Boris in The Telegraph on May…
“… it was certainly a serious mistake in 2015 for the Home Office to order a move away from stop and search.”
The lefty / Remain papers do write some nonsense about their bogeyman Boris, but today’s Mirror splash has to be most tenuous BoJo attack story ever. They are having a pop at the former Foreign Secretary for not having yet moved out of his Carlton Gardens residence. The Mirror copy says their story “is bound to infuriate homeless charities” and hint that Jeremy Hunt is unhappy Boris is still there. Labour say it is “shocking” and “extraordinary”, “taxpayer-funded squatting” and “it’s high time the Government take back control of this property”.
Back in the real world, it has been just 10 days since Boris resigned, it is completely standard practice for an outgoing Foreign Secretary to take a few weeks to leave their official residence, he has permission from the government and Jeremy Hunt to stay there until the end of the month, and Boris is paying all his bills so there is no cost to the taxpayer. So all of the key points of the Mirror and Labour attacks completely fall apart. A front page so “shocking” and “extraordinary” that no one has yet followed it up…
PA have “fact checked” BoJo’s claim this afternoon that “the pound soared” as a result of the Lancaster House speech:
DID POUND 'SOAR' AFTER MAY'S LANCASTER HOUSE SPEECH AS BORIS JOHNSON TOLD MPS? PA POLITICS Brexit Pound 18-Jul-2018 16:16:35 By Ian Jones, Press Association Boris Johnson told the House of Commons "the pound soared" following Theresa May's Lancaster House speech - but 24 hours after the prime minister's statement, sterling had lost value against the dollar. On the day of the speech, January 17 2017, the pound traded at 1.24 US dollars. The following day it had slipped to 1.23 US dollars.
Look at the chart above, the £ started the day at $1.20. During and in the immediate aftermath of the speech the £ did indeed soar. Closing the London trading day at the $1.24 high. This is a significant move in currency markets. Boris was absolutely correct.
Overnight profit taking does not invalidate his assertion and the £ continued to rise in the following weeks. PA is being less than objective in framing the move as they did.
The key line from Boris’ statement…
Mr Speaker I want to thank you for granting me this opportunity first to pay tribute to the men and women of the FCO
who have done an outstanding job over the last two years
I am very proud that we have rallied the world against Russia’s barbaric use of chemical weapons
with an unprecedented 28 countries joining together to expel 153 spies in protest at what happened in Salisbury
We have rejuvenated the Commonwealth with a superb summit that saw Zimbabwe back on the path to membership – and Angola now wanting to join
and as I leave we are leading global campaigns against illegal wildlife trade and in favour of 12 years of quality education for every girl
and we have the flag going up in nine new missions in the Pacific and the Caribbean and Africa and more to come
we have overtaken France to boast the biggest diplomatic network of any European country
None of this would have been possible without the support of my RT Hon friend the PM
Everyone who has worked with her will recognise her courage and resilience
and it was my privilege to collaborate with her in promoting Global Britain
a vision for this country she set out with great clarity at Lancaster House on Jan 17 last year
a country eager as she said
not just to do a bold, ambitious and comprehensive free trade agreement with the EU
– out of the customs union and out of the single market –
but also to do new free trade deals around the world
I thought it was the right vision then. I think so today
The awkward moment Trump repeatedly said he thinks Boris would make a great PM, while standing next to the current PM.
Punchy stuff from Channel 4’s FactCheck, who have accused Boris Johnson of lying in his resignation letter about EU safety regulations. Would be pretty embarrassing if Factcheck got it wrong…
“If a country cannot pass a law to save the lives of female cyclists — when that proposal is supported at every level of UK Government — then I don’t see how that country can truly be called independent.”
FactCheck took exception to his assertion that the UK government supported the proposal, telling their readers: “he’s wrong… he’s left out some key details… the UK government explicitly did not support the proposals”. FactCheck emailed Team Boris telling them: “as you’ll know, the government did not support the EU regulation on the matter”. Yet it turns out it is FactCheck who “left out some key details”…
In 2013, the European Commission published the proposed change to the regulation. FactCheck are right that the UK government initially signalled it would oppose the change – indeed in January 2014 Boris expressed his concern about the UK position. Yet what FactCheck don’t mention is that the UK government’s actual decision, when it came to the European Council vote in April 2015, was to vote in favour. The UK government did support it…
So when FactCheck said to Boris that “the government did not support the EU regulation on the matter”, they omitted to mention that, actually, it did. Boris was calling for this change to be made a year before the EU passed it – if the UK was a sovereign nation in control of its laws we could have implemented it ourselves. Yet another example of the media’s blind hatred of Boris resulting in basic factual errors…
NB. Of course this is the same Channel 4 whose editor last year liked a tweet calling Boris a “c**t”.
.@GuidoFawkes – You say we omit UK’s European Council 2015 vote in favour of the law.
Our article states: “The European Council, which includes representation from the UK government, later adopted the directive”
— C4 News FactCheck (@FactCheck) July 11, 2018
Doubling down on their stupidity. The European Council is made up of heads of government of the EU’s 28 countries. Its job is to provide political direction. It is the Council of the EU which deals with legislation. They are two different institutions.
A Downing Street spokesman said: “This afternoon, the Prime Minister accepted the resignation of Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary. His replacement will be announced shortly. The Prime Minister thanks Boris for his work.”
Sky reports David Cameron and Boris Johnson met last night, where they agreed Theresa May’s Brexit plan was:
“the worst of both worlds”
The BBC reported he was on a trade mission. The Sun speculated he was in Libya. Somewhere in Africa, offered the Sunday Times. Others suggested the Foreign Affairs Council in Luxembourg. Red Box got it the most wrong:
Whitehall source says Boris Johnson is currently in the foreign office…
— Matt Chorley (@MattChorley) June 25, 2018
Boris has surfaced in Afghanistan, the game given away by the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs…
Top Boris Johnson adviser Ben Gascoigne is departing, Guido understands. Gascoigne has been at Boris’ side for a decade, guiding him through both victorious mayoral campaigns, two elections and the EU referendum. Most recently he has been his SpAd at the FCO leading on parliamentary management and delivering on key policies. Gazza is well-connected and well-liked within the party and his departure will be a loss to the Foreign Secretary – landing him will be a coup for any private sector firm. It also opens up a plum SpAd role on Team Boris…
Months ago Dominic Cummings was shopping around polling that he had done showing that the Tories could win the next election almost only by conceding the NHS argument and splurging more money on it. Remember Boris going public on the need to spend more money on the NHS at the beginning of the year? He had seen the polling and been won over by the argument. Which of course also conveniently solved that exhortion-on-the-side-of-a-bus problem for Boris which obstructed, like a stalled bus, the path to him becoming PM. Theresa May today calling the £20 billion NHS spending hike “a Brexit dividend” paves the way for Boris to argue at either a leadership hustings or a general election that the government has delivered on the exhortion he made. That’s why he’s happy…
Jeremy Hunt of course wanted the money, as all Health Secretaries do, whatever he spins about threatening to resign it wasn’t his pleading alone that won the day. Brexiters in government are being bought off by Theresa May, Leave-backing ministers have consistently demanded that the Brexit dividend be spent on the NHS. Given the PM is about to deliberately deliver the de minimis Brexit possible consistent with actually exiting the EU, giving Leavers in government a win to point at is a necessary lubricant for the shafting they are about to get. Whatever your view of the likely magnitude of the Brexit dividend it is clear that it will not be reaped for a good few years yet. This NHS splurge is about politics and will be funded by increased borrowing and delaying the balancing of the budget for a generation. Electorally it takes away Corbyn’s best card, out-flanking him on spending on the NHS…
The Conservative Party in parliament and in the country will swallow it because they would privatise their grandmothers to stop Corbyn and McDonnell getting into Downing Street. Cummings is now one step closer to being chief-of-staff to Prime Minister Boris… or Gove.
Here we go… Boris has told a dinner of Conservative Way Forward donors that Brexit is in danger of being sold out and that the government may not manage to get a deal palatable to Leave voters. In his strongest warning about the direction on Brexit yet, the Foreign Secretary said he fears that we could still end up effectively in a customs union with the EU and closely aligned to their rules and regulations. He blasted Philip Hammond and the Treasury as Remoaners who are not making the best of Brexit. He again demanded Number 10 abandon their failed hybrid model and overwhelmingly back Max Fac. Every Brexiter will agree with every word of this. At last a Cabinet minister stands up for Brexit…
100 Tory MPs have tonight formed the new parliamentary council of the Thatcherite group Conservative Way Forward. Eight Cabinet ministers – Sajid Javid, Chris Grayling, Liam Fox, Michael Gove, Esther McVey, Jeremy Hunt, David Davis and David Gauke – are among them. This is a much needed push from the sounder wing of the Tories to fight back against the ever wetter direction of the party. And the increasing prevalence of Corbyn-friendly views among some voters.
At a reception at the IoD this evening, new CWF chairman Conor Burns made the case for freedom and talked up CWF’s nine principles of democracy, capitalism, deregulation, freedom, community, enterprise, nationhood, security and choice. Some good words on Brexit too:
The British people voted to again be and independent self-governing country. We – unlike the establishment – believe not that this is some disaster that needs to be mitigated but rather an opportunity to be embraced. We want to build a modern, outward looking, liberal country that trades with the world. As we approach the second anniversary of that historic vote we hear the quiet but strong instruction of the people. Insistent they tell us clearly: get on with it. We are not renegotiating our membership of the EU. We are leaving. The public knew exactly what they were voting for – indeed the Government used millions of their money to tell them.
We are leaving the Customs Union. Leaving the Single Market. The Supreme Court in London will now be THE supreme court of the United Kingdom. The Prime Minister could not have been clearer on Britain’s Brexit red lines. And she will have the support of Conservative Way Forward as she delivers them. Every one of CWF’s new Parliamentary Council will be in the lobby next week supporting the Prime Minister and upholding the democratic decision of the British people.
Boris was the keynote speaker, calling for his colleagues to back leaving the customs union and remake the case for free trade. He branded Corbyn a Chavez apologist and vest-wearing Marxist condoner of anti-Semitism.
About time this wing of the Tory party stood up to Theresa May’s joyless statism of sugar taxes, energy caps and price controls, and the Ruth Davidson / Philip Hammond view that they need to tax more, spend more and regulate more. 100 MPs and eight Cabinet ministers is an impressive and encouraging reminder that there are some friends of freedom left in the Tory party…
— Bloomberg Brexit (@Brexit) May 23, 2018
Boris speaking to Bloomberg in Buenos Aires:
“The prime minister is the custodian of the plan, which is to come out of the customs union, out of the single market and to get on with it, to get on with that project with all convenient speed. Outward, free-trading countries — what they want to hear from us is that we are getting on with it with confidence and brio and zap and dynamism.”
Speaking for the nation…