Friday, January 23, 2015

New Tory Poster Targets Miliband and Salmond

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

While We Are Talking About Politicians and Food…

Sources: Blair Has Not Yet Responded To Chilcot Letter

Tony Blair claims he has nothing to do with the Chilcot Inquiry delays, but is he telling the truth? His people clearly state:

 ‘It is not true to say that Tony Blair has caused the delay … On the contrary, he regrets this delay.’

However, multiple sources familiar with the situation have suggested to Guido that whilst Blair has received his warning letter for Sir John Chilcot, he has yet to respond as is currently still seeking legal advice before doing so.

How long does it take a former barrister to find a lawyer? Perhaps he should ask his wife…

Monday, January 19, 2015

How’s That Social Media Thingy Working Out For Ya?

Cuts Baiting From Tory Whips Sends Labour MPs Round Bend

Last Tuesday’s vote for the “Charter for Budget Responsibility” saw Labour – under the direction of Balls – troop through the division lobbies with the Tories to vote for fiscal restraint. Guido hears that Tory deputy chief whip Greg Hands was greatly enjoying this rare moment of swine aviation, standing at the entrance to the “aye” lobby loudly telling Labour MPs entering “this way for The Cuts”.  Apparently the SNP teller opposite was in fits of ecstasy as various Labour MPs (particularly those from Scotland) did little to hide their anger as they stomped through. “The vast Jimmy Hoods looked tempted to deck him”, says Guido’s co-conspiratorial elected witness. 

Karen Danczuk To Quit Being Labour Councillor

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Burnham Bounces Balls into £11 Billion Spending Pledge

BURNHAM-BALLS

Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham has been out and about this morning pushing Labour’s public health manifesto. It basically amounts to yet another series of caps – the usual series of nanny state, anti–business policies.

It wasn’t the detail which interested Guido – more then timing of the announcement. As part of the policies, Burnham has reiterated his pledge to introduce plain packaging on tobacco (despite dismissing it back in 2008 when he was Health Secretary). Such a move could result in a future government facing an £11 billion compensation bill to Big Tobacco, according to a report by analysts at the BNP Paribas and other legal experts.

Guido wonders why the future Labour leadership hopeful chose today of all days to make his announcement? Could it be because Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls is in the US – that he decides today to announce what is effectively a £10 billion deficit busting new spending pledge?

UPDATE: A co-conspirator shrouded in  smoke reminds Guido that in government when he was Secretary of State for Health, Andy Burnham wrote in a November 2009 letter to Tessa Jowell:

“No studies have shown that introducing plain packaging of tobacco products would cut the number of young people smoking, or enable people who want to quit, to do so. Given the impact that plain packaging would have on intellectual property rights, we would need strong and convincing evidence showing the health benefits of this policy before it would be acceptable at an international level.”

What has changed?

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Dozens of Labour MPs Posed With Price “Freeze” Sign
“Ed Miliband Will Freeze Bills Until 2017″

Mandy Behind New Generation Of Blairites
Lord of Darkness Star of Intimate Right-Wing Gathering

The Blairites are not quite done yet. Peter Mandelson’s former SpAd Matthew Doyle organised a £100 per head “exclusive event… at Lord Alli’s home in Covent Garden” last week to raise cash for two up and coming Labour right-wingers. Though he admitted it won’t be “an overly large group.” Will the last Blarite to leave Westminster for Scotland please turn off the light…

Monday, January 12, 2015

Ed “No More Celebrity Politics” Miliband Sups With Clooney

Last year Ed Miliband rejected celebrity politics, where “things are judged far more on style than substance”:

“…this political culture, this photo-op politics, denies people a debate about the things that really matter. And does deep harm to our country. It leaves politics a game that fewer and fewer people are watching, or believing. People’s sense of the artificiality, the triviality, the superficiality of politics is more highly tuned than ever. And the more it seems this is what matters to us, the more the public are put off.

Unless we stand up now and say that we want to offer people something different, more and more will simply turn away. Assuming that it has simply become about celebrity. And C-list celebrities at that. And if we allow that to continue to happen, we will also rob people of the debate they deserve. About the things that matter.

But here is the good news: I am determined that at the next election we give people a choice about the kind of leadership they can have. David Cameron is a very sophisticated and successful exponent of a politics driven by image. I am not going to able to compete with that. And I don’t intend to. I want to offer something different.”

That didn’t stop Ed sucking up to George Clooney and leaking the fact that they had dinner togetherStarf*cker.


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