Solidarity

If you were wondering why new Shadow Foreign Secretary wee Dougie Alexander was so quiet today, a quick peek at the Socialist International website will show you why. The Labour Party are affiliated with Mubarak’s hopefully outgoing National Democratic Party.

Awkward...

Shed Ed

The FT note how Tom Baldwin has saved his boss from near media oblivion, but the re-branding doesn’t stop there. Apparently in preparation for what will no doubt be an in depth interview with Piers Morgan in next month’s GQ, Ed has called in a personal trainer.

It did wonders for Gordon…

Blair Backs Heirs

Speaking to Bloomberg News at the billionaire’s bunfight which is Davos, Tony Blair pretty much backed the Coalition’s line that the government’s priority should be to cut the deficit. He also echoed George Osborne in blaming the recent poor GDP figures on the bad weather. It will be music to the Cameroons’ ears that “the master” takes their line…

Friday Caption Contest (In It Up To Here Edition)

There is a copy of Lethal Warriors: When the New Band of Brothers Came Home for the winner.

Order of the OTT for Alan Bennett

As the cuts start to bit so the darlings will increase their rhetoric and hyperbole. While not always agreeing with Alan Bennett, Guido usually has a lot of time for his way with words. Sadly he lets himself down badly in today’s Guardian:

“Closing libraries is child abuse.”

Cue the world’s most depressing short story about that.

Thanks to the excellent David MacLean for the tip.

Guido Poll: How Bad is 10 O'Clock Live?

Guido is contemplating catching up on Channel 4’s latest slice of leftism, but he thought he would test the water first…

Quote of the Day

Gerry Adams wrote to John Bercow…

“A chara,

I hereby resign as MP for the constituency of west Belfast.

Go raibh maith agat.”

CCHQ on "Bimbo Eruption" Alert

Guido hears that CCHQ are bracing themselves for more revelations about the amorous Lord Strathclyde in this weekend’s newspapers. As Leader of the Tories in the Lords, Tommy is responsible for fixing the AV mess that could well see the referendum delayed, if he were to be forced out this weekend it could be very messy. The punters over at Smarkets have Strathride at 2/1 favourite to be the next cabinet minister to walk…



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Quote of the Day

John Curtice on fiscal policy:

“Attitudes to taxation and spending are basically counter-cyclical. If a government comes in and tries to reduce spending and taxation, after a while people will get worried about the state of public services. If a government increases taxation and public spending, after a while they’ll get concerned about increasing taxation…. In as much as there are lots of ideologues out there who think the state should be this proportion of GDP, they’re all wrong. Because the public’s view is counter-cyclical to the recent experience. It’s basically impossible to satisfy the public.”

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