Attack of the Killer SPADs

80 Special Advisers (“SPADs”) are at work in Whitehall for the Labour party. Essentially they are political commissars with open party affiliations paid for by the tax-payer to enforce the party line on the civil service. Under Thatcher there were a dozen or so across the entire government – Portillo was one of them – nowadays Blair has 20 or so in Downing Street alone.

The opposition parties are screaming foul, but to be honest what can be done to level the playing field – besides making the parties pay for them out of their own funds? Which is not bloody likely.

The fact is that the SPADs are now working full time for a Blair victory, only once the election date is announced will they move from Whitehall to Labour HQ or the constituencies in to which they have been parachuted…

Send Guido all your propaganda from whatever source (by fax or email). Not just official party stuff, agit-prop stuff like this above, or as Zack Exley would say ‘guerilla communications’

Reid: Transexual Tart Shocka

Does Howard Hate Archer?

Guido has pointed out before that Howard seems to have it in for Jeffrey Archer. Now the Tories are to target prison book profits. Criminals would be prevented from profiting from books about their crimes under a Tory government says Michael Howard. Royalties would be treated as proceeds of crime and could be seized under the proposals. “We don’t think criminals should benefit from their crimes – society should draw a clear distinction between right and wrong,” Howard said.

Under the plan, the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 would be amended to enable the attorney general to apply to a court for proceeds from a book or article to be confiscated. Any payments made to a criminal to help produce a book or newspaper article would also be covered by the plan. “What I want to see is a presumption against criminals benefiting from their crimes in this way.” The new legislation would also cover live entertainment appearances by criminals. Oscar Wilde would be spinning in his grave, but on the other hand if it keeps ex-con Johnny Vaughn off the radio, Guido has no objections.

Yankee Go Home

Zack Exley, 35, a loony leftie web spammer, has been hired by Labour to do battle on the web against the likes of www.backingblair.co.uk which is much hated by the Blairite Labour campaigners who monitor it. Republicans in Washington, including Dubya himself know him as the “garbage man” after he faked photographs of Bush smoking a joint. It was Exley who set up the amusing www.gwbush.com to do battle with the official www.georgewbush.com.

A Labour Party spokeswoman told the Indy: “Zack Exley is working for the party as a campaign consultant specifically using his experience of working on www.moveon.org.” MoveOn were the group that compared Blair’s best friend George Bush to Adolf Hitler. Zack worked with Stan Greenberg, a business partner of Philip Gould, Tony Blair’s personal pollster. Small world eh? He also worked for the Kerry campaign’s online website. Exley has links to anti-war groups and the The Ruckus Society – a leftwing organisation that advocates – and trains radicals from a wide variety of other left-wing groups how to use – “direct action” and “guerrilla communication” to promote left-wing politics.

Remember the Guardian’s campaign for Kerry in Clark County, Ohio? They encouraged readers to write to voters in this middle-America marginal constituency to Vote Bush Out. The Americans reacted predictably to interference from the British Guardianistas, voting for Bush by an increased majority in Clark County. The local Republican party campaign manager thanked the Guardian for its inadvertent help. Most tobacco chewing citizens of Clark County made clear what they thought of the advice from their Guardianista correspondents i.e. “Go to Hell Limeys”. So Guido thinks we should return the favour, send a personal email to Zack Exley zackexley@gmail.com. Guido’s personal message wishes him better luck this time with Blair than he had with Kerry.

From: G. Fawkes
To: Zack Exley

Hope you do better for Blair than you did for Kerry!

Glad to see you are now backing Blair and the liberation of Iraq!

TeeBeeGeeBees

No. 10 announcing the minimum wage increase instead of No. 11 has set him off again.

Well it needs a bit of polishing…

This came to Guido via email (pdf), and I think I know where they got the original idea. I assume its a draft, it needs a bit of polishing, but its cleverer than all that graffiti…

Nothing Personal

Back from lunch and Guido sees an incoming message from Sandra Gidley MP on the fax machine. Aha!

At last we will see evidence of that vicious Tory minx challenger’s personal attack that pains our LibDem heroine so much. Guido searches the Tory leaflet high and low – front and back page – but no personal attack is found. Certainly not the “silly statement” claimed on the Romsey Redhead’s blog. But what is this on the back page, last column, half way down, about an inch square? Three surnames which I surmise to refer to John Denham, the Labour MP for Southampton Itchen, Alan Whitehead, the MP for Southampton Test and Sandra Gidley the current MP for Romsey. So the painful “personal attack” appears to be not personal and not really an attack, more of a question. Given that fatal MRSA rates have shot up 30% since 2003, its a good question.

All a bit disappointing really. Still at least we cleared one thing up, Sandra Gidley at best misquotes for spin, or at worst she just makes things up.

UPDATE: The Romsey Redhead has now switched off the comments section on her blog. How illiberal! Presumably due to the number of people writing “Liar, Liar, Knickers on Fire!” and suchlike. Alas Guido’s superior page ranking means Googlers will come here first when searching for “Romsey Redhead”. Or they could go to GidleyWatch.

www.ReturningOfficer.com

Guido is one of the Returning Officers and I’ll be posting there during the election campaign as well as here at www.Order-Order.com.

The idea behind the Returning Officers is that in one place you will get to read three of the most popular British political bloggers, from very different perspectives, we square up to each other, take the piss and keep an eye on events, politicians and the mainstream media – including that bit that still writes on dead trees – newspaper pundits.

The other Returning Officers are Recess Monkey and the Man-In-Whitehall (who was behind Guacomoleville and was the original Hon. Fiend when it was good – but he is much too modest to say that himself).

Its a new experiment in blogging and we are keen to entertain, so add it to your favourite bookmarks, or your XML feed!

Romsey Redhead Smear: Vindication Due Today

Well its day 4 of the wait for for the rapid rebuttal. Time pressed LibDem MP Sandra Gidley has barely enough time to blog, send me emails and get her agent Tony Barron to send me emails, so its understandable. The last one from the agent on Wednesday reads “Thanks for the fax I am next in the office on Friday and will fax to you then. Sorry but I only work part time for Sandra.”

So the big day has arrived and I am here sitting by the fax machine in my dark cellar. Waiting. And waiting…

Time for me to re-cap. It all started when Romsey Redhead blogged;

It pains me to say this

I thought the Conservative hopeful had declared that there would be no personal attacks? This is to be welcomed but it is a shame that there was not a similar commitment to being honest and not misrepresenting the Lib Dem policies. No such luck as there has been some very scurrilous literature produced recently. If you have received something from the Tories that you find hard to believe then it probably isn’t true so get in touch with us and we will tell you the truth! As the old saying goes, “If they continue to lie about us we will continue to tell the truth about them”

Oh – and is there a definition of a personal attack? In a recent leaflet there is a silly statement “What has Sandra Gidley done about MRSA?”

A painful smear attack indeed for the sensitive Romsey Redhead. Sympathetically I told her, “Well go on Sandra, show me it. Send me the ‘What has Sandra Gidley done about MRSA?’ smear leaflet. My fax is 070-9201-2337 or you can email me on guido.fawkes@order-order.com. Its your chance to show that Tory minx for what she is! As Mrs Fawkes says in court, ‘substantiate or withdraw’.”

She emailed me back quickly and efficiently “I can assure you that I am not in the business of lying – life is too short. I will get the leaflet faxed to you and hope that you will show yourself to be an honourable gentleman (nay – even an honourable rogue) and broadcast the fact on your web-site… “ Of course an honourable rogue like Guido would do that. I committed to doing so publicly.

Today is the day Sandra Gidley will be vindicated, not a liar, but the victim of a smear. The truth will be told, just as soon as she sends me the promised fax.

Abbot’s Ale

Iain Dale reckons Abbot had a good lunch and dinner before going on the This Week show last night. Old Brillo pad basically said she was pissed to her face. Guido was more fascinated by Portillo’s new hair-style, which is more sleek than ever. Why does Polly require such an aero-dynamic hairstyle?

Honest Labour Candidate Dropped

Christine Wheatley said when she was younger she worked as a tart in Paris. Her honesty cost her Jack Cunningham’s old seat in Copeland. It was the 1970s and she was “a delightful young woman around town,” she said. After she learned that she had been dropped, Ms Wheatley said: “Well I only had five minutes to make my presentation – I would have made a really good MP. What concern is my private life to the party?”

The oldest profession is an honest profession and she has nothing to be ashamed about – well apart from the fact that she is now a lawyer – now that is real whoring…

Its Weird in Wantage

The local MP, Robert Jackson went from the Tories to Labour. Of the two leading prospective parliamentary candidates, Mark McDonald looks like a smooth pin-striped Tory barrister, Ed Vaizey is never seen in a tie and looks just like a New Labour trendy. The currently Labour held seat is likely to be a Conservative gain according to the pollsters. Confused? Well Ed is the Tory and Mark the Labour candidate. I think.

The Pope is Unwell

Guido is praying for his Holiness.

So is Ruth Kelly.

Is Labour’s Conscience Staying At Home?

The activists are staying at home in droves, Tory Tony the Warmonger is just too much for them – and its having a dramatic effect on the membership. Figures from Scotland show that there are now fewer than 20,000 Labour Party members in Scotland, down more than 30% from the 30,000 members the party had in distant naive 1997, when things could only get better. To put that into perspective the Conservatives claim 17,000 members in Scotland, and the SNP has about 10,000 members, soaring 20% from last year. The slump in party membership includes a drop of more than 2,000 even over the last year which is contrary to the usual historic pattern of increasing membership during pre-election enthusiasm.

Nationally Labour’s membership decline is even worse, membership has halved from 400,000 to 190,000 since 1997. And Guido wonders why would conscientious socialists think to vote Labour – an illegal war, privatisation, the biggest curtailment of civil liberties outside wartime, detention without trial, and in Guantánamo the abuse of British citizen’s human rights and their torture without any objection from Blair’s government. No wonder the Labour Party membership is disappearing, New Labour has no heart and no respect for their core values. Can any self-respecting Leftie with a conscience vote for Blair’s party?

Romsey Redhead Emails (Again)

Over at Sandra Gidley MP’s blog there is some debate about another complaint by her about a Tory “smear” leaflet which she says constitutes “a personal attack” that pains her. Some (not Guido) have questioned the veracity of her account. So I suggested she fax or email me the smear leaflet. Last night she replied thus;

“I can assure you that I am not in the business of lying – life is too short. I will get the leaflet faxed to you and hope that you will show yourself to be an honourable gentleman (nay – even an honourable rogue) and broadcast the fact on your web-site… “

No sign of the offending leaflet yet… fax number is 070-9201-2337 in case you have lost it.

UPDATE: Tory campaigners email to insist no such smear leaflet, no use of the offending “What has Sandra Gidley done about MRSA?” phrase. Its 2 days since Ms Gidley denied lying and told me she would get the leaflet faxed over. No hurry. But I will be mentioning it every day.

The Campaign for Sir Peter Stringfellow

Buried in the Electoral Commission’s records is evidence of another generous donation to the Tories from the great entrepreneur Peter Stringfellow. It is well know that he has long supported the Tories, can always be seen at social events and is great fun. Guido is amused to think that a little bit of the money he gives so charitably to the young ladies at the Cabaret of Angels ends up in Tory coffers. Peter Stringellow’s achievements, indeed his life, rising from grim Northern poverty to London riches, Mediterranean yachts and popular fame is an incredible British success story. It sets Guido thinking, why has the man not been honoured for what he has achieved?

I should at the outset however declare that Guido and Stringy share a mutual interest in the welfare of our god-son, and I like to think that the young lad has the benefit of the moral guidance and experience that only men of the world like us can offer (in addition to Lego toys).

Nevertheless, even if that were not the case, I would still argue that Peter Stringfellow is a great part of Britain’s cultural life. A generous supporter of many charities as well as an integral part of London’s tourist trade, contributing mightily to the nation’s invisible earnings and balance of payments. The list of his charitable endeavours is surprisingly long – did you know he had done work for the Commission for Racial Equality? Were he a more boring captain of industry making widgets instead of the world’s most famous nightclub owner I have no doubt that he would have been knighted by now. Politicians are always recommending lesser non-entity donors for gongs. I think it is way past time that Mr Stringfellow heard the words “arise Sir Peter”. Shame on those who so enjoy his hospitality and support for not having put him forward yet! It is more evidence, as if more evidence was required, that political correctness is out of control.

You can learn more from the great man’s life by reading his surprising and entertaining biography “King of Clubs”. Pledge your Support for the Campaign!

Candy Says No Gay Smear, But Says Gay Assistant ‘Mental’

Candy Atherton MP, described Mr Phillips, who is claiming discrimination on grounds of a sexual orientation, as a man with mental problems, who was “emotional” and produced “erratic” work.

Ms Atherton told the tribunal: “I would personally not want any personal political gain because of other peoples’ prejudices. I want to win the election on the political issues, not personalities.” How boring.

She claims she wanted to find out about her political opponent because little was known about him other than that he was a barrister and lived in London. Googling into Mr Crossley’s background, she found a report on the internet of a Crown Court case involving Mr Crossley who had been a witness for the prosecution. She said that the report stated that he had met a man in Soho, invited him back to his flat in Wapping, where Mr Crossley had been attacked. The report also mentioned that he was employed by a large London legal firm.

While realising the implications about Mr Crossley’s sexuality in the report, she said she was actually interested in the fact that he lived in Wapping and worked for a large London legal firm. She was not in the slightest bit interested in the fact that her Tory opponent had got a kicking from a bit of Soho rough trade. Oh No, just that he worked for a City law firm. Right. Well either the MP or the gay ‘mental’ assistant is lying. Hmmm, the lie-ometer is unable to tell which one it is for sure, so the voters will have to decide – the Gay Tory needs 2,300 votes to give Candy a kicking…

See previous.

Major Back On His Soap Box

I don’t think he has a book to push, so he must be just pissed with Bad Al Campbell spinning that Major and Lamont tried to block the Freedom of Information request for info on the White Wednesday ERM Exit. (“Spinning” trans. made it up).

The Tory ex-leader said his successor in 10 Downing Street had to to stop his party’s dirty tricks and take responsibility for the smears and spin that were his government’s stock in trade. Since New Labour came to power, Mr Blair had emasculated Cabinet government, politicised a once neutral government information service, ignored the conventions of straight and honest government and deceived the public on issues of war and peace.

Oh yes.

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Guido has upgraded the blog and moved to www.Order-Order.com.

So {CTRL}-{D} the new web address – because the old one won’t last forever. I have also brightened up my dark cellar under parliament and now the blog should work in Mozilla’s Firefox browser.

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