Blinky Balls : I Won’t Be Chancellor

Blinky BallsIn a puff piece in the Brownite Daily Mail, Blinky does a bit of false modesty and says “I still have a lot to learn.” He tells Dacre’s hacks, “No” he won’t be taking over at the Treasury “I have been a Minister for less than a year”. Yes, and he has barely managed to hang on to his parliamentary seat. If Brown hadn’t sorted out a sinecure and a peerage for the neighbouring sitting MP his protege would soon face actually having to earn a living.Guido has been betting against Balls being Chancellor for sometime, his odds are far too short and he has effectively made himself a longshot. Alastair Darling should get the gig unless the upcoming cabinet game of musical chairs somehow upsets Brown’s plans. In other bets Guido has rebalanced the Blair-to-Go bet to July/Sep on Betfair. Uncharacteristically am “all red” on any other outcome. If Yates forces an early Blair resignation Guido will take a hammering at the bookies, but it would be worth it…

Cheer yourself up again by watching Blinky fall apart under interrogation by Brillo.

No Independent Deterrent MeansNo Independent Foreign Policy

As the Tories traipse loyally into the “Aye” lobby with Blair it is worth reflecting on what they are really voting for – a foreign and defence policy subordinate to the U.S. national interest. Now it may be the case that U.S. and U.K. interests generally coincide, but this is a strategic decision which binds Britain to the U.S. for the next thirty years.
If it has been possible for the French to have an independent Force de Frappe and Force Océanique Stratégique since the sixties surely the British can manage after half-a-century to have control of their own weapons system. Since no U.S. president would ever sacrifice a U.S. city to save London, it is verging on treachery to vote to allow the U.S. the ultimate veto on the Defence of the Realm.

For the £30 to £60 billion the replacement system will allegedly cost, surely the Royal Navy could be equipped with a British made and truly independent deterrent. Or is British technology as inferior to French technologie as the British political establishment’s deference to U.S. interests is inferior to the French sense of exceptional national interest?

McTernan Documentation

The Law Report for Attorney-General v British Broadcasting Corporation contains a little nugget Guido hadn’t noticed before. The three categories of documentation identified were:

A Material relating to policy strategy in conducting their future investigations. As to that, the judge said that the real concern of the police was that they wished to put the document to several individuals who might be suspects. They considered that there was a risk that if information about the document was published, that would give potential interviewees the opportunity to frustrate the investigation.

B Material of a factual nature: The police regarded the document in question as a key document in the investigation into the perversion of the course of justice, whose deployment was a matter of real interest and concern and the police were for that reason concerned about it receiving advanced publicity in the media. The document was not an email, it ran to several pages and contained far more information. There was a real question mark as to whether Mr Powell, the addressee, ever received it and the investigating officers were very interested to discover whether he did so or not.

C Material related to Mr John McTernan, director of political operations at Downing Street.

Most of Westminster thinks he has grassed or cut a deal to save his skin. The whole Loans for Lordships affair has, at the very least, cost him his much desired safe seat.

No doubt John will take precious time out from overseeing the decimation of the Labour party in Scotland to post again in the comments telling us how he is in the clear and Guido gets it all wrong. We shall see…

Guess the Odd One Out

One of these guys has recently changed his hair parting, one of these guys has only half-admitted to his drugs issues and one of these guys is leader of the Conservative party. Can you tell which?

Hat-tip : Comment Central

Milan Fashion News

“Tricky corners” are out with fashionistas like David Mills and Silvio Berlusconi. On trial and facing up to twenty years in jail he isn’t worried. The trial will be dragged out beyond the statute of limitations and the former husband of Tessa Jowell will get off free, but not proved innocent.

Mills not only advised his ex-wife on back-to-back mortgages, he also advised Bernie Ecclestone, the Formula One boss, at the time his wife, Tessa, was formulating legislation on banning tobacco advertising F1. Bernie bunged more than £1 million to the Labour Party and succeeded in blocking a ban.

They are said to be separated, but can still be found sleeping under the same roof. Guido suspects that sometime next year, after the trial is halted, they will be reunited.

“Oh Fuck, Levy Has Asked Me To Lie For Him”

That is the quote that the Beeb is too frit to broadcast.

Coincidentally, Guido is speaking tomorrow at midday at the Westminster Media Forum’s Privacy, convergence and content regulation conference sponsored by the British Broadcasting Corporation and Clifford Chance.

So if the Attorney General does want to serve an injunction, you know where to find Guido.

See Iain Dale for more.

Gordon’s Privatised Teeth

According to the PMOS, Tony uses an NHS dentist. The perma-tanned boy-racer, Peter Hain, switched from an NHS dentist in Putney when he went private to an NHS dentist in his Neath constituency – that should keep the leftie dentist vote on side. Hazel Blears lets the taxpayer subsidise her smile, as do Patricia Hewitt, David Miliband and Baroness Amos.

In a statement he spun the blame onto his wife “Gordon has been going to the same dentist for 11 years. Mr Druian is an old friend of Sarah Brown’s family”.

The latest figures show that 60% of Britons are not registered with an NHS dentist. New Labour pledged in 1999 that all patients would have access to NHS dentistry within two years.

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Rich & Mark’s Monday Morning View (Dental Edition)

Blogged on Thursday, Frontpage on Sunday

Guido’s readers had a preview of the Mail on Sunday’s exclusive earlier this week.

Levy On the Edge

It was a year ago that Guido said Levy would be charged (and started taking bets) it has taken the press and the Lobby a long time to fully come around to Guido’s way of thinking.

The Indy reckons Levy ‘feels let down and is about to turn on the Labour Party, the Sunday Times says Blair aides ‘plotted’ to foil police.

If (as is widely believed around Westminster) McTernan has grassed about the alleged cover-up, then Powell, previously perceived as too clever to get caught, could also be in trouble and dodgy donor Chris Evans can expect his day in court as well.

Here is Guido’s advice to Levy…

Friday Caption Contest (Howzat? Edition)

Guy News TV : Chad’s Take On Doughty Street

Chad is madder than a bag of cats and even more green-eyed with jealousy than that-link-boycotter-who-links-most, but sometimes he cracks Guido up, this is one of them. It lampoons a number of mates so it is probably a social faux pas to link to it, but what the heck…

N.B. Linking is not endorsing, laughing is not a thought-crime, etc.

Chad Does Doughty Street

LibDem Head of Media Quits Over PR Blunder

Mark Littlewood resigns after serious briefing error over coalition with Brown.

Open Source Osborne

George Osborne gave a talk this morning to a crowd of mainly public sector geeks assembled by the RSA – the notable exceptions that Guido spotted being Bryan Appleyard, Adriana Cronin-Lukas, the Doughty Street crowd and the WebCameron team.

Osborne banged the drum for the government switching to Open Source and, although he didn’t say it explicitly, abandoning Microsoft. The comparitive imagery is very potent, the Tories are the Google party (“Do no evil”) to New Labour’s Microsoft party (“Evil Corp.”).

Online libertarians have a gut suspicion of the Microsoft/New Labour alliance, when Big Software meets Big Government one thing you can be sure about – we’re going to get screwed financially. So Osborne is obviously hanging out with the right kind of geeks nowadays.

Smith Institute : Final Nail in the Non-Partisan Coffin

On Monday night Margaret Beckett made a speech that hammered the last nail in the non-partisan coffin for the Smith Institute. This is despite the Smith Institute currently being under investigation by the Charities Commission under Section 8 of the Charities Act for breaching their obligation to be politically impartial. It was insouciance to the point of hubris.

The speech would not have been out of place at a Labour party event, in fact it is clear that Beckett saw the 11 Downing Street gathering as a Labour party event, she talks about the “history of our Party”, what “we as a party did”, the virtue of being a “scourge of the Tory Party” – peppering her speech with criticisms of the contemporary Conservative party and David Cameron.

Gordon Brown attended as did most of the trustees, Lord Haskel brought knowing laughter from the audience when he said they would vigourously fight the Charity Commission’s investigation into their non-political status. Nevertheless Beckett went on to deliver a partisan speech with no regard to their charitable objective of education. She praised Gordon to the skies, lauding his record in office saying “..if, as I certainly hope we do, we have the architect of that amazing record, Gordon Brown, as our next Labour Prime Minister” and “Gordon – a man in whom the flame of social justice burns every bit as brightly as it did in John [Smith]” and so on.

It is hard to see how the Charities Commission can allow them to continue to have charitable status any longer. The only beneficiary of this charity is Gordon Brown. Judge for yourself by downloading the speech obtained by a co-conspirator here.

Guido has already passed this speech to the Charity Commission investigation team.

Gordon’s Grin

All that tosh (Gord that must hurt The Sun) about Gordon being so hard he went without anaesthetic to have his root canal work done wouldn’t be to distract us from noticing that he went to one of London’s most expensive* private cosmetic dentists would it? Just a thought…

*Mervyn Druain is so expensive that (according to Vogue) he allows clients to pay in installments, according to Harpers his Smile Lift and Wrinkle Remover procedure costs a mere £3,000. Gordon had his smile sorted recently.

Leaker Faces 25 Years Jail

Scooter Libby, ex-Whitehouse chief of staff to Vice-President Dick Cheney, today faces a prison term of up to 25 years for leaking and obstructing justice. Could it happen here?
Say if someone equivalent in Downing Street was caught leaking… oh hold on, Downing Street deny leaking. The PMOS actually said today “Suggestions that we leaked or were trying to leak this information are just plain wrong – and that’s not based on my personal hunch. It’s because there are inaccuracies in reports which mean it can’t have come from No. 10.” When we leak, we get it right..


Oh, but McTernan is not in Downing Street now, he is in Scotland…

May the Force* Be With You

To the Jedi going into Sith HQ tonight – do give Guido’s regards to Konrad.

Beckett is speaking about John Smith. Maybe the co-conspirators / Jedi should ask her about the secret political slush fund she operated during his period of leadership which was only closed down shortly before it became illegal.

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