Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thornberry Having “Big Effect” on Labour Doorstep

Labour are spinning hard that this week’s polls showing the party up to five points ahead prove the Thornberry saga has not cut through to the public. That’s not what one slightly more honest Labour MP told Guido last night:

“It’s had a big effect. I was knocking on doors this weekend and people were telling me, “I’m not going to vote for you. Ed Miliband doesn’t care about the working classes and the Labour Party don’t care about the working classes.” That’s Thornberry.”

No wonder her colleagues in marginal seats are queueing up to twist the knife…

Friday, November 21, 2014

Miliband: I Feel Respect When I See a White Van

Sky: “What goes through your mind when you see a white van outside a house?”

EM: “What goes through my mind is respect.”

Guido could watch this all day…

Another Stunning Intervention From Lucy Powell

“I would be deeply angry if someone came down my road and took a picture of my house and put it on the internet,” Miliband aide Lucy Powell told Andrew Neil on the Daily Politics.

“Deeply angry…”

UPDATE:

She also seemed confused about why Labour fared so badly in Rochester:

” I am not as complacent as Michael Gove is, who simply wants to put these issues down to by-election… We did badly because in part, this is a by-election.”

What was that about complacency?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The World Will End If You Vote UKIP

First it was value of your home that would plummet if you vote UKIP, and now it’s the markets that will crash should a small coastal town return the same MP the have had for the last four years:

“UKIP gains are changing the political landscape in Britain and these shifts have wider effects than shaking-up British politics; they are likely to spark short-term volatility in financial markets,” claims someone called Nigel Green, who claims to be the founder and chief executive of the deVere Group.

What a load of old bollocks. And a sneak peek of the nonsense that will be peddled if we ever get that referendum…

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Tories Want Long Term Economic Plan, and Eat It

The Tories are hoping the voters will swallow their “Long Term Economic Plan” slogan, though one adviser is literally stuffing it down throats. Last week saw Downing Street staff recreate the Great British Bake Off, with civil service boss Sir Jeremy Heywood playing the role of Mary Berry and judging the contest.

Raising money for Magic Breakfast – who provide 8,500 brekkies to school children every day – SpAd Daniel Korski’s entry was a cake emblazoned with the slogan, though that lost out to the elaborate gingerbread reconstruction of No 10 Deputy Head of Press Alan Sendorek.

Insiders blame rigid civil service impartiality for the the decision – Sir Jeremy’s loyalty must always be to the office and institution rather than the party in power. “I was robbed” says a source close to Korski.

No. 10 Accidentally Reveal CCHQ Writing Gov Top Lines

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Not a great start for the new No. 10 Head of News Nicola Hudson. In her first week in the job she has just sent this morning’s government toplines for the day out to all of Whitehall’s taxpayer-funded spinners. However, she forgot to remove the Conservative Party’s email signature from whichever top Tory strategist crafted the lines before forwarding them. CCHQ writing government lines… whodathunk?

Monday, November 10, 2014

UKIP Migrate to Millbank

New Labour did it in 1994, the Cameroons a decade later and now UKIP are the latest party on the up to base their election campaign from Millbank.

Guido can reveal that a donor has gifted the party access to space in 4 Millbank for the party press operation in the run up to 2015.

4 Millbank is also home to the BBC, Sky News and ITV’s Westminster operations

It seems Farage decides he likes it so much on TV, he wants to live there.

 

Miliband Downgrades PM Chances From “When” to “If”

In his crap conference speech Ed forgot the lectern and the deficit.

At the CBI, he’s remembered the lectern but still doesn’t quite nail the PM in waiting  image.

Also Guido notices  he has downgraded his chances of being in Number 10.

In Manchester back in September it was all “when I am Prime Minister”:

“When I am Prime Minister the question of human rights for gay and lesbian people will never be ignored”

Yet at the CBI he’s adopted a  more cautious “if”:

“If I am Prime Minister I will never risk British businesses…”

The doubt has set in. 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

KHAN ON CAMERA: Shifty Sadiq Scarpers from Scrutiny

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Bill Gets Ed’s Axelrod Treatment for Free

Ed Miliband’s very expensive, but very silent, election strategist David Axelrod has been to see Mayor Bill de Blasio’s team in New York, and he isn’t even getting paid for the service. Ed’s £300,000 fee for a one off visit seems like a bit of a rip off now…


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Tony Blair threatens Ed:

“If you had a strong political lead that was combining the politics of aspiration with the politics of compassion, I still think that’s where you could get a substantial majority…  If I ever do an interview on [the state of the Labour Party], it will have to be at length…”



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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