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Guido has reported before about Gordon’s pooled microphone difficulties. In order to attempt to control questioning, the Prime Mentalist only has one feed and today it seems he forgot it was turned on as he walked away from an event in Rochdale discussing what a “disaster” it was, and accused a Labour voting pensioner of being “bigoted woman“. Will she still be voting Labour now?

UPDATE I : Labour hacks are removing rosettes before “meeting” Gordon in faked up walkabouts. The first time Gordon meets a real voter it all goes horribly wrong. And he knows it, after telling Mrs Duffy that it was “very nice to see you“, Gordon told aides in the car and said: “You should never have put me with that woman. Whose idea was that? Sue’s I think. Everything she said – she’s just a bigoted woman.” Old loyal Sue Nye better duck.

UPDATE II :

Quote of the Day

Dan Hannan blogs

“Knocking on a door in Basingstoke, I was greeted with a delighted cry of ‘Come in: I’m a Jehovah’s Witness.’ “

Peppa More Believable than Yvette

There was only one story that the Fawkes household cared about yesterday. Peppa Pig’s boycott of Yvette Cooper’s photo-op.  Can you blame Peppa? Yvette was in that auto-pilot soundbite mode thing she does, droning on that “the Conservative and Liberal Democrats would form a ‘Coalition of Cuts for Children’ that would put children in the frontline for spending cuts”. Yesterday the top-line from Labour was “only we can save your children”, it was so over the top it was unbelievable.

All obscured anyway by Peppa’s boycott of Yvette’s photo-op at a nursery. Labour’s press conference yesterday morning will be used in the future by media studies classes as a textbook case study on how not to handle the media.  Mandelson and Ed Ball’s exchanges with Adam Boulton, Andrew Neil and Nick Robinson were pretty bad tempered. The hacks were all trying to identify where Labour’s expected £30 billion of cuts were coming from, the issue which dominates front pages this morning following on from the IFS report accusing all parties of electoral dishonesty.

The backfiring Peppa photo-op is a metaphor for the Labour campaign, they can’t get traction on their new “Coalition for Cuts” dividing line because they themselves won’t credibly specify their own closet cuts agenda.  Peppa the Pig stood in for government spokesman on the Daily Politics and featured on Newsnight more than Yvette’s message. Peppa might be a fictional children’s character, but she is more credible than Yvette.

No Such Thing as an Innocent Bystander

The spin has been that today’s Cameron heckler, Jonathan Bartley, was just an “ordinary dad“. Not quite. He is in fact the left-wing Christian pacifist activist who edits the Ekklesia blog and is a Guardian contributor. Hardly your average random passer-by.

Some of his outbursts show why he might not like Dave so much. He calls Jesus a socialist, which will come as a bit of a surprise to Tim Montgomerie, he rants daily against the Tories on his Twitter page, raging against orthodox religion and the monarchy.  With his track record of ranting online Guido is surprised Labour haven’t made him a candidate yet.

Quote of the Day

Peter Mandelson said to Adam Boulton…

‘You’re not running for election’.

Adam Boulton said to Peter Mandelson…

‘Neither are you’.

Another New Media Scalp

Another day and another candidate has been scalped by comments they have left online. All of the major parties have now had to sack a PPC, with today being the turn of Scottish Tory Philip Lardner who said homosexuality is “not normal“. Lardner, fighting  for North Ayrshire and Arran, would likely have gone regardless of which medium he used to espouse his views.

Unlike Labour’s MacLennan and Cowan scalps, there was no attempt to fight the inevitable and with Cowan, a cover up instigated by the party machine. Guido will be returning to this subject soon…

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Exclusive : Peppa Pig is in Tory Bear’s Hands

Peppa Pig isn’t endorsing Labour because she is in Tory hands. This picture was taken minutes ago behind the scenes in the Guy News newsroom.  Peppa is being held by Tory Bear, who is known to his mother as Harry Cole. Happy Birthday Harry!

He is 24 today and single again girls.  He has never kissed a socialist – yet…

Clegg Stars in Both Tory and LibDem Election Broadcasts

Interesting Party Election Broadcasts last night, the Tories were fear-mongering that coalition government would be all about backroom deals and horse-trading. This is of course what is conventionally known as ‘politics’.  In the Tory broadcast a Clegg-like actor walked around Westminster offering dithering.  Apparently if you vote Conservative you will get a decisive liberal-conservative government firmly rooted on the centre-ground of politics.  If you vote Liberal on the other hand you could end up with a dithering liberal-centrist coalition government.

In the real LibDem PEB we had Clegg walking around Westminster offering change from the old politics, his first promise was an offer of “tax freedom”, a tax cut worth £700 to every taxpayer. Now 10 points higher than where they were when they started the campaign, the LibDems think their most attractive manifesto offer is a tax cut.

Tax cuts, the Cameroons told us, were the old politics that didn’t work with voters.  All the Tories needed to do was to offer Obama-style “change” from Gordon Brown. In the words of Sarah Palin: How’s that hopey change thing working out for y’all?

Peppa Pig has Left the Building

Labour last night issued a press release last night promising:

Peppa Pig Accepts Labour Invitation to Join Visit to Children’s Centre
The Labour Party has organised a visit to a children’s centre in South London to highlight our policies to support families. Yvette Cooper and Tessa Jowell will be shown around the centre and we are delighted that Peppa Pig, the star of children’s television, has accepted our invitation to join the visit.

For those of you without children under 5, Peppa Pig is a mega-star phenomenon, bigger than even Elvis nowadays.  Guido understands that Peppa Pig has pulled out of the event for fear it would be seen as an endorsement of the Labour Party…

UPDATE : Scenes of devastating disappointment at the Coin Street Nursery as tearful toddlers and young mothers learn a bitter lesson: Labour breaks its promises. Tearful toddlers asking “Where’s Peppa Pig? You promised!” Angry mothers and wailing children can only blame the wicked witches; Yvette and Tessa. Yvette has just issued one of her barmy soundbites “the Conservative and Liberal Democrats would form a ‘Coalition of Cuts for Children’ that would put children in the frontline for spending cuts”.  Not claiming they would actually eat your babies – which was probably what Ed Balls wanted to claim.

Guy News : Gordon – The Disaster Movie

LabourVision.TV launches today – a crowd sourced effort to produce an online anti-party, anti-political election broadcast.  Details revealed later as to how your home made video can be part of Gordon – the Disaster Movie premiering on May Day.  The bar is high. Come back tomorrow…

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Kerry's Cowan Cover-up

The Labour Party were spinning earlier that as soon as the allegations about their disgraced PPC John Cowan emerged he was suspended: ‘The allegations that came to light after nominations closed are totally unacceptable and well below what the party expects of our candidates.”

Came to light “after nominations closed“?  That is just not true.

Social media guru and Twitter Tsar Kerry McCarthy, a Labour MP no less, was tipped off about Cowan’s dodgy online behaviour over three months ago.  Here is the tip-off email (verbatim):

From: █████ █████ <████████████@gmail.com>
Date: 12 February 2010 21:20
Subject: Private and Confidential and off the record
To: mccarthyk@parliament.uk

Dear Kerry,

My name is █████ █████ and I work in the motorsports industry. I represent drivers, teams, and component suppliers in the motorsport industry. I believe you like a couple of friends have suffered from being stalked by a certain John Cowan. Both the girls I know that I know are racing drivers who raced from an early age. I became aware of ████’s problems with Cowan when we were at Brands Hatch for a race. ████ had run out of finances and had hired her car to a driver who I was coaching. Her father was engineering the car. All was fine until I noticed that ████ and her Dad looked a bit woried. When I enquired what was wrong; her father pointed out John Cowan standing by the car and told me of the trouble that ████ had receiving lude emails. I asked Cowan to leave and not bother ████ or my driver again.

Until this was mentioned I had just assumed he was a ‘harmless’ idiot that lived in a dreamworld. I am afraid motor racing attracts these type of fools as does politics. Since then I have found out ████ is not the only female racing driver that has had problems with Cowan. And now I am reliably informed that you yourself have had problems with this man.

I am now horrified to find out that he is standing for Parliament in South Cambridgeshire and I am supprised he was even picked as a candidate with a false CV!

It has now been bought to our attention you have been pestered by this man; I don’t believe in this age that he should be anywhere near public office. Can he be removed as candidate before he can do any real damage?

I llok forward to your reply.

regards

█████ █████

07███ ██████

So what did Kerry McCarthy do next…

Tories Panic, City Relaxes

George Osborne this afternoon is trying to convince us that a hung parliament will mean higher interest rates as investors panic and the gilt market plunges.   Guido begs to differ, arguing that if on May 7 the Tories went into a Change Coalition with the LibDems – the only party with a leader that admits we need “savage spending cuts”, when the Tories and Labour are being disingenuous in pretending otherwise – the City wouldn’t have a problem.

The hard evidence is clear; since the prospects of a hung parliament jumped after the first TV debate (the bookies now make it an odds on 64% probability) both the pound and the gilt market have rallied. Why?  Well the City was worried about Labour being returned and kamikaze economics being implemented by Chancellor Balls.  A Lib-Con “Change Coalition government with both parties committed to public spending cuts and rapid deficit reduction will actually cheer the City.  Here’s the evidence so far:

The left hand chart is the probability of a hung parliament based on gambler’s bets, the middle chart is the gilt futures price and the right hand chart is the pound against the dollar.    Osborne just quoted a number of  investment banking analyst’s old notes, RBS capital markets analysis this morning concurs with Guido’s analysis:

Weekend press good for Gilts: a) talking up the Liberal Democrats right wing credentials and how they form more coalitions with Conservatives than Labour in councils, so allegedly not that Budget-negative/sclerosis if Con-Lib coalition, which is most likely outcome at this moment according to pollsters; b) polls shift 1-2% back to where they were pre-debates.

Osborne needs to switch on his Bloomberg terminal for a reality check, gilts are now yielding less than 4%, City confidence has risen as Labour’s polling figures have fallen…

Quote of the Day

Tom Newton Dunn, political editor of the Sun, apparently said…

“It is my job to see that Cameron f***ing well gets into Downing Street”

The Brown Nixon Elvis Conspiracy Theory Competition

Guido has been racking his brain for an explanation into the thinking behind the Elvis support act for Gordon.  Here are my top conspiracy theories:

  1. Gordon is living out a Richard Nixon fantasy, he seems himself as a man of substance and policy, like Nixon, facing defeat at the hands of more photogenic and televisual opponents, with Clegg and Cameron playing the role of Kennedy.  So since Nixon and Presley were mates…
  2. Benjamin Wegg-Prosser has a £500 bet with Mandelson on who can succeed in making Gordon look the most ridiculous during the campaign.  Still 10 days to go so Mandelson is not paying up just yet.
  3. Alastair Campbell is back on the bottle and thought it was a good idea late one night.  He did big up the whole cringe-making event.
  4. Wee Dougie Alexander produced some focus group data that showed Elvis was still king in some key demographics, old people, people without iPods, C1, D1 hardworking families. Wee Dougie has now defected to the Miliband camp…
  5. Michael Jackson was unavailable.  He is after all a well known kids entertainer…

Put your theory in the comments please, best theory wins a copy of  The Big Red Book of New Labour Sleaze, competition closes midnight.

Second Labour Candidate Sacked

Former “glamour model” John Cowan has become the second Labour Party parliamentary candidate to be sacked after their online postings were revealed. John Cowan, who was expelled from the Liberal Democrats after sending sexually explicit messages to Labour’s Kerry McCarthy, then tried to join the Tories and eventually ended up as the Labour PPC for South East Cambridgeshire.

Cowan’s racist and sexual rantings have been doing the blog rounds for a week or so and finally ended up in yesterday’s Telegraph.  As nominations have closed there can’t now be a Labour candidate in the race. It will be interesting to see what boost this gives to the Liberal Democrat vote in this safe Tory seat.

Senior Buckingham Tory Comes Out for Farage

Grassroots Conservative activists in Buckingham are mostly either staying at home, voting for Farage or in some cases campaigning for him. Sir Nicholas Bonsor, a Deputy Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire and a former Conservative MP, will be one of those canvassing for UKIP’s Nigel Farage.  UKIP say it is the first crack to open publicly in the Buckingham Constituency Association.

Disenfranchised Tories in the constituency are quietly putting their weight behind UKIP – Sir Nicholas is a patron of the Buckingham Conservative Association and a former foreign office minister.  Bercow’s disloyalty and the behaviour of his wife infuriates local party members. Bonsor is a big Chihuahua

UPDATE : Punters have marked up Farage’s chances of taking the seat from 25% to 35% this morning.  Farage raised £3,000 over the weekend from online donations.

10 Days to Destroy the Labour Party

As the Tories shift resources towards Labour seats and the Labour Party vote leaves the building with Elvis, the tantalising prospect of a Labour Party wipe out seems possible.  Labour’s messages seem calibrated only to appeal only to their core activist vote and their client vote dependent on welfare transfers.  Middle-England is not being wooed at all.  Consequently Labour is now polling at levels last seen under Michael Foot.  Has anyone else noticed that Tony Blair is supposedly unable to campaign because he is still stuck overseas due to volcanic ash.  Nothing to do with not wanting to be tainted with a loser?

Rich & Mark's Monday Morning View

Quote of the Day

Nick Clegg wrote in The Liberal Moment last year…

“Liberal Democrats have opposed Labour’s centralised model because it jars with our core beliefs… I believe Labour’s basic approach to governance – to social, political, economic and environmental progress is fundamentally flawed”.[…] Read the rest

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