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Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid

The Standard thinks that everyone's least favourite political spouse fancies resurrecting her 'official' political career. Apparently she has ben hobnobbing with Yoko Ono (they deserve each other don't they? A friendship made in the infernal regions..).

It adds some anonymous comments: "Having...the emotional backing of Yoko Ono won't hurt if she does decide to stand for Parliament." I suppose the Mills bomb has overtaken Yoko as the least favourite Beatles spouse, but that is still a fairly odd concept. Anyway, here is the punchline:
"Reports have suggested Cherie has considered standing at the next election for a safe seat in Liverpool - her home town and that of The Beatles".

So, which of the five Labour MPs for Liverpool might suddenly decide he or she wants to spend more time with his or her money and take the ermine?

Liverpool Garston - Maria Eagle, maj 7,193
Liverpool Riverside - Louise Ellman maj 13,950
Liverpool Walton - Peter Kilfoyle, maj 15,957
Liverpool Wavertree - Jane Kennedy maj 5,173
Liverpool West Derby - Bob Wareing maj 15,225

Maria Eagle - No chance. An under minister and in her 40s.
Louise Ellman - Could be. 60 and lobby fodder, but as a Labour Friend of Israel, how would she feel about the suicide bombers friend getting her seat? But, "one of the Blair government's most loyal cheerleaders".
Peter Kilfoyle - 62, leftie and rebel. Successor to Eric Heffer
Jane Kennedy - In her late 40s, also a LFI, and more lobby fodder.
Bob Wareing - 76, old leftie and rebel. Anti-Iraq war.

So, either Wareing is 'persuaded' to have a heart attack, or step forward Baroness Ellman of Riverside.
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Blogger dizzy said... 10:11 am

it's Hilary all over again.  

Blogger istanbultory said... 10:49 am

Dizzy has beaten me to it. Shades of the Clintons, indeed. I have long had a really, really horrible feeling that we will not be rid of the Blairs even after Emily has quit No 10. But for Iraq TB would have gone on to head some kind of international bureaucracy- a UN/EU/WTO style thing. So its Cherie's turn to grab the lime light. A penny for Big Gordo's thoughts on Cherie's political plans...  

Blogger Croydonian said... 10:53 am

The whole political dynasties business gives me the creeps, but I suppose I should grant that CB did run for Parliament before. I suspect the senior Blairlet might fancy The Life too....  

Blogger Croydonian said... 10:57 am

Meanwhile, I've been trying to track down her Thanet North election address from '83, and the best I can do is this, c/o someone calling himslef Peter Hitchens:

"I tracked the leaflet down in the end, and it was - as I might have guessed - a perfectly ordinary Labour candidate's election address from 1983, the standard CND, anti-Thatcher guff of the era, wild at the time, as dead and gone as some ancient attack on Arthur Balfour dug up from granny's trunk. If there was anything startling about it, it was printed in invisible ink".  

Blogger Peter Hitchens said... 11:59 am

talking of political dynasties what about smallcocks son standing for daddies Hull seat?  

Blogger Croydonian said... 12:04 pm

A grim prospect... I reckon the Endogenator fancies his chances though.  

Anonymous verity said... 12:25 pm

Yoko Ono isn't going to be able to help her with Beatles fans. As Croydonian says, after all these years, she has only just surrendered her position as their most despised entity in favour of monoped Heather Mills, greedy self-seeker, and nuclear deterrent.

But I too have had an uneasy, not to say chilling, feeling that we will never scrape the Blairs off our public life. They're even more toxic than the Clintons because at least Bill has started doing his pontificating from the ME.

My money's on her not running. If they can just manage not to do anything [else] illegal, they can probably get the help of the Bush family to get them speaking gigs that will fulfill their wildest dreams of coining it. Blair must be aware of how loathed he is and he must know that he has no future in Britain. He can just go over there and play at being David Niven and he will never want for work.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 12:37 pm

A thought occurs - maybe the CB thing is a false flag op, and the idea is to so terrify the population that we will beg Tony to stay if only to keep her off the green benches.  

Blogger istanbultory said... 1:08 pm

Yes. CB makes 500,000k a year. And she has some nice (cough) property investments to keep life sweet.And Emily is on his way to making a fortune in the states.
Surely, CB would have little interest Post-No 10 in helping constituent proles filling out their housing benefit forms. In any case, Gordo will be angling to fill any safe seats with his own acolytes come the next election. Maybe CB might consider the Euro elections in 2009- a nice, comfy part-time job with plenty of perks.
I doubt if Gordo would object....  

Blogger Rigger Mortice said... 1:12 pm

I think many underestimate how respected Blair is.I live in a labour safeish seat and excepting the war on iraq,a lot of people think he's been good.

Fundamentally though,Cameron is making no inroads this way .Peoploe say he's alright but they won't vote for him.

Have to say though,If cherie stands,the public will be driven to us.  

Anonymous verity said... 1:23 pm

Istanbul Tory - At the height of her earning ability, which was just after Blair and the slithy toves slithered in and she started the sinister sounding Matrix Chambers, she was making around £150,000 - £200,000 pa.

Since then, she has all but stopped going into the office, except for some high profile cases. I read that last year, she earned less than £50,000 from the law because of all this travelling to put the squeeze on rich people they'd been doing. That is what the panic about servicing their mortgages is all about. They have to find around £4,000 a week to pay off their debts.

(You'll have read that she did a chancer by flying out to Malaysia to try to horn in on a big commercial case - this famous "human rights" lawyer - and you may recall that the Malaysian judge ruled that she could not plead as she wasn't familiar with any of the corporate entities in the case and wasn't an expert in corporate law. If you further recall, the judge humiliated her by telling her to leave the barristers' table and go and sit in the public gallery. It warmed the cockles of my heart.)

The only thing is, whichever entity is holding their mortgages knows that once they've left office, they'll be good for the money, so I'm sure they're not receiving computer-generated threats to repossess.
Although I'll bet they've had to reschedule their debt. They are a couple of low life chancers.  

Blogger istanbultory said... 1:48 pm

CB is still fuming about the sale of their house in Islington for £615,000 in 1997. The house was back on the market a few months later with an asking price of £1.69m. Cherie is still seething at having missed out on a cool £1m. She is a fan of bargain-hunting on eBay apparently.  

Anonymous verity said... 1:53 pm

She also sells things on eBay. Her old shoes, for example. Can you imagine? Some of the things she tries to sell on eBay don't get any bids, like that trouser suit a couple of weeks ago. Telling the folks who it belongs to doesn't seem to spark up the sales any.

I see Carole Caplan's back in the picture.  

Blogger dearieme said... 2:05 pm

Who's going to explain "Emily" to me: I assume that it's an allusion that I don't get? ("Dorothy" I would understand.) Anyway, I suspect that Ms Greedie Boot is much too grand to stand for office. Some sort of Lavender List peerage might appeal, though.  

Anonymous verity said... 2:06 pm

Anyway, I think Heather Mills should become Cherie Blair's new best friend.  

Anonymous verity said... 2:10 pm

dearieme - We have explained to you before, so please pay attention this time. 'Emily' is what the other boys called Tony Blair at Fettes.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 2:16 pm

DM - 'Emily' was Blair's nickname at school.

I do wonder why CB would want to get into domestic politics - it can't be for the money, and her chances of preferment are limited. Maybe just an ego thing? Mind you, Ms Cherie 'I don't curtsey to the Queen' Booth MP having to take the loyal oath would be *hugely* amusing.

I thought she bought on ebay rather than sold?  

Anonymous verity said... 2:39 pm

She also sells on eBay,Croydonian. And she has no hesitation in letting people know who the seller is. Which makes the fact that a horrible trouser suit didn't get a single bid all the more pleasing.

I don't think she has the faintest interest in getting into domestic politics. I don't know who floated this idea, but I don't credit it at all. Cherie will go where the money is.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 3:00 pm

V - sorry, my bad. Do you suppose she was born this ghastly or she's really worked at it?  

Blogger Peter Hitchens said... 3:22 pm

Intriguingly "toblerone" is still chummy with la caplin even though thunder thighs has fallen out with her.
I know who Id prefer to have a herbal shower and massage with. It seems that Caplin finds compulsive liars irresistible, lets face it she has form on this (and a nice bum)  

Blogger UK Daily Pundit said... 3:37 pm

You've missed out a few seats there C. George Howarth up in Knowsley - he could be going to the Lords. There's Crosby as well, Shirley Williams' old stamping ground and quite a posh area all things considered - Claire-Curtis Thomas is enconsed there, 6000 ish' majority. And Peter Kilfoyle has just left hospital following a triple heart by-pass. So, if the Wicked Witch does go for it, I reckon it'll be either Knowsley or Walton. With her elevated status these days she might feel that Knowsley is beneath her - no disrespect to any of your readers from Cantril Farm, Kirkby etc - so it would have to be Walton!  

Blogger Croydonian said... 3:41 pm

DP - I was being bone idle and just did Scouseville proper. If that particular threat to Kilfoyle doesn't prompt the most impressive recovery since Lazarus, I'm a Dutchman.  

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