Zac v Snow

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Balls to McBride : No Thanks, Mate

Poor old Damian McBride, Lord Mandelson shakes his head in his Third Man book and says that McPoison was trouble waiting to happen – as he had warned Gordon.

Damian has told people that he will do two years of penance (in a Catholic school) and then come back. Guido understands that he offered his services to the struggling Ed Balls campaign. Ed Balls told him “thanks, but no thanks”, he didn’t want him anywhere near the campaign. Labour sources say the realisation that he is too toxic even for Ed Balls has driven home to him that he is finished in politics for ever.

Should have written those memoirs when they had some value Damian…

+ + + Breaking: Lord Taylor Charged with False Accounting + + +

Troughing Tory peer Lord Taylor of Warwick has been charged for claiming expenses in relation to a house he didn’t own.

Having been brought down by a blogger he’s now on his own, out of the party and in the dock. He’s accused of fiddling the second home allowance by claiming to have spent six years living at the former home of his dead mother.

Developing…

Friday Caption Contest (Blondes Have More Fun Edition)

Tweet Competition Winner

Ever generous, Guido gave valuable blog space to assist Deborah Mattinson with her challenge to define Labour’s economic record with a Tweetable message.

Amongst the usual dross there were a few amusing 140-character entries. Congratulations to HPDL for the winning entry:

“Julius Caesar: I came, I saw, I conquered. Gordon Brown: I came, I spent, I’m bonkers.”

A copy of the The Big Red Book of New Labour Sleaze will in the post as soon as HPDL tells gives Guido his/her address….

Disorganised AV Campaign

The Electoral Reform Society are holding their summer reception– “Welcoming The AV Referendum” – on Wednesday, July 28. The House is going into recess early – on July 27. MPs will have the buckets and spades ready for the mass exodus to the beach which will start immediately, so don’t expect a massive turn-out from MPs.

They better hope their campaign is better organised, though the bookies do give them the edge with a 64% probability to win a yes vote for AV in the referendum. Guido reckons it might be a bit closer than punters think…

Quote of the Day

Douglas Carswell blogs

“Crime is apparently down to a 30 year low. Do you suppose it has anything to do with the prison population being at a 25 year high?”

Who's the Daddy?


The Mail is going big and taking some risks here, reporting that although no name is given on the birth certificate, Boris is in the frame for Helen Macintyre’s daughter Stephanie. The Mail fills in the gaps with the the tried and tested device of quoting “friends”

The gossip among Pierre’s friends was that this child, when newborn, had shocking wild red hair and bright blue eyes – and we were all saying she looked a lot more like Boris than Pierre

William Cash is now living with Ms Macintyre and presumably is also a paternity candidate. To say that this story has been tantalising the media and the Westminster village for months is an understatement. When Guido ran a teaser in June tabloids called looking for more information. Either the gossip and the Mail is right or they are risking the mother of all defamation suits. Not sure that the Press Complaints Commission will look too kindly on pictures of the child being published…



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Quote of the Day

The FT’s Wolfgang Munchau on the “fake maths” of economic forecasts:

“The truth is that our ability to forecast the future beyond the current quarter is limited… The curse of our time is fake maths. Think of it as fake news for numerically literate intellectuals: it is the abuse of statistics and economic models to peddle one’s own political prejudice… The fakeness of the maths lies in an exaggerated inference. Economic models have their uses, as do opinion polls. They provide information to policymakers and markets. But nobody can see through the fog of the future.”

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