Sainsburys “Forgets” £2 Million Loan

You know how it is, you give your money over and the Sainsbury’s girl on the till “forgets” to give you your change. Lord Sainsbury “lent” an extra £2 million quid to Labour that he forgot to mention to anyone. Is he planning to buy the Labour party outright? How many millions has he “lent”? Can they afford to ever sack him and risk him calling in the loans?

Hardline Tories will want to switch to Waitrose (backs Co-operative Party) or Tesco (backs LibDems), buy organic from your local Tory huntin’ ‘n shootin’ farmer and boycott the GM loving, Blair backing, Lord Sainsbury.

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Michael Crick Couldn’t Investigate a Paper Bag

Newsnight earlier in the week had Crick doorstepping Cameron. Iain Dale won’t mind me mentioning that Crick even called him for info.

Crick in his report ruled out Johan Eliasch giving the Tories money – he actually gave £2.6 million. (Guido had guestimated he gave a £1 million.) Guido had also guestimated Michael Spencer had given a £1 million in cash and kind, Crick ruled Spence out as well. The Times quoted Spencer later in the week saying it was not quite a million. Crick’s glory days are clearly behind him.

The full list is here.

Tory Loans Announcement Due 2.30pm 3.30pm

Will there turn out to be any bogeymen financing the Tories?

UPDATE : Cameron says he will meet Blair on Monday.

UPDATE : 3.30pm now.

Support the General Strike!

Following the strike by local government workers on Tuesday, the agitators at the TaxPayers’ Alliance are calling on supporters and fellow taxpayers across the country to join a retaliatory one-day Council Tax strike on Saturday (tomorrow).

Guido will definitely be supporting this General Strike.

The TaxPayers’ Alliance has emailed its 10,000 supporters, urging them to withhold 1/365th of their council tax for the loss of local services on Tuesday. The Taxpayers’ General Strike involves strikers writing to their local councils advising them that they will be withholding 1/365th of their annual bill when they make their payment next month.

Strike leader Matthew Elliott says: “Council taxpayers shouldn’t have to pay for the local services they missed on Tuesday due to the strike action, so we urge taxpayers from across the UK to support the first ever Taxpayers’ General Strike. The principle is simple: no services, no council tax. Join the strike this Saturday.”


What Does the Strange Case of Ashok Kumar Tell Us?

When an MP on the government payroll, even in a position as lowly as Hilary Benn’s PPS, attacks the PM, he is fired. No question about it he has to go.

What does it say about the fragile state of the Blairite’s grip on control of the party that Ashok Kumar can hold on to his job after telling the PM to go, and go soon?

Guido thinks that those Blair Switch Project odds are looking attractive on Betfair again.

Newsnight’s Crick is Still After Cameron

Even after last week’s aggressive doorstepping of Cameron, Michael Crick is still chasing after him about cash for Conservatives. Scotland Yard is publicly confirming that the investigation will, if necessary, be multi-party, after telling the Standard yesterday it was Labour only.

Guido hears that Cameron is genuinely keen to get the names out and move on. Just like Tony Blair…

Will Galloway Get the Fake Sheik Nicked?

George Galloway has turned the tables on the News of the Screws’ investigative reporter Mazher Mahmood, otherwise known as the “fake sheikh”.

Mazher attempted to entrap Gorgeous in “a blatant and outrageous attempt to suborn a member of parliament,” said Mr Galloway. Now, because they offered him money, they could be done for attempting to corrupt a member of parliament. How ironic.

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Genuine or Scam?

Guido has just received this email:

Dear Sir;

I am Abacha Blair, nephew of the Head of State and Commander In Chief of the Armed Forces of the United Kingdom.

We have come into £14,000,000 (Fourteen Million Pounds) which has been lent to us by noble supporters of the regime, which we must transfer to an account in your country before it is found by agents of the security services (The Electoral Commission, Parliamentary Standards Committee and Scotland Yard).

These moneys must only be used for the doing of good works which is why we have contacted you as an upstanding member of the community. As a trusted individual, please send us your bank account details and we will TRANSFER IMMEDIATELY the sum of £14 Million UK Dollars into your account. It is very important that you only spend these moneys on community benefit projects although as a consideration we will pay you a HANDLING FEE of 20% (TWENTY PER CENT) and nominate you for a PEERAGE in the HOUSE OF LORDS in the British Parliament.

Please send your BANK ACCOUNT DETAILS today as it is urgent that you help us in the doing of these good works.

Thank you many times for your kind assistance which God will thank you for

Yours sincerely

Abacha Blair

What is Chairman Maude Up To?

He has, a Guido co-conspirator says, cancelled all appointments this afternoon. Knocking off early for the weekend? Something more urgent perhaps?

Ain’t the boys and girls at CCHQ overjoyed with their new job contracts? (They almost all had to re-apply for their jobs.)

The Abramoff Precedent Must Be Worrying Sleazy Levy

Jack Abramoff, the Republican lobbyist at the centre of a Washington corruption scandal, was sentenced to five years and 10 months in prison yesterday.

Just goes to show that no matter how close to the powerful you are, no matter how well connected you are, the criminal justice system can’t be spun as easily as newspaper headlines.

How long before we see Levy do the “perp walk”?

Cameron Decides to Come Clean

The Tories have begrudgingly decided to ask their donors to come out of the shadows. It was completely ridiculous and unsustainable for it to be any other way. Why the procastination, what was Cameron’s problem?

It was all before his time and he can credibly distance himself from the old ways. It was also bad politics because it allowed others to suggest that the bogeymen were funding the Tories, it was bad in principle because sunshine is always the best antidote to corruption in the shadows. Voters rightly don’t like the idea of voting for politicians funded by anonymous mystery men. Of course if it turns out the Tories were funded by Saddam Hussein or Chinese drug barons…


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EPP Escape Committee Update

Guido’s co-conspirator in Brussels emails to remind that the Gravy Train for faction funding by the European Parliament has arrived today. March 31st is the deadline for applications for faction funding and it looks like the Gravy Train will be leaving without the new faction on board.

In Westminster the word is that the Tories are waiting for Czech President Vaclav Klaus’ ODS party to win the Czech general election in June. Hague wants to be able to point to the alliance with a governing party to counter any New Labour spin onslaught that the Tories are aligned with a bunch of oddballs who quaintly believe in national sovereignty, free markets and free trade.

The patience of the Tory right is fraying as they were promised a speedy exit. Like the war, they now hope the federalist nightmare will be over by Christmas.

Cameron knows that he has to deliver on this and he intends to deliver on it even if it costs the defection of a few MEPs.

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Hoon Fiddles Expenses “In Accordance With The Rules”

On Sky on Sunday Geoff Hoon was droning on in that New Labour speak of his when he was challenged about claiming £72,000 in expenses while the outgoings on his Derbyshire home were around £35,000. He became very animated and basically told the interviewer to sod off and mind his own business. So it is clearly true.

Today he claims Britain has the most “aggressive, dismissive and intrusive” media. Not intrusive enough methinks. If the media were only more aggressive perhaps we would not have a system whereby a member of the government openly and insouciantly fiddles his expenses without being called a crook in the press.

What Has Recess Monkey Got Against Asian Tories?

The red rosette wearing political blogger Recess Monkey seems to view any non-white Tory as a class/race traitor. Now that might be factually correct in the case of the ex-Labour party candidate and “working class hero” Ray Chishti, but when has Richard/Mohamed Iltaf Sheikh ever been a Labour supporter? What has he ever done wrong?

Is it coz he is brown?

Silence of the Cameron – Are They All The Same?

According to the pollsters 56% of people think that Blair has given peerages in exchange for loans and donations and 54% thought Downing Street acted improperly in relation to the way Jack Dromey was not informed of them. 53% of people think Tony Blair is sleazy.

Labour are now trying to desperately shift the focus on to the Tories with a “we’re all at it” spin. Which, as Guido has said before, is not a defence, it is an admission of guilt. Guido’s sources tell him that Tory donors have in fact been approached to untick the no publicity box, and some may well do so. Cameron after all can obviously park the blame on the old Tory regime and still be Mr Clean. Perhaps that is why Labour has planted a frankly ridiculous story in the Indy about cash-for-policies accusing Cameron of appointing donors to his policy commissions. Of the four people named two are Tory MPs, and another is a fundraiser for the Tories, so it would be odd if they had not given money. It is not exactly on the scale of Lord Drayson is it?

Cameron needs to cough up some names sharpish or the voters will rightly conclude “they are all at it.” In any event Guido understands that the Scotland Yard sleaze busters have now written to the Tory treasurer Jonathan Marland and a peerage-nominated Tory donor, so it may be out of his hands.

AOL’s Connie, Jodie Marsh and Phil Willis MP

A strange threesome? What is the link you ask?

Well the MP Phil Willis for some reason wants to ban chav sex object Jodie Marsh from visiting schools. Which seems a little illiberal, in fact it seems downright arrogant and unpleasant. The inner geek in Guido has himself always fancied AOL’s Connie more, but why the gratuitous picture of the lovely geek sex object? She is his daughter Rachel and not many people know that.

Will Hague Ask Prescott About His Foreign Backers?

Last week Prescott sent out this press release

John Prescott MP, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, today called on David Cameron to publish details of all Conservative Party loans.

John Prescott MP said: “Following Labour’s decision in the interests of transparency to publish the full list of names and amounts of all the loans received, we call on David Cameron to match his words on openness with actions by publishing details of all the Tories’ loans.

Well perhaps Prescott should first tell us who financed the John Prescott Campaign Research Trust in the 1990s?

According to David Osler, Harry Sophoclides, a Greek-Cypriot millionaire was one backer of the secret trust. Guido, and perhaps William Hague, want to know who else made anonymous donations to the trust? Did they too receive honours when Prescott became Deputy PM? (Besides the parliamentary pass accreditation he organised for Mr Sophoclides’ lobbyist son.)

PMQs Tomorrow – Hague vs Prescott

Not really a fair contest is it?

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Are there Six Dozen Good and True Labour MPs?

While the cat was away in Oz the mice did play last night at a meeting of the PLP. Jon Trickett, the MP for Hemsworth, urged that the NEC and the elected Parliamentary Committee to reflect on “the timing and process for the election of a new leader”.[…] Read the rest

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