Boris Promises Not to Lock Hunt in a Dog Kennel if He Wins

Ever magnanimous…

Boris: Tories and Labour Face “Political Extinction” if Brexit Not Delivered by October 31

Delivering Brexit by October 31st is going to be a crucial issue of trust for Boris and voters…

Boris Opens the Door to Increased Borrowing

Boris has opened the door to increased borrowing to finance “great infrastructure projects” along with tax cuts by raising the NI threshold, while maintaining “fiscal responsibility”. Phil Hammond won’t like this one…

General Public Now Rates Hunt & Boris Equally

Jeremy Hunt will be pleased with this YouGov poll which suggests the public is warming to him. In a post-Brexit election both leadership hopefuls will score 33% – which is news – last month Boris scored 34% to Hunt’s 30% – this tie is of course statistically within the margin of error. In reality without Brexit happening British political norms will be shattered and so will the chances of a Tory majority. The problem for Hunt is that the numbers for Tories are little moved and he is well behind Boris with the people who have votes… party members.

When BoJo Went to Glasto

Seventeen years before Jeremy Corbyn addressed the masses at Glastonbury, Boris Johnson delighted crowds with a brief performance of the Iliad, as well as a walkabout tour with Billy Bragg. In his walkabout he met nudists, declaring “I fully support your right to be naked, I’m right behind it” and praised entrepreneurial attitude of attendees “I just saw someone selling mushrooms. This is capitalism, this is commerce, this is the triumph of right wing ideology!” Boris came away from the experience identifying attendees as natural Conservatives…

“I think these people represent a strong libertarian ideology. In fact I would say that there are a lot of natural Tories here. These people who have taken their lives into their own hands, they have arrived here under their own steam, they have paid £87, they have pitched their own tent! Isn’t that a metaphor for what conservatism is?”

Boris there, being party political Glasto on Friday 23rd June, 2000. Before it was cool…

Conrad Black on Max Hastings and Boris

Conrad Black on Max Hastings and Boris…

“As the former employer of both of them, and although their positions were of unequal importance and challenges, on balance I must declare Boris to be more reliable and trustworthy than Max.”

Hunt’s BoJo NoShow LiveChat: What We Learned

While Boris was busy wooing the Conservative Friends of Israel at a dinner last night, as first revealed by Guido, Jeremy Hunt spent an hour answering questions on Twitter in place of the debate Sky News had wanted to hold. Hunt was keen to stress his entrepreneurial credentials while taking a few gentle potshots at his rival. Guido takes a look at some of his policy pledges…

On Brexit his stance is actually remarkably similar to Boris’ despite receiving far less scrutiny – he wants to go back to Brussels with a “tough negotiator” to get a better deal. The key point of difference between them is the October 31 deadline…

This attempt to unite Leavers and Remainers only succeeded in uniting them against him…

Another pledge in common with Boris on broadband that first appeared in Boris’ Telegraph column last week. He also agreed to look at Saj’s police proposal, as Boris did in his media blitz yesterday too…

Hunt commits to Phil Hammond’s fiscal responsibility pledge. Will have to watch the numbers carefully on his spending pledges…

Hunt confirms that he wants to keep possibly the two worst parts of Theresa May’s legacy, her trillion pound climate hit which wasn’t even voted on by MPs and the disastrous Porn Laws. Directly at odds with two of his stated three main priorities of “firing up our economy” and “standing up for freedom”…

Another classic Huntism after his unfortunate phrasing around old people and Islamophobia last week:If anyone was being uncharitable they might say it’s an admission that he’s f***ed the NHS…

All Change at Team Boris

After a difficult weekend, Sunday night saw a lengthy meeting between Boris, his senior campaign managers and Mark Fullbrook of campaign strategists Crosby Textor Fullbrook. Until last week they were not directly involved with the day-to-day running of the Back Boris campaign, as a result of the meeting CTF are now back in the thick of it. There was also a meeting yesterday afternoon at 4pm in the Thatcher Room in Portcullis House where Fullbrook made a presentation to Boris backing MPs. A strictly centralised media strategy has been imposed, with MPs told to refer all national media bids back to the the campaign HQ for message control…

Simultaneously the parliamentary strategy gurus Gavin Williamson and James Wharton, who delivered Boris a commanding lead amongst MPs, have taken a step back from “Phase 2”, the membership stage of the contest. IDS is the new official campaign chairman…

Team Boris will be breathing a sigh of relief that their tumultuous weekend came at the beginning of the campaign, before ballot papers are sent out. They’ll be hoping to continue the focused ‘media blitzkrieg’ for when ballots start landing on doormats during the week of July 6. Boris told a woman on his walkabout yesterday “No more rows. No, no, no. All quiet, all quiet”…

Guido Crafts: Bus Edition

Guido has taken inspiration from someone called Boris this afternoon and has had his hand in what is surely to become the craze of the summer: therapeutic bus-making. Send pictures of your best bus creations to team@order-order.com…

Hear how it should be done here…

#BoJoNoShow To GoTo CoFoFI

Jeremy Hunt has been ribbing Boris all afternoon for not agreeing to do the Sky News debate tonight, he’s got the hashtag #BoJoNoShow trending and he’s fired straight back at Boris’s October 31 challenge by telling him to turn up to Sky tonight to debate it there. The gloves are definitely off…

It turns out that there may be more to Boris’s decision to blank Sky than just cautious media management, Guido has got wind that Boris has a prior engagement at a fancy dinner for the Conservative Friends of Israel which has been in the diary for weeks. Team Boris are neither confirming or denying it, no one from Conservative Friends of Israel is available for comment at the time of going to pixel. The Corbynistas will love this one…

Friend or Foe

Nigel Farage…

“I Can Be Boris Johnson’s Best Friend or Worst Enemy… It’s up to Him.”

Boris Challenges Hunt to October 31 Brexit Commitment

Boris ups the Brexit ante on Hunt again with a direct challenge to commit to leave on 31 October “come what may”. Team Boris have certainly delivered on the ‘media blitzkreig’ after a bumpy few days…

Boris Reveals He Paints Wooden Buses in His Spare Time

TalkRADIO’s Ross Kempsell got the interview everyone wanted with Boris today, teasing a number of unexpected answers from the PM hopeful including the revelation that in his spare time he likes to turn wine crates into little model buses, painting people inside. Makes a change from walking in Wales…

Boris also toughened up his stance considerably on Brexit. He now says leaving on October 31st is “do or die”…

N.b. Watch from 6 minutes in to board the Boris bus…

Boris Hits Out At Bannon Conspiracy Codswallop

On LBC this morning Boris hit out at a “codswallop” story alleging he is somehow taking advice from Steve Bannon, who he hasn’t met since he met the then Chief of Staff to the President of the USA on an official visit as Foreign Secretary. The much reported ‘texting’ later on was just Bannon trying and failing to secure another meeting…

“This is the biggest load of codswallop I have ever heard.”

Carole is basically the Bannon of the left, churning out whatever she likes without regards for basic facts while her fanatical online following pile in with the retweets…

Boris Breaks Cover With Big Brexit Pitch

After weeks of avoiding the airwaves Boris has finally broken cover with a lengthy interview with Laura K last night, ahead of another interview with LBC this morning. Team Boris are gearing up for a ‘media blitzkreig’, will it be enough to turn the negative headlines around?

The main focus of the interview is Brexit, with Boris setting out his big pitch for how to do Brexit differently while committing to an “absolute guarantee” that the UK will come out of the EU on a WTO/No Deal Brexit on October 31st. This will go down well with Brexiteers if he manages to follow through on it, there are going to be a lot of people very unhappy if he doesn’t…

Inevitably Boris’ personal life also comes up – he sticks to his position that he will not discuss his family or loved ones as it “drags them into things in a way that is not fair on them”. Guido somehow suspects that’s not going to satisfy the ravenous media appetite for yet more gossip about the colourful frontrunner…

Clegg: ‘Absolutely No Evidence’ Russia Influenced Brexit

Carole Cadwalladr and David Lammy have been spluttering furiously into their cornflakes all morning after Nick Clegg told the Today Programme that there was “absolutely no evidence” that Russia or Cambridge Analytica influenced Brexit. Clegg said “we have a duty to explain fact from some of the allegations that have been made”. Clearly not a duty that Carole has ever felt bound by herself

“Much though I understand why people want to reduce that eruption in British politics to some kind of plot or conspiracy, some use of new social media through opaque means, I’m afraid the roots to British euroscepticism go very, very deep…”

Never mind the fact that the official report from the Information Commissioner’s Office already crushed all of Carole’s grand conspiracies about Facebook, Cambridge Analytica and Brexit, raising questions about her pet whistleblower Chris Wylie instead. Clegg hasn’t triggered anyone this badly since tuition fees…

If she wants to start addressing disinformation on social media she could start with her own Observer ‘scoop’ over the weekend in which she deliberately mistranscribes a video of Steve Bannon talking about Boris. Bannon says “we went back and forth over text”, instead Carole transcribes this as “back and forth over the text” which then forms the crux of her story. The same people who’d be the first to say Bannon is a pathological liar are now taking an entirely unsubstantiated boast from him as the gospel truth before distorting it even further themselves…

Rich’s Monday Morning View

Boris & Carrie Dominate Front Pages

The no comment gambit has not satisfied the headline writers. Boris and Carrie are the political equivalent of Burton and Taylor, the mystique will only drive more speculation. Can’t see this approach lasting a month…

Rishi Sunak Reminds Ridge About Boris’ Liberal Burqa Stance

The point about Boris’s infamous burka column which is systematically and wilfully overlooked is that Boris was actually defending a woman’s rights to choose whether she wears a burqa or not. Unlike in supposedly ‘liberal’ EU countries like France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Denmark and the Netherlands where women are legally banned from wearing the burqa in many public places and face fines for doing so. Not to mention Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry saying she would actively discriminate against women who wear burqas…

Boris Refuses to Answer Private Life Questions

At the hustings Boris tells Iain Dale, when questioned about last night’s shenanigans “I don’t think they want to hear about that kind of thing”. Which is met with applause from the pro-Boris audience.

Dale presses Boris “So you’re not going to make any comment at all on this issue” to which Boris replies “I think that’s fairly clear.” The audience were not happy with Dale pursuing the point.[…] Read the rest

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Boris responds to Tusk…

“I don’t want a No Deal Brexit but I say to our EU friends if they don’t want No Deal they have got to get rid of the backstop from treaty. If Donald Tusk doesn’t want to go down in history as Mr No Deal Brexit then I hope this point will be borne in mind by him too.”

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