Ellie (and Guido) Want #Balls4Leader

Remember Ellie Gellard (pictured) launching Gordon’s manifesto? She is hoping to repeat her campaign success all over again and is leading the online Twitter campaign to make Ed Balls the next leader of the Labour Party. It is going well, punters on the Political Smarkets betting exchange give him a 10% chance of winning. Ellie tweeted yesterday asking for messages of support for Blinky:

If you’re supporting @EdBallsMP and would like to tell us why, email me: ellie@edballs4labour.org

So Guido sent his own message of support and proudly added a #Balls4Leader twibbon to his own Twitter profile.

From: Guy Fawkes
Date: Sat, Jun 12, 2010 at 10:45 AM
Subject: Why I want Ed to lead the Labour Party
To: ellie@edballs4labour.org

Dearest Ellie,

I think over the years Ed has shown the attributes, personality and judgement that would, if he were to become leader, guarantee Labour will remain in opposition. So Ed and I share the same goal, his victory over all other candidates for Labour leader.

Regards,

Guido

Guido would urge co-conspirators to show their support and add the twibbon to their Twitter profile. Ed can count on a lot of cross party support for his campaign to become Labour leader.

Many in CCHQ and Cowley Street have their fingers crossed that the Labour politician who polls the worst with the public could lead the opposition…

Better Suited For the Job

Though they give each other a run for their money on the stump, there is one battle that David Miliband is clearly beating his little brother in. Suits…

Shedding his Moss Bros-like, high-lapelled, black, three button number he wore on the international stage a while back, David now has the assistance of a discount to die for from Ozwald Boateng to sharpen up his image. You would think someone would have taken Miliband (minor) aside for a quiet word about what to look for in a whistle though.  Guido considers himself to be a bit of a fashionista so here is some free advice for Ed.

His jacket sleeves are two inches too short, the cut is too tight and it barely does up. It hangs like a damp sack. And that’s not to mention it’s a good three inches too short.

This is a man who wants to be Prime Minister, but wouldn’t look out-of-place addressing a regional conference of photocopier salesman.

Is this the End of the Itchy & Scratchy Show?

The jubilation of making it on to the ticket will pass for Diane Abbott. Not only will she be some £1,000 a week less well off for the duration of the 16 week campaign, but her seat on the This Week sofa might not be saved for her in September.  Things haven’t exactly been swell between her and Brillo since she appeared on the Daily Politics soon after declaring.

Neil quipped she was bringing diversity to the race as the only candidate to send her children to private school. Guido hears this did not go down well and there was quite the “diva moment” off air. As the summer progresses and the sure realisation dawns that she was David Miliband’s mere pawn to split the left and she isn’t going to win, might she slightly regret her unexpected decision to run?

+ + + McDonnell Withdraws From Labour Leadership Race + + +

Three hours to go. Even if all his backers go for Abbot she will still be short. Developing…

UPDATE : Punters on Political Smarkets betting for and against her getting through to the next round, question is will all McDonnell’s backers switch, Balls is, self-servingly, calling on others to back her.

Currently punters rate Diane as having a 33% chance of not getting enough nominations by 12.30…

UPDATE II : David Miliband and Chris Bryant nominating Abbott.

McDonnell's Thatcher Killing Fantasy

For all the discussion about the death of New Labour, if ever proof was needed that the project has failed and Labour’s loony left is still alive and well, just look at what one leadership contender had to say when he was asked what he would do if he could travel back in time. John McDonnell told a GMB union crowd that he “would assassinate Thatcher“. There was a distinct lack of disapproval from the other candidates.

McDonnell is looking increasingly unlikely to make the ballot, though Guido understands Andy Burnham is set the scrape through before Wednesday’s deadline. Two days left for Abbot and McDonnell to liven up the race then.

UPDATE : McDonnell has previous, in 2003 he sparked outrage by saying IRA terrorists should be “honoured” for taking part in their “armed struggle”. He praised the provos at a commemoration for the IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands. It was, he said, the “bravery” of the IRA, whose “bombs and bullets” had resulted in the peace process in Northern Ireland. New Labour is only dead minutes and the loony left is back…

What A Difference A Year Makes

It was exactly a year ago tonight that David Miliband chickened out from standing up to Gordon Brown for the second time and tarnished his reputation forever. As the European polls closed he let his old friend Purnell attempt to pull the trigger, but was nowhere to be seen once Brown’s government was collapsing around him. Where would Labour be now if he had gone through with the coup he was planning?

If he wasn’t the “right man for the job” then, or at the 2008 conference, or back in January  – all chances he had to lead Labour to a better result by scrapping Gordon, what on earth makes him the best man now? The man is a proven coward, will the Labour members remember that?

Elitist Labour

Guido managed to stay awake to watch Question Time last night. Diane Abbott neatly rubbished her leadership rivals for coming from a small New Labour gene pool thus – “David Miliband, Ed Miliband and Ed all played on the same football team together when they were Special Advisers”. Succintly highlighting that they are all male, party insider, wonks. Usually the sweeping criticism is that they all (including Andy Burnham) went to Oxbridge. Diane Abbott read history at Cambridge under the tutelage of historian-campaigner Simon Schama…

UPDATE : Punters give Diane Abbott only a 47% chance of getting 33 nominations to go through to the next round.

Labour's Leadership Omnishambles

It looks set to be a very long and tedious summer if the Labour leadership campaign drags on at this current level of excitement, not far off a second-rate student election.

The Milibrothers are shooting way ahead in terms of nominations and the rest of the candidates should pause for a moment to reflect that if they can’t even get the support of their colleagues, how exactly are they planning on achieving the support of the country?

What have we really learnt about any of these white middle-aged Oxbridge wonks so far on the campaign?  No one is talking about the deficit, no one is talking about cuts or taking the fight to the Coalition. All they seem to be capable of trying to do is determine who has the bona fide dyed-in-the-wool working class thing sorted.

In terms of money, it seems Miliband major has capitalised on the “big mo”. A Smith Square campaign office doesn’t come free and he is paying for whip-like text messaging services for his PLP supporters who are sent campaign lines and updates throughout the day. Burnham is basing his campaign up north, which is cheaper and Milband minor seems to be relying on the Labour Twitterati to run his campaign for him – which worked so well in the general election didn’t it? It seems Ed Balls is as yet unable to afford either an office or a website.

Andy Burnham’s piss-poor website somehow looks very 80s, eventually it came to Guido. Burnham is clearly a fan of 1980s experimental German electronic music…

UPDATE: Not content with Lord Sainsbury’s money and minions, Jason Beatie is reporting that Blair has lent David Miliband some of his office staff. Miliband has turned down the endorsement so far though…

John McDonnell Writes Rivals Demanding All on the Ballot

This email just leaked to Guido…

At the moment Miliband senior has lots of nominations in the bag, Miliband minor’s campaign are bad-mouthing Ed Balls and Andy Burnham to MPs and saying it’s a two horse race and nominating either of those two will hurt their careers in the long term when he wins. Ed Balls and Andy Burnham expect to scrape enough MPs for nominations, but not nearly as many as the Milibands.

The bookies have opened betting on whether or not Burnham, Balls, Abbott and McDonnell will even get the  33 nominations required to become official candidates. Currently McDonnell is given only a 16% chance…

Dear David, Ed, Andy, Ed and Diane,

First of all good luck in the leadership contest. I think that the entry of all of you into this election will demonstrate what dedicated and talented people we have in our party.

Now that nominations are underway I am writing to ask if you would consider the proposal that we work together to ensure that every declared candidate gets onto the ballot paper so that we have a range of candidates that truly represent the party both men and women, black and white and a range of the political views reflecting the spectrum of views of our party members.

This would mean asking members of the PLP to nominate other candidates once you have reached the 33 nominations required. Going beyond the 33 would certainly demonstrate the scale of support you have in the PLP. However, this could also mean others don’t get onto the ballot paper and prevent the full range of political views in the party being properly represented. We would also avoid any allegations that mounting up unnecessary nominations is just an act of vanity or competitive irrelevance.

I think that our members and affiliates want to be able to hear the full range of political perspectives and want to be able to choose from a full range of candidates. If the way the system works at present denies them this opportunity I believe that they will feel let down by all of us.

I would welcome your support for this approach and if necessary us all getting together this week sometime to discuss how we could work together in this way.

Please let me know if you would agree to this approach and if and when you would be available to meet.

Best wishes,
John McDonnell MP

Balls: "Knocking on Doors in My Constituency was Hard-Going"

After a shocker of an interview with Eddie Mair on Wednesday, in which Ed Balls was unable to give an answer to where he had differed from Gordon Brown in terms of policy over the last three years, his Mirror piece today shows just how tainted he is. He tries to admit, like all the others, that now they see that they lost and that they need to listen more, not that they weren’t listening before of course. This seems to be the only message of the whole contest so far.

Most interesting was what he didn’t say. There is not one mention of the deficit in the whole piece. Instead he uses cheap shots of the sort that Brown was churning out in his lowest days:

“And then on Monday, I watched George Osborne on TV struggling to contain his glee as he announced that the Tories, now backed by the Liberal Democrats, were going to cut £6billion from public services this year and put the school-building programme on hold.”

No wonder he is struggling to get the signatures to even get on the ballot. Many of the new Labour intake are holding back their support, waiting to see who else comes out of the woodwork. How long before it all gets rather nasty as Balls fights for his life?

Diane Dives In

While the line seems to be that Diane Abbott’s entry into the Labour leadership race is welcomed, spare a thought for young Andy Burnham whose launch day has been spectacularly derailed by the shock Today program announcement from the Hackney MP.

Burnham had written for The Mirror this morning and had the day’s media planned, yet that has gone out the window now the race finally has some diversity. Within two to three minutes of being in the race Abbott also managed to upset fellow left-winger John McDonnell who has instantly refuted her claims that he would not be able to get enough signatures.  Abbott’s no-love-lost attitude to the Ancien Régime might just make this an interesting  few months…

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The Milibands' Brotherly iCampaign

In an intriguing, yet ultimately geeky discovery, it seems that the Miliband brothers could well be sharing a PayPal donations account. Parts of David Miliband’s website refer to images and files hosted on a “miliband.org” server. His brother Ed however is also using the “miliband.org” server through his donate@miliband.org email address:

Which begs the question, if these two are fighting each other, why are they sharing the same miliband.org server? A fraternal campaign indeed…

Milibrothers Favourites, Balls, Burnham, Cruddas Undeclared

Amazing isn’t it that only a week ago Labour politicians were telling us they were right and everyone else was wrong, yet now they are telling us they were actually wrong and now need to renew themselves. Politicians are nothing if not flexible.

Clegg was right on lowering taxes for the lower paid, the Tories were right on immigration and C2 voters stayed at home or voted BNP because Labour had lost connection with the working classes.  So say candidates to be next leader of the Labour Party.  Astounding about turns.

Guido isn’t really sure what change the Milibrothers are offering, more “fairness”, more “progressiveness”, more of the same without the vote losing bits.

Cruddas is dithering, Balls is claiming he is a martyr to a bad press, Burnham is getting his act together. Guido can’t wait to hear the Balls manifesto; he barely held onto his own seat, is hated even within his own party and he now says he is going to consult friends before making a decision.  Should only take 5 minutes to consult all his friends…

Burnham is a bit of a wild card, he wan’t even on the original bookies list of candidates (he comes under “other” now). David Miliband is the bookies favourite, having sewn up the most MPs pledges (shades of David Davis), Ed is the wonk’s favourite and Cruddas the favourite of the left. Balls is the favourite of only Charlie Whelan…

It all remains to play for, and it looks like we won’t know the result until Labour Party conference. Thrilling, eh?

Odds and image courtesy of Political Smarkets.

Ed Balls Campaign Diary*

Finally got Yvette to agree not to stand, had to restrain myself from throwing my Costa coffee in her face when she started errmming and aahhing about it.  I will be the leader.

Can’t believe 20,000 people have watched that disgusting video of me pissed in Nazi uniform, that is more people than actually bloody voted for me.  I was a student for heaven’s sake.  At least nobody has got hold of the pictures of Yvette in the full leather-booted SS uniform.  If she stood, I’d give them to Damian, that’d stop her leadership bid dead. It would be the reich thing to do.

Charlie’s strategising has me a little worried, he reckons Miliband major and minor will split the wonk/careerist vote, with Burnham sewing up the “look at me I’m normal” vote formerly owned by Alan Johnson.  Burnham might well appeal to ordinary voters but they thankfully don’t get a say in who is leader of this Great Party of Ours, which explains how we got Gordon in.

That apparently leaves me with the “Tory hating, take no prisoners segment of the party”, which is most of the unions and a fair proportion of the Great Party of Ours. I will be leader.

Don’t trust Liam Byrne or that bitch Harman. Damian has a media grid to deal with them if they try anything.  Tom Baldwin, Paul Waugh and Toby Helm all lined up to run articles. I will be the leader.

The therapist says the positive self-reaffirmation is overcoming the blinking and stuttering, which is good because the surgical glue is painful as buggery to remove from the eyelids.  I will be the leader.  I WILL BE LEADER!

(*As leaked to Guido)

Coronation or Will Cruddas Stand?

Over at Politicalbetting.com thinks Jon Cruddas might throw his hat in the ring for the Labour Party leadership. Guido has spoken to a number of Labour insiders who are divided on the issue. Some say he has to come off the sidelines as a critic and do something now Brown is banished. Others doubt he has the bottle and think he’ll calculate he can’t win and chicken out. If he doesn’t stand it will be another coronation for David Miliband.

The bookies have this morning marked Cruddas up to second favourite ahead of Balls and Ed Miliband. Burnham hasn’t ruled himself out either…

UPDATE : On the basis of a tip and some clues Guido called Matthew MacGregor from Blue State Digital’s London office to ask if his firm was going to be running the Cruddas online operation.  No denial has been forthcoming, so with those clues and the sudden overnight movement on the betting markets it is “Game On” as they say in Labour’s new media circles…

Labour Leadership Fight Starts Next Week

Target GordonWhatever the formal line is in public, Gordon Brown is finished.  After Clegg’s rejection the Labour Party is hoping he will now quickly accept it and make way without any requirement for any unpleasantness.  John Mann obviously hasn’t got the memo and openly called for him to go yesterday.

Guido is quite surprised that David Miliband is such a hot favourite to be the next leader of the Labour Party.  He is somewhat handicapped by being the anointed Blair-Mandelson candidate, perhaps it is just because he is not Ed Balls or Harriet Harman.

Ed Balls is the Brownite kamikaze candidate, if you liked the last three years, you’ll love a Balls-led Labour Party.  He is now very weakened personally, his reputation and standing diminished by turning a safe Labour seat into a marginal requiring a recount on election night.  Despite Charlie Whelan’s Unite throwing union money and manpower behind him in a big way he was ominously unappealing to the public.  His characteristically graceless post-count speech with an aggressive “New Labour lives on” tone was authentic Balls and he did himself no favours  with it within the Labour Party.  All of which perhaps explains why he is behind Harriet Harman at the bookies.

Ed Miliband and Alan Johnson have some backers, but Guido wonders if they are really up for the fight.  Alastair Darling or Jack Straw might be a safe pair of hands until the next election if the Labour Party collectively really thinks we will have another in the autumnSources close to Hain say he won’t let his vanity get the better of him this time.

HARRIET4LEADERGuido has a few quid on Harriet.  She is her own woman, she isn’t tainted by being seen as the creature of  Blair and Mandelson like Miliband.  She is not an unpleasant Brownite bullying thug like Balls.  What she lacks in intellect she makes up for with determination and the fight in her.

She is not to be underestimated.

The Next Election Battle : Labour Leader

All that jostling for TV face time and visiting of far-flung candidates by Ed Balls, David Miliband and Harriet Harman is of course nothing to do with the upcoming election, it is all about the election after that – the Labour leadership election.

Guido reckons Gordon will be gone sooner rather than later, and one way or another he won’t be facing Cameron at the next PMQs.  Labour will turn on itself, and turn on Gordon, Charlie Whelan and Ed Balls. The likes of Yvette Cooper, Chris Bryant, Iain Austin and Tom Watson will get some of the collateral blame for foisting Gordon on the party.  They in turn will blame Mandelson and Campbell for the campaign strategy, the Blairites will pointed to for their  many coup attempts and high profile corrupt consultancy deals, cashing in like Tony himself.  This will last for ever.  Gordon will brood with a seething rage which will make Heath look positively jolly in comparison.

The bookies currently are making Miliband favourite, Harman second favourite, Darling is seen as a safe pair of hands caretaker, Balls (if he survives) and Johnson are in the running.  Many wonder if Johnson is up for it.  Harman could be acting leader on Saturday many think, they assume the she will be a caretaker leader like Margaret Beckett.  Guido hears that they should not be so sure…

Balls : Blame Blairites If Labour Loses

A Blairite source tells Guido that Ed Balls is already telling Labour colleagues that the blame for a potential Labour defeat lies with the Blairites for (a) rocking the boat with repeated attempted coups (b) getting caught money grubbing. Coincidentally he is expected to be Charlie Whelan’s chosen candidate against Blair’s protege Miliband. Nothing like getting your attack in first…

Balls : It Wasn't Me

Ed Balls may be an unpleasant bully, but he is no fool.  He knows Labour is going to lose the election and he knows he will be blamed almost as much as Brown, for he is Gordon’s homunculus.  The politics of reckless dividing lines, big government over-spending, the vicious briefing against internal party enemies, his personal use of “Mr” McBride to poison politics and his low, lying Machiavellian ways are not going to be faulted for Labour’s defeat if he can help it. […] Read the rest

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