Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Sun Victory in Court

Andrew Mitchell libel verdict expected tomorrow…

UPDATE: Hartley’s husband speaks:

New Daily Politics Mug: Thornberry Edition

Guido has never seen anything like it.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Today in Court: Tory MPs Question Mitchell’s Account

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Andrew Mitchell’s former colleagues in the whips’ office do not believe his account of Plebgate, describing it as “extraordinary”, a court heard today. Tory MP John Randall claims “Mr Mitchell told me he could not recall what he said to the officer” in a whips meeting at the time. Michael Fabricant told the court of his reaction to seeing the former Chief Whip’s verbatim account of the incident at the gates of Downing Street in the Sunday Times“I found Mr Mitchell’s account surprising and somewhat amusing”. The court also heard evidence from protection officer Duncan Johnston, who recalled Mitchell refused to shake his hand the first time they met, instead telling him “you must be the hired muscle”. Johnston alleges Mitchell was “prone to temper tantrums” and was “verging on out of control”. Judgements are expected on Thursday. The case continues…

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Read Guido’s Column in the Sun on Sunday Online

In today’s Sun on Sunday, Guido reveals Emily Thornberry’s real back story. Is her rags to riches tale stretching the truth? Guido spoke to Snob-erry’s childhood friends and neighbours to find out. Don’t miss out on:

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  • The week after the Tories’ by-election thrashing, Theresa May picks Abba for Desert Island Discs…
  • …And is also hosting the Spectator Parliamentarian of the Year Awards. Almost as if she wanted to guarantee being in the spotlight this week for some reason…

  • Brooks Newmark is out and about again, recovered from his “demons”
  • Could Boris follow in Arnie’s footsteps?

Click here to read Guido’s column for free with a free 30-day trial…

Friday, November 21, 2014

Lucy Powell Meltdown

BBC on #Snoberry: It Was Guido Wot Won It

Gove Goes to War on the BBC (And Can’t Resist a Dig at May)

The Chief Whip was in punchy form with a bad-tempered Eddie Mair on PM:

EM: “Will you resign as Chief Whip is there’s another defection before the general election?”

MG: “Well, I’m convinced that nobody will, so the matter doesn’t arise.”

EM: “But you won’t put your job on the line? You’re not that certain?”

MG: “Well, I’m certain that we need a Conservative majority at the next election and I’m going to do everything possible to ensure that we get that.”

EM: “Is that the kind of answer that puts people off politics?”

MG: “Sorry?”

EM: “Is that the kind of answer that puts listeners off politics?”

MG: “In what way?”

EM: “It’s not a direct answer to the question.”

MG: “Yes, but your question was, if I may say so, the type of political game-playing that puts people off BBC interviewers.”

Gove went on to say Theresa May would not be as successful a Tory leader as David Cameron. Pow!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Dear Mr Dacre, I Am Now a Eurosceptic…

Europhile apostate Mehdi Hasan renounces his faith in the EU in this week’s Staggers:

“Today, Europe is only marginally more popular with the public than ebola; hard-right parties are sweeping to victory in European elections in the UK, France and Denmark; and the eurozone has only narrowly dodged a triple-dip recession. With all this going on, it’s pretty difficult to mount a credible defence of the single currency or, for that matter, the EU itself.

The left across Europe has been seduced by the EU’s promise of workers’ rights – forgetting that you can’t enjoy those rights if you don’t have a job to begin with. Mass unemployment is now a fact of life across swaths of the EU and, especially, the eurozone. More than half of young people are jobless in both Greece and Spain…

This is a political and economic scandal, not to mention a human tragedy. And progressives should be saying so. But the left in the UK has ceded all the Eurosceptic terrain… to Ukip and the Tory right. We were wrong then. Let’s not be wrong now.”

Time for another job application?

Today in Court: Plebgate Cops Describe “Mexican Stand Off”

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An “agitated” Andrew Mitchell called policemen “f**king plebs” in a “Mexican stand off” at the gates of Downing Street, it was claimed in court today. PC Toby Rowland claimed he threatened Mitchell with arrest because passers by could have been caused “distress” by his abusive language. Told by James Price QC that the allegations were an “invention” to justify the threat of arrest, PC Rowland insisted “all the evidence I’ve given is the truth…I have not written anything to cover my arse”.

Former No.10 officer PC Ian Richardson testified that he heard PC Rowland tell Mitchell “please don’t swear at me sir”, but did not take detailed notes because “I was eating my sandwiches and couldn’t be arsed to write too much more”. PC Richardson concluded: “At the time, it was just a quirky incident of a gentleman on a bicycle who had the hump”. The case continues…

Labour Struggle to Defend Using Howard’s Lines

Emma Reynolds – one of the few Labour members of the Reality Based Community – came unstuck on the Daily Politics earlier when confronted with her party’s double standards on immigration. As reported by the Spectator yesterday, Yvette Cooper directly lifted Michael Howard’s words from 2005 as part of Labour’s immigration crackdown. At the time they said suggesting “it’s not racist to talk about immigration” was a “scurrilous, right-wing, ugly tactic”. Squirm…


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