Tatler Considering New Mark Clarke Profile

Rumour has it Tatler are looking at profiling scandal-hit Tory Mark Clarke for a second time. The society magazine infamously glammed up ten rising stars of the right back in 2008, transforming Clarke et al into “top Tory totty”. A person with knowledge of the proposed piece says any new profile would be less of a “where are they now?” type article, and more of a focus on Clarke’s recent career developments. Tatler has had its name in headlines about Tory bullying for the best part of four months. A follow up would make sense…

“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

Amjad Bashir: No Respect For the Truth

Remember Amjad Bashir? He was the UKIP Walter Mitty whose disastrous defection to the Tories made headlines this time last year. One of the many revelations that led to the turncoat’s story unravelling was his relationship with George Galloway’s Respect Party. Respect said Amjad was a former member, a claim he denied via a Tory spokesman: “he’s denied he’s ever had anything to do with Respect… Amjad denies it”. Guido never believed him, and at last there is photo evidence to prove it…

“He’s never had anything to do with Respect…”

Despite Guido’s repeated overtures at the time, the Tory press office never let us interview Amjad. The offer is still open…

H/T RaheemKassam

Updated Guide to Cabinet EU Rebels

Today’s Sun says Eurosceptic Gove will campaign to Remain out of personal loyalty to Cameron and Osborne, and reports flip-flopping Boris will not back Brexit. Two weeks ago the Express claimed Boris had told friends “I am not an Outer”. A story which was played down by his friends at the time…

Since Guido’s last update, Grayling has said it would be “disastrous” to Remain in the EU, so he cements his place at the top. Whitto is an Outer, and Villiers, IDS and Priti (probably) will campaign to Leave.

All eyes on May in the middle…

Gove: I’m No Sandal-Wearing Muesli-Munching Vegan

Challenged by Philip Davies, Michael Gove gave a convincing defence of why he is a Conservative in the Commons:

“I’m not sure that members on the opposite benches would agree that I’ve become a sandal-wearing, muesli-munching vegan vapester. I think they would probably say that I’m the same red in tooth and claw blue Tory that I always have been.

And it’s because I’m a conservative, I believe in the rule of law as the foundation stone of our civilisation.

It’s because I’m a conservative, I believe that evil must be punished.

But it’s also because I’m a conservative, and a Christian, that I believe in redemption. And I think the purpose of our prison system is to keep people safe by making people better.”

And Gove spake onto the world, and told the world that “evil must be punished”, and the word was the word and the word was Gove.

What Austerity? £6 Million Subsidy For Electric Supercars

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With one hand, Whitehall is taking away subsidies from the renewable energy industry. With the other, they are doling out a new £75 million government and industry grant to the electric car market. This handout includes £6 million for specialist car manufacturer Morgan to develop a “hybrid and electric powertrain” for a new sports car. ‘Austerity’ means subsidies for supercars…

The investment isn’t only for flash motors. The funding will also go towards developing eco-friendly white vans. At least that will keep the Shadow Defence Secretary happy…

RIP Cecil Parkinson 1931-2016

The former Tory minister and party chairman has died from cancer aged 84.

Westminster Tories Evicting LibDems

Those remaining LibDem aides who have not quit politics for the private sector are getting ready to pack their bags. Party staff expect to move out from their HQ on Great George Street imminently, after the go-ahead was given to a planning application to turn their office into flats. Just a coincidence that Westminster council is one of the most Tory councils in Britain…

Guido hears that the most likely new home for the LibDems will be Westminster Tower. Where they would be sharing chats around the water cooler with the Vote Leave campaign…

Cameron’s Pintless Renegotiations

The PM has been enjoying a beer with his Czech counterpart Frank Sobotka in Prague as he continues his EU renegotiations. After taking a sip he queried whether or not he was drinking a full pint. It looks to Guido […]

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BBC: Lucy Allan Pulled Out of Interview “Because She Wasn’t Allowed to Veto Questions”

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What’s going on here then? Embattled bullying row Tory Lucy Allan has apparently pulled out of an interview with the BBC because she wasn’t allowed to veto the questions she’d be asked. BBC Shropshire report she was due to be […]

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Hannan & Carswell Share Joke

Guido chuckled today when he came across a video of Daniel Hannan regaling an ASI audience with a joke about canvassing back in 2009. It’s a joke which Guido has heard the Tory MEP tell before. However in a remarkably […]

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May and Fox’s Public EU Summit Over Antipasti

A co-conspirator tucking into his ravioli in Westminster’s Quirinale restaurant looked up to see Theresa May and Liam Fox settling down to lunch. An hour earlier Fox had asked the Home Secretary for assurances over the government’s line on Russia, […]

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