Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Pile on the £Pounds

You would think that an MP claiming £13,000 worth of food on her expenses wouldn't be so churlish as to complain about putting on weight?

Not so for Jane Kennedy who was featured in the Independent in 2006, complaining how being a
Labour Minister can pile on the pounds (clearly on both your hips and your bank balance!)

"You find you can't get into the dress sizes you want to... You start to think: 'I'm looking dreadful in photographs'... So I started WeightWatchers in June (2005) and by September, I'd lost half a stone." Jane Kennedy January 2006

Jane, I know you're an opponent and I shouldn't really give you advice, but I can recommend trying out Dude's top weightwatchers tip.

BUY LESS FOOD YOU GREEDY HUMAN!!! You will lose weight, and the rest of your electorate will save money! It's win win all round.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Harry Potter & the Lib Dem campaign

No sooner do I get back from watching the latest instalment of Harry Potter (had to sneak in and watch from under a chair - why is it OK for cinemas to ban dogs?) we find out that our big screen hero is in fact a Liberal Democrat, at least when he's back in the muggle world!

On Gordon Brown, Daniel Radcliffe has this to say: 'Paul Merton said, and I agree with him, "It's a tragedy that this man has waited all his life to do this job - and now he finds out he can't do it."

But he's equally scathing about Cameron, who is "barely distinguishable from Tony Blair." Adding that Labour and the Tories "have nothing to offer to young people."

So as well as being a fantastic and versatile young actor, he also has great political judgement!

Congratulations to Daniel for coming out (politically!) I am sure he can help add a bit of extra magic to the campaign.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Annual Dinners

Clearly their is a pecking order for political annual dinners, the more important your constituency is, the bigger the speaker.

I'm told that in recent years Liverpool Lib Dems have had Nick Clegg, Lembit Opik, Paddy Ashdown, to name a few. And I am really looking forward to Vince Cable sharing is economic wisdom with us in a few months.

In contrast, Little-Totherington-Under-Wold Liberal Democrats recently had to make do with a speech from me, on the subjects of beating Labour and the importance of keeping your campaign workers fed and watered.

Labour in Southport have the same problem of course, so it no wonder that, according to my blogging nemesis Lou-Bo Bulldog, they had to make do with West Derby wanabee Stephen Twigg. No doubt sharing his vast expertise on carpet bagging, and what to do if you accidentally get elected after telling your employer that you are just a paper candidate.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Vote Dude

I know many of you have been hoping for a chance to vote for me, well here it is!

Total Politics have opened the voting for your favourite political blogs. Email your ten favourite blogs (ranked from 1-10) to toptenblogs@totalpolitics.com

The rules are simple.

1. You must vote for your ten favourite blogs and ranks them from 1 (your favourite) to 10 (your tenth favourite).
2. Your votes must be ranked from 1 to 10. Any votes which do not have rankings will not be counted.
3. You MUST include ten blogs. If you include fewer than ten your vote will not count.
2. Email your vote to toptenblogs@totalpolitics.com
3. Only vote once.
4. Only blogs based in the UK, run by UK residents are eligible or based on UK politics are eligible.
5. Anonymous votes left in the comments will not count. You must give a name
6. All votes must be received by midnight on 31 July 2009. Any votes received after that date will not count.

VOTE DUDE THE DOG - you know it makes sense

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Swine flu update

News just in that Mrs Blair is suspected to have caught a mild case of swine flu.

I trust she will get well soon, but I wonder if this is a legacy from a decade of having a snout in the trough?

Never knowingly missing a freebie, I will never forget the story of how she was in Liverpool for the unveiling of a train, and was offered a commemorative Merseyrail mug. Her response? "Can I have a set of six?" This from a family on at least £1/4 million a year + expenses. Oh how the other half live!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Badger butcher

Even though Liverpool Wavertree MP Jane Kennedy has been sacked as a Farming Minister she promised to carry on fighting for farming issues "from the backbenches".

She told the Yorkshire Post that she may take up the fight in favour of slaughtering Britain's badger population, saying "I always found it hard to explain why we were culling cattle with such severity but not moving against wildlife."

While I am sure that news will be welcomed by some members of Wavertree's farming community, I'm not quite sure how in touch she is with most of her constituents.

And you have to wonder if rural affairs are taking too much of her time? For instance, I don't recall seeing her campaigning to stop our burns unit moving to Manchester, even though Alder Hey is in her constituency.

Personally, I'm on the side of the badgers, if we are going to allow them to be shot, lets arm them and give them a chance to fight back!

Monday, July 6, 2009

£13,000 for food

What has Jane Kennedy been eating, Caviare and lobster every night? Does she shop in Harrods?

I'm talking about the shocking news that JFK (as her ex is rumoured to call her) has managed to spend £13,000 on food in just four years, and claimed it on her expenses.

Since this is supposed to only be food for her London home, where she lives alone for half the week, we can only assume she spends just as much the rest of the week when she is back in Liverpool with her boyfriend.

Perhaps she could furnish some recipts to show that she doesn't live in opulance when we are paying the bill, but more within her means when she is paying?

News that this information was being circulated around Kensington was enough to send my nemesis Lou-Bo into a rage at the Newsham Park Arts Festival.

Jane really should get down to that nice Mr Moffat's shop, I'm sure he will do her a good deal on sausages or a piece of pork, which should keep her satisfied for days without landing the rest of us with a big bill.