My 8 wishes for 2008

Norfolk Blogger (aka Nich Starling) has tagged me to do a 'meme' on my 8 wishes for 2008. Here goes:

1. For Ken Livingstone to be kicked out of Office by somebody, anybody...

2. For Haringey Council to tell property developers Grainger to go take a run and jump (this would save Tottenham's historic Ward's Corner)

3. For the Conservative Party in the European Parliament to stay with our friends in the EPP

4. For Nich Starling to say something nice about David Cameron

5. For ConservativeHome to introduce registration to weed out UKIP-supporting trolls

6. For the Darzi Health Review to be binned (this would save A&E departments across London)

7. For Tony Blair to make a substantial donation to a pro-Life charity (as a penance for his anti-Life voting record in Parliament)

8. For Dr. James to say "yes" and take me up the aisle!

I now tag The Darkerside of Bridget Jones, Suz, Cllr. Matt Davies, Cllr. Alan Dobbie, Patrick Cusworth and Neil Woollcott

Blair and Murphy-O'Connor: two hypocrites welcome to each other!

Tony Blair spent his entire parliamentary career doing everything to, sometimes rightly, undermine the Catholic Church's teachings. A few days ago, he was welcomed with open arms by arch-hypocrite, sorry, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor (who is known, even amongst fellow Catholics, not to be the sharpest tool in the box) into Rome.

Blair, along with the likes of Miss Primarolo and Ms Harman, consistently fought attempts to lower the abortion limit. Indeed, he fought to make it easier, i.e. up to birth. Tony Blair, whom we have become to know and hate, believes a fox's life is more sacred than a child's. If the Catholic Church doesn't believe in fighting for the right to live, it doesn't believe in anything at all. The Church hasn't changed. But has Blair?

Will he now admit to be wrong on this specific issue? If so, has he asked for forgiveness?

Hunter feels the Catholic Church was right to welcome Blair - if he admitted to voting the wrong way on Life issues and was genuine about it. Somehow, I suspect Blair is *not* repentant at all. Shame on Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, the man who went out of his way to cover up child sex abuse cases involving Catholic clergy, for allowing this man into their community.

Did anyone note how a special service was held at Archbishop's House, Westminster, for Blair and how he was allowed to discuss the issue with the Pope himself? Hunter thought the Catholic Church believed in equality amongst men? How many 'normal' people are offered an audience with the Pope and personally received at Archbishop House? Perhaps Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor only lavishes such special treatment on abortionists like Blair?

And asArchbishop Cranmer notes, why hijack the Lord's birthday to announce his conversion?

Hunter, this year, will be attending Midnight Mass at a local high Anglican church. The Catholic Church's behaviour is hypocritical - and it stinks. What next? A special collection for Marie Stopes? Blair and Cormac Murphy-O'Connor are welcome to each other!

Have a happy and holy Christmas

Hunter would like to wish all readers a very happy and holy Christmas and urges them to remember that God gave his only Son, Jesus, by a Virgin Birth over two thousand years ago, to liberate us from sin. Even if you do not make it to church this year, do something kind and in the Christian spirit: donate to or help a charity, say 'hello' to your neighbours, especially if they are on their own and, as God does, forgive those who have said or done something to upset you.

Above, Hunter's Christmas tree - decorated beautifully by Dr. James, an atheist and secularist.

Hackney Fib Dems say 'It's a two-horse race' - agreed, but they're not in the running

Hunter has been involved in literally hundreds of by-elections since becoming active in politics (some thirteen years ago), so Hunter's used to seeing dodgy Lib Dem bar charts claiming it's a "two-horse race" between X and them and Y "Can't win here". To be fair, they are usually based on past *election* results - be they local, Parliamentary or GLA-based.

Hackney Lib Dems, though, have reached a new low. On Thursday (20/12) there is a council by-election in Springfield Ward, following the resignation of the Conservatives' Eric Ollerenshaw. Just look at the results for the last set of elections, held in May 2006:

Coffer, Felicity Rebecca Liberal Democrats 198
Donovan, Dennis Arthur Liberal Democrats 188
Goldman, Monty Communist Party of Britain 113
Goulbourne, Hugh Ian Labour 531
Landau, Jacob Conservative 836
Leonelli, Herbert Green 264
Mulready, Nora Labour 538
O'Brien, Christopher Liberal Democrats 163
Ollerenshaw, Eric Conservative 794
Osaigbovo, Florence Labour 503
Shaikh, Shuja Conservative 724

The Fib Dems are clearly fourth, right? In this election, you guessed it, they are claiming it's a two-horse race between Conservatives and Lib Dems and that Labour can't win here. They base this absurd claim on the fact that Stamford Hill has twelve *councillors*, of which nine are Conservative and three are Lib Dems. Yes, but what does that prove? They are still fourth in this ward, no? Labour are, rightly so, furious with them. Hackney, as everyone knows, is a rotten Labour borough and it's the Conservatives who take on - and beat - Labour in Stamford Hill, not the Fib Dems!

Hat tip: Luke Akehurst

Hunter's back

Yes, I know you've missed me. Was in Ireland for four days (God, it was cold!) - visiting Dr. James' brother, sister-in-law and twin children in Co. Wicklow. And not a single alcoholic drink passed through Hunter's lips. Since being back in the UK, I've attended endless Christmas events. One was especially enjoyable: that of the Tottenham Civic Society, which met at Bruce Grove's San Marco's restaurant. The food wasn't too bad and the company excellent. A big 'thank you' to Matthew (the Chairman) for asking me to be his guest, and to Joyce (the Secretary) for organising it.

David Schmitz, Lib Dem candidate for Tottenham, was also there and I was delighted to congratulate him in person on becoming a father for the first time. Politically, Hunter's had some good coverage in the local press for picking up on a report by the TaxPayer's Alliance which has exposed Labour Haringey for tripling its spending on spin by 331.2% in just ten years or from £844,000 in 1996/7 to £3,369,000 in 2006/7. Unfortunately, the Journal used a terrible picture of me and the Ham&High swallowed some of Labour's spin in its reporting. On the former, Hunter once had a VERY alcohol lunch in Highgate with an old chum and then, afterwards, decided to have a hair cut on the Archway Road. The result? They shaved all my hair off! The Journal wanted a picture of me the following day...

Barbara heads North

LabourHome is reporting that Barbara Roche, the former MP for Hornsey & Wood Green, has been shortlisted, along with six others, for the safe Labour seat of Stockton North (somewhere north of Watford).

No doubt, though, Stockton Labour members will be asking her she how she managed to squander a majority of 20,499 from the 1997 General Election to lose by 2,395 in just eight years...

Hunter nevertheless wishes Barbara well. She was a good constituency MP.

Hunter's day in Haringey

Hunter had a lovely day yesterday in Haringey. I started off my hosting a coffee morning for the White Hart Lane branch of Tottenham Conservatives. We raised £70 - and, as they say, every little helps...

In the afternoon I attended a fete at St. Benet Fink's church and bought a wonderful glass fruit bowl and some Christmas cards, sold in aid of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children. As soon as Hunter arrived home, the phone started ringing: it was Ada, one of my members, to say that I had won the main raffle prize - a gigantic M&S hamper!

Then went off to Wood Green for a World Aids Day event outside the library (which, incidentally, does not look like a “bomb shelter” as the local Lib Dem councillor has claimed). There was some music played, a few speeches and a very moving poem from an African lady on living with Hiv. Balloons were released into the air and red ribbons given out to highlight the growing global problem. Our Mayor, Cllr. Sheik Thomson, is a very decent chap, if a little eccentric. He gave a speech which I though was never going to end, but I could listen to him for ages. He could give presidents Chavez and Castro, who make weekly three-hour TV addresses, a run for their money. A buffet and drinks reception was held at the Winkfield Centre, where local people affected by HIV/Aids can drop in for help, advice and to meet people in the same boat.

One of the organisers, Jude, thanked everyone for attending and said he was disappointed that MP David Lammy hadn't bothered to reply to their invitation to attend, let alone show up (Lynne Featherstone, MP for Hornsey and Wood Green, later told me later, privately, that she had lost count of the number of times that Lammy had failed to acknowledge or attend invites from local groups). Hunter has utter contempt for Lammy. He's possibly the worst constituency MP anywhere in Britain. He should quit, be de-selected or sacked by the electorate.

Met Lynne Featherstone! Although we had exchanged eye contact in the past, we had never actually spoken to each other. She looked absolutely stunning and ten years younger from when I last saw her. Ah, the wonders of Botox! She was actually quite charming and spoke well by talking about her recent experiences in South Africa, where she met people living with HIV/Aids in her capacity as Lib Dem spokeswomen on International Development. We must have chatted for about twenty minutes and, although she's not my MP, I alerted her to some borough-wide issues/concerns which she has promised to investigate. She appears to be a good egg - when not under the influence of the Humourless Bitch or the Prince of Darkness, Neil Williams and Mark Pack respectively.

Lynne enquired if it was true that I once applied to join the Lib Dems. Yes, I said, it's true. Hunter was - and remains - a liberal. It's just happens the Conservative Party is far more liberal than the Lib Dems, who will ban things at the drop of a hat if they are personally opposed to them. Told her, incidentally, that we Conservative aren’t scared of "Calamity Clegg" which, strangely, brought a smile to her little cherubic face.

Dashed back home to prepare dinner for a few friends, popped out for a quick pint at Catch22 and was in bed by midnight.

Hunter's three questions on David Abraham

Many questions are being asked about what Labour did and didn't know about the illegal Abraham donations (totalling over £600,000!)

Hunter would like to know the answers to these three questions:

1. Did John Mendelson previously kick David Abrahams out of Labour Friends of Israel for "wrong-doings"(as has been reported). If so, why?

2. Why did David Abrahams have to stand down as the Labour candidate for Richmond shortly before the 1992 General Election?

3. Just how many names does David Abraham have?


Why the Lib Dem leadership contest should be cancelled

Hunter has just watched PMQs. Vince Cable, the acting Lib Dem leader, was the star of the show with his line: "Hasn't the Prime Minister transformed himself from Stalin to Mr Bean?" Wonderful! Hell would have to freeze over before the Lib Dems took Hunter's advice, but they really ought to cancel the leadership contest and keep Vince. Sadly, they seem hell bent on supporting either Tweedledee or Tweedledum.

The only reasons to keep Northern Rock in business:

To keep Newcastle and surrounding areas voting Labour
To keep shareholders happy and hope they vote Labour
To keep depositers happy so they might vote Labour
To eep the banking industry upright so somebody votes Labour

Any other reason is waffle!

Lib Dem MEP joins Conservatives

When challenged as to why their parliamentary party, despite their rhetoric, had no BME members, Lib Dems would always point to the sole elected parliamentarian in the European Parliament, Sajjad Karim. They would also fall over themselves to stress how wonderful he was and how lucky they were to have him in their ranks.

Well, Sajjad becomes the first senior Lib Dem to join David Cameron's Conservatives.

Said Sajjad:

Two years ago David Cameron described himself as a Liberal Conservative and
that's very much how I see myself. But I needed to be convinced that he could
change his party and now I am. David Cameron's recent speech on immigration was
incredibly impressive - sensible, rational and positive. It persuaded me that he
is a leader who has changed his party and will change this country. I'm afraid
that the Liberal Democrats have lost their way and are no longer a serious force
in politics. I'm here to serve the people of the North West and I think I can
only do that now as a Conservative. I'm sure I will not be the last politician
to reach the same conclusion. It's David Cameron and the Conservatives who are
now setting the political agenda in Britain. Only the Conservatives are capable
of putting right Labour's continued failure.

Locally, Mash Joy joined us from Haringey Lib Dems and several others are expected to follow his lead.

Hunter welcomes Sajjad and Mash into the fold.

If you're a liberal and value democracy, you should be in Cameron's Conservatives...

UPDATE: The Chairman of the Ethnic Minority Lib Dems, Cllr. Meral Ece, has just left the following comment on Lib Dem Voice:

I am extremely saddened by this news. Saj was a very effective MEP, and the only BME elected parliamentarian in the Liberal Democrats.I believe he was the only incumbant MEP to come in second position, and unfortunately, the only ethnic minority.
If anyone is in any doubt- we have a crisis in our continuing democratic deficit in this area.

Former Haringey councillor passes away

Hunter notes with sadness that Lucy Arnold, a former Labour councillor for Bowes ward, has passed away. I don't know if this was recent or not as no date was given in the Births, Marriages and Deaths page of the Tottenham Journal. She can't have been very old. Hunter sends his condolences to Ron Blanchard, her husband (also a former Haringey councillor) and to other members of her family at this sad time.

Tottenham Conservatives' end-of-year dinner

Tottenham Conservatives had a get-together at a local Turkish restaurant in West Green ward this week. Over 30 local members joined us for an excellent dinner and to hear a rousing speech from our parliamentary speaker, Graham Stuart MP. Thankfully, a considerable amount of money was raised to pay for local Conservative campaigning. (Contrary to the belief of deluded socialists, the vast majority of Conservative campaigning is paid for by local fundraising - not by Lord Ashcroft, who gives Tottenham nothing and gives far less to the Tories than Labour receive from their fatcat Union bosses).

Back to Tottenham: as I looked at our assembled company, it occurred to me how much our party has changed over the years: of 30 guests, there were twelve gay men, two lesbians, one transsexual, one Mauritian, one Pakistani, one Iranian and one Ugandan. Wouldn't David Cameron have been pleased with us!?

The restaurant owners also managed to squeeze in two other couples as well as we Tories on the night. The first couple were only too happy to hear that they might be disturbed by a 20-minute speech from our guest speaker, even giving us the thumbs up. The other couple, mind you, were po-faced Guardianista queens from Muswell Hill, and were not amused! Tough, they were warned and could have gone elsewhere. I really think we rocked the foundations of their small little world when we confronted them with the fact that not all brown people and sexual minorities are on the political Left. But then Guardian readers only ever talk to other Guardian readers - and imagine that anyone to the right of Polly Toynbee must be part of some Daily Mail conspiracy.

Gideon Bull selected for Romford?

News has just reached Hunter that Gideon Bull, a local councillor whom Hunter has fought at two elections, has been selected as the Labour Party candidate for the true-blue seat of Romford, which is represented by my old friend Andrew Rosindell.

Andrew's share of the vote will be above 70% whenever Broon has the bottle to call an election. Gideon will be well and truly slaughtered. Why would Romford voters want an MP who doesn't live in the area and is a member of one of the worst councils anywhere in Britain, namely Haringey?

Hunter assumes Gideon will be making Romford his new home and looks forward to contesting the by-election.

23:54 UPDATE: Gideon informs me that he has not been selected, that he's just applied and there has been no hustings. However, Hunter's source tells me the opposite!

It's civil war in the Lib Dems

Hunter caught the last few minutes of Thursday's Question Time, staring Nick Clegg and Chris Huhne. Surprisingly, it was left to Huhne to defend the government's decision to renew Trident. Clegg sounded as if he had been harangued the night before by Bruce Kent of the CND. Many people wrongly assumed that he was the "sensible" one of the two contenders. Clegg was weak, weak, weak - and reminded Hunter how Tony Blair used those words to taunt John Major back in the mid nineties.

Today, Hunter watched the Politics Show where it was revealed that somebody in Huhne's office published a document called "Calamity Clegg". Clegg's campaign team have lodged an official complaint with the party's chief whip

Conservatives, over a year ago, had our own leadership contest: the candidates were civil to each other (as were their supporters), policies were discussed in a calm and civilised fashion and our support rocketed.

The Lib Dems had a wonderful opportunity to raise their profile and support during these last weeks. They have wasted it. Even on Lib Dem Voice, the normally subdued blog for Lib Dem members and supporters, civil war has broken out. Here are some examples (taken from LDV):

"When attending the hustings event in Leeds, Huhne challenged Clegg on School Vouchers, and Clegg adamantly denied he was in favour.

Huhne is coming across as the school bully, not doing himself any favours!"
- Tom

"I think all of this stuff from Chris is slightly pointless. If Nick says that he doesn’t believe something then why on earth won’t Chris believe him?" - Rob Blackie

"Not sure how to react to the Calamity Clegg stuff, that looks poor but Huhne obviously didn’t know anything about it. OTOH, Clegg looked flustered, Huhne hectoring. Not good for either" - MatGB

"I’ve found both unedifying on that: Chris with a nasty edge, and Nick repeating the same carefully prepared soundbite rather than dealing with what he actually said to the Scotsman. And, having said Chris was coming over as nasty, at least he’s open about it: I notice Chris said Nick would be a good leader and Nick wriggled out of saying anything positive about Chris" - Alex Wilcock

"The tone of this debate is very off-putting. The message is not getting across. A great opportunity lost"
- David

"I thought Huhne’s bullying and hectoring was shocking. Well done to Nick for trying (despite being constantly talked over) to stick to talking about issues that really matter to voters" - Matthew

"The only winners of that shambles were Brown & Cameron!" - Hywel Morgan

"Blimey - didn’t fall asleep watching this one. Chris made a right mess of it" - Ruth Bright

"Well, am in disbelief. We needed that particular exchange like a hole in the head! It will have done us no good at all with the public at large - cue more media comments about ‘nasty party’.

At the start of the contest, I favoured Nick but had wavered of late because he had seemed a bit lacklustre and Chris seemed to want it more. Now, he seems to want it too much? Anyway, ‘Calamity Clegg’ briefing v bad, whether Chris knew of it or it just came out of his campaign office. He might get over it, but probably shouldn’t. The least that can be said is that it’s not our job to produce yet more amusing nicknames about our own for The Sun.

I thought Nick - when he could get a sentence out - reacted as best he could, he’s obviously exasperated by the way he’s being opposed, but tried not to show it too much. Still, it must be frustrating to keep having to refute what your opponent says you’re saying, rather than getting to talk about your own ideas, and he deserves some credit for not getting all aggressive back (which really would have made a great news story…both candidates at each others’ throats…)

The best that can be said is that it’s helped me decide, if only for the wrong reasons.

Much more importantly, how do we go forward from here?"
- John in Penarth

"Shit, I’ve only just woken up" - Laurence Boyce

"Vince Cable, in his capacity as acting leader, needs to have a quiet word with Chris, especially, and Nick to tell them to cool it. That was unedifying spectacle and as a declared Huhne supporter I am now worried that if wins he will not be able to deliver a united party" - RMC

"Terrible - but not as bad as the head-to-head spat just shown on the South West segment - it descended into a terrible school ground argument.

Just what the party didn’t need down here.

I’m all for a bit of oomph in our leadership contest but that was just plain silly. My vote is undecided again"
- Member in the South West

"well as a member I am finding it increasingly difficult to choose between Clegg and Huhne. I think Huhne performs well but today’s show and his campaign has shown him to be rude and aggressive. Clegg is good at performing pre-written soundbites and speeches but not good at speaking out of script. He comes across as wishy washy at times. So I have no idea who to vote for" - Chris

"It would be interesting to find out who wrote the Calamity Clegg document, was it an MP?

It’s a bit rich for Chris to say that he isn’t aware of everything that comes from his campaign team"
- Cheltenham Robin

The BBC's Guto Harri has summoned it up quite well on his blog, observing: "It is striking - within a party that's generally regarded as nice - how nasty the Liberal Democrats are quietly capable of being."

Remembrance Sunday at the Tottenham Cenotaph

Hunter had the honour on Sunday of representing the Conservative Party at the wreath-laying ceremony in Tottenham. Here in Haringey, we have three ceremonies: in Hornsey (where we Conservatives were represented by the dashing Nicola Bates), the main Civic ceremony at Wood Green (represented by Eyvind Andresen) and the one here in Tottenham, which I always attend.

Readers of this blog do not need a history lesson from me on world wars I or II , suffice to say, this is always a moving occasion, uniting all faiths and races and means a great deal to all who take part.

Remembrance Sunday is also notably one of the few days of the year when local politicians put aside their differences and play nicely - especially at the reception afterwards hosted by the Royal British Legion which is always good for sharing some choice gossip

David Lammy MP said ‘Hello’ and wondered why I wasn’t being friendly. Told him I was miffed that he hadn’t joined my Facebook Group yet. I don't think he appreciates my online attempts to get him to spend more time with his family. Hunter noted that, after the service, Lammy disappeared sharpish instead of having a sausage roll at the Legion with the other politicos - perhaps he had to go off for another interview with June Sarpong?

Wayne Hoban, Lib Dem councillor for Alexandra Ward and former Tottenham ppc shook my hand - and then said “I don’t know why I'm doing this – you’ve been so mean about me on your blog”. Oops! What could I say other than ‘politics is politics’ (feeble I know!). I couldn’t resist asking him whether the rumours about him are true: Is he really on the verge of quitting Haringey Council in the New Year? (another Haringey Lib Dem with ‘the runs’). Poor Wayne looked gobsmacked for all of 20 seconds before saying, “ I couldn’t possibly comment”. You heard it here first, folks! The LibDems will miss him when he goes - he is one of their better councillors and has never been one of the fawning courtiers around Queen Lynne.

Emma Jones, councillor for Bruce Grove and Hunter’s favourite little eco-warrior, was also there to lay a wreath on behalf of the Labour Group. Emma has bravely turned vegan – a source of amusement to most of her Labour colleagues, it seems. Hunter kept an eye on her plate at the Legion and only spotted a few boiled potatoes and a couple of lettuce leaves. Poor girl, she'll waste away! A 'hat tip' and a large drink awaits the first person to file a report to me of Emma being seen eating cheese!

Brian Haley – councillor for St. Ann’s Ward and Cabinet Member Against Cars. Brian said Hunter now looks “quite regal” with my beard – I think he has noticed my growing resemblance to Edward VII (beard and waistline!). Perhaps Hunter should join Emma Jones on her vegan diet?

Sheila Peacock, former Mayor of Haringey, current councillor for Northumberland Park, and my old headmistress was very jolly, and cock-a-hoop that she has reported a Lib Dem councillor to the Standards Board. Hunter couldn’t resist pointing out to her that it must make a nice change reporting somebody to the Standards Board, rather than herself being reported to it! Anyway, if she’s successful, this councillor won’t have a leg to stand on (nudge, nudge, wink, wink!)

Jim Cassins – soi disant ‘community leader' of South Tottenham was strangely missing. But others present explained his absence: this notorious star-f****er normally goes to the Civic ceremony in Wood Green 'cos the company's classier. This year, though, he boycotted the event because the church service has been axed. Hunter, naturally expected him to lay his wreath in Tottenham, but, alas, there isn’t enough illustrious flesh for him to press here.

David Schmitz - LibDem PPC for Tottenham laid the wreath for the Yellow Peril. Seems to me he is far to nice to be a FibDum _ Does he even know what they stand for? And, if he does, could he explain it to the rest of us?

N17 – who’d want to be anywhere else?

Now they ditch democracy!

We all know that the Lib Dems ceased to be liberal ages ago - but now it looks as though they have given up on democracy, too. Scores of paid-up Lib Dems members, including Norfolk Blogger, were not sent ballot papers so they could rank their MEP candidates. Now they claim to be disfranchised from the increasingly personalised 'contest' to elect a new Leader.

Sensible Lib Dems who believe in liberalism, democracy and integrity will find a warm welcome in David Cameron’s liberal Conservative Party...

Panicking in the middle of Crouch End

'Disgraced Aitken in key new Tory prisons role' screamed the headline in today's Observer.But don't worry, folks. This was not a reference to the serial party-switcher Ron Aitken, but to that fine upstanding Christian Jonathan Aitken - truly 'Beauty' to Ron's 'Beast'. Phew!

Darling Zippy dies

Hunter and Dr. James have lost another guinea pig, Zippy. The poor little devil was found dead in his cage early yesterday morning. It looked as though his death was quick and painless - probably of heart failure. His age was unknown as he and his brother, George, were rescued. Our guess is that he was about four.

Pippet is terribly lonely and lost and we're planning on getting him a new friend from Bobtails - which is an amazing rescue centre for bunnies and guineas based in Ewell, Surrey.

In the meantime, RIP little fella.

Where's Boris?

It was left to David Davis to call for the head of Sir Ian Blair over the murder of Charles de Menezes. Where was Boris Johnson, our Mayoral candidate? Boris should have been the one to lead calls for Blair to quit. Hunter notes his website is out of date, too.

Curiously, Boris found the time to submit his article to the Labourgraph on "Why I support Hillary Clinton".

Why Cllr. Catherine Harris isn't smelling of roses

Hunter last week received a text message to say that the Lib Dems' Cllr. Catherine Harris (Noel Park) had defected to the Labour Group on Haringey Council. Why anyone would want to help prop up this failing Labour administration is beyond me. If she really thought the Lib Dems lack vision (which they do) and that Haringey is a rotten Labour Council (which it is -- as she said in her press releases), she could have joined local Conservatives who are campaigning for real change.

Harris repeatedly attacked Labour's record, especially on housing. Were they her words or did she just put her name to a researcher’s press releases? Either way, she does not come out smelling of roses (no pun intended!)

As Lynda Jack said on Cllr. Matt Davies' blog, "...what has happened raises some key questions about the way we select candidates. Frankly better to have no candidate at all than to take a risk with someone with no history or evidence they are infact Lib Dem".

Given that she had missed so many full council meetings, despite Labour's tiny majority, could she have been a Labour 'plant' all along? Discuss!

Desperate Lynne gets nasty

Having failed to flog some life back into the dying horse of Chris Huhne's faltering bid for the LibDem leadership, desperate Lynne has now taken the gloves off and laid into her party's next leader, Nick Clegg on her blog.

In her blog she has accused Clegg of:
_ nicking Huhne's ideas and passing them off as his own (the Freedom Bill/ Great Repeal Act)
_ of only being comfortable talking about his own brief (home affairs)
_ of fasely implying that Huhne is a unilateralist on the nuclear issue
_ of interrupting and attacking Huhne in the debate
_ yet at the same time implies that he is lacking in substance and relies on his charm and 'touchy-feeliness' to win support, a mere 'boy' in comparison with 'Man Huhne'

Now we're all used to LibDems (Lynne in particular) trying to face both ways on every issue, but which is it this time, Lynne? Is Nick Clegg a touchy-feely, lightweight 'boy', all charm and no substance? Or is he a robust and combative debater, a skilful political operator adept in stealing others' ideas and dissing them to the voters? You can't have it both ways.

If Hunter were Clegg or one of his team, I'd be furious at this spiteful character assassination masquerading as a simple update on an election hustings. Place your bets now on Lynne getting the bullet on Day 1 of Clegg's leadership. (I'm off to Ladbrokes)

Featherstone's horse close to death

Hunter is keeping a close eye on the Lib Dem leadership contest. Despite Lynne Featherstone declaring for fellow millionaire Chris Huhne, it appears that she has failed to convince any of her Haringey colleagues to do likewise. Having trailed through 350-odd names on the Huhne Facebook group, not a single Haringey activist or councillor appeared to be supporting him.

Cllr. Matt Davies has already come out for Nick Clegg (a few months ago he supported Fortismere's bid to become a foundation school - will he soon be joining us Conservatives?) His colleague, Ron Aitken, once described Matt as a "communist" - but he seems to be becoming something of an 'Orange Booker' to me!

Fiyaz Mughal, their doomed wannabe-Mayoral candidate and Noel Park councillor, also backs Clegg.

There are quite a few hotties backing Clegg - all the mingers are out in force for Huhne. A few people, in typical Lib Dem fashion, have declared for both candidates - no-wonder opposition parties accuse them of being all things to all people....

Abolish the PC post which pays more than the staff nurse (and some doctors, too!)

The University College London Hospital, in London, is advertising for a "Diversity and Equality Co-ordinator" - and he/she can expect to pocket up to £36,642.00 per annum working for just 36.6 hrs a week, yet, on the same page, a staff nurse at the same hospital will receive just £29,764.00 if she's lucky (the starting salary is just £22,999.00) working for 37.5 hours. How can this be right?

According to the job specification, the purpose of the first job is "To support the Head of Workforce (Diversity and Equality Lead) in providing specialist support on equality and human rights matters to enable the Trust to achieve implementation of equality and human rights legislation" - what the devil does this mean? Unlike the poor old staff nurse, the post has "no direct budgetary or staff management responsibilities".

Having been to the hospital on numerous occasions, Hunter can state that the UCLH already 'reflects' the make-up of the local population. If anything, white people are under-represented! But that isn't a problem for Hunter: he expects first-class treatment from hospital staff - their skin colour isn't an issue. Nor should it be for anyone else!

At a time when hospitals, UCHL included, are facing financial "challenges", this and similar posts should be abolished. And if the government require such jobs, they should immediately make changes in the law to do away with the – i.e. withdrawing from the European Human Rights Act – principally designed for chancers and the like.

When a hard-working staff nurse is paid less than some PC, pen-pushing busybody, you know you're living under a Socialist regime. It's time to bring back common sense to the NHS.

Why so shy, Monica?

Monica Whyte, a Haringey Lib Dem councillor, has, apparently, been selected as the Lib Dems' GLA candidate for Enfield and Haringey --- according to Enfield Lib Dems. She was selected on September 16 but her own Haringey branch has not put out a single press release to announce her candidature and help raise her profile. How strange! Nor, even more odd, is there a mention of her selection on her own website.

Hunter wonders if Lynne has ordered her to stay out of the limelight - having another, younger, model in all the photos could confuse the voters and make 'Brand Featherstone' look old hat?

Over here in Tottenham, the Fib Dums have ‘selected’ David Schmitz as their candidate . A little yellow bird tells me that would-be candidates weren't exactly falling over themselves for the honour of representing the good people of Tottenham! Surely Mr Schmitz wasn't the only candidate seeking nomination? But what does it matter? David Schmitz is a very sweet man and a 100% improvement on the Fib Dums last (execrable) candidate, who I hear has chosen to spend more time with his X-rays.

Conference pricks - Labour members barely ahead

Hunter has just received this email in his in-box - forwarded by a co-shooter who visited the Terrence Higgins Trust's stall at this year's Conservative Party conference. Makes interesting reading...

Labour tops condom quiz poll - but only just!

Thank you for stopping by THT's stand at the party conferences and taking part in our condom quiz. The results are now in and make for very interesting reading.

Results from the quiz, taken by 495 delegates, showed:

*Less than 1 in 5 Conservatives got all ten questions correct, compared to just under a third of Labour delegates
*A third of Conservatives thought condoms had holes in them that could allow HIV to pass through, compared to a quarter of Labour delegates
*1 in 5 Conservatives didn't know how to put a condom on properly, compared to around 1 in 6 Labour delegates
*1 in 5 delegates at both conferences thought that using two condoms at once ("double bagging") is safer than just using one.
*8 delegates thought condoms could be washed and re-used!

The full results are posted at the end of this email.

While we hope you enjoyed taking part, there is a serious message behind the quiz. When we put the same questions to 2200 university students they displayed an equally worrying lack of understanding of how condoms work and how to use them. We're concerned that, as comprehensive Sex and Relationships Education still isn't a compulsory part of the National Curriculum, too many young people are growing up without the information they need to protect themselves from HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. Our young people currently have the worst sexual health and highest teenage pregnancy rate in Western Europe.

THT are working with the Sex Education Forum (SEF) to ensure all young people's entitlement to good quality SRE. You can find out more about the issue on the SEF website or by reading our campaigning manifesto. You can also support the campaign on our e-campaigning website.

If you would like to receive updates on THT's campaigns on HIV and sexual health issues please send us an email to We will never share your details with third parties.

If you would like to talk to us about your work or ours please email me at

Yours sincerely,

Rowan Harvey

Parliamentary and Campaigns Officer

Condom Quiz headlines:

495 delegates at this years' Labour and Conservative Autumn conferences took part in a 10 question quiz for THT (284 at Labour and 211 at Tory). We then compared their results with a longer quiz we ran with 2256 university students earlier in the year.
Overall only 24% of delegates got all 10 questions right - though Labour (30%) did significantly better than Conservatives (18%).

Despite this, the average scores for each party were very similar (8.64 out of 10 for Labour and 8.37 out of 10 for Conservatives) meaning that, while Labour got more top scores, they also got more low scores.

A quarter (26%) of Labour delegates thought latex condoms had holes in them that could allow HIV to pass through, compared to a third (33%) of Conservatives. This was still better than the university students, 36% of whom got this question wrong.
* 2% of Labour delegates and 5% of Conservatives didn't know that condoms have an expiry date.
* 16% (1 in 6) of Labour delegates didn't know how to put a condom on properly, compared to 22% (1 in 5) Conservatives. 13% of students got this wrong.
* Around 1 in 5 delegates (20%) at both conferences thought that using two condoms at once ("double bagging") is safer than just using one. It isn't, as the extra friction makes both condoms more likely to break. This was slightly worse than the university students, 16% of whom got this one wrong.
* Almost a third (30%) of delegates from both parties thought that thick condoms were safer than regular ones. 42% of students thought the same.
* 22% of Labour delegates and 26% of Conservatives would have used the wrong type of lubricant - oil based lubricant rots the rubber condoms are made from making them more likely to break. 11% of students got this wrong.
More Labour than Conservative delegates thought you had to be a certain age to buy condoms (4% Labour compared to 3% Conservatives). 6% of the students thought the same.
* 8 delegates (5 Conservative and 3 Labour) thought you could wash and reuse a condom. * 7 students thought the same.
* 16% of Labour and 18% of Conservatives thought that other methods of contraception apart from condoms could prevent STIs. This was better than the students, 23% of whom got this wrong.

If Clegg wins will Featherstone defect to Team Gordon?

Hunter notes that when asked, last week, whether she still felt she was in the right (political) party, Lynne Featherstone replied: "I am in my heart and soul a Liberal Democrat." Has no-one told her that the 'Liberal Democrats' are themselves a coalition party? They were formed by the union of two other parties, the Liberals and the Social Democrats less than twenty years ago, because those two parties _-with substantially different values - were both fed up with getting nowhere at election time.

Even today there is tension between the two wings of the 'Liberal Democrats', with Nick Clegg and others trying to drag the party in a Liberal direction, whilst Chris Huhne (and his cheerleader and fellow millionaire Lynne) are trying to drag it in a Social Democrat direction. 'Social Democracy' is just watered-down socialism in cuddlier wrapping to appeal to middle class voters. I suspect that Lynne would feel just as at home in 'New Labour' as in the 'Liberal Democrats'. The fact that she chose not to nail her colour's to a Labour mast when she decided in her 40's to take up politics and run for council, is more a reflection of the fact that Labour locally had proved themselves so spectacularly incompetent running the council and were clearly not a good long-term bet in Haringey.

If Nick Clegg and the Liberal wing succeed in capturing the Lib Dem leadership and setting a truly Liberal agenda, I wouldn't be surprised to see Lynne crossing the floor of the house and joining Team Gordon on the New Labour benches.

Update: Have just found the above picture. Little did poor Ming know that the MPs around him were sharpening their knives and plotting to stab him in the back - Featherstone included!

They want Blair back (surprised?)

Having browsed the various groups on Facebook today, I see that my little eco-warrior Emma Jones has joined a group, created by Nick Cohen of the Observer, called Bring Back Blair.

Emma is seen as being on the Left of the Labour Party (as are most who have joined the group), but even she wants Blair to return to Office. This is a huge slap in the face for Gordon. Hunter senses that ordinary Labour Party members are waking up to the fact that Broon is a loser - and a bottler! As I've said before, they must be spitting blood that he called off the election which Labour probably would have won.

Blair, for all his faults, won three historic general election victories. In politics, winning matters. So far, the new group has 50 members. Expect it to grow...

Senior London Lib Dem says being London Mayor is 'not about policy'

Dizzy has found a YouTube post by Chamali Fernando, a wannabe Lib Dem candidate for the London Mayoralty. Astonishing, she says being London Mayor is 'not about policy'. At least she's being honest. Lib Dem don't lead public opinion, they follow it. All Chamali Fernando has done is confirm our view that they are a party of hypocrites, charlatans and opportunists.

Muddled Green thinking and hypocrisy on the London Assembly

Much has been said in the blogsphere about Brown being a Bottler. Hunter was too busy enjoying a politics-free break in the country (see below) to comment on the bizarre decision. Labour candidates and MPs in marginal seats must be spitting blood! But, as I said, that's all old hat now.

Today, a press release arrived in my inbox from the GLA Conservatives. Tony Arbour, one of our LAMs, has exposed the Green Party, aka Livingtone's pet newts, for muddled hypocrisy. They wanted members of the London Assembly to FLY to Dublin on a jolly, sorry fact-finding mission, to learn more about the Republic's carrier bag tax. As Arbour pointed out, "if we really want to find out about Ireland's policy, we could just write a letter"

The press release in full:

Date: 12 October 2007
Release: Immediate
PR: 377/07

Arbour condemns "wasteful junket"

Tony Arbour, Conservative London Assembly Member for South West London has kicked into touch Green Party plans to fly London politicians to Ireland to learn more about the Republic's carrier bag tax.

Speaking after yesterday's meeting of the London Assembly's Environment Committee, Mr Arbour said:

"Green Party Assembly Member, Darren Johnson seriously suggested at yesterday’s Environment Committee that London tax payers cough up something between £1,650 and £2,505 to fly members of the Assembly Environment Committee to Dublin on a fact-finding mission about the Republic's tax on carrier bags."

Mr Arbour was against the suggestion and persuaded enough of his committee colleagues to bin the idea for the time being.

He added:

"It is the height of hypocrisy for a Green Party politician to suggest that we all get on a plane and fly to Ireland with all that carbon dioxide being pumped out into the atmosphere - not to mention the cost of the trip - when, if we really want to find out about Ireland's policy, we could just write a letter."


Just why is it that so some many 'Greens' have adopted so many 'do as I say and not as I do' positions? Norfolk Blogger (aka Nich Starling) often comments on the Greens' hypocritical positions and I'm sure he'll comment on this one.

Somerset Scrumpy and Hungry Hippos

Having spent the past week in a beautiful village in Somerset, with the other half's family, I am now back in London. We rented a large cottage and time was divided between playing Hungry Hippos with the two nieces (aged two and a half) and drinking large amounts of Somerset Scrumpy down at the local. It's clear that country folk regard Blair's hunting and smoking bans as 'London laws' and treat them with the contempt that they deserve. After 11pm, the lock-in starts, the cigarettes, cigars and pipes come out and conversations about how the hunting ban has been a complete farce flourish. Rather unwisely, some then drive home in the early hours. Public, though, transport isn't an option - nor is hiring a taxi (they are few and far between and hugely expensive). The village pub is THE centre of village life and plays a central part in everyone's social life.

The metropolitan-based liberal elite are ignorant of the rural way of life and its hard-fought traditions. As I said to a local yokel, tolerance is a two-way thing. Us liberals shouldn't forget that.

How a speech can make or break a politician

Did you see David Cameron's speech at Conservative Party Conference in Blackpool? It was a brilliant speech - the speech of his life. David spoke for over an hour without notes - quite a feat! But then he is a class act through and through.

Please find the link here to the full text of the speech on the Conservative Party website - there is too much of it for me to adequately summarise here.

On a local note, David's humane and professional performance reminded me of the announcement of the Hornsey & Wood Green Parliamentary results at Alexandra Palace in 2005. What a powerful contrast he makes with the terminally inadequate Lynne Featherstone on that occasion: she only had to speak for 5 minutes, but she couldn't even manage that off-the-cuff. We were subjected to that scratchy, whining voice talking down into her notes the whole time, delivering the most graceless victory speech of all time. She even failed to thank the local police for their conduct on the day - a major faux pas, as this is a tradition upheld by politicians of all parties since time immemorial. So embarassingly awful was she that even Barbara Roche couldn't resist saying "Look! No notes!" when she got up to speak following Lynne.

Still, if Gordon does decide to call an election any time soon, we can expect to see Lynne propelled into early-retirement in her Highgate mansion: the resurgence in both Conservative and Labour fortunes nationally should be enough to consign Featherstone to the obscurity she deserves.

2007 Conservative Party Conference - so far

Much to Labour's and the liberal left's annoyance, this week's Conservative Party conference has been a huge success There has been no retreat to "the right" (incidentally, a phrase that was coined by one Gordon Brown MP)- as Labour were hoping for and, to be fair, a tiny minority of our own supporters were, too. David Cameron, quite rightly, knows that elections are won and lost in the centre ground.

That said, it would be wrong not to talk about taxes, Europe or immigration - all issues that the electorate care about in addition to education, the environment and NHS.

Gordon Brown has not changed. He's the man that raided pensions funds, blocked key reforms in public services, introduced 111 new stealth taxes, supported tax increases, supported the erosion of our civil liberties, supported the early release scheme and failed to support calls to keep A+E departments open and build more prisons. He’s an opportunist who will use anyone and anything for party political gain. This week, it was the turn of our Armed Forces in Iraq. One thing you don’t do in British politics – and that’s use our boys and girls as political pawns during an election. Conservatives, in addition to promoting fresh-thinking alternatives, have been right to point of Brown's hypocrisy and failings - of which there are many.

Conservatives are once again ready to rescue Britain and govern for all. It's time for friends and supports to get their chequebooks out.

Note to a certain Tower Hamlets Tory: remember Reagan's 11th Commandment

Having just read Dizzy's latest post on "Manners cost nothing", Hunter thought it was appropriate to remind a certain Tower Hamlets Tory, who has spent a large proportion of his time in Blackpool slagging me off to all and sundry, of Ronald Reagan's 11th commandment: "Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican" (or Conservative!)

Tempting as it is, Hunter will not 'name and shame' the culprit or indulge in mud slinging. Thankfully, there is much unity, friendship and optimism under David Cameron's leadership. We are ready for an election and we are concentrating on attacking and exposing the enemies - Labour and their Lib Dem allies. The Tower Hamlets Tory in question should join us.

Blogging back to normal - tomorrow, hopefully

A number of readers have asked Hunter why he has not posted on this week's Conservative Party conference. To be honest, my health has been really crap this week. On Sunday a week ago, Hunter was in A&E with a minor, but painful, problem. I then developed a cold and now my achilles tendon is busted This is an on-going). My left ankle looks like a tennis ball. The Ibuprofen is working, so I should be blogging away in the morning. Well, fingers crossed...

All tonight was good for was an hour's tele-canvassing in darkest N4.

Hunter beats Featherstone - thank you!

Astonishingly, Hunter came 43rd out of 500 UK political blogs - beating Haringey blogger, Lynne Featherstone, who came in at 173! Matt Davies, another Haringey blogger, was trailing at 210. A big thank you to everyone who nominated me. Iain Dale's Guide to Political blogging in the UK is now on sale through Politico's at £9.74 + postage.

It's happened - *Hunter* was right!

Hunter wrote on September 17 that a senior London Labour councillor would join the Conservatives. Well, it happed today! Bertha Joseph, Brent's first African-Caribbean Mayor, has been a Brent councillor since 1986 and was Mayor for 2006/07 during Brent's celebration of the abolition of the slave trade. Hunter first knew about this defection a month ago, but, despite many requests to 'spill the beans', had to wait until it became official. Haringey's Richard Reynolds and a black former Labour activist in Hackney have also defected to Cameron's Conservatives.

For too long, Labour have taken the support of the BME communities for granted. Labour have failed them on crime, education, housing and social mobility (to name just four). Today's Conservative Party welcomes everyone - no matter where you came from. What matters is where you're going!

Welcome, Bertha!

Why has the BBC not published the results of their 'survey'?

A week or two ago, Hunter was contacted by a BBC journalist who wanted to know the views of us Conservative Association Chairman. The interview went something along the lines of:

BBC Man: Is David Cameron on the right track?
Hunter: Yes

BBC Man: Do you think DC will win the next election?
Hunter: Yes

BBC Man: Do you support DC's stance on the Environment?
Hunter: Yes

And so on.

It seems, after talking to colleagues, that we all sang from the same hymn sheet. It's funny that the BBC have not released their findings.

A cynic could suggest that the 'survey' was commissioned to embarrass the Conservative Party and run stories on "splits". They wouldn’t do that, would they? Discuss.

Guess who's panicking?

Electoral Calculus predicts that Lynne Featherstone, MP will be a one-term MP (see their prediction below). According to one well-placed source, who keeps Hunter in the loop, Featherstone is spending a lot of time on the loo...

Hornsey and Wood Green
Region: North London
MP Lynne Featherstone (LIB) Electorate 76,621 Turnout 61.77% Top
2005 Votes 2005 Share Prediction
LIB 20,512 43.34% 31.08%
LAB 18,117 38.28% 42.54%
CON 6,014 12.71% 16.93%
OTH 2,687 5.68% 9.45%
LIB Majority 2,395 5.06% Pred Maj 11.46% LAB Gain
Results for 2005 implied from new boundary calculations

Candidates: what could happen - in Hunter's view

Now that Boris Johnson has been chosen as our Mayoral candidate, Hunter was wondering who will replace him as Member of Parliament for Henley. Who better than Johnson Snr, who stood for Teignbridge at the last General Election? If Boris didn't win the Mayoralty, Stanley Johnson, now in his late-sixties, could vacate the seat, for Boris, at the following election.

But what about Croydon Central (where it looks increasingly likely that Andrew Pelling won't be able to stand again)? Step forward, then, Andrew Brokenshire, MP. Andrew's Hornchurch constituency is going to be abolished, so he's looking for a new seat. It's a good bet that he'll apply here if he doesn't get Grantham and Stamford.

And if Ann Widdecombe, MP stands down, as expected, blogger Iain Dale is tipped to get the nomination. He would be a wonderful addition to the Green Benches - as indeed would Stanley. Andrew is already an MP - let's hope he stays one!

Gays don't exist in Iran and I'm a man of peace - yeah right!

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has denied that any gays live in his country to an audience at Columbia University in New York.

"In Iran we don't have homosexuals like in your country," he said. "In Iran we do not have this phenomenon, I don't know who has told you that we have it."

He has also questioned the Holocaust and believes Israel should be wiped off the map.

Now he wants us to believe that he is a "man of peace" who has "no interest" in
building a nuclear bomb and arming insurgents in Iraq.

Even President Bush's fiercest critics should not believe a word he says.

A November election? Put money on it!

Norfolk Blogger, my Lib Dem cyber-mate, has just informed us that Lib Dem HQ have been in touch with him to ask him if he's willing to stand as a PPC, probably in a no-hope seat, if an election is called next week. Nich's is on their list of approved candidates.

Now, I have just received an email from Conservative Campaign Headquarters (CCHQ) giving me details on how to order general election material.

Meanwhile, Iain Dale is reporting that Labour is eleven points ahead of the Conservatives in a poll due out tomorrow, an 'A-List' Tory candidate has defected to Labour and a Tory MP, Andrew Pelling, has been arested for allegedly duffing-up his wife! He has now been suspended from the Parliamentary Party.

Hunter is off to Ladbrokes first thing in the morning to wage a fiver on a November election...

Something not quite right...

Iain Dale has named the top 100 Right of Centre blogs. Hunter is at 94. Yes, 94! Obviously, bloggers like Croydonian and Dizzy should be in the top 10 - Hunter can't compete with such brains. But one or two bloggers ahead of me really should not have beaten me.

Tempting as it is, I am not going to names the blogs that I think should not be above me. I'll just say that, unlike some of them, I try to keep my blog topical and up-dated. Does anyone know what the judges were looking for? There's something, excuse the pun, not quite right with the ranking of us Tory bloggers...

Needless to say, Hunter doesn't expect to be in Iain’s 100 political blogs!

Out with the old and in with the new

With regret, Hunter has just terminated several blog links. Graeme Archer, Farenheit and Jungle Jane are out because the blog entries were so out-of-date. If you don't keep your blog up-to-date, you can't expect a link. Cllr. Jones' blog will also be removed if she doesn't up-date it within the week.

New links include Patrick Cusworth, Newmania, Evan Price, Cllr. Phil Briscoe, Shane Greer and Neil Woollcott.

Did you hear what I heard?

Hunter woke up this morning to a love-in, sorry interview, between Gordon Broon and Today's Sarah Montague. Having voted for 24 hour boozing, to declassify cannabis and a host of other things he now wants us to believe it was all Tone's fault. He talked about wanting to improve our public services - but he's the man, as Chancellor, who throw money at public services without demanding much-needed reforms. The Great Clunking Fist forced Blair to water down all his good-intentioned policies on giving the professionals more say on how services are run. And he was the Chancellor who spent our money like a drunken sailor! He sounded very much like he's spent the last ten years in opposition, not as the Number Two in government. How does he get away with it? Do you think Montague challenged him? Where's Dave?

Tagged by Nich - people who have shaped my politics

Leading Liberal Democrat blogger, Nich Starling, has tagged me. Nich wants to know who has influenced my politics. Here goes:

1. Margaret Thatcher for rescuing Britain from industrial unrest and ruin, liberating working people by introducing Right-to-Buy and putting the Great back into Britain.

2. Sybil James (deceased). Sybil was a Conservative activist in Tottenham and a former Labour/SDP councillor in Islington. She gave me lots of encouragement, which I shall never forget. Sadly, she passed away just a year after I met her from a brain haemorrhage.

3. Ada Gang-Devi from Tottenham, whom I've known since 1994. She, like Sybil, took me under her wing and has supported me in good times as well as bad. She helped keep Tottenham Conservative Association alive in the dark days (1997-2004) and has raised thousands on pounds which has enabled us to keep the Tory light shinning in most of Tottenham.

4. John Major. A kind man who had Britain's interests at heart, he achieved a lot during his premiership and people should think twice before trashing his administration.

5. Peter Tatchell. I could listen to him for hours. He is a libertarian who could teach a few Tories about Freedom and Liberty. He's a brave man, too.

I now tag: Croydonian,Darker Side of Briget Jones,Matt Davies, Patrick Cusworth and Neil Woollcott

A very busy weekend

Hunter received a call from Boris' office at 2pm on Friday to say that Boris would be at Turnpike Lane "in an hour". Yikes! No time to prepare for anything! Hunter was pleased to give Boris a tour of Wood Green - he was well received by people of all ages and colours. Labour's nasty campaign to label him a racist clearly isn't working. Then, after drinks with the hacks, we delivered the last of our leaflets. In all, we've delivered 15,000 over the last two months and the new leaflet is at the printers. Nobody can say that we're not prepared for a snap election...

Saturday was spent with Dr. James at Bluewater, followed by a very alcoholic evening at a local pub where there was karaoke. Hunter managed to get up to sing the classic Irish song, the Wild Rover. Everyone clapped me when I left the stage - not sure if I was good or that they were pleased I had finished?

Yesterday was spent at the North Mid Hospital (was in so much pain I that I could not travel to a nicer hospital in central London). I'm feeling better today - but was I in pain!

Woke up this morning to find a message on my answering machine from a local resident. He's found a dead cat outside of his apartment and wants the Conservative Action Team to help remove it. The lengths we go to for extra votes...

Hunter - the worst!

Hunter is always keen to learn the latest in ‘street language’ – being a kewl dude and so on. Yesterday, in Tottenham, Hunter was described, by an admirer, as being “the worst”. This, apparently, means “the best”. He, in return, is a Star! You get me, now?

Hardly flushed with success, eh?

Hunter takes great pride in mocking the Dim Lebs. It has almost become a hobby - up there with keeping guinea pigs, blogging and partying. But I'm almost feeling sorry for them! This week, in case you haven't noticed, they are meeting in Brighton for their annual conference. There has been little reporting on it - and the coverage that they have received has been negative. The problem, in my view, is twofold: they have an old man as their leader who is a good pal of Gordon Broon. In the event of a hung-parliament, which is likely, he will prop Labour up in the Commons if he's still there). And they are a bitterly divided party - they can't decide if they are for a free-market and socially libertarian society or want to be party of big government.

In May, they made a net loss of over 200 seats. Their poll ratings are hovering at 15% (or below), but they living in a bubble. They think everything is hunkey dorey.

Wake up and smell the organic coffee: you're in trouble - big trouble!

Exclusive: Senior London Labour councillor to join Conservatives - tomorrow

Hunter is sworn to secrecy. It's likely to happen tomorrow morning, though. More soon - once it's public.

UPDATE: It's still going ahead - just been postponed for a week.