Thursday, December 31, 2009
Year after year Labour councillors pretend to be planning to write a budget, just to get their greasy paws on budget options from officers.
Officer proposals that is, not Lib Dem proposals, and in most cases these are options Lib Dem Councillors have already rejected.
They are given to Labour anyway in case Labour wish to include them in the Labour budget - not that they have written a proper budget this century.
So isn't it astonishing how year after year these confidential documents slip out of the paws of Labour councillors and under a journalist's pint glass.
And yes, of course they somehow get presented as being Lib Dem budget options.
It's amazing what tales you can get published these days.
Fortunatly no one outside of Old Hall Street belives a word Labour have to say anymore.
The Post & Echo were once such respected organs, yet it's heart was ripped out when Trinity turned it into the "Oldham Echo", and clearly it's liver is in a perilous state too!
Time for a new year detox perhaps?
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Your humble blogging canine has been banned from all Liverpool City Council premises, at the demand of Labour Councillors who are aparently so fearful of a little dog's daily musings, that they have decided I must be silenced at all cost.
In the words of one of my regular correspondants, "they clearly don't like it up 'em!"
So much so that I was threatened with assasination, on Christmas day no less.
Ever since I have been sniffing my sausages very carefuly before consuming them.
Fortunatly I can rely on the security of my official supplier at Mr Churchill's food emporium, but you never know who might come into contact with them after they leave the shop.
Is there an investigative journalist who can take up my cause against these evil Labour dog haters?
Or perhaps someone would care to make a freedom of information request to expose the identity of the Labour Councillor who fears me so much that library users and council employees must be banned from hearing the jucy stories I sniff out on your behalf.
Like Jane Kennedy, I now feel I should be able to claim life insurance on my expenses. And how about an official food taster?
Monday, December 28, 2009
I did have some left over sausage and bacon rolls to offer you as well, unfortunately I ate them a few hours ago in a late night attack of the munchies!
Today's characters on offer do have political connections though. One a born and bred Scouser who appeared at the Tory Party Conference announcing a plan to bomb Russia
The other now adopted to the city, but sent in by Blair to be Labour's Bishop in Liverpool. Fortunately he seems to have become disillusioned with new Labour, like the rest of the population.
Saturday, December 26, 2009
I have received reports today that the dogs trust in Whiston has been raided by thieves who have stolen all the food stores for 100 of my homeless and hungry compatriots.
An urgent appeal has gone out for tinned food donations, and I myself have just donated a large part of my food stockpile.
If any of you can help, please do so!
Friday, December 25, 2009
I'm so happy today. I was up bright and early to check out my stocking, and boy was it well stocked.
Doggy chocs, a new blanket and the lovely little coat I am pictured wearing in the picture above.
And the best is yet to come, Christmas dinner with all the trimmings, er well, to be honest there is only one trimming I am really interested in.
Yes you guessed it, lots and lots of lovely chipolata sausages wrapped in bacon. Yum Yum!
And so, it is time for my Christmas message to you all.
It's been a long hard year, and many of my readers have been hit hard by our Government's recession and credit crunch.
Our thoughts are with those who find themselves out of work or even homeless in these difficult times. And also with our armed forces who find themselves spending Christmas day overseas.
Our thoughts are also with the many of my fellow canines who find themselves unloved and in kennels and re-homing centres across the country, and our grateful thanks offered to those kind humans who give up their Christmas to look after them.
It has been my great duty and privilege as your blogging dog to record the many events that have affected the lives of our local representatives. All of whom I know make great sacrifices to stand up for the interests of their constituents.
Christmas is not a time for party politics. So today I wish you all, whether you are friend or foe, a very merry Christmas.
Gawd bless you, every one!
Thursday, December 24, 2009
A lovely un-seasonal postcard, with a big picture of Kensington's three clowns grinning.
Now that's what you really want staring down at you on Christmas day, as you digest your Brussels Sprouts.
At the same time Lou-Bo is delivering a rather poor 8 page "report" on her activities. Unfortunately she chose to include the original version of this picture, just to remind everyone of Jane's First Class Gravy Train lifestyle.
Merry Christmas everybody!
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
And what a lively card it is, penguins and lambananas playing together in the snow.
Local councillors have scrimped and saved to pay for it to be printed, before trundling off into the cold to deliver them.
Finally I have been able to see a copy of Jane Kennedy's Christmas Card, OK nice picture drawn by a local school child, and a big advert inside to say that it was paid for by mail order shopping company, Shop Direct!
How tight fisted and mean spirited can you get? Is there anything this woman pays for herself?
Is this because she blew all of her "communications expenses" on leaflets before she decided she couldn't win?
And what message does this send out? Your local Labour MP want's you to buy your Christmas gifts by mail order instead of supporting local shops.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Proud working class Scouser, Steve Rotherham's bid was snubbed by Labour's decision to impose an all Luciana shortlist on Liverpool Wavertree.
Putting on a brave face, Cllr Rotheram said: “I’m disappointed...we need more women...But we also need more Scousers and working-class people.”
Click Liverpool reported Labour insiders as saying that, "beautiful, career politician" Luciana Berger was starting to look like a shew-in.
A Lib Dem campaign insider tells me that this shortlist was their dream result.
"Steve was always going to be the toughest challenger. He's the only popular well know name Labour have, and a genuinely nice bloke. Whoever they pick now could have as little as 7 weeks to get their name known before polling day."
Rumour has it, Steve has instead now set his sights on challenging Joe Anderson for the leadership after the local election in May.
Monday, December 21, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
That's a hell of a lot of elastic bands! Over 30lbs in old money.
32 boxes at 454 grammes each equals more bands than any office could considerably use day to day. Unless of course they where being used to bundle up Labour party leaflets and letters, rather than legitimate constituency work.
£90.24 and yes, you guessed it! They were all charged to you and me on Gravy-Train Jane's expenses, as you can see here.
To claim they are all being used in her office is seriously stretching it - no pun intended.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Not so for Jane Kennedy, ex Financial Secretary to the Treasury, whose own financial management was so poor that she apparently exceeded her overdraft limit.
Shamelessly, she then tried to claim her interest and banking charges on her expenses - Not just once, but in August, September, November and December last year.
And when they were refused, she sent back terse notes on the claim form, telling the fees office that they should pay up because it was their fault she was overdrawn, as they had been late paying her previous month's expenses.
Is there any limit to the greed and brazen arrogance of Labour MPs?
And is it any wonder the nation's finances are such a mess, when they were being managed by someone who couldn't keep her own finances in the black while earning four times the average wage of her constituents?
But Scousers are nothing if not generous, I'm sure if she had let us all know that things were that tight for her, we would have had a whip round.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
High on the list seems to be Wavertree's Jane Kennedy, who already announced she was standing down because of the fall out from the expenses scandal.
In June the Fees Office sent her this letter telling her that they could no longer pay for her life insurance cover with Barclays, at £7.50 a month.
But can someone tell me why the taxpayer was ever footing the bill for this? It was hardly a second home expense. Did she give this to herself as part of her employment incentive package?
Perhaps she regarded it as danger money, after she found herself without the 24 hour protection from Special Branch when she ceased to be a Northern Island Minister?
Stand and deliver!
Monday, December 14, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Not surprisingly, I don't check the irrelevant Liverpool Censervative website very frequently, and clearly nether do they.
Any Conservative voter wanting to know how their campaign in Liverpool is going, can check their site here, and you will be pleased to know that "The City of Liverpool Conservatives' campaign for the May 2008 Local Elections is now in full swing with a programme of canvassing and leafleting well underway."
So how does that work then?
Ding Dong! "Good evening madam, I was your conservative candidate in last year's local elections. I was wondering if I could have been able to count on your support? Oh, OK you're still thinking about it. Well don't forget, the polling station closed at 10pm, 588 days ago."
Give them another five years and they will be looking forward to increasing their share of the vote in the 2010 General Election.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Meanwhile, I conducted one of my regular checks on local MP's websites, only to find that Garston's Maria Eagle appears to have banned the entire city from accessing her site.
I assumed it was a temporary problem, but having tried every day for over a week all I can get are imposing FORBIDDEN messages and news that I "don't have permission to access this site."
You would think that this close to a General Election an MP wouldn't be so shy about promoting herself.
Unless of course she is about to announce she is standing down to spend more time in her lavish new £7,140 bathroom, part funded by the taxpayer before she flipped her second home allowance back to her London flat?
Talk about "splashing out" at our expense.
So far she has been allowed to get away with it, remaining, ironically a Justice Minister!!!
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
I enjoy a good office Christmas party, think of all those cocktail sausages and sausage rolls.
However those nice Liberal Democrats have taken the time to help organise a Christmas party for pensioners, and Wavertree's next member of parliament is dropping in to lend a hand as he does the usual MP's round of community fun days, village fetes and sheltered housing visits.
Yet one cheeky group of pensioners in Kensington recently invited Colin along to their party, but asked he could attend as their male stripper!
He agreed to attend, but (un)fortunately a sense of decorum prevented him agreeing to provide them with their raunchy entertainment. So Colin won't be doing the dance of the seven towels any time soon.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Helen Holt has pulled out out of the contest for the Sherwood constituency in Nottinghamshire , claiming that the selection process has been skewed in favour of the fiancée of a close aide Brown.
Telling The Times that she believes she has been the victim of dirty tricks by supporters of Emilie Oldknow, girlfriend to Brown’s political secretary.
“I feel I have been totally stitched up. My face does not fit. I believe I am being used in a process that from the outside looks fair but is a way of parachuting a candidate into the position because she has family links to Gordon Brown,” she said.
Of course, it couldn't happen here.
The very idea that a Labour selection process in Liverpool could be rigged to favour a young woman because she has links with a Labour leader is, well, completely unthinkable.
Monday, December 7, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
One ambitious little bird, deeply rooted in the south, was spotted hundreds of miles from home in Wavertree last weekend.
The frequently spotted Berger was seen dashing about the constituency in a rushed attempt to raise her profile before she lands in front of a selection panel in January.
All of this is very hush hush of course. There has been no mention of this in her blog or any of the leaflets going out with her name on in London.
It wouldn't do to alert the voters of her safe ward in Camden that she wants to abandon them, before they have even had a chance to vote for her. People might actually question her loyalty and commitment.
They might feel hurt, they might feel betrayed, they might not care. But it seems that the highly ambitious Luciana is quite prepared to land an enormous bird dropping on her colleagues in St Pancras & Somers Town Ward, and the residents she claims to be committed to fighting for.
Perhaps therein lies a warning for her new colleagues in Liverpool and her prospective electorate oop north.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
OK so Gordon has until June to hold an election, but with increasing rumours of an election being called in March they could be said to be cutting it a bit fine.
Of course, conspiracy theorists within Labour are starting to suspect another motive. The closer the selection process is left before the election, the easier it is to impose a candidate from London on the local party.
That's democracy - Labour style.
Monday, November 30, 2009
Yes this is the fourth of my promised Lord Mayor lookalikes and the de-facto Prime Minister (the only title he hasn't actually got)who according to legend mistook mushy peas in a Hartlepool chip shop for an avocado-based dip.
The biggest difference of course is that Paul Clark is a winner, not a spinner!
Friday, November 27, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
It really is all very exciting and good to see that so many local school children have got involved with the project.
I am looking forward to trotting round town to see them on public display, but these three chaps agreed to be photographed with me while still in "cold storage" so to speak.
They were very friendly and certainly well worth a visit.
You can download a copy of the penguin trail map here.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Thanks to one regular reader who send in this photo last week of Labour HQ on Prescott Road, with a For Rent sign outside.
Office space and print room to let? Available from May 2010.
For reasons not entirely clear, Gravy Train Jane rents this office from the owners of Liver Launderettes and, of course, charges this to her expenses.
Of course that this is also Labour's campaign office for the city, complete with taxpayer funded risograph printing press and phone bank (naughty naughty) so the loss of this facility will surely hit Labour hard after the election.
Maybe Lib Dem Colin will put in an offer to house his new office?
Monday, November 23, 2009
A few weeks ago Labour deputy Paul Brant paid for a lavish 007 themed 40th birthday party for himself, hiring the Mersey Ferry for the evening.
How much it cost, we may never know. But perhaps all the money Paul saved over the years by misusing his council parking pass will have helped lessen the wear on his bank balance.
As the night wore on one guest, by this time rather drunk, was actually willing to mistake these two characters for Labour councillors.
Friday, November 20, 2009
The first most Labour members heard about this was on Dale Street Blues where Mr Bartlett picked up on this secret meeting after my blogging nemesis "bragged about it on her blog," and hailed the availability of FREE tea and biscuits.
Bartlett's blog is now full of comments from angry Labour members who felt they had been slapped in the face by their own party.
Lou Bo, desperate to undo the damage, then claimed every Labour member in the North West had been invited by e-mail. Only for Labour members to respond, "oh no we haven't!"
One member, who was important enough to be invited, tried to defend the decison saying, "Foreign Sec's visits can't be too highly publicised as he needs added security".
So never mind chaps, your only good enough to go out delivering in the rain and the snow. They couldn't invite you because you might be "a security risk."
Go stuff some more envelopes, do some more canvassing, and you might get invited to have a mince pie with Joe Anderson.
While he was here, Bland (who is not a Mili) praised our very own Gravy Train Jane as the saviour of the Labour Party.
Apparently this upstanding woman who, we are told (mainly by her), almost single handedly fought Militant in Liverpool, is the same lady who claims she is quitting politics because those nasty Lib Dems make fun of her expenses.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Labour is now so strapped for cash, and so certain of defeat, they are writing off 60 seats where they currently have MPs.
Seats with majorities of 3000 or less face being cut off completely, while others with larger majorities are being made to show evidence of campaigning in order to stand a chance of getting funding.
Meanwhile Labour MPs are complaining about being "fobbed off" with DIY tool kits and three quarters of Labour's 80 seat phone bank is lying empty, as the party has only funds to staff 20 phone lines. "Drastic cut backs" are being made as expected donations "fail to materialise."
It all begs the question if Liverpool Wavertree, notional majority of 3038, has escaped this list?
There has been little evidence of campaigning over the past 4 1/2 years apart from what can be paid for on Jane's taxpayer funded "Communications Allowance". Are the extra 38 votes really enough to save this seat for Labour?
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Was this a trip to case out the constituency? With this probably being her first visit to Liverpool, it would be interesting to know her impressions.
Jane's obvious favouritism is believed to be causing some annoyance amongst other potential candidates, some of whom have been working with JFK for years.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
I popped into a meeting of the Improvement and Development Agency, just to find out what was going on.
From my vantage point under the buffet table I was astonished to spot two vaguely familiar faces, who looked amazingly like councillors Jim Knokes and Claire Wilner, discussing Labour's chances in Wavertree with another councillor.
"We've all but given up holding Wavertree," they said!
Come on, where's your fighting spirit?
Monday, November 16, 2009
Actress Susan Sarandon campaigned against the war and is a UN goodwill ambassador but I best remember her as the voiceover of Ivy, the stray Saluki, in the film Cats and Dogs. She was really hot!
My fellow blogger, university lecturer and former Journalist Paula Keaveney however is apparently more of a cat person. But I won't hold that against her.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
I know what you're thinking. A rather quaint website from the early 90's that someone forgot to close down? Wrong! It appears to have been created in 2008...yes 2008!
Incredibly he paid £176.25 for this (on expenses of course!) Quite possibly the worst website of the century. Someone saw him coming.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Under his "communications allowance" we see a £312.50 invoice for the delivery of 5000 leaflets on 25th March 2008.
"£62.50 per thousand? That's a bit steep," I hear you say. Well yes it is, particularly when Trinity Mirror was charging him £17.70 per thousand to deliver the same leaflet in the rest of his constituency.
The invoice was from Breckfield and North Everton Neighbourhood Council Ltd, which has one former Labour leader of the council on the payroll and has another Labour councillor on the board.
Was this declared anywhere?
Thursday, November 12, 2009
The report goes on to complain about "conflict of interests" and claim there is a "closed and incestuous shop". Would that be the same store you went to for your research Peter?
That anyone could be so stupid to try this on in normal times would be bad enough, but in the current expenses climate anyone with two brain cells to rub together would have realised how this would rightly blow up in your face.
As Joe The Pitbull would say, he should resign or be sacked by his party.
The arrogance of a safe seat perhaps made him think he could get away with it, but it could well mean another Labour held seat looking for a candidate in a few weeks.
Of course this leaves a dilemma for Steve Rotherham, Roz Gladden and others thinking of seeking selection for Wavertree. Why take on a seat you will probably lose, when a seat with a much larger majority might be just around the corner?
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
With a wafer thin majority and a new candidate faced with just 4 months to build a profile and catch up with 6 years of campaigning by Colin Eldridge, it's not expected that Labour will have people battering the door down to get selected. Not when there are safer seats going vacant elsewhere.
I have talked to Labour insiders over the past few days, and here are the odds for the most likely runners.
Roz (married to one of the militant 47) Gladden 4/6
Paul (parking pass abuser) Brant NON RUNNER
Steve (M'lord) Rotherham EVENS
Unknown outsider imposed from London 10/11
Malcolm (ex husband) Kennedy 14/1
Joe (The Pitbull) Anderson NON RUNNER
Anna Rothery 16/1
Liam (St Annes) Robinson 18/1
Luciana (Euan Blair's ex girlfriend) Berger 20/1
Ollie (Boot Camp) Martins 22/1
Nick (Twice Monthly) Small 35/1
Wendy (Pussy Galore) Simon 44/1
Susan (Sue-Bo) Boyle 60/1
Louise (Gratuitously Offensive) Baldock 100/1 outsider
There has been widespread disappointment (in the Lib Dem camp) as Louise Baldock has announced she will not run. Instead she says she will be behind her candidate, kicking ass big style!!! Ouch!
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Among her stated reasons for quitting are the thought of a bitter contest to hold her seat, not wanting to be forced to give up her second (third?) home to live "in barracks", she added that not being allowed to employ her boyfriend after the election was also a factor.
Bizarrely she also claimed that she had tired of “highly personal attacks” from Liberal Democrats. I don't recall leaflets going out directly attacking her boyfriend. Only leaflets questioning her record as an MP and (very mild) questioning of her pay and expenses. In my book that's called public accountability.
Another factor must be the thought of having to dip into her own pocket for a very hard election campaign. Estranged from the leadership, with a tough battle ahead, and a party running on empty, she surely realised that she could count on little help from Labour nationally.
Tomorrow we will have a look at some of the runners and riders to replace her.
In the meantime, I offer her and her new puppy my sincere best wishes for their retirement. Hopefully her large severance payout (her third in as many years) and generous parliamentary pension will make the transition easier, and allow her to spend more time in her French villa.
Salute et encore merci pour le saucisses! Honnêtement, bonne chance et meilleurs vœux pour l'avenir!
Monday, November 9, 2009
Actor John Savident used to be a policeman before appearing in the cop show Z cars.
Joe Anderson however felt the other end of the long arm of the law, with his publicly self confessed "criminal record" for stealing cash from a parking meter, before later becoming a pub landlord. Yet legend has it that Joe's pub was a million miles away from the cosy Rovers Return.
Keep those lookalikes coming in!
Thursday, November 5, 2009
The loud banging doesn't bother me much, but I'm usually left to comfort friends who find the night too stressful.
Tonight I've been asked to look after my new neighbour Sandy, while his family host a bonfire party.
So yet again I have been using the Dude The Dog patented method of keeping canines calm and peaceful on the loudest night of the year.
And as a public service, Sandy has kindly agreed to have his picture published in the hope that other members of our species will benefit.
Part 1: The train to nowhere.
The idea of publishing expenses is to show that our MPs have nothing to hide. Obviously you would expect things like credit card numbers to be blanked out but Gravy-Train Jane's staff do seem to have gone mad with the marker pen.
Several train tickets such as the one below appear (bizarrely) under the "Communications Allowance" with such basic information as the date travelled, the destination, and even the point of origin blanked out.It's bad enough we don't know who was travelling (Gravy-Train Jane's boyfriend perhaps?) but to cover up the date and destination only adds to the suspicion.
I know train tickets are expensive, but a quick search on trainline shows an advance ticket for even a peak journey to London tomorrow can be had for far less than £82 - but surprisingly a single from Liverpool to Brighton can be had for that very price.
Was the journey for a member of staff to attend an important meeting in Westminster? Or was it for a dirty weekend in Brighton? We may never know.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
In her latest appearance in parliament Jane Kennedy launched a scathing attack on vegetarianism and a brave defense of British Sausage Week - yes even I missed that one!
Rural Affairs debate 29th October: "May I ask my hon. Friend the Minister to reinforce what he said in the earlier part of Question Time by gently saying to Lord Stern that, during British sausage week, we celebrate a varied diet and the value that it brings; that it should be a question of "all things in moderation"; and that if it is being suggested that vegetarianism will save the world, I am not sure that it is a world in which I want to live?"
Well said Jane, this sausage eating canine salutes you. Although part of me wonders if this is just a cynical attempt to win over your greatest critic.
Gravy-Train Jane went on to attack ministers for their failure to tackle the nations badger menace, linking it into the rising number of farmer suicides. Another hot issue in Wavertree.
More bizarrely, a week earlier she claimed that "many ordinary people in Iran" have been e-mailing her to share their concerns about their country's nuclear programme.
Considering only 47 out of 129 of her constituents who used "writetothem" to contact Jane say that they even got a reply, why they would choose to write to her is anybody's guess.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
As Joe Anderson and his son cowered in terror within their locked car in a traffic jam, Joe was called an "F***ing Grass" and suffered two small dents to his car.
This must be the first time in history a small dent on a car has made it to the front page in such dramatic fashion.
Sankey has (rightly) been picked up and charged for denting Joe's car, but wouldn't it be nice if the rest of us could count on such police and media protection. Just ask anyone who received a car dent or an egg at the window over the weekend.
Meanwhile the Echo refuses to investigate why Joe (according to the Echo's own report) appears to have tipped off a fellow Labour councillor about a child porn investigation (following which hundreds of files were deleted from a computer the day before that councillor was arrested) won't report that Joe is being investigated for bullying a council employee, and for 8 years have flatly refused to print any letter or story criticising Joe Anderson.
Friends in high places?
Monday, November 2, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Unfortunatly for Jane, as the Daily Post points out: "Ms Kennedy admitted she was wrestling with fears that the role would drag her away from her constituency – a key Liberal Democrat election target – in the run-up to next year's election."
"My concern would be that I have a very tough contest in my constituency and I need to devote the maximum amount of time to that contest," said Jane.
A tough fight indeed, and she will need all the help she can get from the national Labour Party to help her hold on. Gord help her them!
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
The red faced former schools minister described it as a "printing error" on the leaflet entitled "Croxteh Labour Rose" and referring to "Croxeth" within the text.
School teacher Heidi Minnaar told the Echo: “I for one will not be voting for anyone who cannot even spell the name of the ward I live in."
“It is indeed a very poor showing when those who wish to be our voice in politics cannot spell the name of the ward they claim to or wish to represent.”
I'm sure readers will now start picking up on numerous spelling mistakes on this blog, but it really is a bit pathetic if Labour can't spot such a glaring error in the title of your publication.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
"I joined friends and colleagues at Manchester Pride last weekend. We marched together wearing our bright red "Never kissed a Tory, never will" T-shirts (not technically true in my case, to be honest it is not the first thing I ask a potential snogee and a few have snuck through over the years" Lou-Bo
Friday, September 11, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
He was referring of course to the lesser spotted bird of Wavertree, the Right Hounourable Jane Kennedy.
She was not in her constituency of course, but you can't have everything!
Sunday, September 6, 2009
I thought that the long summer recess was meant to give MPs a chance to spend more time in their constituencies, not sunning themselves in the Dordogne or wherever she is.
Her website says that she has not held a surgery since 24th July, and still no indication of when she plans to start them again. That's what I call service!!!
Friday, September 4, 2009
Liverpool was ahead of Bath (3rd); Oxford (4th); Manchester (5th) and York (6th).
I can also confirm it is the most dog friendly city, with more parkland and trees per person that any other city.
The only think that lets us down as a tourist city is the frequent acts of sabotage by Branson the bearded collie and network rail.
Anyone who wanted to come up from London for the Matthew Street Festival last weekend faced a 7 hour journey with 4 changes. And it was a similar story every weekend during 2008. Yet Virgin Trains was a sponsor of Capital of Culture! With friends like that, who need enemies?
Thursday, September 3, 2009
So I must admit to giving a little wag of the tail when I was told that one Mr Brocklebank was reviewing my blog in his Daily Post column.
"There are, he explained, a shortlist of suspected town hall terriers behind this canine curmudgeon, whose gallery of Labour look-a-likes raised many a guffaw within the corridors of power. In fact, some Labour members have confessed disappointment their profiles are not high enough to warrant comparison with other mostly fictional characters."
I have no idea who this Brocklebank chap is, (nor I must admit had I heard of him before this article was put under my nose) but all attention is gratefully received.
I wouldn't claim to be a town hall terrier though, I'm not that grand. More of a dog about town with his ear to the ground.
This blog would be nothing without the titbits fed to me by my human correspondents, which I regurgitate here for your pleasure and amusement.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Apparently I am listed as the nation's 16th favourite, not bad for a new entry, and only one place behind the popular London Blogging MP Lynne Featherstone.
I am truly astonished and grateful for this level of support, it's a tail in the eye for all those Labour hacks who keep leaving nasty messages saying that no one is interested in a little dog's political musings.
Lots of love and licks to all my loyal fans who came out to support me. I knew you wouldn't let me down.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
To be honest I am not looking forward to it. They are not my favourite breed as they can be snappy, temperamental, and to be frank, a bit up themselves.
But why are they the only breed allowed to work on gas appliances?
I know a really clever border collie who I call in to help me with all technical matters. He struggles to find work at the moment, but this lucrative source of work is closed to him because he was born to the wrong parents.
Is this the last canine closed shop in Britain today?
I can only think that this is a result of unfair royal patronage. Is there any MP out there willing to take up this cause?
Friday, August 21, 2009
First she resigned as a health minister, and was compensated with a £9,714 lump sum. A few months later she was back as a Treasury Minister, and then Minister for food (thanks to her vast experience at consuming it and sending us the bill, £13,000 don't forget) then she was either sacked or resigned (she's not quite sure which!!!) she trousered another £10,162.
Greedy Jane arrogantly argued that it wasn't worth commenting on.
“It’s an entirely separate job and entirely separate contract. These are just contractual arrangements that you don’t give a second thought to when you’re in the job or leave the job. Becoming a minister is an extremely serious job and it’s full of responsibility. You get paid a salary for doing it and you’re expected to do it over and above your constituency role," she bleated.
I wonder if the thousands of people in Liverpool made unemployed, thanks the way she helped cock up the economy as a Treasury Minister, feel she deserves to be rewarded for her failure. Particularly when she is still pocketing more than three times the average wage of her constituents.
In defence of her own £8,125 pay off, Wallasey's Angela Eagle squawked “I was sacked – that’s why I qualified for severance pay. When you do a job and you get sacked, you’re entitled to severance pay.”
I bet many people in Liverpool would be willing to face the sack, if it meant having their income cut to a mere £64,766!
Sunday, August 16, 2009
He assures me that he was just getting something out of her eye, but it doesn't stop the sniggering from you humans every time he goes out.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Well I can assure you that most of my species are thoroughly ashamed of this sort of behaviour, so much so that one of my colleagues has taken matters into his own paws in the hope of getting the message across. If Rex can do it, so can you humans!