Chuka vs The World

And so it came to pass that a chosen one would emerge. The Child was blessed in looks and intellect and ventured forth to bring light to the world:

http://twitter.com/#!/ChukaUmunna/status/38235359527575553

Bet they were shaking in their boots…

An obligatory Tip of the Hat to Gerard Baker writing about another breathtakingly arrogant politician.

The Nutroots Struggle

As the left come together for another one of their circle-jerks this weekend, Guido thought he would check in and see how their online resurgence is coming along. While Guido has no doubt the Where Do the Left Go Online From Here? session will be both thrilling and motivating in equal measure, it seems they still have a long way to go:

To your keyboards lefties.

Quote of the Day

Anonymous Parliamentary bag-carrier Felicity Parks writes:

“I tried printing out 153 letters today to respond to the forest lobbying.”

Manchester Council Madness

Today’s order of the OTT goes to the leader of Manchester Council for comparing government cuts to an IRA bomb. Writing in the Manchester Evening News sick Sir Richard Leese said:

“Since I was first elected to the council almost 27 years ago, I have seen many difficult times . . . just weeks after becoming council leader in 1996, I had to deal with the aftermath of the IRA bomb. But nothing has been as difficult or as painful as the struggle we have been having over the last two months to produce a legal, balanced budget.”

What does Sir Richard know about surviving after having a limb or two blown off, or coping with a life of blindness or brain-damage? Would he still be so flippant if he’d had a face full of glass?

Come Vote With Me

Last night’s Newsnight special hardly covered the referendum in glory, despite the best attempts of the BBC to nail their colours to their sleeve. With the headline “Majority want overhaul of voting system, poll suggests” you would have thought that it was good news for the Yes campaign, but get to the second paragraph of their story and you find: “63% of those polled said a referendum on changing the system is a waste of time and money when there are other pressing needs in the country.” Hmmm…

Jo Swinson did not help her cause last night with her strictly quite ridiculous suggestion:

On Twitter in the aftermath even her own side rejected the idea. Messy.

Send in the Clowns

Things once got so cosy in Stormont that the Ulster Unionists named the devolved government the “chuckle brothers”. However it seems the laughter is dying out and the professionals have had to be called in. John Cremer claims to be a corporate comedian who lists First Minister of Northern Ireland’s Office as one of his clients. Along with the DWP. IDS being famed for his stand-up of course.

Quote of the Day

David Cameron told Nick Robinson…

“…you have to try a get a hell of a lot of things right all in one go. Of course governments make mistakes. I hope that when we do, we are relatively fast in trying to admit a mistake, put it right, sort it out.”

A Wonky Circle

Q. Which think-tank did policing Minister Nick Herbert work at before he became an MP?

Q. Which department do the think-tank Reform call the “the success story” in their review of Coalition public service reform?

Always good to keep in with the old boss…



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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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