Oxfam Go Full Corbynista

Have Oxfam been taken over by Momentum? The charity has tweeted this afternoon that “At the moment we have an extreme form of capitalism that only works for those at the top”. They go on to call for a state-run economy, and even borrow Jeremy Corbyn’s catchphrase: “We are calling for governments to manage our economies so that they work for everyone and not just the fortunate few”. In the real world capitalism has lifted millions out of extreme poverty…

We shouldn’t really be surprised that Oxfam are run by a bunch of pinkos more interested in making loony political points than actually helping people – just read their 2010 blog post praising Venezuela as a “success story”. Of course “extreme capitalism” is certainly working for Oxfam’s chief exec, who is paid £129,000-a-year. Sad that a once respected charity has been reduced to Corbynista Twitter campaigning…

Henry Bolton: I’m Not Resigning

Henry Bolton is not resigning as UKIP leader. Here’s his statement:

“I advised the NEC during our meeting not to expose the Party to the financial and political cost of pursuing that course of action, including the political cost of possibly yet another leadership contest. 

“I urged the NEC instead to focus on the unity and cohesion of the Party and on the need to concentrate on such matters as the local government election campaign and the necessity of mobilising our efforts to ensure the government delivers true independence in all areas of government and administration when we leave the European Union.

“I respect the next steps in the constitutional process and will therefore not be resigning as Party leader. I repeat I shall not be resigning as Party leader.

“Instead, during the next four weeks I shall be calling for the coordination and mobilisation of all Leave campaigns, to ensure that the government delivers full independence from the European Union in all areas of government and administration and I shall be calling for the Party itself to mobilise to support this agenda. 

“This is the most pressing matter facing our country and I am determined not to allow the NEC to distract the Party away from participating forcefully in the Independence debate. Without reflecting at all on its individual members, the NEC, as presently constituted, is unfit for purpose and has severely handicapped the Party’s progress and political delivery for some years, as all recent UKIP leaders will attest. It has not only lost the confidence of me as the Party leader in its ability to act objectively as the Party’s governing body, it has also lost the confidence of a large proportion of the membership. 

“The NEC requires significant and urgent reform. To that end, again during the coming weeks, I shall be proposing a new Party constitution, with a newly constituted and reformed NEC. Likewise, it is now time to put an end to the factional in-fighting within the Party and to remove those who have been a part of that.”

The saga continues…

New Tory PPS List in Full

Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury and Minister for the Civil Service
Rt Hon Theresa May MP – George Hollingbery MP and Seema Kennedy MP

HM Treasury
Chancellor of the Exchequer – Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP – Kwasi Kwarteng MP
Ministerial team – Scott Mann MP

Home Office
Secretary of State for the Home Department and Minister for Women and Equalities – Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP – Ed Argar MP
Minister of State – Rt Hon Caroline Nokes MP – David Morris MP

Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs – Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP – Conor Burns MP
Ministerial team – Robert Courts MP

Ministry of Defence
Secretary of State for Defence – Rt Hon Gavin Williamson MP – Will Quince MP
Ministerial team – Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP and Jack Lopresti MP

Ministry of Justice
Lord Chancellor, and Secretary of State for Justice – Rt Hon David Gauke MP – Peter Heaton Jones MP
Ministerial team – Julian Knight MP

Department for Education
Secretary of State for Education– Rt Damian Hinds MP – Simon Hoare MP
Ministerial team – Alex Chalk MP and David Warbuton MP

Department for Exiting the European Union
Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union – Rt Hon David Davis MP – Gareth Johnson MP and Jeremy Quin MP

Department for International Trade
Secretary of State for International Trade, and President of the Board of Trade – Rt Hon Liam Fox MP – Tom Pursglove MP
Ministerial team – Mike Wood MP

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy – Rt Hon Greg Clark MP – Alan Mak MP
Ministerial team – Mary Robinson MP

Department of Health and Social Care
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care – Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP – James Cartlidge MP
Ministerial team – Maggie Throup MP

Department for Work and Pensions
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions – Esther McVey MP – Huw Merriman MP
Ministerial team – Ranil Jayawardena MP

Department for Transport
Secretary of State for Transport – Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP – James Heappey MP
Ministerial team – Chris Green MP

Department for Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government
Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government – Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP – Chris Philp MP

Office of the Leader of the House of Commons
Lord President of the Council, and Leader of the House of Commons – Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom MP – Victoria Prentis MP

Office of the Leader of the House of Lords
Lord Privy Seal, and Leader of the House of Lords – Rt Hon Baroness Evans of Bowes Park – Luke Hall MP

Scotland Office
Secretary of State for Scotland – Rt Hon David Mundell MP – Alberto Costa MP

Wales Office
Secretary of State for Wales – Rt Hon Alun Cairns MP – Glyn Davies MP
Ministerial team – Chris Davies MP

Northern Ireland Office
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland – Rt Hon Karen Bradley MP – Matt Warman MP

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs – Rt Hon Michael Gove MP – Kevin Hollinrake MP
Ministerial team – Rebecca Pow MP

Department for International Development
Secretary of State for International Development – Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt MP – Michael Tomlinson MP
Ministerial team –Craig Tracey MP

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport – Rt Matt Hancock MP – Nigel Huddleston MP

Cabinet Office
Minister for the Cabinet Office – Rt Hon David Lidington MP – Kevin Foster MP

Attorney General’s Office
Attorney General – Rt Hon Jeremy Wright QC MP – Michelle Donelan MP

Minister without Portfolio
Minister without portfolio and Conservative Party Chairman – Rt Hon Brandon Lewis MP – Helen Whately MP

Galloway Backs Evolve Politics Editor’s Parliament Bid

George Galloway is backing the ‘senior editor’ of pro-Corbyn fan site Evolve Politics to run for parliament. Labour sources say Corbynista Twitter activist and Evolve blogger Matt Turner is sniffing around for a seat and is expected to stand at the next election, one of many Corbyn Twitter outriders considering a tilt in 2022. You can read what Matt and his comrades are like in their own words here.

Turner recently appeared on Galloway’s Russia Today programme and was backed to run:

“Just in time for you to enter the House of Commons – there’s a prediction for you.”

Turner replied: “precisely”Neighbouring candidates?

UPDATE: Turner gets in touch to say: “No idea what I’ll be doing in four months let alone four years”. Classic non-denial denial…

Labour Trans Activists Circulate Radical Feminist Hit List

Meanwhile over at the Labour Party, transgender activists are involved in a bitter dispute with radical feminists over whether trans candidates should be allowed on all-women shortlists. A spreadsheet is being circulated with the names and details of a number of female Labour feminists. They are being targeted by the Labour Against Transphobia group, who accuse the women of trying to block them from AWS. The hit list of Labour women includes details of their CLPs – it has been described to Guido by one feminist as a “Stalinist” attempt to “doxx” them, i.e. publish their names and locations so they can be targeted by the trans side. The feminist wing are accusing leading trans activist Lily Madigan, whose attempts to run for parliament have been backed by Owen Jones, of being involved in the spreadsheet, though she denies it. Good to know Labour are focusing on what everyone’s talking about down the Dog and Duck…

UKIP Resignations Rolling Live Blog

Today

Work and Pensions spokesman David Sprason

London spokesman Peter Whittle

Education spokesman David Kurten

Local government spokesman Tim Aker

Assistant deputy leader Mike Hookem

Trade spokesman William Dartmouth

Deputy leader Margot Parker

5 councillors in Hartlepool

Yesterday

Immigration spokesman John Bickley

Brexit spokesman Gerard Batten

London controller Peter Harris

Last week

Culture spokesman David Meacock

MEP Jonathan Arnott

Bolton’s former press officer Susie Govett

Disabilities spokesman Star Anderton

Bolton is currently holed up in a hotel in Folkestone, with a statement promised by 4pm…

“Dull, Dull, Dull” – More Tories Bemoan No.10’s Lack of Ideas

Nick Boles’ tweet about Theresa May’s “timidity and lack of ambition” has resonated with both Leave and Remain Tory MPs and right-leaning publications. Nicholas Soames is the latest to come out and call the government’s policy programme “dull dull dull”:

This isn’t just awkward Sarah Wollaston types or long-standing Remainers and May critics like Ed Vaizey. The lack of ideas and ambition in Number 10 has been the main concern of large numbers of MPs since the election, echoed even by May’s former chief of staff Nick Timothy. MPs have been sending each other Juliet Samuel’s coruscating critique of the government in the Telegraph this morning – it’s hard to argue with her:

“Talk to people at any level of the Conservative Party. You can ask MPs, council leaders, party officials, local associations and you get the same description. There’s no direction. Nothing is happening. The operation is headless, clueless. What’s the public evidence of this? Well, just consider the terrible wounds inflicted on this Government with growing frequency. Many of them aren’t its fault when they first emerge, yet somehow, they “become” its fault.”

They agree over at ConservativeHome, where Paul Goodman pleads this morning for some direction and fresh ideas:

“Why should she not deliver a series of speeches, over the next year, to set out why, in her view, the social market, as Keith Joseph put it, works better than the socialist state?… There’s much that the Government could do without proposing new laws that Parliament would vote down.  On the NHS and social care, it could set up a Royal Commission… On schools, it could lift the cap requirement on new faith schools… On skills, it could advance Boles’ plan for new two year technical diplomas… On housing, it could free up more state-owned land… On ownership, it could have a look at Michael Fallon’s ideas, including tax breaks for companies that offer free shares to employees…”

Instead Gavin Barwell has reportedly once again shot down the hugely popular Vote Leave policy of spending the Brexit dividend on the NHS, to the outcry of colleagues like Rob Halfon. The unrest over the lack of policies has been bubbling away for months, it is starting to come out into the open…

Shadow Defence Secretary Fails Seven Times to Remember Cost of Trident

Labour are going big on defence cuts today, so Nick Ferrari’s interview with Shadow Defence Secretary Nia Griffith would not have been complete without him doing her over on the detail. Seven times Griffith couldn’t answer on the cost of Trident. Nia joins Diane and Natalie Bennett on the list of those undone by Ferrari’s textbook technique… never gets old.

Ed Balls Parties With Trumpettes at Mar-a-Lago

Pictured at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort yesterday… Ed Balls. The former Shadow Chancellor was partying with socialite Toni Holt Kramer, the founder of “Trumpettes USA”, and Tina Hillstrom, an actress who is part of the “Real Women for Trump” campaign, and who Ed follows on Twitter. Toni and Tina spent the weekend at Mar-a-Lago celebrating Trump’s one year anniversary as President. Ed looking almost as orange as the Donald…

UKIP Members Set to Force Bolton Out If He Refuses to Go

The latest on the UKIP saga this morning: deputy leader Margot Parker has resigned in protest at Henry Bolton’s continued leadership, telling the BBC: “It would be quicker and cleaner if he came to the conclusion he could go sooner rather than later”. Immigration spokesman John Bickley and Brexit spokesman Gerard Batten have also quit – Guido is told there are more resignations to come today. So, what next?

If it becomes impossible for Bolton to appoint replacements, he may finally decide to fall on his sword. If he decides to tough it out Corbyn coup-style he faces an Extraordinary General Meeting within 28 days, where UKIP members will be invited to attend and vote to ratify the NEC’s no confidence vote. The full membership of the party will be invited and all members present get a vote – “It will be a total sh*t show”, says a UKIP source. If the NEC decision is ratified Bolton has to go, if the members back Bolton the entire NEC has to go. Wise party hands do not expect Bolton to survive if it comes to a vote. It’s a matter of time now…

Rich’s Monday Morning View

83% Think UKIP’s Finished

Guido’s readership has over the years been sympathetic to the UKIP cause. Today our poll of 2,306 readers found 83% thought it was time to wind the party up:

Not a scientific poll methodology, with support for UKIP continuing at 17% probably much higher than it is with the general public. Apart from leadership problems, is UKIP really still viable as a national force? The local elections will probably be terminal…

Bolton Loses UKIP NEC No Confidence Vote – Unanimously

UKIP’s NEC has passed a motion of no confidence in troubled leader Henry Bolton. The vote was carried unanimously, with the exception of Bolton himself. He will now be under huge pressure to resign. Party members will decide whether or not to back the no confidence vote at a meeting which must take place within 28 days. Surely Bolton will walk before then…

McDonnell: I’m Not Sorry for “Lynch” Esther Comments – But Don’t Play Tape Back To Me

John McDonnell has again refused to apologise for calling Esther McVey a “stain on humanity” and repeating that she should be “lynched”. The Shadow Chancellor was asked to apologise to McVey on Marr this morning but refused – worth remembering he also refused to at the time, contrary to his defence this morning. Marr threatened to play back the audio. A guilty McDonnell replied:

“No we don’t need to, I know exactly what was on it.”

Bewilderingly, McDonnell was then let off the hook – the audio was not played.

Here it is:

Hard man McDonnell can dish it out but can’t take it…

Macron: French “Probably” Would Have Voted to Leave EU

French President Emmanuel Macron admits the French people would “probably” have voted to leave the European Union had they been allowed a referendum. #DespiteFrexit…

Bolton: I Won’t Quit, UKIP Can’t Pay for Leadership Contest

Embattled UKIP leader Henry Bolton says he won’t quit over the Jo Marney affair. Speaking on Peston, he revealed a leadership contest would not be “financially viable” for the party. Bolton warned UKIP’s NEC against passing a motion of no confidence in him:

“If the NEC goes down the road of months of infighting… then the reality is the party is probably over.”

Crunch meeting later today…

Truss: We Can’t Undo Worboys Decision

Saturday 7-Up

This week 171,420 visitors visited 561,888 times viewing 886,114 pages. The top stories in order of popularity were:

You’re either in front of Guido, or behind…

Is UKIP Finally Finished?

MEPs resigning the whip, councillors going independent, membership despairing and disappearing – this weekend could be the end of UKIP. The UKIP NEC is meeting to decide the fate of their beleagured leader Henry Bolton. He is appearing on Peston for a potentially last interview as leader on Sunday…

UKIP have been counted out many times without being knocked-out. Is this the final count for the single issue party soon to be without an issue?

Greenpeace Still Making Fake Wind Claims

Eco-warriors at Greenpeace are still claiming wind energy prices have fallen by 50% despite promising the Advertising Standards Authority they would no longer do so. The pressure group was involved in a major green lobby ad campaign promoting wind power fronted by actors Peter Capaldi and Emma Thompson.[…] Read the rest

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