Downing Street is Running Out of Rats

Another rat is leaving the sinking Downing Street ship.  Paul Sinclair, formerly Wee Dougie Alexander’s SpAd before becoming the Prime Mentalist’s Scottish spin doctor, is jumping ship ahead of the Glenrothes by-election.  He is off to spin at Hill & Knowlton according to Paul Waugh.  Sinclair was considered a potential candidate in Glenrothes…

Picture Speaks a Thousand Words

This picture was taken at St. Paul’s just before lunch today after the service to commemorate the efforts of British armed forces who served in Northern Ireland, remembering those who gave their lives.

Be careful what you wish for…

Tories Give Bloggers Parity with Big Media

The Tory press office is, quite rightly, treating bloggers at their conference the same as the rest of the media (including charging us £150 for an internet connection and £95 for a power socket). Guido however will be unplugged and wirelessly blogging from his shiny new iPhone-killing, Blackberry-beating, all-singing, all-dancing, sat-naving, “beam me up Scotty” Sony Ericsson Xperia X1* phone, saving himself a couple of hundred quid.

Nice of CCHQ to offer bloggers a dedicated base to work from… the bar works best for Guido…

*Muchos gracias to Sony-Ericsson for the pre-launch model.

Gordon Openly Backs Obama President McCain Here We Come

In a breach of internationally accepted convention, Gordon has openly backed Obama in an article under his byline. The story got picked up last night by Drudge and followed up by the news wires.

The McCain campaign has been in contact with the British Embassy in Washington to “express concern”. William Hague has queried the wisdom of the PM taking sides. Downing Street is desperately back-pedalling, claiming the article was written by a junior underling.

The first meeting Obama had with Gordon resulted in McCain inching ahead in the polls. This is more good news, get your money on McCain. Barring an act of god, the curse of Jonah Brown means Obama is now doomed…

UPDATE : Team McCain are trying to keep a straight face – see the campaign’s piss-takeThe Coveted Gordon Brown Endorsement. Loser backs loser…

Brand Cameron

Guido believes in the power of advertising and so clearly do the Camerons. Dave had as his primary mission on becoming leader the “decontamination of the Tory brand”. Which he has successfully achieved judging by the polls. Samantha has as her primary mission the flogging of upmarket luxury handbags for the Smythson brand. Sam with the prominent yellow handbag is on the left, flanking Dave on the other side is fellow handbag queen Anya Hindmarch, who if she could, would have put her bag in front of Dave’s face.

The product placement in this photo is from last night’s launch party for Cameron on Cameron: Conversations with Dylan Jones. It is all about the marketing…


UPDATE 20.30 : Mrs Fawkes: “the yellow one looks quite nice” – giving meaningful sideways look.  Sam, if you are reading… will pick it up in Brum.  No questions asked (she means mustard, please).  You look after Guido’s other half…

Treasury’s Crash

This picture, taken outside HM Treasury, sent in minutes ago by co-conspirator Maria Fort*. A metaphor for the direction HM Treasury is taking us in…

*A co-conspirators T-shirt is in the post Maria.

Eastern Media Elite Revealed

Via : Comment Central

Jonah Put His Curse in Writing

Andy Murray was doomed:

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Return to Rationing?

An advertisement is not an endorsement.  However in the case of the British Legion campaign for better treatment for servicemen Guido is happy to give his support.  The treatment of ex-soldiers by this government is disgraceful.  Whitehall bureaucrats have gold-plated index linked pensions, MPs vote themselves phenomenal benefits and pensions to keep them in the manner they are accustomed to when they retire (courtesy of the taxpayer).  These are the people who determine the pensions of ex-servicemen.
An estimated one third of ex-servicemen are in poverty.  Something is very wrong.

Jonah Cursed Murray Live on Sky

As many co-conspirators pointed out yesterday, Andy Murray has spent the last two weeks at Flushing Meadows playing the best tennis he’s ever played. He beat the World’s #1 to get to his first grand slam final against a man he has already beaten. Winning the US Open would make him the first Briton to win a major single title since 1936.
Then Jonah Brown sent him a good luck message live on Sky News.* Andy Murray lost in straight sets…

*Congratulations to all the co-conspirators who immediately called their bookies.

Gordon Brown’s Downfall – The Prequel

Why Don’t the Tories Propose to Cut VAT on Energy Products?

Guido doesn’t understand why the Tories don’t propose an alternative to taxing energy suppliers, since the cost of a “Windfall” tax would inevitably be passed on to consumers and the money only end up in a Treasury black hole once it got into the Whitehall bureaucracy.
Why not instead advocate the removal of VAT on energy bills and energy saving goods, insulation and devices? A green tax cut on eco-products would please the Zac Goldsmith wing of the Tories, a tax cut would please the voters.
Of course the E.U. would rule such a VAT cut out of order on tax harmonisation grounds, Cameron could take the opportunity to demonstrate his moderate euro-scepticism and argue that this is something that really should be decided by the British government and voters, not the European Commission’s tax commissars. It would demonstrate in a practical populist and easy to understand way how the E.U. costs British consumers. The government would be forced on to the back foot, defending E.U. enforced taxation levels. The LibDems are led by a fanatical europhile, so despite Clegg’s new found zeal for tax cutting, he would not support this progressive tax cut. It is a win-win.

Gordon Plays the Sympathy Card

Gordon Brown is holding a special cabinet meeting in the West Midlands. “My own response to the great challenges in my own life has been to confront them, resolute in the belief that there would always be something that could be done to overcome them,” he says in the foreword to a document being circulated ahead of the Labour Party conference. The briefing is that the Prime Mentalist will tell the cabinet that his personal experience makes him the best man to lead Britain through current economic difficulties. Gordon misunderstands; “in the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king” is a parable, not a qualification to determine economic strategy.

What does Gordon normally do when facing an obstacle? He bullies, undermines and sulks. None of which will stimulate growth to get us out of a recession.

UPDATE : Didn’t Gordon say that this was not a time for “cheap political gimmicks” last week? So, errm, what is this? Good governance? Getting on with the job? A gimmick?

Rich & Mark’s Monday Morning View

Is Balls Re-Launching Himself?

Blinky Balls’ interview with Marr this morning is attracting a lot of comment. Guido noticed that Balls is not content with stealing Tory policies, he is now doing the Cameroon look. A tie-less Minister of the Crown?

You don’t think Ed is getting serious about positioning himself for the inevitable leadership fight with Miliband – Son of Brown v Son of Blair? Ben Brogan is swooning, reckoning that Blinky was “lucid” – it has really come to something when political editors compliment cabinet ministers for just being lucid. He also reckons Balls was blinking less. Ben needs to get his telly fixed, it is clearly on the blink. Ed was averaging 30 BPM* Watch for yourself.

*Blinks Per Minute.

Sunday Sleaze Special

Ivan Lewis is what used to be known as “Not Safe in Taxis” (Damian Green is another one) always sniffing around young women. So it is no surprise that he was leering over a 25 year-old young girl working in his office. After all he broke up with his wife after having an affair with a local Labour Party councillor behind her back.  Why has the News of the Screws story come out now over a year later?

Ivan Lewis has been a little too outspoken about Gordon’s failings, accusing Brown of being out of touch, it was remarkable that he escaped censure at the time. If there is one thing the Brownies excel out, it is malevolence. That the girl isn’t quoted means it is not kiss and tell for cash. A few other ministers will be worried that their office darlings could be exposed by vengeful Brownies. This is a warning to other ministers and a score settled…
 
UPDATE : Have just noticed this story about Lewis’ former assistant was hinted at in the comments on Guido’s story hinting at his affair with Maggie Gibb on June 25, 2006. Fair amount of reading between the lines required with these type of stories. Always difficult when if they both deny it, you are scuppered, you have to read these stories carefully for the hint..

Pravda 2.0

Dale is excited that the Tories are going to launch – wait for it – a blog. Anyone will be able to leave comments, and according to Dale there will be “no Stalinist approach to moderation”.

Platform 10 was the last dire CCHQ encouraged Cameroon attempt to take on the more grassroots and independent ConservativeHome. Platform 10 is a flop, whereas ConservativeHome is an influential success. Now they are going to try again and launch a Conservative Party blog. It will probably flop as well. People don’t want to read anodyne, antiseptic, party-line stuff, turgid and insulting to the intelligence.
The Tories don’t need a party blog, in fact arguably the party has been strengthened by the open and honest critical discussion on the ConservativeHome pages over the last few years.
An official and lightly moderated blog just won’t happen – it is guaranteed to not happen because it is impossible. The comments will be over-run by agent provocateurs, nutters and political opponents. The contents scanned by hostile journalists for anything that can be used against the party. The LibDems use private discussion forums behind password-protected walls for members. (Passwords are not that hard to obtain, nothing interesting to report.)
Speaking to Tim Montgomerie in the U.S. last night, he pointed out that if the Tories are, as some suggest, trying to undercut the influence of ConservativeHome, it won’t work. Blogs are not the same as newspapers – a new blog does not take away traffic from a rival, it just grows the blogosphere.
Guido has oft said that group blogs are difficult to make work. Readers like to know what they are getting, multiple contributors of different hues and quality just take too much time to sift. A blog needs a strong personality – witness the dozens of good contributors to the Telegraph’s political blogs – with a combined traffic less than Guido.
They are asking you to email suggestions for a name for the blog. Well there was a famous party information source last seen around the time of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Click here to ask CCHQ to call the new blog “Pravda”.

Naughtie Wishes Democrats “Good Luck”

Jim Naughtie has been accused of being partial before – in May 2005 the Today programme presenter caused a row when he asked Labour’s Ed Balls: “If we win the election, does Gordon Brown want to remain Chancellor?” He is perceived by many listeners to be ferociously anti-Bush over Iraq.

Listen to the end of this segment where he asks a leading Democrat what they will do to change the country. The Democrat politician lays out their agenda. Naughtie wishes him “good luck”! Some Americans think that the BBC is institutionally against the Republican Party – fancy that.

Friday Caption Contest

McCain Party Speech Was So-So What Will Gordon Say?

McCain’s speech last night to his party convention was a bit so-so, even with the helpful acclamation in the hall. The last minute or so was combative, sprinkled with some good lines. He is no Reagan.

Brown has the same problem.

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