Tuesday, February 15, 2011

A Battalion of Spinners

The MOD isn’t having a good day. They are rightly being hounded after news emerged that thirty eight soldiers had been sacked by email, Andrew Neil asked Patrick Mercer on the Daily Politics “Is the MOD run by a bunch of numpties?” There was an awkward laugh and a notable pause before the denial.

As troop numbers are being slashed, who is responsible for mopping up these PR disasters? Well according to research by Think Defence, a battalion of spinners. They conclude that there are 697 personnel from both the military and civil service engaged in MoD spinning. Perhaps Fox should look again at where the axe is falling. Maybe send them an email.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

A Not So Cunning Fox II

Apparently Liam Fox claimed last night that “he was “appalled” his letter had been handed to the press and would “stop at nothing to ensure that the culprit is found”.” His outbox should be the first place to look.

The benefits of having this debate in public are clear – Fox feels he can win over support with the inflammatory language being chewed over by columnists and pundits. Downing Street are briefing that they are relaxed, but the story couldn’t have come at a more unfortunate moment. Today’s papers should have been dominated by the Mili-Geek Tragedy but thanks to loose lips, Fox has managed to split the coverage conveniently ahead of the Tory party conference next week. Guido can’t imagine the Downing Street press office was a fun place to be in the last twelve hours…

UPDATE: Dale reports that Fox just refused to deny he would resign. Get over to Political Smarkets if you think he will be the next cabinet minister to go. Fox is now favourite.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Cameron Endorsement Costs Fox IRS Investigation

It just gets worse for Liam Fox. After yesterday’s slamming from the Charity Commission for his farcical neo-con charity Atlantic Bridge, today he now learns that it is under investigation from the Inland Revenue Service. Apparently the Yanks are not overly impressed with the tax-exempt status the charity had if it was flouting the rules. This seems to have been the problem:

“Americans should look forward to May 6, after which Cameron and his government will likely assume power. He will be good for America and better for the Special Relationship.”

Bet Dave wishes his blundering Defence Secretary was still that loyal…

Monday, July 26, 2010

Fox’s Neo-Con Charity Slammed

Another week and another headache for the beleaguered Defence Secretary. Neo-Con head-bangers the Atlantic Bridge have been slammed by the Charity Commission for their close ties to the Tories. Set up by Fox in 2003, like the Smith Institute and Labour, they never really made any attempt to hide their political affiliations. Quite how they thought could get away with endorsing the Conservatives and maintain their neutral status beggars-belief.

The “charity” has been given a year to play by the rules or lose that all important status and the tax break it brings…

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Liam’s Allegiance

Defence Secretary Liam Fox is today meeting with his US counterpart Robert Gates. No doubt the continued military relationship in Afghanistan and the wider world will be top if the agenda. Given what we learnt over the weekend about Fox’s choice of Special Adviser – former US Army captain Luke Coffey is causing no end of security headaches in the MOD given his intimate connections to U.S. spooks – is there any need for the meeting at all?

Coffey hasn’t been given full security clearance and probably won’t be. At a time when defence spending and the role of the MOD will be coming under intense scrutiny, is it really appropriate to have a foreign citizen, let alone one with ties to the U.S. intelligence services, thumbing through “U.K. Eyes Only” documents passing over his boss’s desk? Do the American’s already know what Liam will say at the meeting?

Thursday, May 27, 2010

A Not So Cunning Fox

Keeping with the courteous cross-party tradition of praising whoever gives their first Commons speech, Liam Fox flattered Labour MP Alison Seabeck yesterday for her “incredibly informed maiden speech, albeit a highly political one”. One slight problem – Seabeck was elected in 2005.

Quick to respond with “that wasn’t my maiden speech” a cross Seabeck went on to remind the Secretary of State for Defence that she had spent the last Parliament lobbying hard for the Plymouth defence industry, but it seems Fox hadn’t noticed her across the benches. Perhaps the good doctor should focus more on reality rather than daydreaming about bringing down Dave.

Via Matt Chorley

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Fox Backers Shut Down Comments

There is a serious smear going round that has put Fox backers into a mini-panic.

Fox backing Tim Montgomerie warns:

NO MORE POSTINGS PLEASE ON THIS SUBJECT UNTIL I HAVE SEEN THE ORIGINAL STORY. I WILL DELETE ANYTHING ELSE THAT FOLLOWS THIS COMMENT… ONCE WE KNOW (FOR SURE) WHAT HAS BEEN SAID WE CAN ALL COMMENT ON THE FACTS.

If the story is true it will upset pro-family Christians a hell of a lot.

UPDATE: Its not a serious smear. Fox himself was waffling in the Evening Standard and they managed to get a sensational headline out of it. It did not involve interest rates.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Fox Not Off, Now Back On

Well done to the Liam Fox staffer who spotted after reading this blog that Dr Fox’s The Atlantic Bridge look-at-me vehicle think-tank website was down because they had not paid for its renewal. But maybe they should have kept it that way, since in the forums much anti-Fox grumbling can be found. (See how long they leave that up…) Did you hear Dr Fox met Dubya when he was in Washington recently – well if you didn’t, you must be the only person he hasn’t told…

Blog reader Robbie Gibbons writes;

Senor Fawkes,

Is it just my childish sense of humour or is Liam Fox’s choice of titles for the pages of his website hilariously funny?

Dr Fox ‘fox’ about – surely he shouldn’t be making a virtue of f*cking about?
Dr Fox ‘fox’ support – not very sensible when he’s going to need it to win the contest
Dr Fox ‘fox’ backers – according to his website he has 8 backers of both sexes. Does he Fox them one by one or engage in some kind of giant Tory cluster-fox?

errrr…on second reading, I think it probably is just my childish sense of humour…

Robbie, who is Guido to say?

UPDATE: Guido learns from Tim Montgomerie’s Conservative Home blog that Fox is organising an Atlantic Bridge trip for new Tory MPs to Washington. Who is laundering their money through the Bridge to pay for it? Which corporate brand’s interest is behind this jolly?

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