Justice Catches Up With John Edwards

Former Democratic Vice-President nominee, and utter sleaze-ball, John Edwards has been formally charged with six counts over the cover-up he instigated about his affair with a campaign staffer. While his wife was dying of cancer, Edwards used funds raised for his abortive bid against Obama and Hillary in 2007/08 to silence his lover. Guess which British wannabe party leader made payments to his mistress and former campaign staffer…

Lembit for London Lumbering Along

The LibDem establishment is desperate to avoid Lembit becoming their candidate for London Mayor, but that’s not stopping him. Ballot papers will go out to London members in mid-July and he seems to be the only candidate anyone has heard of. Nominations close in fifteen days…

Lembit is the closest thing the LibDems have in terms of  name recognition to a Boris or a Ken, and he seems to be calming down somewhat. He announced his latest squeeze on Facebook rather than in Hello and OK, but Guido is worried for the campaign. The website is a shocker, phone-calls aren’t returned, and apparently the money isn’t exactly pouring in. For the greater cause of merriment and livening things up Guido was all set to donate. But there isn’t a donate function on his website. Hmm…

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Exclusive: Ed's Spanish Honeymoon

Guido has gone back to his source regarding the sighting of Ed Miliband at his North London home this weekend – when he was supposed to be on honeymoon – the source is adamant that they saw Ed at home on Saturday morning. Guido has now had a second source come in that makes this very plausible.

Guido’s co-conspirator on easyJet says Ed flew from Gatwick on the 1310 easyJet 5177 flight Sevilla Airport, “He had priority boarding sat in row 3 in the window seat with Justine squashed in the middle next to a fat Spaniard. Only luggage was a large rucksack – looked like a student.” Which is a pretty good description of the normal look of the Leader of the Opposition.

Seville came to a standstill on Sunday, as the rather lame “Spanish Revolution” (©Laurie Penny) reached Ed’s chosen honeymoon destination. The revolutionary fervour began before the recent elections, it has been so successful that the centre-right Popular Party saw massive electoral advances. There is a lesson there…

Quote of the Day

Labour’s new hope Chuka Umunna ponders knife crime:

“The difficulty with that issue is it is complex…”



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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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