Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Hawked Off: ‘Cry Baby Bruce’ is Behind Ed’s Media Strategy

Sour grapes from Australian Labor. Not content with getting pummelled down under, bargain basement strategist Bruce Hawker is over here to train Miliband and his troops at how to scream and scream and scream until they are sick about press coverage:

“It is important to hang a lantern on any media-led campaign against Labour well before the election is called so you do not waste precious campaigning time exposing the motivation behind their attacks, as we were forced to do. Second, enlist allies and third parties to reinforce your message about media bias. Research and publicise the concrete examples early and often.”

Which would explain Ed’s daft article in the Indy on Sunday and the attempts to paint all criticism as an evil smear.

Hawker is in town to give Labour a rousing pep-talk. Ever helpful, Guido would recommend that they take his advice with a pinch of salt. Shall we have a look at his previous record of success?

After running Kevin Rudd’s abortive attempted coup in February 2012, Hawker’s loyalty was rewarded with the dubious honour of running Rudd’s election campaign this year against Tony Abbott. Polling day saw Labor drop to their lowest primary vote share since 1931. Brilliant Bruce admitted the wipeout was his fault, telling the Australian: “I have to take my fair share of it, I’m not going to shy away from it.” Not that it stopped him from attacking party staff in a tell-all-book, writing that Labor HQ was “second rate”. 

In 2012 Hawker was “the key architect” behind one of the worst defeats in the history of Australian politics when Labor were wiped out in Queensland. They lost all but seven of their previous 51 seats in the lower house – thanks to heroic Hawker. 

The year before in New South Wales, Hawker predicted that the campaign he was running for Labour was “potentially facing political Armageddon”. And correct he was: they lost 60% of their seats.

Guido, for one, welcomes Labour’s new antipodean overlord. What could possibly go wrong?

Monday, November 25, 2013

Labour MP Doubles Up on Taxpayer Cash to Pals

Full marks to Labour foghorn Tom Blenkinsop, who is missing no opportunity to line the pockets of his paymasters with taxpayers’ money. Blenkinsop is a classic ‘re-renter’, he claimed £4,000 last year for constituency office rent in a building owned by his own local Guisborough Labour Party. Apparently fleecing the taxpayer by recycling cash to his party is not enough for Blenkinsop, however.

The Middlesbrough MP also claims £10,200-a-year on expenses to rent his London home. IPSA documents show that Blenkinsop’s landlord is one Christian Matheson, who also happens to be Unite’s industrial officer and the Labour ­parliamentary candidate for Chester, one of Unite’s infamous list of 41 seats they planned to take over. Coincidentally, Unite have given Blenkinsop £2,000 since 2010. A prime example of a Labour MP pushing the limits of the rules to sort out his party and his trade union with taxpayer cash…

Saturday, November 23, 2013

GALLERY GUIDO: Smear Executive Decided to Smear Labour

We’re making up a Labour smear story.

We’re going for their most cherished example of mutual, collective endeavour. The Co-op. Ethical, modest, decent. Let’s make it go bust through filthy capitalist greed. And let’s get it taken over by US vulture funds who have the power to call in Labour’s loans, but don’t because they act more ethically than the previous management.

But you want more.

Okay, let’s have the outgoing chairman of the ethical bank to be a most complete representative of the Labour movement – a Co-op member for years, a Methodist minister who could be your dad, who gives money to Labour from Co-op funds. How much?

Half a million! Why half a milion? It’s a smear, make it a million!

Let’s have him only being an amateur in banking with no qualifications except “a professional requirement to be charitable”, and he gives a million to the party generally and also smaller donations to – who do we hate most? – Ed Balls.

Let’s get this perfect Labour guy who looks like your dad to give, what’s a really large private sum, fifty thousand pounds to Ed Balls’ office. Perfect.

But you want to have him personally corrupt? Is that really necessary? What, watching porn on his work computer as a Labour councillor? Okay, it’s a Harriet Harman sort of crime but -

You want him to be contracting rent boys? The chairman of the Co-op bank hiring rent boys? I guess it’s not imposs-

You want him to be doing DRUG DEALS? Now it’s too much. What sort of drugs? CRYSTAL METH?

You want him to look like everyone’s father, chair a Labour bank, give money to Labour shadow cabinet names, and be a rent-boy-seeking Labour councilor buying CRYSTAL METH in a car? It’s too much.

Smear-wise it’s beyond anything previously attempted.

More seriously, it will damage the whole smearing industry.

Friday, November 22, 2013

What You Looking at Jack?

Jack Dromey hard at work this morning in the chamber. Careful now.

Via @WelshRacer

Team Ed’s Shoot the Messenger Strategy

Dissent will not be tolerated. Ever since Ed’s deliberate war with the Mail over a mere headline, any story that displeases the Labour Party is billed a smear or an attack on Miliband without substance. It’s a deliberate strategy to try to hamstring the coming media onslaught in the run up to the next election. By billing Ed as some self-appointed moral media guardian who is only being attacked because of his stance of standing up to the press, they hope to blunt the multitude of legitimate blows. In reality, it’s just another attempt by a worried party that has a penchant for strong-arming the media. Labour should save the word “smear” for a morning when one of their donors and advisers hasn’t just been nicked.

UPDATE: 

UPDATE II: Worth noting a Miliband flunky retweeted the tweet on his behalf, so Ed is fully behind the shoot the messenger strategy.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Local Vaz Larks

From the Leicester Mercury:

Via Twitter.

Co-op Funded Spokesman Ride Out

Three of the most vocal Labour MPs sticking up for the Co-op are the ones who have had their pockets lined by the group. Ed Balls isn’t giving back that £50,000 cash bung, though he did his best to repay them in kind by loudly asking if Cameron had ever done cocaine at PMQs.

Balls has once again sent out poor little Chris Leslie to fight his corner this morning. The deeply unimpressive Shadow Chief Secretary tried to spin with a straight face (and fear in his eyes) that “there are now serious questions for George Osborne to answer about how the Co-operative Bank got into trouble on his watch”. The Co-op have given Leslie’s local party £3,040 in the last two years. More of a wet fart than a bang for their buck.

Co-op MP Jon Ashworth fresh from paternity leave has penned an article defending the mess. It goes without saying that he is also in their pay. Labour owe the Co-op millions so should be glad the group are only calling in favours rather than the actual cash.

When Ed Wanted “Responsibility and Integrity” in Banking

You would need a heart of stone not to laugh at the irony of Miliband launching his “Real Change” campaign to clean up banking straight from the Co-op crack den last summer. Standing proudly in the headquarters of Labour’s ethical bank, Miliband set out his vision to stop all those other big, nasty banks from behaving badly:

“I think that the thing the British people want most of all is banks which reflect their values – responsibility, integrity, reward linked to effort… You [the Co-op] have always understood that ethics of responsibility, co-operation and stewardship must be at the heart of what we do.”

Fast forward a year and a half and Labour stands accused of covering up a raft of gay porn allegations against crack-smoking Rev Flowers back when he was a councillor. And not a Miliband call for an inquiry in sight. How’s that whole responsibility and integrity thing going, eh Ed?

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

So Here’s What Happens Down Ed’s Local…

After Balls’ revenge attack on Monday revealed that the Labour leader doesn’t like the pub, Miliband’s spinner’s told the Sun“Ed does go to the pub and regularly to Askern Miners Welfare Club in his constituency. He’s a moderate drinker.” That would be the Askern Miners Welfare Club that doubles as a burlesque venue for cross-dressing corset-clad middle-aged men, hosting regular nights for Ed’s transvestite constituents:

See the photo evidence here, if you dare…

Tony McNulty Destroys His Career, Again
Ed Loyalists Smear Critic

Parliamentary history made at today’s PMQs, with Dave reading out the live tweets of a former Labour minister, who lost his seat in the wake of the expenses scandal:

A note was passed in the middle of the session from a sharp eyed backbench MP. Presumably a big glass of claret this lunchtime for Cameron’s new PPS Gavin Williamson for that little hit.

Immediately Ed’s outriders kicked off. Here is what the Labour leader’s former Chief of Staff had to say:

Pure class.


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Rod Liddle on the loony UN sexism special rapporteur:

“There is more sexism in Britain than in any other country in the world, according to a mad woman who has been sent here by the United Nations.

Rashida Manjoo is a part-time professor of law at Cape Town University in the totally non-sexist country of South Africa (otherwise known as Rape Capital Of The World).

Mrs Magoo has been wandering around with her notebook and is appalled by the sexist “boys’ club” culture here, apparently.

I don’t doubt we still have sexism in the UK. But is it worse than in, say, Saudi Arabia, d’you think, honey-lamb? Or about 175 other countries? Get a grip, you doolally old bat.”



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