Damian McBride

And you wonder why they stopped making The Thick Of It

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Ed Miliband has gone all grandiose on his election promises bumper sticker slogans, carving them in stone.

The mockery hasn’t stopped either.

Ed Miliband suffered his “Neil Kinnock moment” on Sunday, opponents said, after pledging to install an eight-foot limestone monument to his manifesto in the Downing Street garden.

Labour descended into infighting over who was responsible for the eight-foot-six limestone monolith engraved with six election pledges.

Mr Miliband unveiled the edifice in Hastings on Saturday to show his vows would be “carved in stone”.

George Osborne, the Chancellor, said it was a “Sheffield rally moment” – referring to Lord Kinnock’s 1992 US presidential-style convention in which he repeatedly shouted: “We’re all right!”

The rally was regarded as “triumphalist” and hubristic, and has been credited with costing him the election after voters thought he was taking them for granted. It comes despite Mr Miliband repeatedly saying he is not “measuring the curtains” for Downing Street” when asked about his plans.

David Cameron said the “tombstone” shows Mr Miliband has a “problem with judgement”.

Other critics dubbed it a “policy cenotaph” and “the heaviest suicide note in history”, and likened it to the stone tablets carried by Moses. The Tories plan to use the stone in fundraising communications to members.

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Boris smacks Red Ed

Boris Johnson doesn’t spare anything on his spanking of Ed Miliband and his Cunliffe-like lurch to the left.

So now we know what he wants to do with the country. It’s “socialism”, folks! For years now, Ed Miliband has been studiously blank about his intentions. To a degree that has maddened supporters and opponents alike, he has refused to say much about how Labour would govern the country. He has curled himself into an ideological foetal position – so as to present as small a target as possible – and hoped that Coalition unpopularity would allow him to stand up at the last minute and slither unobtrusively into power.

And now, in an incautious admission, he has reminded us of his core beliefs – as the proud son of a Marxist academic. He wants to restore socialism to Britain. In spite of everything, the mission of Labour under Ed Miliband is to revive a political belief system that brought Britain to its knees, that blighted the lives of hundreds of millions of people in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, that was responsible for untold murders and abuses of human rights, and that in the past 30 years has been decisively rejected across the planet in favour of liberty, free enterprise and market economics – a rival system that has lifted and is lifting hundreds of millions of people out of poverty and servitude. Someone needs to tell Ed Miliband that socialism failed, and I have just the man to do it.  Read more »

Politics is not tiddlywinks

Gordon Brown is refusing to condemn Damian McBride and his robust activities while working for Brown, and nor should he.

Politics is not tiddlywinks.

Gordon Brown declined to condemn the actions of Damian McBride, his former aide who has confessed to smearing Labour colleagues to advance his boss’s career.

The former prime minister, who had not been seen in public since the disclosure of explosive allegations in Mr McBride’s book, repeatedly declined to comment at an event in New York.

Asked by The Daily Telegraph if he condemned Mr McBride he said nothing. Mr Brown was given four opportunities to remark on the memoir, which reveals how his aide leaked details of the personal lives of his rivals in order to smooth Mr Brown’s path to No 10. Read more »

A good keen man, Ctd

The revelations coming from Damian McBride’s book are still reverberating throughout the UK. The more that is revealed the more I like the sound of him.

In a book, timed to cause maximum damage by being published during the Labour conference, Mr McBride has disclosed how he destroyed the careers of New Labour Cabinet ministers by using smears and lies, and disclosing details of their private lives.

He also described “logging into” Mr Brown’s government email account to access official secrets.

On Saturday night Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair’s former spin doctor, raised the prospect of a criminal investigation into his conduct.

Mr McBride said he discredited the former prime minister’s enemies by tipping off the media about drug use, spousal abuse, alcoholism and extramarital affairs.

In one case, he disclosed that Tony Blair’s wife was being investigated by Customs.

Ed Balls, the shadow chancellor and a close aide to Mr Brown before he was prime minister, described Mr McBride’s dirty tricks operation as “vile”, but insisted he knew nothing about it.

He said: “He was a law unto himself, it now seems.”  Read more »

A good keen man

It is no secret that I love hunting, whether in the traditional sense or the political sense.

The thrill of the chase, understanding your quarry, finding their habits, tracking them down, manipulating their behaviour, bending them to your will and finally the kill.

It takes a good keen man to do that in the traditional sense, so I don’t see why it shouldn’t be applied too in the political world. Damian McBride appears to be one such good keen man.

A key aide to Gordon Brown has admitted destroying the careers of New Labour Cabinet ministers by using dark arts to smear political opponents.

Damian McBride, Mr Brown’s former communications chief, said he discredited the former prime minister’s enemies by tipping off the media about drug use, spousal abuse, alcoholism and extramarital affairs.

In an autobiography that will cast a shadow over Labour’s party conference in Brighton next week, Mr McBride admits attempting to ruin the careers of the former home secretaries Charles Clarke and John Reid.  Read more »

Has the same situation developed in NZ?

Helen Clark and her legion of mongs left behind a toxic legacy of placemen and women throughout the civil service, NGO’s quasi-charities and public bodies whose sole aim seems to be to poo-finger our John Key led government at every turn.

From leaks to obstruction and distorted complaining we seem to be suffering from the effects of  the Fabian playbook about what socialists should do to slow things down when the public tire of them and elect adults to fix the wreckage. National meanwhile are too afraid to risk public ire for appointing their own people to boards, instead knee-capping them at every opportunity. Thankfully some of that attitude has declined with the political demise of Simon Power.

Britain’s charities and quangos are now stuffed to the gunwales with Labour placemen

Only now, long after the election, do we begin to realise how clever Gordon Brown really was. After the crash, in his last two years in office, he started preparing for a new kind of Opposition. Labour might be turfed out of government, but it could carry on the fight through charities, quangos and think tanks. At one stage, Brown had a team in Downing Street devoted to appointments in public bodies, carefully building what would become a kind of government-in-exile. And if the Tories tried anything radical – like welfare reform – then Labour’s new fifth columnists would strike.

We saw this yesterday, when Iain Duncan Smith trailed a speech about welfare and poverty. A now familiar welcoming committee rose up early to greet him. The Child Poverty Action Group declared that there are no jobs to be had, so why punish those on welfare? A revered charity, Save the Children, has identified government cuts as a major threat to British children. Even the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children warns that the “most vulnerable” children are “bearing the brunt” of Cameron’s cuts. And hearing them all, who would your average listener believe: a politician, or a charity worker?

But these charities are not the kindly tin-rattlers they were. In 2008, Brown changed the rules so charities could join political campaigns. In theory, they could support any party – but as Brown knew, not many would use these powers to demand smaller taxes. It was a masterstroke. The charities sharpened their claws by hiring former Labour apparatchiks. Save the Children is now run by Justin Forsyth, Brown’s ex-strategy chief. The NSPCC has hired Peter Watt, a former Labour general secretary. Damian McBride is working for Cafod. Britain’s charities are nurturing a colourful, talented and efficient anti-Tory alliance.

Hissy Fit from Hubbard

Hubbard is throwing a massive hissy fit this morning and acting like a spoilt petulant child.

Clearly he is pissed at missing out on his promised gong.