Michael Woolf is a Busted Flush

Since last summer, self-proclaimed Murdoch expert and Vanity Fair contributing editor Michael Woolf has been telling anyone that would listen that this was the end for his nemesis. For some reason he’s gone very quiet. Guido was gently teasing him over the weekend about his prediction that James Murdoch would have been forced out by the end of July 2011, but it was Friday’s performance on Sky News that has shattered his already tarnished reputation:

The media pundit’s money quote was:

“No I do not think we will see a Sun on Sunday, not now, not ever.”

Oops. Time to let it go Michael…

 

By the way, has anyone else notice he’s slowly morphing into his muse?

WATCH: A Love Song for Sarah Teather

Something in the water this morning…

Watch: David Likes Ed More Than Roy

Ed has been touring a hospital today, he even did a Q&A. It didn’t get any coverage though. David on the other hand has gone for the full house, popping up on Sky this lunchtime. He really likes his brother:

Got it? Good.

Life on Benefits: Doreen’s Story

Guy News Champagne Special: Cheers Chris

FLASHBACK:

It’s been a long eight months…

Marr’s Ed Miliband Interview

He is trying to have it both ways, is that an improvement on getting it completely wrong? On the doorstep the “Osborne’s policy failure means we’re going to have do the same” is going to fall apart. As for crony capitalism, who was in favour of it? The party of Hindujas, Ecclestone, “we must do something for Branson, Tony”, Paul  Myners and Loans for Lordships is now against cronyism…

Via LiarPoliticians

Balls Claims the Mantle of Keynes Cable Says Keynes Would Support the Coalition

Ed Balls told the Fabians that one of his most precious material belongings is a first edition of a Keynes pamphlet, “The Economic Consequences of Mr Churchill”. Keynesianism is the chosen intellectual mantle that Balls is trying to use with the Labour base to justify pivoting towards the voters and away from union demands for ever more deficit spending and borrowing. Already the Labour left are screaming “sell-out“.

Earlier this year Vince Cable argued that Keynes would not support the demands of latter day über-Keynesians. Cable reminds us that the politicisation of Keynes as a heavy spender is misplaced because Keynes was a liberal, not a socialist and he was writing at a time when the level of state spending in the economy amounted to half of today’s level. Keynes was not a friend of socialism, his policies were intended to save capitalism. Would Keynes have believed government deficit spending at twice the share of GDP as in the 1930s was desirable or sustainable? Cable thinks not, does Balls?

The proof will be in the policy pudding, Labour politicians reflexively oppose every reduction in welfare spending, they are conditioned to do no other. Even when senior Labour politicians know it is electorally toxic, for example opposing the £26,000 housing benefit cap, the “progressive” logic of maximum welfarism that grips their activists brooks no reason. Ed Balls can’t command credibility until he accepts that the deficit is a problem that has to be addressed rather than just acknowledged in theory. In interviews he now says vaguely that he wants to bring down the deficit, yet he is on the record during the Labour leadership election, where he ran from the left, as opposing even Alistair Darling’s modest deficit reduction proposals. Balls ideologically opposes as “too fast, too far” spending restraint by the Coalition. It is hard to believe that Balls isn’t now repositioning towards the centre again for purely electoral reasons, rather than some Damascene rejection of deficit denial.

What a Difference Two Years Makes

730 days ago the Labour Party were secretly flapping about their leader, but publicly grinning, all be it with guns to their head:

If Guido recalls correctly, Gordon’s “relaunch” a few days later was a spectacular success.

Brillo’s Bedroom Secrets Revealed

Brillo’s trailer for his much anticipated Sunday Politics show, launching next week, reveals that the man about town wears the classic night time attire favoured by playboys from Hugh Hefner to Frank Sinatra. Black silk pyjamas…

Big Ben Fireworks New Year’s Eve 2012

Just a bit more gunpowder…

UN Flies Flag at Half Mast for Dear Leader

The UN gives the North Korean dictator an honour not given to the Czech democrat. No such memorial for the two million enslaved citizens he killed…

UPDATE: Amnesty video of the North Korean labour camps which make up the hidden gulag.

Poll: 96% Don’t Believe Morgan Told the Truth

A real time poll conducted for this website during Piers Morgan’s witness interview in front of Lord Justice Leveson  found 96% didn’t believe him, 3% did and 1% didn’t know. Piers squirmed and squirmed throughout. Crucially he refused to explain how he came to be listening to the voicemails of Paul McCartney to his wife, citing source protection. Guido suspects that if Heather Mills or Sir Paul wanted to, they could make life very difficult for Morgan. There is no public interest defence for hacking celebs.

He claimed that it was not unethical to listen to the tapes and insisted “I am not going to discuss where I heard it or who played it to me”, on the grounds that “I am not going to do anything that may identify the source.”

Morgan finished his evidence with the  “Je suis un rock star” claim that he was like a rock star having the worst songs picked from his back catalogue. Some front…

Farage Blows Lifeboat Raspberry in EU Parliament

Not a vintage Farage rant, but worth watching for the smiles and grins of the EU elite. They call that gallows humour…

Brillo’s Rave

Guido isn’t quite sure what to make of Jacqui Smith throwing some shapes…

Europe Isolated

Dave “What is on offer isn’t in Britain’s interests, so I didn’t agree to it. “

Rachel Reeves Deceives

Guido can’t think why the Tories decided to pull IDS from the Daily Politics today. He’s said to be fuming, particularly at Ken Clarke, and made said fury perfectly clear over the phone to him this morning. Owen Paterson has been stirring things up too. Either way it was the Pilgrims™ section of the show that Guido particularly enjoyed:

Leaving aside her terrible attempt at justifying the practice of full-time taxpayer-funded trade union officials, Reeves had the cheek to try and claim that she was not funded by Unite the Union. She acknowledged that they gave her Leeds West Constituency money (£1,500 in May 2009 and another £1,500 in the April before the election), but she categorically denied she had received money directly from Unite:

“I don’t get any money from a trade union…”

In November 2007, two months after being selected as Labour’s candidate for Leeds West, Rachel Reeves declared a donation from Unite of £1,979.50 to the Electoral Commission. Donation Ref. No. C0002459 was paid directly to one Ms Rachel Reeves.

How Ron Paul Rolls

A trillion in cuts in the first year. Sod the salami slicing, it’s time to take out whole departments. We could learn a lot…

Guy Newsroom Cold Cure

We’re a bit under the weather in the Guy Newsroom, sniffling and headaches not caused by the usual reasons we have sniffling and headaches. So we have gone for the Jura whisky, honey, hot-water and Lemsip cure. Sort of like a medicinal whisky sour. It feels better already. Jura, send more medicine, please…

Russian TV Newsreader Gives Obama the Finger

Tatiana Limanova, an award-winning journalist and host of a Russian national news show on the REN-TV channel, reported on the APEC summit in the United States, giving a traditional gesture a moment after mentioning Obama. The station’s owner is close to Vladamir Putin, Tatiana has now been fired. Guido is unable to confirm that she has been offered a job on Fox News…

Fa-Rage Against the Machine Hits Half a Million

Guido has seen a rather excitable internal UKIP memo that celebrates Farage’s “who do you think you are speech” hitting half a million views. It’s been translated into Greek, Spanish, German and Polish. The email decries the lack of press coverage in this country, but notes abroad, on places like Fox News “Nigel is featured more prominently and in much more heroic light than at home”.[…] Read the rest

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