Dyke to be Lib Dem and Tory Mayoral candidate?

Iain Dale has written this interesting post on the possibility of Greg Dyke being the Tory candiate to take on Ken in London. Iain's sources give more information on what was initially revealed on The Politics Show which I listened to for the first time in quite a while today. Dyke called the show to say he wasn't going to stand.

According to Iain, Greg Dyke has been approached to run on a joint Lib Dem Tory ticket. My own personal view is that this is just unbelievable. Is it a case of wanting power for powers sake? I suspect it won't  just be Tories who would object to this – many Lib Dems wouldnt entertain the thought of having a joint candidate.

Well – it certainly makes the next Challenge the Chairman interview which takes place next week interesting, as I am sure the Chairman of the party will want to give his take on what's happening with regards selected a Conservative cadidate for the London Mayoral elections.


House selling – part 12

Spent the weekend cleaning my house, seeing new estate agents and moaning at the current one.

Why is it that in England if someone puts an offer in on a house we can't have a system whereby the buyer has to put down a non-refundable deposit that if they pull out, or lie for example and aren't really in a position to buy a house, they lose the deposit?

All this talk of sellers packs to protect buyers really isn't going down well with someone like me who is selling and actually sees a real need for a bit of protection from buyers who are, lets say economical with the truth!

Battleground Seat 2 – Perth

The number one target seat for the Scottish Conservatives in May’s Holyrood Elections is the SNP held Perth. The incumbent MSP, Roseanna Cunningham has represented the area since 1995 when she won the Westminster By-election and dual held the seat as MSP/MP between 1999 and 2001. In the UK General Election of 2001 the current Conservative Candidate for Perth, Liz Smith, came within 48 votes of capturing the seat and with this seat being number 1 target for the Party, the powers that be see her being able to go on further and take the seat.

The last Conservative representative for the area was rather colourful and outspoken Sir Nicholas Fairbairn who was the MP for the then Perth and Kinross seat between 1983 and his death in 1995 and previous to that the now Deputy Chairman of the Scottish Conservatives, Bill Walker, was the MP for the area.

In the 2003 Election the then Scottish Conservative Candidate received 31.6% of the vote compared the SNP’s 33.9% but actually won the regional list vote with 27.14% of the vote in comparison to the SNP’s 25% and this time round instead of being the Tories 3 most winnable seat, it is now the party’s 1st.

One of the major differences between this seat and both Dumfries and Eastwood, the Tories 2nd and 4th most winnable seats, is that in those seats the Tories are trying to remove a Labour MSP at a time when Labour is deeply unpopular but Liz Smith has a different challenge, she is trying to remove an incumbent SNP MSP at the height of SNP popularity and that not only makes Liz Smith’s challenge different, but also a great deal tougher.

Liz Smith is a popular candidate in the area and also a very busy one and her work rate is certainly one of the reasons why she did so well in the Party Lists that the members voted for at the start of the year, she finished 2nd in the Mid Scotland and Fife list behind deputy leader Murdo Fraser.

A number of local opinion polls are predicting that the Tories will indeed win this seat and with a swing to the Tories of just 1.15 needed then the Party stands as good a chance as it has before of picking up this seat on May 3rd.

Craig Wilson

What Labour said – 13

Britain's infrastructure is dangerously run down: parts of our road and rail network are seriously neglected, and all too often our urban environment has been allowed to deteriorate. (97 Manifesto).

Traffic congestion up.

Rail chief says we should expect to stand on trains.

Journalists vote to boycott Israel

I picked up this story from the Press Gazette. According to Patrick Smith, The National Union of Journalists has voted to boycott all Israeli goods for “aggression” in Palestinian territories. After almost an hour of debate at today’s Annual Delegate’s Meeting in Birmingham, the conference voted 66 to 54 in favour of the ban.

Not all journalists seem to back the motion particularly those who use the blogosphere. Thejournalist who writes Dadblog puts writes,

Ah, good. I’ve been very worried about what the NUJ’s position was on Israel and Lebanon, so at least it’s cleared up now. I look forward to similar boycotts of Saudi oil (abuse of women and human rights), Turkish desserts (limits to freedom of speech) and, of course, the immediate replacement of all stationery in the NUJ’s offices which has been made or assembled in China. I’m sure those boycotts will be along surely. In the meantime, the governments of these countries must be in a frenzy of fear. Which way will the NUJ go? Exciting, isn’t it?


A week in the blogosphere – Tom Richmond

You know it has been a slightly peculiar week when one of the most gripping events in the blogosphere was the series finale of ‘Life on Mars’, which has clearly left some bloggers with a gaping void in their lives.  Another peculiarity was the small number of posts on the Des Browne saga, although A Tangled Web showed their discontent at the whole situation on both Thursday and Friday, and in all fairness the daily newspapers tore Des Browne apart all week.  On a more surreal note, Mr Eugenides drew an analogy between the conduct of Des Browne and Rio Ferdinand and Dodgeblogium had a little jibe at the French.  Anthoninus also remains unimpressed by Blair’s attitude.


The Labour Party has had another bumpy ride all week, thanks to the row over the publication of the Navy stories.  As if that wasn’t enough trauma, David Miliband is still making the headlines for trying not to be a headline, and he is also causing some interesting betting trends.  Unfortunately, the Labour leadership contest has now left Thunder Dragon reaching for their sick-bucket.  If you wish to engage in a bit more Labour-bashing this weekend, Paul Linford invites you to cast your vote on what Blair will be most remembered for.


Oliver Kamm incurred the wrath of several bloggers after his article in the Guardian on Monday about how blogs poison political debate rather than contributing to it.  Stephen Pollard and Daniel Finkelstein disagreed.  Many bloggers, including The Appalling Strangeness and Clive Davis, were also venting their anger this week at the ‘code of conduct’ for blogging proposed in America after some nasty recent events.  Tim Ireland had posts on Oliver Kamm and the code of conduct, but he somehow managed to twist both stories into yet more personal attacks on Iain Dale and Guido Fawkes.

And in other news, Fisking Central and Devil’s Kitchen concluded their disappointingly short spat about fisking itself, Nadine Dorries MP (see Wednesday’s post) and Donal Blaney were unimpressed by the NSPCC’s new anti-smacking campaign, Dizzy got so bored that he started talking about fish and Iain Dale is still reeling from his sudden realisation of how deeply unpopular he is.  Well, sort of.


Tom Richmond

What Blair says….

I wondered if the Prime Minister has been reading our own look at the 97 Labour manifesto. According to BBC News online he believes his legacy will last. We have given just 13 ways in which we happen to agree!

I'm now off to watch Chelsea reach the FA Cup Final!

What Labour said – 12


We will oblige parties to declare the source of all donations above a minimum figure: Labour does this voluntarily and all parties should do so. (97 Manifesto)

But secret loans are just fine.

What Labour said – 11

Labour is the party of law and order in Britain today.

The Conservatives have forgotten the 'order' part of 'law and order'. We will tackle the unacceptable level of anti-social behaviour and crime on our streets. Our 'zero tolerance' approach will ensure that petty criminality among young offenders is seriously addressed. (97 Mainfesto).

Read this and this and this and this and think if Labour is the party of law and order

What Labour said – 10

New Labour will be wise spenders, not big spenders. (97 Manifesto).

Remind us of the Olympics budget