Labour Councillor Caught Knitting During Budget Meeting

Politicians are often accused of spinning yarn, though not quite like this. Last night a Labour councillor in Monmouthshire was spotted knitting on camera during a budget meeting – the very budget meeting where she was expected to defend £11.4 million of proposed cuts to services across the county.

Throughout the clip, Councillor Rachel Garrick could be seen toiling away at her latest piece of knitwear while the rest of the council discuss the small matter of the County’s finances. For her part, Garrick insists it helps “increase [her] focus” and relieve chronic pain. Her Conservative colleagues remain convinced it’s a thread-bare excuse. Guido leaves it to co-conspirators: is Garrick trying to pull the wool over our eyes, or has she been stitched up?

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Lefty MP Staffers Prepare to Strike Over “Grossly Inadequate” Low Pay

As Labour bask in the chaos of public sector workers’ strikes, they should be careful what they wish for. It appears strike fever has reached their own backyard as their own parliamentary staff are threatening a strike over an unacceptably small pay offer.

This afternoon the Unite Parliamentary Staff branch announced that the 4.9% pay increase approved for them is “grossly inadequate” and “well below the 6.9% average wage increases in the private sector”. Ignoring the fact private sector workers don’t have half the job security, expenses or subsidised food and drink…

Unfortunately for Labour, Guido understands the Unite parliamentary branch is almost exclusively the refuge of their own staffers and is unlikely to hurt Tory MPs. While staffers would receive the 4.9% automatically, there’s nothing to stop MPs supplementing that with additional pay rises if they have a few quid lying around in their budget…

Two of Labour MP Grahame Morris‘s staffers have endorsed the threat of strike action, clearly dissatisfied that their own lefty boss won’t increase their pay.

Liverpool councillor and senior caseworker to Mick Whitley MP, Elizabeth Hayden, has slammed the low pay being handed out, saying she can’t wait to vote for industrial action if and when the ballot hits. For the record that’s the same Elizabeth Hayden who once questioned whether the Manchester Arena attack was a Tory false flag attack*…

Among other staffers appearing to endorse the strike action are two working for SNP MPs, a Taiwo Owatemi staffer and a Christian Wakeford staffer. He’ll soon be regretting crossing to Labour as his casework begins to pile up…

*Questions about why an MP has her on the books is an entirely different matter…

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Rayner Gives An Earful Over Reckless Spending

Guido’s glad to see Angela Rayner is now firmly on the side of taxpayers. Her incredulous reaction to Boris’s slap-up dinner in New York reveals a refreshing new attitude for the shadow deputy Prime Minister. At last, she’s promising to treat taxpayers’ money “with the respect it deserves”…

“Taxpayers have been left picking up the bill for the last two Prime Ministers’ excesses. While families are sick with worry struggling to make ends meet, this waste of public money is obscene […] Liz Truss must explain why her departmental procurement card was used to shell out for this banquet at the British people’s expense and come clean on her own involvement. Today’s Conservatives spend taxpayers’ money with reckless abandon while Labour will treat it with the respect it deserves.”

Boris’s dinner – an entourage of 24 civil servants and staff, on an official visit accompanying the Prime Minister – cost £4,445.07, or £177.80 a head. Labour claim that figure is enough to feed ten primary school children for an entire year.

£177.80 also just so happens to be £71.20 less than the £249 Angie spent on a brand new pair of AirPods Pro, courtesy of the taxpayer. Apparently they were necessary because “on average I use [them] four hours a day now on Zooms”. So necessary she then almost immediately lost them. That’s a lot of school meals…

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Sadiq Khan’s Climate Change Book Tour Flops

Mark your calendars: Sadiq’s writing a book, and it’s coming out this May. Titled “Breathe: Tackling The Climate Emergency”, Sadiq claims it’s a “seven-step guide to winning support for tough action on climate change”. So far, however, “winning support” is proving easier said than done. Always a tall ask to get the man who introduced the ULEZ to write a book about popular climate policies… 

The book has been available for pre-order on Amazon for a whopping four months, yet according to the site’s Best Sellers listing (which includes pre-sales), it’s currently the 794,238th most popular book overall. For context, even Matt Hancock’s Pandemic Diaries is 1,249th

Sadiq’s also hosting a show at the Southbank Centre on 24th May to promote the book… and that’s not selling well either. At the time of going to pixel, 576 of the 1974 seats have been sold. That’s about 29% capacity. By comparison, comedian Phil Wang is selling tickets to his “Wang in There, Baby!” gig at the same venue, just a week prior. That’s sold 2299 seats so far, with 351 remaining. Over the weekend, Wang came out swinging with 38 tickets snapped up, while Sadiq only managed to shift 8. Still, fewer books sold means fewer pages printed. Might save a few trees, at least…

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Wakeford’s 18-Month Migrant Crisis U-Turn

The road to Damascus gets shorter every day, as Christian Wakeford has yet again proved in spectacular fashion. The Conservative-turned-Labour MP for Bury South, who once attacked the “woke agenda” only to “proudly wear” that agenda’s “badge” just two years later, has now read the runes on the migrant crisis. In just under 18 months, he’s gone from saying this…

“These asylum seekers aren’t just travelling through one safe country, they’re very often travelling through many safe countries – essentially having a shopping trolley as to what they want, economic migration…”

To this:

“I want to go on record and say what I said 18 months ago was wrong and I am sorry for saying it. Every week, government uses scapegoats and as we continue to see even yesterday, asylum seekers have been one for this government for far too long. I am sorry for playing into that narrative. These people aren’t arbitrary numbers for newspaper editors to froth at the mouth about and stoke the fire of intolerance. They are human beings who have hopes and dreams, for them and their children, they want a good education, to live life without fear of persecution.”

Thereby completing his total ideological transformation in near-record time…

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Reeves Rethinks Rishi Social Media Attacks

In her response to the latest fiscal statement, Rachel Reeves didn’t hold back. One of her stand-out attacks was over Rishi’s predilection for signature-laden, glossy, social media graphics.

“The latest Prime Minister, spent so much time as Chancellor practising his signature for his glossy Instagram graphics that he failed to put even the most simple checks on Covid support schemes.”

It seems the shadow chancellor isn’t entirely opposed to glossy graphics, however, as Labour is now hiring a senior digital content officer specifically to support Rachel‘s online presence.

The £46,253.36 role will be responsible for “delivering impactful digital content for the shadow chancellor to advance Labour’s economic credibility with key voters online.” Which Guido predicts may involve putting out more than one or two “glossy Instagram graphics”…

“The successful candidate will have excellent understanding of social media platforms and what makes great content, excellent knowledge of how to campaign and generate change online, excellent understanding of how to communicate complex economic messages in a powerful way online and experience of managing multi-channel social media platforms for national or international organisations, campaigns or brand.”

Maybe the successful candidate should book in a coffee with Rishi’s guys to ask how it’s done…

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