Something bugging them?
Labour’s newly selected by-election candidate for Croydon North is clearly not very confident about his victory chances. Lambeth Council Leader Steve Reed has announced that he will not resign his position unless he wins the nearby seat. The hard-working people of Lambeth will be paying for Reed to campaign for the Labour Party rather than representing them.
Then again, anyone who has ever come across Steve and his work will know that campaigning for Labour rather than representing the people has always been his mantra – not least with his poster campaign against government cuts that was paid for at the expense of other local services. Facile largire de alieno…
The Tories are always denying that UKIP are a threat, but once again the cat has been let out of the bag. Over in Maidenhead they have suffered an embarrassing council by-election defeat at the hands of their LibDem counterparts. Simon Werner beat his blue opponent Catherine Hollingsworth by a grand total of eight votes, as the UKIP candidate took dozens of votes away from the Tories. Council leader David Burbage in no doubt as to who is to blame:
“It is unfortunate that, largely thanks to UKIP, the residents of Pinkneys Green have missed out from electing a very effective councillor in Catherine Hollingsworth. The last thing that people who voted UKIP would have wanted would be a boost to the pro-EU Lib Dems.”
Fast forward to 2015 and we could be seeing a similar thing on a much larger scale…
Guido will forever be perplexed by the inner workings of the LibDem mind. Down in Brighton they are taking their defeatism to a whole new level by telling residents not to vote for their party’s candidate in next week’s PCC elections. In a letter sent to LibDem members, the chair and vice chair of Brighton and Hove LibDems – Brian Stone and Simon Doyle, explain:
“We find ourselves in an unusual position. As experienced campaigners who have worked for LibDem candidates at various elections and over many years, we are asking you not to vote for a LibDem candidate for the post of elected Police and Crime Commissioner for Sussex.”
Instead of backing the LibDem, party members are being instructed to cast their ballot for ‘RON’, re-opening nominations and keeping the PPC post free from party politics. They really don’t get this whole winning elections thing, do they…
UPDATE: LibDem sources point out that the leaflet is from the internal election to select a candidate.
Increasingly isolated NUJ boss Michelle Stanistreet has unilaterally announced the union’s support for state regulation of the press. Somewhat unbelievably not asking members first, Stanistreet blustered:
“We believe that if we are to achieve independent, accountable regulation it needs to be underpinned by statute enabling a framework for a new body to be established with clear terms of reference and a structure that involves journalists and civil society as key stakeholders.”
Just who are the “we” she was speaking for remains unclear. Certainly several prominent journalists have expressed their disbelief that such a decision would be made without balloting members first:
How to lose members and alienate yourself…
Bonkers Eurocrats in Brussels are going on strike over “cuts” to the EU Budget. The European Federation of Public Service Unions is calling for EU staff to walk out on Thursday due to what they claim is austerity, or what members of the reality based community would call €1 billion in efficiency savings. A concerned EU staffer emailed Guido this morning – needless to say they are not joining the barricades:
“My colleagues really are the most grasping ingrates in recent history. Millions across the EU are suffering, and we are going on strike to ensure we can afford that second tax free limo. Blind to the suffering of others and inoculated from the real world they cannot rip themselves away from the taxpayer teat”.
These are the people Cameron is letting call the tune by continuing to oppose a real term budget cut.
Nadine Dorries says…
“‘I’m frightened of rats, but then again I do work with them.”
Leveson-defenders and tabloid-bashers alike have jumped at the opportunity to attack the tabloids over their failure to expose the crimes committed by Jimmy Savile. “Why didn’t the tabloids nail him?” moaned Sir Michael White, with Roy Greenslade on hand to kick the redtops for having the nerve to attack the BBC. Though one tabloid actually did come close to exposing Savile.
Back in 2008 Savile started legal proceedings against the Sun after they ran a photo of him visiting the Haut de la Garenne children’s home at the centre of the Jersey child abuse scandal. Over the following days the paper carried a series of allegations including that Savile had admitted visiting the home and was refusing to help the police with their inquiries. At the time Savile said:
“I feel as though I have been subjected to a long and drawn out mugging by the Sun newspaper. The only difference is that its journalists do not wear hoodies.”
So the tabloids did go after Savile, and they were only stopped from getting to the bottom of his crimes by the legal action he launched against them. Worth remembering…
MPs’ future career prospects and celebrity shows do not normally go hand-in-hand. (See Galloway, G. Opik, L.) Sitting MPs with a high chance of being re-elected should be especially wary. However that has not stopped Nadine apparently signing up for I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here. She will be spending up to a month in the jungle from next Sunday.
Nadine’s Mid-Bedfordshire seat was facing the prospect of being split in two in the Boundary Reviews, and with her vocal complaints about the party leadership, it would be unlikely that they would be finding her a new patch. The fact that the reviews are all but dead, and Nadine’s safe seat will remain just that, makes the decision all the more baffling. Highly amusing, but baffling. Guido will be watching!
UPDATE: If she is voted out early she won’t miss much:
Next week from 12 November to 19 November parliament is in recess, if Nadine gets voted out early she will miss nowt.— Guido Fawkes (@GuidoFawkes) November 6, 2012