TB somehow strolled over to look at the entries into
Wednesday, 31 March 2010
Is it just TB or does anyone else think Ben Bradshaw's choice of clothing on his Sky News interview a moment ago was a little odd for someone addressing the nation from Central London on a Wednesday afternoon?
Looks like he is bunking off from his ministerial duties early this week to hit the stump and defend his increasingly shaky Exeter majority. Off for a meeting with cider producers perhaps? Bet he would be popular there.
Some of the more hysterical Lib Dems would have you believe Sarah Teather has been cleared over her dodgy rental agreement with Brent Liberal Democrats:
UPDATE: As TB just wrote on
Lyon dismissed the complaint on the:
“basis of the evidence which I received”
well Labour couldn’t run a bath let alone put a decent complaint in.
just because they cocked up the complaints doesn’t mean there isn’t a case.
and don’t forget the age old sniff test, if the rent agreement was within the law then the law is an ass."
Tuesday, 30 March 2010
"Alberto Nardelli, co-founder of Tweetminster,Sit on the fence there why don't you oh "Twitter expert".said: 'The Chancellors' Debate officially kick-started the election campaign in great style. The TV debates, alongside many other "new variables", such as Twitter, are likely to have a strong influence on the outcome of the election. We will only know the importance of such an influence on May 7 though.'"
TB is getting increasingly irritated with the lefties over at Tweetminster. He has made this clear before, but today they took the biscuit with their latest sidesplitting
Let the dull thud of TB's head hitting the desk reverberate across the land.
"Our inspiration for this experiment comes from last year’s General Election in Japan, when a group of software engineers and PhD graduates from Tokyo University undertook a study analysing the correlation between ‘online buzz’ and election results. The aim of the study was to assess if word-of-mouth mentions of candidates could help to predict which ones would be successful. The study found that in a majority of constituencies the most mentioned candidate won the seat."
How about the methodology, is it local mentions?
What about the fact that Twitter in the UK is full of fellow lefties and they spend most of their time attacking opponents. Lots of mentions, but many won't win.
What happens about nationally unpopular figures with large majorities - lots of mentions but no chance of being beaten?
TB thinks John Rentoul, who must have been orgasmic with Blair's return to the scene today,
If they pull this off they will be very very rich. Something tells TB they are going to look a little silly though.
Seriously, stick to the N64 lads.
Amazing what you overhear in the Guy News room.
CCHQ: You seem to have two different names on your media pass form?
EN: No one is my name and the Emily Nomates is a different name.
CCHQ: They are two people?
EN: Err no they are the same person...
Pause while TB strained to hear what was being said..
EN: Yes Ms.Nomates will be fine.
Is he mental or just spinning out of control? Brown's entire government has been one big internal briefing mudbath. Has James been hanging out with Draper again?
UPDATE: The fact that former defence minister Eric Joyce is the f
It's incredible that the man they cast out because "he would not win another election" has come back to attempt to shore up the worst of the damage for his old foe. TB is impressed TB didn't tell Gordon where to go, though with Mandy and Campbell back at centre of operations it must have been just like old times. Liked the tacit endorsement of Miliband too - the project must go on.
Shame the rest of the country still thinks Blair's a...
UPDATE: Just spotted this
As a very orange Blair spends one of his ninety days in the country giving a speech for Labour, TB was reminded of Mr Miliband's astute
Monday, 29 March 2010
So as Hague, Huhne and Wee Dougie work the spin room, TB's initial thoughts are firstly Cable was further to the left of Darling, and secondly he really needs to get over his five minutes in the limelight. Sadly with the way things are the Lib Dems are getting far too much oxygen than they deserve.
Darling was the only one that told genuine porkies about Tory policy and despite the furious spinning from Labour all day that his neck was on the line, Osborne held his own competently and calmly. For better or worse he was the only one who stuck to the question where the others were able to dodge and duck and fight back through refusing to answer.
Cable had the audience on side and TB suspects large swathes of the undecided public. Good news is this socialist snake charmer will never get near No11. It was soundbite central from the yellow team.
There were no killer blows though, no shrapnel wounds really either and for all the hype, the leadership debates better be a bit more than exciting. Nothing that happened tonight will be remembered by election day, but Labour will have to pack the Osborne's rubbish spin in. The real winner was the genial host.
The broke Labour Party can't afford posters, they can't afford an ad agency and it seems they can't even afford in house designers. They have had to resort to some lame spin about opening sourcing their new poster which will be displayed for about forty five minutes this weekend. Obviously it's not just been Labour folk offering their views. Some classics around.
TB has been out filming all this morning. Osborne's big day started well with the smoothies and cookies press conference. The new CCHQ press room was lookig good. TB then bounded back down Millbank to make it to Stuart Wheeler's
He will be live blogging from the spin room Chancellor's Debate tonight so come back later.
Sunday, 28 March 2010
As the sun sets on the Brown's government, Labour have resorted back to the old 1997 pledge card tactic. The image even has a setting sun on it. The problem is it seems the Labour have nowt to offer this time. The vacuous pledges consist of pickled sound bites and government speak.
Saturday, 27 March 2010
Friday, 26 March 2010
Hasn't been a moment like that on the show since the Draper days.
Thursday, 25 March 2010
Wednesday, 24 March 2010
Thomas Graham, a prominent Labour hack and President of Edinburgh University Students Association has been forced to grovel after a stunning drunken outburst, as reported here first on Sunday. Edinburgh newspaper The Journal has
"Witnesses say he became aggressive and made some “inappropriate comments” towards door staff before being forcibly ejected.
“I have apologised for my behaviour to the staff involved in this regrettable incident. I accept full responsibility for my actions; clearly my behaviour was not acceptable. I will ensure that it does not happen again.” Vice President of Services James Wallace said: "I cannot comment specifically on this incident. But I have full confidence in the staff and security who did an exceptional job on Saturday night.""Ouch. Sadly no mention of the assault witnesses confirmed to TB though.
One thing that had to make TB laugh is just how hypocritical, in line with his true colours, Thomas Graham has been about all this.
"The head of EUSA has criticised the university's student Conservative association following the chairman's run-in with the police last week for drunken misconduct.President Thomas Graham told The Journal: “It is clear that the Conservative Club have not changed their attitude towards Scotland’s drink culture and have let the Students' Association down.”
Thomas Graham, President of EUSA, expressed his disappointment to The Journal, saying: “He is an individual student in a position of responsibility and we are very disappointed he has decided to act in this way. “We feel sorry for the Conservative Club who have to begin the year dealing with this. It is a great disappointment especially after the success of Edinburgh’s Fresher’s Week which had such an emphasis on non-alcohol related events.""Well worth a
Why is Murphy running away from difficult questions about sleaze in Glasgow? What does he know?
Not sure about the social media guru look, but we knocked this out in an hour:
Why not check out the
Darling to freeze income bands in 'stealth tax' -Telegraph
Darling is today expected to steal another flagship Tory policy by scrapping stamp duty on homes worth up to £250,000 -Daily Mail
"Drivers will be clobbered with a 1p increase on the price of a litre of unleaded or diesel next month. They will face a further hike of 1p in October and a final 0.76p by the end of the year." -The Sun
Nuclear and wind power will be at heart of Alistair Darling’s Budget -Times
There will be "new bank taxes" -FT
The Budget will involve a new legal obligation for banks and building societies to offer a basic bank account -FT
"Drinkers will be clobbered with a 10 per cent hike in the cost of cider. All other alcoholic drinks will go up by two per cent. Smokers will be hit by a one per cent rise in the cost of a packet of cigarettes and tobacco." -The Sun
Tuesday, 23 March 2010
"At that point, rumours about Steven had reached the party headquarters. So a discussion was had with him - and he was asked outright about the drug rumours. And after that, any idea of him being the candidate was ABANDONED immediately."Robertson asked:
AR: "Given that the Prime Minister will have looked closely at the tragic case. Will he confirm whether a Downing Street staffer took part in a conference in July 2008 which discussed the suitability of Stephen Purcell?
GB: I know nothing of what he says but I shall look at it.Always one for a dodging a question, what was Gordon so coy about? Why so subdued? Surely this was a great chance to attack the SNP for appalling smears, as they are so often, and tell them to put up or shut up. TB understands that at the post-PMQ briefing afterwards Scottish journalists were palmed off with: “There are more important questions”. For once someone doing the briefing was correct. There are some very interesting questions still surrounding this case indeed.
Could it be that Brown knows more than he is letting on? The story of Steven Purcell's resignation has led to a constant drip drip about just what was going on at Glasgow City Council and its relationship with big donors to the Labour party. The Scottish Sunday papers are having a field ay about big Labour donors and lucrative public sector contracts. Million pound
What TB can't understand is why the caledonian editors are so reluctant to get down and dirty and blow the lid of this story once and for all. It's not like they
Such links between the Scottish Labour party and the mob have been raising eyebrows for the
His father, Tommy McAlroy, who is a close friend of Labour whip Frank Roy, has also been
So you might be getting an idea why Gordon Brown was not exactly keen on drawing attention to the UK media about a story which has him and numerous senior Labour leaders wining and dining with people who have some seriously dodgy connections and backgrounds. If its full implications broke before the sixth of May it may not just destroy Scottish Labour but bring down Brown.
But there are three important questions that still remain unanswered over two weeks after these events broke. So TB will have to ask them publicly in order that the media in London do what Glasgow news editors have been too afraid to do.
1. Who is paying for Steven Purcell's bills? Public relations, top media lawyers, stays in rehab clinics and lengthy trips abroad cost money and Steven is now unemployed - his whereabouts still unknown. Most of his money went up his nose so how is he paying his way. Why did he turn down the help the council's media officers offered?
2. Under Steven Purcell's leadership of Glasgow City Council what deals have the council,
3. Who was sitting at the top table with Gordon Brown and Steven Purcell at the Labour party fundraiser the night before Steven Purcell's announcement to his colleagues and did anything happen at the dinner to hasten his departure from the council?
Dig dig dig.
Monday, 22 March 2010
We believe, in light of these revelations that his membership of the Queen's advisory body, the Privy Council, is wholly and utterly inappropriate.
We, the undersigned, call on Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of Her other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith, to strip Stephen Byers MP of his membership of the Privy Council due to his involvement in offering to sell access to the British Government for personal profit.