In his past life as a journalist, while he wasn’t busy going through David Attenborough’s bins, the now Environment Secretary made an interesting comparison between Prince Charles and… Adolf Hitler. According to Gove, both were fans of classical architecture, haters of metropolitan life and “keen supporters of population control”. Gulp…
The PM’s Brexit Sherpa Olly “Red” Robbins has been spotted having an early evening large glass of red wine in a Brussels bar whilst almost certainly perusing the latest #DespiteBrexit story. The Brexit negotiations currently in their most critical phase must be going better than expected?
Momentum are celebrating their third birthday today. What a lot they have to celebrate. Their founding and primary purpose was the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader and his re-election and continual protection. Their role as praetorian guard is absolute, though Guido is sure they would prefer to see themselves as a revolutionary vanguard. Why have they been so successful where other left-wing factions have always failed to gain control of the Labour Party? You can talk about populism and the maco-economic situation, post-capitalist paradigms all you like, the answer Guido suspects is that they really got the internet. They are digital native lefties.
Miliband enabled it with the £3 joining scheme. Labour’s potential and actual supporters were tired of New Labour’s mix of markets and social justice progressivism, so when a digitally savvy campaign energised people to join and vote – with the genius digital insight of actually linking supporters to the Labour Party website’s joining page – it was their’s for the taking. You also have to give credit to the pied piper of Corbynism, Owen Jones. His post-Chavs celebrity gave him a campaigning platform and he ran with it whole-heartedly, energising a campaign for the leadership against a bunch of triangulating, boring suits who were the New Labour junior B-team. His latter denial of the electability of Corbyn ranks up there with St Peter’s denial of Jesus for core Corbynistas. They owe Owen a massive debt.
It was the internet that enabled the campaign, it was the ignoring of the old school lefties and their methods and language that brought them victory. Also dispensing with endless internal democracy and debates which waste everyone’s time and energy was wise. The usual unpleasantness of the hard left will ensure they seize control of the party machinery entirely for the first time in the party’s history. The Labour Party is likely to be in their grip for at least a decade, if not for ever.
Tories often ask if Guido regrets backing Toby Young’s “Tories for Corbyn“ campaign. He’s not going to win and is likely to split the left and the centre-left, so no. There is of course some risk involved…
Incidentally, Lansman’s Jeremy for Labour Limited through which he controls Momentum, whatever democratic front Momentum put on things, was actually incorporated in June 2015. So is it really their birthday today?
EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker appeared to mock Theresa May’s dancing at the opening session of the EU’s four day ‘European Week of Regions and Cities’ event this afternoon. Guido suspects Druncker might have had one too many at lunch…
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars have announced the company is adding 200 more staff to their UK workforce, bringing the total to more than 2,000 for the first time. Rolls Royce CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös said that this reflects “our confidence in the future of our business” and stressed that they “remain fully committed to luxury manufacturing at our home here in Great Britain.” Despite Brexit…
The Shadow Home Secretary is flying out to Kenya in November to headline a two day conference, costing punters up to £1,600 each to attend. The average weekly wage in Hackney is £500, meaning Diane’s constituents will only need to save for three or four weeks to see her in action. Bargain!
- Michel Barnier is meeting Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.
SNP Conference continues in Glasgow.
- Michel Barnier is meeting Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.
- Conference recess over.
- Michel Barnier meeting DUP leader Arlene Foster and DUP MEP Diane Dodds.
- Nicola Sturgeon closes SNP conference with speech at 3.15 p.m.
- Michel Barnier to present the first draft of EU proposals for the trade relationship with the UK after Brexit.
- PMQs is back on our screens at 12:00.
- House of Lords debate on Brexit & the Good Friday Agreement.
- Question Time from Edinburgh on BBC One.
- 70th anniversary ‘Any Questions?’ broadcast live from the Commons at 8:30 pm.
New Health Secretary Matt Hancock is beefing up his SpAd team – experienced SpAd Lottie Dominiczak is off to the private sector, with two new hires coming in to partner renowned chess hustler and late-night Tory Conference musical entertainer extraordinaire Jamie Njoku-Goodwin. Richard Sloggett is joining from Hanover Communications as Hancock’s policy SpAd – Sloggett has worked on health issues for years and knows the health world inside out.
Allan Nixon is joining from Hancock’s parliamentary office and will lead on parliamentary liaison. Also joining Team Hancock on the civil service side is former Evening Standard hack Rashid Razaq who will be Hancock’s speechwriter after being poached from DfID. Hancock getting his team leadership fighting-fit…
Outside the Department of Health, former Gove SpAd Beth Armstrong is making a return to Government, joining Nick De Bois and Steph Lis at DExEU. They will have their hands full over the next few weeks…
Get in touch with any updates…
It is going to be a news heavy week on the Brexit front. Hell Week (© Tim Shipman) is what some are calling it. So to cheer us up on this autumnal morning and kick the week off on an up note, here is an uplifting music video from Moggmentum featuring at least three types of Brexit that are on offer from Jacob, Theresa, Andrea, Boris Liam… well you get the picture. Have a Happy Hell week…
Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney gives an optimistic progress check on the Brexit deal, saying that the Withdrawal Agreement is 90% agreed. Though it’s going to be more than just a “bumpy ride” for May if she formally climbs down on the customs union as expected this week…
Former chief of MI6 Sir Richard Dearlove says he is “troubled” by Jeremy Corbyn’s past associations:
“I think someone coming from my background is troubled by Jeremy Corbyn’s past associations, some of which I find surprising and worrying… He has enthusiastically associated himself with groups and interests which I would not say were the friends of the British nation…
“I’m expressing concerns about him and his political past which I think are pretty extensively shared by a lot of people.”
He’s not the only one to have concerns about Agent COB…
Nicola Sturgeon says she would “expect” SNP MPs to vote in favour of a second EU referendum if given the chance. At least they’re consistent about wanting to reverse referendum results…
No word yet as to if they are changing their name to UniRemainer…
Morley and Outwood MP and Brexit heroine Andrea Jenkyns has been involved in a nasty car crash today, after someone pulled out of a side road and ran into her car. She informed her twitter followers that “Airbags came out and got a stinking headache. At least everyone okay though.” Guido is glad to hear Andrea (and everyone else) is okay, and wishes her head a quick recovery!
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This afternoon an error message popped up on the screens of many delegates who downloaded the Tory conference app to their phones.
After the data leak many will say “goodbye and good riddance”…
The Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) have been heavily promoting their ‘McStrike’ as a workers revolt. What they’re not telling you is that this is a carefully coordinated top down strike, advised by Brussels-based lobby outfit gplus Europe, who interestingly act as the lobbyist of choice for the powerful and well funded U.S. based Service Employees International Union, whose CEO was just yesterday arrested outside the global headquarters of McDonalds.
Momentum have taken a lead in heavily promoting the strike on social media. Interesting for them to involve themselves with the kind of giant multinational lobbying they ordinarily oppose…
Brexiteers always like to complain about Brexit bias on the BBC, so Guido has crunched the numbers on the BBC’s three flagship panel shows, Question Time, Politics Live and Any Questions to see if they have a point. They certainly do…
Since the start of the political season in September, 72% of the official panel guests across the three shows have been Remainers, while a mere 28% have been Leavers.[…] Read the rest