The Mask Slips
TB somehow strolled over to look at the entries into
TB somehow strolled over to look at the entries into
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:
“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."
"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.'"
"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."
Amazing what you overhear in the Guy News room.
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
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.
A little something to get you going before the big showdown.
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
If you didn't laugh you would cry. More of this please.
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.
Don't you dare say TB actually looks like Byers.
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.
"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
And an unhappy one at that. Cheers Darling.
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
"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.
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