Raab: We Will Be Toast If We’re Not Out By October
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Rory Stewart Jumps to Second Place With Tory Members

Looks like Rory Stewart’s ‘unique’ style of campaigning hasn’t done him too much harm, he’s managed an improbable jump into second place in the latest ConHome leadership survey. He’s still going to need at least another eight votes if the fun is going to continue. He tells The Sun he is still “one or two votes short”…

Raab and Gove have both been pushed down a place and fall under 10% for the first time in months, Hunt has closed the gap slightly while the Saj has managed to put a bit of distance between himself and the remaining candidates. Hancock looks to have cleared the 16-vote bar with George Freeman’s switch from Gove yesterday, the other three all have work to do. The membership won’t be too distraught either way, it’s just 2% for McVey and Leadsom while Hancock and Harper don’t even muster 1%…

It’s all a bit academic anyway, these are all molehills compared to Boris Johnson’s towering peak – breaking the 50% mark for the first time. His smooth launch yesterday failed to offer any kind of gamechanging gaffe his rivals need to dent his imposing lead. It’s increasingly starting to look like a race for second place…

mdi-timer 13th June 2019 @ 9:01 am 13th Jun 2019 @ 9:01 am mdi-comment Comments
Raab’s Pitch: Competence

Dominic Raab’s launch today was solid and competent, it did the job and he didn’t stand in front of a bright window. He got in his jabs against both Remainers and Boris with a clear pro-enterprise, pro-Brexit, pro-worker message of targeted tax cuts and a “buccaneering approach” to trade. He told a genuinely funny joke and even managed to make light of his own feminism mini-row while setting out the tough approach he would take in Brussels. It was a strong pitch to get his old job of Brexit Secretary back…

If the jokes and the focus on the back story were an attempt to answer the lingering questions over whether he’s got the charisma to win over voters in the age of Corbyn and Farage, the jury is still out. He’s still got to warm up his delivery if he wants to Raab voters up the right way…

mdi-timer 10th June 2019 @ 12:27 pm 10th Jun 2019 @ 12:27 pm mdi-comment Comments
Raab Accuses Lidington of Sabotaging Backstop Changes

Dominic Raab has done a lengthy interview with the Spectator’s Katy Balls covering everything from karate to feminism. However the moment that will raise Brexiteer eyebrows the most is when Raab directly blames Theresa May’s deputy David Lidington for sabotaging his attempts to renegotiate the backstop as Brexit Secretary:

‘I think there was a window of opportunity,’ he says. ‘The frustrating thing is that it was closed by our own side.’ Specifically, he suspects, by David Lidington, Theresa May’s de facto deputy, who held his own talks with the Irish and seemed to stop what No. 10 saw as Raab’s freelancing. ‘It wasn’t ruled out by Coveney, it was ruled out by Varadkar. The only thing that happened in between is that he met David Lidington. It’s clear what happened.’

This will do nothing to ease widespread Brexiteer suspicions that the backstop was just a ruse cooked up from the start by Theresa May’s inner circle of Remainer advisers…

mdi-timer 30th May 2019 @ 3:00 pm 30th May 2019 @ 3:00 pm mdi-comment Comments
Raab Releases Moving Video on Labour’s Anti-Semitism Shame

In the video he says

“There was not so long ago a shared understanding about the parameters of civilised debate and about tolerance. In recent times, this once great party has become a stain on our country. I am talking about the inaction when a small minority of members and even their own MPs are caught saying terrible things that go beyond the bounds of tolerant debate.

You would be surprised at how many British people take this personally. My father grew up knowing that most of his family had been systematically murdered for no other reason that they were Jews. He grasped the opportunities and embraced the tolerance that our great country offers, but he never forgot what happened to his family.

There are certain things that should stand above party political divides. I think if you look at the evidence Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell have shown they won’t stand up for that ideal. I believe all parties must preserve the free and tolerant democracy that I know from my own family’s experience we are lucky to have in this country.”

Raab makes the point well and leverages in some of his personal history. Wise for candidates to remember the Labour Party still has to be beaten at the end of this election..

mdi-timer 30th May 2019 @ 10:14 am 30th May 2019 @ 10:14 am mdi-comment Comments
Hunt Won’t Commit to October 31 Brexit Deadline

Jeremy Hunt was grilled on Brexit by Peston last night after being forced to helplessly sit through a whole segment of the show where his flip-flopping on Brexit was read out line-by-line. Ouch…

More significantly, Hunt would not commit to the new October 31 Brexit deadline on the grounds that Parliament could try to block no deal, which he argues would lead to a “very, very devastating” general election. Hunt’s plan relies on putting back together the Conservative-DUP alliance, which will be a tall ask if the hated backstop is still in place…

On the other side of the argument Dominic Raab tells the Spectator that he would be prepared to use all the “levers of the executive” to force through a no deal if necessary, potentially setting up an epic constitutional crash with aspiring ‘Eternal President’ John Bercow. May never seriously attempted to use those levers so Raab would be in unchartered waters. Ultimately the onus would be on Remainer Tory MPs to decide once and for all what they really think is worse, no deal or a Marxist Prime Minister…

mdi-timer 30th May 2019 @ 8:54 am 30th May 2019 @ 8:54 am mdi-comment Comments
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