FT Editor Awarded Légion d’Honneur For Pro-EU PR

An outstanding private message fail from FT editor Lionel Barber, who is embarrassed to admit he has been awarded the Légion d’Honneur for his pro-EU PR. Barber meant to send this photo of his gong to a friend but accidentally tweeted it publicly. He tried to do it “confidentially because bad publicity in UK right now”. Ooooops!

UKIP NEC Member Compares Faragists to Nazis

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UKIP’s civil war has kicked off again this morning with a leading member of the party’s NEC comparing Team Farage to Nazi propagandists. John Bickley, part of the NEC which blocked Steven Woolfe from standing, says claims by Faragists that Woolfe was stitched up are “pure Goebbels”. He offers some further calming rhetoric, including that Farage’s allies are “insane” and come from “the conspiracy theorist wing of the party”. It must have been a coincidence that Woolfe’s 14 year-old driving offence was briefed to the press at the height of the leadership contest. UKIP are being very UKIPpy at the moment…

Brexit Boom! Post-Referendum Consumer Spending Surge

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Despite claims from Remainers that a Brexit vote would see consumer confidence plummet, new figures out today show spending has surged since the referendum. Just a few weeks ago Remain doom-mongers were writing about a “dent in confidence”, how people were “gloomy” about their finances and wanted to “rein in spending” because of the Leave vote. Yet analysis from Visa and Markit shows a “sharp” rise in expenditure of 1.6% year-on-year in July, up from 0.9 percent in June. There’s been an 8.9% rise in spending at restaurants, a 5.2% rise in recreational spending and a 3.9% rise in spending on clothing. In the first week after the referendum consumer spending rose 2.14%. Rather than rein in spending, Brexit Britain is booming…

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UN Deletes Article Calling Hamas Operative “Hero”

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The United Nations has deleted a webpage calling charity worker Mohammed El-Halabi a “humanitarian hero” after he was arrested for funnelling millions of pounds of aid to Hamas’ military wing. An archived version of the page quotes El-Halabi claiming to have “fully dedicated my life to helping people and children”, he said the best part of his job was “managing to restore the smiles of children”. Instead he allegedly stole the money meant for those children and funnelled it to Hamas fighters, sending the terror group £5.5 million a year. You can still view El-Halabi’s glowing UN profile here

Dave’s New Landlord Blasted Brussels and Talked Up Brexit

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David Cameron’s new landlord reckons Britain will be “richer” and “more plentiful” outside the EU. Dave and the family have moved into a three-storey end-of-terrace house in Chelsea, which would usually rent for £11,000-a-month. Its owner Dominic Johnson is an old friend and is letting the Camerons stay there for free. Johnson runs an asset management firm and used to be a full-blown Europhile, that was until last year when he said he had “fallen out of love” with the EU:

“I was pretty clear that I would vote to stay in – regardless of the outcome of any negotiation. But then I started to look more closely at the facts… If the UK left the EU (assuming trade treaties and other issues can still be negotiated), I do not believe that it would make any difference at all to the ease – or difficulty – of trade for our industry in the EU. Indeed, the fact that London has to suffer under the weight of such EU regulation is currently a deterrent for international boutiques locating here. If we leave, we may even get richer and our human capital more plentiful.”

Johnson then set Cameron four tough targets for reform and said if they were not achieved he would not be able to “stay committed” to the EU. Is Dave’s new landlord a Brexiteer? He can’t escape them these days…

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Entries in the comments please…

Fathers 4 Justice Scale Corbyn’s Roof

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A New Fathers 4 Justice activist has scaled the roof of Jeremy Corbyn’s Islington home and is telling LBC he will be up there “for as long as it takes”. These stunts aren’t as glamorous as they used to be.

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You Won’t Believe the Telegraph’s Most-Read Story This Week

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The Telegraph’s obsession with clickbait and viral content is revealed in the “trending” team’s weekly bulletin to staff. What was the most-read story on the site this week? Their coverage of Cameron’s crony honours perhaps? Or maybe their excellent investigation into bribes paid to Iraqis to sue British troops? Alas not.

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This week’s top story – ‘End of the world? Doomsday believers predict the apocalypse’ – received 605,280 global page views.

Most read on the Telegraph this week was a liveblog about a crank YouTube video predicting the end of the world. From 7:42am until 9:19pm the website’s poor “social media content editor” was forced to blog updates about internet loonies discussing Armageddon. The paper doesn’t have a Home Affairs editor, but they have someone spending their whole day working on this. Still, the trending team and their “digital media” guru Malcolm Coles were delighted with the clicks. The irony of the paper’s most-read story being about doomsday has not gone unnoticed among staff…

Corbyn Arsonist Threatened to Blow Up Bank

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A man who set fire to Jeremy Corbyn’s office is facing jail after threatening to blow up his local bank. Islington resident Peter Martin, who three years ago had a run in with Jezza and ended up trashing his constituency office then setting it alight, was nicked after telling two Barclays cashiers he was going to kill them and their families over a dispute about £62 missing from his account. Guess this is one constituent Jez for which won’t be writing a character reference

UKIP EGM Imminent

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Allies of Nigel Farage and Steven Woolfe believe they have the numbers to call an Extraordinary General Meeting and attempt to abolish UKIP’s NEC. They need 25% of UKIP branches to vote for an EGM for one to be called. Since Woolfe was the favourite among members before he was blocked from the ballot that shouldn’t be a problem. Arron Banks says an announcement could come today and a new party constitution will be proposed…

Also worth keeping an eye on Diane James. The Faragists might like to abolish the NEC and rerun the leadership contest, but if that doesn’t happen they are left with two choices: split and form a new party, or back a candidate who is on the ballot. They want to stop Evans/O’Flynn-backed Lisa Duffy at all costs. That leaves Diane as the only credible choice…

UPDATE 10:52am: UKIP MEPs and branch chairmen are now hitting the phones to organise a resolution to call a full party EGM. Big day for UKIP behind the scenes…

Corbyn v Smith Leadership Hustings: LIVE

Owen Smith getting booed and heckled with every answer at Labour’s leadership hustings. In Cardiff. Oily and Jez are tearing chunks off each other. Get your popcorn out…

Corbyn Gives Shami Peerage For Anti-Semitism Whitewash

Corbyn has thrown away all chance of making any political capital out of Cameron’s honours list by giving a peerage to Shami Chakrabarti in exchange for her anti-Semitism whitewash report. Shami buried evidence of anti-Semitism at Oxford University Labour Club and recommended no lifetime ban for anti-Semites. For that Corbyn has made her a baroness…

UPDATE: The Jewish charity CST reacts:

“Shami Chakrabarti peerage is shameless kick in the teeth for all who put hope in her now wholly compromised Inquiry into Labour antisemitism”

Cameron Rewards Remain Failures

The honours list is out – confirmation that Stronger In boss Will Straw will have his failure rewarded with a CBE. Arise Sir Craig Oliver, No.10 comms chief who went to spin for BSE. There will also be a CBE for Dan Korski, the Downing Street aide best known for orchestrating pro-Remain support during the campaign. Charlotte Vere, chief of the failed Conservatives In, is rewarded with a peerage. The Remain losers get gongs, Matthew Elliott, boss of Vote Leave and the No2AV campaign, got victories…

Plenty of honours for Dave’s mates. George Osborne becomes a Companion of Honour. There are CBEs for his official spokesman Helen Bower, SpAd Ramsay Jones and spinner Graeme Wilson. OBEs for SpAds Julian Glover, Neil O’Brien, Lena Pietsch, Thea Rogers, Alan Sendorek, Isabel Spearman, Sheridan Westlake, Eleanor Wolfson and Cameron’s constituency agent Natasha Whitmill. MBEs for SpAds Adam Atashzai, Jessica Cunniffe, Giles Kenningham, Richard Parr, Caroline Preston, Nick Seddon, Kate Shouesmith, Laura Trott and Martha Varney. There are peerages for aides Ed Llewellyn, Liz Sugg, Camilla Cavendish, Gabby Bertin and Jonathan Caine. Many deserved, some less so…

See the full list of honours here and peerages here.

Smith Savaged on Gogglebox: “Owen Who?”

Painful viewing for fans of Owen Smith – their man has crashed and burned with the crucial Gogglebox focus group. None of the families on Channel 4’s hit show had heard of him, and several gave him a kicking over his attempts to block Brexit.[…]

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“It was a tongue in cheek pop after the European Parliament tweet – it was purely that. I also wanted to congratulate Team GB on a brilliant result and thirdly congratulate the Commonwealth countries who also did very well. Fourth, I am also looking forwarded to establishing new trade agreements. That was it – nothing more. Let’s just enjoy the summer!”

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