Thursday, October 30, 2014

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:

Labour Expenses Piggy’s Wikipedia Edited From Parliament

Back in 2012 the Bureau of Investigative Journalism exposed former Labour MP Joan Ryan for deleting references to her expenses scandal shame from her Wikipedia page. She was caught red-handed and ‘fessed up, and details of her flipping her second home were returned to her entry. This week they mysteriously went missing again. 

Wikipedia’s “revisions” analysis shows that yesterday the section “Involvement in the expenses scandal” was removed from Ryan’s page. Curiously, the changes were made anonymously from an IP address located within the Houses of Parliament. This is what the mystery deleter didn’t want you to see:

“In May 2009, it was reported that Ryan had claimed more than £4,500 under the Additional Costs Allowance for work on a house she had designated as her second home. In February 2010, based on an audit report looking into the United Kingdom parliamentary expenses scandal, Ryan was asked to repay £5,121 mortgage interest.”

Whoever they are, they certainly seem to have a strong opinion on the subject:

Could an old friend of Joan be trying to clean up her record ahead of her ambitious attempt to stand for parliament again?

H/T @parliamentedits

UPDATE: A parliamentary source gets in touch to report that none other than Joan Ryan visited the Commons yesterday, the day her page was edited from a parliament computer. Curiouser and curiouser…

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

64% of Women Say Cameron Was Right Not to Wear T-Shirt
Just 14% Say He Should Have Taken Part in Stunt

Well, it seems Harriet Harman’s PMQs protest has backfired massively. A YouGov poll this afternoon finds women overwhelmingly back the PM, with 64% saying he was right not to wear the “This is what a feminist looks like” t-shirt, compared with just 14% saying he should:

Not for the first time recently, the public has seen through Labour’s empty gesture politics…

Lipman Leaves Labour

Actress, comedian and lifelong Labour voter Maureen Lipman has written a blistering article for this week’s Standpoint magazine, eviscerating Ed Miliband and declaring: “come election day, I shall give my vote to another party. Almost any other party. Until my party is once more led by mensches”. Lipman explains:

“For the first time in five decades, I shall not be voting Labour. I have always been a socialist and I believe in the principles of socialism. I have stood on the hustings beside Neil Kinnock and canvassed for my Aunt Rita in her constituency in Hull… I still believe that, until the Iraq debacle, Tony Blair did great work to restore the party’s fortunes. I still thumb through Tony Benn’s diaries with a fond smile and I am Alan Johnson’s number one fan as a politician, a writer and a humane human being. I have all the time in the world for Margaret Beckett and still admire Frank Field. I rather liked David Miliband and have a sneaking suspicion he may return strengthened by his time out in the real world. But this lot? The Chuka Harman Burnham Hunt Balls brigade? I can’t, in all seriousness, go into a booth and put my mark on any one of them.”

Lipman goes on to chastise Miliband for knifing his brother: “Ed Miliband’s leadership coup was as biblical as anything in the book of Genesis, although the unions probably had less sway in those days”, piling into him for his bacon sandwich hypocrisy and his stance on Palestine, concluding: “I’m an actress, Ed, and I am often commended for my timing. Frankly, my dear, yours sucks”. The very quotable piece is worth reading in full here. Brutal…

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Eric Joyce Denies He’s “In the Wrong” After New Assault Arrest

The Sun reported this morning that Joyce had been lifted for the fourth time in three years. According to the following statement he has just put out on his website, this time he’s innocent:

“On the evening of Friday, 16th October I a detained a youth in a shop in London. Damage had been done to the store. I asked the shopkeeper to call the police, and when officers arrived they arrested the youth and informed me that drugs had been recovered from the scene.

The officers also informed me that the youth had immediately made a complaint that I had assaulted him by detaining him. I was questioned by the police and told that because of my identity the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and the Metropolitan Police Press Office would be informed of the incident.

I understand the Metropolitan Police has now made the matter public. I will make no further comment for now, other than to say a) that no alcohol was involved and b) I am not in the habit of summoning the police if I feel that I am in the wrong.”

Did his reputation precede him?

Murphy Has a Mountain to Climb

Potential Scottish Labour leaders are dropping like flies. Gordon’s out, Anus is out and even the continuity-Lamont candidate Kezia Dugdale is out. Margaret Curran – who knifed her old best friend – is suspiciously quiet, but the bookies are eyeing  up Jim Murphy.

It’s going to be an interesting narrative for the Catholic right-winger to shape if he’s to get the job that nobody wants. Firstly he’s a teetotal vegetarian. Which is sure to endear him to the Scottish populace. Perhaps he’s making  up for the time he had scurvy.

And then there are his school days. Will left-wing opponents argue that his going to a racially segregated school is worse than being an old Etonian? Murphy is an old boy of Milnerton High School, the segregated private school in Cape Town that Murphy attended when his family chose to emigrate to apartheid South Africa in 1979. Other notable alumni include Dr. Wouter Basson – nicknamed Dr Death – the former head of South Africa’s secret chemical and biological warfare project, Project Coast.

But worse than all this, in the eyes of the Labour Party: Murphy is a Blairite.

A Big, Open and Comprehensive Offer

Monday, October 27, 2014

Hain Stitching Up Seat for Carpetbagging Ex-Harman Aide

Not content with retiring to his Spanish villa, picking up a peerage and sniffing around the Leader of the Lords job, Peter Hain is trying to stitch up his seat for his chosen successor. Next week he plans to wangle the selection in Neath for Mabel McKeown, daughter of £75 million comedian Tracy Ullman. As Guido revealed in yesterday’s Sun, Hain’s former agent Howard Davies is running McKeown’s campaign to parachute in his favourite candidate. Opponents claim she has no knowledge of Neath and no local experience since she was born in LA. Carpet-bagging former Harriet Harman aide Mabel has already lost out before for a local council seat and when she stood for the London Assembly. Christina Rees is the Unite union backed rival on the all women shortlist whom Ullman’s daughter is telling to “Move over Darling”…

Friday, October 24, 2014

Yvette’s Plan to Criminalise the World’s Oldest Profession

A Labour government would consider plans to criminalise the world’s oldest profession.

Yvette Cooper was weighing up announcing in her party conference speech that if she became Home Secretary she would make nooky with hookers illegal.

In the end the proposal was cut from the final draft. Yvette and her spokesperson have declined several opportunities to comment.

Since the sex industry is now included in official statistics boosting UK GDP by billions of pounds each year, it’s yet another Labour plan which would hurt the economy long term…


Seen Elsewhere

How Avoidable Scandals Destroy Stupid Politicians | Alex Wickham
UKIP Mosque Confusion | The Week
Let’s Ban the Word Internet | Padraig Reidy
Are the Broadcasters Ready For the Election? | Specccie
Moral Bankruptcy of the BBC | David Keighley
UKIP’s ‘Starsky and Hutch’ | Total Politics
Innocent Sun Journo Just Doing Her Job | Sun
Boris Sent Up North | Times
The Only Way to Mend the EU | Leo McKinstry
Northern Labour Tearing Party Apart | David Aaronovitch
Osborne is Son of Brown | Peter Oborne


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“If you had a strong political lead that was combining the politics of aspiration with the politics of compassion, I still think that’s where you could get a substantial majority…  If I ever do an interview on [the state of the Labour Party], it will have to be at length…”



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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