Monday, July 1, 2013

Exclusive: Met “Liaising Closely” With Parliament Over Tim Yeo

Following a complaint by the Sunlight Centre for Open Politics to the Metropolitan Police regarding Tim Yeo’s conflicts of interest and the Bribery Act 2010, the coppers have today confirmed that detectives from the “Special Enquiry Team based at New Scotland Yard” are “liaising closely with the relevant parliamentary authorities.” Tick tock, Tim…

Theresa May Keeps Peace Between Lawson and Saatchi

The awkwardest of seating arrangements revealed in yesterday’s Sun column. Voluptuous TV chef Nigella Lawson’s brother Dominic found himself sat next to Maurice Saatchi, brother of her estranged husband, at a lunch held last week by the Centre for Policy Studies, the think-tank set up by Maggie Thatcher. Any animosity between the two families could not boil over into violence as they had a law enforcer in the room. In fact, a very, very senior law enforcer: Theresa May.

Naff “Global Race” Here To Stay
It Will Be Tory Party Conference Theme

It took the Prime Minister less than ten seconds to get the buzz words “global race” into his press conference at the end of the EU summit this week. Every Tory popping up on TV over the weekend dropped it into conversation and you can expect to hear it a lot more. As Guido revealed in yesterday’s Sun column, the naff phrase will be the theme of this year’s Conservative Party Conference. Ministers have been asked to come up with policies to be unveiled in Manchester that reflect this focus grouped message. While this is easy for the likes of Business and the Foreign Office, more domestic departments have been left baffled.

So what Global Race is the UK winning?

We are doing pretty well in the “Biggest Deficit in Europe” Category: We are in third there, just behind Greece and Ireland.

In the “Slowest Growth Rate in the G20″, the UK is also nearly in the lead, just behind Japan and Italy.

We are winning gold in the “Slowest growth in the English-speaking world” category!

Image via @GeneralBoles

Friday, June 28, 2013

UKIP Voters Back Boris

The public don’t yet trust Boris to be PM, so says some pretty comprehensive polling released by Lord Ashcroft this morning. Only just over a third said he was capable of the running the country, while Tory voters overwhelmingly backed Dave. The UKIP results are arguably the most interesting. 35% of UKIP voters saying they would consider voting Tory if Boris were leader. Tory backbenchers must be wondering just how many would come home…

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Tory Uproar as Labour’s Toby Perkins “Flipped Osborne Finger”

Watch closely for the reaction of the PM and the Tory benches as Osborne asks Labour about their spending plans. Cameron’s face turns to shock as he and a number of other Tories point towards Labour MP Toby Perkins, sitting on the third row. From the video it is not clear why. Tory MPs are adamant this afternoon that it was because Perkins “flipped Osborne the finger”.

As Bercow intervenes you can hear a Tory MP shout “it’s Perkins!”. Guido is told that a Tory MP then passed a note to the Speaker making the allegation against Perkins, Bercow then ripped the note up and put it in his pocket. Perkins’ office are currently refusing to comment. All very parliamentary…

Seriously Selous?

Colonel Bob Saved From Wife’s Fury

Good news:

SpeakOutBobStewart2webOn 25 Jun 2013, at 18:50, “STEWART, Bob” <> wrote:

I am extremely grateful to all colleagues who assisted in the re-capture of my ‘Absent without Leave’ Mont Blanc pen.  The fugitive was recaptured by an honourable and gallant lady who personally took him in custody and thereafter returned it, in close arrest, to my person.  In recognition of her actions I have recommended Sub Lieutenant Penny Mordaunt RNR for my first ever Parliamentary Mention in Despatches.  Thanks to her thoughtful and immediate actions I do not have to own up to my Home Station Commander that I was negligent – thus avoiding serious restrictions of privileges.

Thanks Colleagues.  All is well and I live to write another day.

Bob Stewart  

Guido reckons the publicity that this site gave the great matter of state would surely be worthy of a prize too? Nigel Evans also wondered something in the middle of the night, CC’ing all MPs:

From: EVANS, Nigel 
Sent: 26 June 2013 00:21
Cc: All


Bob… U r now in charge of me…. I rest my case


Sent from my iPhone

No, Guido cannot work out what he is on about either…

Tory Wars: Bow Group V Iain Dale

A classic ding-dong between Iain Dale and the Bow Group’s pompous chairman Ben Harris-Quinney. It all kicked off when legal letter-loving Harris-Quinney took exception a mildly bitchy ConservativeHome diary piece, in which Dale, not unfairly, said the Bow Group had “disappeared up its own backside… under the control of a self-publicist who goes by the name of Ben Harris-Quinney”. Cue an utterly cringeworthy letter from lawyers Speechly Bircham, who asked for a retraction on the grounds that the Bow Group is actually doing jolly well as it has “greatly expanded its followers on Facebook and Twitter”. Guido offered Iain some friendly advice:

Which he took:

“Yes, to say that the Bow Group is “disappearing up its own backside” is indeed offensive. It was meant to be. Furthermore, it is true, as evidenced by your clients hiring you to send me your ridiculous and totally unnecessary letter. What further evidence do I need to supply to back up this assertion? Any normal person or responsible organisation would have contacted me directly or picked up the phone. Instead your clients resorted to cowardice.”

It is worth reading the exchange in full here. This is not the first time that Harris-Quinney has been spanked after hollow legal threats…

Friday, June 21, 2013

42 Tory Taliban Alternative Queen’s Speech Bills in Full

1. Face Coverings (Prohibition) Mr Philip Hollobone
Bill to prohibit the wearing of certain face coverings; and for connected purposes.

2. National Service Mr Philip Hollobone
Bill to provide a system of national service for young persons; and for connected purposes.

3. European Communities Act 1972 (Repeal) Mr Philip Hollobone
Bill to repeal the European Communities Act 1972 and related legislation; and for connected purposes.

4. Young Offenders (Parental Responsibility) Mr Philip Hollobone
Bill to make provision for the parents of young offenders to be legally responsible for their actions.

5. Foreign National Offenders (Exclusion from the United Kingdom) Mr Philip Hollobone
Bill to make provision to exclude from the United Kingdom foreign nationals found guilty of a criminal offence committed in the United Kingdom.

6. Asylum Seekers (Return to Nearest Safe Country) Mr Philip Hollobone
Bill to facilitate the transfer of asylum seekers to the safe country nearest their country of origin.

7. Prisoners (Completion of Custodial Sentences) Mr Philip Hollobone
Bill to require prisoners to serve in prison the full custodial sentence handed down by the court.

8. Fishing Grounds and Territorial Waters (Repatriation) Mr Philip Hollobone
Bill to make provision for the Government to designate certain fishing grounds and territorial waters as sovereign territory of the United Kingdom outside the control of the Common Fisheries Policy.

9. School Governing Bodies (Adverse Weather Conditions) Mr Philip Hollobone
Bill to require school governing bodies and headteachers to make provision to keep schools open in adverse weather conditions.

10. Capital Punishment Mr Philip Hollobone
Bill to allow for capital punishment for certain offences.

11. Government Departments (Amalgamation of Scotland Office, Wales Office and Northern Ireland Office) Mr Philip Hollobone
Bill to make provision for the amalgamation of the Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland Offices.

12. Residential Roads (Adoption by Local Highways Authority) Mr Philip Hollobone
Bill to require the handover of residential roads built by developers to local highways authorities within certain time periods; and for connected purposes.

13. Equality and Diversity (Reform) Mr Philip Hollobone
Bill to prohibit the use of affirmative and positive action in recruitment and appointment processes; to amend the Equality Act 2010 to remove the special provision for political parties in relation to the selection of candidates; and for connected purposes.

14. Sentencing Escalator Mr Philip Hollobone
Bill to provide that a criminal reconvicted for an offence on a second or further occasion receives a longer sentence than for the first such offence.

15. Leasehold Reform (Amendment) Mr Philip Hollobone
Bill to amend the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 in relation to the permitted signatories of notices; and for connected purposes. 8 Monday 24 June 2013

16. BBC Licence Fee (Civil Debt) Mr Philip Hollobone
Bill to make provision to decriminalise the non-payment of the BBC licence fee.

17. Smoking (Private Members’ Clubs) Mr Philip Hollobone
Bill to make provision to allow smoking in a separate ventilated room in a private members’ club if a majority of the members of the club so decide.

18. Margaret Thatcher Day Mr Peter Bone
Bill to make provision that the annual Bank Holiday Monday in late August be known as Margaret Thatcher Day.

19. Department of Energy and Climate Change (Abolition) Mr Peter Bone
Bill to make provision for the abolition of the Department of Energy and Climate Change and for its functions to be absorbed into the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

20. Married Couples (Tax Allowance) Mr Peter Bone
Bill to make provision for a tax allowance for married couples.

21. Foreign Aid Ring-Fencing (Abolition) Mr Peter Bone
Bill to make provision for foreign aid and development not to be linked to a specific percentage of Gross National Income, but to be set yearly, by Parliament, in relation to need.

22. Charitable Status for Religious Institutions Mr Peter Bone
Bill to make provision for a presumption that religious institutions meet the public benefit test for charitable status.

23. Same Sex Marriage (Referendum) Mr Peter Bone
Bill to make provision for a referendum on whether same sex marriage should be allowed.

24. Wind Farm Subsidies (Abolition) Mr Peter Bone
Bill to make provision for the cessation of subsidies for the development of wind farms. Withdrawal from the European Convention of Human Rights and Removal of

25. Alleged Terrorists Mr Peter Bone
Bill to make provision for an application to the Council of Europe to withdraw from the European Convention of Human Rights and to deport alleged terrorists subject to approval by the British courts.

26. Romanian and Bulgarian Accession (Labour Restriction) Mr Peter Bone
Bill to make provision for restrictions on the residence in the UK of Bulgarian and Romanian nationals to continue.

27. BBC Privatisation Mr Peter Bone
Bill to make provision for the privatisation of the British Broadcasting Corporation by providing shares in the Corporation to all licence fee payers.

28. Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (Abolition) Mr Peter Bone
Bill to make provision for the abolition of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, and its responsibilities to be allocated to other Departments of State.

29. Prime Minister (Replacement) Mr Peter Bone
Bill to make provision for the appointment of a Prime Minister in the event that a Prime Minister is temporarily or permanently incapacitated.

30. United Kingdom (Withdrawal from the European Union) Mr Peter Bone, on behalf of Mr Christopher Chope
Bill to make provision for the Government to give notice under Article 50 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union; and for connected purposes.

31. Asylum (Time Limit) Mr Peter Bone, on behalf of Mr Christopher Chope
Bill to require that asylum claims in the United Kingdom be lodged within three months of the claimant’s arrival in the United Kingdom; and that persons who have already entered the United Kingdom and wish to make an asylum claim must do so within three months of the passing of this Act.

32. Benefit Entitlement (Restriction) Mr Peter Bone, on behalf of Mr Christopher Chope
Bill to make provision to restrict the entitlement of non-UK Citizens from the European Union and the European Economic Area to taxpayer-funded benefits.

33. Illegal Immigrants (Criminal Sanctions) Mr Peter Bone, on behalf of Mr Christopher Chope
Bill to make provision for criminal sanctions against those who have entered the UK illegally or who have remained in the UK without legal authority.

34. Sexual Impropriety in Employment Mr Peter Bone, on behalf of Mr Christopher Chope
Bill to require that claims by employees alleging sexual impropriety be limited to cases where the alleged misconduct is contrary to the criminal law and has been reported to the police.

35. Collection of Nationality Data Mr Peter Bone, on behalf of Mr Christopher Chope
Bill to require the collection and publication of information relating to the nationality of those in receipt of benefits and of those to whom national insurance numbers are issued.

36. Foreign Nationals (Access to Public Services) Mr Peter Bone, on behalf of Mr Christopher Chope
Bill to restrict access by foreign nationals to United Kingdom public services for which no charge is made.

37. House of Lords (Maximum Membership) Mr Peter Bone, on behalf of Mr Christopher Chope
Bill to provide for a maximum limit on the number of Peers entitled to vote in the House of Lords, and to provide for a moratorium on new appointments.

38. Control of Offshore Wind Turbines Mr Peter Bone, on behalf of Mr Christopher Chope
Bill to restrict the height, number, location and subsidies of wind turbines situated offshore within 20 miles of the coast.

39. Employment Opportunities Mr Peter Bone, on behalf of Mr Christopher Chope
Bill to introduce more freedom, flexibility and opportunity for those seeking employment in the public and private sectors; and for connected purposes.

40. EU Membership (Audit of Costs and Benefits) Mr Peter Bone, on behalf of Mr Christopher Chope
Bill to require an independent audit of the benefits and costs of UK membership of the European Union.

And two more 10 Minute Rule Bills: one from Philip Hollobone on removing planning regulation provisions in respect of Gypsies and travellers and one from Peter Bone on modern day slavery.

All pretty sound perhaps except banning the burka. The Tory Taliban has spoken…

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Final Draft EU Referendum Bill

James Wharton’s Let Britain Decide question changes from:

“Do you think that the United Kingdom should remain a member of the European Union?”


“Do you think that the United Kingdom should be a member of the European Union?”

Roll on July 5th…

Seen Elsewhere

BBC: It Was Guido Wot Won It | MediaGuido
Nick Robinson’s Britain First Selfie | Metro
Dyson: Leave German Dominated EU, Join EFTA |
How UKIP Won Rochester | Seb Payne
Labour’s Islington Problem | Harry Phibbs
Ed Lost More Than a By-Election | Labour Uncut
Labour the Biggest Losers in Rochester | Speccie
Thornberry a Gift to Farage | Nick Wood
Is Left Finally Turning Against EU? | Dan Hannan
Labour Votes Going Green | Guardian
UKIP Winning Class War | Tim Stanley

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Ralph Miliband on the English…

“The Englishman is a rabid nationalist. They are perhaps the most nationalist people in the world.”

Left on Left says:

The lefties are attacking because the panellist is a millionaire and lives in a London home worth upwards of two million. Someone had best tell them he’s called Ed Miliband.

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