Sadiq Khan Spoke at Event Hosted By Jihadi John Group

It is all kicking off at a press conference hosted by CAGE, the “independent advocacy organisation”, this afternoon. CAGE has admitted to mentoring Mohammed Emwazi, the man today exposed as Jihadi John. In an extraordinary statement they claim Jihadi John is:

 “a victim… extremely kind, gentle, the most humble person… a beautiful young man”

Guido can reveal that in 2012 the Shadow Justice Secretary and London mayor hopeful Sadiq Khan spoke at a CAGE event in parliament alongside the father of Babar Ahmad. Ahmad was later convicted of supporting Islamic terrorists and sentenced to 12 and a half years in prison. CAGE organised the “Demonstration for Babar Ahmad”, with Khan on the list of speakers. It is worth reading this article by Douglas Murray about how CAGE is a “pro-terrorist group”. What on earth was a man who wants to be Justice Secretary, or even London mayor, doing consorting with apologists for terrorists?

Keith Vaz’s “Sensible” Immigration Prediction

Keith Vaz, 1 January 2014, when EU migration restrictions for Romanians and Bulgarians were lifted:

“This is an issue that does need to be put to the British people, so we don’t get this kind of drama and people rushing around thinking hundreds of thousands of people are going to arrive at Luton… We do need to look at this sensibly”

187,000: National Insurance Numbers issued to Romanians and Bulgarians in 2014, two thirds of whom arrived since 1 January 2014.

“We do need to look at this sensibly…”

Top 100 Charity Fat Cats on £145,000 Median Pay

According to research by Third Sector magazine the median salary for each top earner among general charities such as Save the Children, Cancer Research UK and the British Red Cross was £145,000 – more than the British Prime Minister gets paid. Given that many of these charities have the taxpayer as their biggest source of funds the pay rates are still too high in an age of deficit financing. The taxpayer is funding borrowing to pay high pay to charity fat cats…

First Class Work By Lucy Powell

Labour’s widely-respected election chief Lucy Powell has chalked up another wounding blow against the Tories with a series of highly illuminating Written Questions about government spending. Her top investigate digging into first class travel used by ministers, which cost the taxpayer £164 per question, has revealed that:

  • Since Labour left office there has been a 97% decrease in the amount spent on first class rail tickets at DCLG
  • A 99% decrease at the MoD
  • A 98% decrease at the Department for Health
  • A 79% decrease at the MoJ
  • A 100% decrease at the Attorney General’s Office

She’s doing a first class job…

Oborne on Ill Mannered MPs

Grandstanding on Fleet Street’s moral high ground has not always paid off for Peter Oborne, the Daily Telegraph hack who resigned claiming his paper corruptly buried the HSBC bank scandal. In his days with The Spectator, Oborne once named and shamed ‘ill mannered’ MPs who had not penned him a thank you note for taking them out to one of his liquid lunches in Pall Mall. The following week the Speccie was inundated with letters from MPs who had taken ‘ill mannered’ Oborne out to lunch and were still waiting for a thank you note…

Balls: I’m “A Long Slow-Burner” In Bed

Apologies if you’re in the middle of your breakfast, but here is Ed Balls on his sexual prowess on LBC:

 

Watch to the end to hear him flirting with a caller…

Miliband: A Caricature of Incompetent Miserablism

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After Peter Tapsell’s intervention in PMQs, there was no obvious need to proceed with the Opposition Day move to ban MPs having paid directorships or consultancies.

This is the Labour leadership’s move to get some votes out of the Rifkind/Straw sting.

Tapsell rose from his seat in all his opulence and warned that such a move would limit membership of the Commons to “inheritors of large fortunes, or those with rich spouses, or obsessive crackpots, or those” (to general delight) who are unemployable anywhere else.”

Hard to choose one of those categories to put Miliband into. He had a mansion tax inheritance, has a six-figure wife, is a political obsessive, a policy crackpot, and is employable by no one other than the Labour party. Harvard, maybe? He assumes so. Time will tell.

Cameron pointed out that the Miliband Motion allowed MPs still to have second jobs. And that the cap on earnings had been mooted then withdrawn. And that Labour MPs could still be wholly sponsored by a trade union under this proposal but the director of a family business would be banned.

Miliband offered across the despatch box to put a manuscript amendment to ban trade union sponsorship. Would the prime minister then support the Motion?

He was told not to be silly.

What a caricature of incompetent miserablism Miliband has become. Prohibit it or punish it, his first instincts.

He makes William Hague’s leadership of the opposition look Churchillian.

If a serious opposition leader really wanted to “restore the reputation of the House” as Miliband twice said he wanted to do – he would have said none of the things Miliband said. Nor would he have found himself chopping his position about as his colleagues made representations. And he certainly wouldn’t be wonking about offering manuscript amendments from the despatch box.

His friends and supporters both testify to his intelligence and decency. But the facts speak for themselves. He got a second class degree and he talks Manichean drivel about politics.

For instance: “The Tory party bought and sold by the hedge funds!”

What sad and sorry rubbish.

If it were true we’d have a single, low, flat tax on income, time-limited welfare, and full deductibility for domestic staff.

It was of the few times you might wish the noodle was telling the truth.

Victoria Borwick Calls in the Professional Spinners

When will Kensington select their Tory candidate? According to a CCHQ spokesman:

“We don’t give a running commentary on these things. Imminent though, but not that imminent.”

Meanwhile the Standard tip long-time Cam SpAd Laura Trott and mega-loaded Victoria Borwick really, really wants to win:

“I have decided to put my name forward to be the Conservative candidate in Kensington. I have lived and worked in this wonderful part of London all my life and raised my four children there. I have been a councillor on Kensington and Chelsea council for more than 10 years and a member of the GLA for seven years. I feel I know Kensington inside out. There is hardly a street I haven’t canvassed. As a school governor for Golborne and Maxilla under the Westway, I am not just talking about the leafy parts of the borough. I regard myself as the ultimate local candidate. I love campaigning and I love meeting people and helping them sort out their problems. In political terms, I love getting my hands dirty – so much so that I have even been lowered through a manhole cover into the new Thames Tideway sewer. But then, as Boris’s deputy at City Hall, I get all the best jobs. I am fiercely opposed to Labour’s mansion tax, which would hit Kensington very hard and penalise many cash-poor, asset-rich people, who bought family homes 20-30 years ago and now face an extra annual tax of £10,000 a year or more. I would do all I can to stop it.”

So much so that the current Deputy Mayor of London has retained the services of a professional spinners from Nick Wood’s Media Intelligence Partners to help her in her quest.

Just as she did in 2006

It’s a Hard Knock Life, On Strike!

The FBU are out today. Out, down the pub.[…]

Hacked Off Show Trial For Journalists in Parliament

Guido popped down to Hacked Off’s parliamentary rally this lunchtime to watch a panel discussion with well-known friends of the press John Cleese, Harriet Harman and Simon Hughes, hosted by “Dr” Evan Harris. Cleese had the audience laughing nervously when […]

Staggering Political Balance From Sky News

To discuss PMQs on Sky News, a wide range of hacks were put on air. In the lefty corner we have the New Statesman’s Harry Lambert and on the centre left we have Stephen Bush from the, er, New […]

Civil Servants Ordered to Follow Superiors on Twitter

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Civil servants are now “expected” to follow “high profile staff” members and “associated ministers” in their department on Twitter if they are on the network. An edict issued today by the Cabinet Office, informs everyone working […]



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