The Constitutional College of the Conservative Party has, in a postal ballot, voted for the proposal to change the rules for electing the Party Leader, but by an insufficient majority to effect the change.
Party Chairman, Francis Maude, said, “both MPs and the voluntary party have… decided to stick with the old system. It’s been a worthwhile debate and we’ll now get on with electing a new leader.”
Number in favour of the proposal: 611 (61.0%)
Number against the proposal: 389 (38.9%)
Number of MPs in favour of the proposal: 132 (71.4%)
Number of MPs against the proposal: 53 (28.6%)
Number of volunteers in favour of the proposal: 446 (58.4%)
Number of volunteers against the proposal: 317 (41.5%)
Number of Peers and MEPs in favour of the proposal: 33 (63.5%)
Number of Peers and MEPs against the proposal: 19 (36.5%)
- Hung like a donkey?
- Good in dark bedrooms?
- Sensual fingers from sliding them along braille means he can tip a girl over the top digitally?
- Some girls like weirdie beardies?
- He lies his way into their affections?
More ideas in the comments please.
[Hattersly joins the “Blunkett is a liar“ chorus.]
From the Comments:
“With Blunkett you know he is not leering at other women.”
“they like his dog?”
“Free rail travel.”
But his previous visit to Washington may come back to haunt him, the American Speccie (not to be confused with our own Sextator) reckons he lied on oath to that Senate Committee. Guido is shocked, not.
Hat tip : Theo Spark
Update: Hanoi Jane was a no show. She made some feeble excuse, but the real reason is thought to be that she has been tipped off about George.
But when they start advocating a Clarke leadership, because they want to win…
So Guido has a new feature – if you are a Tory right-winger who plans to back Clarke for leader, send a picture of yourself with a peg on your nose. Forget the smell/ideology, feel the power…
Guido is looking forward to having a front-row seat to watch the re-start of the New Labour / Old Labour civil war, which will surely commence as the post-Blair era dawns. The signs are there, the factions are lining up. Goodie, pass the popcorn!
Incidentally punters, why is Charles Clarke second favourite to succeed Blair? The only way the Fat Controller could block Brown’s entry to No. 10 is by standing in the doorway…
David Cameron gave his “tough on terror” speech at the leftish Foreign Policy Centre. Remember the FPC? It was established to promote an ethical foreign policy away from those Chatham House lot. Backed by Robin Cook when he was foreign secretary, it ended up taking dubious money from Russkis and almost collapsed before Stephen Twigg was brought in to resuscitate it. Its success can be judged by the fact that Britain’s ethical foreign policy now includes going to war without a UN mandate in breach of international law on the basis of lies put about by our Prime Minister.
Scottish Charlie K shows how it is done-
Commenting on the news of England’s victory in The Ashes, Charles Kennedy said:
“England’s victory is historic, and I send hearty congratulations to the team. It has been impossible not to get caught up by the excitement and sense of good will in the past few days.”
“It is a very odd decision to award Jeremy Clarkson an honorary degree. His glamorisation of speed and power, and reckless approach to the environment, may amuse some and frustrate others. But they do not constitute any form of academic achievement.
Blog reader Robbie Gibbons writes;
Is it just my childish sense of humour or is Liam Fox’s choice of titles for the pages of his website hilariously funny?
Dr Fox ‘fox’ about – surely he shouldn’t be making a virtue of f*cking about?
Dr Fox ‘fox’ support – not very sensible when he’s going to need it to win the contest
Dr Fox ‘fox’ backers – according to his website he has 8 backers of both sexes. Does he Fox them one by one or engage in some kind of giant Tory cluster-fox?
errrr…on second reading, I think it probably is just my childish sense of humour…
Robbie, who is Guido to say?
Now Guido would expect the wonks at the left-wing IPPR to be against it, Nick Pearce rages against the injustice of completely removing the burden of taxation on millions of low paid workers. Guido is not surprised that the doyen of wonks, bow-tied and famous-for-Westminster Madsen Pirie has a hand in it. His Adam Smith Institute is promoting it with his usual gusto on Newsnight and the comment pages. Reform, the Chris Gent backed think-tank and former nest of newly elected Tory MP Nick Herbert, is also unsurprisingly fighting the fight for simpler and fairer taxes. The Tax Payers Alliance pressure group is obviously going to be manning the barricades for fairer taxes.
But word reaches Guido that the Centre for Policy Studies is going to come out against flatter taxes. Alas, I can only think they’ve been affected by the summer heat. It’s hard to think what else could lead a think-tank founded by Margaret Thatcher and Keith Joseph, in the dark days of seventies socialism, to give succour to the tax-man. Thatcher will be spinning in her whisky.
Perhaps the gossip is true that when the CPS’ Ruth Lea was previously sacked from the IOD, the ASI turned her down for a job… Now a woman scorned…