Lord Ashcroft appears to be making a takeover bid for the Tory Party;
I have occasionally been a passive investor in businesses, but not so occasionally that I am unable to say with certainty that it is not for me. I much prefer to be involved – to make sure that my investment is wisely placed and, where I can, to help. Similar rules apply in respect to the charities to which I give. I like to be involved. My financial contributions to the Conservative Party could be classified similarly, especially in recent years.
What began as admiration at a distance for the work of Margaret Thatcher has grown over a twenty-year relationship with the Party to a much closer association. During William Hague’s time as leader, I was Treasurer of the Party, and I have recently rejoined the Board. I have learned a great deal and believe I can contribute more effectively.
I am known to be a donor to the Party, and I am proud of that fact. But I would not wish anyone to imagine that my financial support comes, de facto, with strings attached.
Jon Bernstein, Online Project Editor, Channel 4 News asks for “Your thoughts in 150 – 200 words please by close of play Thursday 30 June.” That ain’t how blogging works mate, that’s called ’email’ or ‘homework’, so read the bloody blog yourself Jon.
UPDATE: The spoil-sports changed it within half-an-hour. The client reference read “RHODESIA”. Get on with some work chaps, stop idling. You are supposed to be spying on other countries, not blogs.
She is (relatively speaking) a hottie with a tendency to wear skirts a little too short, much to the satisfaction of many members.
- Tim Yeo is not going to run.
- Bercow might manage Alan Duncan’s campaign.
- David Davis’ weekend soldiering in the Territorial Army is going to come under the tabloid microscope. It’ll be less Basher Davis “can kill a man with his bare hands” and more Captain
She took it literally and started a new feature “Political Hotties”, asking readers to nominate good looking politicians. (A lot of the nominations were foreign young women MEPs, not too surprising after looking around the Palace of Westminster – not all the gargoyles are on the architecture.) The Sun noticed and called it sexist, which it is, as well as discriminating against ugly people. How refreshingly politically incorrect. Lets hope the Guardianista public sector advertisers and student union readers don’t notice and start a boycott.
Guido has managed to locate a grainy picture of both Ros and her cartoon alter ego. Guido’s cartoon representation (above) whilst handsome enough, if anything fails to fully capture his roguish charm. I wonder however if readers think the same can be said for the Backbencher? Is Ros Taylor ‘hot totty’ or notty?
Guido’s readers previously reckoned Newsnight’s Martha Kearney their favourite political hottie and definitely wanted her to replace Andrew Marr.
UPDATE: Ros emails to complain “Really, Guido, you need to calm down and get your facts right. If you’d been reading the Backbencher you’d know the efforts to which we have gone to achieve a gender balance among the Political Hotties. And we’d never be so graceless as to ask whether an MP was hot or not; we just flatter the ones our readers choose to nominate.” Details dear, mere details.
But isn’t the whole ‘hottie’ concept a bit un-PC, never mind uncharitable, if not dangerous. To highlight the more beautiful politicians of any sex rather than judge them purely on their merits as servants of the people, seems not only shallow, but distasteful. Implicitly Ros is making a value judgement on appearances. Replace “hottie” with “Aryan” and you’ll see where this leads. Should we judge journalists by their picture byline rather than what they write? (See Guido can do Guardianista gobbledeegook.)
Back not so soon. Sunning myself…
I see Rowan Williams has got on his high horse – “It is the world of the weblog and the independent media centre; it is interactive, restlessly conscious of its own transient nature. If the classical journalist just occasionally nurtured the illusion of writing or speaking for posterity, no such fantasy is possible in the electronic world. In one way, it is the reductio ad absurdum of marketised information, indiscriminate information flow.”
He should start a blog.
Has he taken up hairdressing? That was, Guido felt, his true calling.
If anyone knows what he is up to nowadays, can you contact me (details in the box on the right).
Fellow blogger Iain Dale has stopped blogging and is now Basher Davis’ Chief-of-Staff. Strangely, no one asked Guido to run their leadership campaign or become their Chief-of-Staff…
David Davis 8/11
David Cameron 6/1
Kenneth Clarke 9/1
Malcolm Rifkind 10/1
William Hague 12/1
Andrew Lansley 14/1
Liam Fox 14/1
Tim Yeo 16 / 1
Alan Duncan 20 / 1
Theresa May 50 / 1
Damian Green 50 / 1
John Redwood 50 / 1
Theresa May has refused to rule herself out – but Guido will, the same goes for Green and Redwood. As for Lansley, Yeo and Duncan, well, you never know I suppose…
Its turning into a bit of a Tory Summer of Love, Tory ad man Steve Hilton is shacking up with Rachel Whetstone, Howard’s Girl Friday. They are buying a house in Notting Hill of course…
What exactly is the question to which Tories come up with the answer “Malcom Rifkind”?
Guido has been away and is still catching up on things, a source sent me the Tory internal briefing on “A 21st Century Party”. Guido has not yet found the section where it outlines that an old Watsonian Scottish toff, who looks like Krusty-the-Clown [pictured], is the the man for the 21st Century Party.
Rifkind is not normal, what is going on with the accent? The tie-less pictures of Rifkind look as posed as a fish on a bicycle. God help the Tories if they choose this throwback…
$50,000? Nice work if you can get it. Travelling over at the taxpayer’s expense, with the British ambassador as your warm-up man, what is wrong with that? As New Labour Unplugged paraphrases her “No one criticised Imelda Marcos when she went shoe buying … and the Chinese didn’t mind Madam Mao half running the country … so why am I being singled out?”
My tan improved.
The Guardian called Guido a heavyweight blogger (Montignac diet clearly not working).
I learnt that Blackberries are great for email, but give you thumb cramp if you use them too heavily. (Also too complicated to blog with – edits are a nightmare).
The Tory leadership race narrows to only 1 in 20 Tory MPs hinting that they plan to stand for the leadership. Proof that the arrogant self-regard of our politicians is endless.
I discovered that babies get jet-lag too. (How? Baby Fawkes has
usMrs Fawkes up every three hours or so already.)
A judging panel for the Press Plagiarist of the Year Award is forming (see below), Recess Monkey joins the panel. We are looking for another blogger or two to join the panel. A wonderful trophy has been commissioned. Please keep emailing examples of plagiarism in (don’t think we haven’t noticed you lazy sods at the Yorkshire Post…)
Tom Watson MP has a baby to blog about as well now. Which is handy, because he keeps schtum about real politics nowadays…
The prolific Tim Worstall has made 163 posts since I promised to link to him.