Give Up the Ghose

Just why is perennial Labour loser Katie Ghose finding it so impossible to find a seat? Ghastly Ghose has been rejected by Brighton Labour, Grimsby Labour and York Labour, but with her Electoral Reform Society hat on, she reckons she’s found the answer:

Dear Guido

Today we’re pleased to launch our new report, Women in Westminster: predicting the number of female MPs.

We’ve found that the number of female MPs is set to rise after this year’s election – but progress is slow. Why?

In large part, it’s because of our broken voting system.

Definitely nothing to do with the Oxford-educated parachuting southerner bagging up her carpets and rolling up at seats across the country without even bothering to change her website from her past failed attempts…

Ghastly Ghose Stretches the Truth

Aspiring carpet-bagger Kate Ghastly Ghose just popped up on Sky News with her Electoral Reform Society boss hat on, having her usual pop at anyone but Labour:

In an extraordinary exchange, Ghose refused to declare she is a committed Labour activist and clearly stated she was not a candidate.

Not for want of trying.

Ghose has been turned down by Brighton Labour, Grimsby Labour and York Labour. No one wants her to be their MP.

“You’re absolutely right, I’m not a candidate for a party”. Nor should she ever be.

Ghastly Ghose Goes For Parliament

Regular readers will remember Katie “Ghastly” Ghose, who spent her whole time as chairman of the Yes to AV campaign trashing the ‘old political parties’. You would have thought that the woman who turned a 27-point lead for AV into a 36-point victory for the No campaign might have moved on to pastures new, but no, she’s back. And she’s in the running to be a Labour MP…

Her controversial company Electoral Reform Services Ltd won’t be counting the votes this time, but Guido takes some pleasure in knowing that as it’s a shortlist of two, her fate will be decided by First Past the Post. No doubt Ghastly Ghose will gain plenty of support from those Labour MPs who refused to deliver her Yes2AV leaflets that branded them lazy. Best of luck Katie…

ERS Criticised Over Messed Up Mayoral Count

The complex London vote on May 3 saw Londoners cast four votes on three ballot papers, each using a different electoral system. IntElect a joint venture between Data Research Services (DRS) and Electoral Reform Services won the contract to do the count. The services company set up by the Electoral Reform Society has been widely criticised for messing up the count taking more than 24 hours to deliver a result. They promised a result within 12 hours…

This is despite the electronic system costing even more to implement than a manual count. The same group messed up the Scotland’s 2007 STV vote. Just imagine how bad it would be if this was done nationally..

Snow Blind

Some surge, “No” got 13,013,123, “Yes” 6,152,607…

Off To Tease The Progressives

Guido is off to the Excel centre to watch the No Campaign votes pour in. The Prime Minister said this morning that “there will be no celebrating, there will be no congratulations.” He also made it clear on Thursday that he wasn’t part of the official No campaign, so Guido’s not sure they will  be acting on that particular memo…

With YouGov polling people who voted yesterday and finding a 62%/38% No win it could be a long night…

Quote of the Day

Ed Miliband admits Labour didn’t introduce AV because it…

“…had no desire to change a system that had served it so well.”

Huge No Lead Opens

In the final furlong, ComRes have the “No to AV” Campaign on 66% and the “Yes to AV” Campaign on 34%.

It’s going to be a long day…

The Blame Game Briefing Begins

And so it came to pass, the Yes campaign are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel of their campaign. Unfortunately it’s an oncoming train. 

Their people, most likely to be spinner Jon Bartley, have already begun briefing against Chris Huhne and his political game playing:

“Nothing Chris Huhne has done in the last few weeks was authorised by us or useful to us.



Huhne's No Tarzan

Chris Huhne’s posturing at Cabinet has been well reported elsewhere. Apparently he cares so much about the AV campaign that he openly challenged the Prime Minister at Cabinet. He then fully briefed hacks within minutes that he’d done so.

He certainly seems wound up, and there is even speculation that he could walk on Friday when the LibDems are decimated locally and in all likelihood the “Yes to AV” Campaign is defeated.[…]


Humphrys Stumped Thrice

Christmas came early for those who enjoy a good John Humphrys cock-up, as this morning three came at once. He went to pieces in his discussion about AV.  ‘As opposed to First Past The Post, which is used by no other major democracy…’ Wrong.[…]


Wonk Watch: Blond's Swerve

Steve Hilton’s cipher-wonk Phillip Blond is often a good gauge of what is going on at the no shoes, blue skies end of the Downing Street operation.  There was the briefest point back in 2010 when it looked like some of the more “progressive” bunch might back “Yes to AV” and Phillip, in his position as pope of the Tory wets, set out the reasons that Conservatives should not fear AV” 

“AV or not the Tories will still be able to win that game gain a majority and govern from a position of strength” he declared, after furiously attacking First Past the Post.[…]


The NO Campaign's Secret Weapon

As polling day approaches, the No campaign have deployed their most devastating attack on AV yet.

Signed, sealed, delivered. […]


The Guilty Men

Poor Patrick Wintour, just a couple of weeks ago he has was gleefully preaching the merits of the AV system to the Guardian choir, yet today he has almost begun naming the names of who is to blame for Yes running such an antiquated campaign.[…]


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Tories Enlist Karate Kid Against AV

The latest Tory referendum advert seems reminiscent of the Karate Kid…



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