Kendall Protests at Corbyn Campaign Chief’s “Tory Liz” Trolling

Eagled-eyed BBC hack Ross Hawkins has spotted that Jon Lansman, Corbyn’s campaign director, is tweeting “Tory Liz” memes.

The Lizbians are not happy with the explanation that they are not on behalf of the official Corbyn campaign. Right…

Friday Caption Contest: Bareback Edition

1437555290-16e01b3908ca50693848eacbd1aac245-600x429 Entries in the comments please…

How Much Would Bercow’s £172 Trip Cost in a Taxi?

Even less in an Uber

Rudd Gets It

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Gaia has been reading through the speech Amber Rudd is making at today’s Aviva climate change conference and has fallen head over heels for the new Energy and Climate Change Secretary.

She starts off by paying due lip service to the we-really-ought-to-do-something-about-climate-change brigade:

“We are committed to taking action on climate change and we are clear that our long-term economic plan goes hand in hand with a long-term plan for climate action. Climate action is about security, plain and simple – economic security. If we don’t act, it will become increasingly hard to maintain our prosperity, protect our people and conserve our countryside.”

Then she correctly identifies what is really driving the climate change activists:

“It cannot be left to one part of the political spectrum to dictate the solution and some of the loudest voices have approached climate action from a left wing perspective. So I can understand the suspicion of those who see climate action as some sort of cover for anti-growth, anti-capitalist, proto-socialism.”

And finishes with a sound quote from Maggie:

“But in her 2002 book ‘Statecraft’, Margaret Thatcher was also sensible enough to ask the question “can global warming be checked at an acceptable price?”

If there really is a genuine threat from global warming the solution can and has to be, as Rudd correctly says, practical. The bottom line is we have to make sure that climate change action is pro-growth, pro-business, using free enterprise and competition to drive down the costs of climate action. That is still an “if”… 

Gaia ❤️‍ Amber….

Bercow’s £172 Expenses Bill to Drive 0.7 Miles

MPs have been getting it in the neck this week for 9p mileage claims, but this is something to really get peeved about. Some top digging by Press Association has found John Bercow billed the taxpayer £172 to be chauffeur-driven to a conference at Carlton House Terrace, just 0.7 miles from parliament. And that’s not all:

  • Bercow used an official car to travel to Canterbury to see Justin Welby enthroned in 2013 – at a cost of £524
  • He travelled 1.5 miles to dinner at the Dorchester Hotel, billing £144
  • Somehow managed to blow £168 travelling from King’s Cross to Speaker’s House
  • Billed £367 to be driven to the University of Bedfordshire, where he gave a lecture on reforming parliament and warn about the consequences of the expenses scandal
  • Kept a chauffeur-driven car waiting while he attended a memorial service for Malcolm Wicks in Croydon, costing £289 for five hours

He is the “reforming Speaker”…

LibDem Leader Sorry Over Tweet Comparing Gay People to Frogs

An unfortunate post from Tim Farron’s account last night, just days after he faced down the Twitter lynch mob over his views on homosexuality:

Alas, he says he was ‘hacked':

Adding “just bizarre. Someone sent just a single tweet”. Bizarre, indeed…

H/T @holbornlolz

Jingoism from Guardianistas Over FT Sale

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There’s been an outbreak of jingoistic fervour among media luvvies following yesterday’s announcement that Japan’s Nikkei bought the FT for £844 million.

First there was a glorious moment on Newsnight last night when Kirsty Wark felt the need to assure Will Hutton “I’m not suggesting you’re a racist at all” as she questioned his line that foreign owners of British media might not have the correct “purpose“.

Wark: What you seem to be suggesting is, that there should be some kind of imperial protectionism here

Hutton: I’m not suggesting that at all, what I’m saying is…

Wark: I’m not suggesting you’re a racist at all

This morning we have the odd declaration on the Guardian‘s front page that it is “British based” and “British owned“. Complete with a Union Jack Flag..

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Odd when you consider that the Guardian wins its prized Pulitzers in the US and keeps its assets untaxed in the Cayman Islands…

Rudd Shutters Huhne’s Green Deal

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Amber Rudd’s purge of green subsidies continues today with an announcement from DECC that all funding for the coalition’s “Green Deal” programme is to be pulled. The Deal was supposed to make installing energy efficiency measures affordable by allowing homeowners to pay back the cost of home improvements with the savings they made on their bills.

Here’s Chris Huhne announcing the “Green Deal” back in 2010, promising that it would “create a whole new industry”, with 250,000 jobs being created and 26,000,000 homes being improved. Around 5,000 homes ended up being upgraded under the scheme..

Whatever happened to that guy?

Japan’s Nikkei Buys FT For £844 Million

Despite fevered speculation, it’s nein from Axel Springer. Market Watch has the scoop:

Japanese financial newspaper Nikkei said Thursday that it is buying Financial Times from U.K. publishing group Pearson PLC for 160 billion yen, or $1.29 billion.

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Robbie Gibb New Head of BBC Westminster

A restructuring of the BBC’s Millbank operation is underway following the departure of Sue Inglish. Media Guido understands James Harding has closed her post of Head of Political Programmes and is creating a new ‘Head of BBC Westminster’. Congratulations are […]

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Douglas Carswell v Owen Jones

Douglas Carswell wasn’t going to let Owen Jones get away with saying “I want to pay more tax”…

Who does he think he is, Charlotte Church?[…]

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London Assembly: Climate Change will Destroy our Economy

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The London Assembly’s crack “Economy Committee” have today released their hotly anticipated reportWeathering the Storm: The Impact of Climate Change on London’s Economy” and it makes for a cracking read. Stunning revelations in the report […]

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