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“Appeasement” Rumour

Fatty Pollard has taken a break from writing press releases for the pharmaceutical industry to blog about this rumoured No. 10 appeasement memo on relations with the Muslim community.

Guido’s fax number is in the right hand column if anyone wants to share this (its definitely in the public interest).

Mandy’s Boy Back in No. 10

Benjamin Wegg-Prosser is to return to Downing Street to run communications planning. What exactly is Benjy’s qualification for this job?

Answers in comment section please.

Not A Lot Going On*

So I thought a picture of Kilroy covered in shit might amuse.

*(Yes, I know the provos are giving up, but do you really believe ’em?)

London Transport Advises

Seen at Notting Hill Tube yesterday.

Hot or Not?

In the spirit of the Guardian Backbencher’s political hottie feature, Guido asks is Tom Happold, the former Chair of the Young Fabians, now turned news and politics editor of Guardian Unlimited, Hot or Not?

Vote using the comments.

Incidentally whilst we’re in the Guardian’s alternative reality, isn’t it somewhat shoddy that the reader deceiving, self justifying Guardian article which slags off blogger Scott Burgess for exposing a jihadist journalist working at the Guardian, is anonymously written? So much for transparency from the advocates of Freedom of Information.

UPDATE : I give up. Backbencher includes Miss Fawkes (all of 3 months old) amongst the babes in the political hotties section this week.

Silly Season at the Daily Mail

Paul Dacre’s rants are not usually Guido’s preferred reading, but today’s caught my eye. It was almost pro-French. Lauding of a French politician even. Is it silly season?

On Sunday, France (whose Muslim population is three times larger than Britain’s) summarily deported to his native Algeria the cleric Abdelhamid Aissaoui for preaching extremism at a mosque in Lyon. He is the 11th such cleric to be expelled by the French Government in the past three years.

Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy didn’t mince words: ‘We will not keep people on our territory who issue calls to hatred, to violence and to the disrespect of our democratic values. They will leave the territory and they will leave quickly. In this area, we don’t intend to tolerate anything.’

As the shock of July 7 wears off, people will rightly start to ask angry questions about what has happened to a country that has lost control of its borders over the past 20 years. Our politicians – and our judges – will need to start listening.

Ahh, that explains it. It was a French politician saying “send ’em back.”

Basher, Coe and Clarke Poll Highest

Interesting poll, more voters think Seb Coe should lead the Tories, rather than Basher Davis, whom most Tories think should lead the Tories, but the public would rather have Ken Clarke above all others. Proof that we live in a televisual-democracy is the popularity of Seb. Never underestimate the stupidity of the voters.

“Which if any, of the following people do you think should be the next leader of the Conservative party?”

Candidate, Voters, Tory Voters
Kenneth Clarke, 18% , 19%
Sebastian Coe, 17%, 20%
David Davis, 15%, 32%
George Osborne, 1%, 1%
Someone Else, 4%, 9%
Don’t Know, 44%, 17%

Source: British Market Research Bureau (BMRB) Methodology: Telephone interviews with 1,010 British adults, conducted from Jul. 8 to Jul. 10, 2005. No margin of error was provided.

Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.
— Benjamin Franklin

Ruth Kelly Tells Chavs “Read Books”

Guido’s co-religionist and Education minister, the Blessed Ruth Kelly, is telling poor kids to read books. She is giving a speech to the wonks at the IPPR which will be full of platitudes and evidence based policy prescriptions centred on New Labour buzzwords and suchlike.

Translated she is simply saying – Stop watching Big Brother and read books you chavs. Its amazing how some homes have the latest DVD player, Satellite linked plasma screen and games box – but no books. Its not about money, its about values.

But she can’t say it that bluntly can she? Looks like a job for Melanie Phillips.

Foxy Lady in Vauxhall

In a move which will send what little remains of the Labour left in to meltdown, former Labour sports minister Kate Hoey is to be the new chairman of the Countryside Alliance.

Smart move, get a Labour MP who represents an urban seat to stand up for the rights of unspeakable toffs to chase after inedible foxes around the countryside.

Guido never had any interest in hunting until they decided to try and ban it, now however…

Golden Rule Doesn’t Glisten

The PM-in-waiting has problems, at the election he was at his strongest, now the wheels are coming off the moving van that is booked to take him to No. 10. His self-imposed “golden rule” has become a national joke; the public finance black hole is worsening by the month; the economy is struggling to grow by a sluggish 2% – the slowest its been since Labour took office – with manufacturing now officially in recession; the housing market needs a rate cut; suicide bombers adding more damage to the economy; and several of his schemes are imploding. His incomprehensible tax credit scheme, which is supposed to help poor working families, has confused even its administrators to such an extent that they are currently having to pursue 1.9m poor people for the return of overpayments. Dangerously for Brown, his fingerprints are on the plot to renationalise Railtrack.

David Willets reminds us that “Gordon Brown is fond of joking that there are only two categories of Chancellor: those who get out in time and those who fail. Last week’s desperate manoeuvre to fiddle his fiscal rules was the defining moment when he moved from the first category to the second.” And as if it couldn’t get any worse for Brown, the bookies are taking bets on Blair’s FOURTH TERM!

Official : Its Silly Season

With MPs and journalists now on holiday for the next month or so, we will see the press full of ridiculous stories. Which is really encroaching on Guido’s territory.

Terror Attacks in London : MPs Flee

So as London’s commuters brave suicide bombers daily, what do our leaders do? They take 80 days holiday at our expense.

Well at least it will get them away from the stress of all those wailing sirens and in-carriage executions. Blair does not actually risk his own children travelling by tube, when Euan Blair did work experience at a London solicitors he was not allowed to use the tube and was driven to work every day.

Globalization Makes Guido’s World Spin

The lack of posting yesterday was a result of Guido getting drunk at the launch (and after) party of the Globalization Institute at Soho House. The editor of the Economist and some FT globalization expert gave speeches as did the GI’s wonk-in-chief Alex Singleton. The party was packed with young totty, which probably explained Andrew Neil’s attendance. I also spotted the LibDem’s Vince Cable working the room, which was mainly full of wonks, MPs and some city people.

For a start-up the think-tank has had a lot of wall-to-wall media attention, with the G8 and before that the Africa Commission setting the news agenda. Madsen Pirie of the Adam Smith Institute (ex-employers of Alex Singleton) predicted to Guido that it would become bigger than his own organisation in the future. GI certainly has upset the Kumbaya socialists with its first report, the Archbishop of Canterbury was driven to preaching about it in a sermon at St Paul’s. The Globalization Institute is clearly a think tank to watch – but why spell it with ‘z’?

SaoirseUPDATE: Re Totty – Mrs Fawkes asks me to point out that the only babe at the party was Miss Fawkes. But the boys at Samizdata reckon there were a few more…

Spin : “Tube Bombers Nothing to do with Iraq”

Jack Straw, Fatty Clarke and John Reid are all over the media repeating the same mantra, 7/7 bombings are nothing to do with British troops in Iraq. That is the New Labour message of the day everywhere, in contrast to the Chatham House report out today.

Right. Remind Guido again when the last load of muslims from Leeds/Luton went to place bombs all over London and what was their motivation?

Not saying we should not have gone and liberated Iraq, but we should truthfully recognise this is the backwash.

Maggie Chooses Footwear for Funeral

Watch the Tory hypocrisy today…

Duncan : No One Wants To Be In My Gang

Alan Duncan honestly admits why he is quitting “If emails and letters counted for anything I’d be in with a chance. But to be popular in the country one must first establish popularity among MPs. It’s simple – I have no henchmen. So there you have it: no gang, no launchpad, no progress, no chance.”

He has a go at the Tory Taliban as well.

Damn, I had a long-shot bet on him.

Is Hague the Real Kingmaker?

Hague is talked of wistfully by Tory MPs, party activists and press commentators as someone who became leader at the wrong time. Wrong for him and wrong for the party. He bested Blair in the Commons, he was cool under fire, alas for him, New Labour were just too strong and his party too divided, nevertheless the merits of the man are said by many to be manifestly apparent. (Guido has his doubts about political baldies in television democracies, but that is another matter). Hague is heavily rumoured to be angling for a return to the frontbench, so today’s story in the Sunday Telegraph makes sense.

Hague is not fond of Basher Davis, and his endorsement of another candidate will carry some weight, if he endorses Doc Fox in return for a promise of the shadow chancellorship – which the over-promoted Gideon Osborne* is unlikely to hold on to under the new management – or the shadow foreign secretary position, don’t be surprised.

If Hague were to endorse another candidate, such as his friend and former leadership campaign manager, Alan Duncan, or even Lansley, it would considerably improve their chances. But he is not likely to support a left-wing candidate and Hague is probably calculating that Doc Fox has more chance of defeating Basher. He is also unlikely to support Cameron, who is younger than himself, given his own experience.

*Yes it really is Gideon, he changed it to the more populist George so he wouldn’t sound like a privileged heir to a baronetcy in these democratic times. Guido prefers to use the more posh, original name his mother gave him – it suits him.

UPDATE : Press Plagiarist of the Year Award

Tim Worstall emails to point out that Andrew Sullivan (an über-blogger himself), has not given full attribution to blogger sources. Tim describes it as a sort-of-nomination, since some attributions are made and some are not, read about it here. Guido thinks it sort of bad enough, from someone who should know better, to merit consideration by the Press Plagiarist of the Year Award Judging Panel.[…] Read the rest

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