Owen, Piers, Guido Three-Way

Owen Jones was pontificating on Paperchase and the decline of the right-wing press. Piers Morgan got involved and so did Media Guido:

Guardianistas should be more worried about getting eclipsed by the likes of The Canary

EU Game Teaches Kids to “Collect More Taxes”

Your dose of Brussels insanity arrives in a rare form today: an online game teaching children “to collect more taxes”‘Taxlandia’, a simulation game released by the EU Commission’s Department for Taxation and the Customs Union, bears the motto “tax builds my future”. And they wonder why Britain left…

Here’s the spiel:

“Enjoy our educational simulation game that explains and promotes tax education! You are now in Taxlandia, a tiny European state with gorgeous mountains and clear blue lakes. A popular tourist destination when the economy was booming and a country with minimal taxes, Taxlandia faces now an unprecedented crisis. A lot of companies moved their headquarters, tourism decreased. Last year the authorities admitted that it was time to increase taxes. Soon, an unofficial “tax rebellion” started. And now YOU have been appointed the new Prime Minister of Taxlandia! You have to start collecting more taxes, build the new infrastructure, and ensure further development of the country. Good luck!”

The game’s designers boast that this waste of taxpayers’ money can “be used in class” to brainwash children. Meanwhile back in the virtual reality that is the EU, Irlandia is being bullied by the European Commission into raising business taxes… 

H/T Andy Silvester

Kezia: I’m A Hypocrite, Get Me Out of Here

Check out this tweet from jungle-bound Kezia Dugdale, having a dig at Nadine Dorries for appearing on I’m a Celeb back in 2012. Hasn’t aged well...

As Kezia touched down in Oz, new Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard said the party needed to “have a discussion” when she gets back about her decision to appear on the programme. Sounds like Leonard wants action. How daft of her to serve him up a reason on a plate…

Siemens to Cut European jobs, Expand in UK

Siemens, the most blue-chip of German manufacturers, is cutting some 3,000 jobs in Germany, over 1,000 across Europe and nearly 2,000 in the US. At the same time, despite the company campaigning vociferously against Brexit and threatening to with withdraw future investment, it is now investing €39 million to expand its largest UK plant in Lincoln which employs 1,500 people… 

DD Meets Cliff Edge

Ed Miliband eat your heart out…

Momentum Plot to Treble Council Tax For 15,000 Households in Bristol

What does Corbynism mean in reality? Momentum supporters on Bristol council are plotting to treble council tax for over 15,000 households. The Bristol Post reports the Labour council there has a projected deficit of £108 million, and Momentum’s plan to balance the books is a 200% council tax rise for the most valuable 8% of properties. The remaining 92% of households would see an inflation-busting council tax increase of up to 5%.

Guido is told that this would be illegal under local government finance rules. With the return of loony lefty councils you can be sure of one thing: “Vote Labour, get higher taxes…”

75% of European Medicines Agency Staff Want to Stay in London

Predictable howls from Remain ultras that the European Medicines Agency relocating back to the EU somehow proves Britain is a diminishing power. The EMA is a European Union agency. It helps authorise the sale of drugs across the EU’s single market. We are leaving the EU and the single market. Would be pretty odd for the EMA to still be based here…

What of the brain drain of top scientists that Remainers are promising? In the real world, a poll of the EMA’s 890 workers found that 75% of them want to stay in London. An obvious opportunity for the UK to poach the boffins who would rather live here than in Holland. Everyone needs to calm down.

Newsnight’s Royal Farce

Oops. A programme to forget last night from editor-less Newsnight, which marked the 70th wedding anniversary of HM Queen and Prince Philip by getting the date of their wedding wrong. The error was spotted by eagle-eyed Times man Patrick Kidd, the piece was premised on the Queen marrying in 1937 and its similarities to today – Tory PM in trouble, conflict in Spain.

The Queen was 11 years-old in 1937…

MPs’ Security Costs Rise 1395%

Since the murder of Jo Cox security concerns have seen IPSA authorisations of security spending rise 1395%. IPSA has made it easier for MPs to get expenses, such as reinforced windows and bomb-proof letter boxes, signed off. IPSA says

 A standard package of measures is available to all MPs that has been recommended by security advisers and the Police. MPs may also claim for enhanced measures that go above and beyond these, upon recommendation by the Police.

Westminster is spending millions more on measures which further harden security, Parliament Square’s temporary barriers are becoming better disguised as permanent architecture that blends in with the surroundings. Whitehall has a truck wall made of steel covered in what looks like Portland Stone running from the Treasury past Downing Street to the Foreign Office. Better looking than Kabul’s concrete blocks even if they perform the same function…

Just 12% of MPs Vote to Stay In Customs Union

A mere 76 MPs – just 12% of the Commons – voted for Ian Murray’s amendment last night to keep open the option of staying in the customs union. 311 voted against. Corbyn whipped Labour MPs not to back the amendment. Staying in the customs union is not Brexit, it’s good to see an overwhelming Commons majority now agrees. Remainers are forever demanding parliament has its say – well parliament has spoken…

Helle Thorning Schmidt Schools Stephen Kinnock

Clip from election night from the BBC. No mystery as to who is the pro here…

New Scottish Labour Leader: “I Support England”

Not going to go down well…

Majority Think Legal Porn on Work PC “Career Ending”

Interesting numbers out from ICM on the public’s attitude towards the nefarious activities of MPs. 54% think having legal porn on a work PC should be “career ending”. The vast majority say it is “unacceptable”. Some interesting polling for Sue Gray’s inquiry…

City Moved on Passporting Months Ago Despite Remain Press Hype

The Remain press is going mad about Michel Barnier saying that banks in the UK will lose their financial passports. See the Indy and the Evening Standard for the usual hyped coverage. The truth is this is no surprise. The City retreated from its previous demand for an EU passport ages ago, with TheCityUK dropping passporting from its list of priorities as far back as January. The same month the International Regulatory Strategy Group, which is co-sponsored by TheCityUK and The City of London Corporation, published a report on “Alternatives to Passporting” and concluded “the focus of the Brexit negotiations should be on designing and delivering a bespoke UK-EU deal rather than reforming or adapting existing frameworks“. The City has long moved on from passporting, though still the Remain media is disingenuously throwing its toys out of the pram.

What do they think financial institutions have been doing for the past year and a half? It was obvious passporting would go, and its importance is often overstated anyway. As a spokesman for TheCityUK explains:
“For our industry, it isn’t the mechanism of the passport itself which is critical, it is the market access rights which passporting enables. That’s why we are seeking a bespoke deal which delivers the widest possible range of market access, similar or comparable to those we currently have. The best outcome will be a comprehensive and ambitious deal based on mutual regulatory recognition and cooperation. Achieving this would set a new gold standard for trade and investment agreements into the future and acknowledges the importance of services to both the UK and EU economies. Such a deal will enable the barrier-free market access that businesses and their customers and clients expect and require, keeping down costs and maximising efficiency.”

The big shift in recent months is that large banks are revising their estimated job moves downwards as they figure out ways to minimise disruption. Indeed, the Europeans are furious that banks are realising they don’t have to shift thousands, more like hundreds. Not that you’ll read that in the Indy or the Standard…

Paperchase Faces Backlash After Bowing to Anti-Press Freedom Cranks

Stationery store Paperchase is facing a backlash from angry customers after bowing to pressure from anti-press freedom cranks not to offer promotions in the Daily Mail. On Saturday Paperchase offered Mail readers two rolls of free wrapping paper. The promotion was attacked by the anti-press freedom loonies at Stop Funding Hate, a group whose stated aim is to censor or bankrupt the free press in Britain. It would not only be pathetic for Paperchase to listen to the Stop Funding Hate extremists, it would be dangerous too…

Yet today Paperchase gave in to the SFH nuts and apologised for Saturday’s promotion, promising not to advertise with the Mail again. The tweet has had over a thousand replies, with hundreds of unimpressed customers now threatening to buy their cards in Clintons in protest at Paperchase’s spinelessness.

The Saturday Daily Mail sold 1.86 million in October, making it Britain’s best selling newspaper. Stop Funding Hate’s mental Twitter trolls number a few hundred at most. Not just pathetic and dangerous from Paperchase, stupid too…

Moment Stephen Kinnock Realises Corbyn Is Staying

The moment Stephen Kinnock saw the exit poll on June 8 and realised Corbyn would be staying as Labour leader. One of many Labour MPs who had been hoping for a worse result…

New Scottish Labour Leader’s Old Boys’ Black Tie Dinner

A Corbynista victory over the weekend as lefty Richard Leonard clinched the Scottish Labour leadership over Anas Sarwar. Leonard’s brocialist credentials are as impeccable as Jezza’s – his election means that all Labour’s national parties in Wales, Scotland and the UK are led by grey, white men. Now Leonard has been elected leader, will he still have time to make it to the Old Pocklingtonian’s black-tie dinner at the Cavalry and Guards Club in Mayfair next week? It’s the annual knees-up for the Old Boys from Leonard’s £25,269 a year Pocklington School… 

Leonard will be right at home when he rings up the Leader’s office. Corbyn, Seumas Milne, James Schneider and John McDonnell all benefited from private education. For the many…

UPDATE: Friends of Richard get in touch to say he went to Pocklington School on a scholarship.

Unilever’s Remain Ultra CEO Threatens to Drop London Listing

Pro-Remain papers and Vince Cable are jumping on reports yesterday that Unilever is considering dropping its London listing and reporting only to the Amsterdam stock exchange (it is currently listed with both). It’s the latest move from Unilever’s Remain ultra CEO Paul Polman, whose previous efforts to fight Brexit include ordering his staff to vote Remain, accusing the Leave campaign of lying, demanding Theresa May seeks an even longer transition, claiming Brexit would cause job losses and even threatening 50% tariffs on ice cream. Remember, for all Unilever’s Europhilia and pro-Remain campaigning, that does not extend to their profits remaining in high-tax EU states. They book their profits in Switzerland

City figures say this is part of a wider campaign by Polman. One says:

“It looks like there’s a nasty campaign by Remainer-in-Chief and Unilever CEO Paul Polman to switch the company to exclusive Dutch listing. He is putting his politics before rational economics. This won’t go down well with shareholders, even after Unilever stitched up a cosy tax arrangement in the most recent Dutch coalition deal.”

Worth noting that none of Unilever’s 7,500 UK jobs would be affected if they drop their London listing. Still, gets a good anti-Brexit headline…

Labour Outsources Flashy New Website to Bernie’s US Consultants

Labour’s flashy new website was outsourced to an American digital firm that worked on Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign. The source code for the new site shows Labour commissioned Washington DC based Wide Eye Creative, a trendy web design and branding shop that worked for, among others, the Sanders campaign and airbnb. They designed Sanders’ campaign logo – further confirmation that Jezza fancies himself as the British Bernie. For all the Corbynistas’ boasting about how good their digital operation was, they’ve had to call in expensive American consultants to do the actual work. Not sure John McDonnell will be pleased with this sort of outsourcing either. Was there no British digital firm Labour could have hired?

Not only are Labour sending money offshore, they’re also saving themselves a VAT bill by hiring an overseas firm rather than a British one. Political campaigns can’t claim the VAT back on expenses, so by hiring an American company Labour will have saved 20% on their bill. A handy dodge…

UPDATE: A Labour spokesman said:

“Labour’s established lead in online campaigning has been cemented by our successful new website. We use world-class tools to power our campaigns, as well as developing proprietary systems in-house. In common with the Guido Fawkes site, we use WordPress, the software powering 28% of the internet. Unlike Guido Fawkes, our site is hosted in the UK.”

UPDATE: Labour gets back in touch to say the party self-charges 20% on its VAT return for the work done by Wide Eye Creative.

Hammond Re-Announces Existing Tory Housing Policy

Philip Hammond says housing is the “number one priority” for his Budget, well he’d better hope he’s got more in his locker than what was pre-briefed to the Sundays. The top line announcement of 300,000 new homes a year is already Tory policy – just last month Sajid Javid was using the same number.[…] Read the rest

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