Labour is piling the pressure on David Cameron over Chief Pleb Whip Andrew Mitchell who faces a showdown with senior Conservative MPs who want him to resign before he does lasting “damage” to the party’s reputation.
The Guardian reports that the website founded by new Conservative co-party chairman Grant Shapps is to be investigated by the Advertising Standards Authority after complaints that it “misleadingly implied” that the Tory chairman’s alter ego was a real person.
I saw the new Conservative Party poster campaign, ‘Labour isn’t learning’, on Saturday morning and thought it was a poor and confused ad. Not to mention a clunky Photoshop way of trying to highlight Labour’s economic plans.
Negative ads can be very powerful, although this makes little sense, and I doubt that this ad, created by M&C Saatchi, means anything much to the public who are faced the lack of growth and austerity measures of the coalition, but then I would say that.
UPDATE: 14:40 – Culture Select Committee chairman John Whittingdale has told Sky News that that while he is not calling upon Piers Morgan to appear he says the former Daily Mirror editor should return to the UK to set the record straight.
Old dear this doesn’t look good. The Mirror is reporting today that the Conservatives used private investigators to check up on the personal lives of supporters they featured in their 2010 General Election campaign.
12:55 – “Gotcha” – Cameron hits back at Labour says Alistair Campbell falsified documents” whilst in government
12:20 – Cameron is asked again about whether discussed BSkyB with News International – doesn’t answer
12:05 – Cameron hits back hard at Miliband tells him to stop hunting for conspiracy theories
11:50 – Cameron says with 20:20 hindsight he would not have hired Andy Coulson and he would have taken the job
11:30 – Enquiry to be wider says David Camerson who is speaking in parliament now – including social media
10:50 – [Video] Piers Morgan calls Tory MP Louise Mensch a coward and “blatant” liar over accusations of phone hacking
09:15 – Staff must be held to account says Murdoch
08:20 – Video – Jon Stewart skewers Murdoch on the Daily Show hearings
08:15 – BR’s Tuesday coverage and the full parliamentary transcript of Tuesday’s News International select committee hearings
08:00 – News International guilty of attempting to “deliberately thwart” original hacking inquiry, says damning report by MPs
16:12 – Rebekah Brooks “Friday” (Rebecca Black Parody)
The Conservative Party has released a YouTube video on Webcameron attacking Labour’s record. It is a piece of political distraction as the only interesting thing about it is its timing.
The video begins with dark skies and stark piano notes and the line: “To our successors we leave no money only waste, debut and the deepest cuts of modern times.”
Will those will be the cuts that the coalition government is implementing then? The same cuts that are driven not by simple economic austerity but by an ideological zeal that the recent Fabian/Landman Economics study said would hit the poor six times harder than the very richest.
Not only the poor, but the poor and those who work for the state as the Tories launch what has been described as a libertarian push to eliminate parts of that state — highlighted yesterday by the enthusiasm Ken Clarke is exhibiting for cuts to the Ministry of Justice.
Is there any other reason to launch such a video? Other than to distract and spread disinformation that the cuts people are set to experience are entirely the fault of Labour?
No one denies that had a Labour government won power it would have to make cuts of its own, but it is the nature of these deeply unfair cuts and how they are being used in part to as a smoke screen for an ideological attack on the welfare state.
It reveals an internal Department for Education memo that lists 30 terms the government wants consigned to history, and the words that should be used in their place. Some of these changes as the site notes are pointless. For instance “narrow the gap” is to be replaced by “close the gap”, or “delivery” with “implementation”. Likewise, “Integrated working” and “people working together to provide better services” is in.
The line that stood out last night at the City University debate on new media and the general election was from BBC political editor Nick Robinson. He called it “self important and narcissistic tosh”. As a political journalists he has to know a soundbite to give one.