Tuesday, October 22, 2013

What Ed Davey Used to Say About Nuclear Power

Ed Davey has been cleaning up his website of any awkward things he might have said before he was Energy secretary. Like when he launched the LibDem energy policy in 2006, under the headline “Say No to Nuclear”:

“A new generation of nuclear power stations will cost taxpayers and consumers tens of billions of pounds.

In addition to posing safety and environmental risks, nuclear power will only be possible with vast taxpayer subsidies or a rigged market.

It is an issue that crops up in my postbag time and time again. People don’t want nuclear…”

Proof if you ever needed it that Davey is a LibDem.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Clegg’s Not Thinking Right

Clegg has done over two of his most ardent supporters in as many weeks. Jeremy Browne was a staunch Clegg ally before his leader humiliatingly kicked him out of government. “Our door is still open, we are a broad church” a senior Tory involved in their plans to get Browne to come over, tells Guido. It’s said Browne is particularly sore about the £30,000 pay cut that came with his sacking, especially given he and his partner have just had a baby. “I doubt we’ve heard the end of this” says the Tory source.

Then there is David Laws, who has been another of Clegg’s best friends in government. So Clegg’s coming out against unqualified teachers in free schools in the same week Laws praised the “superb job” they do doesn’t exactly show much gratitude. Given that the LibDem left were on the receiving end of a resounding thumping at their conference, Clegg knifing the right of his party and cosying up to teaching unions is odd to say the least. Does he have a death wish?

Friday, October 18, 2013

Shapps Trying to Snap Up Jezza

Axed Home Office minister Jezza Browne reveals Grant Shapps has tried to get him to meet up to talk about defecting to the Tories. Presumably at Nandos. But he said no:

“One, because I had no intention or desire to defect to the Conservatives… and, secondly, that it could, and probably would, be misconstrued if I had a meeting at all.”

Whole lot of different possible permutations here. Judging by the weakness of Browne’s denial – not even an attempt to rule out a future defection – you can bet Shapps will be on the phone again at some point. If he still says no, will the Tories still see his Taunton Deane constituency as a target seat? It was a 49%-42% LibDem-Tory split last time round. Or will they go easy on him with an eye on 2015 coalition negotiations? Should’ve just given him a panda…

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The LibDem’s Women Problem Surfaces Again

Charming…

Friday, October 11, 2013

Ed Davey’s Plane Stupid Air Travel Hypocrisy
Climate Change Department Takes Two Domestic Flights a Day

Turbulent times for the tree-huggers over at the Department for Energy and Climate Change. They love to bash domestic air travel as one of the main culprits for carbon emissions, capping aviation emissions and ramping up tax on cheap holidays. The policy doesn’t come without its baggage though. Ed Davey’s department has blown £148,000 of taxpayers’ money on 668 domestic flights in the last year. That’s not far off two a day. Their friends in high places at DECC-linked public bodies have spent £163,000 on over 1,000 domestic flights. Clearly all that green hand-wringing didn’t really take off…

WATCH: Jo Swinson’s Finest Hour

By some distance. Afriyie’s face was a classic.

Via @liarpoliticians.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

“Ill” Handy-cock is on Foreign Jolly in Azerbaijan

Pervy justice-dodger Mike Hancock was too poorly to give evidence to committees and courts over allegations of sexual assault, yet the suspended LibDem has surfaced. In Baku, Azerbaijan.

It will come as no surprise to regular readers that he is watching the women over there. A local newswire reports:

 “I have not observed any irregularity since the presidential elections started in Azerbaijan. In fact, the process is going on easily and conveniently,” British member of PACE, observer Mike Hancock told APA. He specially stressed Azerbaijani women’s activity in the elections: “I would like to express my respect to them, because they are taking an active part in the organization of elections. I have been to at least 10 polling stations. I have not seen even minor shortcomings that people might complain. The other important thing is that many people are coming to vote. They are friendly. No one is nervous. In general, I can say that today is still very successful and believe it will continue so.”

Meanwhile, the Azerbaijani Electoral Commission accidentally released the ‘results’ of the election before the polls even opened. Perhaps Mike was distracted elsewhere…

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Vince Flirts With Labour, Again

Poor old Vince Cable may have survived this reshuffle, but he’s still desperately trying to show a bit of ankle to Labour.

A co-conspirator reports that the Business Secretary was deep in conversation with Miliband consigliere Lord Wood this afternoon. People will start to talk…

Lib Dems 4 Theresa May

So it seems Cameron was perfectly happy with the message that Norman Baker moving over to the Home Office would send Theresa May, but the Home Secretary does have fans in government. Lynne Featherstone told Guido at last night’s LBC 40th birthday bash that May is an “incredibly competent politician”. The former Home Office Minster had less praise for Baker: “Norman is, er, very liberal so that’s good.” What could shatter this coalition harmony?

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Norman Baker’s Wackiest Conspiracy Theories

Fair to say Theresa May didn’t take the news of Norman Baker’s move to the Home Office too well. His wacky conspiracy theories don’t end with his belief that Dr David Kelly was bumped off by an Iraqi death squad and had his death covered up by the British security services he is now helping to oversee.

  • Baker reckons that his computer hard drives were wiped remotely while he was sleuthing around the Kelly story
  • And that Robin Cook’s death was suspicious as it was on MoD land
  • He is also a sky-watching UFO obsessive, asking repeated questions in parliament about the activities of government UFO sighting investigator Nick Pope
  • About how investigations into UFOs are going
  • And why reports into UFOs were not made available to senior MoD figures
  • Baker once shared a platform with conspiracy theorists who argued 9/11 was an inside job by the US government, that there is a Nazi global microchipping agenda, and that there is a plot to shrink the earth’s population from 6 billion to 500 million super-humans

Baker’s ministerial duties include missing persons and forensic science. The truth is out there…


Seen Elsewhere

Labour’s Plan to Attack Part-Time Boris | Standard
Ex-Sun Hack Cleared After 582 Days on Bail | MediaGuido
11 Times Boris Denied He Would Stand for Parliament | Buzzfeed
Attacking UKIP’s Posters is Counter-Productive | Guardian
Sarkozy Tried it on With Hollande’s Ex | Times
Another Spare Room Subsidy Cut Success | Harry Phibbs
Rich Now Have Less Leisure Than Poor | Economist
UKIP’s Immigration Policy Promotes Migrant Entrepreneurs | Breitbart
Another Feminist Lecture | Laura Perrins
UKIP Posters Bad Economics But Good Politics | James Delingpole
Tories Losing to UKIP in Scotland | ConHome


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A confused Nick Griffin says Nigel Farage is a shill for the City, forgetting that City banks want to stay in the EU:

“Farage is a snake oil salesman, but a very good one. His supposed anti-immigration stance is all smoke and mirrors, as is his carefully cultivated image as a ‘man of the people’. The truth is that UKIP is a pro-immigration party that exists to lobby for the interests of the City of London.”



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