Friday, 1 February 2008

The Poliblogs 1 February 2008

Brian Paddick: Talentless & Desperate

The sight of Brian Paddick, famous only for being a gay policeman and downgrading cannabis on his patch, at a celeb-filled fundraiser for his London mayoral campaign shows how weak his campaign for mayor has already become. How he can use the phrase "Serious About London" as his campaign slogan is beyond me: it must be his display of humour.

Blaney’s Blarney

Times: 'Livingstone Used City Hall Staff in 2004 Vote'

Today's Times has alleged that Ken Livingstone's 2004 campaign team "instructed public servants to write articles in support" in his bid for re-election. The paper reports that "One e-mail to the mayor's former senior adviser on Asian affairs, Atma Singh, sent at 9.30am, explicitly asks that he write two articles in support of Mr Livingstone by noon that day."

Mayor Watch

Galloway backs Ken

You can say a lot about that George Galloway, but this is a positive thing. Anyine who can get the support both of Galloway and Luke Akehurst is onto a winner. I have no idea why SWP/Respect persists in running a candidate against a socialist mayor, but I suppose that's the SWP for you. This is particularly insightful:

New Direction

Maggie Gives Cameron His Orders

Never one to mince words, Margaret Thatcher has told David Cameron to raise his game and win a "proper majority" for the Conservatives at the next election. They were together at a rather glitzy awards ceremony in London, at which he presented her with a Lifetime Achievement Award and made a rather gushing speech about her.

Boulton & Co.

Cameron on Thatcher

Last night, David Cameron presented Margaret Thatcher with a lifetime achievement award, and he follows it up with an article on the Iron Lady in today's Telegraph. The article begins boldly: “Those who say that the modern Conservative Party is breaking with the legacy of Margaret Thatcher are wrong.” And mixes praise for Thatcher with swipes at Brown:

Coffee House

PMQs - 30/01/08 Gordon Brown, just answer a bloody question.

I've just caught up with yesterday's PMQs. Until late 2006 I considered myself a Labour supporter, all be it a disaffected one. I then went through a stage of not being able to call myself aligned to any party. However through blogging I became more aware of the political situation in this country and decided to become a member the Conservative Party. The reason I became disillusioned and ended my life long support of the Labour Party? - Incompetence - pure and simple. I voted Labour in their last three election victories. The latter with a gnawing doubt that I was making a mistake, but I was pinning my hopes on Labour finally getting to grips with governance. You see I was brought up in Barnsley, South Yorkshire where enterprising (i.e. wear a red rosette) donkeys really can make it to Westminster.

Daily Referendum

Should the Lib Dems be supporting the ban on patio heaters?

It’s a big day for patio heater manufacturers, as the European Parliament looks set to approve a Lib Dem-inspired measure which would see the faddish appliances phased out, along with electrical stand-by modes, and minimum standards set for energy efficiency on air-conditioning, television “decoder” boxes and light bulbs. Lib Dem MEP Fiona Hall is behind the initiative (which has no legal force). You can read her report in full here. Here’s an extract:

Lib Dem Voice

Do you think Gordon will see this as a threat?

What does Labour do now the Tories are not seen “the nasty party”? The front page of this morning’s Guardian is dominated by a report that groups of Labour modernisers, including cabinet minsters, are planning to tell Brown to offer a more radical reform programme to help beat off the Tory threat in the centre ground. Linked to a paper from the Progress thinktank the group is arguing that the political landscape has changed, that the opposition is perceived differently and, pointedly at Gordon, that economic competance is not enough as a platform. Labour needs a stronger message.

Political Betting

David Cameron's day in the Sun

Surely it is a mere conspiracy theory? Can there possibly be any truth in a story I’ve picked up about David Cameron and the Sun? On Wednesday morning, when the rest of Fleet Street was busy ending the career of Derek Conway, Britain’s Number 1 daily red-top had a different story on its front page. “Police, Cameron, Action” ran the headline: the Tory leader had told the paper exclusively of his plans to revise the rules around the police’s so-called stop powers. I’m not sure this was such a great departure by the Tories, but let us leave that for now.

Three Line Whip

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