Open-Sourced Private Members Bill: The Results

Over 5,000 of you took part in Douglas Carswell’s open-sourced Private Members Bill poll, and the results are in:

There was a clear winner:

4. Repeal of the European Communities Bill: Britain joined the European Economic Community in 1973. It has turned out to be an economic and political disaster. This Bill will get us out.

Carswell will now write up the Bill and present it to the House. Go on Dave, you know you want to…

Caption Competition Winner

Last week’s Caption Competition winner was “Mike Litorus“.

“Usually it is us French who put our hands up first is it not?”

Get in touch for your barely deserved Jubilee bunch from Arena Flowers. 

+ + + Standards Commissioner Officially Investigating Warsi + + +


Lords Commissioner for Standards Paul Kernaghan confirms that he has launched a formal investigation into Baroness Warsi’s use of expenses. What a racist! 

UPDATE: The Met have declared they are not investigating further after complaints. The form is that the parliamentary authorities investigate first and if they recommend any further investigation, then the coppers are called in. See Macshane, D.

End of Piers’ Show

When Piers Morgan began his gig at CNN he told us: “judge me after a year”. Well time is up and the viewers have spoken, with ratings for his beleaguered talk show plummeting by over 50% after twelve months. Over the last month Piers averaged just 395,000 viewers, even hitting an axe-worthy all-time low of 39,000 in the crucial 25-54 age group. His Jubilee coverage this weekend may have given him an undeserved upward ratings blip. It was so cringe-making it was the butt of jokes from Jon Stewart. 

And it isn’t just viewing figures that are cause for concern for Morgan and his bosses. With Jeremy Paxman royally landing him in it at Leveson last month it is expected that Piers will be recalled for a second chat with Brian and Mr Jay. This time he won’t get away with plugging his book via video-link.

A year ago Piers would never have thought he’d be fighting for his job on two fronts. Guido wonders whether it will be ratings or phone-hacking that forces CNN’s hand. Let’s judge it in a year’s time…

Last Chance to Vote for Carswell’s Private Members Bill

Last week Guido gave you the chance to open source a Private Members’ Bill. Over 5000 of you have taken part so far and full information about the Bills can be found here. You have until Guido gets back from lunch to cast your vote and the result will be announced this afternoon…

Hodges nails it again:

“Baroness Warsi of Dewsbury has become a cause. A week ago she was a mouthpiece for the austerity-loving, proletariat-hating, toff-toasting, banker-backing one per cent. Today she is a woman, a Muslim, and a victim of the class, gender and race prejudice that infects David Cameron’s Tory party.”

Tony Blair Spent Jubilee Weekend in Maldives’ Four Seasons

The former Prime Minister avoided the rain and fake grins by popping along to see President Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik in the Indian Ocean.

The luxury Maldives resort is a thousand bucks per night for the cheapest suite.

Nothing is too good for our Tone.

UPDATE:

Guardian Begging Bowl Backfires

When you are losing nearly a million pounds a week, desperate times call for desperate measures. As the Guardian splashes on how terrible the situation in Sri Lanka is, their paid-for supplement promotes the country’s tourist operation. A bit like slamming tax evasion from a building paid for by tax evasion eh…

Pic via Helen Lewis

A unionist tweets mid Jubilee:

“So I hope the SNP liked the launch of our ‘Yes to the UK’ campaign.”

Sunday’s Column Now Online

If you had got your Daily Star Sunday at the weekend you would already be gossiping about the madness of the civil service safety rules, the latest on Watson’s manoeuvres and more good news for Gove. Guido’s Sunday column is now online here.

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Sayeeda?

The usual suspects are queuing up to cry racism as a motive behind Warsi’s latest troubles. The FT, Guardian, Staggers and wherever it is that James Macintryre now works have weighed in with the old nasty party line. The conclusions are lazy though. Warsi’s alleged expenses corruption did not come to light because of white men in grey suits sitting around a smoke filled room, but because one of her old friends felt poorly treated. She is responsible for her share holdings, not the backwoodsmen.

It is true that many in the party are not coming out to bat for her, but then again she has hardly treated her colleges well on the airwaves. Perhaps they are recalling the time she blamed the right for by-election losses or compared eurosceptics to the BNP. Paul Goodman says this is a problem of David Cameron’s making, and in many ways he is correct, especially in regard to Hunt. If Warsi is looking for someone to blame, however, she she should look a little closer to home…



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Alan Sugar on Jeremy Corbyn:

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