Off Down the Pub

For a cause and a pint.

Totty Watch : Possibly the Best Tax Cut Photo Op Ever

Guido will be in the Westminster Arms tomorrow Thursday morning. Bit early even for Guido you might think, this however is for a good and noble cause: the launch of the Save the Pub campaign to to promote a Great British tradition and oppose plans to increase beer tax.

Coronation Street barmaid Michelle Connor (real name Kym Marsh formerly of Hear’Say) will join publicans and CAMRA to lend her support by pulling pints for “special guests” including Guido.

As pleasurable a prospect as this is, Guido would rather it was not necessary, however the British beer and pub industry is under severe and sustained pressure from Alistair Darling:

Tax is a third of the price of a pint of beer.

Sales of beer in pubs are now at their lowest levels since the Great Depression of the 1930s.

36 pubs are closing every week.

More than 44,000 jobs have been lost from the industry between 2000 and 2005.

Economic slowdown and Darling’s announcement of yet another increase in duty yesterday – on top of plans to increase the tax on beer above inflation next year and for the next three years is piling on the pressure on pubs. Guido is single-handedly doing everything he can to help…

Totty Watch Italia : Italian Minister for Equality Sues Over “Blowjob for Silvio” Smear

Italian prime minister Berlusconi’s Equal Opportunities Minister Mara Carfagna (pictured) – a former topless model – is suing over claims that the 32-year-old got her job as minister by performing oral sex on Mr Berlusconi.Carfagna’s relationship with Silvio Berlusconi is ununusual – he said in 2007: “If I was not already married I would have married her immediately.” Carfagna says the rumour-mongering about her and Silvio proved she was the victim of a sexist campaign.

Guido was unable to reach Harriet Harman’s office for comment.

Maybe Later this Evening

Judging by the banner hanging over the front door, the Rocket Club lap-dancing joint is not exactly embarrassed by all the free publicity it has received. Guido has his discount voucher. Should be more fun than having a drink with David Willets.

Totty Watch : Labour Looker Spotted

Just snapped this totty straight off the telly. Julia Toft actually looks glossy and well spoken enough to be a Tory girl. What is she doing in the Labour Party?

Reports from those returning from Manchester suggest the number of activist delegates was way down on previous years.

Government contractors, lobbyists, media and party staffers seemingly out-numbered the actual members….

UPDATE : Aha, turns out she is a lobbyist.

Totty Watch : Tatler Tory Totty Special

You would, wouldn’t you?* Guido couldn’t help noticing when watching the Democrat and Republican conventions that the Republicans were better groomed and better looking. Forza Italia look like they have just come off the catwalk. Are right-of-centre types universally better looking than their left-of-centre counterparts?

1 – Shaun Bailey, 37, 2 – Mark Clarke, 31, 3 – Joanne Cash, 38, 4 – Annunziata Rees-Mogg, 29, 5 – Peter Lyburn, 24, 6 – Charlotte Leslie, 29, 7 – Jeremy Brier, 27, 8 – Nicola Blackwood, 28, 9 – Helen Whately, 32, 10 – Kulveer Ranger, 33.

*Vote for them – they are all Conservative Prospective Parliamentary Candidates.

Picture via : Evening Standard

Beauty and the Basher

People asking what did David Davis achieve with his “Freedom By-Election” might be surprised to discover that he appears to have won over a convert. The news is that Miss Great Britain, Gemma Garrett, is switching political allegiances to the Tories. Excellent news, it was not all in vain after all. She will make a glamorous addition to the candidates list.

Politics is not exclusively “showbiz for ugly people” after all.

Brogan’s Boob Blogging

The Daily Mail’s politicial editor, Ben Brogan has a very dry blog, read widely in the Westminster Village. It has never had much of a popular following for some reason. Here however is his excellent report on the flight arrangements for the PM’s visit to Tokyo. Guido welcomes his more populist style…

Totty Watch : Undercover on Embankment?

A Guido co-conspirator on his way to Westminster yesterday morning snapped this picture on his phone-cam. The man at the back has taken off his wig, perhaps because of the warm sunshine, to reveal a bald spot. The big broad-shouldered man at the front in the coat, skirt and high heels is marching purposefully towards Westminster bridge.[…]

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Big Jacqui Tough Stance Goes Down Well With Lesbians

The Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, tops the lesbian romantic rankings, scooping over a third (34%) of the gay female vote in an online “Lust for Power” poll of hundreds of gay singles conducted by gay-PARSHIP.co.uk.
Amongst single lesbians, Britain’s first female Home Secretary proves big-in-the-ballots as the most desired lesbian date with British female politician:

1.

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Blue-on-Blue or Red Dragons?

Post-lunch Guido peruses Nadine’s blog to discover a picture of her comely researcher, one Jenny Dorries, and Nadine has this to say:
If Michael Crick or any other journalist would like to check it out she is working from my staff office, just be our guest.
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Silvio’s Minister for the Family

Berlusconi is likely to appoint Mara Carfagna, a former Miss Italy contestant and Forza Italia party activist, as Minister for the Family. Silvio has promised to appoint women to a third of his cabinet posts. Obviously he is a feminist…

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Forza Italia : Silvio on Women

Guido has a soft spot for Silvio and is looking forward to his return to power, not least because he comes out with crackers like this:
“The left has no taste, not even when it comes to women… As for ours being more beautiful, I say that because in parliament they have no competition.”

Guido thinks he has a point, and old Silvio knows a thing or two about women.

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Who Had Dinner With Dave?

The Sunday Mirror’s strange story that a “senior female TV journalist” had allegedly overheard Dave say to his daughter Nancy ‘you look like you’ve fallen out of a council flat’, is so very full of holes. The un-named source was said to have subsequently denied the story to her intermediary, as does Dave himself most emphatically.[…]

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Totty Watch : By Request, Black & White Ball (Men)

N.B. Guido was not actually in attendance so the person demanding transparency about a Guido donation to the Tory party is barking up the wrong tree. It was held on Ash Wednesday, the first Day of Lent, a day which Catholics observe by fasting, abstinence from meat, and repentance—a day of contemplating one’s transgressions.[…]

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Totty Watch : Black & White Tory Ball

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