Speaking on BBC Hereford and Worcester, Chuka Umunna has some trouble working out where he is:
“I doubt most people on the streets in Hereford and Wichita know what a local enterprise partnership is about”
Miliband guru Lord Glasman:
“We have an England football team of a government, and the reserves are no better. Neither our coaches nor our political leaders seem to understand the relationship between competitiveness and co-operation, team building and winning. We have been managed not led. There seems to be no alternative to conformist mediocrity…
Labour has not told a story about how the centralisation of power, in the market and the state, is the primary problem, and giving incentives to virtue rather than vice is the fundamental solution. And so the most original leftwing thought for some years on social welfare reform vanished almost without trace, reduced to a nasty Labour press release on how the party plans to force young people into training.”
“Every crook and ne’er do well seems to end up here,” says David Coburn, newly elected UKIP MEP, speaking in Brussels.
Dom Cummings blogs on the PM calling him a “career psychopath”:
“No. 10′s first reaction was to decide not to react to my interview, then one of his friends pleaded with me to ‘leave him alone because Miliband would be even worse’ and another threatened me (incompetently). The fact that Cameron then blurts out an insult reviving the story four days later is an example of my point about the lack of focus in No. 10. If they can’t decide a consistent line on me, what chance on ISIS?!
For Cameron, someone who focuses on priorities and gets stuff done every day according to a long-term plan stretching over years, while ignoring orders from Heywood, doubtless looks like a psycho! I’m not sure which of us would come out ahead on the Hare test, but I know who is better at getting stuff done and it ain’t the guy in No. 10 watching Netflix with a glass of red in his paw…”
Former Gove SpAd Dom Cummings, on David Cameron:
“As Bismarck said about Napoleon III, Cameron is a sphinx without a riddle. Everyone is trying to find the secret of David Cameron but he is exactly what he appears to be. There’s no mystery to him. He had a picture of Macmillan on his wall — that’s all you need to know.”
On Dave’s chief of staff Ed Llewellyn:
“a classic third-rate suck-up-kick-down sycophant presiding over a shambolic court”
On the No.10 comms chief Craig Oliver:
“He’s just clueless.”
Tom Watson on the Fabians’ report showing Labour is losing support to UKIP:
“This must be listened to at the top of the party. I think there is an added problem of the density of former special advisers who speak for Labour in a particular tone that is off-putting. We need more working-class voices at the top of the party.”
Who could he be talking about?
“It’s lovely to see you but I have no desire to be part of frontline politics,” says Gordon Brown. An MP.
BBC election guru John Curtice:
‘The truth is that they [Labour] should be on tenterhooks as to whether they will win the seat. That swing that they would need, it is less than the Labour Party achieved in Norwich, less than the Conservatives achieved in Norwich in the last Parliament, less than Labour achieved in Dudley West, Wirrel South just before they won the 1997 election. When oppositions look as though they are on course for government, the kind of swing that is required for Labour to win has been relatively common. To that extent, we have to ask ourselves, why is it we are not asking the question, could Labour win this? It is all of a piece, as a result of the recent elections, Labour do not have the enthusiasm and depth of support in the electorate that make them look like an alternative government.’
Treatment of Ashya King’s Family Authoritarian | Brendan O'Neill
Stop the War Should Disband | Rob Marchant
State Should Not Act as Parent | Kathy Gyngell
Guido’s Column | Sun
Don’t Bottle Schools Revolution | Dom Cummings
Sack Bercow | Melanie Phillips
Tories Should Have Open Primary in Clacton | Mark Wallace
Osborne Tricked Into Haircut | Janan Ganesh
100 Tory Eurosceptics Defy Cameron | Indy
ConHome Manifesto Launched | ConHome
Play the Great Clacton By-Election Game! | ConservativeHome
“I stab people in the front, not the back.”
Owen Jones says:
We also need Zil lanes.