Wednesday, July 2, 2014

LISTEN: Lord Glasman Slaps Down Lord Glasman

Miliband guru Lord Glasman has leapt to the defence of the Labour leader, dismissing criticisms made yesterday in the FT from Miliband guru Lord Glasman. Lord Glasman says that Lord Glasman was “wrong” to have criticised Miliband’s lack of direction, insisting that, despite what Lord Glasman said yesterday, “there isn’t a problem”:

“I think we’ve got the direction. I was really impressed with Ed’s speech yesterday about the Adonis report, which is excellent. All the policies are there. There’s also the local government taskforce coming. So, a sense of redistributing power, people participating … I’m saying there isn’t a problem… I was wrong.”

Nobbled…

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

IPPR Roll Call of Labour Cronies

Political Scrapbook tried their hardest to give the Policy Exchange think tank a slap earlier, finding only a pitiful number of connected people in comparison to Labour wonkshop IPPR. Safe to say the list of Labour-linked acolytes over there is considerably longer:

IPPR Trustees

Lord Andrew Adonis – Labour Peer; Shadow Infrastructure Minister

David Clayton – Economic Advisor to David Miliband, FCO , 2008 – 2010

Caroline Daniel – Worked as researcher to Gordon Brown for 18 months

John Eatwell – Labour Peer; Economic advisor to Neil Kinnock, 1985 – 1992

David Pitt-Watson – Management and Business Policy Adviser to Labour

Jane Roberts – Ex-Labour Councillor; Leader of Camden Council 2000 – 2005

 

IPPR Staff

Nick Pearce (Director) – Former Special Adviser to Gordon Brown

Lisa Perrin (Events Manager) – Former Special Adviser to Gordon Brown

Anthony Vigor (Former Fellow) – Former Special Adviser to Gordon Brown

Richard Darlington (Head of News) – Former Special Adviser in DfID

Graeme Cooke (Research Director) – Adviser to James Purnell 2008 – 2009

Ed Cox (Northern Director) – Policy Adviser to Hazel Blears

Tony Dolphin (Associate Director –  Economic Adviser in HM Treasury

Rick Muir (Associate Director ) –  Labour Councillor in the Hackney

Will Straw (Associate Director)  Labour PPC for Rossendale and Darwen.

Sarah Mulley (Associate Director ) – Senior Policy Analyst at HMT

Graeme Henderson (Senior Research Fellow, IPPR North) – Labour member

Kayte Lawton (Senior Research Fellow) – Labour supporter

Bill Davies (Research Fellow, IPPR North) – Labour Councillor

Mark Rowney (Research Fellow) – Labour member

Luke Raikes (Researcher, IPPR North) – Labour Councillo

 

Policy Advisory Council

Lord Kumar Bhattacharya: Labour Peer

Neil Kinnock: Leader of the Labour Party 1983-1992

Charles Leadbetter: Former Advisor to Tony Blair in No. 10 Policy Unit

 

Associate IPPR Fellows

Will Cook – Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, June 2005 – March 2009

Joe Farrington-Harris – Health Policy Adviser, Labour Party, 2011

Andy Hull – Labour Borough Councillor, Islington Borough Council;

Michael Jacobs – Special Adviser to Gordon Brown at Number 10

Sophie Moullin – , Prime Minister’s Strategy

Will Paxton –  spent two years in Number 10

Nigel Warner – Former Special Adviser to Tessa Jowell at DCMS

Marc Stears – Chief Speechwriter for Ed Miliband

Rob Allen – Executive Committee Member of ‘Labour in the City’,

Gabriel Scally – Aide to Shadow Health Secretary, Andy Burnham

Guido awaits the Charity Commission’s decision on whether IPPR has breached their strict rules on political impartiality with great interest. As will the Centre for Social Justice and the PM’s favourite think tank…

Ken Breaks Pledge Not to Become Peer

Following his defeat in 2012 Ken Livingstone promised us he would leave public life for good, specifically that he would not become a peer. Asked by the BBC at the time if he would consider joining the House of Lords, Ken replied:

“Oh God no. For the first time in my life I’ve got a week without any meetings planned. It’s quite remarkable.”

Even out of office Ken is failing to keep his promises. Speaking to Total Politics this week, he has now u-turned on that pledge and signalled he would accept a peerage:

“That’s a question you need to put to Ed. I’ve always said to him, this is the last chance in my lifetime of getting a Labour government that works, I will do anything to help you get there. You can’t turn down your party leader if they ask you to do something — how could you?”

Arise Lord Livingstone of Silveta

UPDATE: Some, er, less than helpful words for Ed later on in the interview too:

“Ed is much more normal than I am. He’s actually interested in detail and facts. Ed does not give a damn about what he’s wearing, his hairstyle – I’m sure he’s surrounded by people telling him he needs to do this and that but he really doesn’t care any more than I did, and therefore he will change Britain.

Ed is like me, he doesn’t want to be there, he wants to do something. He will hate all the trivial crap. People have always thought I’m weird – I collected reptiles for god’s sake, I make Ed look normal Everybody thought I was weird – and with my voice, and my lack of any fashion sense.”

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.”

(more…)


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