Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Cam and Clegg’s Free Advertising for Donor Cronies

Nick Clegg unveils the LibDems’ local election campaign this morning, welcoming journalists to the Ministry of Sound for what sounds like a riveting launch. The location is a nice little plug for Lord Palumbo, the owner of the Ministry of Sound who has donated £500,000 to the LibDems and was made a peer for his troubles. Kerching!

Dave was no better last week, name-dropping JCB at the Tories’ local election campaign launch. He three times credited the firm with helping rebuild the British economy – without mentioning the fact that the Tories have received almost £5million in donations from JCB chairman Anthony Bamford. The PM also bunged him a peerage too. Doesn’t it make you proud…

Bercow’s New Staff Helpline Doesn’t Mention Sexual Harassment
Speaker Accused of “Hypocrisy” After Telling Guest to “F**k Off”

Parliamentary researchers have reacted with derision to John Bercow’s new sexual harassment hotline, which doesn’t even mention sexual harassment. The service, outsourced to Health Assured, offers support for all the problems you might expect except the one it they were brought in to deal with – MPs touching up their staff. Guido would advise any researchers lacking confidence in the new hotline to give us a call instead…

Meanwhile MPs are accusing Bercow of hypocrisy. One tells Guido the Speaker “regularly loses it” himself and has “temper tantrums”, recalling Bercow launching a “bonkers” four-letter tirade towards Sir Ian Kennedy, chairman of the MPs’ expenses watchdog, at an event he was hosting in Parliament. Guests were left “gobsmacked” after Bercow told Kennedy to “f*** off”. Who’ll police Parliament’s self-appointed policeman?

Friday, May 2, 2014

Mike Hancock’s Lawyers Claim He Lacks “Mental Capacity” LibDems Back His “Independent” Campaign to Hold Council Seat

Hancock crosshairs

Despite theoretically being thrown out of the LibDems, pervy Mike Hancock is standing for the council unopposed by the LibDems, with his campaign implicitly supported by their resources. The party of Cyril Smith never learns…

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Bercow Email to MPs on Parliament Perv Hotline

To all Members

At its meeting last month, the Members Estimate Committee agreed that the House should subscribe to a confidential helpline for all Members’ staff. This service will act as a safety net designed to complement the existing pastoral care and the internal processes that have been put in place by the main political parties.

I am pleased to announce that Heath Assured have been commissioned to provide this service, which will be run initially as a pilot scheme for a year, commencing today. If the pilot proves successful, a full tender process will take place later this year.

Health Assured offer a confidential telephone helpline to allow staff to discuss personal and professional issues, including health and well-being information, financial issues including debt, stress at home or work, and relationship matters. Additionally, face-to-face counselling sessions can be offered where appropriate.

A range of online facilities is also available. Communications will be sent to all staff in the coming days and I hope you will also promote the service within your Westminster and constituency offices. 

John Bercow

Speaker

The consensus among parliamentary researchers is that Bercow’s vanity hotline will do nothing to change the culture of pervy MPs…

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Suspended Council Candidate Doesn’t Make National News

Michael Crick is teasing he has “another astonishing exclusive on UKIP” coming up this evening. You can bet he won’t be giving as much airtime to Labour’s announcement that they have suspended one of their council candidates after he was accused of defrauding his own council. Or LibDem councillor Ajit Atwal, who is still a candidate for May despite being photographed with an AK47. Or the recent Tory council candidate who was revealed to have been a past member of the BNP.

Guido does feel UKIP overdo it sometimes with the cries of smear and establishment stitch up. But when these stories rarely make the news bulletins or front pages and equivalent stories about UKIP do, the press is just playing into Farage’s hands…

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

CONFIRMED: Mercer Banned From Parliament for 6 Months

RUMOUR: Mercer Decision Imminent

Three weeks ago in his Sun column Guido revealed that CCHQ was bracing itself for a damning Standards Committee report into Patrick Mercer, with insiders saying the condemnation will be so bad he may be forced out of Parliament. The story was followed up in the Sunday Times this weekend. Several sources are now suggesting that the decision will come in the next 24 hours…

UPDATE: The Week reports that Mercer has been banned from parliament for six months. The Standards Committee is refusing to comment. Mercer isn’t answering his mobile…

Friday, April 25, 2014

Labour’s Karl Turner Faces Standards Investigation

Regular readers will remember Labour’s rent-a-gob Karl Turner previous run in with the authority when he nicked a newspaper from a first class train carriage. “A self-satisfied, obnoxious, patronising bully who can afford a quid for The Times” was one of the kinder witness statements. Well the passive-aggressive MP has been caught red-handed breaking House of Commons rules by trying to raise party funds using non-partisan parliamentary resources. Turner’s potential opponent in Hull East Mike Whitehead made the original complaint and had him bang to rights. The uninspiring Labour MP admits sending out invites to the £45-a-head fundraiser from a parliamentary account, in clear breach of the members’ code of conduct:

“It shouldn’t have happened and I have made sure it will not happen again.”

Local Tory MP Graham Stuart is accusing Turner of a serious and ongoing error of judgment”, referring the “unapologetic” and “flippant” Turner to the Standards Commissioner. He says Turner sold the tickets “under false pretences”. An apology to the House is in order.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Pickles Crackdown on Town Hall Pravdas

Most of the government is either on holiday or has ground to a halt, but Eric Pickles is still hard at work fighting taxpayer-funded propaganda newspapers in rotten boroughs. The Communities Secretary has given Greenwich Time, Hackney Today, the Newham mag, Waltham Forest News and the infamous pro-Lutfur Rahman Tower Hamlets paper East End Life two weeks to explain why they shouldn’t face action:

“It is scandalous that bloggers have been handcuffed for tweeting from council meetings, while propaganda on the rates drives the free press out of business. Only Putin would be proud of a record like that.”

Who could he possibly have in mind?

Friday, April 11, 2014

Tory Code of Conduct Cop Out

The Tories’ new code of conduct for their MPs is entirely voluntary, with the party distancing itself from having to deal with any complaints by making clear staff grievances are “entirely a matter for you to handle”. Which means if a staffer complains about their boss, the complaint is dealt with by… their boss.

Appendix A: Conservative Members of Parliament (as employers) and their employees: Code of Conduct

Rights and responsibilities of employees

Rights
All employees, whatever their role or level, are entitled to:
 be treated with dignity, respect and courtesy by their employer, colleagues, House
staff, contractors, visitors and members of the public;
 be valued for the work that they do;
 be free from any form of discrimination, victimisation, harassment or bullying;
 work in an environment free from unwelcome behaviour and inappropriate language.

Responsibilities
All employees should:
 conduct themselves in a professional and respectful manner;
 be fair and just in all workplace dealings;
 listen to the views of others;
 understand the difference between normal work disagreements and
harassment/bullying.

All employees are responsible for ensuring they understand what behaviour is required of
them and that their conduct does not cause offence. Everyone shares a responsibility for
understanding the sensitivities and feelings of others and avoiding behaviour that could cause
offence or distress. Equally, all employees should be free to carry out their duties free from
unfounded allegations of discrimination, harassment or bullying.

Rights and responsibilities of Conservative Members of Parliament (as employers)

Rights
All Conservative Members of Parliament (as employers), like their employees, are entitled to
be treated with respect and dignity. They have the right to:
 expect to carry out their parliamentary business free from unfounded allegations of
discrimination, harassment or bullying;
 expect employees to be as helpful as possible, to act with honesty, probity and so
uphold the reputation of the House and of the Member as a member of the
Conservative Party.

Responsibilities
In return, Conservative Members of Parliament (as employers) are expected to:
 interact with their employees in a fair, reasonable and consistent manner;
 use appropriate channels should issues relating to delivery standards arise;
 fully co-operate with the Conservative Pastoral Care Team (CPCT) should a
grievance procedure be instigated;
 ensure their employees act in accordance with the spirit and ethos of this policy in
their dealings with House staff;
 lead by example to encourage and foster an atmosphere of respect and tolerance;
 not use their position to bully, abuse or harass employees or assume a threatening or
intimidating style or discriminate against them.

If anything, this leaves staffers who are victims of handsy MPs in a weaker position than before…

Via Channel 4 News.

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A ‘senior Conservative party official’ passes judgement on Theresa May:

“She is boring. A technocrat. She is Philip Hammond with a fanny. Not interesting, but rendered interesting by circumstance. And that circumstance is that she is a woman. And in an age when the Prime Minister gets it in the neck for refusing to wear a fucking T-shirt that says he is a feminist, that is a rocket boost right underneath you.”



Left on Left says:

The lefties are attacking because the panellist is a millionaire and lives in a London home worth upwards of two million. Someone had best tell them he’s called Ed Miliband.


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