Robbo Finally Confirms Baldwin Briefed “Milly Dowler Moment”

After Nick Robinson reported that “The Labour leader’s aides say that he sees this as another Milly Dowler moment”. There was a storm and it was a contentious front page news story about which he tweeted:

This was somewhat of a misdirection. In his new memoir he writes:

 Lunch with Tom Baldwin. The Labour spin doctor is still buzzing after PMQs. This moment, he tells me, is like the moment when the story broke about the hacking of the murdered teenager Milly Dowler’s phone. He means they are both balance-tipping moments, the point where an issue that hasn’t previously excited most people – in one case phone- hacking within the Murdoch empire, in the other tax avoidance – suddenly galvanizes the public. This is a moment when Ed can show he’s standing up to the rich and powerful.

It is worth looking back on how partisan the response was to this storm, many tried to make out that Nick Robinson was the original author of the phrase:

Guido reported at the time that the “… tasteless metaphor sounds like Tom Baldwin…” 

Nick Robinson: Election Notebook: The Inside Story Of The Battle Over Britain’s Future And My Personal Battle To Report It £16.59

Ex-Balls Aide Slaps Miliband’s “Squeezed Bottom”

Former Balls spinner Alex Belardinelli has been giving his prescription for where things went wrong under Miliband on the Daily Politics:

“We didn’t do enough. I think there are things we could have done differently. I think we could have had a message that was more pro-business. I think fiscal responsibility and making the sums add up could have been part of our message more day by day. And also I think we needed a broader a message… towards the end it ended up becoming less of a squeezed middle and more of a squeezed bottom. Most people aren’t affected by [the bedroom tax and zero hours contracts] and we know people don’t vote in an altruistic way.”

Sounds like we will be seeing more of the uncanny mannerisms that Belardinelli shares with his old boss. Shut your eyes and it could be Balls speaking. He says his future plans include TV punditry…

Labour Rivals and Trade Unionists Briefed Chuka “Whispers”

Readers will remember the rumours being pushed by Chuka’s left-wing rivals in the days before he stood aside from the Labour leadership race. The union funded propaganda blog Political Scrapbook even added the words “nudge nudge wink wink” to a story amplifying “dog whistle” attacks.

Dan Hodges has more in this week’s Speccie:

“There was no proper reason, and no proper scandal. He was the victim of an elegant, silent old-fashioned Westminster character assassination… Umunna was a candidate for Labour leader, and there were other people who wanted to be leader. So the whispers started. ‘Chuka isn’t going to run,’ I was told by a trade union official back in March. ‘Personal issues.’ He smiled, and tapped the side of his nose. A former Minister had heard it too. ‘The word is “Chuka’s out”. He won’t even enter.’ Again, ‘personal issues’ were cited.

The briefings became so intense that at the Daily Telegraph we discussed whether or not to run a story about them. But we decided that, if we did so, we’d become part of the spin operation.”

Funny that those most loudly criticising the press over Chuka’s ‘personal life’ were from the wing of the party Chuka would have killed off…

The Curse of McTernan

The scalping of Jim Murphy and the capitulation of Scottish Labour are a cruel addendum to the long and illustrious CV of Labour spinner John McTernan. Such other career achievements of the party’s panglossian media cheerleader should not be overlooked.

  • Special Advisor to Harriet Harman at DSS. Harman was sacked.
  • Helped run Frank Dobson’s Mayoral Campaign. Dobson lost.
  • Special Advisor to Scottish First Minister Henry McLeish. McLeish had to resign over an expenses “muddle”.
  • Helped run Labour’s Scottish Parliament Campaign in 2007. Labour were beaten in Scotland for the first time in 50 years.
  • Chief of Communications for Julia Gillard. She was ousted by her own party.
  • Chief of Staff to Jim Murphy. Labour lost all their seats in Scotland, including Murphy’s, bar one.

McTernan is spending his free time retweeting kind words about Liz Kendall. Don’t let him Liz!

Airbust: Plane Stupid EU Spin Contradiction

Airbus UK, who employ 16,000 people in Britain, have given a gentle warning about leaving the EU: “The best way to guarantee this is by remaining part of the EU.”

In light of JCB saying it would be no biggie to leave, and the CBI organising companies to come out in favour of staying in, Airbus have put down a marker. Just a shame it completely contradicts to all the other markers the company have have put down in the past. Here is what their Chief Executive said in January 2014:

“Clearly we have a massive investment in the UK and I don’t think there has ever been a plan to change that. The key issue is for the UK to continue to be a competitive place to do business. Profitable trade and political union are not joined at the hip. Russian and American companies trade with companies in Europe without being part of a political union. Business investment depends on profits not politics.”

Guido could not agree more…

Reckless in Running to Take Over as UKIP Policy Chief

Will the next victim of the UKIP un-putsch be Suzanne Evans? Speculation mounts that there are plans afoot to sack Suzanne as party policy chief and replace her with defeated ex-MP Mark Reckless. Guido put it to Reckless this afternoon:

“I don’t want to comment on my future plans. Nothing has been agreed.”

Asked if UKIP had offered him Evans’ job, Reckless replied “I don’t want to comment”.

A UKIP spokesman says “no comment”. Evans has been approached for comment but is silent thus far.

Carswell is back in line, Gobby and O’Flynn are out… will Evans be next?

UPDATE: Evans says she will make a statement later.

Tory / Bercow Love In Continues

New Tory Party Deputy Chairman Rob Halfon has told The Sun he wants to change the Tory party logo from an tree to a ladder:

“We are the party of the ladder, it was Churchill who first said that. The ladder symbolises everything we’re about. If you’re in poverty we’ll get you into work, if you’re in work we’ll cut your taxes. If you want to own your home, we’ll help you do that too. It’s not just leaving people to climb up it themselves, we hold that ladder for them.”

Re-elected Speaker John Bercow will be pleased, he chose the symbol for his coat of arms:


Though crueller Tories at the time said it represented his social climbing…

Chuka Aide Mail Briefing Unravels

Looks like another row is due between the Mail and the Labour Party after an unnamed aide for Chuka Umunna briefed out that it was their behaviour that so upset their boss, including a toxic claim of doorstepping a 102 year old grandmother:

Mail-land is keen to stress it’s simply not true:

Guido understands that no one from the Staggers checked with the Mail to see if it was true before punting the line…

Are You Going to Resign, Gobby? Yes

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The next victim of the UKIP bloodletting is the party’s Director of Communications, Paul “Gobby” Lambert. He has told ITV that he is on holiday and not coming back.

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Kassam Out: Explains Confusion to Guido

“I no longer work for UKIP, but whether I ever work for Nigel again remains to be seen…

My contract expires at the end of the month and I’m on holiday till then.”

He claims from NYC…[…]

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Labour Spinners Rumour Mill

Ed Miliband’s spokesman James Stewart is off to make some money.

Tom Baldwin is out of a job but is still spinning away: Arguing with people on Twitter and writing conspiracy theory bollocks on the Guardian website.

Bob Roberts is said to be planning on staying on at Labour but it has been said that given the spectacular failure of Labour to communicate their message, some blame must land at the door of the party’s Director of Communications.[…]

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#EdStone Hunt Intensifies

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There is a Big Yellow Storage place in Kennington…[…]

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Top Brown Ally to Murphy: Get Oot

Dear Jim

I am writing to you to advise that I am, from this morning, standing down from the position as Labour’s spokesperson for Local Government and Community Empowerment in the Scottish Parliament.

I said yesterday at the meeting of Labour MSPs that I thought your speech on Friday stating that you would stay on and lead Labour into the 2016 election was a mistake, and that it would also be a mistake for the team you put in place, including your Chief of Staff, to remain in post.

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Another Broken LibDem Promise

During the election campaign Danny Alexander claimed that he would be leaving a reply to Liam Byrne in the drawer of the desk of the Chief Secretary to the Treasury. It wasn’t very witty:

Well sadly it seems he’s broken that promise. […]

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Axelrod: British Press More Powerful Than Fox News

“The thing I’d say to you though about this, these people are less powerful than they used to be,” Ed Miliband told Russell Brand during their enlightening discussion about his critics in the newspapers. Someone should tell the man Labour are paying £300,000 to consult on messaging.[…]

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Hames Homes Hypocrisy

LibDem Duncan Hames got down and dirty in 2010, blasting his Tory opponent for being “a Devon farmer who splits his time between his three homes, leaving him out of touch with local people”. Five years on and the MP defending a perilous 2,000 majority has done rather well for himself during his time in parliament.[…]

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