As usual, I flinch not and when it comes to reporting I do so from the comfort of my desk at my window overlooking The Thames. I’ve not really ever got the point of the need to stand in a puddle while reporting on floods, stand about in a fur coat outside BBC television Centre when it snows, or, indeed, stand outside Parliament while reporting on matters political.
So… on that premise, I bring you news of the Tory Party Conference in Birmingham – described yesterday on TV… or was it radio… or even ‘pub talk’? …. as Britain’s second city; once the very heart of industrial and manufacturing Britain but now just a large car park with a lot of restaurants.
Day One involved George Osbore – who seems to find it difficult to shrug off his childhood name of ‘Gideon’ – giving us the low down on his latest well thought out plan to get rid of Child Benefit for everyone earning more than £44k – giving rise to the wonderful anomaly that a single person earning £45k with children will lose child benefit, but middle class couples who both earn less than £44k – but between them rake in £87k – can continue to get it. Needless to say Mumsnet has not been overcrowded by couples earning less than £44k.
I don’t suppose that my tweet, offering advice, was that helpful…
The Daily Mail, The Sun and other sundry news providers raged about the injustice and I enjoyed a few happy moments (not blessed with the pleasure of having *greedy, venal, precocious and spoiled little darlings*) watching the sheer terror on the faces of various members of the middle classes being interviewed about the loss of their M&S shopping allowance from 2013.
I am advised that there is to be a protest march..and tweeted accordingly….
I did enjoy one comment from a regular on The Sun who summed the issue up perfectly… “if you can’t afford to feed ’em, don’t breed ’em’.” Rather more insightful than the usual knuckle dragging comments on online tabloid stories.
Guido Fawkes came in for quite a bit of stick on his story about William Hague sharing a room with his SpAd – and some even refused to have anything further to do with Guido Fawkes or his website!
Leading commentator, blogger, television commentator, radio presenter, publisher and occasional kneejerkitis sufferer, Iain Dale, had an amusing piece in his blog this morning about ‘sharing rooms’….
Dale revealed.. (breathily?)…..
Remember how I took Guido Fawkes to task for his insinuations about William Hague and his assistant, Chris Myers after they innocently shared a room together during the election campaign?
I interviewed blogger Harry Cole on LBC during the furore and reminded him of the time he shared not only a bedroom, but a bed, with fellow blogger Mike Rouse. He made the perfectly fair point that Mike wasn’t his boss.
So what are we to make of the revelation that Guido Fawkes and his able seaman employee Harry Cole have been sharing bunks in a barge moored alongside the conference centre here in Birmingham.
I wonder if bargepoles are being touched…
The response from Guido amused me and I have even decided that Toby Young, often so terribly serious on TV, does have a sense of humour and I have revised my opinion accordingly. It is Young, not William Hague… on the right! Tory Bear (aka Harry Cole) is occupying the centre ground…. but for the purposes of the picture only. I would not wish to defame him by suggesting that he is, in any way, a *Centrist*!
Picture tweeted by Guido Fawkes… no idea who took it? Not Osbore, surely?
More tomorrow… if my doctor says that I can take the excitement….
Oh… and, remember… it is all Labour’s fault… and we are all in this together…..