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Boris Johnson told the editor of The Lady

“Women cannot resist men who obviously like women.”

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Prescott Accused of "Cyber-Bullying"

Prezza went on the rampage at the weekend after a sub-editor at the Sunday Times cut a key line out of their front-page story, accidentally attributing a quote to him in their first edition. Despite a written apology he maintains it’s a Muuur-doch conspiracy to get him.

Apparently the News International legal team haven’t taken too kindly to his sustained attacks on their Political Editor Isabel Oakeshott, and have threatened Prezza over his “cyber-bullying” and asked him to stop calling the new mother at seven o’clock in the morning to shout. No doubt Rupert authorised it personally…

Labour Cancer Stitch Up Unravels

With Miliband using all of his questions at PMQs to pin down the Prime Minister on figures from Macmillan Cancer Care that suggest 7,000 patients will be losing out on benefits, the attack was clearly planned in advance. Suspiciously quickly, as in within three minutes after the PM sat down, Mike Hobday from Macmillan was on the Daily Politics defending Miliband’s use of their figures.

Convenient that Hobday was in place outside the Daily Politics and Sky Millbank studios immediately after PMQs…

What a coincidence that he’s a former Labour Party staffer and councillor. He stood for Labour in Welwyn Hatfield at the last election. Miliband denied his attack was a smokescreen, but Hobday just admitted to Sky that he was “pre-warned”. And the rest…

UPDATE: Theo Usherwood, a Press Association political reporter, says Macmillan sent out a statement on Miliband’s questions at 12.10 p.m., unprecedented partisan coordination from a major charity.

Nothing is Too Good for the Workers

Bob Crowe is on a £254,978 package from the RMT union (though we still subsidise his council flat). When you have that kind of money, where do you quaff champagne at lunch? Why Scott’s of Mayfair of course.

The Sun reports he spent £650 on lunch…

Flashback : Ed Vaizey’s three-hour lunch at Scott’s of Mayfair.

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Testing the Faith

Things must be getting bad for Miliband when even the most loyal of apparatchiks are beginning to lose faith. Guido hears readers’ favorite, and Ed’s campaign press officer, Kenny Young is telling people he’s down in the dumps and disillusioned. Having been demoted to Press Office Manager, with the emphasis on the manager, apparently Kenny’s heart isn’t in it as much as it once was. With the constant failure to get on the front foot and set the agenda, even Ed’s loyal gatekeeper and former SpAd Polly Billington is said to be exasperated. Time to brush off those CVs…

Sounds like Tom Baldwin isn’t exactly top of his game either:

Guido would be crying into his pint too..

UPDATE: Jon Craig has also noticed the glum faces on the Labour press team. Do these progressives need Prozac?

 

No More UK Funded Spaceman by 2015

The UK gives £280 million a year to India in aid. They in turn give $5 billion a year to Africa. As Guido highlighted last week, they also have an aircraft carrier and a space programme, unlike the UK. Andrew Mitchell signalled that this would be coming to an end last weekend, but yesterday the Commons Development Committee weighed in, saying that the UK/India aid relationship must “fundamentally change” and also that aid to India should end by 2015. Guido thinks that’s a slightly mealy-mouthed way of saying get rid of it.

UK Quietly Contributes £9 Billion to IMF Euro-BailoutsEquivalent to Adding 1½p to Basic Rate of Income Tax

Douglas Carswell has spotted a Statutory Instrument slipped in before parliament without prior debate, two pages of legislation which will cost the British taxpayer £9 billion, the equivalent of adding some 1½p to the basic rate of income tax. No debate, no big announcement, just another day of propping up the Eurozone on the backs of UK taxpayers.

The Chancellor was at the Bilderberg conference this weekend, where the global elite discuss important matters without tiresome worries like democracy or transparency, among the attendees were central bankers, financiers and investment bankers – the guilty men of the financial crisis. The Chancellor has clearly fallen in with a bad crowd…

UPDATE: Osborne’s PPS Greg Hands has been rolled out to defend the £9 billion loan. The crucial point he makes is that “Because this is a loan, it has no impact on our borrowing – it is a financial asset that will be repaid.” All being well, however all is not well. Institutions like the ECB itself are in trouble, the US Treasury is on credit watch. We may be approaching the financial equivalent of the rapture, when all the reckoning for decades of loose credit will be made. One only has to look at the price of gold to see that people are losing faith in the paper-money financial system.

Blair Backs Heir

Just when Ed thought the onslaught against his leadership was dying down, guess who sticks an oar in?

Mr Blair said embattled Mr Miliband would be WRONG to pull back from his own forward-looking philosophy, WRONG to shift from the centre ground of politics and is WRONG to declare the days of New Labour were over.

And in another move that will infuriate the rookie Labour leader’s inner team, Mr Blair insisted PM David Cameron’s keystone health and education reforms were RIGHT.

In an interview with the Sun, Blair justifiably takes credit for the coalition’s education and NHS policy, as well as chastising Ed not understanding New Labour: “It is about the Labour party constantly being at the cutting edge, being a modernising party – always being full of creative ideas and isn’t pinned in its ideological past.” PMQs should be fun…



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