Monday, April 15, 2013

Exclusive: Mitchell Becomes £36,000 ‘Reputation Risk Adviser’

Thrasher has found the perfect job to fill his empty hours now he is only a mere MP, and bide his time before he departs for Europe. Guido can reveal that the former chief whip has been appointed a senior adviser to Montrose Associates, a strategic intelligence  firm specialising in dealing with reputational damage. He will be raking in £36,000-a-year in his new post. Michael Crick is going to be busy…

New ConHome Line-Up Announced

ConservativeHome have bolstered their ranks following the departure of Tim Montgomerie. Mark Wallace, best known for his excellent TV appearances at the TPA and IOD and as the blogger behind CrashBangWallace, joins as Executive Editor. As expected Paul Goodman is Editor. Boris biographer Andrew Gimson is appointed Contributing Editor, and Iain Dale now has a weekly diary. At last some new competition…

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Poor Got Richer Under Thatcher

One of Maggie’s many memorable memories from the House is her slap down of a young, snivelling Simon Hughes. Channel 4 FactCheck show that she was entirely right: wages went up across the whole spectrum, including for the poorest.

IFS figures show median earnings went up faster under Thatcher than under Major or during Blair’s second and third terms. Everyone got richer on Maggie’s Farm, including the poor. It comes down to this: would you rather be more equal but poorer, or less equal but better off?

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Unfortunate Lines to Take this Week

Some rather ill-timed lines to take on Europe from CCHQ this week:

“The best outcome for Britain is our membership of a reformed European Union. But we must recognise that consent for Britain’s membership of the European Union, and all the ways that it’s changed, has become wafer-thin. And politicians have to recognise this fact rather than try and brush it under the carpet.

 The best thing to do when you have a problem is to confront that problem. And we have a plan for how we make changes to the European Union, how we make changes to Britain’s membership, how we secure Britain’s membership of a reformed European Union and settle this issue.”

One disgruntled Tory complains to Guido “we’re deciding what side we’re on in the referendum before we even call it”. Over to Maggie:

No, no, no…

WATCH: Conor Burns on Thatcher

“I remember telling her about the TUC congress selling the Thatcher death party packs, and she said that the fact that they still felt so strongly about her more than twenty years after she left Downing Street was a tribute to the fact that she had done something in politics, rather than simply been someone in politics.”

Their anguish sustained her…

UPDATE: “They hate her because she won.”

Via ITV.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Victory: Pilgrims Feel the Pain

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This is the latest PCS poster lamenting the fact full time “pilgrim” civil servants are being made to return to work:

“All reps including the 2 existing full time TUS officers will spend the majority of their time in line jobs with immediate effect… Banned from using DCLG facilities (emails, desks, the building etc) to issue information to members on national issues inlcuding key material on pensions and the Civil Service Management Code.”

Victory!

You can read all Guido’s stories on Pilgrims here.

Dave Says Philpott Case Raises Welfare Questions

The PM has backed Osborne’s decision to come out and ask why the taxpayer subsidised kid killer Mick Philpott’s feckless lifestyle yesterday:

“I think what George Osborne said was absolutely right. He said that Mr Philpott was the one to blame for his crimes, that he should be held responsible, but what the Chancellor went on to say is we should ask some wider questions about our welfare system, how much it costs and the signals that it sends and we do want to make clear that welfare is there to help people – it shouldn’t be there as a lifestyle choice.”

Quite…

Via @sophyridgesky

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…


Seen Elsewhere

Polling Averages Trend | PoliticalBetting.com
Speaker Faces Questions Over Pass for Donor | Sun
Tory MPs’ Visit to Israel Condemned | Guardian
Labour Was Too Slow for the Squeezed Middle | FT
Papers Pan Cam’s Immigration Pledge | ConHome
Deane of St Edmundsbury? | Times
Pay Volunteers and They Become Cheap Labour | Jill Kirby
UKIP Fundraiser Was Jailed for Running Brothels | Times
Bercow Faces Probe Over Pass Mystery | Mirror
Harman Breaks Rules on Paying Staff | Express
Labour Whinge About Sandi Toksvig Joke | Mail


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John McTernan told Channel 4 News

“You can’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs, you don’t win in politics without breaking legs.”



Rob Wilson says:

Without Predujice

Darling

What time will dinner be ready this evening?

Yours

Rob Wilson MP

In the interests of me I am placing a copy of this email in the public domain.


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