Tory MPs’ Brexit Party Tease

Fair to say that some Tory MPs seem more worried about the rise of the Brexit Party than others, Alan Duncan has gone into panic spinning mode against Farage, more level-headed sorts like James Cleverly are pointing out that the Tories should be asking why their voters are switching rather than vilifying them. Some don’t seem to be too upset at all…

Nadine Dorries praised Nigel Farage’s “fantastic interview” on Marr yesterday, Henry Smith told his local paper that Farage was a better leader than May. Lucy Allan hit back at Duncan’s Marr outburst, having already shared the Brexit Party’s election broadcast the day before:

It’s not the first time Allan’s approvingly shared Brexit Party content, while her Conservative-themed cover photo has also recently disappeared from her Twitter profile and ‘Brexit’ has appeared in her bio. Talk of defections is a bit premature but it’s hardly surprising that many Leave-supporting MPs are ashamed to be Tories right now…

Comical Alan: Trump Visit a Success So Far

Would love to hear what Alan Duncan would consider a failure…

Assange Out In July?

Not a very subtle prod to Julian Assange here from FCO minister Alan Duncan, assuring him that he will be given medical attention if he leaves the Ecuadorian Embassy. Interesting that this follows the Guardian reporting that he may be on the way out of the Embassy soon – Guido hears similar whispers. Watch this space…

No.10 Concedes Ongoing Payments Possible After Transition as Minister Backs Second Referendum

Since David Davis backed down and agreed to Number 10’s backstop fudge, Downing Street has now conceded that ongoing payments to the EU are possible after the transition, should the backstop come into effect. How does this tally with May’s publicly declared red line of no vast sums going to Brussels after we leave?

Meanwhile, Alan Duncan has committed another howler just weeks after being hoaxed by the Kremlin. The man who somehow survived in the government despite calling Brexit a working class tantrum has said there could be a second referendum:

“It would, I suppose, just be possible to ask the people in a referendum if they liked the exit deal or not.”

This is completely against government policy. What on earth is going on? This is a total mess.

Alan Duncan: Brexit is Working Class “Tantrum”

Uh oh. Alan Duncan – a minister in the government – has said that the Brexit vote was a “tantrum” by working class voters about immigration. Remainer Duncan was speaking at the Chicago Council of Global Affairs:

“The manner in which the campaign was fought stirred up a lot of sentiment amongst people that are not habitual voters, particularly on the issue of immigration. You could feel in the last 10 days of the campaign, traditional blue-collar urban Labour opinion going viral for leave. They were stirred up by an image of immigration, which made them angry and throw a bit of a tantrum. That was part of the chemistry that explains the result.”

Just the sort of sneering pro-Remain view the Tories are trying to avoid this week…

UPDATE: New UKIP leader Henry Bolton calls on Theresa May to sack Duncan:

“The contempt that he shows towards the 17 million is a disgrace, but is symptomatic of a political elite who despise the ordinary people of our country and their hopes and aspirations. The Prime Minster cannot just sit back and allow this. Her authority and credibility already are already in question and the words of her minister will undermine her even further if she doesn’t act.”

UPDATE II: A senior Brexiter says:

“Duncan’s comments are unsurprising. Cocky arrogance and condescending stupidity has always been his stock in trade. Still, he’s taken time off briefing against BoJo.”

Heil Duncan! FCO Guards Draw Hitler Moustache on Minister

This is the photograph board in the Foreign Office security room, used to help guards recognise ministers and assorted VIPs. Eagle-eyed co-conspirators at this weekend’s Open House London event spotted a distinctive black mark above Sir Alan Duncan’s top lip. As an eye-witness explains: “The security guards had clearly biro-ed a Hitler moustache onto the picture of Alan Duncan.” The guards have obviously had the pleasure of meeting Sir Alan. One’s a short, self-obsessed, megalomaniac, the other…

Israeli Plot to Take Out Minister Latest

Alan Duncan, the minister supposedly targeted by an Israeli diplomat in Al-Jazeera’s sting, meets Israel’s ambassador Mark Regev in the Foreign Office this afternoon. “Friendly encounter” he says. Peace process complete…

About Alan Duncan’s Boris Thesis

Theresa May’s sense of humour was on display when she appointed Alan Duncan as BoJo’s deputy at the Foreign Office, he had after all just a week before described him as “Borisconi”. In comments recorded before the referendum and broadcast last night onBrexit: A Very British Coup Duncan said:

“I’ve always thought that Boris’s wish was to lose by one so that he could be the heir apparent without having to have all the… you know, s-h-1-t of clearing up all the mess, that’s always been my view of Boris.”

A lot of the commentariat and political class suspected that this was his calculation. To be fair many on the Leave side suspected this of him as well. That was until the campaign got into full swing. Boris led from the front, he put his heart into it, he energised the campaign. If it wasn’t for him the campaign would have been totally dominated by Nigel Farage, who even he would admit, does not appeal to everyone. Boris was the ace card that won the TV debate.

Guido’s gut feel is Boris’ heart was entirely for Brexit, his head was less sure, in the end he went with his heart. That is enough for most Tories, three quarters of whom backed Brexit. For that reason, when the ball comes loose from the scrum, Osborne won’t have a chance of getting sight of it…

Which Remainer are you? Post-Brexit Edition

You can take the pre-referendum quiz here

Remain Convert Duncan Said “UKIP Have a Point” Last Year

Guido’s Tory MP referendum spreadsheet is fully updated as Alan Duncan comes out for Remain, writing: “This is no time to withdraw from, and hence weaken, such an important multilateral structure as the EU”. Which is odd because just last year Duncan, a self-proclaimed lifelong Eurosceptic, said UKIP “do have a point about the way in which we’re governed from Brussels and we cannot ignore that”. Duncan claimed he shared UKIP’s “anger” over the EU, “would not rule out” voting to Leave and claimed he would only back Remain “If renegotiation really changes to a significant extent the scope Brussels has to tell us what to do then I think staying in would be fine”. He even met with Vote Leave at their HQ, where he modestly offered to lead the campaign…

Today he writes a gushing piece about Dave and Europe in the Telegraph titled “Why this lifelong Eurosceptic is now voting to stay in”. A turnaround of almost Mak-ian proportions…

Duncan Strikes Oil! £100,000-a-Year From Scandal-Hit Oil Firm

Duncan Oil

Alan Duncan has signed a lucrative £96,000-a-year deal with a controversial oil firm linked to dictators and war criminals. The Tory MP has been appointed non-executive chairman of Fujairah Refining, the jewel in the crown of global energy company Vitol. He will be paid £8,000-a-month for an annual commitment of 156 hours. He’s struck oil!

Vitol might ring bells for some readers, it is a $300 billion energy trading company which runs oil exploration projects in corrupt, authoritarian countries such as Russia, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan. Duncan will already know that, having made his money as an oil trader before he came to parliament. He’ll also know that Vitol has been mired in scandals over deals with Serbian war criminals and the Iraqi government under Saddam Hussein. More recently the company faced allegations over its links to the dodgy Libyans and sanctions-busting dealings with the Iranian government.

Duncan says he consulted the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments before accepting the role. Kerching!

Duncan’s Blimping Good Idea

duncan blimp Sir Alan Duncan floated a novel idea today to help local people properly visualise the impact of wind farms on the landscape: force developers to fly blimps.

“A photo montage never really give an accurate picture of the visual impact of these turbines, will the Secretary of State consider making it compulsory applicants to fly a blimp in order better to show the real height of any turbine that is proposed.”

Capital idea…

May-nia: Faction Forming?

It’s been said before that Theresa May’s roadblock to the leadership is her lack of support within the party. There was no natural May-ite faction within the parliamentary party, but could that be about to change? Guido hears that the movements of “Alan Duncan, Bernard Jenkin and to a lesser extent Graham Brady” are being watched very closely. They’re said to be doing her bidding. Making up for lost time before the return of BoJo?

UPDATE: Alan Duncan gets in touch to say “absolute rubbish”.

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