Political publishers Dods – owned by Lord Ashcroft – are suffering a maggot infestation. Must be a metaphor in this story somewhere…
When parliament’s Lego Lord Nelson went missing from the top of his model column, Guido immediately launched an investigation to solve the mystery. Today, we can report that Nelson has been restored to his rightful place.
A senior parliamentary source said:
“Thankfully a Tory staffer has replaced the stolen Nelson in a patriotic act of goodwill. Efforts will be made to observe this Nelson to ensure he doesn’t go walkabouts again. Justice.”
Parliament Week saved…
Nasreen Khan resigned from the Labour Party last night ahead of a meeting to probe her anti-Semitic social media posts. Bradford Labour sources tell Guido she tendered her resignation a few hours before the showdown, allowing the party to get away without kicking her off the shortlist or imposing any sanctions. Members are asking why she wasn’t kicked out…
“It’s a mess. Nasreen’s comments were common knowledge in Bradford from the beginning. She never should have been on the shortlist and it’s a disgrace she was allowed to resign rather than being kicked out.”
Khan, a former Respect member, is regarded as a top local Corbynista, having previously campaigned for Corbyn-backing Salma Yaqoob. No wonder she wasn’t suspended…
The LibDems’ youth wing has condemned Vince Cable’s defence of Lord Rennard yesterday. Cable told the BBC he didn’t regret having the pervy peer help out on his campaign and rather unwisely told LibDem women to “move on”. Unsurprisingly that has gone down like a cup of sick with the Young Liberals:
“We at Young Liberals are disappointed to hear Vince Cable defending Lord Rennard’s involvement during his election campaign this year. Alistair Webster QC, who conducted an earlier investigation into the Rennard allegations on behalf of the party, made a statement saying “let me be clear from the outset that the evidence suggests that Lord Rennard’s behaviour has caused distress to a number of women, so much so that they came forward several years after the event in question”.
As part of Young Liberals Policy, Lord Rennard is banned from attending all Young Liberals events, and our members can refuse to work with him without fear of disciplinary action.”
LibDem insiders say the truth is doddery Cable is totally out of touch with the modern world on sexual harassment and doesn’t understand why LibDem women have a problem with Rennard. They say Vince has to be strong-armed into making any critical noises about Rennard and had to be talked down from giving him an official job. LibDems have been depressed by Cable’s tin ear on this issue…
All that talk of a ‘Brexodus’ of EU citizens following the Leave vote was bogus admits The Times, which informs us on its front page today:
“The number of EU citizens working in Britain rose to a record high in the year after the Brexit referendum, official figures revealed yesterday. Despite fears of a so-called Brexodus, 2.37 million migrants from EU states were employed between July and September, an increase of 112,000 on the same period last year.”
The Times of course say this is “despite Brexit”…
Not only that, but the number of EU citizens employed in the UK has risen every quarter this year. The Remain press’ shameless fear-mongering will have made EU citizens living in Britain uncomfortable. The good news is they didn’t buy into the Remainers’ view that they aren’t welcome in Brexit Britain.
Meanwhile, in other Despite Brexit-ry, billionaire businessman and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg gave a resounding vote of confidence in London, saying the city is set to continue as the financial heart of Europe:
“[London will] be the financial centre of Europe for the foreseeable future. It has the things the finance industry needs: it is English speaking, it is family-friendly, it has a lot of cultures so you can attract those people here. It is a city with the best transportation and communication and scale and it is already here, so it’s hard to see that going away.”
Naturally, this was written up by the Independent: “Michael Bloomberg says London will remain Europe’s financial capital despite Brexit.” Some classics of the genre this week…
John McDonnell has changed his tune from Labour conference, when he said
“What happens if there is a run on the pound? What happens if there’s capital flight? I don’t think there will, but you never know, so we’ve got the scenario plan for that”
Now he insists “there’s never going to be a run on the pound” and “of course” he isn’t planning capital controls if it happens. Only a few years ago McDonnell used to openly threaten the City with capital controls if they opposed his policies. Could it be that he’s just a little more honest in a room of fellow travellers than he is addressing the nation?
UPDATE: A Guido reader reminds us that Jeremy Corbyn said:
Corbyn allies from the likes of Paul Mason to Mark Serwotka bang on about capital flight and capital controls at left wing seminars all the time. They see it as the ruling class trying to destabilise left-wing regimes – like Venezuela – rather than the middle classes trying to get their money out before the economy inevitably tanks. The Shadow Chancellor is being economical with the actualite because it has turned into an effective Tory attack line. Effective because it is true…
At Prime Minister’s Questions, at six minutes past midday, Theresa May almost began to dance. Jeremy Bernard Corbyn had just tried to catch her off-guard – rather like a mugger – by leading on London’s crime wave. That is, the plague of midnight stabbing and acid-ing unleashed by New Labour’s lost children. Cue Theresa: “He might not have noticed but the Police and Crime Commissioner in London is the Mayor…”
As soon as she said “mayor”, Theresa May started to flick her wrist back and forth, finger outstretched, pointing between the government and opposition benches. This is a new action in a limited repertoire of gestures, a far cry from the ‘nothing has changed maniacal double-hand wave’. Turning side on, she paused, then said: “is he one of ours or one of yours?”
Unusually, her backbenchers roared with glee. Damian Green raised a smile wider than a pornstar’s legs. And then it really started to happen. Riding the crest of the wave, as stand-up comics call it, Theresa May herself smiled and said: “perhaps the leader of the Labour Party thinks the mayor’s not Labour enough for him.”
Had her Strepsils been swapped for some banned performance enhancing drug? How long could this near-symphonic high last for the Prime Minister? She had succeed in delighting the House more with this attacking first answer than she has at any parliamentary appearance since the election. Put more of this in her Benylin!
Emma Dent Coad once wrote that David Cameron had a spray tan to make himself less “pale“, and that after seeing his new tanned skin his “homies” should tell him: “enuf of the fake bake blud”. Dent Coad wrote the bizarre comments on her blog, going on to write “LOL” and admit that her words were “a little flippant”.
Curious language in the context of some of her other comments…
State-backed press regulator Impress is currently investigating The Canary for spreading fake news about the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg. Given they are endorsed by the government, surely we can trust Impress to carry out a fair and proper probe, right? Or not. It turns out two members of Impress‘ board have shared tweets from loony Corbynista accounts trolling Laura K. Press Gazette has found Impress board member Maire Davies sharing crackpot tweets calling Kuenssberg the BBC’s “chief propagandist”:
While fellow Impress board member Emma Jones tweeted out a far-left Counterfire article ranting about Laura’s supposed bias, and another cartoon with her wearing a “Vote Tory” sign.
Impress is the state-endorsed regulator backed by the government. Time and time again it has been revealed as a sham organisation made up of press-hating, party political cranks and oddballs. Total joke that the Tories haven’t done anything about this.
— Daily&SundayPolitics (@daily_politics) November 15, 2017
Shadow minister Jenny Chapman has condemned Emma Dent Coad’s comments as racist and “shocking” and admitted “I don’t know” why Labour hasn’t suspended the whip. Pretty clear from this interview that Chapman thinks Dent Coad should go. Jezza still refusing to take any action whatsoever…
Oral Questions to the Prime Minister
Q1 Tom Tugendhat (Tonbridge and Malling) If she will list her official engagements for Wednesday 15 November.
Q2 Mark Pawsey (Rugby)
Q3 Drew Hendry (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey)
Q4 Carolyn Harris (Swansea East)
Q5 Oliver Dowden (Hertsmere)
Q6 Michael Tomlinson (Mid Dorset and North Poole)
Q7 Nigel Mills (Amber Valley)
Q8 Stephen Gethins (North East Fife)
Q9 Michelle Donelan (Chippenham)
Q10 Mary Creagh (Wakefield)
Q11 Ms Marie Rimmer (St Helens South and Whiston)
Q12 Kit Malthouse (North West Hampshire)
Q13 Stephen Lloyd (Eastbourne)
Q14 Paul Masterton (East Renfrewshire)
Q15 Tracy Brabin (Batley and Spen)
Vince Cable has told BBC 5 Live’s Emma Barnett that he does not regret having Lord Rennard help out on his campaign in Twickenham in June. Confronted with Guido’s story that Rennard was in Vince’s campaign office on polling day, went leafleting outside Twickenham station and posed for photos with Cable and his constituents, Cable admitted:
“He did come as a volunteer. I had hundreds of volunteers. He’s a party member; he came along and did some canvassing and supported us, as he did with other MPs and candidates. I don’t regret he came as a volunteer. The position is, he’s an ordinary party member, he comes and helps and knocks on doors like hundreds of other people, and he came and supported my campaign.”
Cable also backed Rennard’s continuing LibDem membership, saying the party should “move on”:
“He clearly is the focus of a great deal of critical comment. I want the party to move on… I don’t want every conversation to go back to what happened 10 years ago with him. His position is not a comfortable one, but he is still a party member and I think that’s where it should rest.”
Not sure LibDem women will be particularly impressed at being told to “move on”…
BBC News is covering itself in glory with its coverage of events in Zimbabwe this morning, quoting a Zanu PF parody account as a genuine source. The BBC’s Twitter accounts, live blog and even the Today programme are taking posts on the blatantly obvious @Zanu_PF parody feed as official updates. If anyone at the Beeb still isn’t sure, in the past the account has been used to joke about hipsters, porn and McDonald’s…
It is hard to exaggerate how annoyed senior Brexiters are by today’s Telegraph front page, which splashes on the faces of 15 Tory MPs and dubs them “the Brexit mutineers”. Prominent Leavers are tearing their hair out at how politically stupid this is and are at pains to make clear it doesn’t represent their views. It’s one thing taking apart Dominic Grieve’s arguments, but monstering 15 Remainers like this very obviously risks hardening their stance. Indeed the likes of Anna Soubry are already using it to rile up other Remain MPs. Brexit minister Steve Baker has tried to calm things by distancing Leavers from the Telegraph splash:
I regret any media attempts to divide our party. My Parliamentary colleagues have sincere suggestions to improve the Bill which we are working through and I respect them for that. https://t.co/t6r4ojKPbd
— Steve Baker MP (@SteveBakerHW) November 14, 2017
Brexiter Dominic Raab, who spoke for the government during last night’s debate, has also slapped down the front page:
I agree. Colleagues today were reasonable and constructive. We are working together to get this important legislation right. https://t.co/LUgfS3lRjB
— Dominic Raab (@DominicRaab) November 14, 2017
Given the lack of political direction at the Telegraph it is likely they just have no idea what they are doing. Slightly maddening for this supposedly Brexit-backing paper to be helping Remain ultras like this…
Daniel Korski always had a hands on attitude to the creative industries when he was a Downing Street adviser. He was made a Commander of the British Empire by David Cameron for his service from 2010 to 2016. That is all.
The bookies’ white-coats include a stable of academics from Nottingham Trent University (NTU). Professor Mark Griffiths’ most embarrassing work was a whitewash report on bookies’ player protection commissioned by the Association of British Bookmakers (ABB).
Mark’s former students include Adrian Parke, Jonathan Parke and Jayne Rigbye. Jonathan has been trying to move the agenda away from £100 a spin machines and onto machines already capped at £2 a spin.
When at the bookie funded Responsible Gambling Trust (RGT now GambleAware) he commissioned his brother Adrian. The bookies would not give Adrian a real FOBT, so he conducted a video simulation of roulette.
When this concluded that higher stakes impact decision-making ability he claimed the experiment needed to be done on a real FOBT. When Jonathan resigned as director of commissioning, his partner Jayne took over.
Professor Leighton Vaughan Williams has argued that reducing the maximum stake on FOBTs wouldn’t reduce harm. He bills himself as a “government advisor” on gambling, but is Director of the “Betting Research Unit” at NTU.
Gala Coral, now Ladbrokes was based in Nottingham. John Kelly, Chair of Ladbrokes was also a “government advisor” on a group with Leighton before the 2005 Gambling Act. Neil Goulden, ex-Chair of Gala, was ABB Chair when Mark did his report and also RGT Chair hiring Mark’s people.
Has NTU ever had any “anonymous” donations? Providing intellectual cover for the rich to keep on robbing the poor…. Robin Hood would be spinning in his forest!
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Not sure what was going through Emma Dent Coad’s mind when she decided it would be a good idea to draw a man being hanged from the tree on the Tory Party logo. Dent Coad posted the image on her blog, explaining she was setting up a Facebook group to find a “new Tory logo” and this was her submission. Neither Dent Coad nor Labour want to comment. She’s gone full Jared…
UPDATE: Tory MP Kemi Badenoch responds: “Words fail me. Just been to her site to see it for myself. It actually looks like a black conservative hanging from a tree. Whether or not she meant that, its not behaviour becoming of an MP.”
Women2Win’s Resham Kotecha: “I don’t understand how anyone can say this woman should have the privilege of sitting in our Parliament. Disgusting. Really sad that so many on the left continue to defend Emma Dent Coat. Labour, have some integrity- condemn her & remove the whip.”
Tory MPs Kemi Badenoch and James Cleverly have written to Jeremy Corbyn calling on him to investigate Emma Dent Coad and withdraw the whip:
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