Well It's One Way To Deal With a Sex Scandal

Republican Presidential hopeful Herman Cain just burst into rendition of “He Looked Beyond My Faults” at a press conference:

Nothing to do with the allegations swirling around his campaign today then…

No. 10 pours cold water the prospect of a Fox return:

“Well, he resigned only a few days ago.”

Offord's Legislative Hiccup

As the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill makes it way through Parliament, honorable Members are having fun tacking bits and bobs to the legislation. Tory MP Matthew Offord has inserted a new clause calling for mandatory sobriety for those involved in alcohol related criminality.

Presumably this will be applicable to those involved in scotch fuelled scuffles at Tory conference?

Occupiers Strike at the Heart of Capitalism

In their campaign against global greed the occupiers of St Paul’s have claimed another scalp – the Dean of the Cathedral Graham Knowles. Another victory against tyranny!

In other news the City remains unaffected by the eyesore…

Graphic via @MShapland

Prezza Should Chus His Battles More Wisely

Prezza is trying to fight the allegations that he spent like a drunken sailor on shore leave with government credit cards. He has complained to the Cabinet Office that his spending under £500 has been released and denies that the spending was him. Could this upset be around the £400 spent at Hull’s Mr Chus Chinese in April 2004? Prezza denies it was him yet told the BBC in 2008 that it was his “favourite Chinese restaurant in the whole world.” So who was it then Prezza?

UPDATE: Some speculation that the Deputy Prime Minister was entertaining the Chinese Ambassador at Mr Chus. Classic Prescott. 

He was asked about it in Parliamentary Question in 2008, but refused to say how much was spent. There are also a large amount of restaurant bills that just scraped under the £500 limit such as the  £468.70 at posh champagne bar Kettners and the £493.08 of scoff at Le Volle Gas. Funny that…

Brussels Blocking British Banker Bashing

On the day the German Finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble declared war on the City of London by announcing the EU will take “a global lead in introducing a financial transaction tax to curb speculative trading”, maybe the left will finally have something to get angry about in regard to the EU’s stranglehold over the UK’s sovereignty…

Emily Nomates, formerly of this parish, has got hold of Treasury documents over at CityAM that show “UK authorities are currently locked in fractious negotiations with Brussels” over the whether the plans set out in the Vickers Review are legal under new EU capital rules. The whole story is here but essentially the Treasury suggest their plans to reform the banking sector are being blocked from above.

Maybe the occupiers should target Brussels for letting the bankers off…

Hemming Mistress Pussy Mystery Solved

John Hemming said after his wife’s trial last week that the cat that she had stolen from the home of his mistress was “probably dead”, but good news: it’s alive! Mrs Hemming got a nine month suspended sentence and the fact that the cat was never found left a bitter after taste in this bizarre and surreal story.

Turns out we get a happy ending after all…

Rich & Mark's Monday Morning View

Climate Change: Global Flatlining

The now famous global warming graph (top), popularised by Al Gore, shows rising global temperatures. Now a well funded team called the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperatures project (BEST) led by Professor Richard Muller, of Berkeley University in California, has been accused of falsifying data by a respected member. A repeat of the Climate Research Unit debacle at the University of East Anglia.

Professor Judith Curry, who chairs the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the prestigious Georgia Institute of Technology, said that Muller’s claims were a ‘huge mistake’, with no scientific basis – she has 30 years research experience and is the second named co-author of the BEST project’s four research papers. She has accused him of trying to mislead the public by hiding the fact that BEST’s research shows global warming has actually stopped – as seen in the more accurate chart (bottom).

One international controversy over research fakery at the Climate Research Unit of the UEA by politically motivated scientitsts is bad enough, now a second case of fakery has been uncovered suggests the global warming racket is unravelling. The age of the progressive consensus on climate change, which was bought into by Cameron’s Conservative Party, was based on deliberate falsifications.

“Ages are no more infallible than individuals; every age having held many opinions which subsequent ages have deemed not only false but absurd; and it is as certain that many opinions, now general, will be rejected by future ages, as it is that many, once general, are rejected by the present.”

John Stuart Mill, On Liberty

The claims by the likes of George Monbiot and others that the respectable scientific world was at one and those of us sceptical of the alarmist’s claims were in denial ring increasingly hollow. Public opinion is turning sceptical, suspecting rightly that this is just another racket to raise taxes. Temperatures have not been rising for a decade contrary to the global warming theories under-pinning the outlandish claims of the alarmists. Our supposed invisible carbon threat reminds Guido of the emperor’s new clothes – seen only by fools deceived by charlatans.

See also: CRU Boss Stands Aside, Queens University Blocking Data FOITime to Defund CRU’s Global Cooling DeniersClimate Change Alarmism is Snow Joke

Cherie and Tony in Kazakhstan… for Charity


The press smell money-grubbing by Blair in Kazakhstan, Tony Blair Associates is opening up shop in the capital city Astana. Cherie has been “meeting Kazakh women” on a couple of visits the latest of which, hosted by an investment bank, was “to talk about women and economic development and their role in business”. Charitable humanitarian that she is…

Lakshmi Mittal the billionaire Tony crony who, after Prime Minister Blair lobbied on his behalf with the Romanian government, gave the Labour Party £4 million, has extensive interests in the region. Mittal employs 100,000 Kazakhs in local mines where an average of 30 miners a year die working for him. The Mail reports that a whole gang of Tony’s cronies are circling around the resource rich state; Mandelson’s friend Oleg Deripaska, the Russian oligarch, London-based Israeli Alexander Mashkevich an associate of Lord Levy, Lord Renwick of investment bankers JP Morgan – £2 million-a-year paymasters to Blair – coincidentally all attended an investors meeting addressed by Blair. Even Alastair Campbell is proffering advice on spin to the Kazakhs.

Blair says he isn’t making any moolah from the Kazakhs, yet he is opening an office. Presumably the £2 million a year from JP Morgan is for Blair to open high level doors to opportunities. So Blair is technically not lying, just being disingenuous…

Guy News Flashback: Huhne Speeds Off Dodging Questions

This was Guy News “huhneting” three months ago. The CPS have again asked Essex Police for more evidence – this time emails from Vicky Pryce to the Sunday Times where she planted a “no fingerprints” story about Huhne. Unfortunately her fingerprints have now been found everywhere except on the steering wheel of the speeding car. We’ll get him in the end…

Video: Blair Denies Money Grubbing Deals with Gaddafi

Technical problem means you can see it here.

Saturday Seven Up

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

Prezza's Cabinet Office Rant

Guido’s ears in the Cabinet Office report that a certain former Deputy Prime Minister isn’t very happy. Apparently Prezza rang in yesterday to rant about the fact that his government credit card expenditure had been released. A spokesman for Prezza told Guido that “he rang the Cabinet Office for clarification as to whether they would be publishing expenditure under £500 for every former Labour minister or just for him.” Oh to be a fly on the wall for that one…

CPS Still Looking for Huhne Long Grass Ask for More Evidence, Again

Hot Air

It’s taken the best part of a week for the protestors at St Paul’s to realise that 54% of them leaving at the end of the day is an utter PR disaster. After being widely mocked by everyone except the Guardian, (who have taken to using as yet unnamed “scientists” to back up their copy) the occupiers have begun fighting back. Three days too late…

They have made a video that purports to show that one of the tents is particularly thick and therefore doesn’t let much heat through. They can’t have spent very long in it. Given the overlap with that the occupiers have with the eco-warriors do they really expect us to take what they say about science with anything other than a healthy pinch of salt? Maybe they could ask their friends at the University of East Anglia for some help…

Stand By That Mann

John Mann may be a professional rent-a-quote but occasionally he hits the nail on the head. The left’s anti-semitism problem is well documented and acknowledged by everyone except the left, so it’s good to see someone finally standing up to their own side’s dark undertones:

Early day motion 2320
OCCUPY PROTESTS
Primary sponsor: Mann, John

That this House notes the `Occupy Wall Street’ and `Occupy London Stock Exchange’ protest movements; believes the right to protest is an essential tenet of democracy; further notes concerns have been raised in America about the anti-Semitic nature of some of those protests; further believes signs referring to `Hitler’s Bankers’ and `Google Jewish Billionaires’ are offensive and have no place at such protests; further believes the verbal or physical abuse of Jews by demonstrators is unacceptable; and calls on leaders of the Occupy demonstrations worldwide to condemn anti-Semitism and act to stamp it out whenever it occurs.

And all this comes on the day that the protesters demand show trials of bankers. Yes, they actually seem to be going down that road…

UPDATE : It seems OccupyWallSt LA also has an anti-semitism problem:

Friday Caption Contest (Clegg Peg Edition)

Occupier's Looney Demands

The initial demands of the Occupiers are being bandied round the press after they got upset with attacks from the right that they lack any coherent message:

A Demand For The Democratisation of ‘The City of London Corporation’

The City can no longer be tolerated as a State within a State governing above and beyond the authority of Parliament. This situation is undemocratic and unsustainable.
In the City and its anachronistic institutions our collective betrayal is writ large. The City is an anomaly in British politics – it has more power than the Scottish parliament. Democratic reform of The City Of London Corporation is urgently needed. The ancient political institutions of the City are surely unconstitutional and unfair. By permitting City firms to vote in elections the banks are afforded a disproportionate level of representation at the expense of local residents.

This is not in keeping with our Democracy.

The risk taking of the banks has made our lives precarious – they are accountable to no-one but themselves, unduly influencing government policy across the centuries both at home and abroad. This is not Democracy. Standing in the tradition of Clement Attlee we demand Democratisation of the City of London Corporation.

Reform of the Corporation’s political institutions will mean: An end to business block-votes in all elections – full democratisation of the City’s political institutions.

Abolition of the office of Remembrancer in the House of Commons.

Abolition of existing secrecy practices within the City and total and transparent reform of its institutions in order to end corporate tax fraud.

The City of London police to be decommissioned and its officers brought under the jurisdiction of the Metropolitan Police Force.

Abolition of the offices of Lord Mayor of London, the Sheriffs and the Aldermen.

A truth and reconciliation commission to examine corruption within the City and its institutions

These are our initial demands.

Guido thinks they might have been  better off just staying quiet…

More Equality in the Rules of Succession

The PM is going to tell the Commonwealth that we need to modernise the Royal rules of succession to end male primogeniture and the explicitly anti-Catholic nature of the rules. All very good in these more democratic and egalitarian times.  

It has to be said that, given it is the twenty-first century and all, perhaps Britain should choose its head of state on a more meritocratic basis rather than selecting it from the extremely narrow gene pool it does currently.[…] Read the rest

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