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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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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