Harriet Ellis, the 21-year-old Birmingham University student who rolled her eyes behind Nigel Farage at Channel 4’s Brexit Debate on Monday night instantly became a “hero” to Remainers.
An eye-roll that speaks for a nation tired of Farage, tired of broken promises and tired of Brexit.pic.twitter.com/y0oIKShSBu
— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) November 6, 2018
A host of FBPE accounts jumped in on the praise, JK Rowling liked it, and politicians like David Lammy lapped up the retweets. But little did they know that Harriet Ellis has backed Brexit since she was 14 years old. She told The Bristol Post that “I don’t trust the EU. I don’t like how we don’t really know who’s running it” and has taken to Twitter to tell her new Remainer fans to “Please stop calling me a hero!” and “please unfollow me!” Awkward…
Remoaners have been working themselves up into a tizzy over the last few weeks over an Open Democracy report which claimed that the police weren’t investigating the Leave campaigns due to “political sensitivities”. Carole was all over it, David Lammy had a Twitter tantrum while 74 MPs, Peers and MEPs including Vince Cable, Chuka Umunna and Lammy signed Ben Bradshaw and Molly Scott Cato’s cranky letter to the Police. Damian Collins even had a stern-looking Observer photoshoot…
The Met Police’s response has left the conspiracy brigade looking incredibly silly. Far from “stalling” the investigation, the police revealed that they had only received over 2,000 documents relating to the case from the Electoral Commission last month and were therefore still assessing the documents. No conspiracy, just another Electoral Commission cock-up…
They also issued a stern rebuke to Bradshaw and Scott Cato’s suggestion that they had “been approached by government representatives to suggest that you soft-pedal this investigation due to political sensitivities”, revealing that the only people who had been putting them under political pressure were them and their fellow Remoaners:
“The operational independence of the police is central to our policing system. There has been no contact from any government representative making enquiries into the status of the MPS enquiries. The only approach from any elected politician, political party, official or representative has been your correspondence, or similar correspondence from other seeking the MPS undertakes a wide ranging investigation into the EU referendum.”
The only ones trying to externally influence the police are the ones shouting loudest about “police independence”…
Sajid Javid was mockingly branded a “House Muslim” at a hard left ‘Stand Up To Racism’ event on Saturday. A speaker drew laughter from the audience as he called the Home Secretary “supposedly brown”:
“We have Sajid Javid – who is, you know, the House Muslim – who just cos he’s supposedly brown… and just because he has a Muslim-sounding name…”
A source in the room identified the speaker as Mustafa Al-Dabbagh, who was speaking on behalf of the Muslim Association of Britain. Other speakers addressing the event on Saturday included Diane Abbott, David Lammy and John McDonnell. Will they start by standing up to this kind of racially-charged derogatory language from a speaker with whom they shared a platform?
Former Bank of England Governor Mervyn King has launched a blistering attack on the Government’s “incompetent” approach to Brexit. Speaking to the BBC, he said that it “beggars belief” that the people tasked with preparing the country for Brexit had “brought us to a position where we’re now being told that we have to accept a certain course of action, otherwise it will be catastrophic”. He also slammed the Government for not having a “credible bargaining position” as a result of its failure to plan adequately for no deal as undermining the negotiations. Something Brexiteers have been saying since day one…
“We haven’t had a credible bargaining position, because we hadn’t put in place measures where we could say to our colleagues in Europe, ‘Look, we’d like a free-trade deal, we think that you would probably like one too, but if we can’t agree, don’t be under any misapprehension, we have put in place the measures that would enable us to leave without one.'”
Before more shameless Remainers try to follow David Lammy’s lead and twist his comments into pro-Remain propaganda, King already made clear in the interview that his comments were specifically about the Government’s preparations for Brexit, and not the merits of Brexit as a whole:
“It doesn’t tell us anything about whether the policy of staying in the EU is good or bad, it tells us everything about the incompetence of the preparation for it.”
King is an intellectual heavyweight who has long spoken about the potential benefits of Brexit. He is struggling to find any in the Government’s approach…
People are scared, people are frightened, my community is grieving four lost lives since Christmas. My constituents are angry and they have every right to be and I will continue to speak up on their behalf. pic.twitter.com/hrV2FGbmXv
— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) April 5, 2018
“We haven’t seen a police while I’ve been here and I’ve been here for a little while now,” David Lammy told the BBC earlier.
As a policeman stands in shot behind him…
— DailySunday Politics (@daily_politics) July 20, 2017
Remarkable stuff from David Lammy as he doubled down on his suggestion of a police cover up at Grenfell and even compared the situation to Hillsborough. Andrew Neil accused him of having no evidence, making untrue statements and playing politics. There is no evidence for what Lammy is saying, it is the height of irresponsibility…
— BBC Newsnight (@BBCNewsnight) June 26, 2017
In his defence it has been a stressful couple of weeks. But peddling conspiracies about the government and police is not exactly responsible…
Labour MPs including Caroline Flint were on TV this weekend demanding Corbyn sacks his old lover Diane Abbott after she missed the Article 50 vote due to a “migraine“, despite speaking hours before, going on the lash the night before, and several other cancer-striken MPs managing to vote. How cross is Jez with Diane? Guido can reveal that Abbott was due to speak at a Tottenham Labour Party fundraising dinner at a Haringey restaurant the day after the vote. Abbott was prominently advertised as the guest of honour for last Thursday’s event. Alas, Diane’s migraine had not passed and they had to find a replacement speaker. Which big name was willing to fill in for Diane on such short notice? One Jeremy Corbyn. Seems the furore is not causing any headaches among the Labour leadership…
Labour MPs in denial about the referendum result have been demanding parliament gets a vote on triggering Article 50. Sore loser David Lammy cries: “We can stop this madness and bring this nightmare to an end through a vote in parliament. Our sovereign parliament needs to vote now on whether we should exit the EU”. Embarrassingly, according to analysis on the They Work For You website, Lammy was absent for the vast majority of previous key Commons debates on the EU. Of the 42 “key votes” on Europe that Lammy could have attended, he turned up for a measly 13. They Work For You report that Lammy “has never voted on UK membership of the EU”. If he cared so much, maybe he should have turned up for work…
Lammy’s colleague Mike Gapes meanwhile says that respecting the decision of the nation is “deplorable” and “undemocratic”, insisting “parliament must decide”. This is a novel approach for Gapes. According to They Work For You website, of the 42 previous key EU votes that Gapes could have taken part in, he turned up for just 23. Bit late now for them to make pious pronouncements about parliamentary sovereignty… Give it up, losers…
Delusional David Lammy has said parliament should ignore the referendum result and vote to Remain in the EU anyway:
“Wake up. We do not have to do this. We can stop this madness and bring this nightmare to an end through a vote in parliament. Our sovereign parliament needs to now vote on whether we should exit the EU.
The referendum was an advisory, non-binding referendum. The Leave campaign’s platform has already unravelled and some people wish they hadn’t voted Leave. Parliament now needs to decide whether we should go forward with Brexit, and there should be a vote in parliament next week. Let us not destroy our economy on the basis of the lies and hubris of Boris Johnson.”
A Labour MP effectively telling millions of working class Labour voters across the country he doesn’t care what they think…
David Lammy has ‘done a Lammy’. The Information Commissioner has fined him £5,000 for making nuisance calls during his mayoral campaign. Here is their statement:
Mr Lammy instigated 35,629 calls over two days, playing a recorded message that urged people to back his campaign to be named the Labour party candidate for London Mayor.
Calls that play a recorded message must only be made to people who have given the organisation their permission to receive this type of call.
The ICO investigation found Mr Lammy did not have such permission, and so had broken the rules set out in the Privacy and Electronic Communication Regulations.
Information Commissioner Christopher Graham said:
“The rules apply to political groups canvassing for votes in the same way they apply to salespeople offering a discount on double glazing. If you want to call someone in this way, you must follow these rules. Mr Lammy did not, and that is why he has been fined.
UPDATE: Chi Onwurah, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy, twists the knife:
“I wrote to BT, their competitors and the Minister in October setting out an action plan for using technology to fight nuisance calls. It’s great that industry are listening, even if Ministers are not. This should go a long way to fighting what has become a daily menace for millions of people.”
David Lammy has, to use common parlance, ‘done a Lammy’ on the Daily Politics. Debating with UKIP’s Steven Woolfe on the EU referendum, Lammy made the historically creative claim that:
“A million Indians died fighting for us. They fought for the European Project”
Look out for Woolfe’s incredulous reply: “Did you just say they fought for the European Project?” Pretty sure they were fighting against the only major “European project” of the time…
David Lammy has, as it known in common parlance, ‘done a Lammy’:
Tax credits were introduced in 2003.
David Lammy was born in 1972.
That means Lammy was 31 when tax credits were introduced.
At least he didn’t say Marie Antoinette won the Nobel prize for her work on radiation. Oh.
Election mastermind David Lammy has said Ed will not win a majority in 2015:
“I don’t want to knock Ed personally. I actually think it’s a whole team issue. I think that, in the end, all of the major players that contribute to the Labour message.. have a lot to do between now and the general election. A lot to do!
I think that the next general election is going to be phenomenally close. I am not moving off my assumption, when I collapsed on to my sofa after the last general election with my wife and watched Nick Clegg and David Cameron walk into number 10, and that is we are in for a decade of either minority or coalition government. That was my general view [in 2010] there’s very little that’s shifted.”
The distancing of future Labour mayoral hopefuls from the current leadership has begun. Bad news for Team Ed favourite Sadiq Khan…