Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Envy of the World Update

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36 hours after the Tories launched their election campaign, these are the headlines in the popular press. It could hardly come at a worse time for the Sun to inform its 2 million readers that under Cameron:

  • A&E waiting times at worst since records began
  • Record low Christmas performance for major A&E units
  • 21,000 patients waited 12 hours on trolleys in two weeks up to Christmas
  • Number of people using A&E over Christmas period up 70,000 on last year

Andy Burnham is gleefully touring the TV studios this morning demanding a summit where he can tell Jeremy Hunt how he “repeatedly warned throughout this Parliament that severe cuts” would cause an A&E crisis. Forget the actual long-term structural causes, this is a political gold mine for Labour…

Pic via @DavidPrescott

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Labservatives

Matt Hancock and Chris Leslie spoke as one on Channel 4 News last night:

Frei: “The only way I can really tell you apart is by the colour of your ties.”

Hancock and Leslie: [In unison] “That’s not fair!”

Do they all look the same to him?

Tory Candidate Fury Mounting at “Slack” CCHQ

Given that four months out the Tories still have 81 candidates to select in England, plus all of Northern Ireland still to do, you might have thought it would be all hands t’mill over at the CCHQ candidates department. Apparently not.

According to the ‘out of office’ Gareth Fox – Head of Candidate Selection – it’s still holiday season:

“Thank you for your email, I am currently on leave until 12th January and I will respond when I return.”

Tory sources say everything is tickety boo and Fox is ‘around’ – a fact disputed by angry potential PPCs unable to get an answer to calls and emails. “This man is about as popular as herpes,” writes one co-conspiratorial candidate to Guido…

READ: Mark Pritchard’s Statement in Full

No Charges For Mark Pritchard

Monday, January 5, 2015

TORY WARS: Leadership Body Language Watch

It was noted more than once at today’s Tory election press conference that the five strong line up looked like a hustings in a future Tory leadership election - sans Boris.

While it was all laughs, smiles and pledges of loyalty whenever the point was made from the floor, Guido was intrigued by the body language of between the Home Secretary and Chancellor:

There was zero eye contact, and the firm nods of support from Osborne whenever May spoke seemed more than contrived. It’s almost as if there has been some sort of big row behind the scenes over the last couple of months…

Smoke and Mirrors on Tory ‘Treasury’ Doc Cover

It looks like a Treasury document, it’s laid out like a Treasury document and it reads like a Treasury document. That doesn’t make it a Treasury document…

Ironically, Osborne won’t actually let Labour’s figures be analysed officially (by the OBR), stalling until the next parliament citing a lack of resources.

From the red cover, to the green and black text inside the Tories really, really want you to think this is an official document. Still brave of Labour to use the expression “dodgy dossier”…

UPDATE:

Another happy reader…

Friday, January 2, 2015

Tories Stick to Deficit Halved Spin

Monday, December 29, 2014

Warsi Criticism of “British Jews” Unravels

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Perhaps Baroness Warsi’s New Year’s resolution should be to think before tweeting about “Jews”. The noble and principled former ‘Senior Minister of State’ has made series of bizarre claims about the “British Jewish community” and “British Jews” this morning:

Just one problem: contrary to Warsi’s accusation, the Board of Deputies did reach out to her after she resigned, and it was actually the Baroness who ignored them. Laura Marks, vice president of the Board of Deputies, tells the JC:

“I tried her office, her phone, she never replied. Despite trying to reach out, I couldn’t get through.”

Cue reverse ferret from Sayeeda:

 That won’t be awkward at all…

Friday, December 26, 2014

The First Noël, Chris Grayling Did Say

Last week Ebenezer Grayling threatened to pull out of a charity carol singing event because the local UKIP candidate had been booked to play the organ. Despite at first demanding to know how his emails were leaked to this blog, Guido is pleased to report that Grayling eventually embraced the yuletide spirit and took part. ‘Kipper church organist Robert Leach reveals:

“It was a very happy, joyful occasion. Chris Grayling did turn up. He turned up after I started playing and completely ignored me. I don’t understand it. Does he think I’m going to be playing Away in a Manager so seductively that everybody is going to say ‘listen to the piano player playing so beautifully I’m going to vote UKIP?'”

In the end £500 was raised for charity. It’s a Christmas miracle!


Seen Elsewhere

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Europe’s Crisis is Cameron’s Opportunity | Speccie
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Ed Argar Selected in Dorrell Seat | Leicester Mercury
88% of New Labour MPs Are Union Bods | Mark Wallace
Massively Popular Porn Site is Infecting Users | Techno Guido
Newspapers No Longer Willing to Toe Party Line | Roy Greenslade
Introducing the New CapX | CapX
Burnham’s Newsnight Debacle Dissected | Dan Hodges
How I Survived Dry January | Nigel Farage


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