Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Order of the OTT – Burn the Purnell Edition

The increasingly impressive James Purnell mooted some pretty well trodden ideas last week. The former Labour MP had the audacity to question whether millionaires should really get a pensioners free bus pass and state supplied fuel. A long overdue debate, but Labour grassroots have whipped themselves up into a fury of self-righteousness, that only they do best. The pitchforks and iPads have been out in force, culminating in one of the greatest headlines on LabourList that Guido has seen in a long time:

“Purnell is a heretic, and he’s in the wrong party”

He should then of course be burnt at the social-democratic stake right? Sentiments like that go a long way to explain Labour aren’t being taken seriously. A well deserved Order of the OTT…

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Order of the OTT For Red Ken

It’s definitely time for an Order of the OTT given some of the absurd hyperbole that lefties have been spouting this week. Revolutionary darling Owen Jones gets a special commendation for his attempt to pull up the ladder with his “Abolish Oxbridge” campaign. Guido is sure it must be a spoof.

However Red Ken’s bad case of foot-in-mouth-disease has struck again, leaving even the most loyal of Labourites wincing. Showing his characteristically spectacular poor judgement, Ken described Boris’s new Chief of Staff as the “the Mladic of local government” at a campaign event last night. Eddie Lister reformed Wandsworth Council, streamlining services and creating savings. Mladic killed 18,000 Muslims. Good day for Boris.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Order of the OTT for Bob Crow

Trade union fat cat Bob “lets tax email” Crow has  been at the type-writer again. An RMT press release said today:

“Government plans to slash already inadequate health and safety inspections will give the green light to employers to cut corners and cause more workplace deaths and injuries…When ConDem ministers talk about easing regulation what they mean is removing it, and when it comes to health and safety that is a charter for death and injury.”

The nonsensical hyperbole peaks with:

“The message that the government is sending with these cuts is that nothing, even the lives and health of working people, should stand in the way of profit, and these plans are part of the government’s general attack on working people.”

Everyone got the memo? The ConDems are killers.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Order of the OTT for Karen Buck

It all becomes clear. We’ve all been so blind, but now finally someone has joined up the dots and shown us the truth. Labour front bencher Karen Buck has solved the mystery of why the government are cutting Housing Benefit. It is to force “black women, ethnic minority women and Muslim women” out of London obviously. Silence from Ed…

Friday, January 28, 2011

Order of the OTT for Alan Bennett

As the cuts start to bit so the darlings will increase their rhetoric and hyperbole. While not always agreeing with Alan Bennett, Guido usually has a lot of time for his way with words. Sadly he lets himself down badly in today’s Guardian:

“Closing libraries is child abuse.”

Cue the world’s most depressing short story about that.

Thanks to the excellent David MacLean for the tip.

Seen Elsewhere

Rise of Angela Merkel | New Yorker
May SpAd Removed From Candidates List | ConHome
Clodagh’s Law | Press Gazette
Whitehall Bosses Ban Christmas | Sun
Meanwhile, in Russia… | Media Guido
Christmas TV Tips | Laura Perrins
Labour Marginal Fright | Lord Ashcroft
Osborne’ Real Deficit Reduction Record | ConHome
Blameronism | Peter Oborne
Everyone Can Lose | Staggers
Splintering of the Left | Tim Montgomerie


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