In an interview with Kay Burley the PM has just confirmed that Osborne is not going to be reshuffled. Apparently he’s “not going anywhere”. Shocker…
As for Hunt, it was more measured. His lack of clear answer would point to a move for Hunt. Dave was very evasive and pointedly refused to back the Culture Secretary. His whole department could be scrapped…
Turns out George isn’t heading for a fall, yet…
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This hit the inboxes of News International hacks this afternoon:
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Guido presumes the Times, Sunday Times and Sun will stop running those Olympic work-place productivity stories then?
Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank, told a press conference following the meeting of the ECB Governing Council in Frankfurt this afternoon that “the euro is irreversible”. Asked by the media what he meant by that he exclaimed to much laughter “It stays, it stays, it stays. It’s pointless to bet against the euro, it’s pointless to go short on the euro.” From the beginning of the press conference to the end the € fell 200 pips against the $, so he was proved factually incorrect before he even finished speaking.
At the end of the press conference Spanish yields were back over 7%, capital flowed into German bunds as a safe haven, trading in Italian bank stocks was halted, the euro had pointedly rewarded those who were short and bet against it, costing the ECB a lot of credibility. Spain has now been told it will, like Greece, have to formally ask for a bailout on austere German terms. The can has been kicked down the road again, the end of the road however is in sight…
Sly Bailey might have only been shown the door by Trinity Mirror two weeks ago but there is already reason to celebrate as the newspaper group reported a rise in profits this morning. The Mirror‘s parent company made a pre-tax profit of £35 million in the last six months, up 21% year-on-year. The improvement has been attributed to a wave of cost-cutting measures implemented by Trinity Mirror bosses over the last few months.
No longer having to pay Sly’s huge pay packet might also have something to do with it…
Vladimir Putin will be Dave’s guest of honour at the judo this afternoon, and London’s Mayor couldn’t resist having his say as Boris Mania goes international. At least he didn’t challenge the PM to a duel, yet…
Video courtesy of ITV.
The Mail’s Kirsty Walker is leaving the Lobby to become associate director at the spinshop best known for Boris’ 2008 mayoral election campaign. Fleet Street’s first ever drugs correspondent is quitting the Mail after 12 years to take up the post at InHouse Communications. She tweets that she’s “ready for a new challenge”. Apparently her new job will require her to be well-versed in crisis management. No one mention injunctions…
Boris Mania is in full flow today as a YouGov/Sun poll finds that the Tories would close Labour’s lead to just 1% if the London Mayor replaced Dave as leader. Cameron versus Miliband sees Labour take a six point lead, but if Boris were in charge Ed’s rating would fall and the Tories’ popularity would rocket up. No wonder Dave was so testy yesterday…
But could it all be the work of his sinister backer? The Mayor is hardly making hard work for conspiracy theorists. BoJo invited Uncle Rupe to the Olympic swimming finals and two days later he receives a very favourable poll in the Sun:
What was it Murdoch said about how to find out what he really thinks?
Rumours might be swirling around UKIP circles that he could be set to stand in Chris Huhne’s potentially up-for-grabs seat in Eastleigh, but Nigel Farage has today insisted he “could not care less” who wins the next general election. The Barroso-bashing eurosceptic lambasted the Tories as “virtually indistinguishable” from the other parties, going on to lament:
“The penny is beginning to drop with the British people and British businesses that we are no longer a self-governing nation. That matters far more than which brand of social democracy gets in. It no longer matters who sits in No 10. We are not governed from Westminster, we are governed from Brussels. It does not make any difference.“
Just when Guido was thinking it was time for Farage to head home…
One of the more curious reshuffle rumours that Guido has heard is the idea that Liam Fox coud be brought back as Tory party chairman. As luck would have it he bumped into the good Doctor last night in one of Westminster’s quieter watering holes. Mr Werritty was charming too.
Sporting a pocket sized Union flag, Fox was clearly enjoying the Games and was very on message about their organisation, but he declared that he would not be coming back to frontline politics for “at least 18 months”. He’s apparently recharging his batteries and would turn down any job offered. That’s that then Dave. It’s fair to say he’s up to something though…
Louis Bacon on why he is giving back investors $2 billion…
“The political involvement is so extreme – we have not seen this since the post-war era. And what they are doing is trying to thwart natural market outcomes. It is amazing how important the decision-making of one person, Angela Merkel, has become to world markets.”