Black, White and Blue

As the Tories prepare for their annual fund-raising Black and White Ball in Battersea Park tonight, Guido is hearing there might be a few little unwelcome visitors from UK Uncut. Either way he will be chatting about this so called “clicktivism” on tomorrow’s Daily Politics. Given the price tag of the tickets (£4,000-a-table), you can see why the party might be targeted – the headlines will write themselves.

Guido presumes that at £10,000-a-table the lefties will be trying to crash Labour’s equivalent ‘Celebration of Equality‘ fundraiser next month…

Tory Agent Arrested for Kidnap

Founder of the right-wing Cornerstone group John Hayes, 52,  is certainly a lively addition to the green benches, but it seems his agent is even more of a party animal. Craig Jackson was denied bail this morning and held on charges of kidnap and possession of dope. According to the local paper in his South Holland and the Deepings constituency, there was an incident involving a man in his fifties on Sunday night.  What could have tipped him over the edge?

Devine Intervention

Guido questioned the notion of a “friendly printer” in terms of the expenses fraud last week. Devine claims he was told by other MPs to get a “friendly printer” to produce a fake invoice to facilitate his dodgy accounting practices. No wonder Amstrong Printing Ltd were happy to help – their Director Margaret Brisley is a on Stirling Council, for Labour. All good friends…

Compare and Contrast

August 2009:

“Gordon Brown today broke his silence on the release of the Lockerbie bomber, saying that the UK government had done no deal with Libya and that he was “angry and repulsed” at the scenes of jubilation in Tripoli.”

Today:

“The former Labour Government did “all it could” to help Libya secure the release of the Lockerbie bomber, Britain’s most senior civil servant is to admit today”

It’s almost as if they weren’t telling the truth at the time…

UPDATE: Details are starting to leak:

“Policy was, therefore, progressively developed that Her Majesty’s Government should do all it could, while respecting devolved competencies, to facilitate an appeal by the Libyans to the Scottish government for Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi’s release under the Prisoner Transfer Agreement (PTA) or for release on compassionate grounds. Such an approach was understood across all relevant departments.”

Which is the polar opposite from Brown’s speech in September 2009:

“On our part, there was no conspiracy, no cover-up, no double-dealing, no deal on oil, no attempt to instruct Scottish ministers, no private assurances by me to (Libyan leader) Colonel (Muammar) Gaddafi. We were absolutely clear throughout with the Libyans and everyone else that this was a decision for the Scottish government.”

Messy.

UPDATE II: GOD’s report is out.

Wed Ed – A Week To Go

Guido thought he better remind Ed Miliband that this time next week it will be Valentines’ Day. What better time to get down on one knee and propose to long waiting partner Justine. He know’s Ed is a busy man, but instead of a petrol station flowers if he orders this week Diamond Manufacturers are offering free delivery on everything and a 110% price guarantee.

Put a bit of sparkle into that media grid….

Quote of the Day

Jackie Ashley writes

“Sally Bercow is doing more to cheer up the nation than most politicians. She is not, as she suggests, the Carla Bruni of British political life, but she is its Bridget Jones.”

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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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