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”. The original on English version, plus the foreign combined copies, have been seen by nearly 600,000:

Well on target for Guido’s prediction of a million views. Are they listening yet?

Fa-Rage Against the Machine Hits 300,000

Last Friday Guido noticed a speech that Nigel Farage had given in the European Parliament a couple of days previously was creeping up into the thousands of views on YouTube. So he decided to give it a bit of a push. It was one of the most retweeted stories from this blog for months:

The savage take down of the European-elites and their frankly shocking disregard for democracy in the face of a threat to their golden project had all the hallmarks of a Hannan-style sensation. Guido predicted it would hit a million views and he stands by that. Just four days later it’s at 300,000. The truth is powerful…

Strictly News Dancing Girls

Farage's Rage Going Viral

Nigel Farage’s “What gives you the right?” speech from Wednesday is bang on the money and going viral with nearly 50,000 views in two days:

The officials in the chamber always laugh when Farage holds up the mirror, but those smirks are looking more and more like gallows humour every day. Even Mrs Fawkes, who is not in the least interested in politics, wanted the volume turned up when she overheard this one…

Paxo Force Feeds Guilty Mandy

The moment the Prince of Darkness had his words handed to him on a plate can now be savoured thanks to Liar Politicians:

As Guido mentioned earlier, he refused to rule out joining the Euro one day in the full clip

Maggievision

Well she’s got the voice right…

VIDEO: Guido and Co Giving Evidence at Privacy Committee

Apologies for the first few minutes of the feed, gets going about ten minutes in:

How ironic that at a hearing about privacy and free speech, only the chairman decides what can and cannot be said about a certain Tom Watson…

Attacks on Ken Hotting Up

There’s no shortage of ammunition…

Via Crash Bang Wallace

Happy Guy Fawkes!

 

Video: Dolly and Watson Sing the Blues

A Friday treat for you from last night –  an “absolutely totally brilliant” butchering of a Dylan classic “Forever Young” by our old friend:

Despite Gordon Brown saying  there was “no place in public life” for him, Draper is back in the fold and singing his heart out as his old chum Tom Watson looks on at last night’s fundraiser for Ed Miliband’s Political Adviser Polly Billington’s shoo-in selection bid for the Thurrock constituency. As he can’t be seen in shot, presumably McBride is holding the camera…

With the Labour bloggers taking their lines from direct meetings with Ed Miliband, Political Scrapbook doing the red-raggy ones and Left Foot Forward and LabourList parroting press releases, it is as if Draper’s vision has finally been achieved. Only after he got out of the way…

UPDATE: Amusing snippets coming in from last night from all sorts of places. Apparently Polly and Ed Balls sung Endless Love and Dolly did three songs. Who knew Like a Rolling Stone had thirteen verses…

Guy News Flashback: Huhne Speeds Off Dodging Questions

This was Guy News “huhneting” three months ago. The CPS have again asked Essex Police for more evidence – this time emails from Vicky Pryce to the Sunday Times where she planted a “no fingerprints” story about Huhne. Unfortunately her fingerprints have now been found everywhere except on the steering wheel of the speeding car. We’ll get him in the end…

Video: Blair Denies Money Grubbing Deals with Gaddafi

Technical problem means you can see it here.

Video: Aidan Burley's Pilgrim Bashing

It made the Labour benches incandescent:

Although the mics don’t pick up what they said, Guido has ears everywhere…

An Oakeshott Across the Bow

When he resigned from the government in February, Lord Oakeshott, best friend of Vince Cable and one time campaign manager to Chris Huhne, lashed out at his coalition partners for their “arrogance”. Today he has accused the Tory rebels “wrecking the coalition agreement”:

How is voting on a matter of principle as “arrogant” as walking out of a job in government on the instruction of Huhne and Vince Cable in order to try, unsuccessfully, to score points against Osborne?[…] Read the rest

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