Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Ed Smashes His Negative Polling Record, Slumps Below Clegg
Osborne’s Shock Positive Approval Rating Grows

Ed Miliband has hit his lowest ever personal rating by gold-standard pollsters ICM for the Guardian. The Labour leader has dropped 14 points in the last month to -39, below even Nick Clegg, who has a rating of -37. Cameron has lost last month’s positive rating of +2, dropping to -5, though Osborne has seen an increase in his own rating from +5 to +6.

The force is strong in that one.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Bilderberg Guest List 2014

Assorted politicians, monarchs, bankers, arms dealers, spooks, CEOs, media execs and lizard-people meet in Copenhagen today for the annual Bilderberg conference. Here is a selected guest list:

Marcus Agius - Non-Executive Chairman, PA Consulting Group; former Group Chairman, Barclays
Keith Alexander - Former Commander, U.S. Cyber Command; Former Director, National Security Agency
Roger Altman - Executive Chairman, Evercore
Edward Balls - Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer
Ben van Beurden - CEO, Royal Dutch Shell
Philip Breedlove - Four star US general; Supreme Allied Commander, Europe
Benoit Coeuré - Member of the Executive Board, European Central Bank
Sherard Cowper-Coles - Senior Adviser to the Group Chairman and Group CEO, HSBC Holdings plc
Mathias Döpfner - CEO, Axel Springer SE
Robert Dudley- Group Chief Executive, BP plc
Thomas Enders - CEO, Airbus Group
Douglas Flint - Group Chairman, HSBC Holdings plc
Justine Greening - Secretary of State for International Development
Kenneth Jacobs - Chairman and CEO, Lazard
Henry Kissinger - Chairman, Kissinger Associates, Inc.
Christine Lagarde - Managing Director, International Monetary Fund
Peter Mandelson - Chairman, Global Counsel LLP
John Micklethwait - Editor-in-Chief, The Economist
H.R.H. Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands
George Osborne - George Chancellor of the Exchequer
John Sawers - Chief, Secret Intelligence Service (MI6)
Eric Schmidt - Executive Chairman, Google Inc.
H.M. the Queen of Spain
Martin Wolf - Chief Economics Commentator, The Financial Times
Robert Zoellick - Chairman, Board of International Advisors, The Goldman Sachs Group

What could the head of MI6, the former director of the NSA, the boss of Google and Justine Greening be talking about?

You can read the guest list in full here.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Exclusive: Osborne Reveals UKIP Crisis Summit at Chequers

George Osborne has revealed that the Tories held a crisis summit at Chequers this morning on how to deal with the UKIP threat. Both government and party sources refuse to discuss attendees or indeed what was on the agenda. Leaving a breakfast event hosted at No.11 for alumni of Magdalen College, Oxford, the Chancellor explained his premature exit by telling attendees he was taking the unusual step of going to the PM’s official countryside residence in the middle of the week for the meeting. An important pit stop on the way to Newark…


Seen Elsewhere

Farage Hints at How Tory Pact Might Work | Spectator
Former Tory MP: I Watched Alleged Underage Video | Express
Dear Owen Jones, the Hamas Rockets Matter Too | LFF
BBC’s Chris Mason Goes on a Stag Do | MediaGuido
Strikes Harm Union Members’ Interests | Ruth Porter
Miliband Less Cool Than Ming Campbell | Telegraph
Aide Calls for Ruffley to Be Sacked | Eastern Daily Press
German MP Admits Taking Meth | Mail
Tristram Flip-Flop | Quentin Letts
Bigger Reshuffle Than Expected | James Landale
Immigration Explained | Peter Hoskin


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Owen Jones pays tribute to the intellectual ascendancy of the right…

“In this country, the Institute of Economic Affairs was founded in 1955; the Centre for Policy Studies in 1974; the Adam Smith Institute in 1977. They not only laid the ideological foundations for privatisation, the stripping of trade union power and the slashing of taxes on the rich and corporate interests, but helped shift the terms of political debate. The left has been on the defensive and in intellectual retreat ever since.”



Sally Bercow says:

I think I shall reactivate my Twitter account *innocent face*


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