Tuesday, December 21, 2010

+ + + Rumour: Cable Sacked/Quitting/Dithering + + +

Guido is four hours into lunch but word is going round that Cable might not be long for this world. Politically that is.

He’s in a meeting with Clegg…

UPDATE: Mr Cable has just walked into Downing Street. Looking as miserable as ever.

UPDATE II: Last tango in Whitehall. Seems Cable held the rose in his lip and bit too deeply.

UPDATE III: Corks popping in Tory circles.

UPDATE IV: Seems the nuclear option bombed… or did it, is he “un-fireable”?

UPDATE V: Grovelling apology at the eleventh hour? It’s chaos… Guido is hearing twenty different rumours, either way Cable is deeply wounded and set to be demoted. BBC says he won’t be waltzing away, not that Nick Robinson’s record at calling things has been up to scratch recently.

Old Uncle Vince Ruins Coalition Christmas

It seems all it takes is a fake beard and a pair of sandals to get old Vince chatting away about his delusions of grandeur. The Business Secretary has been stung by the Telegraph’s Holly Watt and Heidi Blake, posing as LibDem activists and shown himself to be a vain old fool:

“Can I be very frank with you, and I am not expecting you to quote this outside. I have a nuclear option, it’s like fighting a war. They know I have nuclear weapons, but I don’t have any conventional weapons. If they push me too far then I can walk out of the government and bring the government down and they know that.”

Lord knows what nonsense he  would say after a couple of sherries…

Downing Street has put the boot in and the old man has admitted he is “embarrassed” by his comments. It might come as a bit of a shock to the  man who predicted seventeen of the last three recessions if he does one day decide to quit. Guido doesn’t think there would be quite the fall out the once revered “sage” likes to think…

UPDATE: At least Telegraph’s top totty Heidi Blake is trying a little harder with her stitch ups these days. Guido can’t think why Cable would be so chatty.  You have to laugh at the fact Clegg and Cameron are giving their end of year joint press conference today. Perfect timing from Vince. The more Guido thinks about it the more he thinks Cable should be sacked. Yes he was claiming to speak the truth, but if he is not prepared to do that publicly how can anyone trust him? It would be the ultimate way to prove him wrong…

UPDATE II: Money is pouring in on Cable to go, sadly more likely to be an element of wishful fluttering.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

LibDem MP Tells Constituent to “Get a Life”

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Disgraced Handy-cock Triggers Council Chaos

Guido told you yesterday that Portsmouth LibDems were making noises about their disgraced MP and councillor Mike Hancock, but it seems the local Tories are even more outraged by, not only the sex scandals, but also the potential breach of national security over his employee and suspected spy, Katerina Zatuliveter. LibDem Council Leader Gerald Vernon Jackson, who Guido had the pleasure of speaking with yesterday, refused to answer an emergency question concerning the Royal Naval base and information Mike Hancock had about  it in his capacity as a councillor responsible for local planning. Such information that could have been passed to the Russians…

The Tories down there are raging that Vernon Jackson was unable to give a clear assurance that he had never given Hancock, or sent his office, sensitive information. They staged a complete walk out of the full council meeting. Guido has to agree with the head of the Tory grouping Steve Wemyss, who put it bluntly – “Is there something the Leader is trying to hide?”

They’re All At It Together

While the the likes of Mike Hancock are flying the flag for Members’ late night shenanigans, Guido had to laugh when he heard that a particularly nasty bout of the clap is doing the rounds of parliamentary researchers and bag-carriers.

In these times of coalition there has apparently been a lot more, er, cross-party integration amongst the new boys and girls compared to the very tribal liaisons in the last Parliament. There have been some extremely awkward phone-calls between offices, and there is one corridor suffering particularly badly. With Christmas party season in full swing, wrap up kids, you have been warned…

Monday, December 13, 2010

Hancock Hanging On – But For How Long?

Guido understands that the plates are starting to move within the Portsmouth LibDems concerning the disgraced Mike Hancock, who is not only their MP but also a senior councillor. The LibDem Council Leader Gerald Vernon Jackson was said to have been rallying support for the battered MP at his Christmas Party on Saturday night. However just hours later the Sunday paper bombardment hit the news stands, rendering the efforts in vain.

Guido has heard of more than a little disquiet from various Liberal Democrats today who are extremely unhappy with the situation. Vernon Jackson isn’t helping matters by refusing to take emergency questions, or even discuss Mr Hancock’s predicaments at tomorrow’s council meeting.

So not only do Clegg, the LibDem whips and Cowley Street have their head in the sand over the liability on their benches, it seems the LibDems are willing to turn a blind eye at every level. Hancock is a wrong ‘un and the longer he is allowed to remain a LibDem MP, the more he will bring his already beleaguered party into disrepute.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Hancock’s Sex Scandals Coming Out in the Open

There must come a point when even the LibDems, as tolerant of sexual straying as they are, must accept that Mike Hancock is a liability. The papers have even more on him this weekend. What the papers don’t mention is that allegations of serious sex crimes were made before the general election, “Handycock” sued the accuser and then dropped the case afterwards – with substantial costs awarded against him. A tactic designed to suppress the story before election day. Hancock has recently been arrested and bailed.

Constituency sources say Hancock has nine-lives politically, surely they must be used up by now? Guido has been saying for months he is a wrong ‘un. It is time his colleagues took a serious look at him – do they want to be associated with him?

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Saturday Seven Up

7upThis week the most popular stories were about Jeremy Hunt, Denis MacShane and Mike Hancock – the c***t theme being common to them all.

Guido’s favourite story of the week (which got no follow up in the Dead Tree Press) was an extract from Steve Hilton’s policy grid. There is more fun to come from that.

This week the blog had 415,100 page views from 253,109 visits by 88,009 visitors, which means this blog now has more daily readers than The Times online. The top 7 stories last week in order of popularity were:

You’re either in front of Guido, or you are behind…

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Hancock Withdraws from Russian Support

As Guido highlighted the other day, Mike Hancock was one of only two signatories to an Early Day Motion congratulating his beloved Russia for winning the World Cup bid, in what the rest of the world saw as a  total stitch up:

Funny that Mike has suddenly removed his name from EDM 1137. What a coincidence….

How Many LibDems Will Say No to Pi-Nick-io?

Tonight’s tuition fee vote is the first real test of the LibDem’s willingness to be lashed to the mast as the coalition government sails the course of deficit reduction. The stupid pledge made during the election and the student centred Cleggmania have made them the focus of the backlash.

A ConservativeHome poll last week had Nick Clegg more popular with conservative supporters than LibDem voters. Now in government the days of being all things to all people are behind them. Solemn promises have been discarded, Sarah Teather looks on the brink of tears, Vince Cable squirms, Simon Hughes is loving the limelight. On Newsnight last night he was being a vote-tease.

Hughes pompously told us he is minded to abstain, but he might vote no – what a look-at-me wuss he is – clearly demonstrating he doesn’t know his own mind. At least Tim Farron and others are clear about voting against. The betting has punters expecting 10 to 20 LibDems to vote no.

UPDATE:

Oh how your words can come back to haunt you…


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Labour Turn Their Backs on Jewish Community | Dan Hodges
Chivalry is Not Dead | Laura Perrins
Jonathan Jones is a Tw*t | Iain Dale
Second Scotland Poll Suggests Labour Wipeout | Times
Paedo Probe Boss Urged to Quit | Sun
Keynesian Tories Won’t Eliminate Deficit | Tim Montgomerie


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