Mortgage Approvals at 7-Month High

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Mortgage approvals are now at the highest rate since March according to the Bank of England. The latest figures show 67,518 home loans were given the go-ahead in October, up from 63,594 in September and the highest number since March. How are the FT reporting the good news?

“The number of mortgages approved in October remained steady despite post Brexit-vote concerns about the strength of the UK economy.”

And what about Bloomberg?

“The pound rose amid mounting evidence the U.K. economy is weathering the fallout from Brexit better than analysts expected. Sterling climbed for the first time in three days against the euro as a report showed mortgage approvals reached the highest since March last month, indicating the housing market remains robust following the June vote to leave the European Union.”

Brexit Britain’s economy – safe as houses.

Amy Lame Quietly Ends Cushy Property Deal After Guido Story

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Amy Lame has terminated the cushy property deal involving her company and her partner following Guido’s story last week. On Friday we revealed that Lame runs her taxpayer-funded company from the subsidised student accommodation of her partner, who she employs as company secretary. On Tuesday, Lame made two filings to Companies House: the first ending the employment of her partner Jennie Hogan, the second changing the company’s registered address from Hogan’s subsidised flat to a new address on Great Russell Street. It was a very naughty arrangement – Hogan let Lame run her taxpayer-funded business from her College flat in return for a share of the profits, all while no income tax was paid. Quietly ending the deal after Guido shone a light on it looks very guilty indeed…

Highest Ever Immigration on Record

Here are the new immigration statistics from the ONS:

Net Migration = 335,000

Comprised of 189,000 EU migrants, 196,000 non-EU migrants and 49,000 British citizens leaving

Immigration = 650,000, the highest estimate recorded, up 11,000

311,000 immigrants came for work reasons, the highest estimate recorded

182,000 had a definite job to go to, 130,000 arrived looking for work

629,000 National Insurance number registrations by EU nationals, 195,000 by non-EU nationals

196,000 new non-EU migrants, that’s the number we can control…

Are There Any Psycho Execs in Bookies?

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Theresa May announces crack down on Executive Pay” read the headlines this week, just as disgraced former HBOS executive, Andy Hornby, pocketed a whopping £7.8 million from the newly merged Ladbroke Coral group.

That’s right, the man who knowingly mis-sold PPI to unsuspecting UK consumers for years and made millions from it, moved on to pillage and rape yet another company – and got away with it again!

But, Hornby’s multi million windfall pales into insignificance compared to that of his boss, Jim Mullen – the CEO of the new gambling conglomerate. Rumour has it that after an extensive career at Ladbrokes spanning a whole 2 years, he is set to get over £20 million despite question marks over his handling of issues concerning the rape and murder of his staff by FOBT users.

Then you’ve got the “Arthur Daley” of the bookmaking world, Fred Done – the man who linked his workers BASIC wages to his “crack cocaine machines”, then offered them pay day loans at 39.9% APR. Walk into any Betfred shop and ask punters and staff what they think of the “Bonus King” – if you are offended by expletives, cover your ears.

In September 2016, an Australian study found that about one in five corporate executives are psychopaths – roughly the same rate as among the prison population. One wonders whether the bookmaking sector needs to recruit more psychiatrists!

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Boris Always Backed Controlled Immigration

Mischievous anonymous EU ambassadors have briefed Sky News that Boris has privately said he supports free movement. Boris strongly denies this and challenges them to prove he said it. Is this another example of the fake news epidemic? Boris has been very clear about his views on free movement…

On November 15 Boris said it was a “myth,” “nonsense” and “bollocks” to say free movement is a founding principles of the EU.

On September 25 Boris said it was “complete baloney” to link free movement with the single market.

On June 26 Boris said people had voted for “control” over immigration.

Boris pledges a tough new Australian-style immigration system after Brexit on June 1.

There is no mention of free movement in Boris’ pro-Remain article.

In his pro-Leave article he bemoaned the “lack of control” on immigration.

In December 2015 Boris called for an opt-out of free movement rules.

In his 2015 conference speech, Boris said“it should be up to this parliament and this country – not Jean Claude Juncker – to decide if too many people are coming here”.

In October 2014 Boris called for quotas of EU migrants.

In January 2014 Boris said he was pro-migration but had a “problem” with free movement.

Unusually for him, Boris has always been consistent on free movement, even well before the referendum. He is pro the benefits of migration but wants control of borders decided by Westminster. Why is that so hard for Remainers to understand? 

Bob Geldof Embarrasses LibDems

Instead of learning the lessons from his referendum flotilla humiliation, Bob Geldof has gone to canvas for the LibDems in Richmond today. He’s been chanting “Zac is crap” for the cameras like a poundshop Eddie Izzard. Sad.

UPDATE:

Well done to the LibDems. This has gone about as well as Miliband and Russell Brand.

Was The Guardian Spoofed By Alt-Right Hoax?

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There has been much speculation about the above Guardian article after renowned Twitter hoaxer Godfrey Elfwick claimed he had spoofed them into publishing a parody piece mocking liberals. The anonymous article purports to tell the story of how a lefty became an alt-righter. But was it legit? Eflwick, a satirist who has previously succeeded in hoaxing several other national news organisations, claims he was the author:

The Guardian themselves are not 100% sure, they will only tell Guido they are “confident” they haven’t messed up:

“We are confident of the identity of the author and the sourcing of the article in question.” 

It certainly reads like a spoof, then again with The Guardian comment pages it’s hard to tell…

“I Want My Cake”

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It’s a testament to the wit and originality of Boris Johnson that his quip that he is both pro having and pro eating cake is still being referenced sullenly seven years after he first coined it. Why? Well that’s because there are essentially two types of people in this world: those terribly fond of saying “you can’t have your cake and eat it”, and those not at all fond of hearing it. Naturally the morally superior, the intellectually pompous and amassed ranks of the miserly fall into the first category. As do most MPs.

Of this group there is no finer an exhibit than Caroline Lucas, who in full-outrage mode begun today’s PMQs soberly informing the PM that “having your cake and eating it isn’t a serious strategy for Brexit”. Unfortunately for Caroline the second, and far larger, group of people upon hearing such a miserabilist, anti-cake dictum, think to themselves: “Sod that! I want my cake! I want to eat my cake! In fact I might even have another cake to wind up this snotty nosed anti-cake harridan”. And thus Mrs. Lucas,  Mrs. Antoinette and Mrs. Thompson will always be – in a phrase the left are so fond of – on the wrong side of history. We are no longer in the era of technocratic fudges and bureaucratic pick ‘n’ mix, this is a time of big cake and big eating of cake. Continue reading

Gott-cha: Douglas Murray Exposes KGB Agent

Of all the apologists for Fidel Castro paraded by the BBC over recent days Richard Gott was perhaps the worst. As reported by GQ, Gott was Seumas Milne’s old-Wykehamist mate, the communist traitor who was exposed years ago as an agent of influence in the pay of the KGB:

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Gott’s posthumous propaganda and historical revisionism on behalf of the dead military dictator went unchecked on the BBC News Channel. Thanks to Douglas Murray on Sky News Gott did not get a free ride…

Thornberry Pulls Out of Israel Event to Attend Castro Funeral

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Emily Thronberry has pulled out of an event on Britain’s relationship with Israel in order to attend Fidel Castro’s funeral, Guido can reveal. Thornberry was due to speak at today’s conference hosted by BICOM and the Jewish News discussing terrorism and “cooperation” between Britain and Israel. Guido understands she is now in Cuba. Labour’s foreign policy priorities summed up…

Bone Tables “Trigger Article 50” Bill

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Peter Bone has tabled a Bill to implement Theresa May’s promise to trigger Article 50 by the end of March. Awkward… for the government…

Corbyn Confuses IMF and IFS

Corbyn had an open goal on the economy, and spectacularly missed…

Who is Asking the Questions Today?

pmqs live chat may corbynOral Questions to the Prime Minister

Q1 Caroline Lucas (Brighton, Pavilion)

Q2 Mark Menzies (Fylde) 

Q3 Chris Bryant (Rhondda) 

Q4 Seema Kennedy (South Ribble) 

Q5 Fiona Bruce (Congleton) 

Q6 Kelly Tolhurst (Rochester and Strood) 

Q7 Margaret Greenwood (Wirral West) 

Q8 Claire Perry (Devizes) 

Q9 Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden) 

Q10 Stephen Timms (East Ham) 

Q11 Chris White (Warwick and Leamington) 

Q12 Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow) 

Q13 Suella Fernandes (Fareham)

Q14 Kirsten Oswald (East Renfrewshire) 

Q15 Stuart Andrew (Pudsey) 

 

 

Diane Abbott Joins “Anti-Zionist” NUS President to Attack Counter-Terrorism

prevent-abbott-and-maliaDiane Abbott is joining NUS President Malia Bouattia at UCL tonight to attack the government’s  Prevent counter-terrorism strategy. The Shadow Home Secretary doesn’t support what used to be a bi-partisan counter-terrorism strategy…

She will be sharing a platform with the student radical who called her own University “a Zionist outpost”  and who managed to offend Jewish societies in 48 universities, who wrote demanding that she explain the numerous allegations of anti-Semitism levelled at her. Birds of a feather flock together…

Media Guardian’s Sneer at City AM Backfires

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“Are you rich enough to bid for a City AM internship?” sneers Roy Greenslade at Media Guardian this morning, reporting that the business freesheet is auctioning off work experience to the highest bidder. “Open to all who have plenty of capital,” sniffs the Guardian. Bravely. 

It’s an odd thing to get upset about since City AM’s initiative is for charity. The money raised is being given to Maggie’s cancer centres, which offer support to cancer victims. Even odder that Greenslade would attack newspapers charging for work experience, given just last year the Guardian charged £600 for a summer work experience placement. The difference? City AM are giving the money to charity, the Guardian kept the cash for themselves…

You can bid for the City AM work experience here. Money goes to Maggie’s.

Open Britain Condemns EU For “Using People as Pawns”

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Open Britain, the pro-EU continuity Remain campaign, have condemned Brussels for “using people as pawns”. The group organised a letter writing campaign when they thought Theresa May was responsible for uncertainty over the status of EU citizens in Britain and Britons abroad.[…] Read the rest

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