Tuesday, April 1, 2014

TORY WARS: Blues Should Read Their Bonaparte

“Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake”, said Napoleon, but it seems some Tories are not familiar with Bonaparte’s wisdom. Instead of sitting back and watching Labour stab each other in the back, they’ve decided to start a briefing bonfire of their own. Michael Fallon is apparently “the sort of guy who thinks ‘campaign’ is a fizzy white wine from France,” and is getting it in the neck over the supposed Royal Mail debacle: “His whole job was to sit on Vince Cable. But he’s been AWOL in recent months, and today the National Audit Office has holed Fallon below the waterline”.

The Tories throwing Vince a lifeline on this takes coalition harmony to whole new levels, but Guido suspects there is more at  play here ahead of a reshuffle. Cui bono?

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Maria Miller Sells Second Home for £1 Million Profit

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Last month Guido revealed that Maria Miller was making a potential six figure profit on the second home – lived in by her parents – that she had claimed mortgage payments for on expenses, in clear breach of expenses rules. The Telegraph today reports she has sold the home which she bought in 1996 for £234,000 for £1.47 million, trousering a taxpayer-subsidised profit of over £1 million. Despite claiming £90,000 for the second home on expenses she will only have to repay £5,000. This was a case of a Cabinet minister blatantly breaching expenses rules, resulting in significant personal gain, yet the impotent Standards Commissioner is giving her a mere slap on the wrist…

UPDATE: A DCMS source gets in touch:

“Maria has co-operated fully with the inquiry, asked for by the Labour Party, which has now been going on for a year and a half amidst constant unfounded speculation. We hope it will conclude soon. It is not surprising that London houses go up in value well over a decade after they are first bought . It is also not unusual for people to move house.”

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

David Ruffley’s Pubic Surgery

Maybe that’s the reason Ruffers has been so tetchy recently…

50 Shades of Grayling

Flailing Chris Grayling is trying to fight back at the Howard League of Penal Reform – and pretty much everyone else – for claiming he is banning books from being sent to prison inmates. Writing for ConHome the Justice Secretary insists they have got the wrong end of of his massive stick:

“You can keep up to twelve books in your cell at any one time. All prisoners can access well-stocked prison libraries. The biggest debate I have had over prison libraries so far is whether they should stock 50 Shades of Grey. I decided they could – since if doing so encourages women prisoners to read, that can only be a good thing.

But that’s not all. Prisoners can use their own prison earnings to order any book (within reason) that they want through the prison shop. The only restriction is on receiving unknown and unchecked parcels. What the left can’t deal with is our rehabilitation agenda. It goes against the grain for them. Our approach is to mix tough and compassionate – and to do things differently to get the job done.”

It seems the debate comes down to the fact that books are considered a privilege item. Despite asking Guido is yet to see an example of where they have been banned. Despite the hype…

Peter Bone Will Not Face Fraud Charges

In a statement the Crown Prosecution Service said:

“We were asked to consider whether there was a case for fraud by abuse of position and theft by disposal of assets belonging to the woman’s mother. We were also asked to consider whether there was a case of fraud by false representation to Northamptonshire Council in relation to the mother’s assets.

“The evidence showed: firstly that the woman’s mother considered the suspects’ conduct to be acceptable; secondly that the suspects acted openly in declaring the sale of the mother’s house to the Council; thirdly that no element of dishonesty could be proved. Therefore we have advised the police to take no further action.

“We understand there is ongoing civil litigation. For the avoidance of doubt our advice to police relates solely to possible criminal action.”

Mr and Mrs Bone are free to go…

Warsi Praises ‘Jihad’ Jenny Tonge’s Israel “Expertise”

Readers will remember ‘Jihad’ Jenny Tonge, the loony peer who was recorded saying Israel “will not last forever” and was sacked for saying she would consider becoming a suicide bomber if she were a Palestinian. Well yesterday in a debate in the Lords senior minister of state Baroness Warsi took it upon herself to praise Jihad Jenny’s stance on Israel-Palestine, saying: “She comes to these matters with great expertise”. Which is an interesting way of putting it…

H/T @marcusdysch

Cast Iron Dave’s Pie Crust Promises

David Cameron, September 2007:Today, I will give this cast-iron guarantee: If I become PM a Conservative government will hold a referendum on any EU treaty that emerges from these negotiations.”

David Cameron, January 2013:  “If elected in 2015, a Conservative Government will hold an in-out referendum on a new settlement with the EU – stay in the EU on these new terms; or come out.”

David Cameron, 2010 manifesto: “We will raise the inheritance tax threshold to £1 million to help millions of people who aspire to pass something on to their children.”

David Cameron, yesterday: “[Inheritance tax is] something we’ll have to address in our manifesto. I believe in people being able to pass money through the generations and pass things on to their children.”

Why should we believe you this time, Prime Minister?

Monday, March 24, 2014

McIntosh Supporters Eye Snap By-Election

The Anne McIntosh problem is not going away for the Tories, with the latest speculation being that the MP might trigger a by-election to try to win the backing of her Yorkshire constituency. McIntosh denies that there are plans to stand as an independent without Tory opposition – after her own association booted her in January- though she tells Guido that she has made ‘no decision as yet’ on what she will do. But then she would say that wouldn’t she…

McIntosh’s dwindling number of fans think it will be easier for her to win as an independent in a separate by-election, possibly held the same day as the European Elections in May, than it would to win at the General Election. The only thing worrying her supporters is that UKIP might pip their girl at the post.

Friday, March 21, 2014

WATCH: Proof That Tories Know About Bingo

No one can say the Mogg is out of touch…

Via Channel 4.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Tories Play Hardball

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A CCHQ spokesman told Guido this morning that they stand by the poster and will not be apologising for cutting taxes. The Speccie quotes a revisionist Tory source’s attempts to rewrite last night’s Twitter infographic clusterf**k though:

“there never was a poster or digital campaign, it was only intended as an infographic… the idea that it’s been pulled is ridiculous.”

Though Grant Shapps ain’t tweeting it this morning, there is no comment on who it was that came up with the poster or who signed it off. Shapps is getting the flack right now, but it has not gone unnoticed in CCHQ that the poster was also pushed last night by the Chancellor’s PPS.

Labour are cock-a-hoop that they finally have an angle on the budget, that said, the Tories are counter attacking with this from Labour’s John McTernan:

They’re all in it together…


Seen Elsewhere

Fraser Nelson: Put Your Money on Ed Miliband to Win | Guardian
Guido Fawkes is Too Aggressive | The Times
Ditch Tobacco Plain Packaging | Grassroots Conservatives
What Farage, Boris and Rob Ford Have in Common | William Walter
Labour Spell New Adviser’s Name Wrong | ITV
Dave Stung by Jellyfish | Sun
City Minister’s Inheritance Tax Dodging Trusts | Indy
What I Would Have Done if I was Sarah Wollaston | Iain Dale
Boris is an Epic Europhile | Louise Mensch
Warsi Got PM to Confront “Secular Fundamentalism” | Fraser Nelson
Guardian April Fools Apology | Press Gazette


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Rod Liddle on the loony UN sexism special rapporteur:

“There is more sexism in Britain than in any other country in the world, according to a mad woman who has been sent here by the United Nations.

Rashida Manjoo is a part-time professor of law at Cape Town University in the totally non-sexist country of South Africa (otherwise known as Rape Capital Of The World).

Mrs Magoo has been wandering around with her notebook and is appalled by the sexist “boys’ club” culture here, apparently.

I don’t doubt we still have sexism in the UK. But is it worse than in, say, Saudi Arabia, d’you think, honey-lamb? Or about 175 other countries? Get a grip, you doolally old bat.”



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What’s he been doing FFS, mining bitcoins?


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