The majority of LibDem voters (53%) say they are satisfied with the new Tory leader and just 14% are dissatisfied, a whopping +39% score. (Mind you, according to ICM, 39% of Lib Dems would like Charlie back.) Even among Labour voters, the score for Cameron is +4%, which is actually better than Blair scores with all voters.
… his campaign has now secured the backing of eight Council Leaders from around England. This is more than the other candidates combined. ‘I’m delighted,‘ said Chris, ‘at the backing of these local party leaders. These Liberal Democrat council leaders are already in power in their own areas and therefore their support represents a significant step forward in my campaign. I want to see the success they have achieved for the Liberal Democrats replicated on a national scale.’
“If you are looking for somebody to be the next Prime Minister – especially the first Liberal Democrat Prime Minister, it helps if he or she looks and sounds like a Prime Minister,” Sandi cruelly mocked.
Simon Hughes. We’re not supposed to comment in detail. But the truth is out now. All I want to say is we’ve guessed a long time. The rumour mill was always going. His staff and colleagues used to say he was just a private person, too busy to meet a woman or that he’d been seen out with both men and women. But when someone puts their arms around the two of you and looks chuffed to be able to do so you know they like both flavours!
Many thanks to Holyrood Belle, a Guido co-conspirator, for emailing these gems in.
Guido learns from Gavin Hayes that anyone is allowed to submit to the Labour Party’s ‘Partnership in Power’ process. You can do this by sending your submissions to email@example.com. So ‘democratic’, like a people’s soviet for policy making. The Labour Party press office kindly confirmed that “Partnership in Power provides both members and non-members with a forum for making their ideas and suggestions heard through discussions at local policy forums and through submissions to Policy Commissions.”
Now the Tories can really assist Blair and Ruth Kelly with suggestions to get their reforms through. Guido is just trying to be helpful.
Well tomorrow his tax return will have to be in, and just in case he suffers from amnesia again, let Guido remind the old expense fiddler, he will have to declare the benefit in kind of living in a free, grace and favour, £3m Belgravia mansion courtesy of Tony. By Guido’s calculation he has had the benefit of that following two resignations, the taxable benefit (he has been living rent free at the taxpayers expense) would be in the region of £60,000 to £80,000 a year and Blunkett has been unable to find somewhere to live for all that time. On Sunday he told Andrew Marr, “you know how it is with surveyors and solicitors”. No, Guido doesn’t. It takes a couple of months. But why rush when the taxpayer is keeping you in some style? With the money left over from his column in The Sun after paying his tax bill he should be able to find somewhere. Blunkett can download the form here.
Patience, just three more years…
The commissioner’s plan to harrass London’s party people is the obvious way to improve the crime figures, by creating and solving crimes on the spot. Operation Middle Market aims to entrap middle class cocaine users with police officers posing as coke dealers. That’s the spin he is putting out today. So there you are, sitting half pissed upstairs in the Groucho, a young man with short hair wanders over to you, “hello, hello, fancy some sniff?” Yes you reply, hoping it will jolt you out your alcoholic daze. You slip him £50. What crime have you committed? The copper has no cocaine, you have not bought any, the cop would be guilty of intent to supply if he had any cocaine. So what is the commissioner up to? It’s completely imaginary spin to get his gaffe about the Soham murders off the news pages. No one is being arrested in “middle class sting operations” because it would not work in court.
The commissioner knows that the broadsheets will lap up the story and it will move the news agenda on. A cynical Blairite media strategy. Beats catching burglars, eh?
Why did he think that people seemed to believe that he was gay? He frowned and his forehead furrowed. People added two and two and got gay, he explained. “I think the answer is I’m a single guy. I think that’s the explanation for that conclusion.”
…He’s not gay, but he has had gay relationships. He wasn’t lying, but he wasn’t telling the truth… Over last weekend, Mr Hughes became aware that stories about his sex life were circulating on the internet.