Saturday, September 28, 2013

WATCH: Cameron Tribute to ‘Our Maggie’

Monday, July 29, 2013

CCHQ Out of Millbank in January

As Guido revealed in yesterday’s Sun column, the Tories will move CCHQ in January from Millbank to Matthew Parker Street behind the QEII Conference Centre in Westminster. After the students smashed up Millbank in 2011, their insurance bill soared. All three major parties will have moved since 2010 by the next election. Their new building doesn’t have a name yet, but Guido imagines the focus groups will stop them having the balls to christen it Margaret Thatcher House. Global Race for Hard-working People House just isn’t very catchy…

Maggie Funeral Final Cost: £1,205,809

The final figures are out: Margaret Thatcher’s funeral cost £261,976, plus £943,833 for security. A total of £1,205,809, or 1.9p per person. Worth remembering again how it was reported by some at the time:

For some reason the final figure hasn’t made the front page…

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Maggie’s EU-Turn

A very interesting revelation from Charles Moore at last night’s Speccie event at Cadogan Hall: Maggie wanted Britain to leave the EU after she left office. According to Moore it “became her view… after the Maastricht Treaty in 1992″, but was kept quiet on the advice of her advisers. Judging by the reaction to Lord Lawson’s comments yesterday, you can bet Tory MPs will be taking note…

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Petition For a Woman on the Fiver: Vote Maggie!

As we go to pixel, 14,320 people have signed the petition to the Bank of England to keep a woman on English banknotes. The signatories argue that, other than the Queen, it is important we have another woman represented:

“not only have numerous women emerged as leading figures in their fields, they have done so against the historic odds stacked against them which denied women a public voice and relegated them to the private sphere – making their emergence into public life all the more impressive and worthy of celebration.”

Always one to back the feminist cause, Guido agrees. Their suggestions of Mary Wollstonecraft or Mary Seacole are admirable, but Guido has a much better idea:

The first female party leader, first female First Lord of the Treasury, first female Prime Minister and first female to be awarded full membership of the Carlton Club.  Sign here for Maggie

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Thatcher Funeral Cost Just 6p Per Person

62 million people, £3.6 million. Just 6p each. Well that should shut a few people up…

UPDATE: 

“Facts are sacred”…

Monday, April 22, 2013

Quote of the Day

Friday, April 19, 2013

Unions Jump on Heywood Thatcher Tribute

Jeremy Heywood and Bob Kerslake have already been on the receiving end of a cross-party slamming for their gushing Maggie tribute, now the unions are sticking the boot in. PCS fat cat Mark Serwotka has added his name to the growing list of figures across the spectrum criticising the piece:

“It is clear that some people do not see the civil service as the hundreds of thousands of dedicated public servants who work day in, day out providing vital services across the country, but rather as a cosy clique at the centre of government…this article is ill-judged, deeply unhelpful and risks doing damage to the civil service.”

They’re queuing up…

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Heywood and Kerslake “Prostituted High Office”

A bruising morning for Jeremy Heywood and Bob Kerslake at the Public Administration Committee following their gushing Maggie tribute that infuriated pretty much everyone. Bernard Jenkin led the attack:

Jenkin: Did either of you work for Lady Thatcher?

Heywood: Not very closely

Kerslake: No

Jenkin: Was it (the tribute) cleared?

Jeremy: “It wasn’t cleared….we showed it to Craig as a courtesy.”

Then Paul Flynn stormed out, telling the Civil Service double team: “you’ve prostituted your high office and deserted your political neutrality”. Video to follow…

Trident Costs a Bomb

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During the Cold War no one was keener on deterring the Soviet Union than Guido; Trident, Pershing and Cruise missiles meant that the Red Army stayed in Russia. That deployment and the threatened development of the Strategic Defense Initiative bankrupted the USSR and ran up the US deficit, prompting Ronald Reagan to quip that he didn’t worry about the deficit, it was “big enough to look after itself”.

Britain’s ageing sea-based Trident fleet is up for replacement and the price tag is expected to be £100 billion of borrowed money. With no super-power enemy threatening the defence of the realm this is an expensive bit of willy-waving in an age of austerity. Even conservative US military strategists question the logic of the UK spending a third of the defence budget on a Cold War era system at the expense of conventional forces. Trident will cost every man, woman and child in Britain £1,400 that will have to be borrowed.

The French manage to have a modest nuclear deterrent without paying the Yanks billions they can’t afford; the Force de Frappe and the Force Océanique Stratégique. Surely Britain can as well?

Britain is capable of building, without U.S. assistance, cruise-type missiles which can be air-launched and modifying Astute class attack submarines with sea-launched cruise missiles. This would have a number of advantages; it would be a truly independent deterrent unlike Trident (which is only in theory independent), it would cost a fraction of what it will cost to upgrade Trident and it would be entirely British built rather than an expensive import. Obviously this new, smart, fearsome combined all-British defence system would be a Highly Independent, Lethal Defence Arsenal – HILDA. She would go on and on defending Britain for the rest of the century…


Seen Elsewhere

Mirror’s ‘UKIP Goggles’ App Backfires | Press Gazette
Woolas Agent Standing for UKIP | MEN
Compassionate Left in Action | Mark Wallace
Sainsbury’s Distance Themselves From Sick Cam Tweeter | Speccie
Elites Pay Price for Killing Grammar Schools | Jago Pearson
Thornberry Makes Burnham Leadership Favourite | Matthew Norman
Guido’s Column | Sun
BBC Still Ignoring Savile Evidence | Telegraph
Politicians Brought Down by Twitter | CityAm
Ed the Biggest Loser in Rochester | Trevor Kavanagh
A Just Way to Manage Migration | Mats Persson


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Boris on his fellow Islingtonista Emily Thornberry:

“It was an entirely run-of-the-mill English townscape, with some straightforward words to go with it. There was no obvious insult, no abuse, no overt sneering. She might have got away with it entirely, had some alert blogger not spotted it. He instantly detected the coded message that Emily Thornberry was sending to all her right-on, bien-pensant, Labour-luvvie friends in Islington, or wherever else it is that they follow her on Twitter.”



Left on Left says:

The lefties are attacking because the panellist is a millionaire and lives in a London home worth upwards of two million. Someone had best tell them he’s called Ed Miliband.


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