Monday, January 9, 2012

DUEMA is Hiring!

The Don’t Unseat Ed Miliband Association had a shaky baptism of fire last week. Both big mouths and events caused no end of trouble. So good news then that Labour are looking to hire a spinner solely for rapid rebuttal:

Labour Party
Job Description

Job title: Executive Director, Rebuttal and Policy
Location: Based at Head Office London

Key Purpose: Provide strategic leadership responsible for designing the Party’s policy programme and managing the research and rebuttal functions necessary to carry out this role

Working with the leadership, shadow cabinet and all parts of the Party, to co-ordinate and implement a winning policy agenda to lead into the next general election

Establish a rapid rebuttal function to allow the Party to respond quickly and effectively to claims made about the Party’s policy positions

Guido is looking forward to sparring…

Friday, January 6, 2012

Dave Not Even Trying to Hide the Dyeing

Compare and contrast the greys pre-Christmas with today’s dark locks…

UPDATE:

UPDATE II:  Definitive professional opinion

Cooking the Books

Given that the system is already at breaking point, it isn’t necessarily a bad thing that the number of university applications is falling, but nearly all the papers this week have agreed that it is happening:

Mirror: “University applications fall 25,000″

Mail: “University applications down by 23,000″

Indy: “University applications down despite late surge”

Times: “Fewer British and European students apply to universities despite surge before deadline”

Telegraph: “University demand falls by 8%”

Guardian: “University applications slip by 8% as fees triple”

Only the FT bucked the trend with: “Students undeterred by higher University fees”

Guess which one of those pieces was written by a former adviser to David Willetts, the Minister responsible for universities?

Take a bow, spinner turned Education Correspondent and blog favourite, Chris Cook of the FT…

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Great First Week for Tim Livesey

During his pre-Christmas leadership wobble, Ed rushed out the news that Tim Livesey, a former senior adviser to the Archbishop of Canterbury, has been hired as his new Chief of Staff. Well what a first week he’s having! Yesterday there was Glasman, then the cack-handed response to Abbott this morning, and now Tom Baldwin’s latest strategy memo has been leaked, to much hilarity. Apparently Labour’s post-election recovery has been the best of any party in history. Quiet at the back.

Isn’t it amazing how it’s Sam Coates of The Times keeps getting Baldwin’s memos. They used to work together when Baldwin was the Times’ Chief Reporter. It’s almost as if Baldwin knows that a “leak” is more likely to be read over a press release. Straight out of the Democrat play-book…

UPDATE: Not a strategy, it is a lunchtime line to take. Baldwin would know.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Keeping it in the Family

The new year is often a good time for pressure-groups, charities and minor players to get headlines beyond their normal reach. A well-timed press release can work wonders in the quieter days before the Westminster is fully up and running. Today was no exception, and step forward the Family and Parenting Institute.

“Couples with children ‘to be hardest hit’ by coalition tax and benefit changes” claim the headlines this morning,  however it seemed nobody bothered to take a moment to think this might not be the most balanced group in the world. The Family and Parenting Institute was set up by the Labour Party, and its current Chief Exec, who had previously been head of that bastion of neutrality the Fawcett Society, was hand-picked by Alistair Campbell’s partner Fiona Miller. They must be laughing their heads off with the coverage…

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Exclusive: Tory MEP Roger Helmer No Longer Resigning

Back in October, Guido broke the news that the Conservative MEP Roger Helmer had handed a letter of resignation to CCHQ. This blog was also first with the fact that CCHQ were doing their utmost to stop Rupert Matthews, the next candidate on the East Midlands party list and Helmer’s preferred successor, from being anointed. Well once again Guido is first with the news: Roger Helmer won’t be resigning after all.

Helmer’s resignation was supposed to be effective of today, but as party chairman Sayeeda Warsi is apparently insisting on someone other than Matthews, apparently “a less-geeky woman”, takes over, Helmer has decided to dig his boots in. A European co-conspiritor told Guido last night “Roger won’t be going anywhere unless Rupert is guaranteed.” CCHQ sources insist that they won’t be budging on this one, so it looks like Helmer will be staying. Once again, the Tory high-command’s gender-agenda has created an almighty mess…

Friday, December 30, 2011

Labour’s Dugher Falsely Accuses Tories of Knighting Criminal

Michael Dugher fancies himself as Ed Miliband’s answer to Peter Mandelson. Guido thinks he is as slippery with his spin, but nowhere near as smart as the Dark Lord. Dugher has just emailed out a press release, Guido is ignoring the embargo because he wasn’t a recipient of this press release:

Date: 30 December 2011 17:13:57 GMT

Subject: EMBARGOED NEWS FROM LABOUR: David Cameron promised to clean up politics, but in office he has shown he is utterly out of touch with decent British people – Dugher

Responding to the New Year’s Honours List, Michael Dugher, Labour’s Shadow Cabinet Office Minister said:

“David Cameron promised to clean up politics, but in office he has shown he is utterly out of touch with decent British people. He’s giving a knighthood to Paul Ruddock, who made millions from the collapse of Northern Rock and has given over half a million pounds to the Tories, and another to Gerald Ronson who was jailed for his part in a share-trading fraud.

“This tells you everything you need to know about the Tories’ priorities. At a time when millions of families are struggling to get by, it’s the Tories’ friends in the City who get the rewards.”

ENDS

A bit rich you might think coming from the party that knighted RBS’s Fred Goodwin. Paul Ruddock has a gallery in the British Museum named after him and is chairman of the board of the V & A. He has given tens of millions to charity and is a well know philanthropist. So no surprise that he gets a well deserved knighthood.

Truly shocking that the Tories would give a knighthood to a convicted fraudster. Except they haven’t. Dugher has screwed up again…

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Silence of the Pink ‘Un II

There are 22 articles currently listed on Google News regarding this morning’s Education Select Committee. They all mention the appearance of Rod Bristow, president of Pearson UK. The publishers own the exam board Edexcel, as well as the Financial Times.

While the Telegraph, Times, Guardian, BBC and PA are running with the grilling that Bristow got, there is absolute silence, once again, from the FT’s Education Correspondent Christopher Cook.  It’s not as if he hasn’t been filing copy, a piece by him about other matters went on the website at 3:51 pm. Plenty of time until deadline though…

Labour Doublespeak

Well this morning’s story about Ed’s departing joker Ayesha has not gone down well in the Labour Press office.  There was already enough kerfuffle trying to get the line straight before this Freudian slip was spun to us on the record, hastily corrected 5 minutes later:

Ayesha herself has also been on to bend Guido’s ear and deny everything. We’re happy to accept both official denials.

As Polls Plummet New Labour Control Freakery Returning

Michael Dugher was until recently Ed Miliband’s PPS, he wants to beEd’s Mandelson and is clearly keen on enforcing “the line”. However implausible it may be.

Yesterday’s Post-PMQs collective head-in-hands moment by the left-wing commentariat really has upset the dwindling Miliband true-believers. LabourList editor Mark Ferguson, who yesterday implicitly called for Ayesha Hazariki to be sacked (PMQs Verdict: Cut the Gags, Ed), is only reflecting what the Labour grassroots are saying in private. According to YouGov only 8% of Labour voters think Ed Miliband is a natural leader. Enforcing New Labour style discipline on propaganda isn’t going to change that fact.


Seen Elsewhere

Time We Showed Super Rich Some Love | Alice Thomson
We Need True Popular Capitalism | Maurice Saatchi
Labour’s Winning Hand | Sebastian Shakespeare
We Defend Labour’s Record | John Hutton and Alan Milburn
100 Tories to Rebel on Plain Packs | Telegraph
May 2015 and the Art of Political Betting | MAY2015
Fate of Eurozone Rests in Hands of Videogame Expert | TechnoGuido
UKIP After Farage | Asa Bennett
Eichmann Called on Arabs to Continue War on Jews | Speccie
Mirror Hacking: 50 Legal Action Claims | Press Gazette
Mandy’s £400,000 Tax-Free Loan From Own Company | Guardian


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Alan Milburn says Labour’s scaremongering campaign for an unreformed NHS will not win election…

“It would be a fatal mistake, in my view, for Labour to go into this election looking as though it is the party that would better resource the National Health Service but not necessarily put its foot to the floor when it comes to reforming. Look, reforms are not easy, but the Labour Party is not a conservative party. It should be about moving things forward not preserving them in aspic. You have got a pale imitation actually of the 1992 general election campaign, and maybe it will have the same outcome. I don’t know.”


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