“Security” No. 10’s Corbyn Attack Line of Choice

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There is one word we will be hearing a lot from Downing Street if and when Corbyn becomes leader. David Cameron mentions “security” six times in an article attacking Jezza for the Times today:

[Economic stability] is what makes it possible to deliver the security we all yearn for. At the heart of our election manifesto was that simple goal: to give people securitySecurity is formed of many things… getting the training you need to secure a worthwhile career… The most important source of security is a well-paid job… It’s that combination of recovery and reform that will enable us to help those who often have the least security

Got the message?

If that wasn’t subtle enough, George Osborne used No. 10’s new buzzword a total of eight times in a very repetitive op-ed for the Sun over the weekend, including three times in the first line:

“This is a Government that puts security first – our national security and our economic security… that consensus, which is so important for our security and reliability as an ally, risks being shattered…The UK’s future security is threatened… the return of the unilateralists to British politics threatens our nation’s future security… For the new unilateralists of British politics are a threat to our future national security and to our economic security”

That’s 14 times in 48 hours…

“My concern is that we do everything we can to protect and enhance the security of the United Kingdom” was Cameron’s only previous comment on Corbyn, made two weeks ago. The Tories were masters of thematic campaigning in May, and their new mot du jour has the benefit of ringing true…

UKIP / Tory Row Over EU Campaign Conference Ban

‘The Know’, a Eurosceptic group which is seeking designation as the official ‘No’ campaign for the EU referendum, claims to have been banned from Tory conference this afternoon:

Are the Tories really refusing to give a platform to Eurosceptic groups at their party conference?

‘The Know’, which claims to be “non-partisan and independent” on its website, has been accused of being a front group for UKIP. A leaked UKIP internal email revealing party support for the group, while UKIP have officially praised them as “good people” with “resources, imagination and vim“. What’s more, ‘The Know’ was launched by UKIP donor Arron Banks, who infamously defected from the Conservatives by writing a million pound cheque to Farage on the final day of last year’s Tory conference. Looks like the Tories are now getting their revenge…

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…

Chicken Tories Dodge Migration Accountability

One of the many, many upsides for the Tories of Corbynmania and Labour’s complete absence of opposition is that they can now just stick two fingers up at accountability:

Weak.

No. 10 is also expected to announce details of the latest list of cronies and donors to be bunged peerages this afternoon as well. Probably not a coincidence that TfL have chosen today to announce that they are backing down to the union bullyboys over all night tubes, either. A good day to bury bad news, not so good for holding power to account…

David Cameron’s Promise to the British People

This is the vow the then Leader of the Opposition made to voters in 2010:

“If we take the steps set out today, if we deal with all the different avenues of migration, legal and illegal, levels of immigration can return to where the were in the 1980s and 1990s, when immigration was not a front rank political issue. And I believe that that will mean net migration to this country will be in the order of tens of thousands each year, not the hundreds of thousands every year that we’ve seen over the last decade… With us, our borders will be under control, and immigration will be at levels our country can manage. No ifs, no buts. This is a promise we made to the British people and a promise we are keeping.”

And this is the election literature the Tories don’t want you to see: “David Cameron’s contract with you“, promising to “reduce immigration… if we don’t deliver, kick us out“.

Guido always said that even if he really wanted to cut immigration – and there are sound economic arguments against doing that – this could never be achieved inside the EU as it stands. Net migration is now three times Cameron’s limit… 

IDS Bows to DWP Fake Outrage

IDS has flown the white flag from the top of Caxton House, bowing to pressure from the Twitter mob and distancing himself from the DWP’s perfectly reasonable promotional material:

“.. somebody along the way put up what is essentially meant to be an example of the kind of advice… and ended up going out as a quote… it’s quite peculiar and quite wrong and we’ve immediately taken it down and stopped it.. “

He has also hung whoever approved the leaflet out to dry, vowing disciplinary proceedings against someone who was essentially doing their job: helping benefits claimants avoid being sanctioned by using illustrative examples. A victory for the Twitter outrage bus…

Corbynmania Strikes Into the Heart of Government

Far be it from Guido to suggest that some Ministers of the Crown are struggling to motivate themselves on this quiet August morning:

“Do not approach this man…”

Boris Talks Up “Upsides” of Leaving EU

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Boris slipped to third place in the ConHome Tory leader stakes earlier this week, so he has to do something to stop the rot:

“If you don’t [succeed in renegotiation], you should always be prepared to walk away. To answer your question, would London flourish outside [of the EU]? Yes of course, of course it would. You can argue the toss about the ways which we might be disadvantaged and there are obviously some anxieties. But yes, it would certainly flourish and I recall the prophets of doom who said that the City would collapse if we didn’t join the euro, remember that – they said Throgmorton street would dissolve under a giant plague of rats  … Absolute rubbish. London’s more powerful and successful still than any other financial centre in the world, even than New York. It didn’t happen. There is every reason to think, if we got the right free trade deal, that we would flourish. There are downsides to leaving but there are also upsides.”

One way to win back his wavering grassroot support…

Crosby on Farage

Sky News Australia have Tory strategist Lynton Crosby’s say on the election. You can tell he particularly enjoyed the UKIP result:

“I don’t think they’ve got a long-term future. You should never write anyone off but they will be a

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Bow Group Bunfight: Was Zac “Misled”?

Another stunning success for the beleaguered Bow Group. On Monday they announced Zac Goldsmith as the keynote speaker at their summer reception, rather an odd move for a think tank that spends its time condemning Tories who show the slightest […]

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Ted Heath’s Whip Boasts of Paedo Cover Up

“Anyone with any sense who was in trouble would come to the whips and tell them the truth, and say now, “I’m in a jam, can you help?” It might be debt, it might be a scandal involving small boys,

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Boris Collapse: Third in Tory Leader Poll

More bad news for Boris in the monthly ConHome next Tory leader survey. Osborne tops the poll for the first time and BoJo slips to third, behind Saj. The first time Boris has been outside of the top two for […]

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