BEIS Civil Servants Forced to Embrace Brexit

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Yesterday Guido revealed how civil servants at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy had sent out a press release discussing what will happen “if the UK leaves the EU”. Well, the press release has now been updated to end the uncertainty and make clear there is no “if” about Brexit. Did Downing Street have another word with Sir Humphrey? 

Friday Caption Contest: Sarah Lol-ney Edition

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Sarah Olney Walks Out of Interview, Spin Doctor Forced to Take Over

Sarah Olney has walked out of a car crash interview with Julia Hartley-Brewer on TalkRadio after a spin doctor intervened and said she “had to go”. The new LibDem MP was unable to answer simple questions about Brexit and the single market. Steep learning curve.

Farron: Richmond Win is Rejection of Trump, Brexit and 2015 Election

Tim Farron is getting more than a little ahead of himself claiming Sarah Olney’s win is a rejection of Trump and the 2015 election too. Richmond Park was a 21% swing by a Remain constituency against its incumbent Leave MP. Food for thought for Labour Remainer MPs with pro-Leave constituencies…

LibDems Take Richmond

The LibDems have overturned Zac’s 23,000 majority to win the Richmond Park by-election. Labour lost their deposit.

Sarah Olney – Liberal Democrat – 20,510, 49.7%

Zac Goldsmith – Independent – 18,638, 45.2%

Christian Wolmar – Labour – 1,515, 3.7%

Whatever the LibDems and some excitable broadcasters tell you this morning, calm down, a by-election in Richmond changes not a thing about Article 50 or Brexit…

Who Is On Question Time Tonight

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LibDem Fake News in Richmond

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The LibDems have a reputation as some of the dirtiest campaigners around, and they are living up to it in Richmond Park. Local resident Paul Waugh, 50, had the above fake newspaper put through his door. It’s more convincing than the usual literature used by political parties, and even goes as far as including reports from “a senior Gazette reporter” who does not exist. All with the aim of hoodwinking voters. The most shameless fake news yet?

DfID Slams “Poorest Performer” Baroness Scotland

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The Department for International Development has delivered a scathing assessment of Baroness Scotland, labelling her Commonwealth Secretariat one of the “poorest performers” when it comes to spending taxpayers’ money. A new DfID report out today has found “the Commonwealth Secretariat continues to underperform” and that “improvement is essential if DFID is to continue to fund the organisation”. The report warns “the Secretariat requires urgent organisational reform” in terms of “transparency” and “human resource management”, slamming Scotland’s department for its poor “financial management and budget discipline”. The Commonwealth Secretariat scored a mark of 2 out of 5 on transparency, accountability and value. This could not be a more damning indictment of Baroness Scotland’s exorbitant spending and lack of accountability…

Ken Aide Claims His Staff “Celebrated 9/11”

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Atma Singh, an aide to Ken Livingstone when he was Mayor of London, has claimed he saw Ken’s staff “cheering” 9/11 as they watched events unfold in the mayoral press office:

Q: “You were in the Mayor’s Office during the actual attacks. What was your and others’ reaction inside the Mayor’s Office?”

Singh: “I watched the attacks unfolding while I was in my office as one officer had come into my office in the Mayoral corridor to inform me about them. Then, as the situation unfolded, I went into the Mayoral Press Officer’s room to watch the terrible events. I was disturbed to see a few people cheering the events. Others watched soberly and others talked matter-of-fact about the consequences for London.”

Q: “Celebrating the attacks?

Singh: “Yes.”

Quite an allegation from a former aide…

Boris Flat Out Denies Sky News Free Movement Story

Boris could not be clearer on Sky News‘ free movement story, which has led the bulletins as fact all day: “I said no such thing”. Have Sky been had by their anonymous EU sources?

Whitehall Brexit Blooper: “If the UK Leaves the EU”

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Civil servants at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy have let slip their belief that Britain might not leave the EU by 2019. In a press release on funding for EU students on courses lasting until the end of 2019, BEIS have said “the funding support will cover the duration of their course, even if the UK leaves the EU”. Since March 2019 will be two years after Article 50 is triggered, surely BEIS meant to saywhen the UK leaves the EU“, notif“. Sir Humphrey is increasingly forgetful lately…

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.

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