Hilary Armstrong : "Three MPs Drunk Themselves to Death"
Ex-chief whip Hilary Armstrong has gone on the record to the Whitehall & Westminster newsletter with a candid admission that many MPs are drunks. "There was a period where there was a lot of trouble about drinking. It was an issue for the public and it was an issue for the House of Commons, as there were two or three members who died having had a really serious drink problem..."
The latest Michael Moore film, Sicko, about the American health insurance system is knocking around on GoogleVideo for those whose ethics don’t preclude them watching it.
I’ll probably go to the cinema for this one, but the opening credits I watched just now should be enough to get most Brits down on their knees to thank god and Nye Bevan for the NHS.
The Brown boost - lessons from history
All the polls since Gordon Brown became Prime Minister have shown Labour once again enjoying a lead over the Conservatives - it looks indisputable that Labour have received a boost from their change in leader. The question is whether it will last - is this a temporary effect of the blanket positive publicity that Gordon Brown was receiving when the most recent polls were conducted, or a short term effect of enthused Labour supporters and public goodwill towards the new man in the job, or is it a longer term change with Gordon Brown acting as the new broom transforming a Labour administration that had become stale and unpopular?
A Nice Little Earner
Aha now we know why Nanny is so keen on speed cameras.
Not for our safety...it's the money stupid!
It seems that the Treasury took more than £15M from the fines paid by drivers caught by speed cameras in
EXCLUSIVE (really this time!): Tories brag about dirty tricks
Leading Romford Conservative activist Billy Taylor and personal friend of Greg Hands MP has been bragging about stealing (sic) election literature:
6 Romford Tories were out delivering leaflets today (Sunday 8th) in Ealing and managed not just to deliver a whole polling district, but we managed to steal over 150 Lib Dem leaflets and 20 Labour out of letterboxes!!! (my emphasis)
Surely theft is illegal? Where do the Tories dig up these criminals?
The Ministry of Politiking
Yesterday morning, when the new of five Labour councillors defecting to the Conservative Party in Ealing Southall broke I said it would not be long before the five were trashed and smeared, and here it is. If you can't get yourself through Unity's ever present dense style where you get to the end and forgot what it was you read eight days ago at the beginning, the general gist is that the five councillors are linked to terrorists in some way.
Why, asked my American friend yesterday, concerning the furore over Alastair Campbell’s diaries, “are the English so up their own asses?” The thing seemed simple to him. In the
Now I know its adding to the misery of the nation but I cannot resist a couple, of comments about the self infatuated
Labour Unravelling In Ealing
With just over a week to go until the Ealing Southall by-election 5 local Labour councillors have defected to the Tories. In addition, an independent candidate has stood aside and backed the Conservative candidate. The 2005 GE result demonstrates the scale of the task, but in the 2006 local elections we ran neck-and-neck with Labour and won Ealing council overall.
This broken society rhetoric leaves Cameron marooned
'A trumpet blast to shake the smug liberal consensus to its foundations." Thus the Daily Mail heralds today's final report from Iain Duncan Smith's social justice commission on "Breakdown
Clarkson on trial
We need an international environmental court - so that we can prosecute the Top Gear presenter for crimes against the planet.
I have a dream. I dream of putting Jeremy Clarkson on trial for crimes against the planet. A dream to make me sway a little less on my cycle, as I risk death on the roads when yet another SUV driven at speed misses me by millimetres.
There's simply too many:
Competition for degree-level jobs is so intense that every vacancy is being chased by 29 new graduates, according to the latest graduate recruitment survey.
Of course, that doesn't mean that there are 29 times too many: all will be applying for more than one job.