Claire Perry is not impressed that her WhatsApps were leaked to Guido earlier, admonishing the leaker for sending us the messages. Her message complaining about the leak has now also been leaked to Guido:
She has left the group in response.
“About a dozen colleagues from all sides of the House, men and women, approached me afterwards to say his behaviour was sexist and demeaning” @claireperrymp on why she has written to Speaker asking him to “consider his behaviour” over #Brexit debate comments #bbcdp pic.twitter.com/LnfKpr7pUJ
— BBC Daily Politics and Sunday Politics (@daily_politics) June 13, 2018
John Bercow is facing yet more allegations this afternoon, with Tory minister Claire Perry accusing him of “sexist and demeaning” behaviour and having a “women problem”. Perry says a dozen colleagues from all sides of the House are backing her after the incident yesterday. How long will the Speaker keep getting away with it?
UPDATE: Perry’s letter via The Sun.
UPDATE: Bercow has replied, dismissing Perry’s claims and instead inviting her for a “clear the air cup of tea”. Extraordinary…
— Ben (@Jamin2g) 8 February 2018
Mansplaining Remainer Terry Christian rather embarrassed himself on Question Time last night by continually shouting down, berating and interrupting any panel or audience member who dared to support Brexit. He was upbraided several times by host David Dimbleby for continually butting-in, yelling and attempting to force feed his Remain propaganda to viewers. The pro-EU bully smirked at Tory MP Claire Perry (who, incidentally, was a Remainer): “I’m just helping her.” Probably won’t be getting another invite.
Another calm and measured view around the Cabinet table…
Only seven Tory MPs rebelled against the government last night and voted for Labour’s amendment. Four of those seven rebels represent Leave constituencies:
Claire Perry: Devizes voted Leave
Antoinette Sandbach: Eddisbury voted Leave
Anna Soubry: Broxtowe voted Leave
Andrew Tyrie: Chichester voted Leave
Of the three other rebels, Heidi Allen and Ken Clarke represent Remain seats, while Bob Neill’s Bromley and Chislehurst voted 50-50. There were six Tory abstainers: George Osborne was giving a speech in Antwerp, Nicky Morgan flipped out at chief whip Gavin Williamson and refused to vote, Nick Herbert and Ben Howlett are dripping Europhiles, and Helen Grant. In reality the much hyped rebellion was far smaller than trailed…
Tory Remainer Claire Perry calls for calm and then describes her Leave colleagues as “jihadis“.
“I have to say that the tone of this debate… sometimes borders on the hysterical. I feel sometimes I’m sitting along with colleagues who are like jihadis in their support for a hard Brexit. No Brexit is hard enough, be gone you evil Europeans, we never want you to darken our doors again.”
Perry’s Devizes constituency voted Leave. “Hysterical.”
The government’s Digital Economy Bill seeking to block access to porn sites with no age verification is shoddy for a long list of reasons. First, how do they decide what to block? Twitter for example contains a huge amount of immediately accessible porn, will the whole social network be blocked? The BBFC, who usually provide classifications for films, will have to employ an army of porn-watchers to determine what is and isn’t blockable. On a practical level, it is impossible to police all 800 million or so porn sites in the world.
Then there are the age restrictions themselves. The government plan is to force viewers to hand over credit card or passport details. Given the stories about hacking we have seen over the last few years, who would share their personal information with some porn baron? Why is the government allowing the potential for people’s names to be forever linked in online databases to their entire porn viewing history? What happens when Britons’ personal porn data is hacked, as it inevitably will be at some point?
DCMS want to issue fines of up to £250,000 to porn sites which refuse to implement age verification. Yet only 7% of porn on the internet is hosted in the UK – 93% of sites hosting porn would remain untouchable. And what’s to stop the current British porn sites moving their servers offshore? Claire Perry has tabled an amendment – backed by lobbyists at Christian Action – to ban foreign sites as well. The government has the ability to do that, but savvy users can simply use a VPN to log on in seconds. Not for the first time, Porno Perry does not understand the internet.
Most importantly, all this forgets one very simple rule: No piece of legislation will ever be invented that can prevent teenage boys from finding and looking at pictures of naked women. Now, about those donkeys…
Jeremy Corbyn’s idea to introduce women-only train carriages is making a splash this morning. While some might assume the inspiration for this this overtly authoritarian policy came from some of Jezza’s less feminist-inclined “friends”, could Corbyn have been influenced by someone closer to home? Here is Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport Claire Perry addressing a fringe event at the Tory conference in 2014:
“How terrifying to be travelling home in a place where I should reasonably expect to be safe and to be the victim of a sexual crime… It’s frightening to think you are going home, taking public transport because you don’t want to drive, you’ve had a drink, and you’re not safe… They have introduced women-only seating in Japan because there is a particular problem with groping and low-level violence. It is a very interesting question and I will look at all ideas.”
But how will men get to the buffet car?
Guido can now happily report that Tory MP Claire Perry has backed down after her bizarre claim that Guido ‘sponsored’ hacking pranksters who uploaded hardcore images onto the anti-porn campaigner’s website. Perry has conceded:
“For the purpose of clarity, I have never stated or indeed believe that you organised the hacking and am quite happy to make that view public.”
The government internet adviser’s offending tweets claiming that Guido sponsored the hacking have now been deleted after Guido’s lawyers demanded that she remove them and withdraw the crazy and technologically illiterate claims which she had made.
Guido would once again like to thank the team at Griffin Law for their work…
The people have spoken. Nearly three thousand of you voted in Guido’s consultation on whether he should sue Claire Perry for defamation after she accused him of “sponsoring” hackers to post porno pictures on her website. 2,404 co-conspirators said Guido should sue Claire Perry…
It is not as if Guido did not politely ask her to withdraw her false accusations:
Reluctantly, Guido has instructed m’learned friends who will be writing to her today…
Last night after Guido reported the legitimate news that anti-porn campaigner Claire Perry had been targeted by internet hackers who hosted porn on her website, the Tory MP went proper shouty crackers on Twitter.
You can read her collected tweets here. They are without any foundation, merit or a shred of evidence to back them up. Guido suspects it is based on Perry’s dislike of the blog bringing the pushy MP back down to earth occasionally. Perry does not have a leg to stand on here, so if she does not retract the bonkers allegations, should Guido unleash his lawyers? You won’t like them when they’re angry.
So in the now fashionable manner popularised by the government the blog has decided to put the decision out to consultation to the readers. Poll closes at midday. Vote below…
Despite it being widely reported last week and over the weekend, Downing Street sources now say there will not be a reshuffle before the summer break. The idea of creating a new batch of disgruntled ex-ministers and letting them stew over a long hot summer did seem a little odd, yet their new claim that “it was never going to happen” should be taken with a lot of salt; especially given the imminent were being openly discussed by Tory staffers as late as last night at the PM’s media drinks party. That faint sound you can hear is Claire Perry gently sobbing…
The FT say Wednesday, Sky say otherwise , but the reshuffle speculation is reaching fever pitch before the summer break. A Downing Street source explains it well: “there are two very good rules with reshuffle speculation. 1. If you hear if from a journalist it is almost certainly b****ks. 2. If you hear from an MP it is undoubtedly b****ks, unless, in this case, that MP is called David and he lives in No.10.” Bloggers, on the other hand…
Guido hears that, provided that the plan does not change, Claire Perry has less than a week to clear her desk – the mini-reshuffle is ‘pencilled in’ to the grid for Thursday 18 July. It may have been pencilled in, but with the hype growing it could well be brought forward.
You can read all of Guido’s speculation about the minor-movements from over the last few weeks here. There are no big changes expected, but plenty of deckchairs rearranged and deadwood shifted from the lower rungs of government. The ladies will do particularly well.
Given that exactly half of the women in cabinet are called Theresa (2 out of 4) it is going to be tough for the PM to sack a woman at the coming reshuffle this month. Equalities Minister Helen Grant and Maria Miller, the Culture Secretary, have been particularly useless, but the Cameron project is on thin ice here.
Former TV presenter Esther McVey is expected to be plucked from the Department for Work and Pensions, especially after that unexpected primetime Today programme performance yesterday. Amber Rudd, currently on the lowest rung of the ladder as George Osborne’s parliamentary PPS, is heavily tipped to become an undersecretary of state… somewhere.
As Guido has been reporting in the Sun over recent weeks, reshuffle speculation is reaching fever-pitch. Loyal backbenchers and excitable junior ministers are all ears. Guido hears that Man of Kent Charlie Elphicke is particularly confident of his chances of promotion. As is Transport Junior Minister Stephen Hammond, who has been prying any snippets of speculation he can out of his bored colleagues.
Keen greasy pole climber Claire Perry is “clearing her desk as we speak and preparing her staff for high office” according to one dry Tory MP. Watch out for Liz Truss, as well. Nobody disputes the ladies will do well…
With the mini-reshuffle on the cards for early next month keeping everyone well behaved, the joke doing the rounds of Tory MPs is that Claire Perry “is so far up the PM’s a**e she can almost see Matt Hancock’s shoes.” Play nice, kids…
It’s not just ministerial movements in the offing. As Guido revealed in yesterday’s Sun column, the PM’s press secretary Susie Squire is weighing up leaving Downing Street even if Gabby Bertin, for whom she is covering, does not return from maternity leave. It would be the perfect opportunity to bring in someone with some print experience who can command some respect amongst hacks, leaving Craig Oliver to do what he likes doing – dealing with the TV news. They couldn’t afford Guido, obviously…
Try as she might – and judging by her shameless sucking up she has tried – Claire Perry has still yet to be reshuffled into government. Her one consolation is that Dave has made her his adviser on childhood. The Tories’ answer to Harriet Harman is throwing herself into her new non-job, telling the Mail that parents should snoop on their children’s texts and private messages. Guido has no problem with parents seeking to protect their children from the worst of the web. But when she demands the state block adults from porn…
Perry’s nannying calls for the state to ban raunchy music videos and label airbrushed photos of celebs are even more disturbing. Big Brother Watch’s Nick Pickles is damning of the PM’s Rihanna-hater-in-chief:
“We’re not entirely sure how it fits for a Conservative MP and a newspaper usually committed to reducing state interference in our lives are able to square away issuing parenting diktats, but more concerning is the total lack of any evidence to support these claims. No research on how many parents feel they are not able to discuss this with their children. No evidence of how many children are allowed unrestricted access to the internet in their bedrooms. We’ve seen the dodgy stats underpinning this Mary Whitehouse 2.0 campaign before and now they seem to have given up on evidence-based policy altogether.”
No research, dodgy stats and giving up on evidence-based policy. Perhaps Perry would be suited for promotion after all…
Claire Perry and Paul Dacre’s plan to censor the internet by putting up mandatory firewalls is back on. Despite expert advice saying it is a waste of time and civil liberties groups hammering their keyboards, the numbers in the crucial mothers polling group must be telling No. 10 something. Taking to the Mail today, Dave says:
“…with our new system, every parent will be prompted to protect their child online. If they don’t make choices, protection will be automatically on. No other Government has taken such radical steps before. And once all this is in place, Britain will have the most robust internet child protection measures of any country in the world – bar none.
To get all this underway, I have appointed Claire Perry MP to be my adviser on preventing the sexualisation and commercialisation of childhood. Claire is a passionate campaigner for internet safety and mother of three. Her job will be to see this through, to get internet companies on board, to do what it takes to protect children and young people online.All this comes back to something really important. It’s not just about the internet, or modern technology – it’s about childhood.”
She finally gets that long conveted promotion then. Presumably the new filter would block kids searching about Perry’s more passionate moments?
When she isn’t speculating that Kate Middleton might be up the duff or suggesting that girls should be spared from prison, it seems Claire Perry has porn on the mind. But the Tory MP’s campaign to control what we can and can’t watch on our computer screens was laid bare today after its dodgy stats were rumbled. SafetyNet claim that one in three ten-year-olds have viewed online porn. It turns out they lifted the figure from an obscure magazine, which has admitted using a sample of 14-16 year-olds from just one school in north London. So in other words her figures are about as academic as a show of hands in a pub. Maybe Perry should spend less time worrying why all her sucking up failed to land her a job, and a bit more time on the facts.