Raoul Ruparel New Davis SpAd


David Davis has finally hired his policy SpAd, signing up Open Europe director and top EU wonk Raoul Ruparel to join the Brexit department. Ruparel is praised by former colleagues as one of the finest minds around on Europe. So what does he believe?

He has said there is “no doubt” Britain should leave the customs union. He has blasted Remainers’ obsession with a ‘Hard’ and ‘Soft’ Brexit as “vague and loaded”. He has repeatedly suggested that Britain could be granted limited access to the single market and that Juncker’s dismissal of an “a la carte” option means “little or nothing”. He has praised Donald Tusk for recognising discontent with Brussels and implicitly criticised Juncker for failing to do so. He said the EU parliament’s appointment of Guy Verhofstadt as their negotiator was “not ideal”. He says it may take longer than two years to leave. Before the referendum, Ruparel wrote that Europhiles would only have themselves to blame if they lost:

The decision not to impose transitional controls on new EU member countries from Eastern Europe undoubtedly boosted anti-EU and anti-migration sentiment. The public were told not to worry, and that migrant flows would be small. Clearly they were not. The result was an avidly pro-migration government that failed to clarify the underlying economic and political arguments in favor of migration, and failed to bring the public with it… a political elite in the UK (and the EU) who failed to properly communicate their decisions or bother to explain why further integration was necessary, or even desirable. This gulf has grown consistently over the past two decades and has a great deal to do with the rise of UKIP, deepening divisions in the Conservative Party and the promise to hold a referendum on the UK’s EU membership. So why does all this matter? Europhiles seem to forget they have lost the war — the UK is now a Eurosceptic country.

He wasn’t wrong…

Dave Lunched at Wiltons During May’s Speech


A co-conspirator who lunched at Wiltons on Jermyn Street yesterday sat a few tables away from David Cameron, meaning the former PM missed his successor’s conference speech. Dave was reportedly there just after midday, at which point Theresa May was at her lectern in Birmingham. Wiltons, which has been going since 1742, is famous for its oysters, caviar (£286 for 50g), wild fish and game. Its extensive wine list includes bottles priced well into four figures. Coincidentally it is just around the corner from his old club, White’s. Quite right that Dave should be enjoying himself out of office, rather than sulking or shilling for Middle East dictators…

Saj Overrules Fracking Luddites


Good news for the fracking revolution: Sajid Javid has overruled Lancashire county council and given the go ahead for fracking on the Fylde. Labour / Guardianistas have reacted predictably, claiming locals don’t want fracking and it’ll be disastrous for the area. The truth, according to a pan-European survey on attitudes towards shale gas, is that people in Lancashire are among the most pro-fracking in Europe. Worth remembering that Lancashire country council also ignored the advice of its own planning officers in order to side with lobbyists at Friends of the Earth, whose campaign was slammed by the advertising watchdog. This is a sensible decision by Saj, rolling back heavy-handed state intervention and helping to create private sector jobs…

No, Le Pen Did Not Endorse May’s Conference Speech


Less thorough elements of the online media are claiming that Marine Le Pen last night tweeted an endorsement of Theresa May’s conference speech. According to Huff Po UK:

Le Pen, who was once tried for inciting racial hatred for comparing Muslims praying publicly to the Nazi occupation, responded: “Exactly.” She even threw in an applause emoji.

And according to the Independent:

Theresa May’s Conservative conference speech has received a ringing endorsement from French far right leader, Marine Le Pen.

No, she didn’t. The account which sent the tweet was clearly marked “compte non officiel”, which you really shouldn’t have to be French to be able translate. The Indy have now deleted their article (cached version can still be seen here), but HuffPo’s is still up. Story is complete BS but, hey, at least it gets you some clicks…

Telegraph Fall For Philip May Parody Account


The Telegraph had written 300 words and hit the publish button before they realised that a tweet from ‘Philip May’ about his conference suit was sent by a parody account. According to their report:

Philip May, husband of Prime Minister Theresa May, has taken to Twitter to reveal the outfit he wore to join his wife on stage at the Conservative Party conference is “model’s own”… Philip May has broken with this tradition, which has previously been criticised as sexist, and drew attention to it with a quip on social media. The Prime Minister’s husband wrote on Twitter: “Thank you for the kind words about my appearance at conference today. My suit – for those who asked – was from my wardrobe!”

Except he didn’t, the tweet was sent by an account clearly marked ‘parody’. The Telegraph article has now been deleted and lost down the memory hole forever. You can still read a cached version here

Rudd Can’t Say How Many EU Citizens Work in Home Office

Amber Rudd wants to force companies to list foreign workers yet she has no idea how many EU citizens work in her own department. Last month Labour submitted a written question asking the Home Office how many EU nationals it employed. Rudd’s department replied:

“the Home Office does not record the nationality of employees on our IT systems and is unable to provide this information”

Which neatly sums up how badly thought out her policy is.

Rudd is an arch-Remainer who is over-compensating on immigration, coming up with something she thinks will please Leavers but which no sensible Leaver would ever dream of proposing. As UKIP pointed out yesterday, the policy is more ominous than anything they ever called for. This is one of the problems with Remainers being in charge…

H/T @mattholehouse

Tory Conference: The Worst Bits

Business and Wonks Pan May’s Speech

Theresa May’s speech and Amber Rudd’s rhetoric have gone down like a cup of cold sick with business, wonks and free marketeers:

Institute of Directors:

“Business leaders are not pantomime villains, evading taxes and employing cheap labour from abroad out of some destructive desire to do Britain down… Plans to ‘name and shame’ companies who employ foreign workers, aside from adding to bureaucracy, send precisely the wrong message. The Prime Minister should instead listen to her own advice and remember that, in Britain, it doesn’t matter where you were born.”

Institute of Economic Affairs:

“This was an alarming attack on free markets and the Prime Minster’s pledge for more state intervention in business completely disregards the evidence that competition, deregulation and a light-touch approach breeds the best results.”

The Confederation of British Industry:

“Government must build on the great things so many firms are already doing and not impose approaches that look good on paper, but don’t make a difference in practice. Placing workers or consumers on boards can be a solution for some firms, but may not be the only or even best way of changing company culture.”

Adam Smith Institute:

“Mrs May’s speech was the opposite of pragmatic. We call on the Prime Minister to abandon her ideological attachment to interventionist economic policies, look at the evidence, and accept that it tells us that markets, not the state, are the solution to our problems.”

TaxPayers’ Alliance:

“The Prime Minister claims to believe in a low tax society, but action is needed to relieve taxpayers of the crippling tax bill plaguing every family and threatening economic growth. Mrs May spoke of balancing the books but by relaxing fiscal targets and continuing to overspend, hard-pressed families will each fork out £41,000 this year.”

Andrew Lilico:

“Rudd/May are over-compensating on immigration cos they backed Remain and think it’s a Leave voter caricature they must placate, not Leave’s case.”

The Bow Group however loved it. Tells you all you need to know.

May Ribs Boris

“Do we have a plan for Brexit? – We do.

“Are we ready for the effort it will take to see it through? – We are.

“Can Boris Johnson stay on message for a full four days?”

Here’s one very happy customer…[…]


May: Labour Are The New Nasty Party

The PM uses her speech to attack Labour on anti-Semitism…[…]




Spotted gathering dust at the Tory party conference this morning.  He was the future once…[…]


Miliband Mocks “Marxist” May


Last year the Tories condemned Miliband’s energy price freeze as “Marxist”, now it looks like they’re adopting the policy. Ed has got a point…[…]


May Attacks Libertarian Right


Theresa May will use her conference speech this afternoon to attack the many thousands of people in her party who believe in free markets, low taxes and rolling back the state. She names her enemy as the “libertarian right”:

“Government can and should be a force for good; the state exists to provide what individual people, communities and markets cannot; we should employ the power of government for the good of the people.



David Davis: EU Citizens Won’t Be Used as Bargaining Chip

David Davis has insisted EU citizens will not be used as a bargaining chip after Liam Fox described their right to remain in the UK as “one of our main cards”. Davis told tonight’s Spectator fringe that he is “100% sure” all EU citizens currently in Britain will be allowed to stay, there will be no deportations, and it will be the first issue dealt with during the negotiation.[…]


Mogg Endorses Trump

Jacob Rees-Mogg tells the Daily Politics that he would vote for Donald Trump in the US Presidential Election rather than a “left-wing Democrat”…[…]


A Slogan That Works For Everyone

Jeremy Corbyn has ripped off the Tory conference slogan, saying in a video message that we must “create a country that works for everyone, not just a privileged few”. The exact same words Theresa May has been saying for the last three months and that appear on the wall behind the stage in the Tory conference hall.[…]


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