Amjad Bashir: No Respect For the Truth

Remember Amjad Bashir? He was the UKIP Walter Mitty whose disastrous defection to the Tories made headlines this time last year. One of the many revelations that led to the turncoat’s story unravelling was his relationship with George Galloway’s Respect Party. Respect said Amjad was a former member, a claim he denied via a Tory spokesman: “he’s denied he’s ever had anything to do with Respect… Amjad denies it”. Guido never believed him, and at last there is photo evidence to prove it…

“He’s never had anything to do with Respect…”

Despite Guido’s repeated overtures at the time, the Tory press office never let us interview Amjad. The offer is still open…

H/T RaheemKassam

Updated Guide to Cabinet EU Rebels

Today’s Sun says Eurosceptic Gove will campaign to Remain out of personal loyalty to Cameron and Osborne, and reports flip-flopping Boris will not back Brexit. Two weeks ago the Express claimed Boris had told friends “I am not an Outer”. A story which was played down by his friends at the time…

Since Guido’s last update, Grayling has said it would be “disastrous” to Remain in the EU, so he cements his place at the top. Whitto is an Outer, and Villiers, IDS and Priti (probably) will campaign to Leave.

All eyes on May in the middle…

London Labour Offers No Alternative Budget

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Jon Burke, Labour’s City Hall adviser on economics, tweeted late on Tuesday night:

Consequently on Wednesday the Labour group on the London Assembly didn’t put forward an alternative London budget. The Assembly held the final vote on Boris’s last annual budget for the Metropolitan Police, Transport for London, the fire brigade and other City Hall agencies where traditionally opposition parties bring forward a costed alternative budget which they hope to persuade other groups to back in place of the mayor’s budget. The ensuing debate allows them to set out their own priorities for London. The rumour flying around is that Khan was in City Hall on Tuesday and had a massive argument with Len Duval, leader of the Labour Group, consequently they could not agree on an amendment. So Labour offered no alternative budget plan in an election year….

The Tories have immediately seized on the issue:

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Could it be that Sadiq Khan calculates that coming clean with the voters about costs in an election year could cost him votes? Labour don’t want to admit to putting up taxes in writing, and that Sadiq’s sums don’t add up on his fares policy or policing costs? City Hall staff had apparently spent weeks costing Labour’s alternative plans. LibDem assemblyman Stephen Knight claims Labour’s plans have been shredded “on the orders of” Sadiq.  Better to offer no voter repelling costed alternative than admit that London Labour, the looniest in the land, plans to go the full Corbyn, implementing socialism in the capital….  

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Fix! Unite Accused of Stitching Up Labour NEC Election

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Serial seat fixers Unite are being accused of stitching up the election for a place on Labour’s NEC. The seat Unite are allegedly targeting is that of the Young Labour representative, currently held by Bex Bailey. How are they doing it? 

Red Len is helpfully paying for activists to attend the Labour youth wing’s conference in Oxford next month. All the kids have to do in return is choose Unite’s preferred candidate when the NEC vote takes place. Activist Rhys Morgan was one of those offered the freebie:

“At some point in the meeting it was also suggested that we endorse a particular candidate for Labour’s National Executive Committee Youth Representative. We only heard the one name, and a brief summary of why we should support them. There was no mention made of other candidates standing.”

So Unite are stuffing the conference with activists who will vote for the union’s candidate. Morgan explains:

“The more I think about it, the clearer it becomes that Unite are trying to abuse this inaccessibility by providing travel and accommodation for those who have been affiliated in some way with, or have openly endorsed their candidate, ensuring they’ll be there to vote for Unite’s preferred candidate… It seems very much like Unite are trying to indirectly buy more influence in the Labour party by paying for “the right kind” of delegates to attend the conference so they can vote for Unite’s preferred candidate to be elected onto Labour’s National Executive Committee”

Unite lost key influence on the Labour NEC when Steve Rotheram was kicked off. Now it looks like they are trying to nab another seat to make up for it. At a time when the NEC’s delicate balance of power is more significant than ever…

Salmond Quotes Cher On ISIS and Trump

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Alex Salmond’s LBC show tonight was rather more interesting than last week, if only because he quoted Cher. The former SNP leader singled out for particular praise one tweet from the singer arguing that Donald Trump couldn’t face ISIS:

One is an eighties throwback with an unmistakable voice, known for for their indecipherable ramblings on current affairs, lapped up by their crazed online following. The other’s Cher.

David “The Jews” Ward Marks Holocaust Memorial Day

It is three years ago that former LibDem MP David Ward marked Holocaust Memorial Day with that rant about “the Jews” on Sky News. Since then, Ward has been booted out of parliament and now spends his time campaigning against “Zionists“. So, how did he mark this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day? 

Long-suffering LibDem press officers – who always loathed Ward for repeatedly ruining their day at the office – will be relieved to know he is no longer their responsibility. He never did learn…

Corbyn Throws Googly, Misses

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“Is an effective tax rate of three per cent right or wrong?,” asked Jeremy Corbyn. It sounds about right to me. However, there will understandably be backchat from those of us who pay rather more than this, when Google are allowed to get away with paying such a modest amount of tax. This should have been Jeremy Corbyn’s week.

Corbyn asked a question on behalf of Jeff – who would like to join a scheme like Google’s. But Dave was in “pumped up” mode. He attacked the last Labour Government. “If like me he’s genuinely angry about what happened to Google under Labour, I can I tell him a few people he could call. Maybe he should start by calling Tony Blair – at JP Morgan. He could call Gordon Brown – apparently you can get him at a Californian bond dealer called Pimco. He could call Alistair Darling – I thinks he’s at Morgan Stanley, although it’s hard to keep up. Those are the people to blame for Google not paying their taxes.”

How Corbyn must have longed to say: “Tell me about it! Those New Labour bastards…” But perhaps he felt Party unity was already a little frayed…

Cameron then got a bit too pumped up and denounced Corbyn for “telling a bunch of migrants in Calais they could all come to Britain.” Had Corbyn got his wits about him he could have challenged that tone as rather unsympathetic. Instead Corbyn droned: “No answers on Google, no answers on Jeff…”

Often we hear the complaint that Prime Minister’s Questions is too rough and tough. On the contrary, much of the half hour is taken up with virtue signalling. Backbench MPs come up the blandest and worthiest of sentiments masquerading as “questions” so they can send a press release to their local paper pointing out how committed they are. This insufferable prissiness should be prohibited. Continue reading

Mirror Spikes Unite’s Zero Hours Contracts Story

mirror image oopsThe Mirror has long railed against zero hours contracts. No surprise then, that when Britain’s biggest union was being sued by a former employee after they kicked off over their own alleged zero hours contract, The Mirror was on the […]

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Cameron’s Attack on Corbyn and “A Bunch of Migrants”

Only Corbyn could have missed today’s Google open goal at PMQs. This was Cameron’s punchy three-pronged put down:

“They met with the unions and they gave them flying pickets.

They met with the Argentinians and they gave them the Falkland

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PMQs: Who’s Asking the Questions Today?

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Q1 Peter Aldous (Waveney)

Q2 Nusrat Ghani (Wealden)

Q3 Charlotte Leslie (Bristol North West)

Q4 James Morris (Halesowen and Rowley Regis)

Q5 Margeret Ferrier (Rutherglen and Hamilton West)

Q6 Nick Thomas-Symonds (Torfaen)

Q7 Sue Hayman (Workington)

Q8 Bob Blackman […]

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SNP Expenses Crusader Employs His Own Wife

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Who would have thought SNP MP George Kerevan’s crusade against expenses abuses would turn out to be complete pish? Kerevan was elected last year on a ticket to clean up Westminster and fight greedy MPs:

“I don’t think Westminster MPs

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