Friday, March 7, 2014

Red Prince Will Straw: The New “Emperor of Blackburn”

Red Prince Will Straw doesn’t seem to be taking his bid to follow his father Jack into parliament that seriously. Despite fighting the ultra-marginal seat of Rossendale and Darwen, wonk Will has not yet to moved into the seat and continues to work in London. “Like father like son,” says a suspicious local resident, “his old man barely ever spends any time up here, sweeping in once a month like the Emperor of Blackburn.” Will claims he is staying with family and friends while he looks for somewhere to rent. Jake Berry, his sitting Tory opponent, is scathing: “publishing a picture* of yourself wearing a flat cap doesn’t mean you can pretend to live in Lancashire when you don’t! People round here aren’t daft.” 

*A photo of Will in a flat cap on his website has mysteriously disappeared from the interent. Above is an artist’s impression.

UPDATE: Will Straw has contacted us to say he has never worn a flat cap in Lancashire. He has only worn one in chi chi France…

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Workplace Bullying in Miliband’s Office

Readers will remember Torsten Henricson-Bell, the Miliband adviser who famously misdirected a revealing email about Ed Balls being anightmare to a Tory MP. Things haven’t gone much better for Torsten since fellow Miliband aides discovered a student dalliance he had with the Young Conservatives.

They have affectionately nicknamed him “Tory Bell-end”.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Unite Cut Labour Donations by £1.5 Million

That’ll be £1.5 million please, Mr Tony…

Labour Point Finger at Llewellyn

Following Guido’s story this morning that Patrick Rock was subject to a second sexual harassment complaint from a junior Downing Street staffer, Labour have written to Cabinet Secretary Jeremy Heywood asking:

  • In total how many sexual harassment allegations have been made against Mr Rock, on what dates were they made, and in each case how were they dealt with and what was the outcome?
  • Was there a formal process for dealing with the sexual harassment allegations against Mr Rock, and what was the involvement of the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff, Ed Llewellyn, in that process?
  • What other officials were involved? In your judgement, is it right for a political appointee to handle a sexual harassment complaint made by an official about another political appointee?

Firming up Labour sources this morning taking aim at Cameron’s chief of staff and Rock’s close friend, Ed Llewellyn. Don’t expect a reply any time soon…

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Does Sadiq Khan Trust Labour on Race?

Labour London mayor hopeful Sadiq Khan is busy trotting out his new favourite line that the Tories are all a bunch of racists, using the example of one loony councillor to justify his “I don’t trust the Tories on race” dog whistle:

For some strange reason Sadiq had nothing to say about this loony Labour councillor of similar standing in his own party, who was suspended for sending a racist email about Muslims. Or the Labour councillor accused of distributing racist leaflets about her Asian opponent. What about the Labour grouping that accused its local party of institutional racism? Or the Labour peer who resigned after making anti-Semitic comments. Not to mention the Labour MP who was forced to apologise for sending a racist tweet. Let alone the Labour MP who was accused of stirring up race hate to win votes. Does Sadiq only see racism when it he can use it to score political points?

Twitter Bitch Fight of the Week: Tim Farron v Labour Press

Guido never understands why official party HQ Twitter accounts of all colours bother to waste time embarrassing themselves in cringeworthy spats. Labour’s press team does however have a point in highlighting LibDem president Tim Farron’s hypocrisy here. Even if the trash talk is at primary school playground levels:

Tim best not be too rude or he might harm his hopes of being Miliband’s deputy PM…

Monday, March 3, 2014

Labour Attack Dromey’s Boy

A concerted Twitter campaign is underway from Labour MPs attacking PaddyPower for their special offer of your money back if Oscar Pistorious walks free.

Working on the PaddyPower team that came up with the offer is one Harry Dromey, Jack and Hattie’s son, who thought it was all rather funny in this now deleted tweet:

Did mummy or daddy have a word?

Friday, February 28, 2014

Has Dromey Been Telling Porkie PIEs?

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Earlier this week Jack Dromey insisted:

“During my time on the NCCL Executive, I was at the forefront of repeated public condemnations of PIE and their despicable views. I was then the first to argue that paedophiles could have no place in NCCL.”

Today’s dark revelations in the Sun cast doubt over the credibility of that denial. While Dromey was sitting on the NCCL executive, general secretary Patricia Hewitt put her name to a press release arguing that it was acceptable to have sex with children as young as ten. Recipients of the press release were urged to contact Hewitt for further information.

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Not only that, Dromey personally attended a meeting where the minutes of which show:

“It was agreed that our evidence should propose that if a partner in a sexual relationship was under ten, s/he is presumed incapable of consent. If the partner is over ten and under 14, there is a rebuttable presumption that no consent was given, but the defendant should have to prove that the child consented and understood the nature of the act to which consent was given.”

Which means that, far from taking a public stance condemning PIE as he told us earlier this week, Dromey was actually a member of the executive which called for the weakening of child sex laws. Hewitt has ‘fessed up and apologised for her actions. Is Dromey’s denial still really entirely believable?

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Ed Accused of Rigging Special Conference Vote

Miliband’s party reforms are meant to democratise the Labour Party and end the culture of back-room deals and stitch ups. Ed wants to ‘let people back into politics’, so it’s amused Guido no end that not everyone in the party is very happy at how preparations for this weekend’s Special Conference are going. Accusations are flying around that the leadership is trying to rig the rubber stamping of the new voting and affiliation rules for the party and the unions. The conference will have delegates from all over the country, representing constituency parties – so far so good – normally these would be ordinary local committee members of Constituency Labour Party branches.

This time around, in a highly unusual move, Guido understands that a significant number of these ‘constituency reps’ are in fact the local MP. Labour Press have had all day but are yet to give an exact figure. While perhaps not being against the rules, this goes very strongly against the spirit of them – which is to make sure grass-roots get a say in any party reforms. As one source said today “Ed thinks they’ve got away with it and that no-one’ll notice.”

That new politics in action, once again!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Jim Murphy to Pete Wishart: “F**k Off, F**k Off, F**k Off”

The red mist descended for Labour’s Jim Murphy as he saw SNP MP Pete Wishart counting Scottish Labour MPs taking part in the spare room subsidy vote this afternoon.

Guido is told Murphy approached Wishart and told him to: “f**k off, f**k off, f**k off”. SNP sources are bewildered as to what might have sparked Murphy’s f-bombing because the pair have “not had words today, not this week, not this month”. Take it outside, lads…


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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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What’s he been doing FFS, mining bitcoins?


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