Labour's Leaky Civil Service Mole Now a Spinner

Newly married James Forsyth has some further information about yesterday’s rubbish Guardian rehash about taxpayers’ money going to the Free Schools Network. He points out:

“Gove’s office has been acutely aware of how many people in Whitehall can read their emails since they found out that a secretary to Gove’s advisers with access to their computers was applying for jobs with Labour MPs. As soon as the senior civil servants in the department found out that this secretary was trying to get hired by the Labour party, they instantly moved him out of the job that he was doing — aware of what a conflict of interest it was.”

Forsyth doesn’t name names, but Guido isn’t so prudish. Take a bow Matt Gillespie who left the Department of Education to go spin for John Denham the Shadow Business Secretary. It seems Gillespie, who isn’t answering his mobile, was still loyal to Balls. 

As Forsyth points out, Gillespie’s, now hidden, Twitter feed was a storm of pro-Labour bile, even when Gillespie was meant to be an impartial civil servant:

And it seems he’s mates with Balls’s lackey Alex Belardinelli. He’s clearly learnt from the masters of the dark arts…

Polly: “Labour Weren’t Very Good at Blowing Their Own Trumpet”

There’s an hilarious report of Polly Toynbee’s appearance at the Edinburgh Book Show over at Total Politics. Though she pines “nostalgically for the good old days of Blair and Brown”, apparently the last government were only worthy of a six out of ten in her view. She apparently had some hard hitting criticisms of the New Labour machine. Not the debt, deficit, moral bankruptcy or rank corruption that the project racked up, rather their lack of spinning skills:

“Labour weren’t very good at blowing their own trumpet.” 

UPDATE: Polly’s declaration that “left-wing people are more intelligent, and just generally better people” has caused some splutters too…

Sir Simon's Special Interest Silence

Sir Simon Jenkins rallies against special interest groups in his Guardian column this morning.

“The coalition government, which started in a spirit of reformist radicalism, is proving one whose inexperience and shaky majority leaves it vulnerable to lobbyists.”

Jenkins argues that the maths and the make up of the government renders it weak. He lists a range of special interest groups from green technology to the anti-abortion lobby, raging that the government is “putty”. However he saves most of his venom for one area in particular – planning. Jenkins isn’t very happy about changes to the development policy that will affect rural areas:

“This coup was achieved by a deft alliance of private housebuilders, big retailers and the “affordable rural housing” lobby. They argued that, even though they were sitting on the largest land banks ever, rural land shortage was a constraint on growth. Environment ministers reeling from defeat over the fate of the Forestry Commission caved in, but were then baffled at the fury of green organisations outraged to see the end of 50 years of countryside guardianship. The lobby could not believe its luck”

Sir Simon’s love of the countryside is well documented in his many books, but could there be another reason why he is so angry about these changes? A professional reason perhaps? He clearly has some expertise in the area, probably due to the fact he is the chairman of a prominent special interest group – the National Trust. Given the frontline role the organisation played in lobbying the government over the forest sell off, you would think a man of Sir Simon’s integrity would have declared an interest…

Climate Change Alarmism is Snow Joke

Last night on Twitter, noting that according to the Met Office this summer is one of the coolest in decades. Guido mocked Global Warming Theory, predictably this resulted in a lot of abuse by people ranting that weather is different from climate, the science was settled etcetera. Guido promised to dig out some of the hysterical predictions from a decade ago from those scientists. Here is one of Guido’s favourites:

Snowfalls Are Now Just A Thing of the Past According to Dr David Viner, a senior research scientist at the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia, within a few years winter snowfall will become “a very rare and exciting event”.

The Independent on 20 March 2000

The well funded CRU is at the epicentre of global warming alarmism, notorious for faking up statistical evidence to fit the theory. The Indy is the paper that warns of impending ecological disaster as often as the Express reveals the truth about Diana. So the above is a double hit. A decade later the subsequent lack of global warming and the continuing ability of children to build snowmen has propelled a shift in the green movement’s propaganda. After all, scare tactics have to scare and perhaps be a bit more credible than the Guardian science correspondent’s “Green aliens may attack“.

The scares are no longer about global warming, but climate change, since global warming theories have been falsified by reality. Any extreme weather is therefore now cited as a result of “climate disruption”, since we always have weather extremes this is less like to be perceived as contradicted by reality. Around the world polls show that the alarmists are losing credibility as a result of their shrill hysteria. Is there any wonder why?

Darling Bashes Balls and Brown

Guido has often thought that history will be a lot kinder to Alastair Darling than anyone else who survived serving in the last government. Knowing exactly how to pick his moments, we have seen glimpses of the truth from Darling, especially with his “forces of hell” comments. Well his memoirs are going to be bad news for Brown and Balls and their attempts to rewrite history. Labour Uncut have seen extracts:

“Darling details the total breakdown in trust between the prime minister and chancellor. He singles out Ed Balls and Shriti Vadhera as key Brown lieutenants running what amounted to a shadow treasury operation within government. Brown’s demeanour was increasingly “brutal and volcanic”, mistrusting Darling to the extent that he repeatedly tried to place his own aides in the treasury ministerial team to report back on what the chancellor was doing.

Darling point-blank refused to have the newly-enobled Shriti Vadhera in his team, describing her as “only happy if there was blood on the floor – preferably that of her colleagues”. He accepted Yvette Cooper as chief secretary to the treasury in January 2008, but was equally clear that the main reason Brown had placed her there was to “keep an eye” on him.”

Darling also apparently confirms for the first time that Brown tried to sack him in 2009 and replace him with Ed Balls. Something that the latter has point-blank denied in the past. There’s a pattern emerging here, and it’s going to be tricky for Balls to deny it all this time…

The Case for Piers Morgan to be a Leveson "Expert Witness"

Tomorrow is the closing deadline for submissions to the Leveson Inquiry for “core participants”. There’s a compelling case to call a certain global TV star:

Guido won’t be holding his breath though – it could be 2015 before witnesses are called…

BREAKING: Essex Police Send the Huhne File Back to CPS

They asked for more evidence, and it looks like they’ve found something…

Oops She Did It Again

Labour’s rent-a-quote queen Lisa Nandy knows all about slagging someone else off in the papers without engaging her brain first. Guido’s favourite time was when she had a go at the Prime Minister for having a personal photographer, yet had charged the taxpayer for the very same thing just days before. Well surprise surprise, Lisa’s done it again…

In this morning’s reheated hatchet against Gove in the Guardian, Nandy is quoted as saying:

“This is definitive proof that this was a way of diverting taxpayers’ money to pay for a political agenda, at a time when the government was making huge spending cuts. Just shortly after that grant was announced they cancelled Building Schools for the Future – it’s pretty shocking.”

But should she really be shocked at at the cash being handed out without tender? When the story was run for the first time back in October 2010 David Bell, the Department for Education’s Permanent Secretary, replied to Andy Burnham’s complaint with a long list of the grants given out by Labour without tender. It included £107,000 handed out to the Children’s Society. Nandy was less outraged by this particular grant, given that she worked there at the time

Mitchell Papped Flashing

Sky are showing images of Andrew Mitchell’s notes as he walked out of a meeting at Downing Street earlier. They have blurred out the details but claim that the government is welcoming the departure of Afghan president Hamid Karzai. It’s hardly conduct befitting of a man who believes he should be Foreign Secretary. It’s almost as subtle as his briefing…

UPDATE:

UPDATE II:

Phillip Mark McGough writes:

“Glossed from head to toe in leather, a battleship-sized Harley-Davidson between his thighs (and with a real Soviet-era battleship as his backdrop), Vladimir Putin rides into a bikers’ festival at the Black Sea port of Novorossiysk to kick-start his United Russia Party’s campaign for December’s elections to the Duma. Say what you like about Putin, it beats Ed Miliband puzzling his way through “The Red Flag” or David Cameron annoying a waitress in Tuscany.”

Tom Haggis

With a less than subtle re-branding going on, anyone would think blogging MP Tom Harris was in the running for a new job. Though having lost an early bet as the first MP to declare his support for David Miliband, Harris is hardly at the top of Ed’s promotion list. Hence why Guido doesn’t buy the line that the Glasgow MP is only in the running to be the leader of the Scottish Labour Party in order to “flush out the big beasts”…

With a thickening up of his dulcet Scottish tones and a return to the blogging world, it looks like Harris’s luke-warm declaration has piqued some interest where it matters – donors. The Scotsman reported over the weekend that Harris is in line for a “sizeable” donation from a yet to be named Scottish businessman. However it’s going to take more than just the new Saltire Twitter photo to pull this off…

Guardian Going for Gove, Again

The bank-holiday weekend has obviously taken its toll over at the Guardian – it seems they have taken to recycling old stories. Their splash that Gove directed money to the New School Network in order to aid the free school program sounds very familiar…

The NSN charity was set up by Rachel Wolf, a former Gove adviser and housed his current SpAd Dominic Cummings when Coulson initially vetoed his appointment in May 2010. It’s all very cosy, but as Paul Waugh points out, the Guardian already reported the half a million taxpayer bung to the charity back in October. As the first free schools prepare to open their doors, are the Guardian’s going to just rehash all of their stories about them as a last ditch fight?

Gaddafi Servant Tortured

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Maybe some of the LSE’s Libyan money could be diverted to her?

Rich & Mark's Monday Morning View

Clueless

Maybe she should ask David Lammy?

Baby P Killer Released After Only 2 Years

Two years after being convicted Jason Owen is back on the streets free. You can sign the e-petition to restore the death penalty here.

Saturday Seven Up

One cock-up in a week looks like an accident, two a coincidence… but thrice looks like incompetence from a man promising he has changed after being booted out City Hall. Ken Livingstone is never going to go quietly. First we had his “Boris is Hitler” gag to Amber Elliott from Total Politics, and then Guido brought you his unnecessary blunder of publishing pictures of his team grinning and laughing while posing outside Boris Johnson’s family home in Islington. The photo was quickly pulled and Ken’s spinners tried to blame GuidoHe’s not sure how that one works either…

For an encore 66 year-old Ken pretended that he didn’t need glasses as he was at the height of fitness. But that one quickly unraveled

Elsewhere this week Guido threw another grenade Trinity Mirror’s way. He highlighted how a tribunal concerning a dismissal for phone-hacking might come back to haunt their legal-eagle. Elsewhere in the phone-hacking scandal we broke that the News of the Screws journalists have been conveniently silenced until after Tory conference, and also that Dave would end contact with Rebekah Brookes with an impartial “love you”.  The climax of the Libyan revolution has humiliated BBC Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen, once again. We also had the final wordon Labour’s shameful seduction by the Gaddafi regime. Let this be a warning to all – no wonder Ed wasn’t so keen on a No-Fly Zone back in February. The man Labour let out for access to Libyan oil has also gone missing. What a surprise.  And finally that thieving magpie Andrew Pierce of the Daily Mail has been caught red-handed stealing quips from the Telegraph’s letter page, and filing it as his own copy. Isn’t there a word for that…?

As we go to pixel this week 105,224 visitors made 289,841 visits to view 448,598 pages.  The top  stories  in order of popularity were:

You’re either in front of Guido, or you are behind…

Save Our Sally

http://twitter.com/#!/BBFansC5/status/107107615405907968

For the joy of the nation…

Bercow Plotters Prematurely Brief Plan

Someone on the inside of the high-end Tory plot to destroy John Bercow has been speaking candidly to the Telegraph’s James Kirkup. The plotters might be on to something here:

“A senior Conservative said it would be “quite unfair” if Mr Bercow was allowed to stand for a redrawn constituency while another MP was not. The source said “If the constituency vanishes or is virtually unrecognisable then the local party may feel free to select their own candidate [against Mr Bercow] because the tradition would not apply.”

In recent months Bercow has had run ins with Ministers Simon Burns and Tim Loughton, but the dislike for him goes beyond those two and deep into the back-benches…

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