Miliband’s New Year Message Seems Familiar

Seems like Team Miliband have decided to play soundbite bingo for their New Year message:

“We have the chance- all of us together- to fight for a new plan that cuts our deficit responsibly, without threatening our NHS or short changing our children and their future.

But if we could walk through those fires, we surely can meet the problems of our time. We can build a country that works for everyday people. Change is possible if we reach for it. If you are one of the millions of people who think Britain can do a lot better, I am with you. I am with you and this year, together, we can bring about the change we need.”

The only problem is he is yet to reveal what this plan actually is…

The whole message is almost identical to Cameron’s 2010 New Year message on the eve of the last election:

“David Cameron says 2010 should be ‘year for change’. Laying out his priorities, the Tory leader said he aimed “to create a fairer, safer, green country where opportunity is more equal”. He pledged to protect the NHS and strengthen the economy by instigating “responsible economic policies”. 

And did Labour say at the time? According to the BBC, they ‘said the speech lacked specific policy details and was “full of platitudes”.’ Ooops…

 

Citizens Advice Bureau Tries to Keep “Perception of Neutrality”

How do left-wing charities stuffed full of Labour apparatchiks try to mask their political allegiances? Leaked emails from the Citizens Advice Bureau reveal former Miliband aide and Labour candidate Polly ‘parachute’ Billington has been moved from the front line so “she can focus on her personal political activities“, and so that the “perception of our political neutrality” is “maintained”.

Meanwhile, the charity has just hired the Resolution Foundation’s James Plunkett as its new head of campaigns. That would be the same James Plunkett who used to work for Gordon Brown and who has written a string of articles for the Guardian laying into the Tories and “the cuts”. Wonder how they will maintain his “perception of political neutrality”…

Baldwin Spins Cancer Story Despite Sick Bone Marrow Outrage

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“Labour will tackle scandal of cancer patients denied life-saving treatment” screams the press machine this morning. “Labour will create a new annual Cancer Treatments Fund to improve access not just to the latest drugs but also to the latest forms of radiotherapy and surgery that are too often not available for thousands of people with cancer.” Worthy stuff.

Guido thought today would be a good time check up on how the internal Labour party investigation is going into out-of-control psycho-spinner Tom Baldwin. As Guido revealed a few weeks ago, Baldwin told a journalist that even if “he was dying he wouldn’t want his bone marrow.”

After near universal condemnation for the sick outburst, something was promised to be done.

Guido wonders what that well known leukaemia campaigner and Baldwin’s mentor Alastair Campbell has to say about it all?

Gobby ‘Turned Down By Home Office’ Before UKIP


It’s taken six months for UKIP to find a new Director of Communications and Paul Lambert has certainly been showing some ankle elsewhere. There was talk of him going to ITV, Sky or even to run Miliband’s operations. Now Guido can reveal Gobby applied to work for Theresa May’s Home Office before accepting the UKIP gig. Both the party and Mr Lambert declined the opportunity to comment. Not so gobby now…

Another London-Born Labour Adviser Parachuted Up North?

John McTernan is being tipped to ditch his self-appointed role as a panglossian Labour media cheerleader and make it official by running for parliament. The Edinburgh News says he is set to join the race to inherit Alistair Darling’s 8,000 majority in Edinburgh South West, with the deadline for applications in ten days’ time. Despite the accent McPangloss was actually born in London. Another metropolitan careerist political adviser parachuted up to a safe seat…

UPDATE: McTernan denies the story to Guido.

BBC Spinners Bash Giant Straw Sun Man

The delicate flowers over at the licence fee-funded spin arm of the BBC are terribly upset with the Sun:

One problem with this supposed fisking. Auntie Beeb’s spinmeisters completely fail to address the original charge, that the number of senior BBC managers earning more than the Prime Minister has gone up. Instead, they claim “Senior Manager numbers fell again last year”. An entirely different point, and a straw man erected to deflect from the original, evidently accurate Sun claim about how many of them earn more than the PM. When the state broadcaster needs a propaganda arm…

Ben Brogan to Spin for Lloyds

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Ben Brogan is riding over to the dark side on a black horse. The Daily Telegraph’s former political and deputy editor is crossing over to the more lucrative world of banking as Public Affairs Director for Lloyds Banking Group. Finally dashing the hopes of those of us hoping for him to launch a British version of Politico…

Speaker’s Spinner Eyes Up Browne’s Seat

Readers will remember John Bercow’s former spinner Justine McGuinness, who was forced to resign after Guido revealed her bizarre anti-Tory rant at LibDem conference. Where is she now? McGuinness is in the running to replace the outgoing Jeremy Browne as MP for Taunton Deane, last night making the shortlist to be the new LibDem candidate for the seat. If Justine makes it back to parliament, the “completely impartial” Speaker will treat her as he would any other MP, won’t he?

Thornberry U-Turns on Apology

Emily Thornberry a week ago:

“I got it wrong, I made a mistake, I’ve resigned and I apologise.”

Emily Thornberry today:

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Searing UKIP Attack Ad Hits Tories Hard on Immigration

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Tin Foil Trickett Strikes Again
Loony Ed Adviser’s Latest Conspiracy Wheeze

Ed Miliband’s new political adviser is in Norman Baker territory with this latest conspiracy theory. Jon Trickett reckons he can explain the lack of press coverage for the  prosaic #CameronMustGo campaign, which was started by an internet loony who claims […]

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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

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