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Ron Paul Uses A Terrorist To Push For The White House

YOU would have thought that allying yourself with a terrorist might not be the best way to run for the White House in 2008.

But for Ron Paul, the libertarian outsider competing in the Republican race, it earned him more than $4 million—in one day.

In one of the biggest fund-raising drives ever seen, Paul’s supporters used Guy Fawkes–or rather the V for Vendetta version of the Guy Fawkes tale–to appeal to the American people to donate $100 each on November 5.

The goal was to raise $10 million “for liberty,” “for freedom,” yada, yada, yada.

In the event, the one-day drive raised a little over $4 million. But that is still an impressive feat. According to the New York Times, Republican contender Mitt Romney’s best one-day total is $3.14 million. Hillary Clinton’s best is $6.2 million.

Paul is running the ultimate grassroots campaign.

His supporters swarm the internet, agitating and proselytizing. They became such a nuisance at the conservative blog, that Redstate blogger Leon Wolfe warned everyone who had joined up in the past half year that they were not to “shill for Ron Paul in any way shape, form or fashion.”

“Unless you lack the self-awareness to understand just how annoying, time-consuming, and bandwidth-wasting responding to the same idiotic arguments from a bunch of liberals pretending to be Republicans can be,” wrote Wolf. “Which, judging by your comment history, you really don’t understand, so allow me to offer an alternate explanation: we are a bunch of fascists and we’re upset that you’ve discovered where we keep the black helicopters, so we’re silencing you in an attempt to keep you from warning the rest of your brethren so we can round you all up and send you to re-education camps all at once.”

Needless to say, censorship did not go down well across the blogosphere.

So what does Paul believe in?

He told Jay Leno recently that he stands for free market economics, free trade, saving the billions that are being wasted “maintaining our empire around the world,” bringing the troops home from Iraq, and doing away with social security and income tax.

A fantasy world indeed.

Posted: 6th, November 2007 | In: Politicians | Comments (27) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Gordon Brown Spins Education

“HOW No 10 spun schools a line,” says the Times. Gordon Brown, straighter kinda guy, is making ready to deliver his speech on education.

Gordon will speckle his generalities with specifics. He will refer to five schools, beacons of excellence. His office sends letters to regional newspapers in Birmingham, Lancashire, Yeovil, and Bradford.

This is a heads-up for headmasters, a tip to the editors and hacks on what Brown will say. A local success story is big news. Hold the Local Heroes feature on Leonard ‘Legless Lenny’ Potts and his Teddy Boys Picnics. This one’s a runner.

Brown’s letter enthuses: “I want to involve and engage parents at every stage of the journey of their children’s education. More regular, ‘real-time’ feedback about their children’s progress; regular e-mails, regular meetings. And more parents sessions at schools – to share information and set goals – at key transition points for their children.

“Many schools across the country are already leading the way on parental involvement and I want to pay tribute to them. Westfield Community School in Yeovil, for example, offer a Parent Support Adviser and run a Parent Forum.”

The Western Gazette receives the missive and responds with the story “PM praises town school for parental support”.

Others give Gordon a mention and how he has praised [insert school name her]: The Wiseman Catholic Technology College (Birmingham Post), Alder Grange Community and Technology College (Lancashire Telegraph), Victoria Primary School (Telegraph and Argus, Bradford) and Astley Community High School (this one a press release issued by the ruling local Labour council).

Gordon rises to speak. And none of the schools are mentioned.

Says the Prime Minister’s spokesman: “We were not suggesting this was going to be a direct quote from the speech. The Prime Minister is perfectly entitled to give quotes about best practice.”

Tom Bevan, a staff reporter for the Western Gazette, says: “They phoned on Tuesday and said one of your schools was going to be mentioned in a speech by the Prime Minister. They definitely said that it would be in the speech.”

A second journalist, who does not want to be identified, “for fear of reprisal from No 10”, says: “They told us the quotes mentioning the school would be in the speech. That is certain.”

Gordon Brown is unavailable for comment, but is believed to not want it on the record (it says here) that Tony Blair made him do it…

Pic: Beau Bo D’Or

Posted: 6th, November 2007 | In: Broadsheets, Politicians | Comments (4) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Hillary Clinton Is Where John Edwards And Barack Obama Want Her

WITH exactly one year to go to the presidential election and just two months to the presidential primaries, John Edwards has got Hillary Clinton right where he wants her.

Team Edwards has released an impressive campaign video that highlights Clinton’s slippery performance during the Democratic debate on Tuesday when she appeared to change policy every time she opened her mouth.

Edwards will continue the onslaught later today during a speech in Iowa where, according to the New York Times, he will say: “Senator Clinton is voting like a hawk in Washington, while talking like a dove in Iowa and New Hampshire. We only need one mode from our president: tell-the-truth mode all the time.”

Meanwhile, Barack Obama has accused Clinton of prizing political calculation over honesty.

Reporters are having no end of fun comparing Hillary’s slipperiness with that of her husband who once debated the finer points of the meaning of the word “is.”

And while some in the Clinton camp are accusing her rivals of sexism by ‘piling on’ to the lone female candidate, Clinton’s opponents are accusing her of playing the victim card now that the pressure has finally started to intensify.

Edwards and Obama still appear to be Democratic long shots. But the past week has definitely been a long one for Mrs Cllinton’s politics.

Posted: 5th, November 2007 | In: Politicians | Comments (14) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Carol Vorderman Pulls In Her Trousers

CAROL Vorderman is stood before the Countdown board, as she has stood for 25 years. To mark the show, and Channel 4’s silver jubilee, the Mirror notes that Carol will be wearing the same trousers she wore all those moons ago. “I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to get into them – but luckily, I just managed,” says Carol.

Thankfully, the ways of fashion mean that 25 years ago Carol’s trousers were baggy from waist to turn-ups. It was only after celebrity and Lycra came knocking that Carol took to wearing tighter clothes. It is commitment to her style that causes Carol to augment her old Comfi-Slax with a tri-buckled belt pulled tight betwixt bust and hips in the manner of a circus strong man.

Says Gordon Brown in the Telegraph: “I wish she could have helped me with some of my budgets when I as Chancellor – I might have got the sums right more often.”

Or “Phwaoor often”, as he might have meant to say…

Posted: 2nd, November 2007 | In: Politicians, Tabloids | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Nick Clegg Has No ID

SAYS Liberal Democrat MP Nick Clegg: “If the Government seeks to make ID cards compulsory on every British citizen, I will lead a people’s campaign to thwart the programme.”

A campaign for anonymity from a leading Liberal Democrat MP who wants to be party leader…

He has every chance of success…

Pic: Beau Bo D’Or

(Clegg is the one on the right or left)

Posted: 1st, November 2007 | In: Politicians | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Fiery Reaction To Cherie Blair’s Muslim Veil Comments

IN “My doubts about the Muslim veil,” the Telegraph looks at Cherie Blair.

Says the former self-styled First Lady: “Women covering their heads, women dressing modestly, I have no problem with at all. I think, however, that if you get to a stage where a woman is not able to express her personality because you can’t see her face, then you do start to have to ask whether that is something that is actually acknowledging the woman’s right to be a person in her own right.”

The reaction will be swift and merciless. Anorak’s attention is drawn to goings on at the Edinbridge Firework Society, Kent. The shadowy group has erected a 25ft effigy, complete with grin-and-tell book and pile of cash. It is to be torched.

That it should come to this…

Posted: 1st, November 2007 | In: Broadsheets, Politicians | Comments (14) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Gordon Brown’s Motto For Education

“WITHOUT Labour, nothing,” says Gordon Brown, words echoed by Brighton and Hove Grammar School.

We call for “Achievement beyond expectation” (Banksome School, Darlington). It is “Onwards and upwards” (Camden High School For Girls).

And do we not strive for “Excellence through endeavour (Kennet School, Newbury).

We could go on. Gordon Brown does. He wants a return to the halcyon days when the school motto, and not a curry kebab with spliff chaser, was on the lips of every shiny-eyed child.

He tells an audience of headteachers, as witnessed by the Independent, that the school motto should “make it possible for young people to bridge the gap between what they are and what they have the wherewithal to become.”

Indeed, without school mottos, where would Gordon Brown get his soundbites from? Brown used his school motto – “I will do my utmost” – in his first speech as Prime Minister.

“To strive and achieve is to succeed,” says Brown’s advisors at Howard School, Medway.

Ad captandum vulgus…


Posted: 1st, November 2007 | In: Politicians | Comments (7) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

President 2008: Mike Huckabee’s Baptism Versus Mitt Romney’s Mormon

RUDY Giuliani could have a couple of problems on his hands.

While millionaire Mitt Romney buys his way to the White House on one side, the New York Sun points out that a dark horse social conservative has emerged on Giuliani’s flank.

That outsider is former Governor of Arkansas, Mike Huckabee, who has come from nowhere to tie Rudy Giuliani for second place in the latest Iowa poll, a crucial early state in the presidential primaries.

The University of Iowa Hawkeye Poll shows Huckabee (12.8 percent) and Giuliani (13.1 percent) statistically tied, while Romney sits way out front with 36.2 percent. Huckabee polled just 1.8 percent in a similar poll in August.

His surge is impressive considering Huckabee has spent just $1.7 million on his campaign so far, compared to Romney, who has spent $53.6 million, and Giuliani, who has spent $30.6 million.

Huckabee is one of the few Republican candidates who appeals to social conservatives. He is an ordained Southern Baptist minister. And he attracted more than half the votes of delegates to a recent Values Voter summit in Washington.

He is tough on immigration and tough on corporate pay. And he has the added advantage of being able to boast that he has fought the Clintons in their Arkansas backyard. Yesterday he told that he had beaten the “Clinton political machine” four times.

Nationally, Giuliani still leads the Republican pack with 20 percent in the polls. Fred Thompson and John McCain follow with 19 percent and 14 percent respectively.

But it’s Huckabee and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney who appear to be gaining all the traction. Watch this space.

Posted: 30th, October 2007 | In: Politicians | Comments (10) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

David Cameron Immigration Policy For Daleks

DAVID Cameron is addressing the Policy Exchange. And a contest. Can you guess the missing word as uttered by Julie Etchingham, a Sky TV news blonde? (It’s the Telegraph’s front-page news)

Cameron: “Some of the increase in population size results from natural change – birth rates, death rates. Here our policy is obvious…”

a) Extermination
b) Exterminate, exterminate, exterminate
c) Take me, Dave

A Sky News spokesman says: “A comment was made in the studio during David Cameron’s speech that was broadcast in error. The comment was not intended for broadcast. The off-the-cuff remark was regrettable.”

Etchingham is soon to appear on the re-launched News at Ten…

Answer: A

Pic: Beau Bo D’Or 

Posted: 30th, October 2007 | In: Politicians | Comments (4) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

President 2008: Mitt Romney’s Iowan Jihad

IT’S an odd factor in the polemics of the 2008 presidential campaign so far, but according to the Wall Street Journal a clear gap has opened up between Republicans and Democrats in one area–use of the I-word.

Candidates of both parties like to talk tough on terror. But when it’s time to point the finger of blame Republicans single out Islamic extremism while Democrats barely mention the “Islam” word at all.

According to the Journal, Democrats such as Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama refer to “stateless terrorism” and “global terrorism” while Republicans such as Rudy Giuliani, Fred Thompson and Mick Huckabee warn of “Islamic extremism” and “Islamic jihad.”

Mitt Romney has made “jihadism” the subject of a recent Iowa campaign ad.

Meanwhile the race for the White House is hotting up in South Carolina at least.

The 1,000,000 Strong for Stephen T Colbert Facebook group attracted more than one million members in just over a week. (According to the New York Times it took Barack Obama’s “One Million Strong” group eight months to attract 380,000 members.)

Democratic candidate John Edwards is taking no chances in his home state, fighting satire with satire. His campaign released this statement last night:

“Stephen Colbert claims to represent a new kind of politics, but today we see he’s participating in the slash and burn politics that has no place in American discourse. The truthiness is, as the candidate of Doritos, Colbert’s hands are stained by corporate corruption and nacho cheese. John Edwards has never taken a dime from salty food lobbyists and America deserves a President who isn’t in the pocket of the snack food special interests.”

Posted: 29th, October 2007 | In: Politicians | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Boris Johnson: Petronella Wyatt Dares To Meet…

“IN bed with ‘ze world’s sexiest chef’ Jean Christophe Novelli,” writes the Mail. “Champagne, come-hither eyes and that knee-weakening accent. Could any girl resist the oh-so dishy Jean Christophe Novelli? The Mail’s Petronella Wyatt does her best – but with the bed already made up, her virtue is at stake.”

Is this the same Petronella Wyatt, daughter of the late Lord Wyatt, who had a four-year affair with married Boris Johnson?

Posted: 27th, October 2007 | In: Politicians, Tabloids | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Nick Clegg Gets McCann’s Spin Doctor

NICK Clegg’s chances of winning the Liberal Democrat leadership are 4-9. He is the favourite.

This might be to do with his policies, or the fact that he is the most recognisable leading Liberal Democrat, albeit one often recognised as David Cameron chubbier and more conservative brother.

Clegg for leader is the cry. And, as the Times reports, helping him shake the tin and rattle his placard is Justine McGuinness. She is Clegg’s new spin doctor.

That’s right, she is the woman who once operated as Kate and Gerry McCann’s media operative.

And look how well known they are…

Pic: Beau Bo D’Or 

Posted: 26th, October 2007 | In: Politicians | Comments (6) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

President 2008: Mitt Romney Moves On Abortion

IS America ready for a Mormon president?

Massachusetts Governor and Mormon Mitt Romney is entering the final stretch of the Republican primary race in a strong position.

Romney, a millionaire venture capitalist with a net worth of around $200 million, has run a tight campaign. He’s dodged the negative comments that have dogged opponents like Fred Thompson and John McCain. And he’s got millions of dollars to throw into the ring if he needs it. (He’s personally loaned his campaign $17.4 million so far this year.)

As the Politico blog points out, in a matter of one year Romney “has gone from being a little-known governor of a liberal-leaning Democratic state to the leading Republican candidate in public opinion polls in both critical early-primary states, New Hampshire and Iowa.”

If you wanted to throw a tenner on an outsider with a semi-decent chance of winning the presidency, Romney would probably be your man.

True, Romney’s Mormonism is bound to become more of an issue to conservative Christian voters as elections draw near. But Giuliani’s defense of gun control and abortion, and his succession of marital and family problems, hardly endears him to core values voters.

Miraculously, Romney’s views on abortion have become more conservative in time for the presidential race.

Assuming Romney can defeat Giuliani, he must fancy his chances against Democratic runaway leader Hillary Clinton, who enjoys a 31-point lead over her closest rival Barack Obama.

Clinton is the most divisive candidate the Democrats could hope to choose. She recently came out top in a poll of candidates whom voters would never vote for. And her candidacy is sure to stir up more grassroots oppostion than any other

Posted: 25th, October 2007 | In: Politicians | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

President 2008: Rudy Giuliani Sox Barack Obama And John McCain

IT’S the flip flop to end all flip flops -if you’re a baseball fan in New York.

One of the city’s best-known Yankees fans, Rudy Giuliani, told a New Hampshire crowd yesterday that he’s supporting the hated Red Sox in the World Series.

This morning’s New York Daily News brands the former mayor a “TRAITOR” and the New York Post calls him a “YANKEE FLIPPER.”

The Boston Red Sox play the Colorado Rockies in the first game of the World Series tonight.

By chance, the Red Sox haven of New Hampshire is one of the first, and therefore most important, states to vote in the Presidential primaries.

By the New York Daily News’ calculation the combined value of all Red Sox supporting states, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont and half of Connecticut, is worth 30 electoral college votes. Colorado has nine votes.

Giuliani, who is a regular at Yankees games and owner of four Yankees World Series rings, recently taunted Hillary Clinton for becoming a Yankees fan while “growing up in Chicago.” Now this.

“The man really must want the job,” says the Op-Ed page of the New York Post.

Meanwhile, Democratic hopeful Barack Obama told a Boston crowd last night that he was a White Sox fan: “You don’t want somebody who pretends to be a Red Sox fan as president of the United States. You want somebody who is a principled sports fan. Even when his team is losing, he still stands up for them.”

In other news: John McCain told workers at a small weapons factory in New Hampshire that he would follow Osama Bin Laden to the gates of hell and “shoot him with your products,” and a bleary-eyed Mitt Romney accidentally accused Barack Obama (not Osama) of “calling on radicals, jihadists of all different types, to come together in Iraq.”

Posted: 24th, October 2007 | In: Politicians | Comments (6) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Hill And Bill Clinton’s Great Romance

SAYS Hillary Clinton in Essence magazine on the matter of husband Bill: “Oh he’s so romantic. He’s always bringing me back things from his trips.

“He brought me a giant wooden giraffe from Africa. Oh, he bought me this watch. I had dental surgery. And he said it reminded him of teeth.”

The giraffe or the watch?

Posted: 24th, October 2007 | In: Politicians | Comments (4) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

President 2008: Republicans Attack Hillary Clinton And Each Other

WITH less than three months to go before Americans decide which two candidates will square off in the Presidential election, all eyes are fixed on the Republicans.

It’s not that Hillary Clinton’s Democratic nomination is assured. It’s just the race between the Republicans is closer, and turning a little bitchier.

At last night’s Republican debate in Florida, Fred “Fading Fast” Thompson, John “Vietnam Vet” McCain, Mitt “Don’t Mention Mormonism” Romney and Rudy “9/11” Giuliani exchanged barbs.

Thompson and McCain both played up their conservative credentials attacking Romney and Giuliani for their liberal records on issues such as gay marriage and abortion. Meanwhile, Giuliani played the “I Made New York a Safer Place” card while the telegenic Romney talked up his successes as a Republican governor of a Democrat-dominated Massachusetts state legislature.

When they weren’t bashing each other, the Republicans were attacking Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton. McCain scored the biggest hit of the night, criticizing Clinton’s support for a $1 million museum to commemorate the Woodstock Festival that took place while McCain was a PoW in Vietnam.

“Now my friends I wasn’t there. I’m sure it was a cultural and pharmaceutical event,” he said, before adding, “I was tied up at the time” to a round of applause and a standing ovation.

Whoever goes on to face the Democrats won’t necessarily be quaking in their boots if they face Clinton. A recent Zogby poll showed that half of Americans would never vote for her, compared to 43% who said they would never vote for Giuliani and 42% who said they would never vote for Romney.

At the other end of the poll, Democratic candidates Barack Obama (37%) and Bill Richardson (34%) fared much better. Richardson, who recently released a humorous video telling voters about his career, has turned to more serious subject matter. His latest campaign ad trumpets his success freeing a pair of American hostages in Iraq.

Posted: 23rd, October 2007 | In: Politicians | Comments (4) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Hillary Clinton Socks It To Pets

HILLARY Clinton used Socks, the White House cat, to show that “chilly” Hillary had a “caring, maternal side”. And then…

Says the Times: “Clinton’s treatment of Socks cuts to the heart of the questions about her candidacy. Is she too cold and calculating to win the presidency? Or does it signify political invincibility by showing she is willing to deploy every weapon to get what she wants?”

“So where is Socks today?” asks the Times. Stolen to order? Replaced by a younger, chubbier model? Used as a makeweight batering tool in the Sino-American trade wars? No, no and no. As the paper reports, Socks was “dumped” on Betty Currie, Bill Clinton’s personal secretary, “who also had an embarrassing clean-up role in the saga of his relationship with the intern Monica Lewinsky”.

Is there a message in this gesture? A cat. A pussy. Does Hillary do irony? If she did, would we warm to her?

Or, as the Times says: “Some believe the abandoned pet could now come between Hillary Clinton and her ambition to return to the White House as America’s first woman president.”

This is the Clinton who wrote the book Dear Socks, Dear Buddy: Kids’ Letters to the First Pets, in which she said that it was the arrival of Socks and his “toy mouse” that made the White House “become a home”.

Readers learn that Buddy Clinton, the family’s chocolate labrador, was struck and killed by Halie Ritterman’s Ford Explorer on Route 117, a busy two-lane road at the end of Old House Lane where the ex-president and family now live.

One gone. One dead. “Ouch! Hillary Clinton’s softer image is clawed over dumped cat,” says the Times.

And Hillary bares her teeth…

Incidentally, Mr. Clinton’s dog Zeke, was run over by a car some years ago in Arkansas…

Posted: 21st, October 2007 | In: Broadsheets, Politicians | Comments (3) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Love Is Nicolas Sarkozy And…

THE Sunday Times sees “French tongues wag” as Nicolas Sarkozy separates from Cécilia, his glamorous wife, and plays the field.

As reported: “He was seen frolicking in a Paris nightclub recently with friends, among them Maud Fontenoy, an attractive yachts-woman whom he presented with France’s highest award, the Légion d’Honneur, in July in recognition of exploits that included a solo circumnavigation of the Antarctic”. The print edition includes a photo of La Fontenoy, noting: “[she] is just one of the glamorous women now being linked to Sarkozy.”

Where do they get their ideas from..? (See picure)

Posted: 21st, October 2007 | In: Broadsheets, Politicians | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Gordon Brown Under Attack: The Sun’s Call To Arms

NO small polemic in the Sun where the lead cartoon illustrates the nations Armed Forces rising up and killing Gordon Brown.

An RAF fighter pilot spots Brown’s plane and screams: “Gordon Brown at 6 o’clock… On his way to sell Britain out…ATTACK, ATTACK, ATTACK.”

On the positive side, such direct action negates the need for Brown to call a General Election. Indeed, after the eulogies and the state funeral there would be a period of jostling as the next leader is selected by the military junta.

“Betrayal will haunt Gordon,” says the Sun’s editorial, the paper looking on as Brown dodges the RAF and arrives in Lisbon to approve the EU Constitution.

“They are taking us for fools,” says the Sun’s political editor. Readers are invited to go online and sign the Sun’s petition calling for an EU Referendum.

The paper columnist Fergus Shanahan is sequestered to note: “Some time between the port and the cheese at a Lisbon banquet last night, Gordon Brown looked likely to hand over Britain to Brussels.”

Why, this Gordon is the “LISBON LION”. He’s the Mirror’s hero who has the “historic deal” within his “grasp”. Sure, Europe will decide on Britain’s transport (Anorak nominates the Germans), environment (the Swedes) and business regulations (the Italians), but as Brown tells us: “Britain decides over justice and home affairs issues. Britain decides over foreign and security policy. Britain decides on national security issues.” It is what a patriotic Briton calls the acquis communautaire.

Look not at what he has given away but what he has not given away. Brown is “standing firm” says the Mirror, even if the ground beneath his mighty feet is made of Sun quicksand.

The Sun still wants a referendum. It want one now. But the Times says Brown has set aside three moths to ratify the new treaty.

Do we vote now? Or do we vote later? We have no constitution that dictates what we should do…

Pic: Beau Bo D’Or

Posted: 19th, October 2007 | In: Politicians, Tabloids | Comments (10) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

I Was There When Gordon Brown Signed The EU Treaty

“10 MYTHS ABOUT THE EU TREATY,” announces the Independent’s front page. “FOR TRUTH ABOUT THE EU TREATY, SEE PAGES 2 &3.”

It takes a brave newspaper to begin with not one, not two but three pages of European newzzzzz…

The EU Summit is upon the people of Lisbon. They will sit enraptured before their television sets, ears pressed to radios and hands clutching at newssheets, marking the time when Gordon Brown signed the EU treaty.

In years to come, we and they will turn to one another and say “Where were you when IT happened?” And eyes will grow misty…

Pic: Beau Bo D’Or 

Posted: 18th, October 2007 | In: Broadsheets, Politicians | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

President 2008: Hillary Clinton Is Ready For Action

RACE for the White House – Hillary Clinton is on:

America’s presidential hopefuls are using every trick in the book to get their message out. And it seems they’ve decided gimmicks and gags work far better than boring old party political broadcasts.Take this Pro-Hillary Rob Reiner ad for example. It urges Hill’s supporters to get behind their candidate without boring the rest of us to tears. It’s entertaining enough to ping around the interweb. And even though Hillary doesn’t make an appearance, the viewer still credits her with having the good humor to let it pass.

And Hillary isn’t the only one. Here’s Republican Bill Richardson telling voters all of his credentials in under 80 seconds without sounding like a politician. It’s the sketch show approach to politics. And it appears to be working. Richardson’s video has been viewed almost a quarter of a million times.

These are just a couple of the videos that are piling on top of earlier hits like Hillary’s Sopranos parody, Obama girl and Giuliani girl.

Imagine if pols in Russia and Britain used the same tactics for their campaign. Mobster lookalike Vladimir Putin could do a Sopranos parody that would put Hillary Clinton to shame. And the Tories could call on public school girls to entice voters with a Cameroony Girls Gone Wild video.And then there are the gimmicks: web users voted for Hillary’s campaign theme tune, the residents of Columbus, Ky (pop. 229) won a visit from John Edwards in a web competition, and Mitt Romney has combined gimmicks with videos by holding a “make your own ad contest” which was won by a 23-year-old college student from Utah.

The ad “Ready for Action” was supposed to debut the first week in October, but we couldn’t find it anywhere online. Could it have anything to do with the result you get when you type ”

Ready for Action” into YouTube’s search bar? Hardly the kind of thing that appeals to conservative Americans (unless they’re in the privacy of their own airport toilet cubicle).

Posted: 17th, October 2007 | In: Politicians | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Menzies Campbell Resigns: That Letter In Full

WRITES Menzies Campbell in his resignation letter – with notes (and in big print):

“When I was elected Leader of the Party in March 2006 I had three objectives.

Live long and prosper

First, to restore stability and purpose in the party following my predecessor’s resignation and the leadership campaign itself, second to make the internal operations of the party more professional, and third to prepare the party for a General Election.

I may be old with a well-developed sense of fun but I am not a drunk

With the help of others, I believe that I have fulfilled these objectives, although I am convinced that the internal structures of the party need radical revision if we are to compete effectively against Labour and the Conservatives.

It’s not me it’s the party, and the loud music

But it has become clear that following the Prime Minister’s decision not to hold an election, questions about leadership are getting in the way of further progress by the party.

Gordon Brown stole my pension

Accordingly I now submit my resignation as Leader with immediate effect.

I shall be enjoying a glass of Asti Spumante and watching Strictly Come Dancing of a night

I do not intend to hold a press conference or to make any further comment.

I can’t trust myself to remember all your names nor my teeth

Yours sincerely,

Sincerely, yours

Menzies Campbell”

The Anorak Big Book Of Menzies Campbell Anecdotes will be out in 2021

Pic: Beau Bo D’Or

Posted: 15th, October 2007 | In: Politicians | Comments (6) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Prime Minister’s Petitions: We The Undersigned…

“HE talks about a clamour for an election,” says Gordon Brown at Prime Minister’s Question Time, in response to David Cameron’s goading. “I looked at the Downing Street website this morning.

“Certainly there is a petition calling for an election. It is signed by 26 people and not one of them are the Conservative front bench.”

We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to Hold a general election in 2007.
Submitted by Mark Batty
The are now 12,621 signatures.

You can take a look here.

Pic: Beau Bo D’Or

More petitions:

We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to not hold a general election in 2007
Submitted by Sid Cumberland Signatures: 4

We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to prevent the current and any past or future Prime Minister and their immediate family from benefiting financially because of their association with that position
Submitted by Alan Miller

We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to make it a criminal offence for members of parliament and civil servants to lie to the electorate
Submitted by ian silversides

We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to ensure that leaders of other countries stop their citizens using live cats and dogs as shark bait
Submitted by Linda Week We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to Force train companies to charge only half their normal fares during planned engineering works.
Submitted by Gurusimha Krishnamurthy

We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to allow gay and bisexual men to donate blood
Submitted by Jonathan Pryor

We the undersigned
petition the Prime Minister to consider having a day celebrating white people’s culture. We believe that white people should have a celebratory day, to celebrate this country’s roots, not necessarily a bank holiday but just some recognition of what the white people who ‘founded’ this country have done in the past
Submitted by Micahel Seaman

(Let’s hear it for the Germans!)

We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to not spend ten million pounds of tax payers money on the Diana & Dodi enquiry.
Submitted by julie ferguson

We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to stop the global warming propaganda
Submitted by Ian Miller

Posted: 13th, October 2007 | In: Politicians | Comments (5) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Andy Burnham On Gordon Brown’s Marriage Of Convenience

DIZZY notes: I see the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Andy Burnham, has given an interview to the Daily Telegraph and basically said that the next step for the Government is too recognise marriage and civil partnership through the tax system.

This comes just a few months after Gordon Brown said he didn’t believe in rewarding marriage through the tax system, and it’s less than a month since the Deputy Leader Harriet Harman said, to the Labour Conference that,

“sending a message about marriage [means saying] there’s something wrong with your family…. We will not stand for that…. That Tory message about marriage is just the same old back to basics. And the truth is that until they drop it, the Tory party is still the nasty party.”

This really is starting to get silly now isn’t it? I’m guessing that Brown is calculating that because they’ve been able to get away with stealing policies in the past they can get away with it now.

However, that doesn’t work if you (a) do the first one immediately as a panic move after some bad polls and general humiliation, and then (b) do the next theft within the same week. It simply shows that the momentum is with and the agenda is being set by the Tories.

Effectively the Government is no longer leading the country but following the Opposition in the hope of making short term electoral gain. So much for acting in the interests of the country.

Source: Dizzy; Pic: Beau Bo D’Or

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Quote Of The Day: David Cameron Is Arnold Schwarzenegger

SAYS David Cameroan: “My wife said to me: ‘How are you going to explain to an American audience what sort of Conservative you are?’ I said: ‘I’ll say look at me and think of Arnold Schwarzenegger’.”

David’s wife Samantha closes her eyes…

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