Wonk Watch: IEA’s Turn

It’s basically Wonk Transfer Deadline Week with more movements announced this afternoon. Ryan Bourne, who has given the CPS its recent oomph, jumps to the Institute of Economic Affairs to be their new Head of Public Policy. Glamorous Steph Lis (above left) is promoted to Head of Comms, replacing PX-bound Ruth Porter. The lovely Christiana Hambro (above right) will be their new Head of External Relations. Further bolstering Mark Littlewood’s harem of twenty-something brainboxes…

Another Champagne Socialist

He doesn’t half pic ‘em.

Coke-Snorting Co-op Boss’ Night With Chuka

Rev Flowers has been nicked as Labour’s Co-op embarrassment makes the front pages once again this morning. By far Guido’s favourite story of the day however is this little gem found by the Sun, who have got hold of Facebook messages written by Flowers in which he lusts over a certain party loving Labour frontbencher:

Thank god he didn’t favourite anything on Twitter…

Foreign Office SpAd in Racy Photo Investigation

In Serbia sadly. But Vanja Hadzovic, an adviser in the Serbian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has caused a stir after racy photos of her appeared online: “There are those both within and outside Serbia who might think these pictures are not suitable for a woman who is hoping to excel at diplomacy,” said one foreign ministry source to the Mail.

Guido disagrees.

Excellent diplomatic skills on display. 

A Very Elegant, Soft Hand in the Till

As another round of expense receipts are published a special prize goes to Tory MP Penny Mordaunt, who claimed £4.37 for some Dove hand cream. Taxpayer-funded moisturising is creative even by their standards…

Sham Pain

“It was hard to stomach David Cameron preaching austerity from a golden throne” writes Guardian contributor Ruth Hardy, who waited tables at the Lord Mayor’s banquet on Monday. Guido commends Ruth for her use of cliché; rolling off all the old classics about “the cuts”, it being “like a scene from Downton Abbey”, and not forgetting the requisite moan about a “champagne reception”. Apparently not a fan of the stuff, she slams Dave for “the idiocy of calling for cuts while wearing a white tie”, somewhat bravely asking “has the man never heard of Twitter?” Well, talking of Twitter, here is a picture Ruth tweeted of herself drinking champagne in what could be “a scene from Downton Abbey”:

Has she “never heard of Twitter”?

Laura K Heads Back to the Beeb
Guido’s Favourite Presenter Joins Newsnight

laura k

Great signing by Newsnight:

Well that’s going to keep Guido up right until the end…

That Clegg SpAd Hypocrisy in Full

SpAd turned politician Nick Clegg’s pre-election promise to stop advisers being paid for by the taxpayer looks even emptier than ever today. Fun-loving Emma Gilpin-Jacobs becomes his 20th taxpayer-funded SpAd, appointed Clegg’s director of communications. The LibDems now have an average of five SpAds per cabinet minister, double the average of the Tories. At a total cost to the taxpayer of well over a million pounds a year. Government of the SpAds, by the SpAds, for the SpAds…

Full Moon at Parliament This Evening

No explanation needed.[…]

PHOTO: Godfrey Bloom Motorboating Stripper

A classic from Godders’ autobiography.

“My stag night with the compulsory stripper, a drunken night at Rules, London. I appear to have the munchies. My brother-in-law in the background awaits his turn.”

Why not.

Via @asabenn.

[…]

UK’s Sexiest Naked Vegan Milks Attention

Barbecue sauce-covered student Shayna Weisz brought home the bacon at the PETA Sexiest Vegan 2013 contest in Birmingham today. Tofu competition…
[…]

Osborne: the Naked “Son of a Curtain Salesman”

The Chancellor is only commenting through his lawyers – who dismiss Natalie Rowe as a dodgy witness – but the former hooker from that photo has her book out today. Guido will bring you some key extracts today, suitable […]



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