Four pieces of mostly unconnected news

One: Mark Penn, formerly of Hilary Clinton’s Presidential campaign, tells people in US that it was he who ran Labour’s 2005 general election campaign. I suspect that’d be news to quite a few in the Labour Party. Such as those who ran it.

Two: Alun Cairns, a Conservative Welsh Assembly member, quits post after insulting Italians.

Three: Kelvin MacKenzie needs a crash course in the law if he isn’t to end up in jail for accepting illegal overseas donations.

Four: there’s a very high chance* that support for the Conservative Party has fallen since just before and just after David Davis’s announcement. (That’s the odds that the split samples in the ComRes poll for tomorrow’s papers, which show a fall from 48% to 41%, really do reflect a change in the underlying reality rather than a random sampling fluctuation.)

* Yes, I know I could give a figure with some decimal places just to flaunt the fact that I’ve got a calculator, and a slide rule, and a formula with a square root bit in it and everything. But that’s not really the point, is it?


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  • Nah – I fink the markets are comin’ back in frong of them…

  • I think someone’s taking the mimic.

  • David Morton 15th Jun '08 - 4:44am

    The Mail on Sunday has a 11% swing to the Conservatives in H and H since 2005 in a special Constituiency Poll. It also has him crushing kelvin Mckensie in a hypothetical match up.

    The new You Gov has no fall in conservative support despite a similar sampling period.

  • er, re Alun Cairns –

    what EXACTLY did he say, since Dau o’r Bau is a Welsh language programme, what IS the Welsh for “greasy wops” ????

    I think we should be told !!

  • Mark

    Thanks for omitting the numbers after the decimal point. In polls, they convey no useful information.

  • passing liberal 16th Jun '08 - 9:21am

    He said Greasy Wops in English I think.

    He has now been personally suspended by David Cameron and Caroline Spellman as Tory PPC in the ultra marginal Vale of Glamorgan seat. This really should warrant a thread of its own, otherwise this becomes a case of further evidence of the wider party not caring about Wales. I think this is a massive story.

  • passing liberal,

    He said it in ENGLISH. On Radio Cymru ! He’ll be getting a call from the “heddlu iaith” [language police].

    Seriously, quite agree with your last point. If he’d been an English PPC saying this on the Andrew Marr Show it’d be all over the media.

  • passing liberal 16th Jun '08 - 5:14pm


    Actually, if he had been a Tory Councillor in England then it would have had its own story, but as he is a member of the little old National Assembly For Wales (a body responsible for spending 5% of the entire UK budget by the way, its own legislature etc etc)it doesn’t even get noticed.

    I might write an op piece on this when I have time.

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