Friday, April 5, 2013

Balls Out in 2015

A name to remember for the run-up to a big 2015 dogfight: the Tories have selected Andrea Jenkyns to take on Ed Balls in Morley and Outwood. The seat was almost the scene of the biggest upset of 2010. Expect Jenkyns’ working class striver credentials to be pushed from now until election day, Jenkyns is a local, comp-educated candidate who runs her own business. Conveniently she says fixing the broken welfare system is her main priority. Balls has a majority of 1,101…

Labour MP’s ‘Philpott Was a Tory’ Slur

If you’re a right-winger talking about Mick Philpott then you are “politicising” a tragedy, but according to Austin Mitchell it is fine for lefties to throw around unfounded slurs:

Guido looks forward to the hand-wringing how-dare-you lefties condemning Labour’s new line…

Thursday, April 4, 2013

CCHQ Say Sorry Over Porn Blunder

After directing thousands of tweeters to an adult website and thoroughly ruining one of their own MPs’ Wednesday mornings, CCHQ have formally apologised to Rob Wilson over that link:

“Our apologies to Rob Wilson for our mistake in passing him a shortened link with the last character missing resulting in a quite different website to the one intended being linked from the tweet.”

An innocent explanation after all…

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

CCHQ Sent Tory MP Porno Link

Much amusement at a rather unfortunate social media own goal this morning, as Tory MP Rob Wilson attempted to tweet a link to a Guido story, but instead directed his followers to a porno site:

The link went here (NSFW). Guido understands that, rather than Wilson enjoying himself a bit too much on taxpayers’ time, it was CCHQ who texted him the link to the adult website as part of a coordinated attempt to get MPs to tweet lines to take. Assuming that CCHQ would be unlikely to spend their time perusing porn, Wilson seems to have tweeted the link without checking. What a cock-up…

UPDATE: An artist’s impression of the text sent by CCHQ to Tory MPs, linking to porn:

Oops.

UPDATE II: It appears there is an innocent explanation. The link had a missing “5″ character; tinyurl.com/cp2nso takes you to porn, tinyurl.com/cp25nso takes you to Guido. Thought it was a bit strange that CCHQ was surfing heterosexual porn…

Tory Backbencher Says Sack Payroll Colleagues

Tory Twitter rebel Sarah Wollaston is continuing her crusade to become even less popular with party bosses this morning. Last week she openly criticised fellow Tory MPs who had taken PPS roles for “selling out constituents” and asking “fake helpful questions”. Now she is questioning whether three of her colleagues should be in their jobs at all:

An interesting point raised from interesting parts.

Tories Formally Complain to Lord Hall Over IDS Interview

First day in the job and already the Tories are complaining to Lord Hall. Media Guido has a letter sent by Tory MP Dominic Raab complaining about the “market trader” David Bennett who was used by the Today Programme to put that question to IDS. Like many, Raab is confused as to where the Beeb found Bennett and what checks were done. He asks:

  1. How was Mr Bennett selected by the BBC for this interview?
  2. What background checks were made by the BBC to ensure the veracity of Mr Bennett’s claims?
  3. Mr Bennett claims that he ‘put a comment on [the BBC website] saying David Cameron can stick his Big Society where the sun doesn’t shine’. Why did the BBC not take this as an indication that his claims merited deeper examination?
  4. Why did the BBC not act to ensure that Mr Bennett was not left vulnerable to media criticism of his personal circumstances?
  5. Was the BBC contacted at any point by the Labour Party or any third party campaign groups before the interview was broadcast?
  6. Will the BBC be investigating this incident, to ensure that in future all interviews broadcast meet the highest standards of impartiality and accuracy?

The question to IDS was fair enough, but given Bennett claimed that he was working 70 hours a week for less that three thousand pounds per year, you can see where Raab is coming from. A bit too late though…

Rohan Silva Quits Downing Street

Digital Dave’s blue-sky tech guru Rohan Silva is off to put his money where his mouth is in the tech sector. He will be leaving in June to set up his own education tech start-up:

“Anyone that knows me knows I’ve been straining at the leash to have a go at my own business for a number of years now. It’s a sign of how much I love my job and working for George and David. It’s been a hard decision, I’ve loved that I’ve been able to make a difference.”

Changes afoot in No. 10.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Edwina Curries Favour

Rule number one when wading into a debate on welfare, don’t do this:

Doh…

That Osborne General Election Message in Full

Click to enlarge. You can read his speech in full here.

UPDATE: Buried in his HMT promoted speech is Osborne’s general election campaign message:

With all our welfare changes, we’re simply asking people on benefits to make some of the same choices working families have to make every day.

To live in a less expensive house.

To live in a house without a spare bedroom unless they can afford it.

To get by on the average family income.

These are the realities of life for working people.

They should be the reality for everyone else too.

No wonder the Tories were PRing the speech too. Whose side are Labour on? Simples…

Chloe Smith Forgets Cosy Lobbyist Supper

Here is what the minister responsible for lobbying reform said when asked how she was getting on with tackling the “next big scandal waiting to happen” last week:

Miss Chloe Smith: Cabinet Office Ministers have had no meetings with interested parties on the Government’s plans for a proposed statutory register of lobbyists since September 2012.

The Government is committed to introducing a statutory register of lobbyists. We are continuing to carefully consider the evidence submitted in response to our consultation and will publish revised proposals in due course.

No meetings with anyone related to the lobbying industry since September, says Chloe. Oh dear. Funny then that she was spied dining with a lobbyist at Tory party conference in October. Must have slipped her mind…


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The Most Politically Cynical Speech I Have Ever Seen | Dan Hodges
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What if a Hamas Rocket Hit a BA Plane? | Richard Littlejohn
Sunday Sport Swearing Style Guide | Popbitch
Tory MP’s Love of Astrology | BBC
No.10 Shouldn’t Get Excited at Growth Figures | Mark Wallace
Feminist Lobby Killing Meritocracy | Kathy Gyngell
David Ward is a C**t | Iain Dale
Britain Should Follow Kansas’s Tax Cutting | Jeremy Warner
Dave’s Chums Who Made Millions From Putin | Mail
Now Osborne Must Cut Taxes | Mail


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New Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has big ambitions in his first meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu today:

“I came to bring this conflict to an end.”



Flight Watch says:

Russia Today is a cauldron of bullsh*t. The only people that take it seriously are deluded conspiracy theorists. Other RT journos have resigned citing the same reasons.

It’s about as believable as Press TV, KCNA of North Korea or the Daily Mirror.


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