Carrie Symonds has revealed she and Boris are now engaged and the pair are expecting their first child, due in the early summer. Congratulations to the couple… You shouldn’t read anything into her making the announcement on leap year’s day, she says they actually got engaged last year.
Read Carrie’s Instagram announcement in full:
UPDATE: Boris is “absolutely delighted”
Boris "absolutely delighted" at baby news pic.twitter.com/FYHsBGNPFp— Guido Fawkes (@GuidoFawkes) March 1, 2020
An incredible accusation doing the rounds this morning from BBC journalist Pádraig Belton claiming Boris has not been seen in public for days because a secretly pregnant Carrie gave him a black eye for cheating on her. Explosive if true…
While Guido enjoys proffering political rumours, a simple check brings up this photo of Boris leaving No. 10 on Monday; without a black eye. That seems to suggest this rumour is bollocks …
The Sun is reporting that Number 10 is considering raising fuel duty for the first time in a decade in order to fund its spending plans. This would be the first U-turn for Boris…
Boris at a press conference alongside Michael Gove and Gisela Stuart during the election campaign (29 November 2019), said clearly that “we don’t want to raise fuel duty, I’ve absolutely no intentions to raise duel duty.” The Sun this morning claims “Cummings was pushing Sajid to put up fuel duty, so the PM will look good for the climate conference we’re hosting”. Given new Tory voters don’t give a fig about COP this seems hard to believe.
Fuel duty is a tax that falls not just on those fabled white van men, it is a cost passed onto all consumers in general prices and adds to inflation. Macron’s problems with the Gilet Jaunes began when he decided to increase a fuel tax. Would Boris really want to antagonise Britain’s high-viz vest wearers?
In this morning’s briefing the Prime Ministers’ spokesman Jamie Davies spent ten long minutes taking questions from Lobby hacks on Boris’ views on IQ. The repeated answer to all lines of inquiry was that “the Prime Minister’s views are well documented.” What are those views?
The best answer we have is from the speech Boris gave in 2013 to the Centre for Policy Studies, where he touched upon the subject. In the speech entitled ‘What Would Maggie do Today?’
“No one can ignore the harshness of that competition, or the inequality that it inevitably accentuates; and I am afraid that violent economic centrifuge is operating on human beings who are already very far from equal in raw ability, if not spiritual worth.
Whatever you may think of the value of IQ tests, it is surely relevant to a conversation about equality that as many as 16% of our species have an IQ below 85, while about 2% have an IQ above 130. The harder you shake the pack, the easier it will be for some cornflakes to get to the top.”
The speech causes a furore at the time, with Boris having to defend his comments, claiming by way of explanation that “What I was saying, actually, is that there is too much inequality, and my speech was actually a warning, as correctly reported by many newspapers, against letting this thing go unchecked.” Which seemed to Guido at the time to be a bit of a reverse ferret…
The point fits with his regular refrain in contemporary speeches that ‘talent and brilliance is equally distributed across the country, but opportunity is not.’ Discussions of IQ are a minefield, the left explodes when it touches on race, whereas most of the right is deeply convinced that IQ is relevant to achievable outcomes. It goes to their respective fundamental beliefs in human nature.
Incidentally, has anyone noticed that “super-forecaster” Andrew Sabisky, whose musings have triggered this latest round of outrage, described Penny Mordaunt and Gavin Williamson as “morons“:
it says something about how badly defence is regarded that we keep getting proper morons as SecDef, Mordaunt somehow being even worse than Williamson— Andrew Sabisky (@AndrewSabisky) May 1, 2019
Guido wonders if the autistic Sabisky can forecast what their reaction will be to finding this out?
Is Boris going to start advocating free movement?…