With leaders of some of the Conservatives’ biggest councils starting to break ranks over the massive cuts heading their way, the Tory leader of Buckinghamshire County Council David Hodge (with Bozza above) told World At One earlier: “I think we’ve reached the tipping point.We can’t just eat away at our back office services any more … people are […]

The Tories’ attempt to sue UKIP for the money wasted on ‘vote Mark Reckless’ election materials printed before he defected looks to have backfired, with ‘Kipper HQ using the action against as a pretext to raise money. His email to supporters: “You may have noticed that sadly, the [Christmas] spirit of goodwill has not permeated the Conservative Party, which says it […]

With the Rouble on its knees, things are going from bad to worse at the Russian president’s annual press conference … Correction: Kirov journo who asked #Putin about #Kvas NOT drunk – survived multiple strokes — RT (@RT_com) December 18, 2014 The journalist from Kirov Oblast had asked why French-owned supermarket chain Auchan refused to stock kvas, […]

This party hack was overheard loudly discussing internal party matters with a colleague in front of a carriage full of train passengers to Hampshire yesterday evening. The individual concerned bears an absolutely uncanny resemblance to the controversial former leader of Isle of Wight Council David Pugh — who has been linked to attempts to unseat the island’s beleaguered Tory MP Andrew Turner. […]

Dining at the four-star Clos des Délices hotel near Strasbourg yesterday evening, here’s UKIP’s Christmas dinner menu. Guests tucked into such quintissentially British yuletide fare as pâté en croûte de gibiers and chairs de crab aux legumes. Organised under the auspices of their EFDD grouping, this may well turn out to be taxpayer funded.

Number 10 may come under pressure to account for their arrangements with an adviser to David Cameron — who reportedly persuaded counterparts in Washington DC to adopt an events scheme run by his lobbyist girlfriend. Former entertainment industry executive Mike Weatherley entered the Commons in 2010 pledging to be “a parliamentary champion of film and music”. He won’t have disappointed his former bosses, setting up […]

A UKIP councillor has tried to blame immigrants … because he is behind on his own council tax. Portsmouth’s Paul Godier was banned from voting on proposals for £13.1m worth of cuts at Portsmouth City Council because he is behind on payments to the authority. It has not been revealed how much he owes. And […]