Snow Asks Farage: Are You At It Too?

Jon Snow asks Nigel Farage if UKIP are guilty of overspending too. Nige pleads his innocence…

Protester Chucks Dildo At Minister

Meanwhile in New Zealand, a protester has lobbed a sex toy at minister Steven Joyce, slapping him right across the face. Joyce later told reporters he was “surprised” but “fine“. Usually something you see on Sky Sports News rather than the actual news.

When Cameron and Osborne Laughed at a ‘Red Card’

This clip from 2008 shows Cameron and Osborne smirking and laughing at the idea of a ‘red card’ for EU legislation, as William Hague mocks such a plan in a withering speech at the despatch box:

“It doesn’t take much of a political analyst to work out that the chances of this mechanism being employed on any regular basis are vanishingly small… You only have to consider this for a moment to begin to laugh about it…”

Eight years later, Dave and George claim unconvincingly that their red card is reason enough to vote to Remain…

“Er, Um, Crikey!” Fabbers Has Hancock Spluttering

Matt Hancock looked a little lost for words in response to Michael Fabricant’s praise for Waitrose chief Mark Price in the Commons:

Michael Fabricant : I did not have to use the Freedom of Information Act because I went on to the gov.uk website to find out that the excellent Mark Price, managing director of Waitrose, is now a non-executive director of the board of the Cabinet Office. May I say what a wise choice that is? What is my right hon. Friend doing to ensure that similar people are appointed to other Government Departments?

Matthew Hancock: Er, um, crikey! Where to start? Mark Price is, indeed, an incredibly impressive businessman and I look forward to working with him on the Cabinet Office board.

Good of Fabbers to help out his best friend and soulmate’s boss!

H/T @isabelhardman

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 Islands.

They met with a bunch of migrants in Calais and they said they could all come to Britain.

The only people they never stand up for are the British people and hard-working taxpayers.”

Corbyn missed the chance to hit back, but expect Labour to jump on the outrage bus about that “bunch of migrants” line…

UPDATE: The Guardian was quick to jump on the outrage bus, reporting that his comments were callous and dehumanising. Except when they do it:

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Jess Phillips’ First Question Time Appearance in 2010

Question Time have dug out Labour rising star Jess Phillips’ first ever appearance – from the audience – back in 2010. A young Jess asked Sayeeda Warsi about “the cuts” and “ivory towers”. Her message has been somewhat refined since then…

H/T Question Time / Paul Waugh

Stuart Rose Forgets BSE’s Name 4 Times

Yet another spectacular gaffe from the accident prone In campaign chairman Stuart Rose, who apparently has no idea what his campaign is called.

First attempt: “Stay in Britain.” Wrong.

Second attempt: “Better in Britain Campaign.” What?

Third time lucky? “The Better in Britain Campaign.” Nope…

Attempt number four: “Better Stay in Britain Campaign.” Err…

There’s a very easy way to remember the Britain Stronger in Europe campaign, Sir Stuart. It’s BSE…

Via Sky’s Darren McCaffrey

Balls Swaps Marr & Brillo For Fletch & Sav

What is Ed Balls up to these days? The new Norwich City FC chairman swapped Marr and Brillo on BBC1 for ten minutes on the sofa with BT Sport’s Fletch & Sav this weekend. Balls says he’s done with politics for good:

“I did 20 years in politics and I’m done with politics, I’m out now, I’m not expecting to go back, I don’t think I’ll ever be re-elected again.”

Before Robbie Savage brilliantly asked: “So, what made you leave Parliament?”

“The electorate, general election, people vote – I was an MP for 10 years but at the last general election I lost my constituency up in Leeds to the Conservatives. David Cameron got a majority, George Osborne is still the Chancellor, I’m chairman of Norwich City, so the question is – who got the better deal?”

Well, Norwich lost 5-4 in the 90th minute on Saturday to sink to 17th in the league, so…

Another Happy Reader: McDonnell Mocks Osborne’s Chopper

Not every day John McDonnell quotes Guido stories in the Commons chamber, though he clearly enjoyed our scoop on George Osborne’s helicopter trips to fundraising dinners:

“He’ll jump into a helicopter for a Tory fundraiser, but it’s taken him four

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Dromey Would Ban Trump, Welcome Dictators and Head-Choppers

Piers Morgan enjoyably skewered Jack Dromey over his tedious support for the Trump ban on Good Morning Britain.

On whether he’d ban Putin, Dromey replied: “No I wouldn’t.

On a ban for head-chopping Saudi King Salman: “No, I […]

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Bryant Ribs “Leader of the Out Campaign” Grayling

Chris Grayling will be delighted to have been named the “leader of the Out campaign” by Chris Bryant at Business questions. Grayling writes in today’s Telegraph that the EU is “disastrous” for Britain:

“Most people in Westminster know

[…]

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Wonk Watch: Kate Andrews From ASI to IEA

The wonk world transfer window is open and Guido hears the Institute of Economic Affairs are about to make a show-stopping signing. Readers will recognise 25 year-old Kate Andrews from her regular crusades for the cause of freedom on Sky […]

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