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In wth on September 13, 2010 at 20:31

H/T @PeterOuld. From here.


Accolades enrapture my creation, at last

In wth on September 10, 2010 at 21:06

I would like to thank God (from whom my talent is on loan) for making me so brilliant that I could defeat Labour’s press drones with one-half my brain tied behind my back.

I would also like to thank Charon QC, for recognising the need for such an award.  Sante! End transmission.


– It’s still transmitting.

Dammit! Do you know how long I worked on this?

– Yes sir, I’m sorry, I can’t seem to shut it off.

Now I look a fool!

– No sir, it’s not that bad.

But, they can see everything I’m typing!

– Well… yes. Let me try thi

Man who planted the seed of Big Society dies, aged 78

In news on September 8, 2010 at 19:17

Photo: PA

The Prime Minister’s father, Ian Cameron, passed away from heart complications following a massive stroke, today.  He was 78.

Ever the hero in the eyes of his son, David, Mr. Cameron was a source of hope, love, compassion and endless supplies of optimism.  He is the man the Prime Minister credits with instilling that same optimistic outlook in his children.

Born with a severe physical disability in his legs, Ian Cameron struggled from an early age to cope with the pain and suffering caused by his deformity.

Mr. Cameron overcame his disability. He lived a life full of the rich rewards of a loving family, was a successful stockbroker, and left this world with few regrets.

His steely, determined glare at adversity gave his children courage, perseverance and obstinacy.  Three key ingredients, as it happens, that make a man a Great Man.

The Prime Minister, who has always been close to his father, said of his parents, “they showed me how a big society could work every day I was growing up…nothing will make me happier than to take that idea – using the values they gave me – to help bring our country together.”

There can be little doubt that those values – learned at his father’s knee – will see him fulfill his charge to lead the people of Great Britain out of the cold damp darkness of recession, into the rich, abundant Tory Blue skies of Ian Cameron’s Big Society.

Peace be with you, Ian.

O HEAVENLY Father, whose Blessed Son Jesus Christ did weep at the grave of Lazarus, his friend: Look, we beseech thee, with compassion upon those who are now in sorrow and affliction; comfort them, O Lord, with thy gracious consolations; make them to know that all things work together for good to them that love thee; and grant them evermore sure trust and confidence in thy fatherly care; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

New HackGate probe set to launch

In news on September 7, 2010 at 17:57

The Indy is reporting on the new probe that is to be launched following evidence given to the Home Affairs Select Committee, this morning.

The inquiry will focus on the police response, the ease of prosecuting such offences, and the treatment of victims after it emerged the New York Times refused to co-operate with British police looking into allegations of phone-hacking made by the newspaper last week.

Mr Vaz said: “The evidence of Assistant Commissioner John Yates today raised a number questions of importance about the law on phone-hacking, the way the police deal with such breaches of the law and the manner in which victims are informed of those breaches.

“I hope that this inquiry will clarify all these important areas.”

The inquiry is said to be looking at – among other things – the manner in which victims of phone-hacking are handled by the police. It is hoped that this will provide some clarity regarding how the police conducted the previous investigation, which resulted in the arrest of a News of the World reporter, and a private investigator.

The previous investigation also led to the resignation of Andy Coulson, former editor of the News of the World, now Director of Communications at Downing Street.

There is a growing faction of Tories in the Westminster village who are calling for action against Mr. Coulson.  It has been suggested that a fresh inquiry – and Coulson’s willingness to speak with the police – will quiet some of the more outspoken members of the group calling for his resignation.

You will read this.

MetGate: You’ll never guess who axed the inquiry. Oh. Yes, that’s right.

In editorial on September 6, 2010 at 21:54

From the Guardian:

The Home Office abandoned plans to establish an independent inquiry into the News of the World phone-hacking scandal last year after a senior official warned that the Metropolitan police would “deeply resent” any interference in their investigation, according to a leaked government document.

Fascinating reading.

Is Andy Coulson guilty of journalistic impropriety?

In editorial on September 6, 2010 at 17:34

Answer: It doesn’t matter.

Andy Coulson’s reputation has been dragged through the trenches quite lavishly over the past several days, with Prime Minister David Cameron being forced to step up and offer vocal support for his Director of Communications.

Most of the political chattering classes already know why, but no one seems too sure whether the allegations are true or not. Did Andy Coulson participate in the illegal interception of voicemails belonging to well-known personalities?  My opinion is that – at this point – it really doesn’t matter.

Why? – you ask.  Well, I’ll tell you.

First, Coulson’s appointment was a massive error in judgement on the part of the coalition.  News of the World is quite well known for its involvement in dirty tricks, drive-by journalism, and the proverbial gutter-press stories.  It is a highly questionable paper, and any man who willingly takes the post of editor puts his own integrity at risk.

Fortunately, for Coulson, he’s not a bad chap, and much of this can be overlooked.

However, his previous position combined with the very serious allegations now being pointed his way simply cannot – and should not – be overcome.  He needs to stand down for the sake of the Government, and for the sake of the Conservative party.

Whether we wish to admit it or not, this will come back to haunt the Prime Minister if Coulson stays on board.

It’s difficult enough as it is to keep a coalition government together, let alone when also having to deal with persistent questions about the ethical status of your senior staff.

Guilty or not, I fear, the only answer is for Coulson to go. (Sorry, Andy)

UPDATE: A senior Tory source has said that Coulson’s position is “like a long gunpowder fuse”, and suggests resignation possible

World’s Biggest Potato

In wth on September 3, 2010 at 21:01

Disgruntled Tory backbenchers speak out against Hague, bypass PM

In editorial on September 3, 2010 at 08:56

Disgruntled Tory backbenchers, and peer Lord Tebbit have spoken out against William Hague, effectively bypassing Prime Minister David Cameron.

In a remarkable display of insubordination, the Tory peer called Hague “naive” and “foolish”, following his statement about rumours circulating on the Internet that Hague is gay – and engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a special advisor.

The offensive, led by Lord Tebbit, and John Redwood, is rumoured to be fueled by ongoing disquiet amongst Tory backbenchers surrounding the coalition government, and compromise on key Tory policies.

Some in the Westminster village have suggested that Tebbit and Redwood are taking advantage of the absence of David Cameron – who is on paternity leave, following the birth of his daughter – to strike back against compromises made under the coalition agreement.

Lord Tebbit and John Redwood have a long history, with the Tory peer having supported Redwood for the party leadership in 1995. He also was very outspoken about homosexuality, suggesting that gay people should not be able to hold posts, such as that of Home Secretary.

Tebbit has opposed official Tory policy in the past, publicly, and is leading a rebellion against the coalition government, it has been suggested.

Indeed, Tebbit may get what he wants, this week – a head on a platter. Wouldn’t he be surprised if it was his?


In Housekeeping on September 2, 2010 at 17:25

Yes, I am re-launching with a site redesign, etc, by mid-September.  It’s been a lovely summer, so why waste it inside pissing and moaning about Westminster, right?

See you all right back here, shortly.