The night Jeremy Thorpe was acquitted of conspiracy to murder his alleged male lover in 1979, satirist Peter Cook delivered this sketch of Mr Justice Cantley’s summing up at the Secret Policeman’s Ball. Almost as if he thought there was an establishment cover up…
Not thought to be suspicious…
PA: Former Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe died this morning after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease, his son Rupert has announced.
— Robin Brant (@robindbrant) December 4, 2014
Readers will remember John Bercow’s former spinner Justine McGuinness, who was forced to resign after Guido revealed her bizarre anti-Tory rant at LibDem conference. Where is she now? McGuinness is in the running to replace the outgoing Jeremy Browne as MP for Taunton Deane, last night making the shortlist to be the new LibDem candidate for the seat. If Justine makes it back to parliament, the “completely impartial” Speaker will treat her as he would any other MP, won’t he?
Civil servants are becoming increasingly annoyed at how little time Energy Secretary Ed Davey is spending on the job.
A Whitehall source whispers to Guido: “He spends just two days in the department and the rest of time clinging to his seat.”
Davey’s 7,560 majority may look semi-safe on paper, but the Tories are closing in on Kingston for the first time since 1992.
Featherstone’s first comment in her new job: “I have always had a very constructive relationship with Theresa May…”
At least the LibDems can be relied on for blinkered optimism in the face of impending doom. Recipients of the party’s promotional “Brochure 2015″ were amused at this plug for the annual LibDem business dinner due to be held in September 2015. The discussion on “sustainable long-term growth post-2015″ boasts:
“attendance from the entire Liberal Democrat business team including senior Special Advisers in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and HM Treasury [and] relevant Special Advisers across other departments”
The terrifying thing is, even if they are almost wiped out, the LibDems could still hold the balance of power…
Loony “independent Liberal Democrat” peer Jenny Tonge has gone off on one again. ‘Jihad’ Jenny yesterday defended Hamas during a Lords debate on the Middle East, saying the terrorist organisation had a right to use violence against Israel:
“The propaganda coming out of the Israeli embassy now is to concentrate on Hamas, the so-called terrorists who of course many people in the Middle East see as freedom fighters – we must remember that… Hamas deserves the right to defend the people of Gaza against the relentless blockade and helicopter gunships over that area, targeting and killing so-called terrorists and, more often, many innocent civilians. The people of Gaza have a right to be defended, too.”
She went on to suggest Canada was responsible for the recent terror attack in the country because of its support for the Jewish state:
“It is no surprise either that a recent incident in Canada, and an exposed terrorist plot in Australia, have followed attacks in our country and the USA. Both of these countries have unhesitatingly supported Israel with the USA and the United Kingdom.”
Then, to complete the hat-trick, Tonge went for that old classic, the rich Jewish conspiracy line, throwing in a cute defence of David “The Jews” Ward into the mix for good measure:
“In my opinion and the opinion of many people who are afraid to say it publicly – but I will – there is none so important as the thing that dare not speak its name. I am talking about the activities of the lobby, in this country and in America… Those of us who challenge the lobby are threatened and disposed of by our leaders as best they can. David Ward, my colleague in the other place, is currently fighting yet another battle against the lobby as I speak. All lobbies are dangerous and undemocratic; the pro-Israel lobby is not the only one, but it is particularly dangerous in this context. Money and influence win over truth and justice.”
If the pro-Israeli conspiracy is so all-powerful, how come parliament voted to support Palestinian statehood earlier this month?
Nick Clegg, that bastion of liberalism, is going around blaming David Cameron’s illiberal policies for the deaths of drug users this morning. Even a LibDem voter on an acid trip could see through Clegg’s conversion to a fearless crusader for the cause of freedom. This is the same Nick Clegg whose party wants to tax fizzy drinks more, tax booze more, change the definition of cider so they can tax it more, ban branding on fag packets, ban houses that are not zero carbon, ban smoking in cars, ban smoking in pubs and restaurants, ban petrol and diesel cars, implement state regulation of the press and regulate goldfish. What would Gladstone say?
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Mandy’s £400,000 Tax-Free Loan From Own Company | Guardian
Why We Must Remember the Holocaust | Hugo Rifkind
“Adjustments” Not Cuts | Gary Gibbon
The New Puritans | Alex Wickham
British Minister in Watch Gaffe | Straits Times
George Galloway says of his former Respect candidate the UKIP MEP turned Tory, Amjad Bashir…
“Clearly Bashir does not have any real political principles or commitment, only naked opportunism and self-interest. He represents the revolving door principle in politics. The Tories are welcome to him because he will cause them embarrassment. Fortunately Respect was able to act before he did it to us.”