Tuesday, November 4, 2014

BBC on Sadiq: “Irony Is He’s Now Turned His Phone Off”

The BBC are on the case. Today’s Daily Politics had more on the Khan story:

Tory MP Justin Tomlinson explained he only went to the police because Khan went into hiding:

“There were two things that got me angry yesterday. Firstly that he had worked with the very same charities I had, he was the parliamentary champion for road safety, and he had personally boasted that he had campaigned on this issue for nine years. And secondly we are all human, we all do make mistakes yet he has gone into hiding. The irony is he has now turned his phone off.

His local media, the radio, your programme today – no one can get hold of him and he should put his hands up and say I am sorry I understand the importance of this issue.

I want him to say… I am going to learn from this. We as politicians are all human and are happy to come and take the credit when things go well, but sometimes you make mistakes and you’ve got to hold up to that. Frankly if he had put his hands up straight away and apologised I wouldn’t have taken this any further. It is not acceptable. We have a duty – especially those of us who have been involved in these sort of campaigns to set a good example. You cannot simply disappear when things don’t go your way.”

He Khan run, but he can’t hide…

Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents Slam Sadiq Khan

Sadiq Khan is in hiding. He ran away from journalists who doorstepped him this morning and is refusing to comment on the pictures of him using his phone behind the wheel. Presumably to avoid incriminating himself further; the Tories have called in the coppers and it seems Khan is too cowardly to ‘fess up. The usually media hungry Mayoral candidate is ignoring everyone from the BBC to his local paper.

Meanwhile, Kevin Clinton, head of road safety at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents tells Guido:

“Using a mobile phone while driving is a significant distraction, that substantially increases the risk of the driver crashing, and injuring or even killing an innocent person. Politicians should set a good example – everyone should switch the phone off while driving. Calls and texts can be returned when the driver has stopped in a safe place.”

“They Sadiq him here, they Sadiq him there, those journalists seek him everywhere. Is he in heaven or is he in hell?”

UPDATE: The RAC are also unimpressed:

Using a mobile phone at the wheel of a vehicle on the road has been against the law for more than 10 years, yet everyday people can be seen using them. More needs to be done to make this offence become as socially unacceptable as drink-driving. Hopefully a high profile accusation like this will serve to raise awareness of the issue and make people think twice about using their phones while driving.”

Miliband Delays Holborn Selection for Keir Starmer

Former Labour Minister Frank Dobson is complaining to May2015 about house prices in his constituency:

“In the last few years, prices have become quite lunatic – how could a bus driver or a Post Office worker live in the area? It’s become insane. When I started off as an MP, I knew a nurse wouldn’t be able to afford a family-sized flat, then a junior doctor, and now a consultant. The whole thing is simply insane.”

The problem is not helped by a shortage of council housing in London. Perhaps it’s time for Frank to finally move out of his own council flat that he pays just £160 a week to rent, despite decades on the public teat. 

Anyway. In July Dobson announced that, aged 74, he was standing down in 2015. Keir “Darcy” Starmer, the former Director of Public Prosecutions, has let it be known he wants to be Holborn’s next MP and as Guido reported at the time, he’s the firm favourite.

One small problem – he only joined the Labour Party last November and under the rules candidates for parliament must have been a member for a year.

For a friend of Ed this can be fixed – Labour HQ have delayed the selection process until next month, when Kier will have been a member for the required 12 months. 

Morning Sadiq: Please Don’t Read This Behind the Wheel

If Sadiq Khan could please wait until he’s driven to work to read this morning’s Times and Mailthat would be appreciated by other road users.

He can however listen to BBC London report on the fact his driving antics have been reported to the police:

For once Sadiq is not answering his phone to any media.

Monday, November 3, 2014

IDS/Reeves Ding Dong Gets Heated

Rachel Reeves got very heated in the chamber at the end of DWP questions, storming out after IDS after he refused to apologise for pointing out that she failed to turn up to vote last week. Reeves rather cryptically warned him: “The Secretary of State knows nothing for why I was not able to attend last week”. Could it be another expertly executed Labour ambush?

Friday, October 31, 2014

UKIP Well Short in South Yorkshire

Labour Drinking Murphy Kool Aid: He’s Our Santos

They’re really starting to drink the Jim Murphy kool-aid if Nick Watt’s Guardian profile is anything to go by:

“Nyta Clarke, who came to know Murphy during her time working in Blair’s Downing Street, thought he had a touch of stardust, reminding her of Matt Santos, the fictional young congressman in the final episodes of The West Wing who retires in frustration with politics, only to be persuaded to make a successful bid for the presidency.“I thought Jim was our Matt Santos because he is both fiercely intelligent and hugely personable,” Clarke says, adding: “Jim has a very nice manner with people. He is a very modest person and it is not a fake modesty. He is also very brave, as he proved with his 100-town tour.” Santos is, like Murphy, a Catholic. Murphy said in 2011 that he did not believe the UK was ready to elect a Catholic as prime minister, though he hopes that Scotland will be ready to elect a Catholic first minister in 2016.”

So Murphy is apparently “our Santos”. The charming, funny, witty, personable, fictional and, err, Hispanic presidential winner in a TV show lionised by political nerds. Slurp! 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Scottish Shadow Minister: “We are in a Dreadful Position”

Shadow Deputy Leader of the House and Scottish Labour MP Thomas Docherty couldn’t have timed these comments on Wato any better to help out his leader:

“The state that the Labour party is in right now is we are in a dreadful position. And we’ve got to be honest about ourselves. We have very low esteem with the electorate. The electorate looks at us and has no idea what our polices are. We have a moribund party in Scotland that seems to think that infighting is more important than campaigning. And we have a membership that is ageing and inactive. We can return to be the grown-up party that wants to be in government or we can self-indulge like a throwback to the 1980s and watch our party implode, the SNP win again, the Tories win again, and have another referendum.”

Hope Ed enjoys his fundraising dinner with Scottish Labour in Glasgow tonight…

Bill Gets Ed’s Axelrod Treatment for Free

Ed Miliband’s very expensive, but very silent, election strategist David Axelrod has been to see Mayor Bill de Blasio’s team in New York, and he isn’t even getting paid for the service. Ed’s £300,000 fee for a one off visit seems like a bit of a rip off now…

Ipsos Mori Poll: Labour Face Wipeout in Scotland

Remarkable Ipsos Mori poll out this afternoon putting Scottish Labour on just 23%, a massive fall from the 42% they won in 2010 and miles behind the SNP, who rocket to 52%.

STV reports:

“Those who would lose their seat include Jim Murphy, who is standing to be the next leader of Scottish Labour, Douglas Alexander and Margaret Curran… The only Scottish Labour MPs who would survive would be Willie Bain in Glasgow North East, Tom Clarke in Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill, Gordon Brown in Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath and Ian Davidson in Glasgow South West.”

No wonder Jim Murphy is planning his next career move…

UPDATE:


Seen Elsewhere

Even Ed’s Friends Call Him ‘Bad Luck Magnet’ | Mail
BBC: It Was Guido Wot Won It | MediaGuido
Nick Robinson’s Britain First Selfie | Metro
Dyson: Leave German Dominated EU, Join EFTA |
How UKIP Won Rochester | Seb Payne
Labour’s Islington Problem | Harry Phibbs
Ed Lost More Than a By-Election | Labour Uncut
Labour the Biggest Losers in Rochester | Speccie
Thornberry a Gift to Farage | Nick Wood
Is Left Finally Turning Against EU? | Dan Hannan
Labour Votes Going Green | Guardian


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Ralph Miliband on the English…

“The Englishman is a rabid nationalist. They are perhaps the most nationalist people in the world.”



Left on Left says:

The lefties are attacking because the panellist is a millionaire and lives in a London home worth upwards of two million. Someone had best tell them he’s called Ed Miliband.


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