Friday, June 27, 2014

WATCH: Daily Politics on Third Sector Mafia Stitch-Up

Two weeks ago Guido revealed how former Labour apparatchiks from the taxpayer-subsidised charity mafia were trying to pull of a concerted media hit against Tory MP Conor Burns. The Daily Politics today took a look at the close links between Labour rhetoric and that of some sections of the third sector:

Burns is still blocking the path of the outrage bus:

“We have government giving unrestricted grants to charities, and then those charities using that money to lobby the government to change policy. That is, I think, an abuse of taxpayers’ money and one that should come to an end. As I say, I’ve got no issues with charities campaigning, that’s part of their role. But I think the person that supports their local Oxfam shop or supports Save the Children gives money on the assumption that that’s going to alleviate poverty in some of the poorest parts of the world, not that it’s going on political campaigns in the United Kingdom.

If you look at the list of some of the so-called charity leaders who attacked me in the Times newspaper recently, a good number of them had stood for the Labour Party in general elections, a number of them had advised Tony Blair and Gordon Brown in senior positions in Number 10 and in other government departments. They are then coming into these charities and using their position to campaign against what were their political opponents.”

Oxfam has already been reported to the Charity Commission, who could do worse than looking at some of the other patently politically partisan charities peddling Labour spin…

LibDems Won’t Comment as Labour Slam “Appalling” Slur

The LibDems are treating yesterday’s latest race row with their usual high standards of competence and professionalism. Guido gave a party spokesperson two separate opportunities to express regret for an an anti-Semitic article published by LibDem Friends of Palestine, only to be told “it is not for us to apologise”. LibDem Friends of Palestine, who posted the attack on Ed Miliband, are also refusing to say sorry. Fair to say Labour are not impressed, they tell Guido:

“These appalling comments are beneath contempt.”

This really shouldn’t be a tough decision for the LibDems…

UPDATE: A spokesperson for the LibDems says:

“That article was not, and is not the view of the party in any way. It was clearly inappropriate and offensive. We’re of course sorry if there was any offence caused.”

LibDem Friends of Palestine say:

“On 22 June, we posted a link to an article by Gilad Atzmon. This has now been removed and we apologise for any offence caused.”

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Lobby Snorts at Labour Lawbreaker Line

One question has been buzzing around today:

One for Ed’s team to sniff out.

Labour Sorry for Hospitalised MP Wife Attack

“Jake Berry, absent” cried the Speaker as the Tory MP for Rossendale and Darwen, whose name was on the Order Paper for PMQs, failed to appear when called to ask his question. Cue Labour whips piling in and living to regret it about three minutes later:

They have since sent him a full and frank apology. Awkward.

Ghastly Ghose Hopes It’s Third Time Lucky

Not deterred by her failure to win selection in Stoke-on-Trent North and Brighton Kemptown, serial loser and perennial carpetbagger Katie “Ghastly” Ghose has put herself forward to replace Austin Mitchell in Great Grimsby. The woman who turned a 27% referendum lead for “Yes to AV” into a 36% victory for the “No to AV” campaign has been nominated for the all-women shortlist in the seat. She could have at least bothered to have changed the photo on her website from her previous failed attempt down in Brighton…

Ghose was up in Grimsby at the weekend, though her attempts to endear herself to the locals and fight the UKIP vote were less than subtle:

Retiring Mitchell has himself warned that his successor should not be “imposed upon them by the metropolitan elite”. What could go wrong for Oxford-educated parachuting southerner Ghose…

Monday, June 23, 2014

COMPETITION: Why Would You Want to Work for Ed Miliband?

While the Tories seem to prefer not to pay their interns, Ed Miliband is offering the ‘living wage’ – £8.80 an hour – to hire a “parliamentary apprentice”. Candidates are required to send a cover letter answering, in no more than than 250 words:

“what interests you about working for the Rt Hon Ed Miliband MP?”

Guido thought he would put the question to his readers, so leave your 250 word response (or there abouts) in the comments. The wittiest entry will win a bacon sandwich…

Pic via @generalboles.

SKETCH: What Happened to Ed’s New Welfare Pledge?

Readers may remember the Labour’s chief Conehead promised last week that industrious parental units would be rewarded by a government of the Left, but young feckless, jobless, unqualified cones would be kicked about a bit, in the way that Tory voters like.

The daring initiative had a difficult start. Before the speech there was World Cup action. After the speech, the Labour press office announced that every voter would be given a free owl. Guido’s joke (ring Labour on 28 28 20) got as much coverage as the policy bombshell.

But stop it. Settle down. Be serious. Let us practise grown-up commentary. How is this bold, one nation, predistributional policy faring, longer term?

It was Work and Pensions questions this afternoon. Just the opportunity to pitch the new message into the parliamentary arena.

The policy was completely, comprehensively ignored by the Labour front bench. Shadow minister after shadow minister stood up to say, “Our leadership isn’t worth listening to, let alone arguing for, let alone supporting. We have ambition, we have purpose, we will make our own way in the post-Miliband utopia we glimpse ahead.”

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Diane Abbott Tops Poll as Labour’s Choice for London Mayor

Today’s Standard brings encouraging news in the race to be Labour’s candidate for London mayor. Diane Abbott is now ahead of Tessa Jowell among Labour supporters, with 17% saying they want Diane to be their candidate compared to just 14% choosing Tessa. As you can see from the chart below, the party is spoilt for choice:

Guido offers his warm support for Diane’s candidacy…

Former Miliband Insider Defects to the Government

In yesterday’s Sun on Sunday column Guido exclusively revealed that Ed Miliband’s former speechwriter Phil Taylor has sensationally defected to the government, becoming a political adviser to LibDem justice minister Simon Hughes. Taylor, who worked at the heart of Miliband’s leadership campaign in 2010, tells Guido he believes it would be “a disaster” if his old boss Ed wins a majority in 2015, because Labour’s economic policy is “nonsense”. Lifting the lid on the divisions at the top of the party, Taylor says Labour is still blighted by “Gordon Brown type leadership”, warning that “Miliband­-Balls is just as bad as the Blair-­Brown era, everything has to be agreed by both of them and signed off by both of them. Miliband is too weak to stand up for himself.” Taylor is an experienced Westminster operator having advised ministers in the last Labour government and serving in opposition as a spin­doctor for shadow cabinet minister Maria Eagle until earlier this year. He blames the Shadow Chancellor for Labour’s woes: “I fell out with Ed Balls because Labour’s economic policy is nonsense. I tried to push through policies on cuts but Balls blocked them.

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Elsewhere, it’s a Code Red Save Ed situation in the rest of the weekend papers. The Sunday Times is particularly brutal, quoting one of Miliband’s inner circle, when asked what they would do if he became PM, as replying: “I’d get the hell out of there as fast as I could“. A Labour frontbencher twists the knife: “We communicate in a language most people neither speak nor understand“. Meanwhile in the Express a Labour MP reports “It is back to the Michael Foot era, if not worse, in terms of capability and the ability to lead” while in the Guardian a frontbencher warns “We are at the mercy of Brown people who lost it for us last time“. Labour spinners like John McTernan are insisting in a panglossian way that Miliband is the victim of “bullying” from his enemies in the press, despite the most damaging quotes coming from Labour insiders…

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Labour Policy Announcement Achieves Widespread Coverage

On the day Ed Miliband made his big new policy announcement on welfare, the BBC is talking about their broken promise on owls:

Ross Hawk-ins’ finest hour…


Seen Elsewhere

Polling Averages Trend | PoliticalBetting.com
Speaker Faces Questions Over Pass for Donor | Sun
Tory MPs’ Visit to Israel Condemned | Guardian
Labour Was Too Slow for the Squeezed Middle | FT
Papers Pan Cam’s Immigration Pledge | ConHome
Deane of St Edmundsbury? | Times
Pay Volunteers and They Become Cheap Labour | Jill Kirby
UKIP Fundraiser Was Jailed for Running Brothels | Times
Bercow Faces Probe Over Pass Mystery | Mirror
Harman Breaks Rules on Paying Staff | Express
Labour Whinge About Sandi Toksvig Joke | Mail


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“You can’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs, you don’t win in politics without breaking legs.”



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