“It’s lovely to see you but I have no desire to be part of frontline politics,” says Gordon Brown. An MP.
BBC election guru John Curtice:
‘The truth is that they [Labour] should be on tenterhooks as to whether they will win the seat. That swing that they would need, it is less than the Labour Party achieved in Norwich, less than the Conservatives achieved in Norwich in the last Parliament, less than Labour achieved in Dudley West, Wirrel South just before they won the 1997 election. When oppositions look as though they are on course for government, the kind of swing that is required for Labour to win has been relatively common. To that extent, we have to ask ourselves, why is it we are not asking the question, could Labour win this? It is all of a piece, as a result of the recent elections, Labour do not have the enthusiasm and depth of support in the electorate that make them look like an alternative government.’
Nigel Farage rubs it in:
“Thanks again for those TV debates, Nick and do keep your chin up in tough times, I would hate to see you go”
Popbitch’s Westminster c*ckwatch may have found another reason why Clegg always looks so unhappy:
“Nick Clegg, sleek and, dare one say, polished looking, although for some reason peering down at it seemed to make him sad.”
The New York Times on ex-Obama aides turned Tory and Labour gurus Jim Messina and David Axelrod:
“[Messina speaking about Axelrod] “No, he is my brother, and I love him.” He added that he had spoken with Mr. Axelrod on the phone just that morning about Senate races and Mr. Messina’s wedding, which he said he hoped Mr. Axelrod would attend. “He will be as much my friend after this as he is today.”
Mr. Axelrod declined to comment.”
Shamed race row MP Diane “Divide and Rule” Abbott on Nigel Farage:
“his remarks were racist”
LabourList’s Mark Ferguson on Miliband’s woes:
“Last night as I struggled to sleep, I wondered if there could be a worse time for the Tories to take a poll lead. Ten days before a major national election – Labour’s last national test before the general election – is awful timing.
… There is another scenario – where Labour comes second, or perhaps – unthinkably – third in the European elections, and underperforms in the local elections. If potential Labour voters are unmoved by our campaign, our messages and our leadership that could happen – and if it does, Miliband would face the toughest test of an already tough and tested leadership.”
Lord Hanningfield explains to the Standards Commissioner why he needed to claim his clock-in cash to pay his staffing bill:
“Bruce is employed by me to care for Theodore (my Bernese mountain dog) and my chickens whilst I am in London. He also helps me to perform various administrative tasks (i.e. scanning, typing etc.) when working from home.”
David Axelrod on trade unions:
“I don’t think huge funders, Right or Left, who singlehandedly eclipse the spending of parties & candidates are healthy for democracy.”
The Sun on Chris Huhne:
“Huhne dug his own Grand Canyon . . . and still he keeps shovelling.
The crooked Lib Dem got his wife to take his speeding points, then cost taxpayers a fortune denying it right up until the last-minute confession for which he was jailed.
He now bleats that he could have dodged justice if only his wife’s lying friend Judge Constance Briscoe — a witness in his case — had been exposed earlier by her own profession.
The deluded fool believes this was an internal cover-up akin to the Stafford Hospital scandal. Yes, the scandal where 1,200 people died.
Huhne broke the law and was rightly punished. He needs to move on and count his few blessings.
Such as having newspaper pals still prepared to peddle his self-pitying tripe.”
The Institute of Directors on AstraZeneca:
“It is misleading to present AstraZeneca as some kind of UK national champion. The company is a truly multinational enterprise that was created through the earlier mergers of UK, Swedish and American companies. The majority of its employees are based outside Europe and its shareholders are overwhelming foreign institutional investors. It is run by a Frenchman and chaired by a Swede. It is a multinational company active in a global economy.”
Patrick Mercer, quoted in the Standards Committee report that finished him:
“the thing which about we are all frightened is Guido Fawkes”
SAS hero Andy McNab on Labour MP Madeleine Moon’s call to end cheap beer for our boys:
“It can’t be one rule for them and one rule for the soldiers.
Are you telling me you don’t have politicians drinking to excess in subsidised bars in the House of Commons?
The difference is in the Armed Forces men and women need somewhere to bond and socialise to build the relationships that their lives depend on.
And when they go too far, they are punished severely – more severely than some MPs do for their drunken behaviour.
The Armed Forces are tribal and socialising in your own Mess is crucial to cohesion.
These MPs would be better off looking at their own drinking culture before looking at others.”
Ed Balls at Treasury questions:
“If this chancellor wants a discussion about whiplash, Mr Speaker, we can do that any day of the week. Mister, Mrs or Mistress – but let’s not go back to the biographies of the past.”
“Max Clifford has rightly been unmasked as a ruthless and manipulative sex offender who preyed for decades on children and young women.
Clifford was a rich and influential man who dined with the stars but the way he manipulated and groomed his victims is typical of many sex offenders. He exploited their vulnerabilities, using lies and coercion to get what he wanted.
Intimidated by his power and wealth, many of his victims did not initially speak out. But the courage they have shown in telling police what had happened to them and giving evidence means they have finally got justice.”
Dan Hodges on Team Miliband:
“‘Poisonous’, was the picture painted by one former senior advisor. ‘Dysfunctional,’ said one shadow cabinet member. ‘A bunch of medieval courtiers, not an office,’ said another. The most positive description I could get was ‘It’s a work in progress. They’re learning. Slowly. But they are learning.’”
A confused Nick Griffin says Nigel Farage is a shill for the City, forgetting that City banks want to stay in the EU:
“Farage is a snake oil salesman, but a very good one. His supposed anti-immigration stance is all smoke and mirrors, as is his carefully cultivated image as a ‘man of the people’. The truth is that UKIP is a pro-immigration party that exists to lobby for the interests of the City of London.”
Rod Liddle on the loony UN sexism special rapporteur:
“There is more sexism in Britain than in any other country in the world, according to a mad woman who has been sent here by the United Nations.
Rashida Manjoo is a part-time professor of law at Cape Town University in the totally non-sexist country of South Africa (otherwise known as Rape Capital Of The World).
Mrs Magoo has been wandering around with her notebook and is appalled by the sexist “boys’ club” culture here, apparently.
I don’t doubt we still have sexism in the UK. But is it worse than in, say, Saudi Arabia, d’you think, honey-lamb? Or about 175 other countries? Get a grip, you doolally old bat.”