Life Imitating Art – An Occasional Series

After Lansley’s dire day, it was never going to be long before the internet mashups began:

For those left scratching their heads, Lansley’s resemblance to Hugh Abbott from the Thick of It is uncanny:

This one could stick…

Scargill’s GrannyLansley Baiter is Seasoned Lefty Agitator

Oh dear, that nice little old lady who took against Andrew Lansley is no stranger to protest stunts. June Hautot, a former Unison rep, told the Workers Revolutionary Party magazine last month:

‘I’m all for occupations. That’s our only ammunition to stop closures’. 

She also once attempted to sue Wandsworth Council over plans to develop Battersea Power Station, but her looney-left activism doesn’t stop there. According to the Glasgow Herald in 1997 she “shared a cell with Mrs Scargill” after she was arrested with Arthur’s wife protesting open cast mines. It was inevitable this seasoned activist was going to have her moment.

Why on earth didn’t Lansley go round the back or through the Cabinet Office?

UPDATE: Even Labour are distancing themselves. Sources get in touch to say that say Hautot is a trot. In 2002 she stood as a “Save our Services” candidate in Wandsworth’s Southfields in a bid to try to defeat the Tory cabinet member for care services, Jan Leigh. Of course Leigh easily won and all Hautot did was collapse Labour’s vote.

WATCH: Lansley Shot Outside Downing Street

He could have gone through the Rupert Entrance, but instead Andrew Lansley decided to brave the crowds outside Downing Street. Don’t think for a second that June Hautot was some innocent old dear, she is in fact a former union rep and organiser for “Keep NHS public”. The headlines won’t care for such minor details though…

Michael Woolf is a Busted Flush

Since last summer, self-proclaimed Murdoch expert and Vanity Fair contributing editor Michael Woolf has been telling anyone that would listen that this was the end for his nemesis. For some reason he’s gone very quiet. Guido was gently teasing him over the weekend about his prediction that James Murdoch would have been forced out by the end of July 2011, but it was Friday’s performance on Sky News that has shattered his already tarnished reputation:

The media pundit’s money quote was:

“No I do not think we will see a Sun on Sunday, not now, not ever.”

Oops. Time to let it go Michael…

 

By the way, has anyone else notice he’s slowly morphing into his muse?

The Baldwins Are Not All In It Together

One of the most annoying things about returning to the fray after a cheeky half-term is all the anecdotes and recommendations. According to Mrs Tom Baldwin, the Aosta Valley in the Italian Alps was the place to be for a mini-break last week. How was the powder?

More Bunkum From Labour

Morning Kenny,

When recycling old attacks on Brown, it’s probably best to clear the line with everyone…

Rich & Mark’s Monday Morning View


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Quote of the Day

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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