Dave Meets UKIP

Guido is very hungover after last night’s Speccie bash. It was very hot and there was a lot of Pimms involved, also an inexplicable number of pretty models there…

Sadly no Miliband this year, instead it was Harman’s turn to pretend she wanted to be there. Osborne took a couple of hours off from preparing for the Budget while Michael Fallon was bullish about the jihadis. Liz Truss was flirty and Nicky Morgan wandered around looking for someone to talk to. Boris was banging on about some airport…

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Most amusing was the PM’s drive by, where he immediately got locked into conversation with UKIP spin supremo Gawain Towler. Apparently Dave’s defence was that the smaller European nations are going to support his renegotiation plans. There are about four million reasons why that conversation looked painful. 

Despite the heat the PM’s old pal Steve Hilton got a proper hug, though the hippy chat was soon troubling Dave:

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Guardian Heatwave Liveblog Closes After Servers Overheat

There we all were enjoying the Guardian’s heatwave liveblog…

When disaster struck…

To make things worse, the air con at King’s Place packed in as well:

“There is currently a fault with the main chiller unit for the building.”

Staff have now been sent home:

Dear all

Because of the heat we are having some problems with cooling key systems. We will be shutting down all systems at 4.15 today so please save everything and log off. We would like people to go home unless they are involved in the newspaper edition or the website. Please take home laptops in case we need people to work from home tomorrow. We will keep you updated so please keep checking emails and, if in doubt, talk to your line manager.

Sheila

Remember to look out for vulnerable newspaper neighbours in this period of extreme weather…

Dave Kills Mood at Summer Party With Rant About Surveillance

Dave used last night’s champagne fuelled Tory summer ball to go off on one about terrorists and mass surveillance.

Speaking to a 850 strong crowd at a packed Hurlingham Club, Cameron said he was all for Muslims who call out and condemn terror, but argued that he sees it as his mission to tackle any violent ideology.

First in his sights who those that say things like “I don’t condone terror, but a caliphate is a good thing” or that we bring terrorism on ourselves and it’s all our fault because of Iraq and Afghanistan, Israel, or poverty in Muslim countries.

An emotional Cameron got things stirring by declaring that we can’t sit idly by as even if we left them alone they’re not going to leave us alone, they’ll come and destroy us and our way of life using the only methods they know.

Witnesses report he then went on a passionate defence of data gathering – having a dig at those who think the government is overreaching/turning into Big Brother.

The PM’s shaky justification for mass-surveillance was that we have always tapped phones and intercepted letters of organised criminals and the IRA, now that technology has moved on, we need to react.

Iffy: bugging Seamas O’Bomber’s landline is somewhat different from reading everyone’s emails.

It’s safe to say the civil liberties lobby were not out in force at the £450 per head event.

SKETCH: Ladies Tennis, ISIS and EVEL MacSporrans

Were they tails that the Speaker was wearing, and a waistcoat? Is he finally dressing the part? It’s cruellest trick he’s playing on his critics. He’s turning himself into a decent Speaker. Acting the part, dressing the part, sounding the part. He doesn’t even intervene with his tortured Macaulay-isms to kick things along (and as a result, for the first time ever he didn’t get through the order paper). He’s obviously settling in for the duration. He will die in office and even then he will not quit.

Harriet played a pleasant, polite and perfectly charming game of ladies’ tennis with the prime minister. In their exchanges, they mused about Heathrow, the death of tourists, the Prevent program and how it hadn’t succeeded in preventing anything. So now, it appears there is “a statutory duty on public bodies to challenge radicalisation.”

But how?

For politicians the first tactic is to manipulate the language. Continue reading

New UKIP Attack Ad Skewers Two-Faced Dave on Treaty Change

They might not have an HQ, but somewhere a ‘kipper is working hard at his laptop…

“Dodgy” Dave v “Jurassic Park” Skinner

Labour are boarding the outrage bus after Flashman Cam snapped back at Dennis Skinner’s “Dodgy Dave” jibe by calling him “Jurassic Park” at PMQs:

The PM had to apologise when he called Skinner a “dinosaur” back in 2012…

Greek Poll Has “No” Side Ahead

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Greece looks likely to reject the creditors’ bailout according to the latest poll published today. Asked how they would vote in a referendum – assuming it goes ahead – 46% said they back the “no” vote, down from 57%, with “yes” up to 37% from 30%. Undecideds at 17% may yet say “yes” to the austerity status quo…

*Pollster ProRata and published in the daily newspaper Efimerida ton Syntaktonthis morning.

Neil Wallis Not Guilty

The CPS that cried Wolfman…

UPDATE:

IDS Should Face Benefit Sanctions

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Awkward, via PA:

Iain Duncan Smith had his official credit card suspended after running up more than £1,000 in expenses debts, it can be revealed.

The Work and Pensions Secretary was among more a dozen MPs subject to action

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PMQs LIVE: Who is Asking the Questions Today

PMQS NEW

Clearly it has escaped Labour MP Graham Allen that there are more important things going on than dreary PMQs navel-gazing:

Oral Questions to the Prime Minister

Q1 Angela Crawley (Lanark and Hamilton East)

Q2 Mark Durkan (Foyle) 

Q3 Rehman Chishti

[…]

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Another Double-Jobbing Broadcast Boss Channel 4 Could Grill

Cathy Newman gave BBC Trust chair Rona Fairhead a going over on Channel 4 News last night for earning half a million quid from her second job at HSBC. On top of the £110,000-a-year she trousers from her 3 day […]

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Ryanair Have a Typically Efficient and Cost Effective Solution

Ryanair have a long term economic plan, to allow Britain to compete in the global race:

“Ryanair believes that the proposed Heathrow runway – which won’t be delivered for 10 or 15 years – won’t solve the runway capacity crisis

[…]

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