You Can’t Fault Desmond’s Taste in Wine

So Richard Desmond knows all about a PFL.

The FT reports:

“In Richard Desmond’s hands, simple objects become terrifying. There’s the receptionist’s bell that he uses to interrupt executives in board meetings, or the cups of tea that occasionally fly over underlings.

For me, the terror begins when he picks up the wine list. This is Coq d’Argent, a rooftop restaurant overlooking the Bank of England. The prices look like cricket scores — and Desmond is on the hunt for an innings victory.

“We’ll have that one,” he says, before I can intervene. As the sommelier skips away, the sum of £580 lingers on my retina.
So this, I think, is how it feels to be screwed by Richard Desmond. It took less than 10 minutes.”

Interestingly – given the million quid he has given UKIP – Desmond is not sure about leaving Europe:

“I don’t know. I don’t think anyone knows,” he says. “But we need a referendum.”

Not a great week for big UKIP donors.

Arron Banks has put 150 jobs at risk in the South West by moving his business operations to South Africa.

So much for the party slogan ‘Believe in Britain’.

#PFL Explained

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The concept of a Nigel Farage “PFL” – proper f**king lunch – should not come as a surprise to regular readers. What was that about, asks Emily Maitless innocently on Newsnight last night:

Well from Guido’s hazy memory, lunch with Farage usually consists of: “two Bloody Marys, a bottle of white, two bottles of red and a cheeky port.” Last time Nige even paid….

Corbyn: Miliband Was Brilliant, Voters Were ‘Racist’ and ‘Confused’

With Liz Kendall reaching the 35 votes needed to get on the ballot overnight, thanks to the backing of Gloria De Piero, spare a thought for Jeremy Corbyn, her leftist rival for the Labour leadership. On the eve of nominations opening, Corbyn took to Newsnight to tell Evan Davis that Ed Miliband did really well, UKIP voters are racists and Labour lost because they weren’t left-wing enough and the voters were ‘confused':

“Ed Miliband did very well on zero hour contracts, did very well on rights at work. Those issues, brilliant. The problem was underneath it was the party was offering austerity-lite underneath it.”

“UKIP is a devil-may-care vote, it’s also motivated to some extent by racism within it.”

“People were very confused to some extent at the election to what was on offer, the Labour manifesto was actually very good. I agreed with it.”

When in doubt, blame the voters. Corbyn went on to say that he had no problem with a 60% state.

Guido suspects Evan Davis was taking the p*ss with his “under a Corbyn government…” gag.

UKIP Closing Down Sale

They turned down the Short money and Dirty Desmond’s cash has been spent, so how are UKIP boosting their bare coffers?

Dear Supporter

Please visit our shop website  http://store.ukip.org/ to view our comprehensive range of products. 

Many items have now been reduced in our Summer Sale, so make your purchase whilst stocks last!

‘101 Ways to Win an Election’, by LibDem blogger Mark Pack, now reduced to £5. Everything must go!

Farage Hits Back at “Westminster Bubble” Carswell

Douglas Carswell MP and Ukip leader Nigel Farage

Just when you thought the war was over, Douglas Carswell fired another rocket over the UKIP border post on Saturday:

“I think some of the tone we deployed, for example, the comments about HIV, were plain wrong. Wrong on so many levels. Not just wrong because they were electorally unhelpful, but wrong because they were wrong.”

This morning Farage himself hits back at “many in the Westminster bubble” who criticised the comments:

“Though many in the Westminster bubble were outraged by my comments about the impact of Health Tourism, and appalled that I mentioned those with HIV as part of that problem, what was clear was that the general public did not share that outrage.”

Seems UKIP now consider their only MP a member of the Westminster bubble…

President Incriminates Himself on Hidden Tape

Oh dear, things are going from bad to worse for President Harris-Quinney. Now a Tory councillor, despite being booted out of the party, he has been secretly recorded bashing the gays on a visit to the Kremlin of all places. Pink News have the tape:

“I am pleased to say that from a climate of fear that had been created by the LGBT lobby, as a necessity of support for same-sex marriage, we successfully ensured that a majority of Conservative Members of Parliament did not vote for same-sex marriage, and the Conservative Prime Minister was forced to endure the indignity of passing same-sex marriage only with the support of opposition parties.”

CCHQ are having their revenge after Harris Quinney’s ‘vote UKIP’ election stunt:

“Ben Harris-Quinney is a homophobe and a menace. This sort of vile politics has no place in modern Britain. He is not even a member of the Conservative Party, and he should be sacked as a Conservative Councillor immediately.”

Ouch…

Carswell: It Was Ugly

Cross Party Support for Carswell

Former Tory colleagues have come out to slam the mob who had it in for Carswell yesterday:

Silence from the left, so far…

UPDATE: Carswell talks to Iain Dale about the incident.

Carswell Escorted Away From Protest By Police For His Own Safety

Neo-Guido can report from the scene of the anti-cuts protest in Westminster, where Douglas Carswell had to be saved from the mob by the police:

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Sacked Suzanne Evans: UKIP Blood-Letting “A Coincidence”

“There has been no purge,” sacked Suzanne Evans told Victoria Derbyshire this morning, insisting it is “a coincidence” that she, Patrick O’Flynn and Gobby have all since lost their jobs. Apparently we shouldn’t believe the “hostile media agenda” and “the […]

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UKIP’s Steven Woolfe Squares Up to Jean-Marie Le Pen Entourage

This is the moment UKIP’s Steven Woolfe was involved in a tense stand-off with French far right politician Jean-Marie Le Pen:

Woolfe appeared to say “out the way” as he walked straight through Le Pen’s interview, sparking an angry reaction […]

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Suzanne Evans Loses Policy Role

As Guido revealed earlier, Suzanne Evans is leaving her job as UKIP policy chief. She says in a statement tonight:

It has been a great privilege to work with UKIP for the past four months to produce the

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