please

Blair has some extraordinary demands in the New York Times today – pay politicians more and stop being mean to me, or them even:

“…politicians are not really well paid by the standards of those who are successful in the private sector. This restricts the attractions of a political career, at exactly the time when we most need the gene pool of our politicians to be varied, vibrant and vigorous.”

“People have to accept that governing involves difficult choices, and politicians ought to be respected for making them, not abused.”

Nope.

Balls Has a New Excuse

Welcoming Stamp Duty reform, the Shadow Chancellor dodged the obvious question. Why didn’t Labour do it when they were in power?

“We could have done it but we didn’t because we had other things to do, like not join the euro…”

And the bloody rest…

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Labour Bury Crap Mini-Reshuffle on Big News Day

It’s taken almost two weeks for Labour to manage to appoint a new Attorney General:

It seems Labour were a little short of high-profiled learned Members in the Commons. Who eh? 

“William “Willy” Stephen Goulden Bach, Baron Bach (born 25 December 1946), is a British Labour member of the House of Lords and was a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Ministry of Justice from 2008 to 2010. Bach was educated at Westminster before going up to New College, Oxford (MA), after which, in 1972, he was called to the Bar. He worked as a barrister, was a local Councillor for Leicester, and became Head of Chambers at King Street Chambers in Leicester on the Midland Circuit in 1996. In 1998, Bach was raised to the peerage, as Baron Bach, of Lutterworth in the County of Leicestershire, where he lives.”

Tomorrow’s front page news, today…

Tories Planning Super Secret Surprise Attack

Pssst… Don’t tell anyone but here’s the plan. Tory MPs are very grumpy at the fact they are being kept in Westminster on a three-line whip until close of play tomorrow as there is “important government business to secure”. A Whip’s claim that is for the “Coastal Defences (Clacton & Frinton-0n-Sea) Abolition Order” is believed to be disinformation. In fact – despite obfuscation – it is looking increasingly like a trap.

The consensus is that Osborne is planning to trap Labour with a quick and dirty vote on his plan to put into law the promise to balance Britain’s underlying budget deficit. Shame he didn’t do that on May 7 2010…

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Multi-millionaire Labour MP: Don’t Punish Criminals For Theft


“What really matters about members of the government is not their silly misbehaviour, it’s the way they’re crucifying millions of people”
writes multi-millionaire Labour loon Michael Meacher. That alone from his rant in the Morning Star would be worthy of the Order of the OTT, but what followed

“A million people have been sanctioned by government ministers over this last year, which means that they are deprived of all their benefit for often petty infringements – such as being five minutes late for a job interview – and hence have no money for at least four weeks and sometimes three months, forcing them to steal to survive. If they’re caught, the penalty for stealing some meat from a supermarket might be a fine of some £200, which of course they cannot conceivably pay, or it might be six weeks in prison.

During and after the Napoleonic wars there were up to 200 offences for which a person could be hanged, usually for stealing to keep their family alive. The people of this country sitting on the juries finally got round this draconian repression imposed by the ruling class by refusing to convict. That is what juries and magistrates should do now when faced by the stark injustice of the criminal justice system.”

Loot and be merry, comrades. 

Ben Bradshaw’s Suit Gone to Pot

Troubled times for the children of Blair. Ben Bradshaw is wandering around in a hole-ridden suit. Admittedly Guido doesn’t like it when he has to dispose of a Savile Row number either, but it’s hardly a good look. Bradshaw is blaming Parliament’s infestation of moths – and the authorities have confirmed there is a problem. Though it looks a suspiciously like hot rock damage to Guido. Has Ben been “sharing his sister’s rollie” again?

Now Even the Nerds Turn On Ed
Top Prof Warns Miliband Has “Failed to Perform”

If there was one voting block Ed Miliband thought he could rely on, it would be his fellow nerds, yet a four-year academic study granted access to Ed Miliband’s inner circle today concludes he has “failed to perform as a leader”.

Professor John Gaffney’s research project carried out interviews with “well-known and high profile” Labour figures including advisers, speechwriters and spinners, finding “Miliband as a leader has simply not been inspiring enough to attract supporters”.

The study claims Miliband “fails to inspire his followers because he is not getting the narrative of leadership right,” that “many are unclear as to Miliband’s identity,” and warns “Labour’s chance is slipping away”.

Prof. Gaffney says “Ed Miliband must make peace with New Labour to win in 2015″, arguing that if he fails to “reconcile” and “unify”“the Labour Party is… in serious trouble”. Also known as “stating the bleedin’ obvious” from the University of Aston.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Kinnock Snipes at Miliband

Red Prince Stephen Kinnock has used a 4,300 word interview with Mehdi Hasan to launch a number of wide-ranging criticisms of Ed Miliband. Labour’s candidate in Aberavon, who amusingly dodges a question on whether he wants to be PM, condemns the current Labour leadership’s relationship with business:

“I’m not sure the Labour Party sees that the tectonic plates are shifting… there is a potential new alliance with business that can be forged but it doesn’t start with going in and hectoring business about all the things they’re doing wrong. If we go in with [a] positive approach, we will get much more traction with the business community. I accept that we are not where we should be. We are missing a trick.”

Kinnock Jnr concedes his party won’t win outright:

“We, of course, will be pushing to try and secure a Labour government and it would be fantastic if we had the ability to do that as the Labour Party alone but I think realistically we must now be prepared for coalition.”

Before going after Team Ed’s strategy:

“Forget about going through the media. Get out there! I’d like to see Ed doing more of that. He needs to get out and talk to people – talk to our members, talk to our voters and let’s get everybody on the same page and fired up for the election next year. Of course that was something my dad was brilliant at.”

That’ll go down well in Norman Shaw North…

Thornberry U-Turns on Apology

Emily Thornberry a week ago:

“I got it wrong, I made a mistake, I’ve resigned and I apologise.”

Emily Thornberry today:

Guido has never seen an apology like it…

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Poll: UKIP-Tory Tactical Voting in Doncaster Would Unseat Ed
+Labour Just 3% Behind Clegg in Sheffield
+Farage Trails Tories By 5% in South Thanet

“How many Tories in Doncaster will be tempted to lend UKIP their vote, just this once?” ponders Lord A.

Vote Tory, get Labour up in Donny…

UPDATE I: Clegg is not safe in Sheffield Hallam, while Farage is struggling in South Thanet:

UPDATE II: Miliband’s constituents trust Cameron and Osborne more with the economy than their own MP and Ed Balls:

UPDATE III: Unfortunately this turns out to be bollocks, see: Lord Ashcroft: I Screwed Up That Doncaster Poll, Sorry


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