Jo Swinson


Who says Glee Club is a waste of time? It certainly seems to inspire the songwriters amongst us Lib Dems. You may have read my posting from last night, this one is buried by anonymous commenter on Jennie Rigg’s blog, I feel it needs a wider audience. Whoever wrote this is a genius, though as Jennie says ‘has WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY too much typing time’.
Lib Demmin’ across the universe,
On the Starship Libbyduck under Captain Clegg.
Lib Demmin’ across the universe,
No longer coming third because Labour’s polling worse.

Lt. Swinson, report.
There’s defectors on the starboard bow, starboard bow, starboard bow;
there’s defectors on the starboard bow, starboard bow, Nick.

Analysis, Mr. Huhne.
It’s P.R., Nick, but not as we know it, not as we know it, not as we know it;
it’s P.R., Nick, but not as we know it, not as we know it, Captain.

There’s defectors on the starboard bow, starboard bow, starboard bow;
there’s defectors on the starboard bow, starboard bow, Nick.

Lib Demmin’ across the universe,
On the Starship Libbyduck under Captain Clegg.
Lib Demmin’ across the universe,
Only going forward, still can’t find reverse.

Polling update, Mr. Davey.
It’s worse than that, we’re stuffed, Nick, stuffed, Nick, stuffed, Nick;
it’s worse than that, we’re stuffed, Nick, stuffed, Nick, stuffed.

It’s P.R., Nick, but not as we know it, not as we know it, not as we know it;
it’s P.R., Nick, but not as we know it, not as we know it, Captain.

There’s defectors on the starboard bow, starboard bow, starboard bow;
there’s defectors on the starboard bow, starboard bow, Nick.

Gunnery officer, Hilary Stephenson:
Ah! We come in peace, Focus to kill, Focus to kill, Focus to kill;
we come in peace, Focus to kill, Focus to kill, men.

It’s worse than that, we’re stuffed, Nick, stuffed, Nick, stuffed, Nick;
it’s worse than that, we’re stuffed, Nick, stuffed, Nick, stuffed.

Well, it’s P.R., Nick, but not as we know it, not as we know it, not as we know it;
it’s P.R., Nick, but not as we know it, not as we know it, Captain.

There’s defectors on the starboard bow, starboard bow, starboard bow;
there’s defectors on the starboard bow, scrape ’em off, Nick.

Lib Demmin’ across the universe,
On the Starship Libbyduck under Captain Clegg.
Lib Demmin’ across the universe,
Only going forward, and things are getting worse!

Engineer, Mr. Alexander:
Ye cannot change the manifesto, manifesto, manifesto;
ye cannot change the manifesto, manifesto, Nick.

Ah! We come in peace, Focus to kill, Focus to kill, Focus to kill;
we come in peace, Focus to kill; Hilary, beam me up!

It’s worse than that, we’re stuffed, Nick, stuffed, Nick, stuffed, Nick;
it’s worse than that, we’re stuffed, Nick, stuffed, Nick, stuffed.

Well, it’s P.R., Nick, but not as we know it, not as we know it, not as we know it;
it’s P.R., Nick, but not as we know it, not as we know it, Captain.

There’s defectors on the starboard bow, starboard bow, starboard bow;
there’s defectors on the starboard bow, better calm down!

Ye cannot change the script Nick.
Och, #!*& Nicky.

It’s worse than that, it’s national swing, Nick.

Bridge to engine room, deploy Cable.

Och, if I give it any more she’ll blow, Cap’n!

Lib Demmin’ across the universe,
On the Starship Libbyduck under Captain Clegg.
Lib Demmin’ across the universe,
No longer coming third because Labour’s polling worse.

Lib Demmin’ across the universe,
On the Starship Libbyduck under Captain Clegg.
Lib Demmin’ across the universe,
Never passed a policy the leader can’t reverse.

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Who says Glee Club is a waste of time? It certainly seems to inspire the songwriters amongst us Lib Dems. You may have read my posting from last night, this one is buried by anonymous commenter on Jennie Rigg’s blog, I feel it needs a wider audience. Whoever wrote this is a genius, though as Jennie says ‘has WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY too much typing time’.
Lib Demmin’ across the universe,
On the Starship Libbyduck under Captain Clegg.
Lib Demmin’ across the universe,
No longer coming third because Labour’s polling worse.

Lt. Swinson, report.
There’s defectors on the starboard bow, starboard bow, starboard bow;
there’s defectors on the starboard bow, starboard bow, Nick.

Analysis, Mr. Huhne.
It’s P.R., Nick, but not as we know it, not as we know it, not as we know it;
it’s P.R., Nick, but not as we know it, not as we know it, Captain.

There’s defectors on the starboard bow, starboard bow, starboard bow;
there’s defectors on the starboard bow, starboard bow, Nick.

Lib Demmin’ across the universe,
On the Starship Libbyduck under Captain Clegg.
Lib Demmin’ across the universe,
Only going forward, still can’t find reverse.

Polling update, Mr. Davey.
It’s worse than that, we’re stuffed, Nick, stuffed, Nick, stuffed, Nick;
it’s worse than that, we’re stuffed, Nick, stuffed, Nick, stuffed.

It’s P.R., Nick, but not as we know it, not as we know it, not as we know it;
it’s P.R., Nick, but not as we know it, not as we know it, Captain.

There’s defectors on the starboard bow, starboard bow, starboard bow;
there’s defectors on the starboard bow, starboard bow, Nick.

Gunnery officer, Hilary Stephenson:
Ah! We come in peace, Focus to kill, Focus to kill, Focus to kill;
we come in peace, Focus to kill, Focus to kill, men.

It’s worse than that, we’re stuffed, Nick, stuffed, Nick, stuffed, Nick;
it’s worse than that, we’re stuffed, Nick, stuffed, Nick, stuffed.

Well, it’s P.R., Nick, but not as we know it, not as we know it, not as we know it;
it’s P.R., Nick, but not as we know it, not as we know it, Captain.

There’s defectors on the starboard bow, starboard bow, starboard bow;
there’s defectors on the starboard bow, scrape ’em off, Nick.

Lib Demmin’ across the universe,
On the Starship Libbyduck under Captain Clegg.
Lib Demmin’ across the universe,
Only going forward, and things are getting worse!

Engineer, Mr. Alexander:
Ye cannot change the manifesto, manifesto, manifesto;
ye cannot change the manifesto, manifesto, Nick.

Ah! We come in peace, Focus to kill, Focus to kill, Focus to kill;
we come in peace, Focus to kill; Hilary, beam me up!

It’s worse than that, we’re stuffed, Nick, stuffed, Nick, stuffed, Nick;
it’s worse than that, we’re stuffed, Nick, stuffed, Nick, stuffed.

Well, it’s P.R., Nick, but not as we know it, not as we know it, not as we know it;
it’s P.R., Nick, but not as we know it, not as we know it, Captain.

There’s defectors on the starboard bow, starboard bow, starboard bow;
there’s defectors on the starboard bow, better calm down!

Ye cannot change the script Nick.
Och, #!*& Nicky.

It’s worse than that, it’s national swing, Nick.

Bridge to engine room, deploy Cable.

Och, if I give it any more she’ll blow, Cap’n!

Lib Demmin’ across the universe,
On the Starship Libbyduck under Captain Clegg.
Lib Demmin’ across the universe,
No longer coming third because Labour’s polling worse.

Lib Demmin’ across the universe,
On the Starship Libbyduck under Captain Clegg.
Lib Demmin’ across the universe,
Never passed a policy the leader can’t reverse.

>Earlier today the Scotsman’s David Maddox posted on the Steamie the paper’s blog an article which included unfounded allegations about Jo Swinson’s expenses. Indeed this was the same day that the Grauniad had to apologise for printing those falsehoods.

Caron’s article alerted me to the latest bit of sloppy and lazy journalism over this whole affair. After correcting the blog a David, possibly Maddox himself, left an apology on Caron’s blog stating he had ‘checked with the Telegraph who said they had not retracted anything on the original story’. Herein lies the rub, the Telegraph, as James Graham pointed out, are treading a thin line between fact, innuendo, sexism and fiction.

A superficial reading of the article would lead the casual reader to assume that the record of Jo Swinson MP’s expenses claims demonstrate that she had claimed for makeup and dusters. However, a more careful reading reveals the following information:

1 – that although receipts containing those items had been submitted, there is no actual evidence that these specific items had been claimed for. Indeed, this claim is explicitly denied by Jo Swinson herself and no evidence has been brought forward to give us cause to doubt this whatsoever.

2 – furthermore, that in at least one case the items which had been claimed for were clearly marked by an asterisk. In the case of the eyeliner and dusters this was not the case.

3 – the claim that Jo Swinson is “known in Westminster for the attention she pays to her appearance” is entirely unsubstantiated and innuendo-laden. There is nothing remarkable about a Member of Parliament not wishing to look unkempt; indeed they would be open to criticism if they did so.

4 – the headline epithet “makeover queen” is equally unsubstantiated. No-one appears to have called Jo Swinson this apart from the article’s author, Rosa Prince, herself.

5 – the page design is clearly intended to convey the idea that Jo Swinson has had numerous “makeovers” – yet the photographs provided are merely
pictures of her looking slightly different over a period of eight years.

As I pointed out earlier today just because the Tell-lie-graph has exclusive exposure to these expenses claim the fact that many of their points about MPs are merely leading questions, unsubstantiated, unchecked, unresearched, unjournalised if you will. Far from reporting public opinion they are leading it and don’t care what half or even untruths they can spread in the telling.

The Tell-lie-graph should carry a health warning at present.

Somethings you read here should be done so with a pinch of salt. Read every word, our lawyers have carefully inserted some so as to keep us legal but to make you miss the meaning. By the way as salt is the root for the word salary we’ll be looking for MPs who have mixed up salt and salary with expenses, we’re still looking.

It doesn’t which is more the point. Look into the facts yourself. Read carefully and look at the reaction and indeed history of your MP’s quotes on expenses, transparency etc.

Earlier today the Scotsman’s David Maddox posted on the Steamie the paper’s blog an article which included unfounded allegations about Jo Swinson’s expenses. Indeed this was the same day that the Grauniad had to apologise for printing those falsehoods.

Caron’s article alerted me to the latest bit of sloppy and lazy journalism over this whole affair. After correcting the blog a David, possibly Maddox himself, left an apology on Caron’s blog stating he had ‘checked with the Telegraph who said they had not retracted anything on the original story’. Herein lies the rub, the Telegraph, as James Graham pointed out, are treading a thin line between fact, innuendo, sexism and fiction.

A superficial reading of the article would lead the casual reader to assume that the record of Jo Swinson MP’s expenses claims demonstrate that she had claimed for makeup and dusters. However, a more careful reading reveals the following information:

1 – that although receipts containing those items had been submitted, there is no actual evidence that these specific items had been claimed for. Indeed, this claim is explicitly denied by Jo Swinson herself and no evidence has been brought forward to give us cause to doubt this whatsoever.

2 – furthermore, that in at least one case the items which had been claimed for were clearly marked by an asterisk. In the case of the eyeliner and dusters this was not the case.

3 – the claim that Jo Swinson is “known in Westminster for the attention she pays to her appearance” is entirely unsubstantiated and innuendo-laden. There is nothing remarkable about a Member of Parliament not wishing to look unkempt; indeed they would be open to criticism if they did so.

4 – the headline epithet “makeover queen” is equally unsubstantiated. No-one appears to have called Jo Swinson this apart from the article’s author, Rosa Prince, herself.

5 – the page design is clearly intended to convey the idea that Jo Swinson has had numerous “makeovers” – yet the photographs provided are merely
pictures of her looking slightly different over a period of eight years.

As I pointed out earlier today just because the Tell-lie-graph has exclusive exposure to these expenses claim the fact that many of their points about MPs are merely leading questions, unsubstantiated, unchecked, unresearched, unjournalised if you will. Far from reporting public opinion they are leading it and don’t care what half or even untruths they can spread in the telling.

The Tell-lie-graph should carry a health warning at present.

Somethings you read here should be done so with a pinch of salt. Read every word, our lawyers have carefully inserted some so as to keep us legal but to make you miss the meaning. By the way as salt is the root for the word salary we’ll be looking for MPs who have mixed up salt and salary with expenses, we’re still looking.

It doesn’t which is more the point. Look into the facts yourself. Read carefully and look at the reaction and indeed history of your MP’s quotes on expenses, transparency etc.

>Four years ago at this time I was just about dozing off after attending my first General Election count as candidate. Making my thanks and concession speech third at some point after the declaration at 1:45am. At a point which is now about a 5 minute walk from where I live.

Just before eaving Bathgate Leisure centre there was first a cheer from the SNP for one of their gains, followed swiftly by Lib Dems ones as we saw Jo Swinson take East Dunbartonshire. Then I retired to Caron’s as we nervously waiting for results like Edinburgh South to role in. At some point Caron (who wasn’t drinking unlike me) drove me home. I lay on the sofa watching the late results before my partner at the time came down and headed out out for work. I knew that the Northern Ireland results plus a few of the remote ones would be coming through in a few hours so now was the time four years ago to catch some sleep. After being awake for 30+ hours.

Therefore we are four years in from 05.05.05 there will be a Westminster General Election called in the next 12 months. Bet that for a prediction Nostrodamus.

Four years ago at this time I was just about dozing off after attending my first General Election count as candidate. Making my thanks and concession speech third at some point after the declaration at 1:45am. At a point which is now about a 5 minute walk from where I live.

Just before eaving Bathgate Leisure centre there was first a cheer from the SNP for one of their gains, followed swiftly by Lib Dems ones as we saw Jo Swinson take East Dunbartonshire. Then I retired to Caron’s as we nervously waiting for results like Edinburgh South to role in. At some point Caron (who wasn’t drinking unlike me) drove me home. I lay on the sofa watching the late results before my partner at the time came down and headed out out for work. I knew that the Northern Ireland results plus a few of the remote ones would be coming through in a few hours so now was the time four years ago to catch some sleep. After being awake for 30+ hours.

Therefore we are four years in from 05.05.05 there will be a Westminster General Election called in the next 12 months. Bet that for a prediction Nostrodamus.

>Here is the latest offering from Tavish TV, with guest appearance by Jo Swinson MP.

And on Scottish Forests with guest appearances by Jeremy Purvis MP and Jim Hume MSP

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