The Wrath of Khan

Guido has certainly warned that Sadiq Khan is a bit of a liability before, reporting last month that the one time campaign manager had been cut out of the loop by Ed Miliband, losing his place at the top table and sidelined from the policy forums that went to Hain and Byrne instead. Miliband can lose a shadow cabinet member but could be very awkward to lose one of the inner circle.

Note that the Labour machine have not criticised the content of Cameron’s speech, rather the timing and critique of their own record. Except Sadiq gobbing off. On message and definitely not pouring petrol on the situation, the shadow Justice Secretary accused Dave of “writing propaganda for the EDL” in this morning’s Mirror. Sayeeda Warsi is on the attack:

“For Sadiq Khan to smear the Prime Minister as a right wing extremist is outrageous and irresponsible. It is right that we make it clear: extremism and Islam are not the same thing. He must apologise, and Mr Miliband needs urgently to disown his colleague’s baseless accusation.”

Miliband knows this is a vote losing gaffe. But is he confident enough to be able distance himself?

Quote of the Day

CCHQ source said…

“Don’t know why anyone thinks privatising the forests is some right-wing ideological plan, Caroline Spelman came up with it for Chrissakes.”

Saturday Seven Up

7upJudging by the continued broadsheet coverage today of Britain’s answer to Carla Bruni, the Guidoisation of politics is proceeding well. This blog has had harsh words to say about Sally Bercow in the past, but in truth we are great fans. It is her husband we have problems with…

Modesty almost prevents Guido from saying told you so about the appointment of Craig Oliver as Andy Coulson’s replacement.
Almost.

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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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