“MPs have a responsibility. I would lock you in a room with limited food and water until this decision was arrived at” City AM’s @ChristianJMay to MPs @EmmaReynoldsMP @DamianHinds on their Article 50, customs union and single market votes#politicslive https://t.co/e8n3YEXQKh pic.twitter.com/k0aZv0Oypi
— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) January 24, 2019
Education Secretary Damian Hinds and Labour MP Emma Reynolds and were skewered this afternoon on Politics Live by CityAM’s Christian May over their support (tacit or otherwise) for Yvette Cooper’s anti-no deal amendment. They admitted that they both stood on manifestos pledging to take the United Kingdom out of the EU’s Single Market and Customs Union, and both voted to trigger Article 50, thereby starting the clock and setting no deal as the legal default. It is logically impossible for MPs take no deal off the table now unless they are prepared to cancel Brexit altogether.
It’s not good enough for MPs who voted to hold the referendum, agreed to implement the result, voted for Article 50, and then stood on manifestos pledging again to implement the result in full, to now start engaging in Parliamentary shenanigans with the effect of blocking Brexit indefinitely because they haven’t thought through the consequences of their actions. It’s increasingly apparent as time goes on that it wasn’t Leave voters but in fact smug Remainer politicians who didn’t understand what they were voting for…
In the May v May interview in City AM this morning, Theresa May’s answers to Christian May’s quickfire round were revealing:
Hayek or Keynes? “I have one theory which is you have to live within your means.”
Well that is hardly true, is it. May’s manifesto pushed back the never-ending deficit reduction horizon to 2025.
Black cabs or Uber? “Black cabs are a great institution.”
Safety first as ever from the PM. Oh for the the days of Digital Dave’s backing for forward-thinking, freedom and innovation.
Coq D’Argent or Simpson’s Tavern? “Simpson’s Tavern.” When I point out this is Nigel Farage’s favourite City haunt, the PM changes her mind.
Says it all…
City AM editor Christian May:
“Asked why he was leaving Corbyn’s Labour party to become a museum director, Tristram Hunt says he wants something more forward looking.”
City AM is the first major publication in the UK to block ad blockers. Adblockers kill the revenue stream of free-to-air advertising supported publishers. If ad blockers become mainstream, publications will either have to put up subscription paywalls or go out of business. If you don’t like advertising you basically don’t like capitalism…
Kudos to Christian May at City AM for leading the way on this issue. Content is king, ad blocking is regicide….
City AM editor Christian May gave the London Taxi Drivers Association’s Steve McNamara a schooling on Newsnight last night:
The cabbies’ spokesman finishing up with a pretty defamtory conspiracy theory. Taxi for Mr McNamara…
The recently sold FT is free to online readers today, an odd marketing gambit. Christian May, editor of London’s rival financial paper City AM quips, “They should try going free 7 days a week. Works for us…” Zing…