Monday, December 3, 2007

+++ BBC NEWS HAIN "THERE ARE MORE DONATIONS" +++

As broken by Guido here earlier. The obvious questions are

  1. Why didn’t he ‘fess up last week during his last admitted bout of amnesia?
  2. Why wait until Guido chases his fundraiser?
UPDATE 20.30 : For the record Guido made his first phone-call to Huw Roberts at 12.57 today. Guido called repeatedly his office, mobile and home numbers. Huw returned the call around 15.30. The story was up on the blog by 16.07, Joe Carberry, Hain’s SpAd, told Guido at around 16.30 that the story was untrue.

Hain released a self-serving statement this evening, just in time for the 6pm news shows, saying he went to see the Electoral Commission “this afternoon”. Guido would like to know if this was arranged in advance or was it impromptu? Funny coincidence of timing.

Hain Fundraiser : "Small Problem With Donations"

Guido has been running up his phone bill trying to get hold of Labour fundraisers. Peter Hain’s fundraiser, Huw Roberts was kind enough to call back.
HR Hello, I couldn’t make out your message, who is that?
GF I was calling about your undeclared donations to Peter Hain’s campaign
HR Who are you? What are you talking about?

This went on for a bit. During which he claimed to have never met and never even heard of Jon Mendelsohn until this weekend. After some time where he tried to get Guido to tell him what Guido knew, he coughed a confession.

HR There is a small problem with my donation. It is not my fault. He has to declare the donations, not me.

The conversation got a bit confused and fraught at this point, Huw would only concede that he had made a donation, yet despite having held fundraising dinners for Peter Hain, he would not confirm any other donations were undeclared. No donation of any kind is recorded from Huw Roberts…

UPDATE : Have just got off the phone with Joe Carberry, Hain’s SpAd, “what you have written on the blog is not true”. So is Huw Roberts lying? “I am going to put the phone down” said Carberry. Guido gets through a lot of Hain SpAds per annum, so it is understandable.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Hain Loses Another SpAd

Hain can’t seem to hold a SpAd down since Phil Taylor’s departure. Robert Philpot has gone back to Progress. Who are Hain’s SpAds nowadays? Why did Philpot leave so soon? Hain could get a Basher Davis type reputation for staff turnover at this rate…

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Pap-Snap of Hain HQ

Friday, May 4, 2007

H4L : How Much is Hain’s Campaign Costing?

Hain, being ex-Liberal party lacks grassroots Labour support, hence his reliance on SpAds and lobbyists to run his campaign. Rank and file members are very tribal – he isn’t trusted.

Despite having an effectively taxpayer subsidised campaign he still has some spending to do. And according to this document that has been passed to Guido he plans to spend little short of a cool six-figures on his campaign.

The campaign’s expenditure summary can be downloaded here.

Notice no allowance made for mobile phones and Blackberries (SpAds have government issued mobiles and Blackberries, you pay for them). Hain is pressing the flesh everywhere he goes and putting the travel down to ministerial expenses (you pay again) he is hosting drinks parties for journalists (as a minister of course, nothing to do with the leadership battle, you pay for that as well).

But who is coughing up for Hain’s expensive campaign? Sleazy lobbyist Steve Morgan is running the show…

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

The Race for Number Two : Hain’s Campaign

Yesterday’s request for co-conspirators to email Guido with titbits and gossip about the wannabee Number Twos produced an effluence of information, largely for some reason about Team Hain. Fascinating stuff, most of which you won’t find on Hain4Labour. On the campaign site his lengthy and detailed political biography neglects to mention that he was the president of the Young Liberals in 1977. Not a lot of policy positions either, beyond “I agree with Gordon” which he couples with the word “radical” repeatedly. However a co-conspirator has dug out the perma-tan’s policy views. In his book “The Democratic Alternative” he lists what a Hain administration would do in the first 100 days. It is heady stuff:

“By the Monday, after polling, the new government should be launching the next phase: the first 100 days during which it must stamp a new approach on the nation. Exchange controls will need to be quickly imposed with new powers over foreign capital movements. All financial institutions and companies should be required to halt new investment overseas. The pension funds and other financial institutions should be required to purchase government stocks to fund a massive expansion of a rejuvenated National Enterprise Board. Immediate import controls should be imposed, pending full negotiations in the context of planned trade and planning agreements. Privatisation of British Telecom should be reversed…. price controls should also figure during these first 100 days… It is essential to involve the unions directly over decisions in all economic activities etc etc

State-controlled authoritarian socialism, unlilateral disarmanent with CND invited to takeover the Ministry of Defence, leaving NATO, government organised anti – American demonstrations, price-controls, it is all there. Hain aims to turn Britain into a rainy version of Cuba. Is this what he means by “radical”? Does Gordon know about this?

What will Ronnie Cohen do when they nationalise his private equity investments?

…to be continued.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

MySpacers Don’t Vote

Politicians including Hilary Clinton think getting down with the kids requires a MySpace site. Research by Heather Hopkins at Hitwise suggests it is an ineffective way of reaching voters. In the UK MySpacers are more likely to be welfare chavs on council estates* who don’t vote. Peter Hain’s leadership campaign has a MySpace site. Is that smart targeting of his likely supporters, or just stupid?

*Heather didn’t describe them in those words.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Hain’s Emergency

Guido hears that Hain had a bit of a panic this morning after his campaign’s strategy and supporters list was put online. The resulting emergency conference call had a theme; “shit, what are we going to do?”

Apparently Labour staffers are in the shit, since they are supposed to be impartial. Which means Sheila Murphy, Labour’s Northern Director and Barrie Grunewald, Regional Director Yorks and Humber, will have to explain themselves to Hilary Benn and Alan Johnson, who are both in their regional care.

Life won’t be any easier for Felicity Williams, General Secretary of the Wales TUC who is in a politically restricted post, nor Lynn Glaister, Welsh Regional Officer and Arlene Ainsley – Regional Officer for the North of England.

One thing is for sure, Joe Carberry, Hain’s researcher and the author of the document along with Phil Taylor, Hain’s SpAd, are not going to be popular with the boss or his supporters after this screw up…

Peter Hain’s Campaign Strategy

Normally this kind of thing when leaked is not that exciting, Guido is usually underwhelmed by the details of by-election battle-plans and suchlike. But you know, the perma-tanned boy-racer is so bloody irritating that hopefully outing some MPs who have tentatively promised him support (no doubt they have said the same to other candidates) will give him a bit of a slap and please many rugby fans.

Particularly amusing to see listed is the promise by Harriet Harman’s PPS, Martin Linton, that he will publicly support her rival for deputy leader. What is clear is the total state of paralysis gripping the party of government as all minds are focused on positioning. Poor the Harriet…

Download Peter Hain’s “Strategy and Supporters” list here.

Remember, Guido’s contact details are in the right-hand column if you want to blow the whistle…

Thursday, September 2, 2004

Hain Lets Out the Secret – Ssshhhhh

Apparently Downing Street wants Kerry to win. According to Peter Hain, a man known to shoot his mouth off from his left hip, Blair is rootin’ for Kerry. Or maybe Hain is rootin’ for Kerry. Dangerous ground methinks, Look how Howard has felt a not too gentle chill wind blowing from Washington. Particularly as Kerry looks increasingly likely to do a Dukkakis impression.

Anyway I doubt its true the religious-neo-conservative-power-crazed-loony dislikes his opposite number in the Whitehouse. Whilst we’re on the subject has anyone seen the famous Blair cowboy boots? Better still do you have pictures?


Seen Elsewhere

Moral Bankruptcy of the BBC | David Keighley
UKIP’s ‘Starsky and Hutch’ | Total Politics
Innocent Sun Journo Just Doing Her Job | Sun
Boris Sent Up North | Times
The Only Way to Mend the EU | Leo McKinstry
Northern Labour Tearing Party Apart | David Aaronovitch
Osborne is Son of Brown | Peter Oborne
Uber Needs to Mind Its Manners | CapX
Sun Victory in Court | MediaGuido
UKIP Gains Coming at Labour’s Expense | Elections Etc
Farage’s Migrant Muddle | Indy


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