Introducing Corbyn’s Law


Proceedings began with a lengthy discussion on the Member for Lichfield’s (now removed) prostate. The new, lighter, more streamlined Fabbers spoke of the treatment he received on the NHS, only to have the Labour leader somewhat rain on his parade in his opening remarks. “I obviously hope”, inquired a re-elected, reinvigorated Jeremy Corbyn, “that the treatment he got was the same as the treatment everybody else got?”

The implication here being that the NHS pay particular attention to the health of the glands should they be nestled inside a Tory MP, whereas for the rest of us serfs they just rip them out with some rusty pliers and then kick them up the corridors in a game of hacky sack. The House was not amused, forcing the Labour leader to plead “it’s not controversial, I’m just wishing him well, is that okay?”, before going on to smirk “sorry to start on such a controversial note Mr. Speaker, I do apologise”. It’s come to something when he can’t even successfully congratulate someone for beating cancer.

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Labour Suggests Public Could Protest Outside US Embassy


Labour have suggested the public could protest outside the American embassy over its role in Syria. Asked about Boris’ call for a protest outside the Russian embassy, Jeremy Corbyn’s spokesman said: “People are free to protest outside the intervening governments’ embassies, and there are a number of them“. When asked if the west were as much to blame, Team Jez said they’re not in the business of apportioning blame. They also argued that the focus on Russia distracted from others commiting atrocities in Syria: “The focus on Russian atrocities in Syria sometimes distracts attention from other atrocities that are taking place“. Would Jezza join a protest outside the Russian embassy? That’s not his priority, he does however condemn Russian intervention and all intervention. The Stop the War faction of Labour are in charge…

Theresa May Burns Emily Thornberry

Phil Hammond enjoyed it.

PMQs: Who Is Asking The Questions Today?

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Oral Questions to the Prime Minister

Q1 Paula Sherriff (Dewsbury)

Q2 Meg Hillier (Hackney South and Shoreditch) 

Q3 Michael Fabricant (Lichfield)

Q4 Steve Double (St Austell and Newquay) 

Q5 Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury and Atcham) 

Q6 Vernon Coaker (Gedling) 

Q7 Mr David Burrowes (Enfield, Southgate) 

Q8 Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering) 

Q9 Andrew Stephenson (Pendle)

Q10 Dr Alasdair McDonnell (Belfast South) 

Q11 Liz Saville Roberts (Dwyfor Meirionnydd) 

Q12 James Cartlidge (South Suffolk)

Q13 Fiona Bruce (Congleton) 

Q14 Mr Ben Bradshaw (Exeter) 

Q15 Victoria Prentis (Banbury) 

UKIP Leader Runners & Riders


After the surprise resignation of new UKIP leader Diane James, Guido brings you the latest runners and riders in UKIP’s leadership battle (odds from Betfair):

Paul Nuttall – Evens

Forever in Farage’s shadow, Nuttall has been deputy leader of UKIP for the last six years. His Liverpudlian roots could appeal to the working class north in a way that Evans or Kassam could only ever dream. The favourite after the fracas despite not yet confirming that he is standing…

Steven Woolfe – 2/1

The front runner in the last leadership contest until he forgot to submit his papers on time. Woolfe seemed to take the latest UKIP fight literally when he was in an alleged punch up with fellow MEP Mike Hookem. No longer the favourite post fracas and leaking of his talks with the Conservative Party.

Suzanne Evans – 4/1

Suzanne Evans was a  Conservative Party councillor who defected to UKIP in 2013.  Highly praised for writing UKIP’s 2015 manifesto, she was later suspended from the party for criticising a fellow candidate. Close to Carswell. Evans’s suspension has lapsed just in time for the latest contest.

Raheem Kassam – 15/1

Nigel Farage’s former chief of staff and current London editor of Breitbart, Kassam has already launched his online campaign to be leader with the slogan “Make UKIP great again” but his odds have been widening in the last few days. Most observers think he’s really running for the deputy-leader spot. The former Conservative Party activist is making a big thing of attacking “Blue Kippers”Like Nigel he’s very much a Marmite character.

Bill Etheridge – 27/1

MEP for the West Midlands and another former Conservative Party member. In the last leadership election he was accused of cheating by his fiancee when she found a half empty packet of Viagra in his car. Lad.

UKIP’s NEC is meeting this coming Monday to determine rules and timeframe…

UPDATE: Guido is told that Peter Whittle AM, UKIP’s former candidate for London mayor is also in the running (currently 27/1). A cultured fellow, if Guido’s memory serves him right he too is also a former Conservative Party member.

Saudi Stooge Kawczynski Now Shilling For Russia

Tory MP Daniel Kawczynski has taken some time out from shilling for the Saudis to defend Russia on Putin propaganda channel Russia Today. Channelling the Morning Star, Kawczynski slammed “the west” and blasted Boris for using “derogatory” language. Makes a mockery of the Foreign Affairs committee that it has Kawczynski as a member.

Meanwhile at the Women and Equalities Committee…


… Four men are giving evidence. Mansplaining opportunities are rife…

Brexit Always Meant Leaving the Single Market

The Remoaners are claiming that Leave voters didn’t know they were voting to leave the single market – which incidentally means leaving the regulatory oversight of the European Commission – not abandoning exporting to the European market. This clip shows they can’t say Leavers didn’t know for what they were voting…

Morning Star Backs Aleppo Slaughter


The Stop the War Coalition are getting headlines this morning for their tacit support for Russia. The communist Morning Star go one step further, actually endorsing the slaughter in Aleppo as “aerial support to troops”:

“There are no totally accurate historical parallels, but Mitchell’s effort, backed up predictably by Labour MP John Woodcock, to present Russian aerial support to troops fighting to drive extremists out of eastern Aleppo as on a par with the nazi destruction of Guernica during the war to defend democracy in Spain is sickeningly perverse.”

Where should we be looking instead, according to the tankies at the Morning Star? You guessed it:

“Palestine, where Israel’s systematic ethnic cleansing proceeds without sanction.”

The editorial then accuses the west of deliberately helping ISIS. Remember, the Morning Star is the one paper Corbyn gets in his office every day…

Mark Wallace on Only Connect

ConservativeHome’s Mark Wallace, a secret quiz buff, and his team are through to the next round on the BBC show Only Connect after a comfortable victory last night. Plaudits must also go to FT brainbox Josh Spero.

Neo-Liberal Rebrand By Wonks


Guido’s friends at the Adam Smith Institute are re-branding as neo-liberals. Many decades ago when Guido briefly interned at the ASI they self-defined as “libertarian“, nowadays that is apparently too radical a term, or so argues executive director Sam Bowman. He argues “libertarian” in Britain has a rigid meaning – “someone who is opposed to all but the tiniest night watchman state in every case”. The dictionary says libertarians uphold the principles of individual liberty, especially of thought and action.

Embracing neo-liberalism as your ideological descriptor might be good marketing, given it is so widely used pejoratively by teenage lefties to save them having to think matters through. They view neo-liberalism as akin to the political economy of Satanism. Bowman rightly points out that the words Tory, suffragette and Whig all began as insults but were adopted and appropriated by the people they were used against. The ASI setting themselves up as the defenders of neo-liberalism will guarantee plenty of attention.

However, something else is also going on here, Sam has for years been pushing wonky technocratic solutions like negative income taxes, a form of redistribution of which most libertarians are wary. He’s keen on printing money too and it comes as no surprise that he also backed the UK remaining in the EU. None of which is very libertarian…

Boris Calls For Protests Outside Russian Embassy

Blairite MP Ann Clwyd asks why there are no protests outside the Russian embassy in London. Boris agrees:

“I would certainly like to see demonstrations outside the Russian embassy. Where is the Stop the War Coalition?”

It might look something like this:


This time presumably Stop the War will be busy washing their hair…

2,000 business owners ask the Chancellor to scrap Osborne’s soft drinks tax


Pressure is mounting on Hammond to ditch his predecessor Osborne’s nannying soft drinks tax. Over 2,000 newsagents, publicans and other small business owners today wrote demanding he scrap the tax.

The letters were delivered to The Treasury by the Face the Facts: Can the Tax coalition, which represents thousands of businesses from across the UK who oppose the tax.

Research from The National Federation of Retail Newsagents (NFRN) predicts the soft drinks tax will cost newsagents thousands of pounds a year in lost revenue.

In addition, independent researchers at Oxford Economics have warned the tax will cost the UK economy £132 million and will put over 4,000 jobs at risk.

This warning comes on the back of growing disquiet from Tory backbenchers, members and the wider business community that the new May government is doubling down on Osborne’s interventionist tendencies.

If Hammond really wants to create an economy that works for everyone it may be worth him listening to the people actually creating and doing the work in the economy…

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New Shadow Public Health Minister: “I Love Kebabs”

Labour’s Shadow Public Health Minister is taking party policy in a welcome new direction away from the hectoring and nannying we’re used to. Here is Sharon Hodgson at the British Kebab Awards:

“I like a lot of the UK population love kebabs.”

Sharon says she has a kebab once a month, which the Guy Newsroom agrees can make up part of a balanced diet. As Jeremy Corbyn once said, they’re healthy if you “have some salad”.

BBC Journalist Calls Government “New Nazis”


When Boris criticised the BBC’s impartiality in his conference speech the Beeb’s panjandrums mumbled about how everyone complaining means they must be doing something right. Crazy Corbynistas claiming Auntie props up neo-liberal patriarchy is not quite the same as most fair-minded people recognising that on issues such as immigration and Brexit she is out of tune with mainstream Britain. Don’t take Guido’s word for it, listen to former director-general Mark Thompson, in a Media Masters interview last week he said: “journalists as a group tend in their personal politics towards the Left.” That it would help “to have Conservatives, people who tend to think from a perspective that goes with the Right rather than the Left, across your newsroom.”

The BBC has guidelines about journalists mouthing off their left-wing views on Twitter, guidelines ignored by Danny Carpenter of BBC Look North, who has rip on Facebook about the government in a comment on a post by Caroline Lucas of the Green Party:

“Hear hear! Now let’s see the Labour Party grow some proper balls and unite in the lobbies to vote out every cynical, vicious, racist and xenophobic piece of legislation these new Nazis propose and let’s start by demanding a commons debate on Brexit and voting out this utterly undemocratic and non-legally binding referendum result which was achieved by a combination of dishonest fearmongering and lies about the economy”

A view no doubt shared widely in BBC newsrooms…

Return of the Blair? You must be Jokering!


Blair justified the 2005 Gambling Act with his comment “You can gamble your mortgage away on putting money on a horse or, you know, take a bet on the election”. No mortgages lost on Tony’s multimillion pound high streets though![…]


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