Thursday, November 7, 2013

Afriyie’s Last Chance

You get the impression Adam Afriyie knows what is coming reading his begging letter to colleagues ahead of Friday’s vote on the Wharton bill. He has a point when he underlines – literally – how this is the last the chance to hold a referendum this parliament, a Tory majority post-2015 isn’t exactly odds-on so the government’s route to a referendum is hardly convincing. As he says, “we have been hamstrung by the LibDems in Coalition”.

Guido has knocked Adam in the past for his terrible media strategy, his inability to build support for his amendment and his cack-handed and now still-born leadership campaign. Guido is however sympathetic to Afriyie’s argument, it just has no chance of success and he should have tried to build support for the argument before advancing the amendment…

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Look Away Now Russell Brand

Russell Brand might want to avoid Parliament for the next couple of hours unless he wants to come face to face with his nemesis: a giant ballot box. In preparation for Friday’s vote on James Wharton’s EU referendum bill, Business for Britain and Labour for a Referendum have erected the giant inflatable stunt outside Old Palace Yard and the Tories will be broadcasting from next to it before PMQs. Grant Shapps is popping down and can ask Labour donor John Mills about that curious donation to Miliband efficiently given in shares. Sir John is pictured above, centre left.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Electoral Commission Claim Voters Too Stupid for Brexit Vote

The Electoral Commission have left themselves open to all sorts of accusations today after making a very loaded intervention into the EU referendum debate and the passage of the Wharton Bill. They are suggesting that the best question would be:

“Should the UK remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?”

With STAY or LEAVE as the answers. Instead of the simple Wharton Bill question:

“Do you think United Kingdom should be a member of the European Union?”

With YES or No as answers. The Electoral Commission are pathetically/hilariously claiming that too many people would be confused about “whether UK is currently a member”. A line that won’t wash against the conspiracy accusations. 

UPDATE: 

Monday, October 28, 2013

Pro-EU Group British Influence’s UKIP Charity Stitch Up
Party Demand Charity Commission Investigates

The cross-party pro-EU group “British Influence” – backed by Danny Alexander, Kenneth Clarke and Peter Mandelson – has written privately to a charity to ask for their help campaigning against UKIP in the European elections next year. That despite campaign director Joe Coney knowing this to be a breach of strict laws against charities getting involved in party politics. He wrote “We realise that your charity status means that” – as a charity you – “can’t campaign…”.

As Guido revealed in yesterday’s Sun on Sunday, inevitably the email leaked to UKIP and now party chairman Steve Crowther has asked the Charity Commission to investigate. All British Influence will say is that “This was just a clumsily-worded email”.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

WATCH: The Way We Do Things in the European Parliament

A typical day in the European Parliament as MEPs get ready for a vote. But there is a problem. One MEP stands up and explains that the room has no idea what it is voting on, as they haven’t yet been given a chance to read the alterations to the amendments about to be passed. The response?

“This is the way we do things here.”

Of course it is.

Labour MEP’s Fake Q&A Session

Meet Linda McAvan, Labour MEP for Yorkshire and The Humber. She is currently in charge of attempts to push through medicinal regulation of e-cigarettes through the European Parliament. Showing just what a bastion of democracy the European Parliament is, Linda hosted a Facebook Q&A session on the issue this week, where the idea was that she could be held to account by citizens across the continent. Which is all well and good, except it seems the event was a complete stitch-up.

Linda was lucky to receive a number of soft questions, which she answered comfortably. Just which inquisitive European citizens asked the questions? For starters there was Laura Guiot, a consultant working at the European Parliament. Then there was Evita Naumova, of the European Parliament network. And Celine Bras from the EU information office. Not to mention Martina Klugova, who also works for the European Parliament. No wonder the questions were so easy. Democracy in action!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Herman Van Rompuy Meets UK Twitter Users

It was never going to go well for the EU President Herman Van Rompuy when he decided to do an online Q&A with British Twitter users:

And they were the printable ones…

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Attorney General Says EU Membership is “Ethical”

Here’s one for the Euro-sceptics. The Attorney General thinks we should stay in the EU for “ethical” reasons. Dominic Grieve was speaking to his legal chums about the EU and the ECHR:

“I hope it is clear that the economic, physical and ethical well-being of the United Kingdom remains rooted in international engagement. We have to play an active part in these organisations.”

That should further endear him to his party.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Mad Menthol Ban Plan Highlights EU Sham

Bonkers EU kill-joys have banned menthol cigarettes. Guido was going to get angry about this until he realised the ban will come into force in 2022.

Does anyone really think that the EU will still exist then in its current draconian, sprawling, incompetent form?

Or if it does, that Britain will be a part of it?

Monday, October 7, 2013

When Adam Afriyie Didn’t Care About a Referendum

Guess who abstained from the 2011 Tory EU rebellion that was calling for an EU Referendum? Someone who has made a lot of noise about the need for an EU referendum before the election and should not have been worrying about possible career progression under Cameron enough to vote against what he believes is a vital issue. Slow clap for Adam Afriyie.


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Rod Liddle on the loony UN sexism special rapporteur:

“There is more sexism in Britain than in any other country in the world, according to a mad woman who has been sent here by the United Nations.

Rashida Manjoo is a part-time professor of law at Cape Town University in the totally non-sexist country of South Africa (otherwise known as Rape Capital Of The World).

Mrs Magoo has been wandering around with her notebook and is appalled by the sexist “boys’ club” culture here, apparently.

I don’t doubt we still have sexism in the UK. But is it worse than in, say, Saudi Arabia, d’you think, honey-lamb? Or about 175 other countries? Get a grip, you doolally old bat.”



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What’s he been doing FFS, mining bitcoins?


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