Nigel Farage mocking the claimed unanimity of the Greens and Plaid Cymru on 16 April … and stood alongside them to deliver 477,000 signature petition on voting reform to Number 10 today, barely a month later.
At least they are arranged from left to right again.
A new parliament … and some new camera angles for the Commons. A slight relaxation in the (still very strict) rules on what us proles are allowed to see and hear in our own parliament sees an additional device mounted near the speaker’s chair — giving the opposite perspective from the ‘traditional’ view.
Having secured just 716 votes as a Lib Dem spoiler candidate in Portsmouth South, former MP Mike Hancock is reportedly off on a jolly round Europe — safe in the knowledge that despite losing his deposit, the mere fact of his kamikaze candidacy guarantees him a £33,000 taxpayer-funded resettlement grant.
His plans for his retirement may well raise eyebrows:
Guido Fawkes have attempted to link Chuka Umunna’s withdrawal from the Labour leadership contest to a Scrapbook post from Wednesday — in which we slammed a conservative blog for complaining that the shadow business secretary isn’t married.
“While Chuka is blaming the evil press for being mean, he might want to have a look at what the lefties have been up to. Namely their pushing of rumours about his sexuality…
“In criticising a ‘dog whistle attack’ they made sure it was seen by many, many more people…
Did someone say dog whistle?
If campy photoshops and knowing references to a “mystery girlfriend”are too subtle for you, then Guido’s story about the provenance of a Labour business endorsement was headlined “bi-textual”.
This is a cack handed pre-emptive strike by a blog that knows it could be in the firing line over the tone of its previous Chuka coverage.
The prime minister and his friend were both in the Scottish capital today — but for very different reasons.
Did they do lunch?
The so-called black spider letters from Prince Charles to Labour ministers have finally been released. But the big story isn’t a letter regarding Iraq — as some are claiming — but his secret lobbying of Tony Blair on matters impacting his own personal finances.
A Tory MP has been referred to the Information Commissioner over the apparent transfer of constituent email addresses from his constituency office to his Conservative Party campaign on the eve of polling day.
If you thought that a Tory majority government ostensibly being led by a moderniser might dull the instincts of social conservatives then think again. Conservative Woman founder and co-editor Laura Perrins has dedicated an entire post to her assertion that Labour leadership candidate Chuka Umunna not being married, errrr, “sets off alarm bells”.
If looks could kill. Esther McVey’s replacement at DWP did not look impressed to be asked about whether she still supports the death penalty:
Sublime. With Grant Shapps sacked as Tory chairman (a role in which he was entitled to attend cabinet) his new boss at the Department for International Development is Justine Greening — to whose Wikipedia page he has been accused of adding criticism.