Political Week in 60 Seconds

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Guardianista Pigs Walk on Two Legs

Not really sure what to make of the Guardian’s advert, the management seem very proud of it. Alan Rusbridger says it is about what they mean by “open news” as they move towards a mutual form of journalism. Meaning probably that they won’t pay for content, the HuffSlo Arianna model of slave-journalism is already mirrored over at Comment is Free (of charge). So many wannabees crave having Guardian bylines that they will write for free. Which is just as well, because that is probably the only way the Guardian is going to avoid bankruptcy.

In the newspaper’s reception they have put stuffed pigs staring at Guardian staff as they walk in:

Given the amount of hypocrisy at Kings Place in the building that is the HQ of left-of-centre hand-wringing; the hundreds of millions in offshore GMG corporate holdings in the Caymans tax haven, the half-a-million quid a year reward for failure paid to the editor of a loss-making paper that rails against high-pay, the columns from the multi-millionairess anti-poverty campaigner Polly Toynbee, the support for comprehensive schools from journalists who went to and send their children to private schools, it seems fair to quote Orwell to them:

“No question now, what had happened to the faces of the pigs. The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.”

After all, the Guardian’s pigs do walk on two legs…

Watch:  Crick Gets Cricked

Filmed live at the Barley Mow, Westminster.

WATCH: Waiter Drops Tray of Beer on Merkel

Given the soaking she got, Angela Merkel remained incredibly calm after a waiter dropped a tray of beers on her head:

Guido can not picture Sarkozy taking it that well…

Political Week in 60 Seconds

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WATCH: Obama Singing the Blues

Good luck trying this Mr Romney/Gingrich/Santorum…

Life Imitating Art – An Occasional Series

After Lansley’s dire day, it was never going to be long before the internet mashups began:

For those left scratching their heads, Lansley’s resemblance to Hugh Abbott from the Thick of It is uncanny:

This one could stick…

WATCH: Lansley Shot Outside Downing Street

He could have gone through the Rupert Entrance, but instead Andrew Lansley decided to brave the crowds outside Downing Street. Don’t think for a second that June Hautot was some innocent old dear, she is in fact a former union rep and organiser for “Keep NHS public”. The headlines won’t care for such minor details though…

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…

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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.

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…[…] Read the rest

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