UPDATE :The IPPR press office has just invited Guido to the seminar. No alcoholic enticement has been offered.
There were no signs of any lizards (or even chameleons).
*Always tip bell-boys generously.
“I think David Cameron is a pretty impressive leader as well. That’s why I think Britain is unusually well placed from the next decade or so in terms of our potential political leadership.”
He is basically saying he won’t mind if Dave not Gordon becomes PM. Mulgan is not some outsider, he is a Blairite wonk who founded Demos and went on to become Blair’s director of strategy at the Performance and Innovation Unit. Is that the first time an über-Blairite has publicly endorsed Cameron?
Ask yourself, who do you believe – HSBC bank or the LibDems?
That the LibDems are lying about it being nothing to do with them is demonstrated by the fact that the police have now obtained a court order forcing party officials to hand over documents and e-mails regarding the £2.4 million donation received from the jailbird before the general election last year. If they have to repay the cash it will leave each and every LibDem party member liable for £30. Which just goes to show, crime really doesn’t pay.
“Whitehall and Westminster must regulate less, legislate less and tax less. Fewer ministers, fewer MPs, fewer special advisers, fewer civil servants, fewer departments, fewer quangos”.
Policy wonks will point out that there is the obvious conflict between a deregulation agenda and an environmental agenda, how they advance green goals with the problem of the commons remains to be seen.
Might however require the frontbench team to read a rather more hardcore liberal Orange Book. Wonder if they will have Guido as a member now?
Courtesy of Biased BBC.
Maybe Guido is wrong and Blears will be greeted with a standing ovation, perhaps Oona King, a good friend of Jack Straw and a supporter of the war in Iraq, will be cheered by conference attendees? Maybe not.
Let us examine the evidence; the keynote speaker at its inaugural national conference was Gordon Brown. Past Compass event speakers include Douglas Alexander and Ed Balls – Brownites to the bone. What does Blair himself think? At yesterday’s prime ministerial press conference, he said, “If you go into an election with Compass, you will lose”.
After their best result for a quarter century, the Tories are now favourite at the bookies to be the biggest party at the general election, but such are the quirks of the electoral system it will probably still require the support of the LibDems to form a government. Ideally from the Tory perspective the LibDems limp to the election, undermining the electoral support of Labour oop North and in Scotland. Then an Orange booker takes over the LibDems and sits in a Tory cabinet.
Of course Cameron could lead the greatest revival of a political party in modern history and form a True Blue government, but Guido isn’t betting on it.
- Nick Bowes
- Sir Cyril Taylor
- Lord Adonis (Andrew)
- Amanda Delew
- Jeff Shear
- Ruth Turner
- John McTernen
- Peter Watt
- Ian McCartney
- Matt Carter
- Lord Levy (Michael)
- Jonathan Powell
- Tony Blair
- Peter Hain
Checking the audience, Guido asks “Who knows the blog?” Half the suits put up their hands, together with the political bloggers and the BBC types. Those saving the world and wanting to be proper Media Tarts look blank. Conclusive proof that monging on this blog will not help save the world, which is a relief.
Ran through the presentation, cracked a few Rosie Winterton jokes. Argued with a drunk Tim Ireland. Got introduced to Mr BBC, Mr Yahoo and Mr Other Important Suit. Mr BBC was a Guido RSS subscriber and everyone else’s boss, Mr Yahoo had windswept hair and looked like he had badly overdone the sunbed. Clearly had no idea where he was or why. Perhaps he was fire damaged. Judging by the simpering of Media Tarts around them, these were important suits.
Note to Biased BBC, you are getting under their skin. You will be pleased to know you are the recognised enemy. BBC types representing all shades of opinion spoke at length, from those that want to extend the licence for another decade, to those that want to increase the licence merely in line with inflation and those that think it is a disgrace that we even have to discuss the hallowed licence fee. One speaker talked entirely about the disgusting idea of advertising. He thought it would be a threat to the BBC’s impartiality.
Things Guido learnt : Some people think blogging will change the world. They each have blogs read by 7 other world-changing type people. They think Reuters, News Corp. and the BBC will be dethroned from the elite heights of Media Tartdom by using trackbacks and through backpacking American undergrads taking pictures of demos in Nepal, which they upload from their digital cameras to the internet. Bloggers will especially dethrone Murdoch and the bad King of Nepal (possibly not in that order). The Media will be better for it. The suits were very quiet during these bits. Blogging about blogging will save the world. Some of the world-saving bloggers intend to make money from this. They are the suits of the future.
Guido understands that interviews, under caution, will begin next week, tactfully after Thursday’s local elections. Rumour has it that one donor in particular may cough, if the right assurances are given.
Guido is lovin’ it.
…it emerges that the Marylebone offices of the New Labour treasurer, Lord Levy, have been devastated by a mysterious fire. This took place last November, well before the police investigation began and around the time the House of Lords Appointments Commission raised the first queries concerning Tony Blair’s list. When I rang Downing Street for a reassurance that no papers relevant to the police investigation had been destroyed, I was informed that ‘that is a matter for Lord Levy’.
Pure coincidence says Prescott. No comment says Blair.
Des Smith, a secondary headteacher who was also a council member of the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT) which was the camouflage operation under which peerages were doled out to the Labour party’s secret lenders.
The president of the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust is, of course, Lord Levy.
That perp walk is getting nearer…