Monday, November 23, 2009

+++ Met Sends Four Expenses Files to CPS +++

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Harman Denies Charges

The CPS statement said: “The Crown Prosecution Service has decided there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to prosecute the Rt Hon Harriet Harman MP for the offences of driving without due care and attention and driving whilst using a handheld mobile telephone in relation to an incident on 3 July 2009.”

A spokesman for the Labour deputy leader said: “Ms Harman strongly refutes the allegations but is co-operating with police.”

Original story from early October was covered on the blog here.

Harman was on the mobile when she crashed into a parked car without stopping to leave her details. Under the 1988 Road Traffic Act, any driver involved in a collision with another vehicle is required by law to stop and give their name and address, as well as details of the vehicle’s owner and the vehicle’s registration. Not exactly Chappaquidick Bridge, but that she drove off telling a witness ‘I’m Harriet Harman – you know where you can get me…’ is a little high-handed…

Why Did Labour Want to Avoid Expenses Issue?

The total absence of anything in the Queen’s Speech on the expenses issue is glaring, could the above be why? The Telegraph reports that Keir Starmer, the Director of Public Prosecutions, will shortly receive a police file on half-a-dozen suspected political financial fraudsters.  A source told The Times: “The investigation is progressing and a file will be ready to go to the CPS by Christmas.”

In the dock we are likely to see three Labour MPs Elliot Morley, David Chaytor and Jim Devine, as well as two Labour peers Baroness Uddin and Lord Clarke of Hampstead joined by one Tory peer Lord Hanningfield.  Tony McNulty, Jacqui Smith and Geoff Hoon have not had police investigations produce a file of evidence for the CPS.  Though they still face the possibility of private prosecutions being brought by the Sunlight Centre and/or the Taxpayers’ Alliance (supported by the Daily Mail).

You can see why Gordon might not be too keen on bringing the expenses issue front and centre…

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Al Gore TV Calls Palin a “TWILF”

Whilst the left on both sides of the Atlantic goes completely neurotic about the populist success of  Murdoch’s Fox News they forget that Al Gore owns a TV station aimed at the MTV generation – Current TV – unlike Fox it has lost over $10m every year since it started in 2004.  It is a rabidly left-wing channel, with plenty of mentalism of the enviro kind, that out-crazies Glenn Beck’s infotainment by a long chalk.  It is always claiming that the planet is on the edge of extinction making those Sunday morning hell-and-brimstone televangelists look moderate by comparison.


Current TV has a cartoon show “Supernews” aimed at kids which has just provoked controversy after describing Sarah Palin as a “TWILF” – which Guido likes to believe stands for Twitterer I Would Like To Follow.  The politically correct might note that Palin was also mocked as a “Gun – Ho” which Guido thought was quite funny, but suspects if he used “ho” about a female politician the  left-wing Thought Police would be frothing.  For some reason twittering Conservative women drive left-wingers to apoplexy.  Britain’s TWILFs; Nadine Dorries, Joanne Cash and Louise Bagshawe provoke masses of abuse from the left-wing Twitterati.  Nadine in particular is plagued with fake Twitter accounts impersonating herA dangerous game now the High Court has ruled Twitter impersonation actionable…

Friday, November 6, 2009

Nadine v HM Government

Damian McPoisonWhile Nadine Dorries has settled her claim for libel against Damian McBride (with Damian having to pay legal costs including for Guido’s time spent serving him with the papers) she has not yet settled her claims against HM Government.

nadineShe has until April to commence proceedings, just in time for the whole Smeargate saga to be replayed during the general election campaign.   Sources not a million miles away from the Treasury Solicitor are concerned that while they can argue McBride acted outside the scope of his role, ultimately whether HMG is liable or not will be decided by a jury.  Juries in libel claims can be unpredictable, given the public revulsion with Smeargate and the general unpopularity of McBride’s former boss, Gordon Brown, you can see why the Treasury Solictors might be worried.

Target GordonThe witness box would likely hear evidence from Gordon plus former and current Downing Street co-workers; Liam Byrne, Tom Watson, Sir Gus O’Donnell as well as Damian himself.  Can you imagine the Prime Mentalist giving evidence on oath?  Stammering and squirming with his inability to answer a straight question.  He is bad at PMQs, imagine what he would be like under cross examination…

The government’s lawyers, the Treasury Solicitors, are playing it tough refusing to agree a witness list with Nadine’s lawyers.  This could drag on and on into the election campaign…

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Patrician Scotland

target-baronessThe Attorney General is known as Patrician Scotland due to her airs and graces.  As we now know she is too high and mighty to actually bother with observing employment laws (which she introduced) when it comes to her own servants.

PatricianIt seems that the government’s exhortations to follow the low carbon path are not for her either.  She has insisted, to the embarrassment of her mandarins, on a ministerial Jaguar which is a privilege usually reserved for a handful of senior cabinet ministers.  Despite ranking only entitling her to a Prius with the Department for Transport confirming she was only entitled to a car with CO2 emissions less than 130 g/km and her predecessor, Lord Goldsmith, using a crappy Rover 75, she insisted she wanted a Jaguar. The Jaguar XJ has emissions of 209 g/km.

Ministers availed themselves of ministerial cars to the tune of £8 million last year.  Bet the Tories can’t wait…

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

A Case Study in Media Disintermediation : #Trafigura

The blogosphere and Twitterati come out of this quite well. M’learned friends will have to rethink strategy. Guido will have more to say about the bigger picture tomorrow. It is time to take the freedom of the press into our own hands.

The full story is on the C4 News site here.

Raw (unedited) video for Guido’s interview:

Wikileaks still hosts the the Minton report which you are not allowed to see, by order of the Court, hereSuck on that Carter-Ruckers…

+++ Guardian Gag Attempt Dropped +++

Monday, October 12, 2009

Guardian Gagged from Reporting Parliament

According to the Guardian, despite the 1688 Bill of Rights, it has been gagged from reporting a question to be asked in parliament later this week.  The gag was obtained by Carter-Ruck.  Wonder if it is this question:

Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of legislation to protect (a) whistleblowers and (b) press freedom following the injunctions obtained in the High Court by (i) Barclays and Freshfields solicitors on 19 March 2009 on the publication of internal Barclays reports documenting alleged tax avoidance schemes and (ii) Trafigura and Carter-Ruck solicitors on 11 September 2009 on the publication of the Minton report on the alleged dumping of toxic waste in the Ivory Coast, commissioned by Trafigura.

Note to Carter-Ruck – Guido’s publishers will only accept service as per the requirements of the Hague Convention. Come to Charlestown, the weather is fantastic…

UPDATE : Apparently Carter-Ruck are trying to suppress this reportNot doing a very good job of it are they?

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Government of Lawyers : Equality Before the Law?

Sunday Sleaze
harriet_carAnother Labour minister and QC thinks the laws are for other people. Harman was on the mobile when she crashed into a parked car without stopping to leave her details. Under the 1988 Road Traffic Act, any driver involved in a collision with another vehicle is required by law to stop and give their name and address, as well as details of the vehicle’s owner and the vehicle’s registration.  Not exactly Chappaquidick Bridge, but that she drove off telling a witness ‘I’m Harriet Harman – you know where you can get me…’ is a little high-handed…

target-baronessThe other Labour minister and QC in legal difficulties is the Attorney General, Baroness Scotland. She is now accused of flouting the tax laws; she had no written contract of employment with Lolo, her illegally employed Tongan cleaner, there is firm evidence that no tax was paid for at least 10 weeks and Lolo wasn’t given any wage slips as required by employment protection laws.

Clear breaches of employment law which imply that for a period of time she was effectively paying Lolo cash in hand…


Seen Elsewhere

Does Europe Really Want Britain to Quit? | Nick Wood
Immigration Nation | Hopi Sen
Tories Choose Anti-Israel Candidate in Rochester | JC
Osborne’s Daycare Obsession is a Time Bomb | Kathy Gyngell
BBC Marr Pinko Trying to Ban the Queen | Speccie
Eric Hobsbawm: Companion of Dishonour | Standpoint
Guido Party Gossip | Iain Dale
Russell Brand Comes Out as 9/11 Truther | Guardian
Health Revolution is Underway | Fraser Nelson
UKIP Gets Professional | Red Box
Kelly Tolhurst Wins Rochester Open Primary | BBC


VOTER-RECALL
Find out more about PLMR


Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann on Cameron’s refusal to pay the £1.7 billion EU bill by December 1st:

“Well, then he’s gonna pay on December 2nd”



Mycroft says:

Have you read the last bit of Animal Farm?

You know where the animals are looking through the Farmhouse window?

My TV screen was that window at lunch-time today.

Be careful, the sudden self-congratulatory tone, the slightly pudgy outline of indulgence and you become exactly what you should despise.

The jolly face of the Quisling Cameron poses for your camera has mesmerised and deceived you, you who were once not so deceived.

You were no firebrand, you were a damp squib in my opinion, sorry.

You need a damned good kick up the ahse!


Tip off Guido
Web Guido's Archives

Subscribe me to:






RSS


AddThis Feed Button
Archive


Labels
Guido Reads
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,544 other followers