Balanced BBC Forget Half the Election News Today

Head over to the BBC Election hub today and you won’t you won’t see Britain’s best read newspaper backing the Tories as a featured top story, nor the fact an opinion poll from a respected pollster has the Tories leading by five points. Apparently Natalie Bennett talking about climate change is news…

Tories Deny Tapping Up LibDems Over Coalition 2.0

The Tories “unequivocally” deny making any overtures, however LibDem sources familiar with the situation say they have held informal talks with their former coalition counterparts about streamlining the departments in a second government.

One suggestion is that DCMS and BIS could be merged into one department, run by Sajid Javid. There have long been rumours that Osborne is not averse to abolishing DCMS. This would mean the media and telecoms brief – transferred away from BIS after Vince Cable’s “war on Murdoch” comments – would be brought back under the responsibility of the new Business Secretary.

The LibDems’ price for Cable’s demotion would be taking DfE. Clegg last week demanded a LibDem Education Secretary and last night declared education spending a red line in any deal. It was initially speculated that Clegg might want the job for himself, though sources suggest David Laws could be their choice for Secretary of State. The Tories insist any suggestion of any pre-election deal is “b*llocks”.  Of course if the LibDems lose the bulk of their 57 seats it all becomes immaterial… 

Masterful LibDem Graph

A LibDem leaflet from Wantage: 

Guido was commended by Royal Statistical Society at the Statistical Excellence in Journalism Awards 2014, so is in a strong position to pass judgement on such matters. Looks fine to him…

LibDems Troll Shapps

The LibDem press office are having a laugh:

Coalicious!

Paddy Ashdown Says “Bastards” 7 Times in 4 Minutes on BBC News

Via @liarpoliticians

LibDems Promise to “End Online Privacy”

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The LibDems were forced to make a swift apology yesterday after an email sent to supporters promised to “end online privacy.” Thanks for clearing that up

Inside the Bizarre Lib Dem Manifesto Launch

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Guido headed across the river to the Lib Dem Manifesto launch held in a Battersea warehouse that has been turned into a “creative space.” It was so creative that to accuses the venue, you had to wander down a graffiti strewn brick passageway that opened up into bizarre neon nightclub. At the front was a garishly lit cage where the main event would take place, while strewn around  the edges were Maoist canvases of the dear leader himself in a number of ideological poses. Nick Clegg painting a wall, Nick Clegg watering vegtables, Nick Clegg holding a hammer…

All the press big wigs were there. Quentin Letts had positioned himself nonchalantly leaning against a rusty pillar at the front, sceptically surveying the sandal clad crowd, while Faisal Islam stood agitated at the back, pleading with his producer to stop patronising him. “Just speak clearly and I’ll be fine, I’m just going to do a show and tell”…

Clegg walked into the neon lit ring stage and with casual abandon began addressing the party faithful. “We made Britain better,” clap clap. “The Lib Dems would add heart to a Conservative government and a brain to a Labour one,” clap clap. “Most people want a a stronger economy and a fairer society,” clap clap. Farage bad. Salmond bad. Nick Clegg good, clap clap. The words were coming out with the rhythmic determination of a seppuku death poem. 

With a final ripple of applause and the finishing line in sight, a relieved Clegg settled into taking questions with a rambling self-assuredness. But the venue gremlins weren’t going to be so kind. The sound system went haywire, someone kicked over a fancy LED uplight and the broadcasters gave up on waiting for the thing to finish and started broadcasting from the back in defiance of the hushing from the Lib Dem supporters. They should have spend less on fancy lights and more on a PA system…

LibDem Manifesto In Full

Enjoy…

Lib Dems Come Out For SnapChat

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In an attempt to secure some much needed credibility ahead of the election, the Liberal Democrats have come out in support of teenage sexting apps such as Snapchat and WhatsApp. If by any chance they find themselves in government again, they plan to introduce a measure that will prevent the government from obstructing availability, or weakening the encryption technologies that lie at the heat of Snapchat type applications:

“individuals and families need to have confidence that their private information, photos and conversations are not vulnerable to hackers”

The measure was announced as part of the conveniently timed launch of the Lib Dems’ Digital Rights Bill which they would introduce if they are part of another coalition government.[…]

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From Saudi to Suffolk

Most candidates try to make the most of any local links they have to the constituency in which they are running. No one can say this of David Chappell, the LibDem hopeful in Bury St Edmunds:

He’ll be hoping the voters don’t Riyadh too much into it…

H/T @DannyHackett
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First Picture of Murdered LibDem Bird

In a break with tradition – they usually shoot dogs – the LibDem battle bus has just killed a pigeon. A fitting metaphor…[…]

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New LibDem Attack Ad: “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word” For Ed

The LibDems try to outdo the Greens with a musical attack ad of their own.[…]

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Ashcroft Poll: Clegg Behind in Sheffield Hallam

The LibDems have dismissed talk of Nick Clegg losing Sheffield Hallam as nonsense, but Lord Ashcroft has him trailing Labour by two points in the seat today. The rest of the LibDem battleground polling makes dire reading too. Just a snapshot…[…]

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BBC Digital Election Fail

He’s behind you…[…]

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LibDems Feline Funny

If you go to the LibDems’ website this morning, this is what you see. Apparently it’s all because when Joey Essex met Nick Clegg he thought the party was called the “Liberal Democats”. Well using cat pictures in a vain attempt at increasing your popularity worked for Buzzfeed…[…]

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Another LibDem Arrested For Child Abuse

The LibDem candidate fighting Gloria de Piero in Ashfield and Eastwood has quit after been arrested over historic allegations of child sex abuse. Jason Zadrozny is accused of:

“an allegation of buggery and gross indecency with a male under 16 between September 2003 and April 2004, sexual activity with a child between May 2004 and December 2007 and an allegation of meeting a child under 16 following sexual grooming from May 2004 and December 2007”

Labour hold…[…]

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