Tuesday, July 26, 2011

No Gifts For Nick

Life is hard for Nick Clegg, but Guido hadn’t realised things had got this bad. As government departments quickly declare all their meetings and gifts for Ministers and Special Advisers, poor Nick’s entries look a little sparse:

Even lowly SpAds have had more bestowed upon them. No doubt this is the same as the News International “didn’t want to go the party anyway” situation…

Thursday, June 23, 2011

A Nation of Shareholders

As the LibDems linger around the 11% point in the polls, Nick Clegg has come up with his latest idea to try and make people like him – giving every taxpayer shares in RBS and Lloyds, the banks they own. Individuals could sell their stake once the price of the 46 million shares rose above the cost of bailing out the banks. The idea was originally mooted by the CPS, and Guido is intrigued, but also a little worried it could cost at least £250 million to administrate. It’s going to take a while for any fruition, given the government is currently down nine billion pounds. Clegg will be hoping people will be able cash out at a convenient time…

Sometime around spring 2015 would be ideal.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Clegg’s Pointed Jibe

Nick Clegg just told the Press Gallery lunch:

“Whatever people say about Chris Huhne, I don’t know any politician better at getting his points across.”

It’s almost as if he’s enjoying his old foe suffering…

Saturday, June 4, 2011

“Nicked” – Clegg the Musical

This is better than Guido expected:

Looking forward to seeing Nicked next week. A musical about Nick Clegg. No, really…

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Turkeys Make Pre-Christmas Clucking Sound

Is anyone actually surprised by the fact that 81% of peers are opposed to reforming the House of Lords? Ironically that’s the figure that will end up being elected if the Coalition Agreement is implemented.  The Times thundered this morning that Clegg’s plans were facing a revolt. What did they think was going to happen?

With only four hundred peers actually doing any work, or even turning up, regardless of whether you think they should be elected or not, it’s time for a cull. In other news, public sector workers don’t like spending cuts…

Monday, April 18, 2011

State of the Race

Alan Johnson is alive. In his first trip back into the political limelight since his “problems”, he joined the Yes campaign rally with Miliband and Cable, but no Nick. Somewhere in a cupboard in Cowley Street, the Deputy Prime Minister is desperately  trying to break out and campaign for his beloved voting reform. It’s quite hard to spin that this isn’t referendum on Clegg when you ban him from the stage. 

The Yes campaign’s tactics have come under attack even from their own side today. Total Politics carries a raging piece from industry experts who accuse Yes of re-running the failed Euro campaign of the nineties:

“‘Yes’ has run a classic establishment campaign. Lots of prominent places for Westminster insiders; a nice smattering of the usual (boring) B-grade celebs who bang on about politics between filming reality shows, and ads in comfortable shades of pastels that look like every second Department of Health campaign or those posters the council puts on bus shelters up to tell you which day to put out your recycling.”

Meanwhile twenty minutes later Cameron popped up with Lord Reid. The former Labour Home Secretary accused the “moaners and losers”  in the LibDems of wanting AV purely for political reasons. Well someone had to say it…

Elsewhere No2AV head Matthew Elliot put the boot into Clegg this morning:

“he claimed that we are having this referendum “because of the expenses crisis”. Given Nick’s role in the coalition negotiations, this is a frankly bizarre lie. We are having this referendum for the one and only reason that the Lib Dems demanded it.”

Guido has already commented on the IPPR push poll and their squiffy results. Yesterday’s balanced and professional ComRes poll said that only 37 per cent of people backed AV. With 43 per cent against. 17 days to go…

UPDATE: Nick Robinson is wondering where Nick is too.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Clegg Shows an Ankle

Clegg’s Staggers interview was clearly designed to try win back some of wavering LibDem supporters in time for the locals. He tells Jemima Khan about his feelings and life as a “punchbag”. All very moving stuff.

Buried in the interview though was an interesting concession. When asked if he is in politics for life Clegg said:

“I think that’s deeply unhealthy. I look at those people that got into politics when they were 16 and are still at it in their late 60s and think, ‘My heavens above!’”

Well Clegg went in at an early age and is in his forties. Is this the first hint from the horse’s mouth that Sheffield LibDems might be looking for a new candidate next time round?

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Cowley Street’s Army of Interns (Unpaid)

The government is this morning encouraging us to blow the whistle on unpaid work placements. Social mobility is apparently being hindered by unpaid internships and Nick Clegg is clamping down. Allow Guido to blow the first of such whistles.

Co-conspirators have pointed out that yesterday the LibDems published their internship scheme online:

“Our internships are short, intensive volunteer placements that offer you the opportunity to gain experience of the practical and professional side of Party politics, giving you the chance to join the team at Liberal Democrat HQ and parliament and experience life at the heart of Westminster.”

Guido’s emphasis. And it’s not just a couple of kids helping out with stuffing envelopes, there are graduate interns in the following departments:

“Campaigns, Policy (x3), Media, Fundraising, Chief Executive’s Department, Diversity, Liberal Youth, Membership and Development, Parliamentary Whips’ Offices (x3 Commons and Lords).”

Guido has asked for confirmation of just how many of these “volunteers” are in Cowley Street at anyone time. So everyone else has to pay the minimum wage for their staff, except the LibDems who run their party machine for free?

UPDATE: Cowley Street squirmed a little on the line before doing a quick headcount. Apparently there is only one intern in the office today, and though they are not on a wage the spinner was quick to stress they are getting expenses. Which makes everything ok.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Nick Agrees With Dave

For his weirdie beardie critics in his own party this little slip-up will symbolise Clegg getting too close to Cameron. Oh well…

Friday, March 4, 2011

Friday Caption Contest (Blue On His Hands Edition)


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Rod Liddle on the loony UN sexism special rapporteur:

“There is more sexism in Britain than in any other country in the world, according to a mad woman who has been sent here by the United Nations.

Rashida Manjoo is a part-time professor of law at Cape Town University in the totally non-sexist country of South Africa (otherwise known as Rape Capital Of The World).

Mrs Magoo has been wandering around with her notebook and is appalled by the sexist “boys’ club” culture here, apparently.

I don’t doubt we still have sexism in the UK. But is it worse than in, say, Saudi Arabia, d’you think, honey-lamb? Or about 175 other countries? Get a grip, you doolally old bat.”



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What’s he been doing FFS, mining bitcoins?


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