Friday, June 21, 2013

Berger’s Trade Union Lobbyist Merry-Go-Round

A classic case of cosy Labour sweeteners with trade union lobbyists here. According to the latest available figures Luciana Berger charges the taxpayer £1,750 per quarter for her constituency office rent. For where? Her website says that when back in Liverpool Wavertree she works out of the UCATT union’s office. That would be the same UCATT union that have generously given Labour £78,750 since 2010. Surely Luciana couldn’t possibly be bunging taxpayer money to a party donor. If a Tory MP did the same with a millionaire pal it would be a scandal…

H/T The Backbencher

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

MPs Hanging From Ropes

No luck for the female MPs team at the annual Macmillan Lords V Commons Tug of War last night, but the boys won.

There was one casualty on the media team though as the Daily Politics’ Giles Dilnot put his back out.

Mentioned in dispatches:

Alec Shelbrook and the mysterious blonde female ringers. 

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Another Guardian “Deleted Voicemail” Moment

As Putin winds up Obama by offering whistleblower Edward Snowden asylum in Russia, the wheels are beginning to come off of the Glenn Greenwald global gloating tour. Yesterday, in his usual tetchy style, he let slip that he had been working with Snowden in February, before he started working for private NSA contractors Booz Allen in March. As Guy Walters notes it could look like Greenwald and Snowden planned to look for abuses, quite plausibly to serve their own agenda.

David Allen Green notes that no evidence has yet been produced that anyone working for the NSA or GCHQ breached any law whatsoever, or that any information was obtained without a court order. Anyone except Snowden; who likes to type under a hood so satellites cannot see his screen.

Bob Cesca raises real questions over the veracity of Greenwald’s journalism. First, his assertion – repeated four times in his original article – that the NSA has “direct access” to the Google, Apple, Microsoft etc servers, is contested by the companies themselves. They insist the NSA had to pass the safeguard of agreeing consent. Unless they are not telling the truth, the phrase “direct access” is an exaggeration. Guido is still sceptical of their denials, but the Guardian accused them of “direct access” without evidence.

Secondly, the Washington Post has amended its own original story, now saying that PRISM was used to “track foreign targets” and not US citizens. Greenwald has not changed his own story that US citizens were targeted. Why the change from WaPo; why the sudden, unexplained discrepancy?

Once again the Guardian have lit the touch-paper only for it to emerge that the most damning part of the story is evidence free. Maybe it was the NSA that deleted those Milly Dowler text messages? Guido understands that Alan Rusbridger is in New York at the moment. He should be mopping up not boasting…

See also: More Questions for Glenn Greenwald.

UPDATE: This, according to the Mail, is the girlfriend Snowden left in Hawaii:

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Harman Trying to Stitch Up Seats, Again

Harriet Harman is trying to stitch up a seat for a millionaire comedian’s daughter As Guido revealed in his Sun on Sunday column, Harman has been sniffing around for a seat for her old aide Mabel McKeown, the daughter of Tracy Ullman, who amassed a £75 million fortune as her show brought the world The Simpsons. Less-than-local candidate Mabel who was born in LA, has not had much electoral success so far. She lost out for a local council and when she stood for the London Assembly. She will be hoping she is more successful than the politician her mother most famously backed in a pop video: Neil Kinnock.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Ex-Centrica Lobbyist Becomes Number Ten SpAd

Brainbox Tara Singh is Dave’s new Energy adviser. A former Centrica public affairs manager, Tara is another Policy Exchange graduate who has made it to Downing Street. Makes a change from the PM’s Eton clique.

A welcome hire from outside the “chumocracy”, she only went to Malvern…

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The Ultimate HuffPo Story

Congratulations to the Huffington Post. Not only have they managed to recycle discredited BBC polling information into a story…

…They’ve also managed to get some of their much loved side-boob in too. Double boobs.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Whatsa Matter EU?
Labour Euro Candidates Are Failed Italian Politicians

Six-figure salaries, generous expenses and first class seats on the gravy train to Brussels, no wonder there were hundreds of applicants to become Labour candidates for the European Parliament. As Guido revealed in yesterday’s Sun column, two of their London candidates are Ivana Bartoletti, who in 2007 was elected to the Italian parliament in Rome, and Andrea Biondi, an unsuccessful candidate for the Italian parliament in January. His campaign website is still in Italian and he has yet to replace the Italian socialist party logo with the Labour Party’s logo.

Ed says he wants more ordinary working class candidates, so it seems odd that Labour wants to send two academic Italian political insiders to represent London’s interests in Brussels. Couldn’t they find any Brits good enough to do the job?

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Anti-Page 3 HuffPo’s Top Story is Topless Model Photo

The sideboob connoisseurs over at HuffPoUK have been in strident form railing against Page 3 this week. HuffPo have been pushing the self-righteous ‘No More Page 3′ campaign, arguing “let’s keep top shelf material on the top shelf”, rounding up girl guides to join the cause and even linking Page 3 to sexual violence. Once again, their editorial moralising doesn’t extend to their quest for traffic. HuffPo’s top story this morning was headlined “Abbey Clancy Poses Naked For Rankin in Hunger Magazine (PICTURES)”, naturally complete with topless photos which Guido has censored as this is a family blog. They also signed up a new contributor today: Peter Stringfellow.

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…

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

WATCH: SamCam Visits Syrian Refugees

Her first official solo trip overseas…

Vid via ITV and Save the Children.

Seen Elsewhere

Cracknell v Boris | Sun
British Muslims are Failing to Integrate | Dan Hodges
Dear Sarah Wollaston… | ASI
Treatment of Ashya King’s Family Authoritarian | Brendan O'Neill
Stop the War Should Disband | Rob Marchant
State Should Not Act as Parent | Kathy Gyngell
Guido’s Column | Sun
Don’t Bottle Schools Revolution | Dom Cummings
Sack Bercow | Melanie Phillips
Tories Should Have Open Primary in Clacton | Mark Wallace
Osborne Tricked Into Haircut | Janan Ganesh


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