Watch: Ed's Scottish Gaffe

After spending his entire conference failing to convince us that he’s not a weirdo, Ed has finally had a human moment – he was unable to remember the names of the three candidates grudgingly running for leader of the Scottish Labour Party:

“Ed speaks human!” As the campaign briefing went last summer…

Business Predators, Producers and Prattlers

It is the end of the month and the end of a quarter. Britain’s over-taxed small business owners will be worrying about cash-flow. Is there enough cash to make payroll at the end of the month? Will the bank extend the overdraft? Can they find the money for the quarterly VAT bill? Small businesses are the canaries of the economy, the job creators, fast to grow, fast to shrink.

Ed Miliband knows nothing about this, he has never had those worries, profiteering is not a good word for him, it is bad, despite profits bringing jobs and profits paying taxes to support the unproductive. He sits at the top of the table in a shadow cabinet that has not one member who has started or owned a for-profit business. That inexperience is why he prattles on incoherently about business predators.

UPDATE: Exception that proves the rule and it was a government supplier:

Flogs software to the public sector…

Newsnight: Oborne Calls Guilty Men "Idiots" Eurocrat Storms Off, Ex-FT Editor CBI Director Lambert Livid

Sir Richard Lambert, was not amused, demanding “do we have to go on with this rubbish Jeremy” when Peter Oborne threw his  Guilty Men pamphlet at him across the table with the words “you’re in it, read it”. At the same time a eurocrat version of Comical Ali who had been praising the euro stormed out of the Brussels studio on air after being repeatedly called an idiot by Oborne – at one point even Paxman referred to him as “Mr Idiot in Brussels”. It was an ode to joy…

Andrew Neil Raps to Simon Hughes

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Watch: Tim Farron Gets Brillo'd

From the conference darling to roadkill in less than 24 hours is a pretty spectacular career explosion, even by LibDem standards. Party President and King o’the Water Tim Farron has declared live on television that he would not accept the leadership of his party, even if it was handed to him on a plate:

A classic Brillo skewering…

H/T @Liar Politicians

UPDATE: Huhne re-stated his new line that Clegg will still be leader when he has retired from politics. Fingers crossed…

UPDATE II:  Rumour doing the rounds that Farron didn’t have much choice in going on the Daily Politics. Fits in with the Speccie’s Clegg is cross narrative.

Sarah Teather Stand-Up Routine Bombs

Not only was the act crap, Strictly wasn’t on that night, so her girl-of-the-people ruin was utterly inauthentic…

Brillo Asks Evasive Huhne "Will You Resign If Charged?"

Lebedev in TV Punch-Up Owner of the Indy and Evening Standard Lashes Out

Will we be reading about this in his papers?

Cocaine Gives Kevin Maguire and Andrew Pierce Giggles

Natalie Rowe Interview Video

Gallows humour amongst Osborne’s people yesterday. The story goes that they were answering calls from hacks with a quizzical “banking or spanking?”

UPDATE: Guido is trying to track down the audio, but Natalie Rowe was just on LBC suggesting that the Chancellor has “a lot to answer for”.

Dorries PMQs Moment

Gaddafi Servant Tortured

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Maybe some of the LSE’s Libyan money could be diverted to her?

Piers Morgan Savaged Live

Couldn’t happen to a nicer chap…

Ron Paul is "The One"

You wouldn’t know that Ron Paul came second in Iowa from the reporting of the Republican nomination race.Which is why his latest campaign advert mocks his rivals. The libertarian inclined candidate is running on an anti-establishment platform of bringing the troops home, sound money and low taxes. The difference is, he means it.

Who the Ed are You?

Gove v Harman

Give it a few minutes, but some popcorn worthy stuff from Newsnight last night:

There’s a rather warped transcript here.

A Good Day For Citizen Journalism

Two videos have surfaced this afternoon to remind you that things might just be alright out there after all. Firstly, this is what London is up against:

And secondly, something you don’t see everyday:

Stephenson and Yates must be spitting blood…

Street Solidarity: Stealing from Wounded

Guido Debates MP Over E-Petitions

Hat-tip: Liar Politicians

Morgan Musical Fun: A Charmless Man

A musical treat for our American friends who might not be completely up to date with full career of everyone’s favourite CNN headache:

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Charles Moore on the aid charity’s sex scandal…

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