The War On "Pilgrims" Goes International

As the rolling news channels give the coalition the PR gift of hard-line union members booing what most people will see as perfectly sensible suggestions from Vince Cable, the union war has opened up on another front. Regular readers will be aware of Guido’s campaign against union officials that are paid for by the taxpayer, or “Pilgrims” as they are affectionately known. Having been raised in Parliament a number of times, not least at PMQs, it seems the campaign has spread to the other side of the pond.

The Washington Post reports that Rep. Phil Gingrey will attempt to push a bill through Congress to sharply limit the activity which blights US politics too. The Republican from Georgia sums up the issue nicely:

“Official time is not fair to the government or the taxpayer and works solely to the benefit of labor unions and employees who serve as its representative or steward. With an extraordinary amount of federal employees authorized to use 100% official time on behalf of their union, the federal government loses the immensely valuable civil service for which he or she was originally hired to perform. Additionally, taxpayers pay for absolutely no official productivity on their own behalf while federal employees use official time.”

Quite, though Guido isn’t sure the “Pilgrim” name will catch on over there.

Quote of the Day

Howard Dean warns that Sarah Palin could beat Barack Obama…

“Whoever the Republicans nominate, including people like Sarah Palin, whom the inside-the-Beltway crowd dismisses — my view is if you get the nomination of a major party, you can win the presidency, I don’t care what people write about you inside the Beltway.”

Justice Catches Up With John Edwards

Former Democratic Vice-President nominee, and utter sleaze-ball, John Edwards has been formally charged with six counts over the cover-up he instigated about his affair with a campaign staffer. While his wife was dying of cancer, Edwards used funds raised for his abortive bid against Obama and Hillary in 2007/08 to silence his lover. Guess which British wannabe party leader made payments to his mistress and former campaign staffer…

Ken Clarke Having a Classic Nap

Well at least he didn’t open his mouth.

Photo via Anushka Asthana

Delusional Debs Can't Stop Spinning

The B-team of Miliband, Harman, Alexander and Stewart Wood got their photo op with Obama at the palace yesterday. Only Nick Clegg managed to look more like an excited child meeting Santa. But that hasn’t stopped Gordon’s old pollster bigging things up:

Presumably Obama will be copying the vacant stare thing, the nasel tone and the lisp next?

Rumours that Ed had been allowed to come and serve up at the Downing Street BBQ turned out to be wide at the mark.

Apparently Sam and Michelle did the salad and the boys did the burgers and ribs…

Somewhat cringeworthily…

Welcome to the Emerald Isle Mr O'Bama

Moneygall is a two-hour trek from Wexford by road, but doable in a helicopter, c’mon down…

Gotcha Osama

Cue a thousand conspiracy theories about his quick burial at sea. One thing is for sure: Hell is going to be a bit of a surprise for Osama…

A Rather Familiar Scandal

In a new record for fastest internet scalping, Gawker took down a Congressman this week in just over three hours from breaking to vacating. Rep. Christopher Lee was a married Republican congressman serving the 26th District of New York who thought he would put some sexy pictures of himself on the internet. Sound familiar?

Has the old country taught them nothing?

Wes's Unwise Words

Today’s unsophisticated storm whipped up by the left about political rhetoric came at a rather unfortunate time for the former NUS President and Labour councillor/MP wannabe Wes Streeting. In his headline piece on the Progress website he talks about turning Labour guns on the Tories:

He better hope that no Tory politico is ever violently attacked because obviously, following their logic, the left would instantly blame him.[…] Read the rest

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The Guardian's Violent Rhetoric

This morning’s Guardian leader lambasted the violent rhetoric they claim is to blame for the tragic shootings in Tuscon. However true to form they haven’t always practiced what they preach. Take for example this picture of a hanging effigy of Nick Clegg taken outside the Guardian’s King Cross HQ. […] Read the rest

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+ + + RUMOUR: D-Notice Issued on Wikileaks Stories + + +

The Defence, Press and Broadcasting Advisory Committee (DPBAC) which consists of top MOD civil servants and representatives from the media have according to Wikileaks issued a “D-Notice” – an attempt at a news black-out, on the imminent release by Wikileaks of two million diplomatic wire conversations between US Embassies and the White House/CIA.[…] Read the rest

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Mr Harding Goes To Washington

Well not quite, but to a ranch in Texas in fact. Guido learns that Murdoch has secured the serialisation of George W. Bush’s long awaited “I was right all along and screw you all” book and The Times editor James Harding is flying out next week for cigars and non-alcoholic beer on the ranch.[…] Read the rest

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Bad Night for Taxing and Spending Democrats

Tea Party candidates advanced; Republican Mike Lee in Utah, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Marco Rubio of Florida enter the upper chamber. Republicans took the House in the biggest shift in power since the Republicans gained 54 House seats in 1994.[…] Read the rest

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BBC Tea Party Documentary Tonight, U.S. Mid-Terms Tomorrow

Guido has just watched a preview of tonight’s BBC documentary, “Tea Party America”. Surprisingly it did not characterise them all as closet Klu Klux Klan loving creationists – usually the BBC finds the nuttiest looking demonstrator and interviews them as a typical Tea Partier.[…] Read the rest

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Quote of the Day

Sarah Palin said…

“Mr Obama, I can see 2012 from my house.”[…] Read the rest

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How the West Was Won

Guido would like to film something similar with a group of future German school kids laughing at the Irish[…] Read the rest

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