What qualifications does Tristram have to go on Newsnight?
What qualifications does Tristram have to go on Newsnight?
Labour are gearing up for their opposition day debate on education after PMQs, another chance for Tristram Hunt to harp on about unqualified teachers. On a completely separate note, meet Tristram’s headmaster at University College School, Giles Slaughter. Guido is happy to be corrected, but as far as he can see Mr Slaughter didn’t have a teaching qualification. That didn’t stop him from being able to impart valuable wisdom to the Independent in 1990, telling them:
“One must be worried about a Labour government. Their policy has softened, but life will be less comfortable for us.”
An important life lesson.
Parliament’s rules couldn’t be clearer – you cannot use taxpayer-funded parliamentary facilities for party political campaigning. Someone should tell the mystery Labour MP who had some nine boxes of Unison-printed leaflets delivered to the Portcullis House sorting office this weekend:
Coincidently who was pictured carrying that very same leaflet the following day?
Only a naughty Mayoral wannabe…
So union bod Stevie Deans jumped before he was pushed as the Unite official at Grangemouth after the weekend’s exposure of his dirty tricks and attempts to stitch up the Falkirk selection for Karie Murphy on office hours. A source familiar with the situation chuckles “Len got the local dafty to sort it out and surprise surprise he’s f**ked it all up.” Yet speculation is rife that we have not heard the last of ‘Simple Stevie’ just yet. Will Len sort out his boy, and bring him into the Unite behemoth? Or will the boss wait to see what the expected second tranche of emails in the Sunday Times brings? Sweaty palms all round…
Meet Louise Baldock, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Stockton South. Here she is yesterday, getting on her high horse about local Tories mocking a Labour activist’s spelling:
Mocking someone’s spelling is elitist, eh? What kind of person would do that? Well here is Louise just a few months ago:
Labour are continuing their assault on Free Schools, despite backing the policy in all but name. Responding to the news that Shazia Parveen had quit as Chair of of Governors at the troubled Al-Madinah free school in Derby, Shadow Education Minister Kevin Brennan claimed on Friday that:
“Labour has long warned of the dangers”.
Guido was wondering how long it would take for Alastair Campbell’s outside interests to crop up now he is back helping out Miliband. Turns out just a few hours. Labour have wasted no time sticking the boot into Scottish Power after they put up energy prices by 8.6% this afternoon. Who does Scottish Power’s PR? That would be Mad Al’s very own Portland Communications. Cosy…
Meet Linda McAvan, Labour MEP for Yorkshire and The Humber. She is currently in charge of attempts to push through medicinal regulation of e-cigarettes through the European Parliament. Showing just what a bastion of democracy the European Parliament is, Linda hosted a Facebook Q&A session on the issue this week, where the idea was that she could be held to account by citizens across the continent. Which is all well and good, except it seems the event was a complete stitch-up.
Linda was lucky to receive a number of soft questions, which she answered comfortably. Just which inquisitive European citizens asked the questions? For starters there was Laura Guiot, a consultant working at the European Parliament. Then there was Evita Naumova, of the European Parliament network. And Celine Bras from the EU information office. Not to mention Martina Klugova, who also works for the European Parliament. No wonder the questions were so easy. Democracy in action!
Alastair Campbell tells Total Politics he will help Labour in the run up to 2015, admitting he advised Miliband on his conference speech and fight with the Mail.
“Yeah, probably, but I don’t know to what extent or how. It’s been really weird here, having all these Tories saying, ‘You’ve got to get in… you should’, it’s like they want a bit of a… Both at Labour and here I’ve had people saying, ‘You’ve got to get involved’. I will get involved… I talk to Ed a lot. I talked to him about his speech, the Dacre thing, you know. He phones me a lot and so do some of the others.”
As readers of Guido’s Sun on Sunday column found out three weeks ago:
“BAD Al is back! Alastair Campbell was overheard at a boozy party during the Tory conference in Manchester boasting about missed calls from Ed Miliband’s grouchy strategy chief Tom Baldwin. When Tom was a journalist and Campbell was Blair’s spin-doctor, Baldwin was his favourite mouthpiece and poison spreader. Now it seems they are getting the old band back together, with Campbell directing Baldwin and Miliband on Labour’s strategy over the row about his Marxist father. Miliband claims Labour have learnt from the past and operate in a “different” way now, yet the old faces don’t match the words.”
As Ed said when he became leader: “The new generation of Labour is different. Different attitudes, different ideas, different ways of doing politics.”
Scoop from the FT this morning: Miliband talked about his plan to declare war on Fleet Street at a private dinner for Labour donors. Guido has the recording, made by a Labour member:
“Look, this fight is going to be such a big fight that we’ve got to be willing to call these people out. We’ve got to be willing to call these people out. The days when the newspapers and the news media could attack us without response are over. Because actually they are less powerful than people ever thought and they are less powerful now than they were. And it is incredibly important that we fight back against them.”
Hard to imagine a party leader talking about any other industry in terms of how it is struggling, then in the next sentence describing how he wants to “fight” them. Sure Ed will be delighted by the Eric Honecker comparison in the introduction as well…
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