Aussie PM “No Chinese Goons in Oz”

With Gordon standing next to him in Downing Street, the new Aussie PM, Kevin Rudd, made it clear that no Chinese security forces would be pushing him around when the Olympic torch came to Australia. Gordon just stood next to him silently. Just like he did when Chinese security officers threw their weight about in Downing Street.

Chinese speaking Rudd also said he had a prior appointment and would not be receiving the flame personally. “We will not be having Chinese security forces, or the Chinese security services, providing security for the torch when it is in Australia. We – Australia – will be providing that security.”

Gordon’s Choice As General-Secretary Doesn’t Want the Job

David Pitt-Watson was Gordon Brown’s favoured candidate to replace the disgraced Peter Watt, who quit in the row over Labour’s donations by proxy and is under investigation by the police. Gordon sat in at the NEC meeting to personally push through the City fund manager’s appointment. LabourHome reported this morning that he “has changed his mind about wanting the job before he has even started”.

Downing Street’s spin machine went into over-drive to conceal what will look like a bad error of judgement by Gordon. The official line is, implausibly, that David Pitt-Watson has contractual duties which preclude him starting before the Labour Party’s annual conference in September. Guido has confirmed that this is far from true.

No. 10 has been desperately searching for a face-saving way out of the embarrassing situation for the last week. The person selected and championed by Gordon in the face of opposition by traditionalists has decided he doesn’t want the job. The Brownies plan is to maintain the pretence that David Pitt-Watson is to be Labour’s new General Secretary until after the party conference. At which time an excuse will be found and the acting General Secretary, Chris Lennie, will slip into the post. As preparations for civil war post Mayor Boris advance they couldn’t even keep that from leaking to bloggers….

Not Very Neighbourly

If you are the daughter of an MP, living in Kentish Town, shacked up with a druggie barrister inclined to having loud all-night parties – turn the noise down.* Your neighbour is threatening to out you

*And you never thought to invite Guido…

Come Back Thatcher!

This poll result is phenomenal:

YouGov asked voters who they would choose from a list of politicians “at the peak of their powers” to be prime minister. Maggie Thatcher was the most popular with 27% wanting her back.

Brown was unpopular even among Labour voters: 43% of whom wanted Blair back, even Tony Benn was wanted by 17% of the party’s voters, Brown was the first choice of only 10% of Labour voters.

Remember what Hutton and Miliband said about Gordon? They were so right…
UPDATE : Guido forgot to quote the most important statistic, a mere 5% of all voters would rather have Gordon Brown as PM from the list of former PMs given.

Rich & Mark’s Monday Morning View

Chinese Goons in Downing Street

Was Guido the only one who felt dismayed watching Chinese heavies pushing people around in Downing Street itself? Gordon just stood there pathetically while Chinese security thugs with fingers on radio-earpieces directed matters. The British people were outside the gates screaming their disapproval. Tessa Jowell gave a stomach turning semi-justification. It seems to Guido entirely unnecessary for politicans to get involved in this shaming spectacle when colleagues of these Chinese security agents are killing freedom loving Tibetans. It could and should have been left to the sportsmen and woman to conduct any ceremony.

The line from Gordon that he didn’t touch the torch itself is characteristically cowardly. He should have had nothing to do with the event in the current circumstances. It should not have been accorded full political honours.

Twat Watch – Gordon Praises Chinese “Invasion”

That Won’t Do Nicely

No wonder the speaker is so keen to block the voters from finding out what is going on with parliamentary expenses. When not swanking around in limousines at the voter’s expense he flashes his House of Commons credit card to pick up the tab. It is absolutely breathtaking.

No need to dip into the £137,000 salary paid to the worst Speaker in living memory. It might be legal, it still stinks. The Speaker is overseeing the investigation into parliamentary expense padding, no wonder he wants to hide the truth from us. What will it take to shift the fiddler-in-chief?

From Mr Brown to Mr Bean to Mr Blobby

Jonathan Oliver in the Sunday Times has a story about Gordon wandering around at the Progressive Governance jamboree with a big orange splodge of make-up on his forehead. Guido remarked on Gordon’s tendency to twattishness earlier this week, listing ten of the twatty things he has done. From tucking hs trousers into his socks to picking his nose for two minutes live on TV. The PM got lost at Windsor Castle and kept the Queen waiting last week, he comically once locked himself in the loo and had to be rescued by Tony Blair.

Downing Street’s spin-master Stephen Carter realises that, much to Guido’s satisfaction, the “PM is a twat” meme is gaining popular traction. Vince Cable vocalised what even Labour MPs think – the PM is a Mr Bean style nerd. It is one thing to be feared as a malevolent weirdo, another thing to be derided. So we now have the appointment of an ex-BBC producer, Nicola Burdett, 35, “to stop the embarrassing photographs and television footage that risk turning Brown into a figure of fun”.

An impossible task. Too late. People are already laughing down the pub at Gordon picking his nose on a mobile phone viral video.

UPDATE : Makes you proud don’t it? 19 heads of state met Britain’s Prime Minister looking like this…

What is “Progressive Governance”?

The closing press conference offered few clues. All the heads of government were keen to chip in when it came to global warming and the credit crunch – big picture problems about which they can do little. But asked to speak out on China and Tibet, or Zimbabwe, they looked distinctly shifty, and kept their mouths shut. “We didn’t discuss Zimbabwe,” Mbeki said.


Whatever Progressive Governance is, it’s not about freedom and democracy.

UPDATE : A comment by a co-conspirator is worth reproducing. Gordon said at the closing press conference that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) needed complete re-structuring so it could act as an “early warning system”. Eh?

Dec 2003 IMF gives Brown borrowing warning
Sep 2005 IMF report warning over £1 trillion mountain of debt
Sep 2005 Brown besieged over growth and borrowing plans
Dec 2005 IMF fires new warning over Britain’s finances
Sep 2006 IMF warns over UK property crash
Oct 2007 IMF report UK house market is ‘heading for crash’
Apr 2008 IMF: UK vulnerable to US-style housing slump

You have been warned…

Gordon’s Natural Authority

Day 2 of the Progressive Governance Conference (Summit), sees a press turnout lower than expected. The four coaches laid on by the FCO to transport eager hacks to listen in on Gordon and chums sit empty in the car park of the Ramada Inn, the press assembly point. The last one arrived at the Grove bearing just two hacks. Officials were overheard optimistically talking up the possibility of a rush ahead of the noon press conference.

The joy of the live feed is that we can see what’s going on in the Progressive Governance summit. So, for instance, as they come back in from their coffee break, Gordon has so far asked his fellow world leaders three times to stop chatting (“Can we please sit down and begin now!”) with all the effectiveness of a trainee teacher at a supply school, and the general delighted mockery of the press tent. The mutated swastika logo is nowhere to be seen now…

Andrew Grice in the Indy this morning tells us why:

There was an embarrassing hiccup before Gordon’s arrival: the logo for today’s summit of world leaders bore an uncanny resemblance to a Nazi swastika. Downing Street removed the logo from its website and ordered the designers to come up with a new one. “It would be totally wrong to read anything sinister into the intentions of the designers,” said a No 10 spokeswoman.

It would, however, be right to laugh at their serial incompetence.

Friday Caption Contest (Swingers)

How They Fiddle a Political Conference on the Taxpayer

Today’s conference has nothing at all to do with tomorrow’s conference. Total coincidence that there is a private conference on today and another one tomorrow. This is to keep within Civil Service rules about civil servants doing political work. Tomorrow’s thing is being organised by the Civil Service (paid for by you), whereas today’s is by the Policy Network, with funding that isn’t clear (except there’s a big shout-out to David Sainsbury in the program). That would be David Sainsbury who just shuffled some of his assets around last week to save himself £28 million in Capital Gains Taxes since Alistair hiked the rate 80%.

So these conferences are completely separate, got that? Different organisers, different logos, the whole lot. You even had to accredit twice, with different people. By an uncanny coincidence, of the sort that one sees all the time in real life, they feature the same people, meeting in the same place, under the same title (Progressive Governance). But they’re totally different things.

Just like when Gordon’s Smith Institute invited U.S. pollster Bob Shrum to outline an attack strategy against David Cameron to an invited audience of Polly Toynbee, Ed Balls, Dougie Alexander and the rest of the Brownies fan club in the media. That invite wasn’t from the independent non-partisan charity the Smith Institute. It was from the private limited company called the Smith Institute, 100% owned by the Trustees of the charity, from the same office, with the same people. But a totally different thing.

All the SpAds and ministers and security are at the conference on the public payroll. Guido would be surprised if other subsidies hadn’t slipped through. The same applies to all the foreign attendees as well. The Euro-gravy train has come, at their respective taxpayer’s expense, via the channel tunnel bringing the social democratic elite to wine and dine. They really know how to trough on the continent. The British taxpayer is picking up the tab for the European socialist’s weekend break in London courtesy of Gordon Brown. Bet you are happy about that…

Oh Look, De-Nazification After Bloggers Pointed Out the Obvious

Notice the logo has been cropped so that it no longer looks like a swastika. Guido’s server logs showed an unusual amount of attention being paid from Downing Street yesterday. Gotcha! (again).

The DK has more on the subject from a critical design perspective. Trivial? Or does it illustrate a certain cack-handed incompetence?

Questions About the Progressive Governance Summit

Why is the British taxpayer picking up the tab for what the organisers said candidly “is the largest ever international gathering of international centre-left leaders, policy-makers and thinkers”?
Oops. That kind of blows the lid off it being an inter-governmental, non-partisan affair doesn’t it? If it is an inter-govermental affair, why is Wilf Stevenson on the guest list? Since when was the director of the Smith Institute an “independent and non-partisan” think-tank that has nothing to do with Gordon Brown, part of the government?

This is just a jamboree for the international parties of the tax and spend policy persuasion, paid for by taxpayers. You can be sure that they will not be holding back on the wine list either. What Guido wants to know is: how much this junket for global social democracy is costing British taxpayers?

More soon…

UPDATE : Unbelievably delegates at the conference’s plush Grove Hotel just laughed and clapped as the Chilean finance minister talked about the “poetic justice” of the subprime crisis. What planet are these people on? Millions of people around the world are losing their homes and they laugh?

Gordon Remaindered

On Amazon there are plenty of copies being offered second hand for a penny. Says it all really…

Who Said This?

“I can’t help it, I’m like a broom handle in the mornings”

Do You Think This is Herr Braun’s Swastika?

A lot of people think Gordon’s new logo for his Downing Street Förderung des Wohlstands durch progressive Governance conference looks a bit dodgy. Only this afternoon they sent out tens of thousands of emails calling on people to visit the site and get engaged. They have now taken down the website (so you won’t be able to “add your voice”) since ConservativeHome said it looked like a symbol of national socialism. Guido can’t see it himself…

Bad Start for New No. 10 Digital Media Guru

So on the day No. 10 confirms the appointment of their new web / digital media guru an email drops in the inbox from the webmaster@pmo.gov.uk himself!

Subject“Add your voice to the debate” – PM

The Prime Minister has urged people to add their voice to the debate on “some of the biggest challenges of our times” by logging onto a website dedicated to the Progressive Governance Summit

Guido, keen as ever to share his thoughts with Gordon, clicks through a couple of times to the website to add his “voice to the debate to find:

Can they get anything right? Doh!

UPDATE 18:40 : Guido *waves* to Number 10 geeks. They have now added some waffle saying, basically, come back later. So why send out the email today to tens of thousands of people from the PM urging us to log on before it is working? Please stay away from any breweries…

PR Week Now the Official Journal of Record

Mark Flanagan’s appointment as No. 10’s Web Guru was rumoured, nowadays post-Carter we have to wait for the official announcement in PR Week before we can be sure.

Guido seems to recall that Flanagan was in the running to be Bromley and Chislehurst’s candidate for Labour.

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