KC’s slogan is going to be “Its Time to Win.” His pisspoor campaign website is up at www.kenclarke.co.uk
Odds on KC to win have been slashed from 10/1 to 5/1, after thousands of pounds in bets were made by punters this weekend.
It will be interesting to see if the wider Tory membership loathes Ken Clarke as much as the journalistic consensus reckons – Guido suspects not. Now he has confessed the error of his ways on the Euro they will be more likely to forgive his apostasy and be willing to have him lead them to the promised land of government.
Guido has taken to putting excerpts of his hit-logs in the bottom right column, just so the next time somebody at the Guardian claims (after they have lifted a story without attribution) that they have never read the blog… well you be the judge.
The weblogs show that skiving lawyers, investment bankers, journos and public sector “workers” are the majority of readers. (Incidentally, would the avid blog-reader from South East of England Development Agency please just stop working altogether – the South East of England is over-developed.)
Apparently only to Michael Ancram MP, Douglas Carswell MP, William Cash MP, Nadine Dorries MP, Iain Duncan Smith MP, Michael Gove MP, John Hayes MP, Andrew Lansley MP, Edward Leigh MP, Barry Legg MP, Julian Lewis MP, Theresa May MP, Owen Paterson MP, Mike Penning MP, Andrew Rosindell MP, Richard Shepherd MP, Bob Spink MP, Ed Vaizey MP, Angela Watkinson MP, Ann Widdecombe MP and David Willetts MP.
No word from the rest… apart from Ken Clarke, who definitely doesn’t want to lead the party if members have a say in it.
UPDATE: Liam Fox says he is against the reforms. So 22 MPs are against them – any more names readers?
Guido has been binge-drinking and will have all the News of Hypocrisy tomorrow.
Shouldn’t be too hard for him. When Robin Cook abandoned his wife for his mistress she wrote fondly of finding him passed out on the floor after he had boozed himself senseless. The Daily Record reports Jim Devine yesterday telling
…of his shame over a string of affairs and a drink-driving conviction.
The union official has been selected by Labour to fight the Livingston by-election after the death of Robin Cook. And he promised to honour his friend’s memory by being honest about his own past mistakes. “I had a number of affairs which I regret…Temptation has been there and I gave in to it. I am not going to pretend otherwise… I caused a lot of pain.” He also admitted a drink-driving conviction five years ago.
So he is another drunken, shagger just like Robin Cook. Bravo Livingston Labour party for maintaining traditions.
It is of course no breach of the child’s right to privacy, but it will make Bonkers even more of a laughing stock. Ha!
*Translated : something politically embarassing that we don’t want you to read about in the papers. Like “What I did on my summer holidays” ©Tony Blair
Good to see that the Campaign for a ‘Sir’ Peter Stringfellow petition to the Queen has been endorsed by his Titian-haired biographer – Fiona Lafferty – as “long over due”. You too can sign and show your appreciation. Do it, and right this wrong.
Oh Mandy, Mandy, where did it all go wrong? Instead of strutting the stage like an international statesmen with the press waiting on your every pout, your legacy will be to be remembered as the producer-protecting,quota-chopping, bra-blocking, knicker-stopping trade commissioner.
So the old Watsonian Scottish toff, who looks like Krusty-the-Clown, is now keen to emphasise that he is a young man for the 21st Century Party as much as Cameron is keen to emphasise his experience of, err, erm.. drafting press releases. Rifkind willl be 63 come the next election, which is the same age as Howard was when he lost the last election.
Give it up Rifkind.
Mike Watson MSP also known as Lord Watson of Invergowrie finally appeared in the dock at Edinburgh’s Sheriff Court to deny the two charges of wilful fireraising.
The first of the two charges alleges that on 12 November last year, at the reception area of the Prestonfield Hotel, Priestfield Road, Edinburgh, Watson set a curtain alight and did so wilfully. The fire is said to have taken hold and the curtain, a curtain pole, walls and a ceiling were damaged “and the lives of the patrons of said hotel were endangered”.
The second charge relates to the same date, but specifies the Yellow Room at the luxury hotel. There, Watson is accused of setting fire to a curtain, again wilfully, and the curtain is said to have been damaged and the lives of those in the hotel endangered.
M’Lud was attending the Scottish Politician of the Year awards dinner on the night in question and there are obvious similarities with Mr. Fawkes and the 1605 Westminster affair even if there wasn’t thirty six barrels of gunpowder.
Watson is on the board of Dundee United, his third wife and was suspended by Labour following his arrest. He also held the position of tourism minister but was best known for being the architect of the controversial legislation which banned fox hunting with dogs. His trial starts on 5th September.
Guido knows how easily these things can get out of hand….
Haskins is quoted as saying: “Personal friendship is more important than party loyalty. Danny Alexander is an old friend.”
Haskins rises a notch in my estimation. Admittedly from quite a low level.
campaign on behalf of the Commission for Racial Equality
…For much of the last parliament I sat on the home affairs select committee. Following 9/11 we examined these issues in some detail…
…And as a Home Office adviser in the 1990s I know the awesome responsibility on the Home Office to get it right…
He has been a spin merchant and a drone at CCO before becoming a minister’s SpAd, prior to being elected to parliament a mere 4 years ago. Is that a thin CV for someone who wants to be PM in 4 years time?
It remains to be seen if it will overcome his Notting Hill liberal image, which in comparison to Basher Davis, leaves him looking like a pansy.[…] Read the rest