Happy New Year folks. TB understands
Thursday, 31 December 2009
Happy New Year folks. TB understands
Wednesday, 30 December 2009
If you thought the weekend was nearly over then think again - turn the volume up and get the music pumping...
Incase you missed his stunning Newsnight debute, check out Tory Bear's mash up of Dizzee Rascal explaining why Obama won because of hip-hop and why he might very well run for office..
Remember where you saw the Dizzee4PM campaign first kids!
Tuesday, 29 December 2009
The wunderkid Ed Miliband just got a vintage Paxman creaming
UPDATE 00.01: As
"This is like watching Bambi's mother be punched by John Leslie..."
Monday, 28 December 2009
Tory Bear has said it before and will say it again - the Labour Party from the very top, to the grassroots is in a pretty desperate state of affairs. Now you may have noticed that TB has been focusing somewhat on the Rectorial election at Edinburgh in the last few weeks and though some have suggested this isn't exactly high profile news, one campaign in particular has flagged up some fascinating insight into the inner workings of the Scottish Labour Party. Party elder Lord Foulkes has had a colourful career and is now looking to settle into a cosy retirement as a member of the Edinburgh establishment. However things aren't going exactly to plan.
Despite being the first candidate to declare, his campaign has got off to a rocky start and has only began clawing back, in terms of impact, in the last couple of days. The campaign team is dominated by members, past and present, of Labour Students but it seems that not all of them have been fully on board from the beginning. TB's sources tell him that it has taken some serious heavy handed techniques from the highest echelons of the party to whip Foulkes's team into shape. It has come to Tory Bear's attention from sources close to the top of the Foulkes campaign that a particular member of the Labour Students was taken aside in the Scottish Parliament and threatened not only by Foulkes but by Iain Gray, the chaotic leader of the Labour Party in Scotland.
Sunday, 27 December 2009
Just spotted this
I AM GORDON BROWN = MAD ON BORROWING
Word reaches Tory Bear of a very exciting new Conservative Future Social Action project!
"Just wanted to tell you about a social action project we are currently involved with - WE LOVE BAGHDAD”. The party are helping local residents in their community make a difference by listening, seeing and learning. In the past, social action projects have taken the form of a 4 day volunteer scheme during conference dates. But not this year. This year, we are approaching the project from a whole new angle. It has to be about teamwork, cooperation and most importantly the community.
The task is simple: to transform the city using a bottom up approach through working with the local community, local charities and local entrepreneurs.
And so I am asking you…
Are you free in August?
Do you want to be a part of this first stage in WE LOVE
Can you travel to
Are you fully trained in urban combat?
Do you want to do your bit for Social Action?
If yes, come be a part of the already existing team working hard to bring positive changes in
Saturday, 26 December 2009
Friday, 25 December 2009
Thursday, 24 December 2009
A weekend is a long time in politics:
The mystery never was solved as the account disappeared but TB did enjoy this one first published 20th May 2009:
Someone should really sit Labour Chief Whip
Well now we know.
Wednesday, 23 December 2009
First published 25th September 2009:
It is rare that TB gets a reply from the near daily abuse he can't help but send Ministers of this dying government via the uber-access tool Twitter. Hence the chuckle he afforded himself when he clearly
You can follow TB on Twitter
Tuesday, 22 December 2009
Yes TB knows he is meant to be packing but a nice little scoop to leave on. This has come from a couple of places but people are being very cagey...
TB understands that a handful of jobs have been offered and that the new Victoria St employees will be reporting directly to Sue Macmillan, Labour's... wait for it... "New Media Campaigns Taskforce Leader" and supporter of such brilliant campaigns like "
Secondly TB hopes Claire has sorted out her contact book. She was responsible for quite the blunder the other day that sent the labour net-roots into fits of ecstasy when she announced proudly that her sources at ComRes suggested a narrowing of the poll lead to just three points. The poll was announced later that night with a tory lead of 17%. Wounder.
Thirdly what do the voters of Skipton and Ripon feel about their PPC abandoning her campaign to join the party machine? Hazelgrove has been a part time PPC already after leaving university to move to London and her twitter page rarely mentions any reports from the front line.
An early Christmas present for
Claire Hazelgrove was unavailable for comment.
TB is off the Caribbean until New Year's Eve. He won't be replying to emails, or twitter or unless Brown resigns, his phone. Ever the caring compassionate type he won't be abandoning you completely though. Instead for the next week a dozen or so of the bear's favourite posts, some serious, some very silly, from the last twenty months will be auto-posted.
Congratulations to Labour's Chief Whip and uber-chump Nick Brown for diverting taxpayer funded civil service resources in attempts to see off challengers in his own constituency. Guido
It is not known if Labour whip Kerry McCarthy has been involved in these dirty tricks but it gives you a good insight into the office she reports to. Labour grassroots and net loons have the audacity to accuse the Tories of playing dirty by attempting to unofficially fund raise for a candidate. Let's not forget who has been the polluters online this year eh guys? From the grassroots right up to Downing St and the Whips office Labour is tired, cornered and aiming below the belt. Interesting piece on
Monday, 21 December 2009
The role Sky News played in achieving these leadership debates should not be forgotten. Adam Boulton will no doubt be toasting his success having aggressively got the ball rolling with this. As TB is feeling lazy and festive he thought he would rehash a post from back when the leadership debates were first mooted. A look as some classic moments. Will these debates be election game changers? Probably not. Will the blogosphere be the place for the fact checking, rabid rebuttal and quicker than you can say Nick Robinson post match analysis? Probably. Should Nick Clegg be given such undeserved publicity? Absolutely not.
There is lots of tonight about the fact that this is a big risk for Dave. TB disagrees. Cameron has been up and down the country facing the public for months and months at Cameron Direct town hall events. He has taken and tackled pretty much every conceivable question that could be thrown at him, from cuts and spending to aliens and cocaine. Clegg has been on a desperate "me too" tour but frankly no one cares what the Lib Dems think and letting a schoolboy play with the big boys in these debates isn't going to change a thing. In the mean time Brown has been cowering in his bunker, is crap on television and all it will take is few of those paedo grins, a few "Can I I I I I er er er finish Adam" lines and a snap of temper and it's a sealed deal. As long as Cameron remains the cool, calm and articulate debater he is known to be then there is very little to worry about these debates. He is easily the most telegenic, expressive and emotive of the three and that will be conveyed.
TB thinks the expression he is after is "Game On!"
Unless they are careful, the UK debates could turn into nothing more than soundbyte ping-pong. These are moments we want to see:
Who's got some good put downs for Dave to use?
Apologies for the radio silence. TB braved Selfridges, a surprisingly civilised affair after a trip to the champagne bar. He is winding down for Christmas and will be lying on a beach in forty eight hours. The blackberry is probably staying at home.TB hears that Labour have wound themselves into a right little panic about
In the mean time he was most intrigued to be sent a link to
Sunday, 20 December 2009
The Lib Dems have rather hilariously tried to weasel their way in on the act by suggesting that if you want to beat the Kerry "two beds" McCarthy then the money should be sent their way. Well sorry chaps, you're wrong. Although they did come second in 2005 there have been boundary changes that that have reduced McCarthy's majority and put the Tories in second place. Lib Dems lying here again.
That being said the campaign, which will get going properly with more aggressive tactics has had support from Tories, Lib Dems, UKIP and the Libertarians. Money raised in small donations is the key to success for grassroots campaigns like this that are independent of party strategy or even the candidate. TB hasn't even spoken to Adeela yet but hopes she is already planning ways to put the money to good use in the new year.
TB doesn't agree with that Boris won't seek a second term. If he really does want to be PM, and TB is sure he does, he has to be seen as a fighter and to turn his back on another four years in power would shatter any reputation he has built for a future leadership bid. The Olympics will also be just after the next London elections so why after four years of preparation would Boris not want to be there to run the games?
So a Mandy vs. Boris fight could be on the cards. There has been much speculation about who Labour will put up to fight Boris, and it wasn't long ago that comment pages were talking about Alan Sugar in very much the same way. Mandy is poison and commands little respect outside of the village, it wouldn't be hard to run a Mandy style hatchet job on him. TB is inclined to say bring it on...