LEAKED EMAILS: Sony Boss Plotted to Get Ed Vaizey Fired

Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton conspired to replace Culture Minister Ed Vaizey with a socialite called David Macmillan. The plan has come to light in a series of extraordinary emails between Michael Lynton and Macmillan via the publication of a searchable archive of last years ‘Sony Hack‘ by Wikileaks:

Lynton claimed he could use his influence with George Osborne to get Ed Vaizey fired and then introduce Macmillan to Conservative supporting business boss Sir Charles Dunstone. Lynton then claimed the chairman of the Carphone Warehouse would recommend Macmillan for the ministerial post:

“I am sitting here with Bella and conspiring as to how to make you Minister of Culture and Sport. You are perfectly qualified. First step is to get ed Vaizey fired. I will do this with George Osborne. Next step is to get you appointed. This requires you meeting CHARLES Dunstone and having him recommend you. I will make the introduction in September. The games afoot !!!”

Macmillan claims to be up for it, but points out the obvious flaws:

“Need to be elected to parliament or raised to the peerage to proceed further with your plan, but love the idea.”

Intriguingly, Macmillan points out that Osborne might be fearful of upsetting Vaizey because he would want to “avoid the publication of various school time photos,” the Sony CEO assures him that the “Photos are in the cloud. They will be gone soon.What incriminating photos could they possibly be talking about?

War of the Words

There’s a spin war on and Labour think they are onto a Romney-like gaffe by IDS:

“The Tories renamed the Bedroom Tax the “spare room subsidy”, they claim. Is this really the whole story? 

Back in 2012, a government policy was introduced that remains named the “under occupancy charge” or the “under occupancy penalty”.

It was Labour that started the cultural revolutionary tinkering, branding it the “bedroom tax”.

In doing so, they won the narrative, but lost the honesty war.

Even the High Court ruled that it is not a tax.

And so it a bit rich for the left to complain about renaming policies.

Is it really any surprise that the Work and Pensions Secretary would want to “rename zero-hours contracts flexible hours contracts“? Work without fixed hours guaranteed always used to be called casual labour, before Labour dreamt up the much nastier sounding “zero hours” moniker. War is peace, ignorance is strength…

Man Destroyed By Gordon Returns the Favour

The head of UK investment banking for Lehman Brothers when the doomed financiers went under has turned his life around and is now seeking revenge: to the tune of a £75,000 donation to the Tories. According to a profile in Globe and Mail, the appropriately named Michael Tory “went to bed on Sept. 14, 2008, with a feeling of dread”, then the next day “found himself out of a job and almost out of money”.

“It went up in smoke that day,” says Tory, but in the years that followed he set up his own firm and has made enough to be writing large cheques to the party that shares his name. All in it together… a true success story of a hardworking person winning the global race etc.

At Last! A Manifesto Commitment You Can Really Trust

The Tory manifesto promises “upgrade the A11”.

As the Eastern Daily Press reports:

“The final dualled stretch of the route was opened less than five months ago, by Patrick McLoughlin, the Transport Secretary – while the Prime Minister himself wrote an article for this newspaper celebrating the achievement.”

Finally, a manifesto promise you can believe.

UPDATE: A terse Conservative spokesman gets in touch to say: “We are committed to delivering a multi-million pound improvement to the A11 / A47 interchange, on top of the major upgrade to the A11 that has already taken place in this parliament.”

Put Her Down as a Maybe

Good to see Labour targeting their resources well…

Exclusive: Not the Candidate Ed is Sikh-ing

“Are you going to make sure the Sikh vote turns out for us?” was Ed’s first presumptuous question when he met someone in a turban on the train back to London after his manifesto launch:

Unfortunately for him, the friendly Sikh in question was Amandeep Singh Bhogal, the Tory parliamentary candidate for Upper Bann in Northern Ireland. “Well I’m going to make sure the Sikh vote turns out,” said Amandeep before finally revealing all to the Labour leader by producing a Nicola Sturgeon mask from his pocket. Watch to the end for the “gotcha” moment when Ed realises he’s been had…

READ: Tory Manifesto in Full

Unfunded Tory Spending: “Where’s the Magic Money Tree?”

Tory ministers heading onto the airwaves to dismiss Labour’s claims of fiscal responsibility might have a better hand if their Chancellor hadn’t just committed them to £8 billion in unfunded NHS spending. Osborne refused to answer where the money was coming from 18 times yesterday:

Whilst on the Daily Politics today, Brillo not unreasonably asked Sajid Javid: “where’s the magic money tree?”

The Tory message this week: our plan is working, don’t stray from the plan. But if you don’t believe us, have a few billion.

Videos via @liarpoliticians

Have the Tories Given Up on Clacton?

If their candidate’s website is anything to go by, the answer is yes. ‘I’m the only candidate at this by-election with a clear plan to secure our area’s future’ says Giles Watling, just six months out of date:

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WATCH: Pie Minister’s Eating Tour Goes Global

Coverage of Cameron’s calorie consuming, pie-tastic tour of Britain last week has gone global. John Oliver’s Daily Show spin-off Last Week Tonight is fascinated by the PM trolling Miliband over how to eat in public:

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Ashcroft Reaffirms Dave Bio Is Post Election

Boo! There was a growing school of thought that Lord Ashcroft would bring forward publication of has ‘gak and all’ biography of Cameron to this side of the election. Especially after he resigned the Tory whip and his seat in […]

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Tory Nerves Fraying

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This is the rolling poll-of-polls average for the last month. See how the blue line moves in the opposite direction to the purple line? If the Tories can’t recover those lost UKIP voters this month… the socialist terror will begin […]

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