Gandhi Not Woke Enough For Manchester Students

Students from Manchester University are campaigning to tear down a statue of Mahatma Gandhi in a bizarre but logical progression of the ongoing university trend of holding historical figures to modern moral standards. In a campaign self-styled as #GandhiMustFall, students – led by Manchester sabbatical officer Sara Khan – have highlighted problematic opinions that the Indian freedom-fighter held – claiming the Indian race was genetically superior to Africans. The students claim in an open letter that Manchester must “stand in solidarity with Manchester’s Black and Kashmiri communities” and tear down this ‘colonist’ statue…

This anti-Gandhi campaign (no doubt inspired by anti-Indian sentiment in the modern left over Kashmir) has been started in response to the imminent unveiling of a statue of the peace and liberation symbol, donated to the city of Manchester by the Shrimad Rajchandra Mission Dharampur from Gandhi’s homeland, following the Manchester Arena terror attack in 2017, which killed 22 people.

This is the sort of campaign satirists could have started to highlight the silliness of #xMustFall movements. Guido expects they will be coming for alleged serially unfaithful philanderer, and accomplice to sexual assault, Martin Luther King next. Lefty Manchester students have done more than anyone to show how ridiculous the whole history-revisionism affair is…

Adonis Fails to Make Labour Selection List for Vauxhall

The New Statesman is reporting that after spending a lot of time on the streets campaigning and putting out a few high-production campaign videos, Andrew Adonis has failed to make Labour’s long list for the Vauxhall seat. Failed to become an MEP, failed to become and MP and failing to reverse Brexit. Perhaps the unelected Lords is his best hope after all…

Lobbyists Increasingly Leaning Lib Dem

A study of 159 public affairs professionals carried out by Opinium for PR Week and the PRCA reveals that senior lobbyists are mostly white, male, London-based and right-leaning. Shocker!

The slightly more surprising finding is that the industry that was once dominated by sharp-suited Blairites is now drifting towards the LibDems. They’re the preferred choice of floating voter lobbyists, and second only to Tory lobbyists among committed partisans. As is now fashionable, the overpaid lobbyists (on an average pay of £57,500) are victims too, with a fifth of practitioners having been diagnosed with a mental health condition in the last 5 years. Probably self-loathing…

Sources of Contention

Is everyone getting bored of anonymous contradictory sources?

Jaguar Land Rover Continues Investing at Full Speed

Far from what the gloomsters proffer, the UK’s car industry looks like it’s shifting into top gear as Britain speeds towards the Brexit finishing line; with the announcement by Jaguar Land Rover of a new three million-square-foot distribution centre in Leicestershire, supplying to 80 markets worldwide. Fueling confidence in global Britain…

The new campus is expecting to create a sizable number of new jobs in the area and shows Jaguar Land Rover plan on having a stake in Britain’s sizable car industry for many more years to come. Remainers must be quite exhausted and tired of making wrong predictions, Guido doesn’t think they’ll give us a brake any time soon…

Government Repeals the Porn Laws

In good news for online voyeurs, the new Government has announced it will not press ahead with Theresa May’s planned porn laws, legislation that would have brought in draconian restrictions on what websites people can freely access. In a written statement today, DCMS Secretary Nicky Morgan said:

“The government has concluded that this objective of coherence will be best achieved through our wider online harms proposals and, as a consequence, will not be commencing Part 3 of the Digital Economy Act 2017 concerning age verification for online pornography”

“The Digital Economy Act objectives will therefore be delivered through our proposed online harms regulatory regime. This course of action will give the regulator discretion on the most effective means for companies to meet their duty of care.”

The Adam Smith Institute, which helped lead the campaign to abolish the authoritarian policy is delighted with the policy reversion, which was it has to be said was a long time coming , telling Guido

“Millions of Brits can rest easier tonight as the government finally takes its sticky fingers out of people’s private lives. The porn laws were destined to fail and were a PR nightmare for a party that says it believes in individual liberty, personal and parental responsibility.”

“It’s great news for all of us that the government is no longer in the grip of patrician politicians that don’t understand the Internet.”

Freedom is winning….

Tories Storming Ahead in the Polls

New YouGov polling for The Times has shown Boris’s Tories soar higher to a 15 point lead, making up more than the Labour and Brexit Party vote shares combined. The ‘Classic Dom’ strategy seems to be working…

Interestingly, the poll found that since July, the Brexit Party vote has fallen by almost two thirds among 2017 Tories, yet only by just 1% among 2017 Labour voters. Now the Brexit Party vote is almost evenly made up of voters who in 2017 went for the Tory (13%) and Labour (8%) parties, meaning it could be an electoral boost to the Tories in the next election, eating away at Labour voters who would never vote Tory. Jack Brereton, the new Tory MP for Stoke-on-Trent South is convinced he would not have won his seat in 2017 if UKIP had not stood against him, taking Labour votes. Meanwhile MPs like Stewart Jackson who UKIP did not stand against lost out by tiny margins…

Boris’s personal ratings have climbed higher too, being twice as popular as Corbyn in the Best Prime Minister question, with 43% to Corbyn’s 21%. And for the first time ever, Boris has overtaken Corbyn in all age brackets. Among those aged 18-24, Boris leads by 32 to 29.

Among the over 65s, Boris leads by 62 to 8…

Remainers May Stop Parliament Sitting Over Fears it Will Pass Deal

HuffPo’s Paul Waugh is reporting that Labour and their rebel alliance are planning to vote against Parliament sitting and having its say on Boris’s new deal if he brings one back this Saturday, as they fear Boris will use the House’s endorsement of a deal to bypass the Benn Act. Now all of a sudden Remainers want to deny Parliament having its say – they’ve never been subtle about showing their true motives…

It’s still likely Parliament’s unusual Saturday sitting will go ahead, however this jitter clearly shows the fear Remainers now have that Boris is on the verge of clinching a deal and securing Brexit. Might be worth giving Lady Hale a call…

Thornberry Denies Corbyn’s Support for Chavez as ‘Bollocks’

Following her denial yesterday of Corbyn’s anti-NATO past, Thornberry has now taken it upon herself to start erasing Corbyn’s pro-Maduro history also. During yesterday’s Queen Speech debate, Alok Sharma brought up Corbyn’s pro-Venezuela past, to which Thornberry shouted “bollocks”. Guido thought rather than labouring the point we’d revisit some of Corbyn’s own comments in favour of Maduro and Chavez’s regimes. Watch the video above for Corbyn / Chavez / Maduro highlights.

Maduro actually thanked Corbyn for his support on a live TV phone in…

The Very Model of a Modern Lobby Journalist

This is superb, “Modern Lobby Journalist” with lyrics by Dmitry Grozoubinski as performed for BBC Radio 4’s Today programme by Simon Butteriss. Too true…

See also Bercow’s Modern Minor Genital

Benn’s DExEU Committee Mutiny

Hilary Benn faced a point of order from Tory MP Craig Mackinlay during his DExEU committee’s questioning of Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay this morning. Mackinlay pointed out that Benn had hogged 20 minutes of questions, without giving the dozen other committee members any time to speak.

“I’m just wondering what we’re doing here. You’ve had the floor now for 20 minutes, I doubt there is any other member of this committee who will have the floor for 20 minutes during this discussion this morning, and I would welcome an opportunity for others to speak.”

Brexit Hero Andrea Jenkyns then chipped in calling in to question Benn’s suitability to chair the session at all.

“And you, with respect, are rather biased because you were pushing the Benn Act through, so I would personally like to see the Chair resign.”

All of which Benn promptly ignored and ploughed on with his questions…

Huge Poll Shows Britons Want Brexit Delivered

The biggest poll since the referendum itself, conducted for ITN by ComRes with 26,000 Britons, conclusively shows the public want Brexit sorted, with 54% of respondents saying we should support abiding by the referendum result and leave the EU. Even greater than the original 52:48 split…

When ‘don’t knows’ are included, leaving still has a majority, with 50% wanting to leave (30% with a deal and 20% with no deal) versus only 42% wanting to remain. The Brexit train rolls on…

Snakes on a Train

A cabal of Remain MPs – Peter Grant, Vince Cable, Dominic Grieve, Caroline Lucas, David Lammy, and Liz Saville Roberts – have been spotted boarding a Eurostar to Brussels by Brexit Party MEP Ben Habib. This comes a day after 37 non-Tory and non-Brexit Party MEPs sent a letter to Donald Tusk, asking the EU to reject any Brexit deal with the UK in favour of an extension. Delighting in trying to sabotage the chances for a good deal…

Tom Newton Dunn’s “Tory Split” Fake News Explosion

The Remain supporting commentariat became overwhelmed with excitement late last night off the back of a report from The Sun‘s Tom Newton Dunn, claiming Brexit grandees IDS and Owen Paterson had created a “big split”, branding Boris’ deal “unacceptable” and ‘exploding’ at Number 10 officials. It could have been a big moment, if it were in the slightest bit true…

In reality Paterson’s comments were about a reheated May deal, not Boris’ new negotiations which he told Julia Hartley Brewer on TalkRADIO this morning he welcomed. Read his full comments about May’s deal in context on ConservativeHome this morning without distortion from Tom…

Iain Duncan Smith similarly shot down the report on BBC Breakfast this morning, saying there was enormous “goodwill” towards Boris’ new negotiations and he has not “exploded” at all.

Guido hears that The Sun didn’t even approach Number 10 for comment before publishing the story. Classic Tom “exclusive”…

UPDATE: IDS has told Guido that he categorically denied the story to Tom Newton Dunn yesterday evening, and Tom admitted that The Sun‘s ‘source’ was not even in the room. Number 10 are pushing back now too, with a spokesperson saying of the Sun’s story “This account is not true.”

Bill Newton Dunn signed a letter to Tusk yesterday calling for any deal to be rejected by the EU in order to force a second referendum. Perhaps the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree…

Antoinette Sandbach Loses Local Vote of Confidence

Former Tory Member of Parliament for Eddisbury Antoinette Sandbach has lost a vote of confidence from her local association. Reports from the constituency meeting say there was overwhelming demand for a new candidate. She does like a Peoples’ Vote. There is now no way back for Sandbach, who would have had to had the whip restored in order to be reselected as a Conservative candidate. The Association will now select a new candidate for the safe Tory seat…

Extinction Rebellion’s Confused Last Stand

After being cleared out of their last outpost at Trafalgar Square and having a Section 14 order banning them from London, Extinction Rebellion have just one protest venue remaining – outside Millbank tower. In the last few minutes, the police have begun clearing the site…

The question arises, however; why Millbank? When asked, a policemen told a co-conspirator that they had chosen the site believing it to still be the location of CCHQ. Guido didn’t have the heart to tell the protestors…

Some protestors also claimed they were there to protest MI5 (which is down the road) and MI6 (which is across the river). According to two protestors, MI5 – as a data collection agency – is suppressing information reaching the news, and Extinction Rebellion want more coverage of the climate on mainstream news programmes. Effectively Extinction Rebellion’s last stand is calling for longer weather reports in an evening, with a dollop of conspiracy theory to back it up…

The police’s main obstacle to clearing the protest was a caravan in the middle of the road, with a woman in a sleeping bag atop it. As Guido visited the site, the sleepy socialist was finally removed with a JCB lift, allowing the caravan to be moved away. Unfortunately, Guido’s preference for a Top Gear-esque blowing up of the motorhome wasn’t considered by the Met…

Stealth Death Tax Scrapped

The Government has scrapped Philip Hammond’s stealth death tax announced at the start of this year. His proposals saw grieving families whacked with a bill of up to £6,000 just for administering someone else’s estate, with house prices dragging ordinary families into big payment traps. Guido, the Taxpayers’ Alliance, the Daily Mail, and 1922 Committee members like Charles Walker and Graham Brady pushed back hard on this policy and now have won. James Roberts, Political Director of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, responded to the news by saying:

“It’s top news that the justice minister has been clearly been reading Guido and now put the final nail in the coffin for Hammond’s hated stealth death tax. Scrapping this ridiculous rise is exactly the kind of signal politicians should be sending that they don’t simply see death as an opportunity for a smash and grab on the family silver.”

Buried politically, along with Hammond’s political career…

Sterling Surging on Deal Reports

Bloomberg is reporting that there is a deal on the table in Brussels. Investment banks Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan, both big donors to the campaign to remain, are telling clients we are leaving the EU on October 31 with a deal. JP Morgan recommends closing no-deal hedges. Wall Street and the City reckon Brexit is getting done…

Even gloomy Barnier says it is possible. Sterling is surging against the dollar, it is up 5% against the € this week. Sterling shorts are getting crushed…

Corbyn’s Arrest Warrant U-Turn

During yesterday’s debate on the Queen’s Speech, Corbyn claimed the European Arrest Warrant is one of the “most effective measures in tackling cross border crime”. Which is peculiar, as in 2011 he said during a debate that:

“the European arrest warrant can be used in a totally disproportionate way without using other less draconian methods of completing police investigations”

and

“it seems that countries with a far from rigorous, fair and open judicial system can gain arrest warrants against British subjects, who are then taken to a different jurisdiction, where they face a much lower threshold of proof before a conviction is obtained. It is not our business to protect criminals, but it is our business to ensure that people get a fair trial and that there is absolutely the presumption of innocence before any conviction is made.”

Remember when Corbyn’s supporters claimed he was a ‘conviction politician’?

Tortoise Traffic Bombing

Media grand panjandrum, James Harding, was just on Politics Live lauding the merits of Tortoise Media and the untapped demand for slow news. Despite all their millions raised, wall-to-wall coverage in the broadsheets and endless boosting from the BBC, “Centrist Dad Media” is not winning readers.[…] Read the rest

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