While the UKIP leaflet above warns voters to “expect an earthquake in British politics”, perhaps a more accurate headline would be “expect a poem about a sandwich”.
This isn’t some misguided ward leaflet going to a few hundred homes — it’s going being delivered across the entire South West of England:
Patrick O’Flynn is earning his keep then.
Plodding backbencher and sidekick to Grant Shapps, Jake Berry MP, looks to be getting nervous about his marginal Lancashire seat — lashing out at local rivals in a smear article on Guido Fawkes.
The piece quotes an “anonymous source” on Berry’s northerly neighbour, Blackburn MP Jack Straw and his son Will, who is standing against Berry in 2015:
“Like father like son,” says a suspicious local resident, “his old man barely ever spends any time up here, sweeping in once a month like the Emperor of Blackburn.”
Which is all rather embarrassing given that Straw Snr is running the same regime of fortnightly constituency surgeries as Berry and has done so since 1982, including while in the cabinet. What’s more, Blackburn residents can walk into a Straw surgery without an appointment — unlike Berry who demands constituents book in advance.
At least this botched intervention is an improvement on tweeting pictures of dead kids.
Silicon Roundabout’s answer to Nathan Barley, former David Cameron adviser Rohan Silva, hasn’t been deterred by the failed launch of his Year Of Code initiative. The Tory-backed project had a board member quit after its 24 year-old director was ”hurled out to slaughter” by Silva in a car crash Newsnight interview last month.
But the exploding cheese expert was back in front of a microphone this week, imparting his ”wisdom” to students at LSE:
Of entrepreneurship, Rohan Silva said that it’s, “much more like a drunken walk than [he] thought”
Sounds about right.
- Boris Johnson claimed police were “the victims” of original inquiry
- Questioned whether new probe is waste of “time and money”
- Suggested racial awareness training is distraction from policing
Boris Johnson called a prospective inquiry into the Met Police spying operation on the grieving family of Stephen Lawrence a potential waste of “time and a lot of money”. He made the remarks to a committee of MPs after having previously called the police ”the victims of the Macpherson report” into police handling of the racist murder.
The mayor of London — who oversees the Metropolitan Police — told the Home Affairs Committee last July:
“I think there are arguments both ways about a public inquiry. The risk is that you would spend a lot of time and a lot of money without casting much light on it.”
Despite having broken an election pledge to chair the Met Police Authority, Boris instead suggested a probe headed up by, errr, his own office of policing.
But with the Ellison inquiry laying bare the web of corruption around the original Lawrence inquiry yesterday — including placing an undercover source in the Lawrence family camp — Boris was nowhere to be seen. Instead he trotted out a spokesman to comment on the behaviour of “the victims”, ahem sorry, police:
“The report contains profound and disturbing findings related to the Stephen Lawrence investigation and subsequent inquiries.”
This evasiveness should come as no surprise from a man who suggested that racial awareness programmes were a waste of police time.
In 2011 he went on a bike-riding photo call with Arnold Schwarzenegger instead of chairing a meeting about the controversial death of a black singer in police custody.
A mischievous hacker has defaced the Department for Education website — with a news article ‘revealing’ that the education secretary plans to teach the nation’s children on his own:
“EDUCATION MINISTER Michael Gove today unveiled new plans to single-handedly teach every child in the UK.
“Gather around kids!” he said, while ushering every single British child into one cavernous class-room.
“According to reports, one small girl in the class began to cry. “Aw, do you miss your Mummy?” asked Gove, gently. “Well, Mummy has fundamentally failed to provide for your education so forget about her.”
The cross-site scripting vulnerability was found by coder Terence Eden (@edent) on a section of the site which had been … [drumroll] … outsourced to private provider, Texuna!
“Texuna don’t have any secure way for people to report flaws to them and, when notified, struggled to find someone who could take responsibility.”
According to TES the department and Texuna took A MONTH to fix the security flaw and take down the article — even after they were informed of the hack.
In fairness, that’s still quicker than their FOI response time.
Tory toff Jacob Rees-Mogg is earning his political keep with the citizens of Saltford, on whose behalf the Somerset MP lobbied Eric Pickles to kill off proposals to build 99 homes on green belt land. With approval from a government inspector, the scheme was set to go ahead until until the decision was ‘called in’ by the communities secretary.
A local councillor told the Bath Chronicle:
“I’m sure I speak on behalf of all Saltford residents in sending our thanks to Eric Pickles for throwing out these plans, and to Jacob Rees-Mogg for asking for the application to be called in.”
With this timely intervention by Rees-Mogg, the residents of another village in his constituency can surely count on his support in blocking proposals — said to be exploiting a “planning loophole” — to build another housing estate on farmland?
Or perhaps not — because the planning applicant and owner of the land is Jacob’s mother, Lady Gillian Rees-Mogg.
Oxford University Conservative Association (OUCA) continues to stake its claim as the exemplar of the ‘Nasty Party’ – with its director of communications branding Nelson Mandela a “terrorist” a day after he died.
Brasenose College Law student Jeff Vinall made the remarks on Facebook just hours after news broke of the Nobel laureate’s passing:
A fellow OUCA member told the Oxford Tab:
“I have grave concerns about some of Jeff’s behaviour, he needs to understand that OUCA has to rapidly change if it’s ever going to be a proper Conservative society and not just a bunch of oddballs with unsavoury opinions.”
They can’t help themselves.