Inflation Outlook: Lindsay Lohan on Monetary Policy


Monetary policy arguments can sometimes seem other-worldly, the modern equivalent of the medieval intellectual battle over how many angels can dance on the head of a pinhead? Guido (neo-Hayekian) has been rowing with Will Straw (neo-Keynesian) for years – our latest skirmish is here. It is a difficult subject to popularise in an accessible way. Straw often cites David Blanchflower, formerly of the MPC and a favourite of Gordon Brown, to back his case. Blanchflower it was who predicted a year ago that if Chancellor Osborne didn’t undertake a £90 billion stimulus package, unemployment would hit 4 million. Osborne ignored him and unemployment is down as we undergo an expansionary fiscal contraction.

In turn Guido cites the noted American actress and legendary redhead bad-girl Lindsay Lohan. She has a manifestly clearer grasp of the inflationary dangers of quantitative easing than David Blanchflower:

Lohan’s analysis is right…

Hat-tip: Fraser Nelson

Laura Kuenssberg Quits BBC for ITV Business Gig

An interesting move given she was tipped for the top Beeb job, though it doesn’t rule it out – Nick Robinson was poached back from ITV.  

Looks like it will be ITVLauraK on Twitter…

UPDATE: Seems it came as shock to ITV’s Political Correspondent:

UPDATE II: Laura will start as the newly created Business Editor in September.

Why Did Luciana Chuck Her Man, Eh?

What on earth could have happened to Labour’s lovebirds Chuka Umunna and Luciana Berger? Richard Kay reports this morning that fresh from a trip to Ibiza the couple have called off their well thought-out relationship. Good news for the Westminster’s boys though…

This isn’t the first time Luciana has had trouble with a Labour MP. Was it the same little problem her ex-lover Siôn Simon inadvertently revealed to the world? Or perhaps since Chuka’s demotion from being Miliband’s PPS the ambitious Miss Berger is aiming her sights a little higher. Though after dating the Prime Minister’s son, a minister, and then the leader’s aide-de-camp, Guido is wondering who could possibly be next…

Bunny Dorries

Guido is intrigued by the imminent arrival of the Playboy Club in London. But not as excited as some it seems. One of Nadine Dorries’ many loyal internet fans signed her up for membership:

He’s a little disappointed by her response though:

Sounds like a bargain this end…

Totty Watch: Slut Walk Special

Guido doesn’t normally agree with very much that Yasmin Alibhai-Brown has to say, but he does find himself asking the same question today. How does dressing up as sluts and marching through London help protect women? 

Looked like a fun day out though…

Reader, She Married Him

Guido hears that the author, and member consistently voted sexiest MP on that website, has had a surprise wedding in New York.  Louise Bagshaw has tied the knot with rock and roll power broker Peter Mensch, two decades older than her, and manager of Metallica and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Sigh. 

Sky Line


In the Guy Newsroom we watch Sky News all day and we’re big fans of the newly promoted faces reporting the political news; Ruth Barnett and Sophy Ridge. We can’t help noticing that now they are fronting the news they have both recently adopted identical hair lines. Is this a Murdoch diktat as, allegedly, with the [pictured] Fox News blondes?

Guido sources confirm that the explanation is far simpler. They share the same hairdresser.

Who’d have guessed?

Sexy MP Site Titillates Parliament

Just when bored bag-carriers were wondering what they were going to do with themselves for the whole of recess, along comes SexyMP.co.uk. Someone clearly watched The Social Network and decided to bring the earliest version of “the facebook” to Westminster. The rules are very simple, you are presented with a picture of two MPs and you chose which one you would sleep with. The more points an MP the higher they go up the rankings:

Enjoy…

“I Did Not Have Sexual Relations With That Man”

Carole Caplin is back and she’s on the rampage, suing the Mail for implying that she was “some sort of sexpot or randy masseuse”.

She claims that she gave Tony Blair, or “Toblerone”, as she used to call […]

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Sweet Dreams Are Made of This…

Songstress – turned – political – campaigner Annie Lennox tells the Staggers this week that she doesn’t want to be put in a box: “I have different hats; I’m a mother, I’m a woman, I’m a human being, I’m an […]

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Let Out Your Daughters – Andy Porter Gets Hitched

Guido is late to this one, but he wanted to pass on his warmest congratulations to man about town and Daily Telegraph Political Editor Andy “lock up your daughter” Porter, who finally tied the knot on Saturday. Many a maiden […]

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Heffer is Barely Out the Door and Already Standards Slip

“Tory blogging is close to death” Melissa Kite announced back in 2007, “it’s been in intensive care for some time” she proclaimed. However it seems the Sunday Telegraph’s Deputy Political Editor has had a change of heart. She took to […]

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