Wonk Watch: Kate Andrews From ASI to IEA

The wonk world transfer window is open and Guido hears the Institute of Economic Affairs are about to make a show-stopping signing. Readers will recognise 25 year-old Kate Andrews from her regular crusades for the cause of freedom on Sky News, which have made her something of a wunderkind of the right. A Texan Newcastle United supporter, Kate is moving from the Adam Smith Institute to the IEA next month to work on their digital content, “unless she is flagged up as a national security risk” by the immigration authorities. The IEA bolstered its ranks before Christmas by taking on Nissy Chesterfield from Business for Britain to do comms. The merry-go-round begins…

Farage: “I Made a Terrible Mistake” Talking About ‘Assassination Attempt’

After the wheels came off the Farage assassination attempt story, Nige tells LBC he probably shouldn’t have spoken to the papers about the story. He did also tell LBC on Sunday that “someone clearly had loosened the wing nuts on all four of the tires of my car”. UKIP are convinced the details of the incident were leaked out by a senior anti-Farage figure in the party…

Reynolds Hits Back at Diane Abbott Smear

Diane Abbott smeared the departed members of the frontbench on Newsnight as “all former Special Advisers”:

“When you look at some of the other people, when you look at Jonathan Reynolds, if you look at Mr Dugher, if you look at some of these others, what do they have in common? They’re all former Special Advisers…”

Reynolds, who wasn’t a SpAd, hits back:

Anyway, not like Ken Livingstone press officer turned councillor, turned candidate, turned MP, turned shadow minister Diane Abbott is a career politician…

Corbyn Critic Confirms Leadership Ambitions

Back in October, Guido quoted a Shadow Minister who said he wanted Jess Phillips to be the next Labour leader. In December, Julie Burchill wrote in Spectator Life: “She’s going to be leader of the Labour party one day”. Well, Phillips fancies it, telling Newsnight:

“Yes, absolutely I would consider doing it, a long time in the future. It’s not something I’m planning on doing any time soon but it’s absolutely something I would do in the future, yes.”

No “ball coming loose at the back of the scrum” nonsense with our Jess…

Donald Trump’s First TV Advert

In which Trump reaffirms his “temporary shut-down of Muslims entering the United States” and vows to “cut the head off ISIS and take their oil”. Understated as ever.

Year in 60 Seconds: 10 Best Videos of 2015

Bored of the usual end of year countdowns? GuyNews gives you the ten most amusing moments of 2015 in the form of concise six second clips (or there abouts). Enjoy…

Back in March, Ed Miliband was a Prime Ministerial hopeful dodging bacon sarnies and telling the nation he was “tough enough” to make it to Downing Street. Except he didn’t say “tough enough”. He said “tough anus”.

Election night brought celebrations and commiserations. Here is how one newsroom reacted to Ed Balls losing his seat…

More than one political career was ended on May 8. This was Guido’s favourite resignation…

Labour’s electoral funk had barely lifted when loony lefty Corbynista Richard Burgon let rip in the chamber. He will forever be known as the Farting Commie…

To July, and IDS cheering the Budget. Did he say “fantastic” or “f**king get in”?

Onto the Labour leadership race. Here in all its glory is Diane Abbott dismissing Jeremy Corbyn’s hopes of winning…

Of course Jezza did win, leading to a very different Labour party conference. Some expert lip-reading unearthed this gem: “Give ’em a wave, John…”

In the autumn, the meeting of the always hilarious Youth Parliament brought the rise and fall of an ambitious frontbencher:

Then there was one of Guido’s favourite and most bizarre headlines of the year: “Ken Denies Being Sodomised By Six Men in Succession at Gay Sex Orgy”

And into December, where the Mogg delivered this delicious put down to Dimbers:

Onwards into 2016, comrades…

Crotch-Grab Punch-Up in Ukrainian Parliament

Meanwhile, over in the Ukrainian parliament today…

H/T @parfitt_tom

Cameron: #YouAintNoMuslimBruv

Full version:

Ken Denies Being Sodomised By Six Men in Succession at Gay Sex Orgy

“You had Tory central office people wandering round the newspapers back when I was leader of the GLC, saying I’d been sodomised by six men in succession at a gay orgy.”

Glad he’s cleared that up.

Hilary Benn’s Barnstorming Syria Speech

And in full:

Listen: Leave.EU’s Official Anthem

Let the river run,
Let all the dreamers
Wake the nation.
Come, the New Jerusalem.

Silver cities rise,
The morning lights
The streets that meet them,
And sirens call them on
With a song.

Its asking for the taking.
Trembling, shaking.
Oh, my heart is aching.

We’re coming to the edge,
Running on the water,
Coming through the fog,
Your sons and daughters.

We the great and small
Stand on a star
And blaze a trail of desire
Through the dark’ning dawn.

It’s asking for the taking.
Come run with me now,
The sky is the colour of blue
You’ve never even seen
In the eyes of your lover.

Oh, my heart is aching.
We’re coming to the edge,
Running on the water,
Coming through the fog,
Your sons and daughters.

It’s asking for the taking.
Trembling, shaking.
Oh, my heart is aching.

Were coming to the edge,
Running on the water,
Coming through the fog,
Your sons and daughters.

Let the river run,
Let all the dreamers
Wake the nation.
Come, the New Jerusalem.

Well, it’s certainly different.

Ken Confronted With Victims’ Families’ Views on 7/7 Slur

This is the spectacularly awkward moment when Ken Livingstone was confronted about his claim that the 7/7 bombers “gave their lives in protest at Iraq” by the families of the victims. One calls Ken “a stupid man who just wants to upset people”, a second says “he is legitimising terrorism”. Ken replied that they shouldn’t believe what they read in the media. Classy.

UPDATE: Birmingham MP Jack Dromey has called on Jeremy Corbyn to sack Ken Livingstone for “legitimising” terrorism.

McDonnell Forced to Condemn Millions of Deaths Under Mao

You know your response to the Autumn Statement hasn’t gone to plan when you’re being forced to condemn the millions of deaths under Mao live on BBC News…

McDonnell Wipes Mao From Official Video of Speech

Just when you thought today couldn’t get any worse for John McDonnell, he decided to tweet out a video of his response to the Autumn Statement. Yet mysteriously, when he starts his section on China, the film oddly fades to black and then skips forward a couple of minutes. McDonnell’s team wiped his Little Red Book section from their official record. Forget Mao, that’s more Stalinist…

H/T @nigelfletcher

John McDonnell Quotes From Mao’s Little Red Book

In his surreal response to the Autumn Statement, John McDonnell genuinely got out a copy of Chairman Mao’s Little Red Book and started quoting from it, before throwing it at Osborne. Was it Seumas Milne’s copy

Flashback: Guido v Tim Yeo

Guido versus troubled Tim on Newsnight:

And chasing him all the way to Kent:

Enjoy Tim Yeo’s greatest hits here

Alan Johnson Kicks Off at “Middle-Class, Intellectual” Left Unity

Worth watching Alan Johnson kick off at weirdy beardy Left Unity nut Simon Hardy on the Daily Politics. “All you’ve done is print out your leaflets despising the Labour Party…”

Vid via @liarpoliticians

Corbyn Skewered With His Own Words on Defence

The PM announced £178 billion of investment in new defence equipment before dropping one or two bombs on Corbyn. These are the Labour leader’s views on defence, reported by the Sun:

“Why do have to be able to have planes, transport aircraft, aircraft carriers and everything else to get anywhere in the world? Why?”

“Wouldn’t it be wonderful if every politician around the world, instead of taking pride in the size of their armed forces, did what the people of Costa Rica have done and abolished the army and took pride in the fact that they don’t have an army, and that their country is near the top of the global peace index. Surely that is the way we should be going forward.”

The frontbench looked to the heavens during Corbyn’s response:

This was Jezza’s face after Cameron read back his own words:

His backbenches were silent…

Miliband Burned By Jim Naughtie

Ed Miliband was talking Corbyn on the Today programme this morning:

Miliband: “I’m not gonna be a back-seat driver.”

Naughtie: “Well having crashed the car it’s difficult to do that.”

Miliband: “Thanks.”

Ouch.

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