Guido will be supporting them in the sunshine and then moving on to the Guinness Guzzling fund raiser (see below for how to donate).
By happy coincidence this knees-up is on the last day that Londoners will still be allowed to drink legally on the underground. All who are still standing after the Irish bash (and those light enough to be carried) will be heading over to Liverpool St for the “Last Orders on the Underground party“ on the Circle Line. Unfortunately that starts at 9pm so Guido won’t be able to make it…
UPDATE : I Want a Referendum campaign just called – there will be free Guinness for all who turn up!
*Guido can legally donate to the Irish No Campaign because he is an Irish citizen.
Guido likes to remind all those Labour lemmings, like Tom Watson, who plotted and worked to get Blair out and Brown in, that we told you so. So here is a reminder, again:
He made this forecast (video here) to a Question Time audience. He got it wrong, it took five months.
They are going to miss three times election winning Blair when he is gone. Wait and see…
26 June 2007
Labour have acted like lemmings, dispensing with their most successful leader of all time for a less popular, less likeable replacement. The more the voters see of Gordon, the worse it will get.
May 13, 2007
We really did tell you so…
Phil Collins has written in this month’s Prospect Magazine a wonky piece which can be summarised roughly as Brown is crap, Cameron is right. How did the man who after the local elections said he was “listening and would learn from [his] mistakes” react? Gordon and the Brownies went berserk.
Purnell has been forced to sack his speech writer.
The line coming out that Purnell has not sacked Collins, he just now has a civil service speech writer, is of course bollocks. Civil servants don’t write party political speeches. This is the spin from the same people who you may remember insisted that David Pitt-Watson was taking up the General Secretary position and contrary stories from Guido et al were wrong. Just a “few contractual wrinkles” to sort out they claimed. They subsequently admitted we were right and by implication they had lied shamelessly to their chosen interlocutor – Ben Brogan. This is what they do. Lie unattributably. Paul Waugh is their more sceptical chosen interlocutor this time….
PR Week reports another failed PR putsch from the bunker…
“Hello? Gordon here. I’m calling about your letter…’
Clare O’Connor and David Singleton
Gordon Brown’s latest comms offensive involves cold-calling members of the public who have written him letters, according to sources close to Downing Street.
The initiative is said to be the brainchild of Downing Street chief of strategy Stephen Carter and is intended to humanise the Prime Minister as his popularity continues to wane.
‘Carter thought it was a good idea to have Brown call people personally,’ said one insider. ‘Carter will choose a letter or email at random, have one of his team at Number 10 prepare a response, then get Brown to call.’
The move is an attempt to spread positive word of mouth for the PM, especially in the regions.
However, one of the first phone calls backfired spectacularly, according to one anecdote told to PRWeek.
‘Brown made a phone call at 6am, without thinking,’ said a well-placed Labour source. ‘Luckily the person he called was a shift worker, so he was awake.’
The source added: ‘Carter’s idea is well meaning, but it’s not working. Improving Brown’s image through PR is now being looked at as a lost cause.’
Downing Street declined to comment on the story.
Source : PRWeek
Since the Budget in March, the Treasury has already taken an estimated £820m more than its forecasts in North Sea oil tax. The £6bn of surplus revenue would easily cover the cost of U-turns on both fuel duty and vehicle excise duty, where ministers are introducing new bands which could cost an extra £200 for drivers of inefficient cars. Deferring the 2p increase in fuel duty by six months would cost £550m. Scrapping the revamped vehicle excise duty altogether would mean the loss of an estimated £465m next year and £735m next year – although ministers may only remove the retrospective element of this tax.
So scrapping the poll tax on wheels and the 2p hike on petrol taxes would cost about 9 weeks extra than forecast windfall taxes due to high oil prices. Scrap ’em now…
This lunchtime Gordon made his call for increased oil production by OPEC and North Sea Oil producers. How did the market react? Above is today’s price chart, notice the move beginning just after Gordon’s midday rant at the market.
You guessed it – oil rose over 4 bucks…
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- the reasons for departing from the previous fiscal policy objectives and operating rules;
- the approach and period of time that the Government intends to take to return to the previous fiscal policy objectives and operating rules; and
- the fiscal policy objectives and operating rules that shall apply over this period
Well the government could honestly specify:
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- We recklessly overspent in the good times and when things went wrong and we nationalised Northern Rock, we bust even the fiddled limits.
.. and no – the source is not Drudge – a mid-level Hillary campaign source.