Watch: This Explains the New Daily Politics Mug

It’s amazing what turns up on a DVD that you find down the back of a sofa at Annabel’s:

Brillo and Co. are launching the new Daily Politics and Sunday show next week, which is said to have a Newsnight style politically balanced pundit panel. They are keeping the pundits under wraps…

Guido notes with some interest that Osborne’s biographer and Economist hack Janan Ganesh has just started tweeting, as has the Sunday Times’ Political Editor Isabel Oakshott. The Labour Party councillor and Guardian writer Rowenna Davis  has also upped her twitter game recently. Could they be preparing for some regular debate?

Brillo’s Rave

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

What a Mug

Nothing like a global exclusive for an idle Thursday morning. The Daily Politics mug is a much coveted prize. It’s nearly impossible to win one, so much so that Guido had to steal his old ones. With the rebranding of the show, comes a new mug:

Guido is rather chuffed to have got hold of one of the first new ones…

The Sunday Roast

The announcements coming out today about the re-jigging of the Beeb have confirmed Guido’s scoop that Andrew Neil would be taking over The Politics Show on Sundays, bringing the Daily Politics up to a six-day, ninety-minute episode operation. As Guido said on August 2nd: “You read it here first…”

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.

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

Labour Shadow Minister Says Murdoch Worse than Gaddafi

One day back in Westminster and the gaffes begin. Diane Abbott thinks Tony Blair overseeing the extraordinary rendition of terror suspects and cutting a deal with the murderous Gaddafi regime isn’t as bad as the fact he is godfather to one of Murdoch’s kids:

Guido would like to know how many of her Labour colleagues agree…

Sunday Brunch with Brillo

Guido’s BBC sources neither denied or confirmed the rumour going around that Andrew Neil is set to move from BBC2’s weekday Daily Politics to front Sunday’s The Politics Show, as part of a bigger restructuring of the Beeb’s political programming. With co-host Anita Anand already going over to Radio 5, it’s certainly looking like the end of an era for political nerds and junkies. You read it here first…

More on that Alleged LibDem Scandal

Andrew Neil’s hint of a pending LibDem scandal has set tongues wagging. While Guido did hear an amusing tale from a cabby the other day about a certain LibDem cabinet minister and a large black dominatrix, he doesn’t think this is the story that Brillo is getting at. Given that he is the chairman of Press Holdings, owners of The Scotsman*, perhaps we should turn our eyes north…

This morning’s Scotsman ran a rather bizarre story about Michael Moore the invisible Secretary of State for Scotland. He missed the VAT vote, which was convenient for his re-election attempts but the reason he gave has unraveled. The original answer that he was in Scotland on ministerial business was “incorrect” (translation: a lie) and last night the government claimed releasing Moore’s location would “endanger the physical or mental health of an individual”. Why? What was it Michael Moore was doing on the 13th July?

UPDATE : Michael Moore has gone favourite to be the next resignation from the Cabinet.

UPDATE II: *Scratch that theory:

Guido’s money is still on Tim Farron.

The Rumour Mill

Brillo vs Racist Axe Killer

Darling of the nut-roots John Hirst, the axe butchering killer come prisoners’ votes advocate just got destroyed on the Daily Politics. It’s funny how his biggest fans online and over at places like the New Statesman have gone so quiet since he called Tory MP Priti Patel “a paki”:

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Guido isn’t sure how Hirst didn’t think that might come up. Doing his sick cause wonders though.

High Noon on Daily Politics : Brillo v Axe-Killer II

The PPE Crowd

After last night’s documentary Guido has been doing some digging around the Oxford days of our ruling elite. With a little help from a studious co-conspirator, some of the clippings from the 80s editions of the Cherwell make for a fascinating read. There is no doubt that the star of last night’s Posh and Posher had to be “man of the people” Jacob Rees Mogg. It seems he hasn’t changed much from his dreamy spires days:

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Guido will save the notorious tales of a certain “Eight minute Eddie” for another day.

Is Politics Too Posh?

Brillo’s Posh and Posher: Why Public School Boys Run Britain documentary broadcast last night made a powerful case that the dominance of British politics by the privately educated and the products of Oxbridge results from the abolition of grammar schools.

The ability of those from modest backgrounds to progress on merit has been undermined by a failing state education system. The ending of the grammar school system means that bright children from modest backgrounds don’t have a well-trodden route to follow to the top, hence the dominance of politics once again by the privileged.

Old friend of the blog Gary Elsby made an appearance, blaming the selection of Tristram Hunt rather than him as the local Labour Party candidate on Peter Mandelson. Others may beg to differ…

Balls Miss-Speak

Ed Balls gave a point blank denial to Brillo that he had ever criticised Darling’s plans to halve the deficit on the Daily Politics. As you can see, the Shadow Chancellor has barely been able contain his glee at the frosty numbers, but he seems to have forgotten exactly what he told Bloomberg in his pitch for job:

“I told Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling in 2009 that – whatever the media clamour at the time – even trying to halve the deficit in four years was a mistake. The pace was too severe to be credible or sustainable.”

Just like he never briefed behind anyone’s back…

Balls and the Tea-Boy Boss

Brillo was on form earlier, making Ed Balls squirm:

Balls went on to admit he had lent Alan Johnson “a few of my text books”. He also managed to successfully play up the economic divisions on the Labour frontbench and chastise his leader’s choice of PMQs questions. It’s almost as if he were up to his old tricks…

Brillo v Axe-Killer

Via : LiarPoliticians

BBC Tea Party Documentary Tonight, U.S. Mid-Terms Tomorrow

Guido has just watched a preview of tonight’s BBC documentary, “Tea Party America”. Surprisingly it did not characterise them all as closet Klu Klux Klan loving creationists – usually the BBC finds the nuttiest looking demonstrator and interviews them as a typical Tea Partier. Probably because Andrew Neil was reporting and didn’t go in with the usual pre-conceived agenda…

Brillo has been even handed, though he seems wary of Glenn Beck’s populism and suspicious of some Tea Party elements on the fringe. The Washington beltway consensus seems to be that Sarah Palin, the Tea Partier’s sweet-heart, won’t run in 2012, which from an entertainment perspective is a great disappointment. The Tea Partiers will however have an impact this week. Something those of us who think we’re “Taxed Enough Already” will welcome.

See also: Tea Party Americatonight at 19:00 on BBC 2. Dan Hannan has been reflecting on the Tea Party phenomenon on his blog.

Brillo Makes Blears Eats Her Word

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