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Posted by Tim Ireland at 25 June 2008

Category: Tories! Tories! Tories!

Telegraph – Conservative expenses row: David Cameron says MPs have to be ‘open and accountable’: David Cameron has pledged to get tough with MPs and MEPs who break the rules over their expenses following a series of Conservative sleaze allegations… “We have got to recognise as MPs it is not enough just to meet the letter of the rules we have to be happy that everything we put in place for funding our offices is something that reasonable and practical people would look at and say ‘That’s OK.'”

Cow cookies!

As usual, Cameron seems like a perfectly reasonable gent until you ask him to deliver something other than a sermon.

UPDATE – Progress on a related matter… well done, Sunny!

Pandora – Dorries in blogosphere battle: Having recently faced defeat over her controversial abortion bill, Nadine Dorries is embroiled in another row – over her website. The Tory member’s blog – which, of course, Pandora reads regularly – has attracted criticism for its personal attacks on opponents. One recent post included a picture of comely housing minister Caroline Flint alongside drawings of the considerably-less-comely Pinocchio. “Don’t call me a liar, minister,” reads the entry. “It will come back to bite you.” Sunny Hundal, editor of the Liberal Conspiracy blog, complained to the Parliamentary Standards Commission, voicing concerns that Dorries may fund the site with taxpayers’ money. “We noticed it a few weeks ago,” Hundal tells me. “We’ve got a letter saying the complaint is to be taken seriously.” Dorries denies using public money. The Commissioner has written urging Dorries to make her funding arrangements known.








Posted by Tim Ireland at 12 June 2008

Category: The War on Stupid, Tories! Tories! Tories!

So that was the weird shudder I felt on the Underground as I left Westminster early this afternoon; it was a thousand or so people directly above me turning around and saying “WTF?!” in near-unison.

It’ll be interesting to see how Murdoch + chums at the Scum play this. If Labour refuses to field a candidate, we may even see a Page 3 girl running as an independent in Haltemprice and Howden on a ‘cage terrorist scum’ platform.

(pause)

You think I’m kidding, don’t you?

UPDATE (13 Jun) – Well, I almost picked it. The Scum are running with one tit, not two. See comments* for more.

[ *Thanks, Justin, for jumping the gun and treading on my punchline. :oP ]

UPDATE (13 Jun) – Some news items for you, including that exchange on Radio 4 that I mention under comments:

BBC – Ex-Sun editor ‘to take on’ Davis: Ex-Sun editor Kelvin MacKenzie says he is likely to take on David Davis in a by-election in Haltemprice and Howden if Labour does not stand. He says he is 90% certain to stand on a national security platform, arguing in favour of 42-day terror detention.

The Age – Sun’s former editor may challenge Davis: Asked whether it was Murdoch who wanted him to stand, Mackenzie said “Yes it is. Rupert Murdoch and Rebekah Wade, who is editor of The Sun, both felt that democracy would not be best served by a walkover and suggested to me last night that I might be the person to fill the hole.” When BBC Today presenter John Humphrys asked him “You don’t always do what people tell you to, do you?” Mackenzie retorted “I do if it is Rupert Murdoch, strangely.”

BBC (Newsnight Blog) – How will Murdoch fund Mackenzie campaign?: Former editor of the Sun newspaper Kelvin Mackenzie has indicated that he’s 90% certain to stand as a pro 42 days candidate in the Haltemprice and Howden by-election; caused by the resignation of David Davis.And on the BBC’s This Week programme he revealed that his old boss Rupert Murdoch had offered to back his campaign financially: “Rupert suggested to me that if Labour didn’t put anyone up, that I would run against David Davis, if that’s the case – and Rupert says he’s good for the money… I might well do it,” Mr Mackenzie said. But there is one problem with that. Mr Murdoch is an American citizen and so under British law is not allowed to contribute funds to any UK election campaign.








Posted by Tim Ireland at 10 June 2008

Category: Tories! Tories! Tories!

Ministry of Truth – Exclusive: Dorries to Face Standards Inquiry

Liberal Conspiracy – Dorries facing Standards investigation – updated

The smart money is on a totally defiant and somewhat bonkers response sometime today on Nadine’s not-a-weblog.

(Find out more about the substance of the complaint here and here.)

UPDATE – Septicisle – The Dorries deficit








Posted by Tim Ireland at 8 June 2008

Category: The Political Weblog Movement, Tories! Tories! Tories!

Watch the publisher of Total Politics show you his understanding of what ‘fair and balanced’ means here and here.

Fans of Iain Dale will recognise the ‘baying mob’ line from his reaction to the Conway affair (summed up marvellously here, by Garry).

You may also note that, suddenly, Iain isn’t as quietly appreciative of anonymous comments as he usually is. Still, I suppose he feels that he should be suspicious of something. Otherwise people might get the idea that he’s slacking.

Related Bloggage:
Random thoughts from a British Eccentric – Oh dear oh dear oh dear.
Bob Piper – Another friend in need?
Sadie’s Tavern – In Association with the Conservative Party and the Official Receiver, Sadie’s Tavern presents: A NANNY’S TALE








Posted by Tim Ireland at 6 June 2008

Category: Tories! Tories! Tories!

Guardian – Tories’ Brussels enforcer quits over half-million in expenses: Giles Chichester, who three months ago was charged by David Cameron with the role of ensuring that Tory MEPs were behaving scrupulously, stood down in Brussels after being found, over the past 12 years, to have transferred the funds, which came from MEP’s allowances, to a company of which he was a director. On Wednesday, Chichester had resisted quitting his post, though he confessed to a “whoops-a-daisy” moment, stating that he had failed to understand the rules…

Sorry, but if you’re the guy in charge of making sure that others understand and follow the rules, you can’t break the rules and then say “whoops” and expect to get away with it.

And what fun it is to watch David Cameron charging around in the hope that his velocity alone will cast the egg from his face.

(I know it’s a show, because on a number of occasions Cameron has offered Anne Milton a free ride on clear wrongdoings – example – just because it didn’t look like it would cost him anything at the time. No fuss = no action.)

[Psst! Watch the Conservatives’ top attack blogger calling for calm. The partisan twit.]








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