Remember over the summer when Channel 4’s The Last Leg followed Jeremy Hunt around with a sousaphone? Well, they’ve done it again, this time outside Tory conference:
Somehow it never gets old…
Disgraced former Tory MP Tim Yeo is suing the Sunday Times for libel over three articles from 2013. Readers will remember the paper alleged that when Yeo was chairman of the Energy & Climate Change Select Committee, he offered two undercover journalists to act as an advocate on behalf of their fictitious solar energy company. For a £7,000 daily fee.
Mr Yeo’s counsel Desmond Browne QC says the Sunday Times acted “with a singular lack of responsibility both at the journalistic and the editorial level“:
“Mr Yeo was the unfortunate victim of that irresponsibility. He says that in his last years of service as an MP, his reputation was trashed. At no stage during the lunch when he spoke about ways in which he might be able to assist the journalists, did Tim Yeo understand that what he was being asked to do was act as a paid advocate in breach of the rules.”
During his time as a member of parliament Yeo lobbied for an end to unnecessary air travel as he flew around the world on golfing jollies, used House of Commons banqueting facilities to wine and dine a group of environmental investors, while at the same time raising money for AFC Energy, a company of which he was chairman, and at one point was earning over £100,000-a-year from his green investments as he lobbied the government to stop green cuts. Nuff said m’lud…
New figures published by the IMF yesterday report Britain’s government deficit this year will still be bigger than Greece’s. The UK’s deficit in 2015 will be 4.25% as a percentage of GDP – Osborne’s preferred metric – while Greece’s will be 4.17%. The only advanced economy with a higher deficit than the UK this year is Spain…
Before the election Osborne was skewered on how Britain’s deficit compares with Greece in his worst TV appearance of the campaign. For all the talk of austerity and swingeing cuts to tax credits, the Chancellor has failed to meet his deficit targets or match the rest of the developed world…
“Why did all the pollsters and the pundits get it so wrong?
Because, fundamentally, they didn’t understand the people who make up our country.
The vast majority of people aren’t obsessives, arguing at the extremes of the debate.
Let me put it as simply as I can: Britain and Twitter are not the same thing.”
#BritainandTwitter is now trending in Britain on Twitter…
Cameron on Corbyn was about as brutal a personal attack as you can get:
“Thousands of words have been written about the new Labour leader.
But you only really need to know one thing: he thinks the death of Osama bin Laden was a “tragedy”.
A tragedy is nearly 3,000 people murdered one morning in New York.
A tragedy is the mums and dads who never came home from work that day.
A tragedy is people jumping from the towers after the planes hit.
My friends – we cannot let that man inflict his security-threatening, terrorist-sympathising, Britain-hating ideology on this country we love.”
Jeremy Corbyn gets a standing ovation…
Ruth and Boris the clear winners in the conference hall this week…
While David Cameron was answering questions about a teenager on death row in Saudi Arabia yesterday, Philip Hammond was wooing the Saudi representative at the Arab Ambassador’s Council party at Tory conference. The booze was flowing – something that would get you put behind bars in most of the countries present – as spicy beef, falafel and flat breads were served to ambassadors and representatives from such lovely places as the UAE, Sudan, Oman, Turkey, Libya, Iraq and Sudan. The event was sponsored by Kuwait.
“His Excellency” Hammond told his guests: “The UK has a huge commitment to the security of the gulf… your security is our security“, praising the “generosity of His Majesty the King of Bahrain“. He neglected to mention human rights.
Next door Eric Pickles was entertaining the Conservative Friends of Pakistan reception, opening with the words “salaam alaikum, chums…”
Theresa May’s speech went down like a cup of cold sick at the Telegraph:
“awful, ugly, misleading, cynical and irresponsible”
And not much better at the Spectator:
“A Home Secretary basing her pitch to lead her party on a stale and noxious concoction of tawdry nativism”
This was the response from the Institute of Directors:
“We are astonished by the irresponsible rhetoric and pandering to anti-immigration sentiment from the Home Secretary. It is yet another example of the Home Secretary turning away the world’s best and brightest, putting internal party politics ahead of the country”
While Fraser Nelson asks:
“What on earth is Theresa May playing at?”
Sell Theresa, buy Boris…
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