Burnham Blows Dog Whistle Line

This is Andy Burnham speaking on immigration at the Mirror hustings today:

“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.”

The irony of Burnham criticising dog whistles while calling Cameron a ‘Bullingdon boy’ isn’t even the most amusing thing about this line.

Back in 2010, the last time he failed to become Labour leader, Burnham spoke to the Telegraph about how 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.”

Andy really hates it when politicians get accused of dog whistle politics on immigration. Except when he’s the one doing the accusing…

Downton Dave Gives Lower Honours to the Help

Dave has generously handed out honours to his Downing Street staff, making a long list of his former SpAds CBEs, MBEs or OBEs. But what about the help? The No. 10 gardener and caterers have only been awarded a British Empire Medal, a lower level of honour than their colleagues in the spadocracy:

  • Alison Depass – Catering Assistant, 10 Downing Street. For public service
  • Paul Schooling – Gardener, 10 Downing Street. For public service
  • Marjorie Wallace – Catering Assistant, 10 Downing Street. For public service

A bit Upstairs, Downstairs…

Moat Cleaning Expenses Scandal MP Awarded Peerage

Douglas Hogg, the disgraced Tory minister who infamously had his moat cleaned on expenses, has been made a Lord. Hogg charged the taxpayer for having his moat cleared, piano tuned and stable lights fixed at his country manor house. He’ll fit in well in our second chamber.

Other upstanding names on the list include Peter Hain, who had to resign and faced a police investigation after he failed to declare 20 donations to his deputy leadership campaign worth a total of over £100,000.

Also there is bonking David Blunkett and a very long list of Downing Street SpAds.

A proud day for parliament…

New Peerages List in Full

Nominations from the Leader of the Conservative Party

  • James Arbuthnot – former MP for North East Hampshire and Front Bench Minister
  • Rt Hon Gregory Barker – former MP for Bexhill and Battle and former Minister of State at the Department for Energy and Climate Change
  • Catherine Fall – Deputy Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister
  • Simone Finn – Special Adviser to the Minister of State for Trade
  • Stephen Gilbert – Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party
  • Rt Hon William Hague – former MP for Richmond and former Foreign Secretary
  • Robert Hayward OBE – former MP for Kingswood, Board Member of Dignity in Dying and Trustee for the YMCA
  • Rt Hon Douglas Hogg QC – former MP for Sleaford and North Hykeham and held several ministerial roles
  • Rt Hon Andrew Lansley CBE – former MP for South Cambridgeshire and former Cabinet Minister
  • James Lupton CBE – Chairman of Greenhill Europe and former Co-Treasurer of the Conservative Party
  • Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE – CEO of Mitie Group PLC
  • Anne McIntosh – former MP for Thirsk and Malton and Chairman of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee
  • Michelle Mone OBE – leading entrepreneur and sits on the Board of Directors for The Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust
  • James O’Shaughnessy – Managing Director of Floreat Education
  • Emma Pidding CBE – former Chiltern District Councillor and former Chairman of the National Conservative Convention
  • Stuart Polak CBE – Director of the Conservative Friends of Israel
  • Councillor Gary Porter – Councillor for South Holland District Council and Chairman of the Local Government Association
  • Councillor Elizabeth Redfern – Leader of North Lincolnshire Council
  • Rt Hon Andrew Robathan – former MP for South Leicestershire and several Front Bench and government roles
  • Kate Rock – Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Party
  • Councillor Jane Scott OBE – Leader of the Wiltshire Council
  • Kevin Shinkwin – longstanding voluntary sector professional
  • Philip Smith CBE – Chief Executive of the Association of Conservative Clubs
  • Philippa Stroud – Special Adviser to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
  • Rt Hon David Willetts – former MP for Havant and several Front Bench roles
  • Rt Hon Sir George Young Bt CH – former MP for North West Hampshire and former Cabinet Minister

Nominations from the Leader of the Liberal Democrat Party at the time of Dissolution

  • Sir Alan Beith – former MP for Berwick-upon-Tweed and former Chair of the Justice Select Committee
  • Sharon Bowles – former MEP for South East England
  • Sir Malcolm Bruce – former MP for Gordon, and former Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats
  • Lorley Burt – former MP for Solihull and former Chair of the Liberal Democrats
  • Rt Hon Sir Menzies ‘Ming’ Campbell CH, CBE, QC – former MP for North East Fife and former Leader of the Liberal Democrats
  • Lynne Featherstone – former MP for Hornsey and Wood Green and held several ministerial positions
  • Don Foster – former MP for Bath and former Liberal Democrat Chief Whip
  • Jonny Oates – former Chief of Staff to the Deputy Prime Minister in the coalition government
  • Shas Sheehan – former Councillor for Kew and involved in several community groups
  • Sir Andrew Stunell – former MP for Hazel Grove and former Department for Communities and Local Government Minister
  • Dorothy Thornhill MBE – Mayor of Watford; former Councillor and Assistant Headteacher

Nominations from the Leader of the Labour Party at the time of Dissolution

  • Rt Hon David Blunkett – former MP for Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough and former Cabinet Minister
  • Rt Hon Alistair Darling – former MP for Edinburgh South West and former Cabinet Minister
  • Rt Hon Peter Hain – former MP for Neath and former Cabinet Minister
  • Rt Hon Tessa Jowell DBE – former MP for Dulwich and West Norwood and former Cabinet Minister
  • Spencer Livermore – senior Campaign Strategist for the Labour Party
  • Paul Murphy – former MP for Torfaen and former Cabinet Minister
  • Rt Hon Dawn Primarolo DBE – former MP for Bristol South and former Minister
  • Dave Watts – former MP for St Helens North and former Chair of Parliamentary Labour Party

Chicken Tories Dodge Migration Accountability

One of the many, many upsides for the Tories of Corbynmania and Labour’s complete absence of opposition is that they can now just stick two fingers up at accountability:

Weak.

No. 10 is also expected to announce details of the latest list of cronies and donors to be bunged peerages this afternoon as well. Probably not a coincidence that TfL have chosen today to announce that they are backing down to the union bullyboys over all night tubes, either. A good day to bury bad news, not so good for holding power to account…

David Cameron’s Promise to the British People

This is the vow the then Leader of the Opposition made to voters in 2010:

“If we take the steps set out today, if we deal with all the different avenues of migration, legal and illegal, levels of immigration can return to where the were in the 1980s and 1990s, when immigration was not a front rank political issue. And I believe that that will mean net migration to this country will be in the order of tens of thousands each year, not the hundreds of thousands every year that we’ve seen over the last decade… With us, our borders will be under control, and immigration will be at levels our country can manage. No ifs, no buts. This is a promise we made to the British people and a promise we are keeping.”

And this is the election literature the Tories don’t want you to see: “David Cameron’s contract with you“, promising to “reduce immigration… if we don’t deliver, kick us out“.

Guido always said that even if he really wanted to cut immigration – and there are sound economic arguments against doing that – this could never be achieved inside the EU as it stands. Net migration is now three times Cameron’s limit… 

Net Migration Now Highest Ever Estimated

How is that whole immigration crackdown thing going? This just out from the Office of National Statistics today:

Net migration higher than under the last Labour government, indeed now the highest ever estimated. In 2010, David Cameron pledged to reduce net migration to below 100,000 – “no ifs, no buts”…

1 in 5 Corbyn Supporters Voted for Clegg

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Quick data dump from YouGov highlights some interesting points about Corbynistas – social media is their main news source and nearly 1 in 5 of them succumbed to Cleggmania in 2010 and voted in the Lib-Con coalition. YouGov politely describes them as a “more mobile protest vote”. Guido would describe them as the twitterati idiots. 

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YouGov found that Corbynistas are 5 times as left wing as ordinary voters. Other personality traits are equally unsurprising; two thirds describe themselves as dreamers and only 1 in 8 say they are good with numbers and concludes that “Put simply, this group is not going to be ‘reasoned with’ – they are looking to be inspired.” If the unreasonable crazies win, this is going to be fun..

Corbyn Escapes #LabourPurge

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The ‘Labour Purge’ of supporters who were banned from voting for Corbyn because they do not support the “aims and values” of the party disqualified anyone who backed another party at a previous election. According to the Indy[…]

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Sign Up For Guido’s New Breaking News Alerts

For those who have signed up to Guido’s new Whatsapp breaking news alert service, do not fear if you have yet to receive anything, we will start the service later this week. For those who haven’t yet signed up…

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Voice of an Oil Drill

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Former celebrity Charlotte Church took a break from “lowering and deferring” her tax today to sing a song titled “Requiem for Arctic Ice” in front of Shell’s London offices. She was taking part in a Greenpeace-organised […]

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“Trickle-Down Economics” is a Zombie Left-Wing Fantasy

Dan Hannan debunks a tiresome leftie internet myth, with graphs and everything…[…]

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