Rich’s Monday Morning View

Arron Banks Standing in Clacton for UKIP

Campaign Report: 46 Days to Go

The UK can’t risk a coalition of chaos propping up Jeremy Corbyn.

It’s the Tories, the party of privilege, versus Labour. We are the party that is standing up to improve the lives of all.

In Vauxhall if you vote Labour you get UKIP.

Ban the burqa. St George’s Day should be a Bank Holiday.

It’s time to work together to build a better Britain – and get the Tories out.

Only the SNP stands between Scotland and unfettered Tory government.

Corbyn won’t pull the trigger on Trident or drone terrorists.

Clacton: Con 3/10, UKIP 5/2, Lab 100/1, LibDems 100/1

Rolling Average: Conservatives 44%, Labour 25%, LibDems 11%, UKIP 10%, Greens 4%

Corbyn Won’t Say If He’d Kill ISIS Leader

Here’s the headline from Marr: Corbyn won’t say if he would sanction a drone strike to kill the leader of ISIS if permission was sought by military chiefs. Jez did however clarify: “I am not a defender or supporter of ISIS in any way…”

Corbyn Suggests Labour Could Scrap Trident

Corbyn reopens the old Trident wounds, suggesting a Labour government would look again at its renewal and refusing to say if it will be in his manifesto. Paging Nia Griffith…

Nuttall: Ban the Burqa

UKIP has long abandoned any claim it had to being a libertarian party, so no surprise the burqa ban is their main set piece manifesto pledge. More curiously Nuttall refused to confirm he would even stand in the election…

Tories on 50%

David Miliband Phoning Around Veteran Labour MPs

In the last 48 hours David Miliband has privately contacted at least one veteran moderate MP to ask if they might step down and grease his path back to parliament. The impression from one very senior Labour MP is that David has decided not to return at this election. He has until noon on Sunday to put in an application for a “safe” seat…

Tories Accidentally Send Conference Call Details to Labour and LibDems

Yesterday afternoon a Google Calendar invite pinged into Tory inboxes from CCHQ’s Stephen Gilbert, outlining details of their election campaign conference calls so staff can dial in and be briefed on the plan for the day. One problem. The email arrived in the inboxes of Gilbert’s old referendum contacts book, rather than his Tory HQ contacts book. Which means the private dial in details were received by top LibDems James McGrory, James Holt, Harriet Shone, Sam Barratt and Ryan Coetzee, and Labour’s Joe Carberry, Will Straw, David Chaplin, Brian Duggan and Amy Richards. Ooooops…

From: Stephen Gilbert
Sent: 21 April 2017 14:33
To: Ameet Gill; James McGrory; Ameetpal Gill; Brian Duggan; James Holt; Craig Oliver; Harriet Shone; Craig Oliver; Stuart Hand; Olivia Jensen; Charlotte Todman; Lucy Thomas; Guillaume Amigues; Iain Gill; Joe Carberry; Charlotte Vere; Will Straw; Kamala Mackinnon; Amy Richards; Tom Edmonds; David Chaplin; Sam Barratt; Ryan Coetzee
When: Occurs every day effective 20/04/2017 from 06:00 to 06:45

Morning Campaign meeting

Hi All, please note that the daily Morning Campaign meetings will now take place at 09.30 am every weekday…

HQ conference line

Dial-in: 020 XXXX XXXX

Participant pin: XXXXXX

The calendar invite was then cancelled. Loose lips (and email cock-ups) sink ships…

UPDATE: A Tory source gets in touch to clarify that the pin revealed in the email was an old Stronger In pin, so the CCHQ conference calls were not compromised.

Saturday 7-Up

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

Len and Seumas’ Champagne Celebration

Allies of Len McCluskey mocked Gerard Coyne and Labour Blairites earlier by claiming they would be drowning their sorrows with “Peroni and chablis”. Well, tonight Red Len is drinking champagne at a victory party with Seumas Milne and a who’s who of lefties at Boot and Flogger by London Bridge. A bar in the heart of the City, famous for serving champagne in tankards…

UPDATE: The cheapest bottle of champagne at Len’s victory party is £51. The group have got through 20+ bottles of bubbly as of 8:52pm.

Campaign Report: 48 Days to Go


We will maintain the 0.7% foreign aid commitment.

Class sizes treat children “like sardines” under the Tories.

The Tories assume a coronation, but May has every reason to be afraid of the LibDems.

We are the anti-austerity party in Scotland.

UKIP is the only party that will cut the foreign aid budget and redirect it to the NHS.

No new message today.

Theresa May would not cut the UK aid budget. But taxes could go up.

Odds (overall majority): Con 1/20, Hung Parliament 11/2, Labour 12/1, LibDem 25/1, UKIP 100/1, Green 200/1

Latest poll (YouGov/Times, 19th April): CON 48%(+4), LAB 24%(+1), LDEM 12%(nc), UKIP 7%(-3), CON lead 24

Meet Jeremy Corbyn’s Biggest Fan: A Drug-Toting, Cider-Swilling, C-Bombing Rapper

Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign is today endorsed by a drug-toting, foul-mouthed rapper once invited to represent British youths in Parliament. Guido can reveal grime artist Sonny Green – who boasts of working with Fatboy Slim, Brian May and Pete Doherty – has been inspired by Corbyn’s anti-establishment campaign message and released a song named after the leader. The lyrics for ‘Jeremy Corbyn’ are highly explicit…

“F*** OFF establishment, Theresa May you dirty c***,
“At the top these nonces run… I sit here and ramble on…
“Jeremy Corbyn’s biggest FAN… Corbyn what ya say?
“They assassinate your character, you’re smiling in their face,
“I’ve been rioting on stage, the youth will…
Britain Britannica… if you got the vision to be different your a gangster,
“Save Our NHS and invest it communal,
“Brexit’s gone beautiful, NOT – a Joke it’s NOT…
“Kill the Robot There coming for your job, they’re gonna f*** your wife with a robotic c***”

The video, shot in a graffiti-stained abandoned prison, begins with a recording of a Corbyn interview with Andrew Marr. It shows Green toting what appears to be a spliff and swilling cider from a can. It ends with him addressing Corbyn directly: “Jeremy, mate, you need a hand? Just bell me, I’m here bruv“. It is subtitled “Let’s get Jeremy in the charts”…

In 2013 the Corbynista rapper was invited to perform at the House of Commons. He said“They wanted me to represent my generation because of what I have to say. They’ve called me the ‘poet of our generation”. Green demonstrated far-left credentials when he ditched his A-Levels to join the Occupy movement, pitching a tent outside St Paul’s Cathedral. Guido’s not sure this part of Jeremy Corbyn’s anti-establishment message will play that well in middle-England swing-seats…

Hammond’s Tax Bombshell

No surprise: Hammond tells the BBC he needs “flexibility” in the manifesto, so the 2015 pledge not to raise income tax, NI or VAT looks like it’s going out of the window. Hilariously John McDonnell is now attacking the Tory tax bombshell: “You can’t trust the Tories on tax – we can expect a tax bombshell if they get re-elected.” McDonnell is attacking the Tories for raising taxes, threatening pensions and not closing the deficit quickly enough. Funny old world…

Len McCluskey Claims Victory in Unite Election

Len McCluskey has won the battle against Gerard Coyne and will remain Unite General Secretary until 2022. In a development which will dismay Labour moderates, the vote was painfully close:

Len McCluskey: 59,067
Gerard Coyne: 53,544
Ian Allinson: 17,143

Turnout in the election was a pathetic 12.2%. McCluskey with all the advantages of incumbency and having the corrupt union machine behind him didn’t even manage to get half the votes cast.

Gerard Coyne got so close to finally finishing off Red Len…

The Bookies’ QC is a Smooth Silk

Paul Darling QC, Chair of the Association of British Bloodsuckers (Bookmakers – Ed) (ABB), is so smooth that at the ABB 2017 AGM he said of betting shops: “In my view they are community hubs, they’re a key part of employment in the local communities, just as they are a place of vibrancy and an important opportunity to socialise for many customers.”

Let’s imagine for a second how else he might sell the betting shop experience in 2017 and it could go a little something like this…

“The diverse community hubs cater for East Londoners, Eastern Europeans, East Asians, East Africans and more, with 20 different languages on “self-service” betting terminals to assist with integration into gambling.

The bookies employ FOBTs, automated cash extraction machines, which avoid blowing the whistle on money launderers. Even when FOBTs get damaged, the machine health and safety repairs team soon get then up and running again so that the FOBTs never bother HR.

Customers socialising in these hubs include the homeless, the mentally ill, the addicts and the underage. Other customers help support the hubs through “charitable” cash donations to FOBTs from the drug-dealing, pimping, thieving, benefit fraud and tax evasion communities.

The colourful linguistic expressions of frustrated players as the FOBT speeds up roulette and creates the illusion of the spinning wheel and ball with addictive near misses, provides a unique electric vibrancy.   

There are so many local authorities who must be so happy that these hubs are clustered together. The proposal by them under the Sustainable Communities Act must surely be for a £2 minimum stake per spin on FOBTs, rather than a £2 maximum?”

Of course, 100 local authorities want the stake reduced from £100 to £2 for a reason!

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Friday Caption Contest (Um-Gunna Dab Edition)

This prize for the best quip is a copy of Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist by Kate Raworth

Entries in the comments…

Tulip Flip Flop

Kilburn MP Tulip Siddiq’s flip flopping on Jeremy Corbyn really does stretch the realms of credibility. First Tulip nominated him for leader. Then she slagged him off in her local paper and voted for Owen Smith. Then she accepted a job on Corbyn’s frontbench and posed smiling in pictures with her new boss. Then she resigned. Now she is sharing tweets about “What should you do if you support Labour but can’t stand Jeremy Corbyn”. Make your mind up Tulip… 

Simon Danczuk’s Seat Not Open for Selection

Labour’s list of vacant seats – inviting applications from potential candidates – has just been published. Rochdale is not on the list. Incumbent Simon Danczuk – suspended from the Labour party for sexting – yesterday signed a form to put himself forward to stand again for Labour. Simon Danczuk rides again, so to speak…

Another No.10 Spinner Quits

Theresa May’s press secretary Lizzie Loudon (above right) is leaving government, the second departure from the PM’s spin team this week after she lost her Director of Communications Katie Perrior (above left) as well. Lizzie was on the Vote Leave campaign and widely respected in the Lobby.[…] Read the rest

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