Monday, March 31, 2014

Arnie: I Won’t Be Back

Arnie Graf has left the building. As a casualty of the ongoing internal Labour Party power struggles, Ed Miliband’s illegal foreign-worker community organiser has organised himself out of the community. The party are saying they haven’t sacked Graf, but as the Mail on Sunday reports, he’s nowhere to be seen:

“Mr Graf’s own credibility suffered a hammer blow when it was revealed he was in the UK without a work permit. The leak came shortly after he crossed swords with Mr Alexander.”

Dan Hodges has more. Graf had admitted to working in Britain for the Labour Party, despite not having the required paperwork. Bye…

Sindy’s Civil Service ‘Exclusive’ Will Remain So

‘Scoop’ from yesterday’s Independent on Sunday:

“Labour will be given only six months to “road test” its plans for government with senior civil servants, after David Cameron controversially intervened to block early talks, The Independent on Sunday has learnt.”

But is it actually true that the amount of time the opposition is being given to consult with civil servants before the election is being cut? Oliver Wright notes that “In previous elections, under a convention set by John Major, such talks could take place up to 16 months before the last possible date an election could be called.” Though that was before the era of fixed-term parliaments when election dates were chosen at the PM’s discretion, usually 12 months before the last possible date, giving the opposition party four months and not the full 16. The 16 month period allowed the PM to avoid revealing the exact date of the election which could otherwise be calculated from the date access was granted. Indeed, a reader points out that in 1983, 1987, 2001 and 2005 the opposition party had as little as four months’ access to civil servants. So, actually, Labour are getting a pretty good deal.

This is part of a wider pattern of whining from Miliband, following on from Labour’s moan that he didn’t have enough time to respond to the Budget. This should really help Ed beat the perception that he is weak and pathetic…

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Diane Abbott’s Question Time Prep Leaked, Again

Diane really should be more careful what she leaves in parliamentary photocopiers:

This is becoming a habit

Sadiq Sorry for Sick Pickles Death Jibe

Sadiq Khan thought it was all very funny when he tweeted a letter he had received from Neil Kinnock joking that Eric Pickles might not survive running the London marathon and that his death would hand Labour “a helpful by-election”:

Now silly Sadiq is very sorry:

Hardly behaviour becoming of a man who keeps accusing the Tories of being the nasty party…

UPDATE:

True Scale of Labour Welfare Rebellion was Closer to 50

In reality, the rebellion from Labour over the welfare the cap was was much higher than just the 13 MPs who defied Ed’s whip. Taking out the Deputy Speakers, a further 37 Labour MPs abstained in the vote yesterday. Taking the total number of Labour MPs not backing the welfare cap to 50.

The list is peppered with hard lefties, yet notable abstentions include Tristram Hunt and Liam Byrne, who has talked the tough welfare game in the past:

  1. Abrahams, Debbie
  2. Anderson, Dave
  3. Barron, Kevin
  4. Bayley, Hugh
  5. Byrne, Liam
  6. Cryer, John
  7. Cunningham, Tony
  8. Donohoe, Brian
  9. Glass, Pat
  10. Godsiff, Roger
  11. Greenwood, Lilian
  12. Hamilton, Fabian
  13. Heyes, David
  14. Hunt, Tristram
  15. Kaufman, Gerald
  16. Lavery, Ian
  17. Mahmood, Khalid
  18. Mccann, Michael
  19. Mcgovern, Alison
  20. Mcgovern, Jim
  21. Meacher, Michael
  22. Meale, Alan
  23. Mearns, Ian
  24. Mitchell, Austin
  25. Morris, Grahame
  26. O’Donnell, Fiona
  27. Owen, Albert
  28. Pearce, Teresa
  29. Phillipson, Bridget
  30. Seabeck, Alison
  31. Sheridan, Jim
  32. Spellar, John
  33. Thomas, Gareth R
  34. Vaz, Keith
  35. Williamson, Chris
  36. Winnick, David

The member of for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath was also absent.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

WATCH: Rachel Reeves Refuses to Deny Her Welfare Wishlist

Rachel Reeves just repeatedly refused to deny she told a gathering of socialists that “it will be much better if we can say that all of the changes that the Government have introduced we can reverse and all benefits can be universal.”. 

The Labour welfare mask slips.

Mark Harper clearly stood down to spend more time reading the Guido Fawkes Blog ‘which one or two members are familiar with’…

Labour Send “Solidarity” to New Newsnight Editor

Just what the new Newsnight economics editor needs when he is being accused of being too close to the Labour Party, the Labour deputy leader sending him public solidarity on Twitter:

Perhaps Hattie’s Twitter expert hubby could teach her how to send a private message…

Rachel Reeves’ £230 Billon Slip of the Tongue

Last week Rachel Reeves let her guard down at a meeting of Christians on the Left, formerly known as the Christian Socialist Movement:

‘It will be much better if we can say that all of the changes that the Government have introduced we can reverse and all benefits can be universal.’

Much better? Really? That’s not what the sums say…

Implementing working-age Universal Benefits alone after the next election would cost Rachel £180 billion a year, which is double the benefits bill now. If you then include reversing all of IDS’s savings made in this parliament  - like £2.1 billion to Housing Benefit Reforms (this year alone) or £1.3 billion to Employment and Support Allowance - you’re looking at another £50 billion needed. That takes Rachel’s bill to £230 billion . How can that figure possibly be seen as ‘much better’?

The Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary admitting that she’s against the principle of Welfare Reform, but has been forced into it, hardly fills you with confidence about how she would act should she get her hands on the moneybags.  Tomorrow Labour will finally back a welfare cap, something that they have voted against three times before, yet behind closed doors what has actually changed? 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Gallery Guido: Labour is Becoming a Byzantine Family Dynasty

The hon-hon Tristram “Hereditary” Hunt in Education questions was followed by Chris Bryant defending the hereditary property rights of council house tenants.

Labour is becoming as much a Byzantine family dynasty as a political party.

In the Labour Shadow Cabinet, the leader is one half of a fraternal duo sired by a scion of the Left. He is followed, or complemented by… twin sisters, a husband-and-wife team, and Harriet Harman – who’s married to a Labour MP for whom she fixed a constituency, and who has a son, Joe, himself looking for a seat.

Then there’s Hereditary Hilary (with his niece Emily – if she makes it she’ll be the fifth generation of Benns in parliament).

Gone to the Lords is another hereditary Hilary, the ex-chief whip who inherited her seat from her father.

Tristram Hunt’s father is in the Lords, too, as we know, as is Lindsay Hoyle’s.

John Cryer’s mother and father were MPs (and he’s married to Ellie Reeves on Labour’s NEC – she is Rachel’s sister).

Keith and Valerie Vaz are brother and sister.

(more…)

Thursday, March 20, 2014

WATCH: Clueless Chris Leslie’s Bedroom ‘Tax’ Bungle

Poor little Chris Leslie always gets given the gigs no one else wants. Yesterday Guido noted that Labour did not include the bedroom ‘tax’ on their list of Tory tax rises, well on the Daily Politics today Andrew Neil asked him why:

As Brillo said, this was an implicit admission that it is not a tax…

Via @liarpoliticians.

Seen Elsewhere

Ed’s Constitutional Failure | ConHome
UKIP Poster Girl’s Naked Photos | Sun
Miliband’s Radical Old Labour Agenda | Fraser Nelson
Meet Team Miliband | Dan Hodges
Run Boris Run | Times
Tories Pledge to End Onshore Windfarm Subsidy | Telegraph
Labour’s Plan to Attack Part-Time Boris | Standard
Ex-Sun Hack Cleared After 582 Days on Bail | MediaGuido
11 Times Boris Denied He Would Stand for Parliament | Buzzfeed
Attacking UKIP’s Posters is Counter-Productive | Guardian
Sarkozy Tried it on With Hollande’s Ex | Times


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A confused Nick Griffin says Nigel Farage is a shill for the City, forgetting that City banks want to stay in the EU:

“Farage is a snake oil salesman, but a very good one. His supposed anti-immigration stance is all smoke and mirrors, as is his carefully cultivated image as a ‘man of the people’. The truth is that UKIP is a pro-immigration party that exists to lobby for the interests of the City of London.”



Nick Clegg says:

Do you want lies with that?


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