Liam Fox told the Spectator that Germany risks becoming the world’s biggest cash machine after Brexit because it may end up paying for a failing European Union that is in danger of imploding:
“If I were a German politician I would be worried that, without Britain, Germany has the potential to become the greatest ATM in global history.”
They’ve figured this out for themselves…
Of the 28 current members of the EU it may surprise co-conspirators to learn that only 12 countries were net contributors. Ireland has become the the thirteenth net contributor for the first time since it joined in 1973, hitherto it has been a net beneficiary to the order of €50 billion. Expect Irish attitudes to the EU to change as that equation changes.
Even after Margaret Thatcher’s rebate, Britain was the second biggest contributor to the EU’s budget. German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble had his ministry’s experts calculate what Brexit would mean for Germany’s federal budget. As a result of the European Commission’s budget contribution equation, Germany’s share of the overall economic strength of the EU would rise from today’s 21% to 25%. Thus the German taxpayers’ share of the EU budget will rise by about €4.5 billion a year in 2019/20. How do you like them apfels?
Labour’s standing in the Jewish community is at a new low after the party refused to comment on what action it would take against Jackie Walker. The Campaign Against Anti-Semitism says:
“It is beyond disgraceful that she was readmitted to the Labour Party and remains Vice Chair of Momentum. Shortly after her outburst, Jeremy Corbyn promised to fight antisemitism with his every breath but this is just the latest in a string of incidents involving Jackie Walker. What is there to investigate? How many more chances will she be given? Enough is enough. Jackie Walker must be expelled from the Labour Party and Momentum immediately and condemned in the strongest possible terms. Until Labour matches its rhetoric with action, we remain of the view that the Labour Party is not safe for Jews.”
The Jewish Chronicle’s Marcus Dysch says it’s a
“Complete cover up so we don’t know who’s in, who’s out, or what action is taken.”
The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust has condemned her comments:
“We are extremely shocked and saddened that Jackie Walker has questioned the aims and basis of Holocaust Memorial Day… Commemoration of the Holocaust should be a universal responsibility and does not prevent or undermine commemoration of other genocides.”
Even Corbynistas and Momentum supporters have said she should go:
Totally agree. I imagine both Labour and Momentum will see sense to suspend/expel Walker today. https://t.co/w1qk3nfc1B
— Aaron Bastani (@AaronBastani) September 28, 2016
Jackie is very close friends with Jon Lansman, and used their relationship to get him to argue she should be reinstated to the party last time round. Her partner is Graham Bash, a personal friend of Corbyn for over 30 years. Bash works for the Labour Representation Committee, the faction controlled by another of his close friends, John McDonnell. Corbynistas without personal connections to Walker are angrily briefing that this is why no action has been taken…
Kevin Maguire is a banker-basher extraordinaire – scroll through his tweets and he’s never leaving those “nasty bankers” alone, his Mirror column forever bangs on about the Tories being “banker’s friends” who are “out of touch with the public”. Well this morning our Kev’ and the Mail’s Andrew Pierce are entertaining clients at a BNP Paribas “Capitalise International Investment Special” event in the City. His hosts and new friends are the bank’s global CEO Thierry Laroue-Pont and UK CEO John Slade, and the discussion is being chaired by UK Executive Director James Max. Better canapés than at Labour conference?
That was the question raised last week in comments relating to our latest Guido post – “Count Snowdon and the bloodsuckers are not libertarians”.
When googling FOBT a few years ago, the top link was to Faecal Occult Blood Test, but google FOBT today, and the top link is to Fixed Odds Betting Terminals. However, unlike the former which saves lives and the NHS money, the latter ruin lives, take lives and cost the NHS money – taxpayer’s money.
Wikipedia gives the FOBT illiterate an overview but omits some key points.
- The bookies introduced them illegally in 1999 and operated them illegally until the Blair government, aided by a little bit of cosying up from the bookies, granted them legitimacy in 2005.
- The bookies called them “betting terminals” to side step legislation that prevented them from having gaming machines.
- There is empirical evidence that shows they have a fourfold correlation with problem gambling, above all other gambling products in the UK.
- Every minister involved in their legitimisation has since admitted they “got it wrong”. Including Tessa Jowell, David Blunkett and Harriet Harman – but not Blair himself of course!
When it comes to FOBTs and their massive £100 stakes and £1.7 billion of profits, the question is, how come they aren’t in Bingo Halls, Amusement Arcades and Pubs? Firstly, because Blair helped his friends at the bookies to protect their monopoly on them, but secondly and more importantly, the other sectors don’t want them.
So, should libertarians really be supporting the consequences of corporate illegal activity and a protected monopoly?
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Labour will keep their response to the Jackie Walker anti-Semitism row private following new procedures adopted after the Chakrabarti inquiry. The party is under pressure to expel Walker over her comments on the Holocaust, yet Labour say they will not update the public on any action taken against her, a new policy recommended by Baroness Chakrabarti. A Labour spokesman says:
“We don’t comment on individuals’ membership status.”
Previously Labour would tell the press as soon as a member had been suspended.
Just hours after Jeremy Corbyn told conference “every one of us has a responsibility” to stand up to anti-Semitism, Labour are covering up their response to anti-Semitic remarks made by members. The new policy aims to make sure those accused of anti-Semitism are not treated unfairly, its priority is to protect those facing investigation. Unless Walker herself discloses what action, if any, is taken, the public will be kept in the dark. A complete cop out from Labour that ends all transparency on how they’re dealing with anti-Semitism. Corbyn’s words yesterday weren’t worth the autocue they were written on…
UPDATE: There is widespread uneasiness about this:
Just in case anyone wonders, I think Jackie Walker's comments are antisemitic and that she should be shown the door never to return.
— Chris Bryant MP (@RhonddaBryant) September 28, 2016
As long as Jackie Walker remains in Labour Party, then Jeremy Corbyn's words on antisemitism are meaningless. They are just words. #Lab16
— Jane Merrick (@janemerrick23) September 28, 2016
I promised to give it two months and will do so. But I can't be in the same party as Jackie Walker.
Give me a break.
— Falcon Malteser (@Falcon_Malteser) September 29, 2016
In the briefing to the Lobby huddle – which is still ongoing – Seumas corrected a figure in the briefed out printed copy of Jezza’s speech from 60,000 new council homes to 12,000. With a smile Seumas told the Lobby hacks that Corbyn had delivered the correct figure because “it was changed on the autocue”…
New Facebook posts have emerged of Momentum boss Jackie Walker arguing that the Holocaust “is not the preserve of Jews”. She also suggested that Jews were proportionately not the main victim of the Nazis:
And she suggested that Jews shouldn’t use the word Holocaust:
Can Labour and Momentum allow her to remain as a member?
Momentum boss Jackie Walker is facing suspension from Labour (again) for criticising Holocaust Memorial Day. So this typo in her tweet explaining her comments is unfortunate…
Kevin Maguire, an impeccably connected old comrade of Seumas Milne, reports that Corbyn’s Director of Communications WILL be leaving next month. That would explain the leader’s office denying only that he would quit this week. As ever, Guido gives you your runners and riders for Seumas’ successor…
- Kevin Maguire – Might the man with the inside track be after the job? Kevin’s coverage of Jezza has always been generous and he at least understands the Lobby. Work rate might be an issue. And he’d never take the pay cut.
- Owen Jones – Reportedly tapped up for the job last year, Owen has offered his helpful thoughts on Labour’s media strategy over the last few months, though that has not endeared him to Twitter Corbynistas who now think he’s a Blairite MSM sellout. Owen tells Guido he does not want the job.
- Paul Mason – The leather jacket-clad former BBC man is Jezza’s most vocal media cheerleader, he could step into Seumas’ shoes with his chat about neoliberalism around the water cooler in Norman Shaw South. Corbynistas tell Guido to expect to see more of Mason in the future. He has however publicly denied he’s interested.
- James Schneider – Momentum’s spokesman is a true believer and gets on relatively well with journalists. He’s one of their more competent media performers though, and taking the job would mean he’s off the telly.
- Sam Tarry – Ran Corbyn’s leadership campaign, key in Momentum and political officer for the TSSA union. One of the most important behind-the-scenes Corbynistas.
- Alex Flynn – Len McCluskey’s right hand man, Flynn is the head of media at Unite. He wants to be an MP so a stint doing comms for Jez would put him in a strong position come 2020. Ambitious.
- Rachel Shabi – You’ll probably recognise Rachel from her regular TV appearances spinning for Corbyn as a journalist. Would be unlike Jez to appoint a woman though.
- Ben Chacko – The editor of the Morning Star, the one paper you’ll see laid out on the desks in the leader’s office every morning. Might Ben and his luscious locks fancy the gig? Actual commie.
- Aaron Bastani – One of the leaders of the Corbynista new media revolution, amateur bodybuilder and former Tory sympathiser Bastani runs Novara, a weird pro-Corbyn blog. Aaron did unfortunately once smash up a bank, so it’s doubtful he’d pass parliament’s security checks.
- Liam Young – The New Statesman blogger who is your go to guy for student-level Jez fanboy copy. Only 16 years old.
- Steve Topple – Surely it’s time for the Canary to make it official. Topple was the loony blogger who came up with the Portland conspiracy theory. He also shares Seumas’ views on Russia. He’d root out the Zionists in the Lobby.
- Dr Eoin Clarke – Don’t be silly.
Who’s your money on?
Today Andy Burnham calls for tougher controls on immigration, in fairness something he has backed multiple times. The only problem is he has backed down every time he got tough. Let’s look at that flip-flopping record:
In 2010, he told the Telegraph that his party was “in denial” on immigration:
“We were in denial. We were behind the issue all the time, and myths were allowed to develop. There’s still an ambivalence among some in Labour about discussing immigration. I’ve been accused of dog-whistle politics for doing so.”
But in August 2015 at the Mirror leadership hustings he was happy to attack Cameron for the same ‘dog-whistle politics’:
“It’s disgusting to have a Prime Minister who refers to a swarm of migrants and it confirms there’s no dog whistle that these Bullingdon boys won’t blow.”
A month later in September 2015 he argued for tougher immigration controls, saying:
“For too long, we have argued that free movement across Europe benefits everyone and affects all areas equally. That’s just not true … Labour hasn’t faced up to that, and that’s why we look out of touch.”
However the next month he slammed Labour’s infamous “Controls on immigration” mugs:
“I am not responsible for all Labour party merchandise. I didn’t purchase one of those mugs myself and I am not particularly proud of them.”
In June 2016 he argued against an immigration cap:
“The Conservative party are realising it’s a mistake to put an arbitrary number on the whole issue. It is much more complicated than that… The numbers will go up and down according the the current health of the economy.”
And today he wants to get tough. He’s been on quite a migrant journey…
Andy Burnham angrily told an aide that “some little sh*t” had broken his toe during the Labour v Lobby football match on Sunday. Which member of Her Majesty’s press corp was responsible? Guido can reveal it was in fact an aide to Owen Smith playing as a ringer for the journalists’ team. Who once again ended up on the losing team…
Sharp-elbowed Burnham was also involved in a fracas with a young political correspondent, telling him: “F**k off, you f**king pr*ck”. Calm down, calm down…
Jewish Labour members walked out of the Arab ambassadors’ reception at Labour conference last night after the Palestinian ambassador ranted about Israel. Multiple sources independently quote Manuel Hassassian, Palestinian ambassador to the UK, as describing Israel and Israelis as a “cancer“. According to a source in the room a large number of attendees walked out in disgust, with some Jewish Labour members brought to tears. They were particularly upset that Labour MPs present did not speak out against the comments. Earlier Hassassian had launched another tirade against Israel, describing them as “cowboys“. Seems a charmer…
Keith Vaz did not get the party started at conference, sadly cancelling his famous annual Diversity Night bash. He surfaced this morning however at the Pullman hotel, queuing with Jezza at the breakfast buffet. The Labour leader said a few words, slapped Jim on the back and walked to a separate table.[…]