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:


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


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 voice of discontent. They are very reliant on the performance of their leader Nigel Farage and even he couldn’t win a seat. Sixth or seventh time he’s tried to win a Westminster seat. I think he might be better coming to Australia and doing talkback radio than trying to run another seat in the UK.”

Well at least Nige’s boys are winning the cricket…

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 ideological impurity as “unconservative“. Three days later, Zac has backed out and pointed the finger at the organisers:

Zac’s campaign chief Nick de Bois says he feels “misled” because the Bow Group billed him as their keynote speaker, telling the Bow Group-friendly Breitbart site:

“Without agreement the Bow group has been misleading attendees and the public, selling the event as a keynote speech – something very different. He will therefore not be taking part.”

Well, was he “misled“? These emails between the Bow Group’s Nic Conner and Zac’s people suggest they didn’t have that much of a problem with it being described as a keynote speech:

From: Nic Conner
To: Team Zac
4th August 12:46

I will call to order at 18:55 with the Chairman’s address at 19:00. We then aim to give Zac a chance to give his keynote at 19:10 for 15 minutes then 10 minuets [sic] of questions from the floor… After Zac has taken selfies and shaken hands I suspect he will be out the door by 20:00.

From: Team Zac
To: Nic Conner
4th August 16:06

Thanks Nic. The timings of 7-8pm look fine. Please could I make some small amends? In short, fine for the chairman to give opening remarks. Could it then go to Nick de Bois as Zac’s campaign chairman to give a couple of short remarks and set the scene as a former MP, and then Zac can give a speech of between 5-10 minutes and chair his own Q&A? If we then aim for 7:30pm for Zac to mingle.

Perhaps someone had a quiet word in Zac’s ear that the Bow Group might not be his ideological allies…

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,



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 […]


Police Probe Over Heath Child Abuse Allegation

Full statement from the IPCC:

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is to investigate allegations concerning Wiltshire Police’s handling of an alleged claim of child sexual abuse made in the 1990s.

It is alleged that a criminal prosecution was not



Arise, Sir David Amess!

Tory MP Sir David Amess is taking his K very seriously…

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