Craig Mackinlay Court Trial Delayed

Hearing that Craig Mackinlay‘s trial for election irregularities stemming from his 2015 fight against Nigel Farage  – which was due to begin today in Southwark Crown Court – has been postponed. No date has been set…

Starmer Joins Orchestrated Remainer Attempt to Keep Us in Single Market

Back in March, Guido revealed the existence of a draft press release that showed Keir Starmer was working with Brussels to change Labour’s policy to staying in a customs union. It would now appear that he is doing the same on the single market. On Marr yesterday, Starmer called for us to have the exact same benefits of single market membership. He said: “We’ve been absolutely clear what the combination needs to be… we need to make sure it’s the combination, customs union and single market”. Today, he is in Brussels to talk to the EU about “retaining benefits of single market“.

It would appear that, as he did with a customs union, Starmer is attempting to shift Labour’s policy towards single market membership.

It is inconceivable that this is not being coordinated with other Remainers. In the pro-Remain Mail on Sunday yesterday, David Miliband, Nicky Morgan and Nick Clegg called for ‘hard Brexit’ to be prevented. (Remainers, ever trying to move the dial back, are now defining ‘hard Brexit’ as leaving the single market.) On the Today programme this morning, Miliband explicitly called for us to retain single market membership. Norway has this morning u-turned on its reticence to the UK joining the EEA. Anna Soubry has a letter in today’s Times calling for the “softest of Brexit landings”. This all the week after the Lords voted to stay in the single market.

Remainers pushing for “the exact same benefits” of single market membership are being deeply dishonest. It would mean accepting free movement. It would mean being a rule-taker. It would mean ECJ oversight. It would mean paying vast sums to Brussels forever. It would not mean taking back control. Miliband, Morgan, Clegg and Soubry should be honest enough to admit that they are trying to defy the referendum result. Starmer needs to come clean: his call to keep the exact same benefits of the single market is no different…

Days Since Ken Last Mentioned Hitler: 0

Reset the Ken clock: it’s zero days since he last mentioned you know who. Speaking on talkRADIO this morning, the former London mayor responded to Shami Chakrabarti’s comments saying he had brought shame on the party. By repeating his own line…

Asked whether it would be less damaging if he would resign from the party, Ken said:

“That’s a very interesting prospect, I’ll have to think about it.”

You know who else threw the towel in at the end of a battle lasting several years…

Rich’s Monday Morning View

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Damian Green: We’ll End Up With Max Fac

Interesting that close May ally and former leading Cabinet Remainer Damian Green has told Westminster Hour he thinks we will end up with Max Fac:

“I think the most likely end point is some of what’s called Maximum Facilitation, some variant of that. I personally am not yet convinced that you could have that in place by the end of 2020, by the end of the implementation period, and therefore you might need to bolt onto that another period, a sort of transition period onto that.”

Note that earlier Michael Gove ruled out extending the transition. But is this a sign Max Fac is winning?

Irish Foreign Minister Claims “No Infrastructure” Means No Technological Solution

Simon Coveney, the Irish Tánaiste and Minister of Foreign Affairs & Trade, knows there are no votes in an easy Brexit for an Irish politician. He reiterated to Nick Robinson that the British had signed up last year to “no border infrastructure on the island of Ireland and no related checks or controls. That means we are not talking about cameras and scanning systems and drones here.” He wants a purely political solution, e.g. regulatory alignment.

Labour Lewisham East Favourite Pulls Out

‘Lady Phyll’, the favourite and Corbynista choice to be the next MP for Lewisham East, has pulled out citing “an unexpected family situation”. On Friday Guido revealed how she had compared Israel to the Nazis. Labour having real problems with their selection in Lewisham…

IDS: Remain Rebels Plunging Knife Into Heart of Government

IDS on Remainer customs union rebels:

“Leaving the customs union was in the manifesto – this is a very big issue if they’re deciding to break this because they plunge a knife into the heart of government, and particularly the Prime Minister.”

May should get on with it and face down the Tory Remainers threatening to put Corbyn in Number 10…

Shami: Ken Has Brought Shame on Labour

And yet Corbyn still hasn’t kicked him out…

Gove Rules Out Extending Transition

Gove ruled out an extension to the transition period, telling Nick Robinson “I don’t believe in an extension… in delay there lies no plenty… we need to crack on” and must “meet the deadline”. That’s a thanks but no thanks to Nick Boles’ suggestion from last week…

Gove on “Flawed” Customs Partnership

Gove suggests the proposed customs partnership does not meet the tests set by Theresa May in her Sunday Times article today. Tough to see how the customs partnership can survive…

Shadow Brexit Secretary Can’t Think of One Good Thing About Brexit

Labour not learning the lessons from the local election results…

Eurovision Stage Invader Is Corbynista

The stage invader who interrupted the UK’s act at the Eurovision Song Contest tonight is a Corbyn-backing, Labour-supporting veteran protester who endorsed Jezza at the general election, Guido can reveal. Dr ACactivism, also known as A.C., is named in reports as the man who tonight rushed the stage and grabbed Brit singer SuRie’s mic. He previously disrupted the National Television Awards and talent show The Voice. Cops swooped and the European Broadcasting Union says he is in custody…

While many initially thought the protest was about Brexit, it seems ACactivism shouted: “Nazis of the UK media… we demand freedom, war is not peace”. His Twitter feed reveals he backed Corbyn at last year’s snap election. He posted a video “to endorse Jeremy Corbyn” from the scene of the London Bridge terror attack. In a video which echoed both his comments on stage tonight and Labour’s general election slogan, he said:

“Ladies and Gents I’m here in London Bridge to endorse Jeremy Corbyn. Why do I endorse… Jeremy Corbyn? Well no one trusts politicians… Jeremy Corbyn is the only politician that is thinking different, that is thinking for the many, for a different way of doing and thinking, Jeremy Corbyn is the only person that is thinking war is not peace, he wants to bring a different vision for Europe and for Britain, that’s why I’m here to endorse Jeremy Corbyn.”

Dr ACactivism also posted messages praising Corbyn for “snubbing the Queen”, saying “hopefully he never kneels at the feet of tiny thing and shiny hat”. He also backed Corbyn’s praise of Cuban dictator Castro’s ‘heroism’…

Other posts supportive of Corbyn include attacks on the press and Jeremy Paxman:

On his website he describes himself as “a philosopher, activist, DJ/MC, Radio and online presenter and the author of seven eBooks.” Trust a Corbynista to try to ruin the British act…

Saturday Seven Up

This week 201,281 visitors visited 702,737 times viewing 1,088,739 pages. The top stories in order of popularity were:

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

Strict Rules For NHS ‘Dress for Diversity Day’

Diversity managers across the NHS have been firing off emails telling staff that next Wednesday will be ‘Dress for Diversity Day’. “The idea is to encourage everyone to come to work in either their national dress (if they have one) or whatever they feel comfortable in,” wrote one diversity manager. It’s all to raise money for the Bloodwise charity. Yet NHS workers have been somewhat bemused by the FAQ document they’ve been given, which explains that many of their national outfits won’t meet strict guidelines about what frontline staff are allowed to wear:

  • Hands, wrists and lower arms must be free from clothing or jewellery
  • Jewellery, including therapeutic items, must be removed or completely covered
  • A maximum of two studs or sleeper earrings (with a diameter no greater than the size of a five pence piece) per ear are permitted
  • Dress/Skirt lengths must not be worn above the knee
  • Hair that is longer than collar length must be tied back
  • Shoes or boots must completely cover feet (front, side and heel) to provide effective protection. Shoes must be black or navy, with a low heel and laces must match. Suede, fabric or any materials that cannot be properly cleaned are not permitted
  • Boots are not permitted to be worn
  • Tights must be plain black, navy or skin coloured
  • Trousers must be formal, denim is not permitted
  • Clothes must be of a conservative nature with a modest neckline
  • Make-up, when worn, should be discreet

Sensible rules, but can’t help feeling that’ll spoil half the fun. And don’t forget the main rule of diversity managers everywhere: no cultural appropriation! 

Lewisham Labour Frontrunner Compared Palestine to Holocaust

The frontrunner to be Labour’s candidate in Lewisham East compared the Israel-Palestine conflict to the Holocaust, Guido can reveal. Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, who is the bookies’ favourite and is being backed by Team Corbyn, equated Israel to the Nazis and claimed Palestinians were victims of a “genocide”. She wrote on her Facebook page on Holocaust Memorial Day last year: “Today is the day when we remember all those affected by the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution and subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda and Darfur – I’m adding Palestinian to the list”. A very stupid comment, to say the least. Will the Corbynistas still stitch up the selection for her anyway?

Corbyn Doesn’t Understand EU Military Procurement Rules

Jeremy Corbyn is in Govan today arguing that all Royal Navy ships should be built in the UK. It is thought a £1 billion contract for three Royal Fleet Auxiliary support ships could go to a foreign shipyard. Currently the Navy builds warships in UK yards but non-combat ships can be built abroad…

Labour’s appeal sounds uncharacteristically patriotic – though it is union influence which is driving Corbyn. The GMB has been running a campaign on the issue. There’s just one issue…

Veterans for Britain and UKIP point out that Corbyn’s plans are not possible because of the EU’s Defence Directive. David Banks from Veterans for Britain explains:

“Although Mr Corbyn will cite the ‘defence exemption’ (Article 346 TEU), this does not provide a general exemption from international or EU-wide tendering for government defence contracts. The exemption is only for the most sensitive items of manufacture where an EU-wide tender would put national security interests at risk. The EU tightened these rules further in 2016. The only way to achieve what Mr Corbyn is (rightly) demanding is to leave the EU Defence Directive. The directive stifles UK options in procurement, jobs and strategic capability.”<>

UKIP Defence Spokesman Mike Hookem adds:

”While I agree these RFA ships should be built in the UK; Article 346 of the Treaties demand that military procurement contracts are open to tender across the EU. While there is an exception clause, only the most sensitive items can be guarded for domestic contracts. RFA ships are none front line vessels and therefore, do not qualify as sensitive. Labour either don’t understand EU rules on military procurement contracts or are deliberately trying to mislead the public.”

Jezza all at sea on on this one…

UPDATE: Major-General Julian Thompson, commander of Royal Marines landings in the Falklands War, said:

“We would urge all parties to take a detailed look at the effect that EU policy has on UK interests in this area. We also should not remain associated with a joint EU strategy which would stop the UK making key democratic decisions about preserving essential skills, securing strategic sites, and safeguarding jobs. That is what’s currently being proposed by DExEU civil servants and negotiators via their bid to stay in the EU’s pervasive defence industrial plan, EDIDP.”

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: Brexit Driving Me To Edge of Madness

Following Matthew Parris yesterday, arch-remainer Yasmin Alibhai-Brown has admitted Brexit is driving her up the wall:

“I am feeling on the edge of madness and mental illness.”

Guido will let readers decide whether this is a new development…

Friday Caption Contest (Thumbs Up Edition)

Entries in the comments…

Farage to DUP?

Nigel Farage is in Belfast today attending a DUP fundraiser alongside Arron Banks. Banks didn’t rule out Farage doing an Enoch and defecting to the DUP:

“I would discount nothing, I would include nothing.”

Guido will believe it when they release the Brexit movie

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