Suzanne Evans: Farage Perceived as Divisive Character

Yesterday Farage said he would be “prepared” to lead the ‘Out’ campaign, a view not shared by Suzanne Evans on the Daily Politics this afternoon:

“I think Nigel is a very divisive character in terms of the way he is perceived. He’s not divisive as a person but the way he is perceived is as having strong views that divide people, so in that sense I think he is right, it will actually be somebody else who fronts it.”

The comments have gone down rather badly among Farage’s allies, though it is not a million miles away from what Nige himself has said:

“I suspect what we will see is somebody coming from completely outside of normal politics, somebody from the world of business or entertainment that hasn’t got any political baggage at all. I think someone like that may well emerge.”

Nonetheless, calling a man she has been accused of trying to oust “divisive” on national television is a bold move…

UPDATE: A UKIP insider gets in touch to add:

“It is people going on television calling the leader ‘divisive’ that is divisive.”

European Parliament President: “Britain Belongs to the EU”

As Cameron lunches with Europe’s leaders, the President of the European Parliament continues to do the ‘Out’ campaign’s work for them:

“The European Union and Britain is one thing. The United Kingdom belongs to the European Union.”

Hardly encouraging since Martin Schulz gets a say on any deal Dave comes up with.

Perhaps it was lost in translation…

Video credit: stolen from ITV

Watson Flanked By Sex Segregation Councillors in New Campaign Video

Bad enough that Steve Coogan and Eddie Izzard feature in Tom Watson’s new campaign video for his deputy leadership bid, but look who he has standing behind him at the end of the film:

On the left, Ansar Ali Khan and on the right, Mariam Khan, the two Labour councillors who organised the party’s controversial sex segregated rally, attended by Watson before the election.

A candidate standing for social justice and equality might have quietly sidelined the Khans after such an unsavoury episode. Instead Watson puts them front and centre…

Owen Jones v Dan Hodges: “The Katie Hopkins of the Blairite Right”

Jones: “You’ve never, ever, ever, ever come up with a single constructive policy proposal about what you’d like to see Labour doing. You don’t add anything constructive to the debate. What does Dan Hodges stand for?”

Hodges: “Actually, I did Owen. I said look at what Ed Miliband’s doing and do the opposite.”

#ComeOnCorbyn…

Anthony Akbar! New Labour Taliban Assault on Burnham HQ

Spotted outside 83 Victoria Street, the building that houses the headquarters of Andy Burnham and Liz Kendall, this afternoon:

And down the road at Labour HQ:

Long live Mr Tony, peace be upon him.

Bring Back Blair….

Kay Dodgems Ofcom Rap

Ofcom has cleared Kay Burley after a spurious petition called for an investigation into her interview with the unrepentant boss of Alton Towers, who had insisted there were no safety problems with his rides:

“Ofcom received a number of complaints about Kay Burley’s questioning style during an interview about an accident at Alton Towers. We have carefully assessed whether this interview exceeded generally accepted standards. In our view, the interviewee was able to respond fully to the questions and put his position across. As a result we have not taken the matter forward for investigation.”

Petitions about TV presenters never get anywhere anyway…

David Starkey: SNP Prove Democracy Does Not Work

Starkey is not backing down on his SNP = Nazis thesis…

Bumbling Burnham Crashes and Burns on Benefits and Petrol

Lots of gold from the GMB Labour leadership hustings today.

Firstly, Andy Burnham was booed as he floundered around refusing to back the benefit cap.

The crowd wanted a no, but he knew the country would give a resounding yes.

And the banter did not stop there. He later got the price of litre of petrol wrong, declaring it was 160p:

It’s 116p.

Delicious…

 

Kay Burley Burns Tory MP

“We are a broad-church” insisted new Tory MP Craig Mackinlay to Sky News earlier.

 “You know what happened in that TV programme?” replied Kay Burley. “Lots of people die.”

Brutal…[…]

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BoJo: We Must Be Willing to Go

EU REFORM

“Now is the chance to build that coalition for reform. It may not be easy, and it may take a while – beyond 2016, I am sure”, says Boris this morning. After telling the Telegraph he was against an […]

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Greg Hands on Don Cameroni and the Five Families

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Greg Hands used a fairly punchy election night analogy when addressing CWF on Saturday:

“You know the scene at the end where Michael Corleone is holding the baby at the baptism, and he’s reading the

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Kay Burley Skewers Alton Towers Boss

Chief Exec Nick Varney reckons there was no safety issue with his rides. Really?[…]

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