Friday, June 20, 2014

Cable Finally Declares £6,000 Clegg Plot Poll Gift

Four days after the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards announced she would be launching an inquiry into Vince Cable’s failure to declare the Lord Oakeshott poll in his constituency as a gift, this entry appears in the Business Secretary’s Register of Interests:

Name of donor: Lord Oakeshott
Address of donor: private
Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: conducting a local opinion poll, value £6,000
Donor status: individual

Tessa Munt has still failed to declare the poll in her constituency. Oops.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Cable and Munt Face Inquiry Over Clegg Plot Polls

A spokesperson for the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner has confirmed that they have launched an investigation into whether Vince Cable broke Commons rules by failing to declare the Oakeshott poll in his constituency. The BBC reports that an inquiry has also begun looking at whether Tessa Munt, Cable’s PPS, should have declared a poll by Oakeshott in her own constituency as a gift in her register of interests. Won’t be an easy one for either of them to explain…

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Clegg and Cable Awkward Morning Drinking Session

Things have got so bad for the LibDems that they have had to turn to the booze at 11am in the morning. Either that, or Clegg is a little late to the Farage magic. If you can’t debate him, join him…

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There hasn’t been a LibDem leader in the pub this early since Charlie Kennedy was in charge…

Via @theousherwood

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Six of Cable’s Twickenham LibDems Back Plot to Oust Clegg

What do the LibDems pictured above have in common? Well, for starters they are all councillors or council candidates in Vince Cable’s constituency of Twickenham, all featured on his local LibDem website. Here are their names from left to right:

Susan Burningham - council candidate in Twickenham Riverside
Roger Crouch – council candidate in Twickenham Riverside
Ben Khosa - councillor in St Margaret’s & North Twickenham
Jonathan Cardy - councillor in Fulwell & Hampton Hill
John Coombs - councillor in Heathfield
Arnie Gibbons - ex-councillor in Whitton

What else do they have in common? They have all signed the LibDems4Change petition organised by anti-Clegg plotters calling on their leader to resign. Six key figures in Vince Cable’s local party are signed up members of the public plot to oust Clegg. Mathematically improbable when you consider that only 1% of the party membership is publicly backing the putsch. By coincidence Lord Oakeshott was in Twickenham as recently as Monday last week. Presumably Vince will tell us he knows nothing about this either…

Cable’s Meeting With “Impossible” Oakeshott Four Weeks Ago

Matthew Oakeshott said in his characteristically low key resignation statement that he told Vince Cable about the results of his four secret polls “several weeks ago”, something that the beleaguered Business Secretary denies. We know, however, that the two did meet exactly one month ago today:

Hiding in public view.

As Baroness Kramer told Newsnight last night: “When Matthew gets a political ideal in his head, he’s impossible”. Are we really expected to believe that at a face to face meeting, Oakeshott did not tell his old mucker Vince about his expensive polling? ICM polled Sheffield Hallam the very next day. Guido knows whose version of events he believes…

Monday, May 12, 2014

Doddery Old Vince Fails to Grasp Royal Mail Basics

What could be worse than hearing something come through your letterbox and seeing that it is just some campaign material from Vince Cable? How about the fact that the Business Secretary had posted it stamp-less so you have to fork out the £1.53 unpaid postage to the postman. You might have sold Royal Mail Vince, but you still have to put a stamp on it…

Via The Backbencher.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

SKETCH: Hannibal Fallon

A sacrificial session with Adrian Bailey and the Royal Mail – it went on well into lunch. I must have lost a pound. The tax payer lost 750 million of them.

The session wasn’t a grilling – these things never are – but there was grinding. Some battering from Brian Binley, urbane argumentation from the witnesses, the chairman well out of his habitat.

Poor fellow, head of the Business committee. He looks like a rough sleeper on a 99 Per Cent demo. Up against people who spend more on lunch than he earns. They live in a different world and speak many other languages than his.

Even the Royal Mail ministers – who, to say the least, appear to be in a vulnerable position – are beyond his reach.

He told Michael Fallon that the shares were under-valued at sale. Fallon – with imperturbable daring – replied, “I haven’t seen any evidence they were undervalued,” and added brilliantly: “Have you?”

(more…)

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Another LibDem Sex Scandal?

Found on the door of a loo in parliament today…

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Vince Flirts With Labour, Again

Poor old Vince Cable may have survived this reshuffle, but he’s still desperately trying to show a bit of ankle to Labour.

A co-conspirator reports that the Business Secretary was deep in conversation with Miliband consigliere Lord Wood this afternoon. People will start to talk…

SKETCH: Royal Mail Offer Price – Political or Economic?
Vince Cable in Front of Business Innovation and Skills

In view of the offer being so over-subscribed, the question the committee repeatedly asked was: is the Royal Mail offer undervalued?

Vince Cable said that was the sort of observation made by grey-market, fly-by-night, speculating outliers on the fringes of the financial community and his irresponsible opposite number (Chuka Umunna).

He didn’t carry the committee.

Adrian Bailey in the chair said he had been an auctioneer in a previous life. “If I pitched a price and thirty hands went up I’d know I’d underpriced it.”

The minister thought that to float shares wasn’t an auction. In what way he didn’t say.

Labour and Tory members wanted to know how he would judge whether he had underpriced the issue. If the price went up 10, 20, 40, 50 per cent, would that cause him to blush at all? He was going to ignore such froth, he said. He wasn’t going to take a snapshot seriously.

Prices, pah!

But what about the 23 acres of prime London property that might be sold for billions by a clever asset-stripping management in a rocketing market?

The minister said such an outcome would assume a serious error had been made in the valuation. “And I don’t buy that,” he said.

Neither do. I can’t afford it.


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TJ says:

And i’ve noticed that 100% of Guido Fawkes staff are men. Looks like Guido has a woman problem. Or is it an hypocrisy problem?


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