Boris’ New Baldness-Battling Barnet

Guido has previously noted that balding Boris is losing his locks, so it is no surprise to see his hair cropped shorter and brushed forward to disguise that thinning top:

It is more flattering from above:

The age old rule in British politics is that bald men in the television age do not beat rivals with a full head of hair. Think Tony Blair versus William Hague, IDS and Michael Howard, nor can we forget Maggie versus Kinnock. In every election the slap-head loses. Could Boris’ new baldness-battling barnet be a sign that his leadership campaign is shifting up a gear?

UPDATE: A friend of Boris gets in touch:

“Don’t get too excited. Cropping shorter isn’t new Mayoral policy, it’s something he revisits every few months with the help of his Turkish barber!”

Sadiq Ducks City Airport Row

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Yesterday morning Sadiq Khan sent out a briefing note, helpfully it told us that Labour was split on airport expansion:city-airport

By the afternoon the briefing note dropped any reference to City Airport altogether…

London Labour Offers No Alternative Budget

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Jon Burke, Labour’s City Hall adviser on economics, tweeted late on Tuesday night:

Consequently on Wednesday the Labour group on the London Assembly didn’t put forward an alternative London budget. The Assembly held the final vote on Boris’s last annual budget for the Metropolitan Police, Transport for London, the fire brigade and other City Hall agencies where traditionally opposition parties bring forward a costed alternative budget which they hope to persuade other groups to back in place of the mayor’s budget. The ensuing debate allows them to set out their own priorities for London. The rumour flying around is that Khan was in City Hall on Tuesday and had a massive argument with Len Duval, leader of the Labour Group, consequently they could not agree on an amendment. So Labour offered no alternative budget plan in an election year….

The Tories have immediately seized on the issue:

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Could it be that Sadiq Khan calculates that coming clean with the voters about costs in an election year could cost him votes? Labour don’t want to admit to putting up taxes in writing, and that Sadiq’s sums don’t add up on his fares policy or policing costs? City Hall staff had apparently spent weeks costing Labour’s alternative plans. LibDem assemblyman Stephen Knight claims Labour’s plans have been shredded “on the orders of” Sadiq.  Better to offer no voter repelling costed alternative than admit that London Labour, the looniest in the land, plans to go the full Corbyn, implementing socialism in the capital….  

Zac Accuses Sadiq of “Playing The Race Card”

Zac Goldsmith was in for a grilling on the Today Programme this morning, culminating in him accusing Sadiq Khan of “playing the race card”. The Tory mayoral candidate was responding to suggestions by Sadiq and Sarah Montague that Zac was “playing with fire” by labelling him “radical and divisive” in his campaigning literature:

Sarah Montague: We are in a world where there is huge amount of coverage of the concerns of Islamic terrorism, and you are calling the Muslim candidate, your rival, radical and divisive. Do you think that is wise?

Zac Goldsmith: If I cannot use the term radical to describe what has happened to the Labour Party, the selection of these two candidates [Jeremy Corbyn and Sadiq Khan]. If I can’t use the term “radical” in that context, then I don’t know when I’d be able to use the term radical.

SM: He says you’re playing with fire, do you recognise that?

ZG:I think he is playing with fire. I don’t think there is anything more divisive in playing the race card when clearly unambiguously it does not apply. It’s very obvious what I was referring to when I described him as a radical candidate, as part of a radical process which has enveloped the Labour Party and taken our politics in an extraordinary direction. We have now an opposition party that is more extreme than anytime in our lifetime…and he’s part of that process.

Gloves off…

Sadiq’s Each Way Bet

SADIQ-GAMBLINGSadiq Khan is trying to make an issue of Zac’s stake in bookmakers Fitzdares – as disclosed in his register of interests ever since he became an MP. The claim being that Zac’s interest in gambling makes him unsuitable to be mayor of a city where the number of betting shops on our high streets has become a political issue. Unfortunately anti-gambling Sadiq previously voted to introduce super casinos to the UK’s cities… 

Sadiq is currently 4/5 favourite by a sliver at the bookies over Zac at 11/10. Guido recommends you hold on to your money for now, those odds could change… 

Tories Launch SadiqWatch.com

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Gloves are off for the London mayoral campaign with a new hard-hitting SadiqWatch.com site from CCHQ. The site’s launch video highlights a series of policy flip-flops from slippery Sadiq. Not least of course trying to desperately distance himself from Jeremy Corbyn. Despite relying on the votes of Corbynista supporters of the man he nominated to lead the Labour Party….

Boris Causes Minor Diplomatic Incident

Things have not gone entirely to plan on Boris’ trip to the West Bank today.

First, a Jewish Chronicle journalist covering the trip alongside British journalists was told by the Palestinians that she could not attend because she is Israeli. Nice.

Then, the Palestinian Prime Minister’s office banned British journalists from attending his meeting with the London Mayor. Palestinian journalists will be allowed to ask questions.

What next? Boris blasted those who want to boycott Israel as “corduroy-jacketed lefties”:

Comments which led to threats from Palestinians on Twitter of a mass protest and “security concerns” meaning that all Boris’ meetings in the Palestinian territories had to be cancelled. According to LBC’s Tom Swarbrick, who is on the trip, the British press pack have been holed up in their hotel and are now heading back to Jerusalem. Just one problem…

Cripes!

5 Signs Team Corbyn’s Momentum Backing Khan

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There has been some chatter that for electability reasons Sadiq Khan was distancing himself from Jeremy Corbyn – the actual evidence shows the opposite. Corbyn’s core backers are throwing their efforts into putting Khan in City Hall, not just out of gratitude to Sadiq for nominating Jeremy for Labour leader, it is as an essential effort in self preservation. If Khan loses, Corbyn will have demonstrably failed his highest profile electoral test…

The evidence is that the Corbynistas are putting their left-wing muscle behind Khan:

  • Sadiq’s campaign HQ is the TSSA union HQ. The left-wing TSSA union were early backers of Jeremy Corbyn for Leader.
  • The TSSA have seconded a campaign staffer full-time to Sadiq’s campaign.
  • The TSSA gave Khan a £10,000 cash donation.

You might say that it would be unusual for a London tube union to not try and get a Labour candidate for mayor in their pocket. Khan of course publicly says he backs a Night Tube service – as do 78% of London voters – the TSSA oppose it and will naturally want to collect repayment of their favours if Khan wins.  That would not be unexpected, a relatively normal quid pro quo by the corrupt standards of London’s loony left.

That would be if it were not for who else is based in the TSSA building where Sadiq runs his phone banking:

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Momentum Campaign (Services) Limited’s two controlling directors are:

  • Simon Fletcher – Red Ken’s former consigliere and now Corbyn’s chief-of-staff.
  • Jon Lansman the veteran Bennite and key “Jeremy for Leader” campaigner now turned purger-in-chief of Momentum.

Judge Khan’s campaign by the company he keeps….

Boris’ Broadband Scoreboard

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Boris has launched a programme that will rank buildings in London by their connectivity and help businesses understand whether offices will meet their internet needs. Any building that signs up to the Connectivity Ratings Scheme will receive a technical assessment […]

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It’s Zac

Zac Goldsmith has been selected as the Tory candidate for London mayor. He is said to have stormed it…

UPDATE: He won with 70% of the vote of the pathetically small 9,227 turnout.

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Yes We Khan! Sadiq Labour’s Mayoral Candidate

It was Jezza wot won it! Going to be a punchy race…

UPDATE: Full results via LabourList:

First round: Tessa Jowell 26,121 (29.7%) , Sadiq Khan 32, 926 (37.5%), Diane Abbott 14,798 (16.8%), David Lammy 8,255 (9.4%), Christian Wolmar […]

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Sadiq Spamming for Votes With Fake Personal Tweets

Spamming fake Twitter DM (direct message) notifications into Labour members inboxes isn’t going […]

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