George Osborne's Benefits Swindle

George Osborne has been getting it in the neck after the Daily Politics unearthed this old footage of the Chancellor allegedly advocating tax avoidance back when he was a mere MP and Brillo’s “parliamentary doctor”. Not quite, George was actually advising hard-up Bill on personal care, a benefits swindle rather than tax dodging. Once again Labour deliberately confusing benefits and tax. And as for the eyebrows…

Vid via @liarpoliticians

Young Independence: Incest, Beastiality and Necrophilia Party Sources: Gay Marriage Was Tip of Iceberg

UKIP are kicking back at the youth chairman Olly Neville ‘sacked for opposing gay marriage’ story:

“It has been reported that he has been removed because of his support for gay marriage. This is not the case. However, we did point out to him that stating policy views which are in contradiction to Party policy, or mis-stating Party policy, in public media was not only in breach of his responsibilities but also contrary to the YI’s objects. In relation to the Party’s policies on areas including gay marriage, the European elections, the legalisation of drugs and prostitution among others, Mr Neville has been publicly at odds with the Party over the past few weeks.”

A more sympathetic party official tells Guido:

“Olly has the certainties of a 21 year old. As a party we are happy for a private member to hold any views they want, but as an officer of the party he has responsibilities, not merely to his sense of what is right and wrong, but also to the party at large.”

nickOthers have not been so patient. Guido understands that the World at One gay marriage interview was the straw that broke the camel’s back. UKIP sources say that a member holding different views from the party “is one thing, but having an office holder defending bestiality, incest and the BNP is quite another”. Alarms bells first started going off in UKIP HQ when Neville wrote an article headlined: “I agree with Nick… Griffin”. About the only worse that a UKIPer could say, after praising David Cameron, even if it was meant as  a joke.

His tweets on bestiality and necrophilia have also been circulated:

“Yes I am pro bestiality and necrophilia being legalised as you ask. Why should the state tell me I cant?… the animal was never human, the corpse is no longer human… if people want to do it and want it to be done to them whats wrong with it? …when your dead are you alive? no. so are you a living human being? no your a shell, your not a person anymore … hey dont have to, they arent a person anymore, theyre property, its like having sex with your pillow.”

Using the lefty media to go out with a bang has not exactly endeared Neville to his former colleagues, who were prepared to let this one go until the “wrong side of history” Indy piece popped up. While many were rightly defending him for being young and naive, it seems he should have thought twice about pouring fuel on the fire.

Balls Threatens to Throw Toys Out of Labour Pram

ballsEd Balls was never going to stay silent on the growing speculation about a humiliating sacking at the hands ruthless Ed Miliband. Dangerous subversive chatter over the Shadow Chancellor’s future has goaded the Balls spin machine into lashing out. As ever Kevin Maguire was the grateful recipient of the poison:

“Allies of the shadow chancellor whisper that he’d take his bat and balls away and retire to the back benches rather than swallow demotion to another portfolio.”

A pretty unsubtle threat from Ed. Read: Balls is not going to go quietly. 

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A Picture of the Prime Minister Breaking the Law

The Prime Minister claimed at PMQs that he had never broken the law. What about that time he was busted going through red lights?

He was reportedly fined and gated during his time at Eton College for smoking cannabis which remains illegal. And Dave still hasn’t really told us about that Masters in Columbian Studies that made up his “normal university experience”…

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The PM hits back on fox-hunting at PMQs:

“The only little red pests I pursue these days are in this House.”

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UKIP Sack Youth Chairman Over Gay Marriage Row

Negative briefings, leaked emails and mass resignations – last night the joys of student politics found their way right to the top of the UKIP hierarchy. As Guido revealed yesterday evening:

olly2Last week Neville incensed party bosses after announcing his support for gay marriage during an interview on The World at One. UKIP is briefing that gay marriage is not the reason the NEC has taken the decision to remove Neville, but extensive emails seen by Guido show that the interview was seen by party chairman Stephen Crowther as “absolutely unacceptable”. The party insists the decision was taken after a series of policy disagreements in which Neville was increasingly off-message. You are not a mature political party until your youth wing goes loco…

Patrick Rock – Dave's Quiet Bat Person

Another direct hit for Downing Street snapper Steve Back of Political Pictures. You will remember his handiwork involving Oliver Letwin, government papers and a park bin. His photos have let the Telegraph put a nice spanner into the Coalition Review, with Cameron’s fixer Patrick Rock getting snapped flashing embarrassing documents showing just how stage managed the whole relaunch is. The news getting out that “problematic areas” will lead to “unfavourable copy” for “broken pledges” is an unusual public cock up for the most powerful Cameron adviser most people have never heard of…

Rock and Dave go back to the Home Office under the progressive days of Michael Howard. The story goes that on the day John Smith died they went drinking in the Two Chairmen, where they “both agreed that Blair coming meant that we [Conservatives] would be f**ked.” Guido understands that Rock was behind the vetoing of  former Policy Exchange Director Neil O’Brien joining the No.10 team, resulting in O’Brien going to No.11 to work for Osborne instead. Rock has been working under the public radar in Downing Street since spring 2011 and after this nightmare, he will likely keep an even lower profile… 

President Crosby

lyndon2You would have thought a national newspaper columnist would know the difference between a Tory strategist and a former President of the United States, but then Owen Jones is a special case. According to Jones’ piece this morning CCHQ have recently hired one Lyndon Johnson as a spinner. Anyone would think that the Indy have sacked all their subs:

“While you’re saving your face, you’re losing your ass,” as LBJ once said…

Damian Green: Dominic Grieve Threw Me Off a Bridge

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When Damian Green was infamously arrested in 2008 as part of a Home Office leaks investigation it was Dominic Grieve who led the Tory backlash. The duo go back a long way having both attended Oxford University together, but there could be a more mysterious reason as to why Grieve felt the need to repay his old acquaintance.

Back in 1977, when current police minister Green was the president of the Oxford Union, he was threatened with legal action after accusing a group of fellow students – including former OUCA president Grieve – of throwing him off a bridge at Magdalen College. Budding young reporter and future sleuth Michael Crick, who edited the Cherwell student newspaper at the time, reported:

“The whole affair started at the end of the Magdalen guest night dinner on Sunday, where Green and Ceiri Roberts, this term’s Union returning officer, were guests of Peter Laing. Green was grabbed by about a dozen Magdalen undergraduates and some of their guests, and forcibly carried to the bridge over the Cherwell at the back of the College. There Green was dropped from a height of about twelve feet into one and a half feet of water. In his fall he missed being impaled on some rusty spikes by only a few inches. Fortunately it was his shoulder which hit the stony bottom first, but as Green told Cherwell: “I could easily have hit my head on the bottom, been concussed, and drowned.”

The rest, as they say, is history…

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