Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Pfizer’s Fixers
Axelrod Hamstrings Another Labour Attack Opportunity

Pfizer are turning out to be just about as well-connected as you would expect a major multinational pharmaceutical corporation to be. They are well in with Downing Street having paid No. 10 director of external relations Gabby Bertin £25,000 when she worked with Adam Werrity at Liam Fox’s struck off Atlantic Bridge ‘charity’. Dave’s pollster Mark Textor also used to work for Pfizer ten years ago.

Normally Labour would make a fuss about this, so why so quiet? Perhaps because Miliband strategist David Axelrod’s old firm AKPD ran attack ads for Big Pharma in the States, a coalition that included the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, whose chairman is Pfizer CEO Ian Read. Lining the pockets of advisers from both parties can’t hurt when you need their support for your takeover…

Friday, May 2, 2014

McTernan the Tables

A downbeat John McTernan didn’t think much of Labour’s chances in the European elections when asked by Andrew Neil on the Daily Politics today:

Brillo: “Are we inevtivably heading to European elections in which UKIP is a clear victor, Labour not a great second and the Tories a poor third?”

McTernan: “It’s got that feeling at the moment, hasn’t it. They’re certainly setting the terms of the debate and they have to be derailed by the other parties.”

Yet just two weeks ago the former Labour spinner claimed it was in the bag. In an effort to cheer up Labour supporters with little faith in Ed Miliband’s leadership he listed a “dozen reasons to be cheerful” to the Blairite faithful at Progress, McTernan boasted:

“Labour is set to win the European elections.

Now he admits that is unlikely, what changed?

McTernan also asserted in that same article that Labour would “storm London in the borough elections.”

More bad news for McTernan, Guido’s top campaign source at CCHQ told him yesterday that he was getting more confident that the Conservatives will do better in London, where economic growth is already resurgent, than might be expected. That storm is looking to blow an ill wind for Miliband…

Thursday, May 1, 2014

GUY NEWS: Ed Isn’t Listening to a Word His Gurus Say

First David Axelrod destroys Ed’s flagship energy price freeze by saying controls will lead to blackouts, now Lord Glasman offers his advice on rent caps:

“We’ve really got to get out of this idea that capping something is going to solve a long-term structural problem.”

It’s almost as if Ed only listens to those around him who never tell him he’s wrong…

Labour Reverse Ferret Over RICS Cock-Up

Ed Miliband is ignoring questions from broadcasters on whether the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors supports his rent caps policy following Guido’s story this morning. They have however rowed back considerably in a statement to Guido. Clarifying their earlier claim that RICS is “examining what an appropriate benchmark might be”, Labour now admit:

“RICs are developing proposals on long term tenancies and rent reviews linked to inflation or market rents as part of their Code of Practice for the Industry. We will look to build on their conclusions as we work with the industry to implement this policy in government.”

Which, RICS point out, does not mention benchmarking. They say “We do not recommend that a government introduce a ceiling on rent increases” and that rent caps are “not a solution”. That went well then…

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Balls’ GDP Nightmare

The shadow chancellor’s Ed Balls Day hangover has not been helped by this morning’s positive GDP figures. One phrase stood out in his response to the news:

“Now that growth has finally returned, the question is whether ordinary working people will properly feel the benefit and we have a balanced recovery that’s built to last… 

And with business investment still weak, infrastructure output down and housing demand outstripping housing supply, this is not yet a recovery that is built to last.

Labour’s plan will ensure we earn our way to higher living standards for all, not just a few at the top, and secure a strong and balanced recovery that is built to last.”

“Built to last” was the phrase used by Balls that led to Miliband advisers Torsten Bell and Greg Beales calling him a “nightmare” in those awkward leaked emails last year. This morning he used it three times in five lines…

Monday, April 28, 2014

WATCH: Gogglebox Verdict on Axelrod

The British public meets David Axelrod:

“I don’t care if they brought over the bleedin’ showgirls of Vegas they’re not gonna make him any more popular…”

Thursday, April 24, 2014

GuyNews Axelrod: Energy Price Controls Will Lead to Blackouts

Back when Ed’s new strategy chief David Axelrod was in Illinois, his lobbying firm set up a front group, Consumers Organised for Reliable Energy (CORE) on behalf of energy corporations, which ran a series of attack ads warning that attempting to control energy prices would result in blackouts and a “California style energy crisis”. Guido has got hold of them. Axelrod claims it is because he shares Miliband’s values that he will campaign for him, yet Ed wants to freeze energy prices in Britain, the very same policy that across the Atlantic he said would result in disaster…

The two CORE ads are available in full below:

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Traditional British Welcome for New Ed Guru David Axelrod

Miliband has snapped up Obama’s campaign chief David Axelrod to be his strategic adviser for 2015. It didn’t take long for Wikipedia to report the move:

What he must think of his Twitter timeline Guido can only imagine:

So it’s Graf out and Axelrod in, a win for wee Dougie. He’ll be on a six-figure salary landing cash-strapped Labour in something of a cost-of-guru crisis. Remember to sort the work visa out this time, right chaps?

H/T @laurencereade

 

Austin Mitchell Resignation Confirms Guido Story, Despite Denial
Guardian Scrub Report of Miliband Seat Stitch Up From Website

Labour’s Austin Mitchell has announced via YouTube that he is standing down in 2015. However, this was well known after Guido revealed it was on the cards in the Sun back in January. At the time Mitchell said:

With a more lucid quote given to the local press:

“There is no truth in it. I haven’t said anything to anyone about stepping down. That will be decided by me and the local party which will meet to discuss it and nothing will be done or decided until then. I don’t know who has been shouting their mouth off. It could be an attempt to try to discredit the unions, but I am totally mystified. Meanwhile, I am getting better and am feeling younger and more vigorous.”

Bizarrely the original Guardian report about Mitchell’s announcement, published at 19.48 last night, included details of how Labour and the unions are stitching up the seat for former Miliband apparatchik Melanie Onn. By 21.10 history had been re-written and the intrigue had disappeared from the Guardian’s website. Regular readers will remember that Guido also revealed the details of this plot back at the beginning of the year:

“Austin Mitchell isn’t going to be running again in Grimsby and all the stops are being pulled out to secure the seat for former Labour HQ staffer Melanie Onn. Miraculously Onn was given a cosy regional campaigning role with Unison. Labour insiders say she got the gig at Ed’s personal request. That must be Ed’s promised ‘new, more open politics’ in action.”

So who got on the blower to shut that one down?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Coetzee Polling Presentation Reality Check

The Times has got hold of some polling slides presented by Nick Clegg’s taxpayer-funded strategist Ryan Coetzee, which give the LibDem leader suspiciously sky high approval ratings:

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Compare Coetzee’s polling with that of independent companies however and the result is quite different. Back in October Ipsos Mori had 57% of the public saying they were dissatisfied with Clegg. In June they had his net approval rating at -37. YouGov meanwhile said he was the least popular party leader since Michael Foot.

Ed gets clapped by his brainwashed staff. Nick gets fantasy data. And Dave is surrounded by tits

UPDATE: Stephen Tall says he thinks this poll data is of “switchers” in target marginal seats. It still doesn’t explain why these people give a some 20% higher approval rating to Clegg than YouGov attributes to actual LibDem voters. Given these were produced by a civil servant, Coetzee, and the LibDem defence is that it is entirely legitimate and compatible with his role as a civil servant, we’ve FoI’d the presentation. Smells wrong…


Seen Elsewhere

Bercow ‘Wounded’ | Speccie
This Goes Further Than Rotherham | Simon Danczuk
Bercow Mocked | Times
Indy Deletes ‘Jewish Lobby’ Headline | MediaGuido
Cracknell v Boris | Sun
British Muslims are Failing to Integrate | Dan Hodges
Dear Sarah Wollaston… | ASI
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


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