Friday, June 27, 2014

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.”

Thursday, June 26, 2014

LibDem Friends of Palestine Pushes Anti-Semitic Miliband Slur

What is it about LibDems and “the Jews”? Even David Ward would have thought twice about LibDem Friends of Palestine’s decision to post an anti-Semitic article attacking Ed Miliband on their Facebook page.

The article reports that “the Labour leader found the time to socialise with the Jewish Lobby”, an infamous racial trope referencing the nasty stereotype of alleged Jewish influence in public life. It goes on to accuse Miliband of exhibit[ing] the complete panoply of Jewish tribal commitment” and “drip[ing] the holy water of the Holocaust and the primacy of Jewish suffering”, claiming that “the Holocaust is the new religion of the Jews”. The article concludes:

“no Brit should consider voting Labour as long as it is ran by a Zionist Jew… the time is ripe to cleanse British public life of Zionists and Jerusalemites”

LibDem Friends of Palestine is the official pro-Palestine organisation in the party, with stalls at party conference every year and a photo of ‘Jihad’ Jenny Tonge at the top of its Facebook page. Oy vey ist mir! 

UPDATE: A spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats says:

“This is not the party view in any way whatsoever. It is clearly inappropriate and offensive. The link has now been removed, LibDem Friends of Palestine recognise it was a mistake.”

No apology, yet…

Friday, June 20, 2014

Cable Finally Declares £6,000 Clegg Plot Poll Gift

Four days after the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards announced she would be launching an inquiry into Vince Cable’s failure to declare the Lord Oakeshott poll in his constituency as a gift, this entry appears in the Business Secretary’s Register of Interests:

Name of donor: Lord Oakeshott
Address of donor: private
Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: conducting a local opinion poll, value £6,000
Donor status: individual

Tessa Munt has still failed to declare the poll in her constituency. Oops.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Tories Call for Portsmouth By-Election

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Three way marginal with UKIP.

No wonder the Tories have been so tame previously.

The People of Portsmouth Have Spoken

 

Time to go Handy-Cock.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Cable and Munt Face Inquiry Over Clegg Plot Polls

A spokesperson for the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner has confirmed that they have launched an investigation into whether Vince Cable broke Commons rules by failing to declare the Oakeshott poll in his constituency. The BBC reports that an inquiry has also begun looking at whether Tessa Munt, Cable’s PPS, should have declared a poll by Oakeshott in her own constituency as a gift in her register of interests. Won’t be an easy one for either of them to explain…

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Private Members’ Bill Ballot Results in Full

“The Chairman of Ways and Means, Deputy Speaker Lindsay Hoyle MP, drew the names of twenty MPs in reverse order, with the last Member drawn having the first choice of a Private Members’ Bill Friday for their chosen bill.”

1. Andrew George
2. Michael Moore
3. Robert Neill
4. Richard Bacon
5. Jeremy Lefroy
6. Clive Efford
7. Sarah Teather
8. Julian Sturdy
9. Mr Mark Spencer
10. Jonathan Evans
11. Ian Mearns
12. Dan Jarvis
13. Jake Berry
14. Andrew Bingham
15. Yvonne Fovargue
16. John Hemming
17. Mr Christopher Chope
18. Mark Lazarowicz
19. David Davis
20. Martin Horwood

Andrew George, who he? The most rebellious LibDem MP and a strong opponent of the spare room subsidy…

Monday, June 9, 2014

Pledge Breaking LibDem Tweet of the Day

Impressive to u-turn in 140 characters…

UPDATE:

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Clegg and Cable Awkward Morning Drinking Session

Things have got so bad for the LibDems that they have had to turn to the booze at 11am in the morning. Either that, or Clegg is a little late to the Farage magic. If you can’t debate him, join him…

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There hasn’t been a LibDem leader in the pub this early since Charlie Kennedy was in charge…

Via @theousherwood

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Six of Cable’s Twickenham LibDems Back Plot to Oust Clegg

What do the LibDems pictured above have in common? Well, for starters they are all councillors or council candidates in Vince Cable’s constituency of Twickenham, all featured on his local LibDem website. Here are their names from left to right:

Susan Burningham - council candidate in Twickenham Riverside
Roger Crouch - council candidate in Twickenham Riverside
Ben Khosa - councillor in St Margaret’s & North Twickenham
Jonathan Cardy - councillor in Fulwell & Hampton Hill
John Coombs - councillor in Heathfield
Arnie Gibbons - ex-councillor in Whitton

What else do they have in common? They have all signed the LibDems4Change petition organised by anti-Clegg plotters calling on their leader to resign. Six key figures in Vince Cable’s local party are signed up members of the public plot to oust Clegg. Mathematically improbable when you consider that only 1% of the party membership is publicly backing the putsch. By coincidence Lord Oakeshott was in Twickenham as recently as Monday last week. Presumably Vince will tell us he knows nothing about this either…


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“I came to bring this conflict to an end.”



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