Through the Keyhole: Shami’s £2.5 Million “Nice Big House”

On Sunday Shami Chakrabarti tried to excuse her hypocrisy on grammar schools by telling viewers about her “nice big house”. As ever Guido takes you Through the Keyhole, inside the £2.5 million Grade II-listed home Baroness Chakrabarti owns in South London.


The luxurious property contains no less than SIX bedrooms and FOUR bathrooms, as well as its own courtyard outside the sliding doors behind the ultra-modern dining area.


Shami bought the house with her husband for £1.4 million in 2010. They then divorced, she became the sole owner, and the property has added a million quid to its value since then.


Perfect for all your dinner party needs dahling!

Gove: Listen to the Liberal Elite

Michael Gove tells the House to listen to the liberal elite, recalling that on referendum night we were told:

“I will forgive no one who does not respect the sovereign voice of the British people once it has spoken. Whether it is a majority of 1% of 20%, when the British people have spoken you do what they command. Either you believe in democracy or you do not.”

The words of chief liberal elitist Paddy Ashdown. Boris loved it!

Vid via @liarpoliticians

Steve Hilton’s Start-Up Named & Listed Foreign Workers


Steve Hilton was appalled by Amber Rudd’s foreign worker list idea, blasting it in the Sunday Times as “divisive” and “repugnant“. So he’ll be pleased Downing Street have since said that no numbers will be published and the proposal may be voluntary anyway. Odd, however, that Steve hasn’t raised his moral objections to this issue in the past. As CEO of Crowdpac in the States, he must be familiar with the American HB1 visa system, which requires firms to disclose how many foreigners they employ, imposing new rules and restrictions when certain thresholds of foreign workers are met. For example Hilton’s Crowdpac applied for several of these HB1 visas over the last few years and publicly disclosed the foreigners’ personal details. It ain’t that shocking a proposal if Hilton’s own start-up complied with more strenuous rules Stateside…

EU-Cig Madness: Taxpayer-Funded Maldives Jolly for North Korean Officials


The picture above shows delegates from the EU taxpayer-funded Framework Convention on Tobacco Control posing on a beach during a “workshop” in the Maldives last month. The jolly was purportedly part of “preparations” for the FCTC / World Health Organisation conference in India in November, where a series of draconian measures to discourage e-cigarettes will be discussed. It is essentially a massive lobbying effort to entertain officials from some of the most corrupt countries in the world – North Korea and Burma are present in the photo above – on the taxpayer, its policy is then adopted by the EU. Strict rules have been imposed banning the media, general public and even elected representatives from attending. At a meeting two years ago in Moscow they switched off the wi-fi to stop journalists tweeting. Their last meeting was in Turkmenistan, the third worst country in the world for press freedoms. Despite helping to foot the bill, the UK does not get a voice on the proposed new e-cig restrictions. We’ll instead be represented by the EU’s regulation-mad health commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis, who was once charged with bribery. Is there a dodgier gathering of EU taxpayer-funded wrong ‘uns taking place anywhere else this year?

Surely Shameless Shami Won’t Sellout on Surveillance


All eyes on Labour’s new Shadow Attorney General when the House of Lords votes on Theresa May’s Investigatory Powers Bill this week. Last year, when she was a principled defender of civil liberties as director of Liberty, Shami strongly opposed the Snooper’s Charter. She said last November:

“Our every move is already tracked by CCTV cameras, but if the draft Investigatory Powers Bill becomes law, we won’t be safe from the prying eyes of the government and the police.”

In February she added:

“The Government needs to pause, take stock and redraft. The case for unprecedented powers to bulk hack, intercept and collect our private data has not been made.”

Labour are now briefing that Shami will follow the whip and abstain on the vote this week. Is there anything Baroness Chakrabarti won’t say or do in exchange for her gong?

Tories Lead By 17 Points


The joint highest ever Tory lead recorded by ICM, who have been doing these polls since 1992. Even the Greens are surging…

Corbyn Appoints Holocaust Slur MP to Frontbench

Jeremy Corbyn has been blasted for rewarding a Labour MP embroiled in a string of anti-Semitism rows with a frontbench job. Yasmin Qureshi, Labour’s new Shadow Justice Minister, said in 2014 that the Israel-Palestine conflict was “the same” as the Holocaust. She was initially unrepentant, refusing to apologise before Ed Miliband eventually forced her to say sorry. It’s not the only time Qureshi has been in trouble: she invited blood libel anti-Semite Raed Salah to parliament, dismissed Hamas’ Iranian-built rockets as “home made”, claimed the Trojan Horse schools scandal was a “witch hunt” and attended an event in the Commons with CAGE. The Campaign Against Anti-Semitism tell Guido:

“We now have a Shadow Minister for Justice who holds an antisemitic view according to the definition of antisemitism, a Shadow Home Secretary who thinks that allegations of antisemitism are being concocted as a means by which to smear Jeremy Corbyn, and a Shadow Attorney General who has done more than anyone else to make the Labour Party deaf to Jews. These appointments make it abundantly clear that Jeremy Corbyn has no intention of addressing antisemitism in the Labour Party.”

Well done Jez.

May’s Five U-Turns in Three Months


Theresa May has not yet been Prime Minister for three months and she has already u-turned on five significant policy issues:

  • EU citizens’ right to remain: During her leadership campaign May refused to guarantee the status of EU nationals living in the UK, now the government says they are “100% sure” they’ll be allowed to stay.
  • Hinkley Point: May announced a welcome pause on the new power plant, before approving the same deal proposed by Osborne.
  • Northern Powerhouse: Reports suggested May had decided to ditch Osborne’s pet project, she’s now said she’s fully behind it.
  • Foreign doctors: Jeremy Hunt suggested foreign doctors wouldn’t be able to stay in the country if they could be replaced by British recruits. May then failed three times in an interview to say the policy would go ahead.
  • Foreign staff lists: Amber Rudd’s plan to force companies to publish how many foreign staff they employ has now been abandoned.

During the Coalition years Guido put together a comprehensive rolling list of that government’s many, many u-turns. Some things don’t change…

Corbyn in the Words of His New Top Team

This is what Jeremy Corbyn’s new frontbench think of their leader, in their own words:

Sir Keir Starmer, new Shadow Brexit Secretary: “It is simply untenable to suggest that we can offer an effective opposition without a change of leader”

John Healey, new Shadow Secretary of State for Housing: “you are clearly not prepared to accept the special responsibility you have in acting to meet these challenges”

Nia Griffith: new Shadow Defence Secretary: “I do not feel you can… achieve unity”

Jo Stevens, new Shadow Welsh Secretary: “We cannot present ourselves as a government in waiting without leadership and a leadership team that commands the respect and support not only of members… but Labour voters and potential Labour voters too.”

Sarah Champion, new Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities“Jeremy’s position is no longer tenable if we’re to be effective”

Barbara Keeley, new Shadow Minister for Mental Health: “the current state of the party means we will not be able to mount an effective front bench opposition”

Sharon Hodgson, new Shadow Minister for Public Health: “I believe you have let down the many people who elected you in such large numbers to be our leader last summer. For this very same reason, I also believe that you will not be able to command the necessary support of the wider electorate… I do not think you can lead us into government.”

Jonathan Reynolds, new Shadow Economic Secretary to the Treasury: “I cannot in good conscience endorse the world view of Stop the War Coalition. The security and well-being of my constituents must always be my first consideration.”

Jack Dromey, new Shadow Minister for Labour: “We cannot fight back and win with you as leader.”

Chi Onwurah, new Shadow Minister for Industrial Strategy: “a combination of ineptitude and arrogance”

Emma Lewell-Buck, new Shadow Children’s Minister: “Jeremy Corbyn is one of the worst-performing leaders we’ve had in decades… we’re not going to win a General Election with him as leader.”

Kevin Brennan, new Shadow Minister for Arts: “I would not feel able to nominate or support you for leader… it would be dishonest of me to stay”

Jenny Chapman, new Shadow Brexit Minister: “Labour cannot win in Darlington with Jeremy as leader”

Roberta Blackman-Woods, new Shadow Minister for Local Government and Housing: “I no longer have confidence in you as a leader”

Louise Haigh, new Shadow Minister for the Digital Economy: “We are currently not able to fulfil the very basic, day-to-day operation as the Official Opposition in Parliament”

Pat Glass, new Shadow Minister for Transport: “the situation is untenable”

And now they’ve come crawling back…

Debate Highlights in 60 Seconds

Rich’s Monday Morning View


Shami Squirms Over Selective Schools Hypocrisy

Pesto asks Shami how she can square her opposition to grammars with sending her son to private school. “I live in a nice big house and eat nice food…”

Glitterballs Does The Mask

“Somebody stop him…”

Hookem: Case For the Defence

In scenes reminiscent of the OJ trial, Mike Hookem has shown the world his hands as he tries to prove his innocence over the Steven Woolfe bust up. He asks: “Can you see any bruising or abrasions?” The case for the defence in UKIP’s internal inquiry…

Full Trump “Sexist Tape” & Apology

Media are hitting the Donald hard over this…

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