‘Gay Donkey Rape’ Kipper Launches New Party… With Donkey Logo

A former UKIP leadership candidate who claimed a gay donkey tried to rape his horse is set to launch a new political party… with a donkey for its logo. John Rees-Evans is going his own way and has registered the Democrats and Veterans party with the Electoral Commission; a launch event is set for London’s Union Jack Club this week. Rees-Evans famously said in 2014:

“I’ve got a horse and it was there in the field. And a donkey came up… which was male, and I’m afraid tried to rape my horse.”

The former soldier also owns a fortified survivalist compound in Bulgaria. He quit UKIP in October to form a new party called ‘Affinity’. Will this one also die on its ass?

Tories Lead Labour With ICM

Another poll showing Labour are going backwards despite the Tories’ troubles…

Brocialists Sorry for Kober “She’s Dead” Crack

A swift apology from the three musketeers of brocialism after their locker room banter on Labour moderate Claire Kober got out of hand, culminating in Max “Gammon” Shanly cheering “she’s dead“:

Heavyweight Aaron Bastani would only apologise “for any offence”:

Best keep the #EverydaySexism off air in future, lads.

BBC Sack Zac Threat Presenter

The BBC has sacked a radio presenter who told Tory MP Zac Goldsmith that a death threat sent to an 80 year-old Brexit-supporting constituent “should have been addressed to you”.

St.John Stephen, who had a fortnightly gardening slot on BBC Radio London, claimed he thought the letter telling Zac’s elderly constituent “We are going to kill you” was “some sort of set up”. A BBC spokesman tells Guido “This was clearly unacceptable” and Stephen will not be appearing on the Beeb again. What was he thinking?

In Age of Brocialism, When Will Labour Have a Woman Leader?

As we celebrate 100 years since women got the vote it is worth reflecting on how that has translated into power. With the Tories now on their second female Prime Minister it is a glaring anomaly that no other party has put a woman into 10 Downing Street. Labour and the LibDems are more conservative in many ways…

Now the brocialist Labour Party is allowing people with penises on to all-women shortlists which were designed to positively discriminate in favour of born women, it seems even less likely that they will ever offer the country a real woman leader. Whereas in the most recent May v Leadsom election the Tories had an all-women shortlist for leader…

Soubry: Kick “Hard Brexiters” Out of Tory Party

Those Brexiters making OTT statements once again, eh…

‘Too Sick to Be Investigated’ Keith Vaz Seen Out and About

The Parliamentary Standards Commissioner’s investigation into Keith Vaz remains suspended on medical grounds. The MPs watchdog says Vaz is too sick to face scrutiny…

Funny that his constituents keep noticing him out and about in rude health. Check out these pics of him opening a swimming pool this week. Guido is told he has also attended council meetings, an APPG and was spotted at a music gig in Leicester. He’s also been voting in Westminster…

Tory MP Andrew Bridgen told Guido:

“Keith Vaz is the most healthy looking sick man I have ever seen.”

Worth remembering Vaz also went ill around the time of 2001 election when previous serious allegations were made against him. Investigation-itis?

Buzzfeed Fails In Legal Bid to Prevent Employees From Unionising

Breaking media news from the Central Arbitration Committee: Buzzfeed has failed in its bid to prevent its employees from forming a union chapel. Buzzfeed management hired pricey lawyers from Matrix Chambers to essentially argue that they had laid off so many staff that the number supporting collective bargaining had fallen below the 50% threshold. Buzzfeed staff reading today’s judgement will be left wondering if bosses fired pro-unionisation employees to prevent them from forming a chapel…

The Employer stated that the restructuring process was completed today and as of the close of business a total of 22 people within the company had left BuzzFeed. The Employer believed that a number of those who left the business after requesting voluntary redundancy, were members of the Union. The Employer further stating that “this fundamental change to the proposed bargaining unit may have a significant impact on the density of union members and support within the proposed bargaining unit for recognition.”

Two Buzzfeed journalists – Kelly Oakes and Francis Whittaker – gave evidence on behalf of the union. Both were then let go…

The committee came to a decision today that the threshold favouring recognition had been met and so the application for collective bargaining to be recognised should proceed. Buzzfeed spent big bucks trying to stop this from happening, and failed…

Remain Loons Send Death Threat to 80 Year-Old Brexiter

The above was sent to an 80 year-old Brexiter today.

Remember when Remainers used to claim they were the voice of “kindness, openness, inclusiveness, tolerance, and togetherness”?

Mirror Group Admits Editors Condoned & Encouraged Hacking for Years

As part of its settlement with Hugh Grant, the Mirror Group has made an apology and today admitted the following (the quote is from the court statement):

“A number of its senior employees, including executives, editors and journalists, condoned, encouraged or actively turned a blind eye to the widespread culture of unlawful information-gathering activities at all three of its newspapers for many years and actively sought to conceal its wrongdoing from its many victims of intrusion. its repeated and prolonged intrusions into innocent people’s lives over, in some instances, a decade, could have been prevented or interrupted. Instead, Trinity Mirror failed to properly investigate these disgraceful actions and/or to act sufficiently when the allegations of MGN’s journalists’ unlawful activities were first alleged and publicly emerged in 2006 and when the first inquiries into these wrongdoings were made.”


Awkward…

Jeremy Hunt v Donald Trump

President Trump tweets criticising the NHS:

Jeremy Hunt hits back:

Worth noting that Tory MPs and advisers are now openly talking about a Royal Commission on the future of the NHS…

“She’s Dead” – Moment Corbynistas Celebrated Claire Kober’s Downfall

This is the moment top Corbynistas Max Shanly, Aaron Bastani and Matt Zarb-Cousin found out Labour moderate Claire Kober had resigned as Haringey council leader. Shanly, Momentum protege of Jon Lansman, exclaims: “She’s dead!”, before being rebuked by the slightly more savvy ex-Corbyn spokesman Zarb-Cousin for his ill-advised choice of language. The three brocialists go on to mock the “Blasted sexism and bullying by supporters of Jeremy Corbyn”. Just locker room talk…

Suspended Tory Youth Star in Leaked Messages: “I Hit Him, I Hurt a Guy, Think I’m In Trouble”

These are the messages that purportedly show Tory rising star Stephen Canning admitting he hit a rival in a bar fight. Screenshots reveal Canning wrote in an online chat: “I hit him… everyone’s mad, cause he [sic] blood and ambulance… I hurt a guy, Think I’m in trouble.” A friend replied: “I’m glad you punched him… why are your nights out so dramatic.”

Guido showed the messages to Canning this morning. In an interesting statement, he said:

“These messages bear no resemblance to any situation that has ever occurred. On this night, and no night I’ve attended, has anyone been punched, shed blood or had ambulances present. To claim this situation occurred is simply a lie. On the night in question I protected a young female activist from harassment, something I will not apologise for.”

Yesterday The Mail on Sunday reported Canning is suspended from the Tory party after an alleged fracas at Maggie’s nightclub, Chelsea. The Essex councillor told the paper that he was defending a female friend from harassment by an ex-boyfriend. Yesterday Canning also said in a statement on Facebook:

“I deny in the strongest possible way anything of this sort ever taking place.”

Punchy denial given the messages…

McDonnell Accuses “Right-Wing” SMF of Making Up £90bn Water Nationalisation Cost

Remember when John McDonnell claimed that nationalising the water industry wouldn’t cost taxpayers a penny? Well, wonks at the Social Market Foundation disagree. Drawing on data from academic studies, Ofwat, the London Stock Exchange and the annual accounts of water companies, the SMF have found that nationalising the water industry’s assets would initially cost £90 billion, more than the current education budget and a 5% increase in government debt levels, plus another £100 billion over the next 25 years to meet their investment requirements. Acquiring them for less than the market price would cost more in the long term as investors flee fearing further nationalisations. Guido enjoyed McDonnell’s tetchy response to the report, accusing the centrist SMF of being “right-wing”, implying they fiddled the figures at the behest of the water industry and taking a pop at its director James Kirkup:

“This is a report by a right-wing think tank, led by the former political editor of the Telegraph, and commissioned on behalf of the water industry. Labour has been clear that as established by legal precedent it will be parliament that decides the price to compensate shareholders. With returns significantly higher than bond yields the taxpayer will be better off following the return of water to public ownership.”

Who you gonna believe?

Jeremy Heywood Openly Endorses Civil Service’s Political Campaigning

Over the last few days some of the supposedly ‘great and the good’ have been clasping their pearls and theatrically reaching for the smelling salts at the suggestion that civil servants might have some groupthink going on, and that the Treasury in particular might be politically suspect when it comes to forecasting. Former heads of the civil service Andrew Turnbull and Gus O’Donnell came over like pantomime dames at the impilication, comparing Brexiteers to Hitler and snake oil salesman.

What are the views of the most recent ex-head of the civil service, Lord Kerslake? Strangely he was silent this weekend, fortunately we have the benefit of being able to read his 44 page independent review published last year Rethinking the Treasury. It was produced by another heavyweight panel of ‘the great and the good’ – and it was scathing…

The theme of the report is that the Treasury tells Chancellors what they want to hear, suffering from an arrogant inward looking “groupthink“, tailoring forecasts and analysis accordingly. In a wide-ranging criticism of the Treasury’s macroeconomic forecasting, Kerslake notes that “The creation of the Office for Budget Responsibility reflected a conscious decision to outsource Treasury responsibility for forecasting…”. He warned of “the specific need to re-establish the department’s credibility in terms of the impartiality of its advice and hence the importance of its economic expertise in designing Brexit.” Something Brexiters in government don’t believe has happened.

Jeremy Heywood of course pretends the civil service is impartial and departmental research is objective analysis. He is pictured above at the Civil Service Awards, held after the Scottish Referendum, presenting his Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service Award to the Treasury’s Scotland Analysis Programme Team. At the time of the referendum their analysis was bitterly contested by the SNP as politicised and heavily slanted. Something the civil service denied haughtily at the time in much the same way it is doing today with its Brexit forecasts. 

Celebrating after receiving the award team members spoke to Civil Service World Magazine. Mario Pisani, perhaps a little too in vino veritas said:

 “… we’re part of a political campaign. We were doing everything from the analysis, to the advertising, to the communications. I just felt a massive sense of being part of the operation. This being recognised makes me feel just incredibly proud.” 

Shannon Cochrane said:

“… it is possible for civil servants to work on things that are inherently political and quite difficult and you’re very close to the line of what is appropriate…”

Civil Service World is the trade press for civil servants, who are not famed for being candid in public. Very revealing – Heywood signalling that if you do get too close to, or even cross, the line in supporting his policy goals, he will be very pleased….

Rich’s Monday Morning View

Former Civil Service Chiefs: Brexiters are Crazy Nazis

On the front page of the Observer the former head of the civil service Andrew Turnbull compares Brexiters to Nazis. On Peston his successor Gus O’Donnell called Leavers “completely crazy” snake oil salesmen. Guido won’t hold his breath for the same Twitter outrage as seen after the “mutineer” front pages criticising Remainers. Almost as if Rees-Mogg and Steve Baker have a point…

Raab: We Can’t Be In Any Form of Customs Union With EU

On Marr Amber Rudd fudged the question of whether we can be in a customs union with the EU. On Paterson Dom Raab was clear: we cannot be in any form of customs union “because if we were we’d have our hands tied in negotiating free trade deals with other parts of the world”. Being in a customs union would prevent us from signing comprehensive trade deals with other countries… that is not taking back control of trade. 

Rudd on Brexit Britain’s Economy: Then and Now

During the referendum Amber Rudd used her departmental Twitter account to scaremonger that the UK economy would fall into recession if we left the EU.[…] Read the rest

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