Guido got his hopes up when he saw that Gordon Brown would be appearing in the dock in a Kuala Lumpur court, but sadly the Prime Mentalist will only be a witness rather than a suspect. According to Malaysian newspaper The Sun Daily, Gordon has been summoned by the defence in a bizarre sedition trial halfway across the planet. At least that gives him another chance to rack up some more air miles…
One of the lines peddled by Europhile scaremongers desperately spinning the benefits of staying in the EU has been the claim that we rely on our continental counterparts for a huge proportion of our overseas trade. Now, however, for the first time in 40 years the EU is no longer the UK’s main export market.
The Centre for Economics and Business Research has found that non-EU exports have exceeded those from member states by 1.5%. The likes of Dan Hannan have been predicting this for years, and now it seems they’ve been proved right. Another swivel-eyed pro-EU argument shot to pieces.
From: Government Whips Admin Unit (HOC)
Sent: 18 July 2012 15:28
Subject: Message from the Whips Office
Further to my original message last week, I would like to give another appeal to any colleague who may have accidentally taken a gents black umbrella from No 10 after the PM’s drinks reception. It would be greatly appreciated if you could please return it to the Government Whips Admin Unit or call on ext: 4333 in the House.
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If the House was sitting Labour would have an Urgent Question tabled by now…
He called them an “international inspiration”…
Ken Livingstone has been forced to issue a grovelling apology to his old adversary Andrew Gilligan for smearing him in his biography “You Can’t Say That“:
Ken wrote that I was “shown the door” by my previous employer, the Evening Standard, after writing “lies” about the allocation of grants by his administration and the behaviour of his race adviser, Lee Jasper. Ken also claimed that the Standard had repudiated my stories in editorials which “said there had been no corruption or cronyism at City Hall.” Alas, it wasn’t me who was lying. Being lied about by liars is an occupational hazard of my job. But anyone tempted to follow Livingstone’s example should be in no doubt that I will defend my reputation and journalism.”
The publishers will also be paying damages, but Ken is insisting on a confidentiality clause.
George W Bush reflects on his time in the White House:
“Eight years was awesome, and I was famous and I was powerful.”
Following on from Guido’s story earlier in the week that Nigel Farage could stand in a potential by-election in Eastleigh, the UKIP leader has dropped a huge hint that he would be interested in Chris Huhne’s seat:
“I have absolutely no idea what is going to happen with Chris Huhne’s case but if Chris is found not to have told the truth then it is clear that his position as MP for this town will be untenable. So we face the prospect perhaps of an Eastleigh by-election – it could happen in October or November this year, perhaps spring next year but be assured if and when there is an election we will give it everything we have got.“
You heard it here first…
The Labour shadow Treasury team are having some fun this morning throwing Osborne’s words back at him. Haughty Balls wannabe Chris Leslie has gone on the attack declaring: “Stephen Green has serious questions to answer over investigations into HSBC”. That turn of phrase sounds rather familiar…
Trade Minister Stephen Green was at HSBC while they were letting terrorists and international criminals use their banking services. Though revenge is being sought for Osborne’s Balls/Libor row, it’s not looking good for the BIS envoy.
If the truth and reconciliation game is going to continue though, Leslie might like to have a chat with his more talented and better placed shadow Treasury colleague Rachel Reeves. Reeves was a “business planner” at HBOS between 2006 and 2009. Right at the time when HBOS, as a business, was planning and undertaking their ill-fated £12bn merger with Lloyds TSB.
What did their bonus-earning “business planner” know about this disastrous deal?
What part did she play in ignoring the warnings?
Reeves has serious questions to answer…
Media guru Claire Enders slagged off the Dead Tree Press for their digital efforts in her evidence to Leveson yesterday, telling Brian that the Guardian and the Mail had failed to find a solution to the new wave of digital media. Her harshest criticism, however, was reserved for Guido’s online friends at the Huffington Post:
“The Huffington Post is an interesting phenomenon but in terms of being able to really employ journalists to do very complex work – I mean, the Trafigura investigation, the Wikileaks, the MPs’ expenses scandal, the phone hacking story – these are not enterprises that have been taken forward by any enterprise but print enterprises.“
When Enders had finished her diatribe Leveson quipped: “all sounds rather depressing actually“. Does HuffPo do complex journalism? HuffPo hasn’t hired people with a reputation for getting stories…
Ken’s promise to quit politics may well have been just another lie, but judging by his performance on Newsnight last night Guido has a new suggestion for his next career move: counter-terrorism. After revealing his expertise on lone psychopaths, scaremongering Ken told Kirsty: “you don’t catch Al-Qaeda by looking through their lunchbox“. With insight like that Livingstone could surely be an adviser for G4S…
The Coalition Agreement is frequently referred to as the government’s “sacred text”, if that is the case it is guilty of sacrilegious behaviour with Special Advisers. The document promised “We will put a limit on the number on Special Advisers”, the last government had 80 SpAds, yet according to figures released yesterday this government now has 81 up from 69 in the last 2 years since the election. The wage bill has risen some 30% as well…