How Obama stole Christmas

A new Tea Party book takes aim at the "Liberal Claus".

Liberal Clause

Just in time for Christmas, failed Tea Party candidate David Hedrick has released his own fiery anti-Obama polemic: The Liberal Claus(e): Socialism on a Sleigh.

The Liberal Claus(e) tells the story of how a town is taken over "Liberal Party of Elves," a sinister troupe of socialists led by Barry "Liberal Claus" Obama and Elf Peloosi. Obama proceeds to convince the townsfolk that the "Christmastution" has a "Liberal Clause" (geddit?) that grants him unlimited power. But his approval ratings soon turn negative as his place of birth is questioned ("Are you even from the North Pole?" asks one elf) and he comes under attack from Ox News.

The book, whose author is currently on trial for allegedly assaulting his wife, features guest appearances by Stalin (see below), Chairman Mao and the evil "Reverend Blight".


The story concludes with the defeat of the Liberal Party of Elves and the triumph of the Elves' very own Tea Party. An all-too-accurate ending.

George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.

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Michael Gove definitely didn't betray anyone, says Michael Gove

What's a disagreement among friends?

Michael Gove is certainly not a traitor and he thinks Theresa May is absolutely the best leader of the Conservative party.

That's according to the cast out Brexiteer, who told the BBC's World At One life on the back benches has given him the opportunity to reflect on his mistakes. 

He described Boris Johnson, his one-time Leave ally before he decided to run against him for leader, as "phenomenally talented". 

Asked whether he had betrayed Johnson with his surprise leadership bid, Gove protested: "I wouldn't say I stabbed him in the back."

Instead, "while I intially thought Boris was the right person to be Prime Minister", he later came to the conclusion "he wasn't the right person to be Prime Minister at that point".

As for campaigning against the then-PM David Cameron, he declared: "I absolutely reject the idea of betrayal." Instead, it was a "disagreement" among friends: "Disagreement among friends is always painful."

Gove, who up to July had been a government minister since 2010, also found time to praise the person in charge of hiring government ministers, Theresa May. 

He said: "With the benefit of hindsight and the opportunity to spend some time on the backbenches reflecting on some of the mistakes I've made and some of the judgements I've made, I actually think that Theresa is the right leader at the right time. 

"I think that someone who took the position she did during the referendum is very well placed both to unite the party and lead these negotiations effectively."

Gove, who told The Times he was shocked when Cameron resigned after the Brexit vote, had backed Johnson for leader.

However, at the last minute he announced his candidacy, and caused an infuriated Johnson to pull his own campaign. Gove received just 14 per cent of the vote in the final contest, compared to 60.5 per cent for May. 


Julia Rampen is the editor of The Staggers, The New Statesman's online rolling politics blog. She was previously deputy editor at Mirror Money Online and has worked as a financial journalist for several trade magazines.