Sturgeon Threatened EU Nationals in Scotland Would Lose Right to Stay


Nicola Sturgeon is coming down to London today, showing some admirable mental gymnastics as an independence campaigner arguing for sovereignty and self-government who wants to remain in a Union governed outside her country. One of the things the SNP are outraged about is the status of EU nationals (who the government has said “100%” will be allowed to stay). Yet back in 2014, Sturgeon herself threatened that EU migrants living in Scotland would lose the right to stay if an independent Scotland was kept out of the EU:

“There are 160,000 EU nationals from other states living in Scotland, including some in the Commonwealth Games city of Glasgow. “If Scotland was outside ­Europe, they would lose the right to stay here.”

The only leader who has explicitly threatened EU migrants’ right to stay is Nicola…

Paris Advertising for British Financiers to Move


Paris is trying to lure British financiers to leave London for the City of Lights with this advert. Apart from the reality that London has fog about as often as Paris there are some other problems with financiers moving to the continent. Here is a list:

  • London has 41% of the foreign exchange market, Paris 3%. London trades more €uros than Paris, Frankfurt and Milan combined. The numbers for all other sectors of finance are similar. Bonds, equities and derivatives trading are centred on London. More funds are managed in London’s glitzy West End than Paris, never mind the Square Mile itself or Canary Wharf.
  • Charles De Gaulle airport will have you wishing for the joys of Heathrow.
  • The French bureaucracy is legendary, French labour laws explain why so many French entrepreneurs come to London to start-up.
  • Socialist France’s taxes explain why there are some 300,000 French men and women working in London.
  • Everything shuts early, for lunch, on Sunday, on Sartre’s birthday, whenever you need something urgently.
  • Property in Central Paris is nearly as expensive as Central London. Paris rents are the second highest in Europe.
  • Parisians are famously rude to foreigners, to the point of racist.
  • Paris smells of urine.

Paris is great for a romantic weekend, London’s real rival for the financial capital of the world is New York…

Rich’s Monday Morning View


Nuttall Running

He’ll be the favourite…

Farage Slams Evans For “Far Right” Attack

After Suzanne called Raheem “far right”, Nigel tells Peston: “I won’t be voting for her, not after that”. It’s war on UKIP Super Sunday…

Suzanne Announces Leadership Bid

As expected Suzanne Evans is in the race. She says Raheem Kassam is on the “far right” and says UKIP don’t need Arron Banks’ money. Punchy…

Nuttall set to declare later this morning…

Glitterballs: The Lift They’re All Talking About

Watch to the end…

Saturday Seven Up


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Walkers Crisps Factory Was Raided for Illegal Immigrants


When the advertising implied Lineker would do anything to get more crisps, they were just joking, right?

Look Inside Slug-On-Thames


Guido brings you an update on the radical design for a floating temporary parliament during renovation work at Westminster. Gensler, the firm vying for a £160 million contract to build the structure have revealed images showing inside the slug. The Commons and Lords chambers would be exactly the same dimensions as their original but it would house a different Royal Gallery and Central Lobby.

slug on thames

The building would allow parliament to be renovated in only six years without working around politicians – the “full decant” option. It could be built in time for the vote on the third runway to be held within…

‘The Left’s Jewish Problem’

Dave Rich is deputy director of communications at the Community Security Trust (CST), associate research fellow at the Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism, and author of The Left’s Jewish Problem: Jeremy Corbyn, Israel and Anti-Semitism.” Speaking at a forum hosted by Fathom Journal, this is a very temperate analysis of how the Labour Party has got into the position it is in, well worth watching this video interview.

Buy the book:  The Left’s Jewish Problem: Jeremy Corbyn, Israel and Anti-Semitism

Super Sunday: UKIP Leadership Declarations Coming


Stand by for UKIP leadership contenders to make their minds up by Sunday. There are op-eds being lined up in the weekend papers, before Suzanne Evans and Paul Nuttall tour the Sunday morning politics programmes. Suzanne has been gathering signatures so she looks set to announce. All eyes on Nuttall, who some prominent Kippers think has plucked up the courage to run. Farage is also appearing on Peston. Raheem Kassam will be spending the weekend with the grassroots, trying to close the gap on the others who’ve done years on the rubber chicken circuit. We’ll have a better idea of who the next leader will be in 72 hours time…

Friday Caption Contest: Parlez-Vous Brexit? Edition


Entries in the comments…

Mazher Mahmood Jailed and Sacked By The Sun


“Following the sentencing of Mazher Mahmood today, News UK can confirm that his employment has been terminated.

Mazher was suspended after the Tulisa Contostavlos trial collapsed, pending an internal inquiry. That inquiry was superseded by the criminal process.

Mazher has led scores of successful investigations during his 25-year career with the company. His work has led to the exposure of criminality and wrongdoing. It is a source of great regret that his time with the company should end in this manner.

The previous criminal cases that have resulted from his investigations were tested by the courts or guilty pleas were entered. We are aware that the Crown Prosecution Service has reviewed some cases and understand that the Criminal Cases Review Commission is looking at whether a small number of matters should be referred back to the Court of Appeal. We await their decisions.

We have noted the threats made after Mazher’s conviction of civil claims against this company in relation to his previous work. Should such claims be brought, they will be vigorously defended.”

Mazher Mahmood has been jailed for 15 months and sacked by the Sun…

SpAds in Numbers


With Guido’s SpAd list all but complete, our data bods have crunched the numbers to give you a statistical analysis of the government’s bag-carriers. More than two thirds of SpAds are men – that said, female representation among advisers is higher than in the Commons. 32% of SpAds are women compared to just 29% of MPs. 5% of SpAds are ethnic minority, which is below the 6% figure for MPs and is also an under-representation on a national scale. Plenty of diversity on the names front though – Richard, Rupert, Tim and Tom all feature prominently, not to mention Poppy, Lottie and Flora.


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