Thursday, April 26, 2007
LibDem’s in Edinburgh, “We’re Lying Here!”
“The Lib Dems' election literature also uses a bar chart showing them just five per cent behind Labour. It is labelled "The result here last time" without explaining that means the Westminster rather than Holyrood election.”
Mike insisted that this was an accurate chart
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Nicol 'who' Stephen™
The Police were convinced that Nicol was in line up.
Sunday, April 22, 2007
It’s A Capitally Rubbish Idea!
Edinburgh FibDems were happy that the residents took to the new scheme with such enthusiasm
Bill for Fibs dodgy dealings: £4.8 million
But it gets worse as apparently a, “group of millionaires who invested in the company, 5th Avenue Partners Ltd, insist the money is theirs and have demanded repayment- meaning the Lib Dems will have to find another £2.4m on top of the fine imposed for taking the cash.”
So Squealer reckons, calculator in hand, that the total is £4.8 million. OUCH! The Scotland on Sunday covers all this here, suggesting that the members of the Fiberal Democrat party will have to cough up a good £60 quid each. Of course we have covered all of these developments here, here, here, here, and here. It’s such a good read that I had to put in the full copy.
Lib Dems face ruin over £4m 'fine'
THE Liberal Democrats are facing a potentially ruinous bill of up to £4.8m after taking donations from a crooked Scots businessman, Scotland on Sunday can reveal. Party funding watchdogs last night confirmed that the impact of Charles Kennedy's decision to accept £2.4m from Michael Brown could be doubled if the Lib Dems have to pay back the entrepreneur's former business associates, as well as a matching "fine" imposed as a punishment for accepting the cash.
The Electoral Commission is set to order the party to return the 2005 donation amid suspicions that Brown's company was not doing business in the UK at the time of the payment, making it impermissible under funding rules.
But, rather than going back to Brown, the £2.4m would have to be paid as a "fine" into the Consolidated Fund, the government's Bank of England account.
To make matters worse, a group of millionaires who invested in the company, 5th Avenue Partners Ltd, insist the money is theirs and have demanded repayment- meaning the Lib Dems will have to find another £2.4m on top of the fine imposed for taking the cash. A senior source at the commission last night confirmed they were considering using their full powers against the party, which is already more than £1m in the red.
The double demand could force Lib Dem chiefs to go cap- in-hand to the party membership for extra contributions of at least £50-£60 per person. The Electoral Commission source said: "There is a double jeopardy element in this situation. If the commission rules that the donation must be returned, it clearly cannot go back to the donor himself, so it must be paid into the consolidated fund.
"The demands of creditors or investors would be completely separate to that and up to the party to settle independently."
The Brown donation, the biggest-ever received by the Liberal Democrats, has been subject to intense scrutiny since former leader Kennedy gratefully accepted it as a huge contribution to the £4.9m cost of running the party's 2005 election campaign. Although little was known about the Majorca-based tycoon, it later emerged that he was born in a run-down part of Glasgow's West End and ended up in Majorca after making a £10m fortune from property deals and City trading.
But holes in Brown's story began appearing under closer inspection soon after details of his financial support were revealed. The High Court ruled that his company was fraudulent and had never traded, he was extradited from Spain and jailed for two years last September after admitting perjury and a passport offence. Lawyers for Martin Edwards, former Manchester United chairman, two Chinese tycoons and an American lawyer have since written to the party saying they believe that the money is theirs.
Last week, Brown was charged with 18 further offences including money laundering and theft. Brown will also face allegations of perverting the course of justice and fraud. The donation was part of an investigation by City of London Police into allegations of a £45m high-yield fraud. He is the subject of an international money-laundering investigation by police as well as facing civil action by the HSBC bank.
The donations have exposed the Lib Dems to ridicule and recriminations from opponents who believe Brown's intervention gave them an unfair advantage during the 2005 election.
Edinburgh MP Nigel Griffiths believes Brown's cash was pumped into marginal constituencies like his own to bolster the Lib Dem attack.
"The money should be returned immediately," he said. "The man who gave it to them is in jail and Ming Campbell and the Liberal Democrats used that £2.4m in seats like mine, tens of thousands of pounds to try and buy the seats."
A Lib Dem spokeswoman last night confirmed they had been made aware of the "double jeopardy" threat hanging over the party's head.
She added: "Our legal advice is robust and on the basis of this our auditors advised that we need not make provision for any repayments.
"The party acted in good faith at all times in relation to these donations, which were properly spent on the Westminster general election campaign two years ago."
The Electoral Commission was not pleased at the Liberal Democrat choice of re-payment
Friday, April 20, 2007
FibDem Poll Update
Jo Swinson 30%, Nicol Stephen 21%, Willie Rennie 18%, George Lyon 8%, Alan Reid 6%, Danny Alexander 6%
Squealer believes that Oh No Jo Swinson is a strong frontrunner. However he is slightly perplexed that people even knew to vote for Nicol ‘Who’ Stephen since no one appears to know who he is. Willie Rennie is an outside favourite, and given his position on tolling and cluster bombs, he could rumble his Westminster colleague if his hypocrisy continues. We encourage all readers to vote, and if there are any fibs who you think should be added to the list, please let us know.
Ming appeared confused by the words 'significant sample size', 'accuracy', 'margin of error', 'representative' and 'truthful' when he was considering a polling firm.
...Danny Alexander of Take ‘Em As They Come writes about Beyonce and Shakira’s duet hit, "Beautiful Liar"...Well we could agree with the latter word but as for the first!!!
It's always unintentional...ly dodgy
COMPANY BOSS UP IN ARMS AT LIB DEMS' LEAFLETOh dear. That will have the tongues wagging about the "Ginger Minger" and his sneaky "not intended" behaviour again.
19 April 2007
An Electoral gaffe by the Liberal Democrats has infuriated the boss of the Highlands' biggest private employer.
Mike Crowe, managing director of diabetes testing-kit giant Inverness LifeScan, is understood to have personally phoned the city's Lib Dem MP, Danny Alexander, requesting that the party halt further distribution of a campaign leaflet because it may be interpreted as a company endorsement. It features an old photograph of a smiling Mr Crowe alongside Stuart Black, of Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Lib Dem Scottish leader Nicol Stephen and party election candidate Craig Harrow in hard hats on the construction site of the city's Centre for Health Sciences.
LifeScan spokeswoman Elaine Bailey said: "The photograph was taken some time ago at a local business event and has been used out of context and without the prior knowledge or permission of LifeScan Scotland.
"LifeScan remains politically neutral and will continue to interact with members of all political parties during the course of its normal business activities."
Mr Alexander said: "The photograph was used to illustrate strong Liberal Democrat support for the impressive new Centre for Health Sciences in Inverness, which Nicol Stephen visited at Craig Harrow's invitation last year.
"It was not intended to imply any endorsement of the party by LifeScan, who we know do not support any party, but whose investment in Inverness and in the Centre for Health Sciences is critically important to our local economy."
He added: "The leaflet does not name LifeScan or Mike Crowe. It was not about implying an endorsement by anyone. It was about explaining our endorsement for the Centre for Health Sciences, which is a very important development for the Highlands.
"I think anyone who reads the leaflet should have no difficulty in understanding the point that is being made. We have no intention, and had previously no intention, of using the photograph again. It was about making a specific point about the local economy in a specific context."
Mr Black, now HIE's director of global connections, said: "It should be obvious that this photograph was taken during one of many events surrounding the Centre for Health Science. No political relevance should be attached to it."
LibDems and BNP - Stronger together
For reasons not yet explained, Cllr. Jones signed the nomination papers of BNP candidate Daniel Brown, who is also standing in the town's North Road ward. As Cllr. Jones also signed the nomination papers of fellow LibDem candidates Mike Barker and Fred Lawton, he was effectively placing his own candidacy in a very curious position!We couldn't agree with Iain more when he says, "Maybe the normal LibDem slogan “Only the Lib Dems can defeat [Party name here] should be replaced by "Only the Lib Dems can get the BNP onto the ballot paper”. Just a thought. Only trying to be helpful."
Perhaps not surprisingly, Cllr. Jones has been ousted as the LibDem Group Leader as their first response to the crisis, and the local party has put out a very terse statement which leaves more questions unanswered. Principally, how on earth can an experienced councillor like Steven Jones claim that he signed the nomination papers "as a mistake?"
What local LibDems want everyone to forget is that their party has been involved in shady involvement with the BNP in this part of town before. It was only Labour's exposure of the cosying-up between the LibDems, the Tories and the BNP in the short-lived Harrowgate Hill Community Group (sic) in 2003 which caused that venture to collapse.
The tragedy is that when the three main democratic parties in Darlington should have maintained a united front against racist politics in the town during this election, the LibDem's Leader has blown awaythat front with the stroke of his pen. I don't think this is the last we'll hear of this story by any means.
"We are winning here! With LibDem help!"
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
They certainly pick 'em
How appropriate considering they're wee con is now boxed in.
Tavish trashes Fibs campaign
Nicol had better watch his backBut then Trash-it does have a record of mucking things up. That he's made the Fibs look obsessed with constitutional matters shouldn't be a surprise.
By Alan Cochrane
Last Updated: 12:01am BST 18/04/2007
Scotland's least exciting politician, aka Nicol Stephen, leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, would be well advised to watch his back.
Word reaches me that his thus-far trusted friend and colleague, Tavish Scott, is mounting a bit of a freelance operation during this campaign. Mr Scott, who stood aside in Mr Stephen's favour during last year's election for the Lib Dem leadership, was widely praised last week when he almost single-handedly rescued his party's manifesto launch.
It was Mr Scott who had to fill in the many and varied holes in the Lib Dem programme, after Mr Stephen got fed up answering - or rather not answering - difficult questions about his party's possible coalition deal with the SNP.
This has obviously gone to the Transport Minister's head as he has taken to putting his own "spin" on the campaign so far by briefing selected hacks about his post election plans.
I have absolutely no doubt that nothing untoward is going on but, still, if I was Mr Stephen, I'd ask for a transcript of yesterday's meeting between Mr Scott and his three scribbling pals.
Sunday, April 15, 2007
A new policy for yoof
Now it's Mr Thingeys
Swimming Star meets with Nora Radcliffe and Nicol StephensAnd just in case it's changed here it is for posterity:
Thu 12th Apr 2007
Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Nicol Stephen and local candidate Nora Radcliffe last week met with Inverurie swimming star Hannah Miley to congratulate her on behalf of Gordon and the North East of Scotland.
Just where is Dodgy's Election Agent's from?
Craig has been punting himself about (hand in hand with Dodgy) that he is a "local" candidate. Here is doing it here and here. It also appears he is describing himself as coming from the "south Highlands". He was also Dodgy's election agent in 2005.
According to the Highland Council's website it would appear that his "address" for this campaign is Aviemore.
However Old Porridge's viewing conspirator has pointed to the 192.com site which paints a different picture on Craig's locality.
A search for "Craig Harrow" and "Aviemore" conjures up this response:
Odd. But my viewing conspirator tells me to search for "Craig Harrow" and "Crieff" which conjures up this response:
Oh dear. Yet another example of the FibDems trying to fool the voters.
Friday, April 13, 2007
They really should listen to the people. Friday from 12-1:30 on "listen again" is what you are looking for. Start at 1:23. Or listen to the whole thing...its a Lib Dem Bash fest.
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Struggling to be heard
Doing the math so far the Liberal Democrats have promised 100 new local health centres, 2000 nurses, 1000 cops. Well we aren’t the first to notice that this simply doesn’t wash. What were they doing for the LAST 8 YEARS in Government? Given their recent amazing polling figures, it seems the electorate are wise to this con as well.
Note: It appears that Squealer and Co. are really starting to get to the Fibs. Although not mentioned by name, we proudly consider ourselves cyber-bullies. Sorry Ms Teather.
Sunday, April 08, 2007
According to Tavish: “The momentum is with the Liberal Democrats.”
Judging by today's poll they certainly are on a roll - but more of the Easter Egg variety - i.e. going downhill.
On the constituency vote the Fib Dems have 14%. An impressive increase from their 2003 vote when they only managed to get a derisory 15.13%. And it's far more impressive than their depressing 2005 result when they only managed to scrape 22.63%.
Their regional vote also shows the winds are with them. From the lows of 11.78 % in 2003 they are now steamrolling ahead at 10%.
On both votes they are leaving the Tories well behind in third place to their extremely good fourth.
And there's good news for
Tavish's claims of winning the Tour de France were put in doubt when he had to ask the way in the under 12's bike race
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
Fibs change tactics, they now tell the truth
Monday, April 02, 2007
Douglas down and out in Motherwell
Since he is only 19, perhaps he should heed his party’s stance on the booze mad youth of today. He sure stands as a shining example of Scottish FibDem youth.
Fib HQ tried to dissuade Stuart on his choice of campaign poster
Hat Tip to Politicalopinions
UPDATE: It appears Youngster Stewie isn't the only Lib on the sauce.
Sunday, April 01, 2007
Nicol shoots down his own policy
But it was a wonderfully stumbling performance as he had to say he supported a Local Income Tax before saying the SNP's sums didn't add up...on a Local Income Tax. As Enterprise Minister
"No Mr Thingey. There are five people on this bench."
Now we have Mike Rumbled, sorry, Rumbles:
A LIBERAL DEMOCRAT MSP has sparked outrage after becoming the first Holyrood politician to use a publicly funded mortgage scheme to help buy three separate properties.
Mike Rumbles, the member for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine, made gains of nearly £40,000 following the sale of two flats partly paid for by the taxpayer.
His latest acquisition is a £300,000 flat in an exclusive district of the capital, partly financed by a public subsidy.
The Parliamentary Allowances office were a little suspicious when they visited the latest FibDem Edinburgh flat
Liberal Democrat Jo Swinson said: "It is a huge amount of taxpayers' money that is not warranted to be spent on this."
Here’s the full roll-call of honour of those Lib Dem MPs who did oppose the allowance:
Baker, Norman; Barrett, John; Brooke, Annette; Bruce, rh Malcolm; Carmichael, Mr. Alistair; Clegg, Mr. Nick; Farron, Tim; Goldsworthy, Julia; Harris, Dr. Evan; Heath, Mr. David; Holmes, Paul; Horwood, Martin; Howarth, David; Hughes, Simon; Huhne, Chris; Laws, Mr. David; Leech, Mr. John; Öpik, Lembit; Rennie, Will-lie; Sanders, Mr. Adrian; Stunell, Andrew; Swinson, Jo; Taylor, Matthew; Webb, Steve.
The full list from the division lobby of ayes and noes is available here.
It will be interesting to see if Jo chides Danny in public and also doesn't take the money she says is "not warranted to be spent on this".
Ming congratulated Jo on another successful hustle on the taxpayers