Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Meryl Thatcher

A dull and bloodless PMQs was livened up as Meryl Streep was spotted in the gallery getting tips for her upcoming film about Thatcher. Number 10 apparently organised the ticket, though Guido isn’t sure why given what has emerged so far about its content. For some reason Streep apparently plays a sad Baroness, looking back at her life with regret. Guido’s heart is bleeding already. Personally he reckons they should have stuck with Oliver Stone’s plan of casting Sienna Miller in the role for his biopic

Friday, January 14, 2011

Totty Watch : Berlusconi’s Jailbait Ruby

He is 74, she was a 17 year-old nightclub dancer who came to one of his parties last year, for which she says she was paid €7,000. Later, when Ruby was arrested, Berlusconi called the police and got her sprung.  Under Italian law sex with a prostitute under the age of 18 is a criminal offence. Ruby says they didn’t have sex, he says it is laughable and politically motivated left-wing prosecutors are trying to get him. Who to believe?

Friday, December 17, 2010

Totty Watch : Sophy Ridge Heading to Sky

All change in the Murdoch empire this morning as Guido learns that Sophy Ridge, the News of the World’s blonde bombshell, is to join Sky New’s political team as a replacement for Niall Paterson. Kay Burley better watch her back.

Her appointment will certainly make rolling news a little easier on the eye…

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

De Piero’s DCMS Ding-Dong

It was an unusually catty Department of Culture Media and Sport Questions in the House yesterday afternoon. It wasn’t just that an embarrassed looking Ivan Lewis showed up but, his fellow Shadow Minister Gloria de Piero was particularly feisty.

Given the brief closeness she once had with Ed Vaizey, who she now shadows, it must be tough coming to blows all the time…

Monday, November 29, 2010

Tatler’s Intriguing Top Tory Totty

It is seemingly slim pickings for a single girl in Westminster. Tatler’s annual list of London’s most Eligible Bachelors 2010 is out. In the top ten we have one Christopher Myers, presumably going for the lifetime achievement award, and our miniature Member from Penrith, Rory “definitely not a spook” Stewart.

While the the girls might find it tough to win over Mr Myers, Guido is pretty sure both he and Chris are better dancers than Rory:

Form an orderly queue…

(Video courtesy: Sam England, Penrith)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Woolas Staffer Eyes Oldham

Guido is hearing rumours that the bun-fight has already begun to be the Labour candidate in the Oldham by-election and soundings are well underway. One well-placed-red says Shona Woodfine, who has been Phil’s long-suffering bag-carrier, is positively gagging for the nomination. And has made that clear to the party machine…

This wouldn’t be the first time Labour have made such a move, the “Baby of the House” Pamela Nash, who is just 26, took over John Reid’s safe seat having been his special advisor. Woodfine’s chances have to be weakened by her closeness to her disgraced former boss, she was presumably in the campaign office when these leaflets were going out. Apparently that’s not what she is saying though…

UPDATE : Can you read between the ambiguous lines of this Tweet she sent just after this story went up:

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Totty Watch: You Spoil Us Ambassador

Meet Tamara Mellon, who flew on the plane to China as one of the PM’s newly appointed Business Ambassadors:

Ms. Mellon will certainly be an asset to the PM on his visit to China, certainly an improvement on Digby Jones…

Friday, November 5, 2010

Exclusive: Dave’s Stylist Goes from CCHQ to the Civil Service

Before this May’s general election CCHQ’s Anna-Maren Ashford was the “Head of Brand Communications” and is credited with styling “Brand Dave”. The former advertising executive was brought in by Steve Hilton from Young & Rubicam to kick out the old Tory torch logo and bring in the huggable tree. The glossy 30 year-old made the right look right.

She successfully helped detoxify the Tories and turn them into the beautiful people…

Post-election she still answers to Hilton and is close to hand in the Cabinet Office should the smooth Brand Dave need further polishing – just nowadays it is at the taxpayers’ expense as a civil servant in Whitehall. Officially she works with the Behavioural Insights Strategy Team known universally across Whitehall as the “Nudge Unit”.

Dave controversially put his personal photographer, Andy Parsons, on the Civil Service payroll, the news that his image stylist has also become a civil servant will infuriate many who will question his priorities…

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Totty Watch : Boris Shows His Balls to Four Beautiful Women

With the news that Boris has been kicked out of his family home and is now living in a rented house down the road from his wife and kids, it seems he is not letting women get in the way of his day job. There was barely a sign of distraction when he met an extremely important visiting  international delegation yesterday:

Sometimes Guido wishes he could be the Mayor..

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Miliband’s Staffers

Polly Billington – Gatekeeper and PR. Former BBC presenter and SpAd at the Department for Enviroment and Climate Change. (1)

Sadiq Khan - Campaign Manager. Controversial expenses fiddling MP for Tooting.

Lucy Powell – Chief of Staff. Failed PPC. (2)

Katie Myler – Spokesman. Former SpAd to Jacqui Smith, and the daughter News of the Screws editor Colin Myler. (3)

Stewart Wood – Head of Comms. Former Brown Bunker Bod and very close to Ed. (4)

Kenny Young - Press Officer. “Calamity Kenny” just about says it all. (5)

Rachel Kinnock – Events. Keeping it in the family. (6)

Greg Beales – Speechwriter. Highly rated boyfriend of spokesgirl Katie Myler. (7)

Ayesha Hazarika – Speechwriter. Stand up comic and Harman SpAd. (8)

James Morris – Polling and Message. Ally of Democrat and Brown pollster Stan Greenberg.

Alex Smith – Messaging and New Media, though doing diary work too. Editor of LabourList. (9)

Anna Yearly – Bag carrier. (10)

Nirmalee Wanduragala – Researcher. Former SpAd to Rosie Winterton and Fabian. (11)

Calum O’Byrne Mulligan – Researcher. Friends accuse him of being “Stalinist”. (12)


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Osborne is Son of Brown | Peter Oborne
Uber Needs to Mind Its Manners | CapX
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Farage’s Migrant Muddle | Indy
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The lefties are attacking because the panellist is a millionaire and lives in a London home worth upwards of two million. Someone had best tell them he’s called Ed Miliband.


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