Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Eurosceptics: We Have Been Tories Longer Than Cameron
Mark Pritchard Denies Defection Rumour

Tory conference is getting itself into a right lather about who might be the next defector to UKIP, with an, as yet, baseless rumour that someone will jump in time for Cameron’s speech tomorrow. It would certainly be a punchy move, and Guido wonders whether the public would like such a brazenly calculated departure.

Right-wingers are queuing up to say ‘it ain’t me, guv’. Mark Pritchard tells Guido:

“I will not be defecting to UKIP. My beating heart is Conservative. I joined the Party long before David Cameron – and I will still be part of it long after David Cameron is gone.”

There is also growing talk of a ‘put or shut up’ style ‘well go on then’ moment for the Prime Minister, which would please the likes of Matthew Parris. It would certainly take the sting out of any future drip, drip, drip of defectors.

Dick Pic Tory Tipped to Defect to UKIP

Rumours swirl at Tory conference that the next man to jump ship to UKIP will be Boris’ former deputy mayor Dick Barnes, best known for uploading some unfortunate photos to Facebook.

The Tories will be fearing this is just the tip of the iceberg, if UKIP keep it up they could be well and truly shafted tomorrow…

UPDATE: It has been confirmed that Dick has joined UKIP, however he had actually been kicked out of the Tories and has already stood as an independent.

Monday, September 29, 2014

CCHQ Gestapo Interrogate UKIP Sympathising Tory Delegate

Sources close to the airport-style security area at Tory conference have an intriguing tale about the whereabouts of a man who was let into the secure zone wearing a t-shirt sporting the slogan “Nigel has a point”. Guido is told that a furious  Tory official “dragged” the cheeky visitor, a party member, into a quiet room by the security fence and grilled him at length to determine whether he was a “security threat” to the conference, reportedly suspending his pass for several hours. A rare case of a Ukipper trying to get into the Tories, rather than the other way round…

Team Osborne Tell Their Backstories

It’s Team Osborne day in Birmingham today. And we’re getting a lot of back stories from the Chancellor’s loyal lieutenants. Sajid Javid told a previously unhead story about being the son of an immigrant bus drive who became a banker and then joined the cabinet. Liz Truss talked about her lefty academic parents taking her on protest marches and Matt Hancock lifted the lid on life growing up on tough front line of the internet revolution at his mum’s internet business. It certainly seemed like a coordinated effort for Team Osborne to show some ankle. Curious timing; incidentally Boris arrives at 6. 

Guido preferred Saj’s tale from growing up that he told to the Tech Central fringe event last night:

“I stuck in one of the holes. Nothing happened. So I stuck it in the other hole, and bang, I went flying across the room.”

For context, he was talking about his neon screwdriver

Sunday, September 28, 2014

LISTEN: Mark Reckless’ Voicemail to Grant Shapps

When he went on the Sunday Politics this morning, Mark Reckless probably didn’t expect he would be played a voicemail he left for Grant Shapps on Friday promising to campaign for the Tories in Birmingham. The following day he defected to UKIP.

“You can’t discuss these things in advance,” says Reckless…

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Mark Reckless Defects to UKIP

A dream for headline writers everywhere. On the eve of Tory conference Mark Reckless has defected to UKIP.

He was denying it less than 24 hours ago, but the clues were there in the Iraq vote:

And so to Birmingham.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Friday Caption Contest (Is This Thing On Edition)

Monday, September 22, 2014

Constitutional Reform: Another Tory Job for the Boys

Len McClusky attacked the ‘posh boys’ deciding the country’s future in a country house today and it turns out he wasn’t far off. ConservativeHome have the list of the Chequers constitutional lunch:

Guto Bebb
Nigel Evans
Dominic Grieve
Mark Hoban
Bernard Jenkin
Andrew Jones
Marcus Jones
Andrew Lansley
Peter Lilley
Bob Neill
John Redwood
John Stevenson
James Wharton
Heather Wheeler
Lord Strathclyde

Just one woman invited?

UPDATE: A Downing Street source points out that Mary Macleod and Margot James were also at the summit.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Labour Cynically Attack English Votes as “Politically Driven”

“We have heard the voice of Scotland and now the millions of voices of England must also be heard,” said David Cameron this morning, strongly suggesting that he will press for English votes for English laws and finally answer the West Lothian question. Within five minutes Labour had come out against the idea:

Very amusing of Wee Dougie to attack the plan as being “driven by politics”. Of course Labour’s opposition to English votes for English laws definitely isn’t driven by their cynical, anti-democratic need for Scottish MPs to pass legislation in England. Normal politics resumes…

Vid via @liarpoliticians.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Top Tories Vow to Fight Cash for Scots

Rail minister Claire Perry has become the highest profile Tory to threaten to scrap the £1,500-a-head subsidy English taxpayers pay to Scots in the event of a No vote. Perry says:

“Cool, calm analysis, not promises of financial party bags to appease Mr Salmond, are what is needed from tomorrow and onwards. [A No vote must not result in] a whole raft of goodies on offer for Scotland that will be paid for by us south of the border to try to appease the Yes voters.”

John Whittingdale agrees:

“I for one would be very concerned at the idea that my electorate would continue to subsidise the Scots even after they have been given all these powers to raise even more money.”

As does backbencher James Gray, who writes in his local paper:

“I do not agree with the ‘Devo Max’ proposals which the three party leaders seem to be offering. Talk about feeding an addiction. The more you give them, the more they want.. The Barnett Formula, under which every Scottish citizen gets £1,500 per year more spent on him/her than their English counterpart must be swept away with no delay. We want greater powers for the long-suffering people of England.”

The PM will be eternally grateful to them for airing their views on polling day…


Seen Elsewhere

Boris is Right About Grammar Schools | Conservative Women
‘Obsolete’ Cable | Speccie
Why are Tories so Upbeat? | Alex Wickham
Clear Public Interest in Newmark Sting | Mirror
Boris Invites Farage to Join Tories | Guardian
RAF Too Run Down to Fight Islamic State | Con Coughlin
Osborne’s Personal Cuts Regime | Quentin Letts
Whoever Wins is Cursed | Janan Ganesh
Dave Will Never Be Forgiven if Ed Becomes PM | Trevor Kavanagh
What is Dave’s Big Message? | Tim Montgomerie
Voting UKIP Only Helps Ed | Boris


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cynic says:

Can anyone help me? I went on holiday a week ago and returned to find someone has pulled out the stake and Gordon Brown is back and acting as Prime Minister. What did I miss? Has there been a snap election?


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