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One Planet, One Love, One Direction

Want to see One Direction? If the answer is yes, you'd better get lobbying George Osborne about the budget.

The teen-pop hunks are dangling tickets in front of their fans - on the condition that they ask George Osborne to sustain spending on international aid.

Dot expects an army of tech-savvy teenage girls to develop a sudden passion for ending world hunger - which, let's face it, is probably a good thing.

 

 

 

 

 

To pathfinder, or not to pathfinder, that is the question

A major update in the Iain Duncan Smith jargon saga has arrived thanks to his lengthy Sunday Politics interview.

It seems someone may have stepped in and had a word with the Work and Pensions Secretary as the previous monstrosity of “pathfindering” has now become “pathfinding”.

“You’re better pathfinding this out, making sure you learn the lessons, roll it out slower, then you gain momentum later on.”

Small mercies.

Calling it in

The Prime Minister’s generous decision to illustrate what a phonecall is has, for some reason, not gone down very well on Twitter. 

From this:


Came this…

Then this...

And on and on it went.

But could Cam simply have been trying to pave the way for a new, post-2016 special relationship with the person who might be the next US President? After all, the PM’s pose does have a striking resemblance to Hillary Clinton’s 2008 3am call ad...

 


Anyone for goats' curd salad?

After Chancellor Merkel mentioned both cake and hot potatoes in her Downing Street press conference, you might have been forgiven for thinking that David Cameron had failed to feed her.

Not so. No 10 has helpfully released the menu for lunch.  

Starter: Beetroot and goats curd salad to start, with a citrus dressing

Main course: Roast fillet of Newlyn stone bass with potatoes, broccoli and beans.

Dessert: Fruit and ice cream

There was no word on the drinks menu so we may never know if Chancellor Merkel was treated to a foaming pint of English beer like Francois Hollande. 

(Mistaken) identity politics

 

Labour and the Lib Dems have been playing footsie for weeks over a possible post-2015 tryst. But after this morning’s reports that David Cameron is preparing to rule out Coalition Mark II, has the LibLab romance rapidly intensified?

One lucky Labour MP's office has been receiving gushing emails from Lib Dem high command for months praising their hard work and commitment.

But the memos, Dot understands, are actually meant for a Lib Dem peer – who shares a strikingly similar name to a Labour member of staff.

Despite the indignant researcher’s repeated insistence that they are not, and never have been, a Lib Dem, the doting dispatches keep on coming. And the poor staffer’s jaw hit the floor when they arrived in the office this morning to see the following mysterious missive from Paddy Ashdown:

“That was great last night. Thanks for how much you put into it.”   

But who is the phantom Lib Dem Ashdown can't pin down? Dot couldn't possibly comment.