Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Who Is Tony Blair Trying to Kid?

Tony Blair, November 2014:

“And it was perfectly clear when it was taking shape in the late 1990s that countries were being pulled into it altogether on the basis of political will and that was always going to be risky.”

Tony Blair, June 1998:

“The decision to launch the single currency is the first step and marks the turning point for Europe, marks stability and growth and is crucial to high levels of growth and employment.”

Why bother?

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?

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Silence of the Spinners

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“He doesn’t want to speak to you” Guido has been told many times. We’ve never had a problem being put in the “sin bin” by politicians, we don’t seek to do interviews, so if a politician refuses to speak to us, it doesn’t matter too much, we can still talk about them. In fact we will probably shout about them even more. (Some free advice to any MP in our crosshairs, we don’t go away if you ignore us, we redouble our efforts.) These days however it is usually a party press officer – a professional spinner – who refuses to do his job and comment.

After a string of negative stories the LibDem press office earlier this year decided not to engage with us, did it help their cause? No. Stories on the blog went unchallenged and into print the next day in the national press. To be fair to the LibDem press team, our guess is they usually haven’t been told anything by the Deputy PM’s office in Downing Street, so it is not as if they can say anything of consequence. Amusingly after the Guido Fawkes Tenth Anniversary party they called, hurt, to inquire why press officers from the Tories, Labour and UKIP were all there eating caviar and drinking champagne whilst none from LibDem HQ were invited. “We put you in our sin bin” we told them…

Janan Ganesh in the Financial Times this morning analyses Labour’s attitude to the press

They blame the “rightwing press”, particularly the chunk of it owned by Rupert Murdoch, not only for the leadership tremors but for Mr Miliband’s low reputation in the country. If voters disdain Mr Miliband, the party seems to believe, it is because they are brainwashed. The best that can be said for this theory is that it has ideological pedigree; the one morsel of Marxist doctrine still evidently cherished by the British left is false consciousness.

Labour’s view of the press has soured to the point of self-harm. The Sun is read by more than 5 million Britons every day, many of whom vote Labour or entertain the prospect of doing so. Yet the party talks of the Murdoch-owned tabloid as a remote Other. It is just about conceivable that Labour can win power while ignoring anyone who disagrees with it. How it expects to govern a plural nation with such a sectarian cast of mind is harder to understand.

Unhinged by indignation, Labour MPs even joined a hashtag campaign on Twitter to insist that “We back Ed”, like Brezhnev-era Kremlin officials denying rumours of a coup. To repeat: a major political party decided that having to affirm support for its own leader six months before a general election would somehow leave him an enhanced figure.

The idea that being put in the “sin bin” will hurt Guido is bizarre. We’re going to light up those pixels and fill up those column inches regardless whether or not you engage. The pixels on the #1 political website in the country, the inches in the political column in the biggest selling newspaper in Britain…

We want to get the facts right when we run a story, press officers and party apparatchiks may not like the tone or the thrust of an article coming down the line, nevertheless running away won’t help. Look at Sadiq Khan‘s recent 48 hours of bad publicity. Sadiq thought he could tough it out with “no comment”, that didn’t work with us because – unlike the Leveson leery dead tree press – we ran the pictures without a response anyway. In the end ignoring this blog meant the broadcast and print media eventually joined in the mêlée. As Tom Watson once said, if you can’t take a kicking from Guido, then you don’t deserve to be in politics…

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. 


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