As Cleggmania grips the country, Guy News brings you a special report:
With Labour in third place they must be panicking at the Mirror. For some reason they decided today to follow Dave around with a man in a yellow chicken suit. With some tetchiness, not to mention a slight danger of doing a Prezza, Dave seized the chicken impersonator and pulled his head off.
Write your own punchline…
Senator Chris Dodd Senate Banking Committee Chairman
“If it was in any was possible for UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown to blame Goldman Sachs for the ash clouds that are threatening our economic recovery, he would do so.”
Chris Rennard stood down as the CEO of the Liberal Democrats citing ill health. Nothing to do with the outrage caused by the £41,000 in expenses he claimed for his “holiday home” in Vauxall-on-Sea. Let’s not forget all those other skeletons in the cupboard too.
Well the rotund trougher is back. He was spinning for Clegg in Manchester and has been spotted going in and out of the Lib Dems Cowley Street HQ. When Guido put a call in to ask them what his official role in the campaign was the inept spinner replied “Oh I’m not even sure what his unofficial role is.”
So we know he is back but they have taken over an hour and still no response to what his official role is, how much he is being paid and whether he has recovered from the health reasons that saw him stand down… Still waiting for that return call.
UPDATE: So the official line is that Rennard was in Manchester in a “personal capacity” and “he is not part of our campaign team“. That doesn’t really wash given that the Manchester debate site was on lock down and someone would had to have cleared his pass. Is he also going in and out of Party headquarters in a “personal capacity”?
UPDATE: Cowley Street’s Phil Reilly has got himself into a right teenage rage with this one. He claims because he hasn’t personally seen Rennard in HQ he’s not been there, but that’s not what Guido’s witnesses say. The line has also changed to Rennard being a “guest of a media organisation” in Manchester. Everyone there was a “guest of a media organisation” – namely ITV who hosted the event.
Many were hoping see Grayling skewered on the Daily Politics Home Secretary Debate. His mea culpa moment was well rehearsed and he expressed regret at “causing confusion“. In the quick-fire round all three claimed never to have broken any law other than motoring offences. An unlikely statement.
There was no clear winner on points, but Grayling’s priced moved up 10% on Politics Markets during the debate settling on a 60% chance of him being the next Home Secretary. Although it wasn’t the most exciting of debates, interestingly Alan Johnson said he could not guarantee that police numbers would not be cut if Labour won. That isn’t what Gordon said in the Leaders Debate…
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Another day and anther Prime Mentalist muddle. In a Radio One interview recorded earlier and set to be broadcast shortly at 12.45 Gordon said while discussing immigration and under-estimating numbers from EU ‘We didn’t get it wrong…there was no misjudgment‘. Moments later he goes on to admit “there has been a problem“.
So which is it Prime Minister?
UPDATE: Gordon is taking quite a pasting from the kids. Expenses aren’t playing too well and his excuse that he was “paying over the minimum wage” for his cleaner wasn’t bought. He took an angry potshot at Legg for making him pay it back too – “what the guy basically said was I shouldn’t be paying the cleaner a minimum wage.” He was seething…
Guido was pretty sure he signed up to take skirts off, not the other way round.
As the howls of anguish seep out of CCHQ that the LibDems will keep Brown in, Guido begs to differ, there is that risk of course but it is not as great a risk as they claim. There is also a great prize on offer, Brown can lead the Labour Party over the abyss into electoral oblivion destroying the Labour Party as a party of government. Statist, redistibutive social democracy has now been tested to the destruction of the nation’s finances. This election now presents an historic chance to break the Labour Party.
As Tories scream and point to Lib-Lab councils and the bearded sandal wearing activists who want to ban the bomb and legalise dope for purchase in euros, Guido says look at the reality. Since Charlie Kennedy’s demise the LibDems have been moving quietly to the right on economics, have jettisoned a lot of their loopiest policies and the Tories under Cameron have moved towards the LibDems on civil liberties, the environment and localism. The parties respective policies are closer now than they have been for over half-a-century. Cameron is telling the truth when he says that he is a liberal-conservative. Nick Clegg is a former Cambridge Conservative who is now a Liberal. They fact is they are both instinctively liberal metropolitan modernisers.
“But they are weirdie beardies” cry the Cameroon girls and boys distastefully in CCHQ. LibDem activists may be, but the parliamentary party is not and it is the parliamentary party with which they would have to work with in government. Here is a vote map based on data from MySociety’s Public Whip showing how increasingly over the course of the last three parliaments the LibDems more and more vote with the Tories:
We are possibly entering into an era of multi-party realpolitik. Clegg isn’t stupid, he won’t want to prop up Gordon Brown, it would infuriate voters and betray his whole change message. He is going to prefer to do a deal with the other ‘change’ candidate. If Cameron together with Clegg play it right, they can destroy the Labour Party forever…
Student Chris Williams asked Nick Clegg…
“You appear as this man of the people, with this Yorkshire constituency that’s very ‘down with the workers’. You had a very well-off South East upbringing, the son of a well-off banker, and you went to private school and then on to Cambridge, so what really makes you any different to David Cameron?”