Friday, June 28, 2013

Another Labour MP Caught in Union Cash Merry-Go-Round

Last week Guido reported how Luciana Berger was charging the taxpayer thousands of pounds for her constituency office rent while working out of a building owned by a union that donates to the Labour Party. Now Mandrake has caught Geoffrey Robinson, he of Mandy scandal fame, doing exactly the same thing:

This is a scam used by Labour MPs to, perfectly legally, funnel taxpayer cash to a donor who then gives money back to the party. If the Tories did the equivalent, claiming taxpayers’ money to pay rent to a private donor who then gave money back to the party, it would be a major scandal. How many other Labour MPs are doing this and getting away with it?

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Fabian Gala Dinner Survival of the Richest

Tickets are on sale for the annual Fabian Society gala dinner, a red-letter day for any Labour luvvie. This year the festivities are taking place at Whitehall’s exclusive National Liberal Club, in what looks like a coalition overture. With an auction of items from the Fabians’ colourful history, gourmet champagne socialist menu and after-dinner speech from Harriet Harman, prices are steep at £100-a-ticket.

Then again the evening is being held held in association with the Trade Union Fund Managers group, which has a City portfolio of some £75 million. It’s all a bit much for one senior figure on Labour’s NEC:

Not very One Nation is it?

Labour’s Favourite Think Tank Say Eds are Wrong

IPPR made a living out of producing pleasant reading for Labour, though even they couldn’t spin these figures in Ed’s favour. A YouGov poll commissioned by the Labour wonk-shop finds massive public opposition to the party’s position on welfare. 76% say the system is too soft on people who could work that don’t, with just 10% taking up Ed’s line backing those on benefits. Who is the type of person the public is most sympathetic to protecting? Pensioners, the very group that Balls has targeted for pension cuts if Labour win in 2015. With friends like these…

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Order of the OTT: LabourList’s Tiny Violin

Mark Ferguson of LabourList well and truly earned his union keep with his response to today’s Spending Round. Choking back the tears as he whined about Osborne’s “nasty, vicious, small politics”, Ferguson launched into a tour de force of hyperbolic, hand-wringing rhetoric well worthy of the Order of the OTT:

“But it’s fine, because we can all marvel at hilarious jokes about how fatty Eric Pickles is an example of lean government, as people starve and are driven to charity by this heartless, vindictive and mean little man. Ed Balls, in response,was excellent – far better than last autumn – lambasting and lampooning the Chancellor. And I’d love to write about how good that felt, watching him whomp this ignorant fool about the chamber.

But if I did I’d be lying. Because I couldn’t stop thinking about those people. And that hunger. And those lost jobs. And those presentless Christmases. And those queues growing outside payday lenders and food banks. And I just felt f***ing sick.”

Imagine what he’d be like if spending was actually going down…

Tory Uproar as Labour’s Toby Perkins “Flipped Osborne Finger”

Watch closely for the reaction of the PM and the Tory benches as Osborne asks Labour about their spending plans. Cameron’s face turns to shock as he and a number of other Tories point towards Labour MP Toby Perkins, sitting on the third row. From the video it is not clear why. Tory MPs are adamant this afternoon that it was because Perkins “flipped Osborne the finger”.

As Bercow intervenes you can hear a Tory MP shout “it’s Perkins!”. Guido is told that a Tory MP then passed a note to the Speaker making the allegation against Perkins, Bercow then ripped the note up and put it in his pocket. Perkins’ office are currently refusing to comment. All very parliamentary…

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

WATCH: Labour Councillor: I Had Sex With Alien Aged 6

Readers will remember Simon Parkes, the Labour councillor who claims he fathered a lovechild with an alien. Today he told This Morning he lost his virginity to an extra-terrestrial holograph aged 6. Apparently she appeared as the woman from the Fry’s Turkish delight advert…

Another Watson Ex-Staffer Sews Up Labour Selection

Guido hears that Tom Watson did not take too kindly to his story about the heavy support Labour’s campaign guru has been giving their prospective parliamentary candidates yesterday. Now another of Watson’s WAGs* has sewn up a selection. Former Phil Woolas staffer Mari Williams, who boasts that she used to work for Watson at Labour HQ, will run in Cardiff North. It’s becoming a meme…

* Women and girlfriend.

Bookies Pay Out to Two-Faced Tristram

Tristram Julian William Hunt, son of Lord Hunt of Chesterton, is always one to speak up for the working man. The Labour frontbencher cares so deeply about the plight of the downtrodden that he has even put principle before party and slammed his own Labour colleagues’ record in government on gambling:

“It is a scandal that after 12 years of a Labour government there are more betting shops, lap-dancing clubs, gambling arcades and casinos than when they came to power… the Gambling Act 2005 began a wholesale deregulation of the high street by allowing a free for all in betting shops. A Labour government felt it had no philosophical right to arbitrate on the morality of mass gambling and its wretched social consequences.”

What a surprise then that Tristram has just trousered a £5,000 donation from Peter Coates, mutli-millionaire founder and chairman of online bookies Bet365. Another Labour politician going each way. Five grand: the price to change this shadow minister’s mind…

Monday, June 24, 2013

First Picture of Liam Byrne’s Infamous “No Money” Note

Luciana Lights Up

Luciana Berger gets very cross if anyone says she smokes. She made a big fuss of No Smoking Day in March and claimed she had given up for eight months:

This time EyeSpy.MP has photograpic evidence:

It seems that did not last.


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