From Mrs Duffy to Master Duffy

Not everyone at the Durham Miners’ Gala liked Ed Miliband’s speech.

At least the son of Brown didn’t call Isaac Duffy “that bigoted boy”…

Eddie Mair's Newsnight Heebie-Jeebies

Lots of confusion last night as Newsnight viewers tuned in to find Eddie Mair from Radio 4 in Paxo’s chair. And he did rather well, if he was a little gloomy:

With a fresh face around, many are wondering if Paxo is too old. Often his heart doesn’t seem to be in the questioning, and new evidence has emerged to suggest he’s getting on a bit:

News of Paxman’s demise has been greatly exaggerated though- he’s on holiday apparently.

Diamond Hits Back With No Jerk Rule

Yesterday Nell Diamond caused a stir telling George Osborne and Ed Miliband to “hold my dick“, but this afternoon Daddy Diamond taught his daughter a lesson by enforcing his strict “no jerk rule“. With Bob explaining to the Treasury Select Committee how he got “frustrated with his technology“, the Lobby didn’t need an excuse to behave like schoolboys:

Brian wouldn’t stand for this smut…

VIDEO: Farage Batters Van Rompuy (Again)

“With everyone of your predictions it goes on getting worse, I’m sorry sir you don’t have the presence, the credibility or the standing for the international markets to believe you can provide a solution. And Mr Barroso here, who stood up at the G20 and said “we don’t need any lessons on democracy”. Says the unelected president of the European Commission… You’ve made yourselves an international laughing stock. You don’t have any credibility.”

Nick Clegg on Newsround

They put Chloe Smith on Newsnight and Nick Clegg on Newsround. Sounds about right…

New Libor, New Danger

The star witness at any future banking inquiry…

Video: Paxman Mauls Chloe Smith on Newsnight

Ouch…

UPDATE: 

Smith’s Channel Four outing was arguably worse…

Tax Cheating Danny Alexander

Following the Jimmy Carr crash last week Danny Alexander took to our screens to attack tax avoiders. That’s the very same Danny Alexander who conned the Treasury out of over £100,000 by flipping his home back during the expenses scandal. Beaker shamelessly registered the property as his second home when he became an MP in 2005, despite admitting to Revenue and Customs that it was in fact his main residence. The trick allowed him to claim over £37,000 of taxpayers’ money doing up the London pad over the following two years. In 2007 Danny then sold up for £300,000, using a tax loophole to avoid paying the then 40% capital gains tax. His accountant certainly earned his – or should that be our – money. 

Now Alexander is laying into the likes of Carr and Gary Barlow, lambasting tax avoiders as the moral equivalent of benefits cheats. People in flipped houses…

Leveson Denies Hidden Agenda

Apparently we are allowed to hold opinions and say them out loud! Who knew? 

Loony Lefty Loses It Live On BBC With Toby Young

Part-time media studies teacher turned radical class warrior Francis Gilbert did the Local Schools Network no favours last night when he had a meltdown live on the BBC News Channel.

Guido thinks any head who employs Gilbert should take a look this.

Think of the children

UPDATE: In you couldn’t make it up territory: Francis Gilbert is married to The Times literary editor Erica Wagner. They sent their son to private school…

Shadow Schools Minister Kevin Brennan Fails Maths Test

Shadow Schools Minister Kevin Brennan had a mathematical nightmare in the Commons earlier, telling the House that three out of ten equalled 60%. Things only got worse for the Labour man, who then laughably accused his opposite number of being “not very good at maths“. It’s back to the classroom for him…

Cameron Goes Back to Basics

Jimmy Carr is immoral apparently. It’s open season…

Because He's Worth It

Earlier this month Guido broke the news that No.10 SpAd Dr Sean Worth had quit his job to take up a post at Policy Exchange. Putting his head above the parapet for the first time since, the good doctor appeared on Newsnight last night. If only Worth’s former colleagues could say these things like this while still in government… 

Video via LiarPoliticians

Thick of It Hits Brussels

Life imitating art once again. Thick of It creator Armando Iannucci was in town last night previewing his American spin off Veep. Perhaps an EU series next…

Video via @ukipwebmaster

Farage on Fire

He’s right…

Prime Mentalist – The Greatest Hits

Lembit Opik's Latest Music Video

Adam and the Asbos and the Evil Emperor Lembit?

Yeah, Guido is confused too…

Video: Boris on Letterman

Bloomberg, bikes, buses and his barnet all get a mention, oh and his book of course…

Greek Extremists Attack Each Other – Literally

An arrest warrant has been issued in Greece for Golden Dawn spokesman Ilias Kasidiaris after he slapped the Communist Party’s candidate Liana Kanelli live on TV:

Not for the faint hearted.

The Video They Don’t Want You To See

Warning to BBC lawyers: You’re wasting the public’s money trying to suppress video of two public servants discussing a matter of public interest.

UPDATE:

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John Curtice on fiscal policy:

“Attitudes to taxation and spending are basically counter-cyclical. If a government comes in and tries to reduce spending and taxation, after a while people will get worried about the state of public services. If a government increases taxation and public spending, after a while they’ll get concerned about increasing taxation…. In as much as there are lots of ideologues out there who think the state should be this proportion of GDP, they’re all wrong. Because the public’s view is counter-cyclical to the recent experience. It’s basically impossible to satisfy the public.”

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