Why Is MacShane Fund-raising For Labour?

Tomorrow disgraced Rotherham MP Denis MacShane is hosting a conference about how the Labour Party can get out of opposition. Ticket sales are obviously very low as a last minute desperate PR job is currently going on and the requirement to pay in advance has been lifted. MacShane is using his constituency office to organise the event and all profits are being donated to the Rotherham Labour Party. Yet MacShane has been given the boot as a Labour MP.

His taxpayer funded office being used for blatant party political uses:

Why are the likes of Polly Toynbee, David Walker, Jessica Asato, Tristum Hunt and a host of other Labour figures willing to turn a blind eye to the fact MacShane is currently under police investigation for corruption and help raise funds for him? If they are wondering why Labour were booted out of office, perhaps some soul-searching would be a good place to start.

Judgement Day Is Set For Balls

The Shadow Chancellor is facing legal action over a claim for his unpaid debts in Leeds County Court on June 17. Having trashed his old office the landlord is chasing payment. Ed Balls has shown his good judgement yet again and not taken the opportunity to settle quietly out of court. His belligerent attitude is earning him plenty of bad publicity locally. Guido wants to know: Who is paying the legal fees?

It may have been his official constituency office but that doesn’t mean the taxpayer should pick up the tab for the mess Balls left behind. Again.

See also: Local Businessmen Fighting Balls Over Debts, Balls Still Denying Debt, Squeezing Balls

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Darling Bangs Eds Together

Guido has a feeling that history will judge Alistair Darling far kinder than any of the other bunker dwellers. With his new book coming out, apparently we will be hearing more about the Prime Mentalist and forces of hell, and the Sons of Brown too.  Darling barely disguises his dig at his Labour successors in the Indy:

“It is not enough to say this Government is not doing well and say it is damaging important things in this country. We have to show we have a vision of what Britain can be that is better. If we don’t establish in the public mind we are more competent [on the economy] than the Tories, then we won’t make any headway.”

Looks like Darling is as unimpressed with the blank sheet of paper as David.

War!

The heir to Blair has led the charge toward intervention in Libya. It’s taken its time. Our foreign policy adventure will even be legal this time.

As fireworks go off and the rebels celebrate the news on the streets of Benghazi, not everyone in Westminster can hold their head up high knowing that the West is finally doing the right thing. Harriet Harman, the Shadow International Development Secretary no less, is looking at a bit of a headache with her loud-mouthed and hard-left PPS. Ian Lavery says of a no fly zone:

“I just cannot see for the life of me that would be the right thing to do. I would be opposed to any military intervention in Libya whatsoever. We cannot go on this way trying to resolve other countries’ problems… we have got our own problems here. I understand there are huge problems with Gaddafi’s ludicrous regime, but it should not be left to the UK to resolve.”

Charming. But it’s not just minions that have been used to stir up trouble. The international community coming together has left Red Ed red-faced. At the beginning of the month he tried to use the No Fly Zone to score political points at PMQs. As part of a wider attack on the government’s competence, he said to Cameron:

“On Monday you floated the idea of a no-fly zone; on Tuesday, however, a number of foreign governments distanced themselves from the idea. Can you clarify where that proposal now stands?”

It is on and Britain stands with the people of Benghazi…



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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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