Dale Doesn’t Dilly Dally

It looks like my friend Iain Dale has already thrown in the towel, he’s gone back to blogging instead of Chief-of-Staffing for Basher. What does this mean? Does Iain suspect he may not be ensconced in the Leader of the Opposition’s office next week?

Hat-tip: Backbencher

Nominees, No Comment

The BBC kindly gives the award some coverage, but despite a couple of emails, no comment, so far, from the nominees. Marina? Ephraim? Now we all know they read this blog, why no reply?

Hundreds of votes continue to flood into our servers, a surprisingly large number originating from journalists at the Mail and the Guardian. Peer group recognition, that must be particularly satisfying. With less than 24 hours to go our chart shows the relative standing of the nominees. Voting buttons below…

Blunkett is The New Littlejohn

When The Sun was looking for someone right-wing and reactionary enough to replace Littlejohn who came into Rebekah Wade’s mind? Why disgraced former minister David Blunkett of course, his “forthright and outspoken views on life and politics” will be aired in a weekly column starting tomorrow.

A socialist resident of Belgravia, Blunkett made £91,000 on top of his parliamentary salary last year.

Guido has been looking for an excuse to use this picture of a worse-for-wear Blunkett making a grab for a dog.

Incidentally, Rebekah Wade’s so butch husband can dance!

Hat-tip : Bloggerheads

Young, Gay, Ex-Cokehead Becomes Party Leader

A 39-year-old, who is openly gay, telegenic and an elite university graduate, has become leader of the Parti Québécois, the main Quebec sovereigntist party in Canada.

His previous cocaine use caused a scandal, leading to his resignation as a cabinet minister. But when his rivals tried to use it against him as he challenged for the leadership of the party, it backfired and made him popular with younger voters. He is the first openly gay leader of a North American major political party and is leading a revival of the PQ’s fortunes. He went to Harvard, not Oxford and is no family man, but there is a lesson there somewhere….

Andre Boisclair rolled over his rivals last week, his sexuality never becoming an issue in the leadership campaign. Instead his past cocaine use dominated the race even though Boisclair refused to discuss how often he did the drug when he was a cabinet minister or who supplied it to him.

Shortly before his cocaine use became front-page news, he was confronted over his wild lifestyle while in government. Muttering a few now-familiar lines about youthful indiscretions, Boisclair blushed and just kept quiet. It worked.

Let Davis Win the Wristband Generation

Only a week to go… The spin-rumour is that Basher Davis might not be offered defence, if the result is a landslide he might be offered a lesser post. When Davis was still in the running he emphasised his commitment to Third World issues, “Commentators talk about the wristband generation. I want to win the wristband generation for the Conservative Party.”

Guido thinks he should be given the chance to do just that as shadow Overseas Development minister, and if he doesn’t accept…

UPDATE : Davis campaign source emails to say Guido is mis-quoting and Basher WOULD accept Overseas Development post. Sky News video download is not working, so can’t check. Somebody email Guido the exact quote please….

UPDATE : This article has now been heavily edited to correct mis-quote. Davis team source emails again to say he did not say Davis would or would not accept Overseas Development. Diplomatically reminding Guido that the Davis Campaign manager currently has the job. Glad that’s cleared up.

Euan is a Hustler

Guido was a little bit busy recently, (dealing with disgruntled readers in the courts), apparently this has story has already been reported elsewhere and in the foreign press. But, just in case you had not heard, young Euan Blair is enjoying himself greatly in Paris.

Daddy has fixed him up with a job at a radio station owned by the luxury brands multinational, Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy. Euan has also been seen in an establishment owned by Larry Flint. The Hustler Club is off the Champs-Elysees and its where Euan has been enjoying watching the girls getting naked. Hope his girlfriend in London is cool with that…

Bernard Arnault, the French billionaire chairman of LVMH is friendly with the Blairs. Expect Tony, post-premiership, to join the board. Which will mean Cherie won’t have to hustle so much for the up-market branded freebies she so cherishes.

Decisions, Decisions…

Over at Blairwatch they are getting pretty hot under the collar about the memo(s) where Bush contemplates bombing Al Jazeera. A blogospheric campaign is under way to sign up bloggers to breach the Official Secrets Act online in a web-wide act of defiance. Boris Johnson promises to do the same at the Speccie. Well Guido is always up for that kind of thing…

Except, well, Al Jazeera do give succour to the enemies of freedom don’t they? They are the Lord Haw Haws of the War on Terror (actually George Galloway is the Lord Haw Haw of our age). I was told some years ago by a British source that the Americans were stupid complaining about the station (Al Jazeera was banned from the press gallery of the New York Stock Exchange). The source said it was heavily infiltrated by MI6 (hence the proliferation of “ex-BBC” staff who work at Al Jazeera) and that for an Arab news station it was moderate and liberal, to the extent that it was actually a relatively moderating force for Western values in the Arab world. The anti-Israeli propaganda is low key compared to the rest of the region, with Israeli spokesman given airtime.

Over at “Don’t Bomb Us” a blog run by Al Jazeera staffers they say;

  1. Al Jazeera was the first Arab station to ever broadcast interviews with Israeli officials.
  2. Al Jazeera has never broadcast a beheading.
  3. George W. Bush has received approximately 500 hours of airtime, while Bin Laden has received about 5 hours of airtime.

Confusing? So which button should I display?

Polly Denies It

“I deny it. I have no wish to make any further comment.” Who is Guido to contradict his denial of a quickie fling with 31 year-old radio presenter Rachel Johnston. According to the Sunday Mirror its a repeat performance rekindled from a decade ago. Well I never…

Press Plagiarist of the Year Award FINAL THREE

Atticus and Simon Goodley are now eliminated. Guido is polishing the trophy, voting is still open and the final three are;

Guido is busy in the Courts today – clearly not everyone finds the blog as amusing as you do. Get voting…

They Think Its All over…

Guido would be being just too cruel if he were to reveal which members of Basher’s campaign team have been sending their CVs around the City…

No Moore

An Alan Duncan groupie emails Guido to point out this exchange from Thursday’s Question Time. The issue was whether having sex with a drunk woman should count as rape. Alan Duncan said that a lot of sex goes on on a Saturday night while people are drunk, but they are still capable of consenting. Roy Hattersley disagreed.

Well informed Sun columnist to Alan Duncan: Is that how you found *your* wife?

Alan Duncan: [Pause] I don’t actually have a wife.

Press Plagiarist of the Year Award EARLY ELIMINATION

In the manner of the Big Brother and Tory Leader reality shows – we’re eliminating Andrew Sullivan and The Whip – because after 24 hours they have had the least votes for the award.

The trophy is being cast this weekend, our servers are open, so click to Vote!

The first vote was cast early this morning at 05.41 by an F. Maude from his desk, good to see he starts his day the Guido way. Got to be up early if you want to catch New Labour, eh?

Press Plagiarist of the Year Award NOMINATIONS 2005

Lots of people have been taking this very seriously, well media studies students are taking this seriously. Earnest discussions in academia are all very well, but who are the guilty ones? Let Guido remind you of the nomination criteria: a story has to be pinched from an original blog source, either verbatim or in essence, and no credit / payment given to the original source. This qualifies as plagiarism. Similar stories on subjects eliciting similar comments do not pass this test, since even lazy journalists can have the same ideas as brilliant bloggers.

Recess Monkey and Tim Worstall (the prolific chronicler of the Blogosphere), are my fellow nominating committee members, but the final blame and all writs should be mine.

So, belatedly, the nominations are:

The nominating committee has taken into account the good behaviour of both Simon Goodley and Atticus of late, who have, since being named and shamed, been more scrupulous in crediting bloggers. We are aware that this list is far from complete, but click on Vote! to endorse your nominee for the award.

UPDATE : Results here.

Confused?

Due to a misunderstanding of the new law Guido went on a 24-hour binge drinking session yesterday. So I may have imagined this – did Tony Blair accuse Michael Howard of advocating a planned economy? Did David Miliband (might have been Ed Balls, I was confused) accuse some interviewer of advocating Stalinism? Next New Labour will be attacking paternalistic Toryism as “statist”.

Lets hope those lefties don’t get back into power.

Party Unity

This picture (which Guido has just naughtily cut ‘n pasted from ConservativeHome.Com) is a touching display of unity. That’s young Aitken in the Davis T-shirt, but who is the butch one from camp Cameron with the nice smile?

Aitken’s “you couldn’t run a bath” heckle has now rendered him famous – for – Westminster. Send amusing sightings to the usual place…

That Positive Vetting Report :

The World According to Leo Blair

Tim Ireland has got the stuff. Brilliant concept, brilliantly executed, who is going to tell him about the, err, vocals. Guido won’t, he has dark powers, he can make Google do weird things to you…

WANTED – DANGEROUS

Guido had a crush on Mrs Black a decade or so ago, we were both single, nothing ever came of it…. She has a certain something – Guido likes to think it is terrible taste in men…

WARNING: Do not kick on the way up, you may meet them on the way down.

I’m A Europhile…

Basher Davis has been outflanked from the right on Europe by Cameron. How could this happen? Davis backing Europhobes justify this with the phrase “DD has a plan”. On they waffle about his carefully constructed plan to exit the EPP after negotiating with the MEPs, so he would do it better than Cameron. No difference in principle, just a difference in practise. Davis, based on his immense experience (of never being in the cabinet), would do it with the agreement of wet Tory MEPs. So what they won’t do today, they would do tomorrow, if Davis asks them nicely. See the glitch?

How has Davis got himself in this wet position? He promises 8p off income tax at the drop of a hat, yet is unable to commit to change the administrative label tags on Quisling Tory MEPs without lengthy negotiations with the lost souls who have gone tragically and federastically Euro-native.

Step forward dripping Damian Green, erstwhile campaigner for Basher. The man who held Basher’s Euro-policy to ransom. In reality if Basher had committed to quit the EPP, Damian Green would scream, get me out of here!

They All Sell Out In The End…

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