Caught on Cam-eron: Nigeria and Afghanistan “Fantastically Corrupt”

The PM tells the Queen:

“We’ve got the leaders of some fantastically corrupt countries coming to Britain. We’ve got Nigeria and Afghanistan, possibly the two most corrupt countries in the world.”

What is it with Dave and being caught on mic?

Via ITV

No, Cameron Did Not Answer Panama Claims in the Past

The news that David Cameron’s father ran an offshore fund which avoided paying UK tax is not new – four years ago the Guardian published an almost identical story revealing the existence of the “entirely legal network of offshore investment funds set up in tax havens such as Panama City”. The old Guardian story noted that since Ian Cameron passed away “it is unclear which family member owns them” because offshore investments are not included in the family will. Then, as today, Downing Street would not comment as it was a “private matter for the family”.

The ‘new’ information in the Panama Papers is just finer detail on the old story, though Cameron’s spokesman still refuses to comment on whether the PM has money invested in the fund, because they have “responded to these allegations in the past”. That isn’t true, last time they refused to give an answer. It is unlikely that Dave is a beneficiary – that would have been a risk tantamount to political suicide and we know he has since not exactly been rolling in it, the Camerons have largely been supported by Samantha’s father’s money in recent years. In the unlikely event it does emerge that the PM is the direct beneficiary of offshore money he would find himself in a situation similar to the Icelandic premier – he would have to go. It’s no good pretending he addressed this in the past, Cameron has the chance to clear this up once and for all…

PM National Security Scare

Dave shook hands with what he calls “a threat to the nation’s security” at St Paul’s cathedral today:

Given it was an event to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, Jez could’ve done his top button up. Hopefully he’ll be better dressed for the occasion when he stands at the Cenotaph in November…

Via ITV

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Dave Blasts Corbyn’s “Friends” Hamas and Hezbollah

Corbyn caught the Speaker’s eye after Cameron’s statement, but ignored the RAF drone strike and instead asked a question welcoming our “new relationship” with the brutal terror-sponsoring regime in Iran. Dave couldn’t resist a dig at some of Jezza’s “friends“:

“Iran is a still a supporter of terrorist organisations like Hamas and Hezbollah, which I know he describes as friends but I see very much as enemies…”

If you listen carefully, at the end of Jezza’s question you can hear Tory MP Alec Shelbrooke sarcastically heckle: “he’s good“. Will their next exchange be across the despatch box?

RAF Killed British ISIS Terrorists in Syria

Big news from Dave: a RAF Reaper drone killed British jihadis Reyaad Khan and Ruhul Amin in Raqqah, Syria, in an “entirely lawful… act of self defence“. The first time we have hit them in Syria…

Cameron: UK Will Accept Thousands More Syrian Refugees

“Britain will act with its head and its heart… we will accept thousands more… providing resettlement for thousands more Syrian refugees…”

Downton Dave Gives Lower Honours to the Help

Dave has generously handed out honours to his Downing Street staff, making a long list of his former SpAds CBEs, MBEs or OBEs. But what about the help? The No. 10 gardener and caterers have only been awarded a British Empire Medal, a lower level of honour than their colleagues in the spadocracy:

  • Alison Depass – Catering Assistant, 10 Downing Street. For public service
  • Paul Schooling – Gardener, 10 Downing Street. For public service
  • Marjorie Wallace – Catering Assistant, 10 Downing Street. For public service

A bit Upstairs, Downstairs…

Wintour is Coming… To Serve the Beverages

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It sounds like Guardian Pol Ed Patrick Wintour enjoyed flying with the PM back from Asia. The Speccie have the inside story from 35,000 feet:

“Wintour – who appeared to be enjoying the champagne on offer – decided the time had come for him to be a trolley dolly and assisted an air hostess by taking the other end of the trolley.

To the surprise of ministers on the plane, he made his way down the aisle putting ice and lemon in the cups, and getting drinks out of the drawers on his side of the trolley, repeatedly shouting ‘this is so easy’.”

Must have been the jet lag…

Dave Blasts NUS Over CAGE Jihadi Baddies

Punchy from the PM during his extremism speech this lunchtime:

“I want to say something to the National Union of Students. When you choose to ally yourself with an organisation like CAGE, which called Jihadi John a ‘beautiful young man’ and told people to ‘support the jihad’ in Iraq and Afghanistan, it really does in my opinion shame your organisation”

As Guido revealed in February:

CAGE spokesman Asim Qureshi was filmed at an Islamist rally saying:

“We have no fear.

[…]

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Dave Struggles With Another Three Letter Acronym Text

Along with Boris (late), Hammond (cold),  Fallon (sober-ish), Soubry (jolly), Hancock (bouncy) and former Aussie PM John Howard, the PM laid it on thick last night at Lynton Crosby’s victory party at the Science Museum.

Taking the stage to do his best Australian accent, Dave was sweary:

“‘Stick to your course and bloody do it…’ That is Lynton in a bloody nutshell.”

The PM also revealed he was struggling with three letter acronyms again, this time curt text messages from his campaign manager about “Paisley pyjamas or whatever”:

“I didn’t have my glasses on and could only see WEF, and I was wondering why he was talking about the World Economic Forum.  

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Dave Meets UKIP

Guido is very hungover after last night’s Speccie bash. It was very hot and there was a lot of Pimms involved, also an inexplicable number of pretty models there…

Sadly no Miliband this year, instead it was Harman’s turn to pretend she wanted to be there.[…]

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Dave Kills Mood at Summer Party With Rant About Surveillance

Dave used last night’s champagne fuelled Tory summer ball to go off on one about terrorists and mass surveillance.

Speaking to a 850 strong crowd at a packed Hurlingham Club, Cameron said he was all for Muslims who call out and condemn terror, but argued that he sees it as his mission to tackle any violent ideology.[…]

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SKETCH: Ladies Tennis, ISIS and EVEL MacSporrans

Were they tails that the Speaker was wearing, and a waistcoat? Is he finally dressing the part? It’s cruellest trick he’s playing on his critics. He’s turning himself into a decent Speaker. Acting the part, dressing the part, sounding the part.[…]

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Dave’s Dossier: Deal or No Deal?

EU REFORM

If today’s extensive leak is accurate, this is what the PM is seeking from EU leaders as his renegotiation deal:

  • opt out from ever closer union
  • renewed focus on competitiveness and economic growth
  • fairness between eurozone and non-eurozone members
  • restrictions on EU migrants claiming benefits

So, what do Guido readers think?[…]

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Cameron Last Month: Treaty Change “Required” For Renegotiation

David Cameron has admitted previously that he needs to secure treaty change before he can come to the British people and advise them to stay in the European Union.

In January he said that “proper full on treaty change” was needed.[…]

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EU Purdah Stitch Up: Full Letter From Lidington to Tories

Minister for Europe David Lidington has written to Tory MPs to tell them they are still planning on stitching up the EU Referendum, but it’s ok because they they will ‘work with them’ to do so:

16th June 2015

Dear Colleague,

EU REFERENDUM BILL

I am writing ahead of the Committee Stages of the Bill to address some of the key concerns raised by colleagues during the Second Reading debate last week and to set out the Government’s approach.

[…]

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