Monday, February 4, 2008

Willetts Says Vampire Bats Are Tories

Guido is pretty certain that he did not dream hearing David Willetts this morning on Marr’s Radio 4 show Start the Week compare (in a positive light) the altruistic social behaviour of vampire bats to Tory thinking about human social behaviour. Stepping back from the point he was making, which was both interesting and valid, it seems to me that only Willetts would try to win people over to the Tory cause using vampire bats.
Batty? Yep. God knows what Michael Howard will have to say about this…

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Miliband ‘s Pro-Labour Blogging is a Repeat OffenceMandarins Do Sock-Puppetry Too

Guido was (as normal) perusing the Farmer’s Weekly Interactive when he noticed that Peter Ainsworth, Miliband’s Tory shadow, has joined in the complaints about the Miliblogger making partisan pro-Labour propaganda points on a civil service run website paid for by the taxpayer despite promising he wouldn’t do that when he started.
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The Miliblogger has now taken that Civil Service Code breaking post down. But this is not the first time he has broken the rules and his promise, he has previous. On March 9, in a post headlined Land fit for Heroes he claimed that “One of the great achievements of the 1945 Labour Government was the 1947 Town and Country Planning Act. It was inspired… blah blah blah”

So another partisan claim, another breach of the rules, paid for by taxpayers whom he promised that “because this is a Government site I won’t lapse into party ranting”. Will he take this one down as well?
A co-conspirator called to draw Guido’s attention to a comment by Owen Barder, formerly Blair’s economic private secretary, latterly a mandarin at DFID and not a person unknown to the Miliblogger himself. He says of the Miliblog “..this is excellent value for money. People should be impressed that a Cabinet Minister is blogging at all, not whinging about the very reasonable costs.” Now that is sock-puppetry of the highest order…

UPDATE : A Whitehall satsuma tells me that Owen Barder actually worked for Miliband when he ran the No. 10 policy unit.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Miliband’s Blog Assistant Costs £62,400 a Year

Further to the stories about the Miliblogger’s taxpayer funded blog, Tory Radio has calculated that since Miliband says
…he has an official effectively acting as his blogging assistant who does about 10 hours work a month at a cost of £300. Now if that was equated to a full time equivalent that would be say 40 hours a week at £30 an hour for 52 weeks which is a whopping £62,400 salary.

£62,400 a year is more than an MP’s salary. The blog should be hosted by the Labour party and the asssistant’s salary should be paid by the Labour party. Miliband should concentrate on sorting out Defra’s serious problems rather than profile raising, partisan propanda blogging.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Miliblogger Sulking, De-linking

Miliband has, in an incredibly revealing fit of pique, now removed his link to this blog from his blog-roll, (he only added Guido to his blog-roll a month ago for some blogospheric street cred). This follows the New Statesman recently removing their blog link last month after Guido criticised them for not covering the Smith Institute scandal, despite them sharing an office with the Sith. Is Guido bovvered?

This proves Guido’s oft made point about politicians and their alleged desire for an interactive online conversation with the public, they only want agreement and consent, not dissent. How enjoyably childish of Miliband.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Guido 2, Miliblogger 0

Miliband has just deleted the blog post (see below) where he broke the civil service rules and used his ministerial office to further party political goals. Given he gets his civil servants to deal with his blog, taxpayers were harmed in the making of this, he should refund the cost out of Labour party funds. By Guido’s count this makes the score two-nil.
Miliband is the intellectual future of the Labour party and their next leader after Gordon? God help ‘em…

MiliBlogger Breaks the Rules

When Miliband started his ministerial blog he got a lot of criticism that it was party politics at the taxpayers expense, he promised that “because this is a Government site I won’t lapse into party ranting”. It would be a breach of the Civil Service Code if he did.

So why today is he defending the Labour party against allegations of a history of animosity to the countryside and invoking Bevin in defence of his party on the taxpayer funded blog? That is a clear breach of the non-partisan rules and his own promises.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Miliband’s Blog-Rolls

New additions to Miliband’s taxpayer-funded blog-roll include Iain Dale, Omar’s Blog, Recess Monkey, Ellee Seymour, Labour Home, Conservative Home, LibDem Blogs, and guess who?

He obviously didn’t get the memo from the Boycott-Guido-Coz-He-Is-Evil crowd that hang out at Tom Watson’s place. That will be proof to the Brownites that the Miliblogger is definitely the new enemy now Reid is done in. Maybe he just secretly likes Guido’s 2005 prophecy?
Comparing his blog to this blog shows that it costs the taxpayer 50p for every reader he gets per month, whereas here in the creative part of the economy, Guido’s blog is forced to contribute to Gordon’s coffers. Therefore Guido won’t be reciprocating with a blog-roll link to the Miliblogger until he buys lunch…

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

That Godfather and Fairy Godmother Conspiracy

Somebody should put the conspiracy-moonbats who are frothing pointlessly about the coming 18DoughtyStreet attack advert aimed at Livingstone out of their misery. They think it is some kind of cunning Tory plan to assist Nick Boles in replacing Ken. If there is one thing Tim Montgomerie wants almost as much as he wants to get rid of the current Mayor of London, it is to make sure that the next Mayor of London is not Nick Boles, the Cameroonie ultra.

For those who don’t understand the internal dynamics of Conservative politics, it would be like Neal Lawson (Compass) backing Stephen Twigg (Progress). Neal and Stephen are always polite to each other, but have very different factional objectives, it is the same with Tim (ConservativeHome) and Nick (Policy Exchange).

Tim Montgomerie will probably back Victoria Borwick, who coincidentally, has hired Nick Wood to spin for her. Nick Wood also advises Cornerstone and is Tim Montgomerie’s close ally and sworn enemy of all things Cameroon…

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

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It’s about as believable as Press TV, KCNA of North Korea or the Daily Mirror.


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