WATCH: Shapps Apologises for Airbrushing Boris Out of Picture

Grant Shapps has apologised for that mysterious photo that appeared on Twitter last week, finally denying his involvement in a Stalinist purge of the ex-PM. Speaking in the Commons this afternoon, Shapps said:

“I saw that I inadvertently airbrushed him out of a picture on Twitter last week. I think my team were confused: I simply told the team he needs hair-brushing, not airbrushing. No one did more to progress space than the right honourable gentleman as Prime Minister, and although that space launch wasn’t successful last week, it is I know the start of a very important new sector for this country… “

No gulag for Boris after all…

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Stalinist Purge of Boris, Grant Denies Photoshapping

There’s something odd about the image Grant Shapps tweeted of his recent visit to Spaceport Cornwall. Guido can’t quite put his finger on it…

Someone appears to want Boris consigned to the gulag…

UPDATEA source close to Grant Shapps said: “Grant wasn’t aware anyone had edited the picture. He removed it as soon as it was pointed out. Obviously he wouldn’t endorse anyone rewriting history by removing the former Prime Minister from a picture. He was proud to serve in Boris Johnson’s Government.”

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Grant Shapps Clashes with Darren Jones in Testy Committee Hearing

Sparks flew at the Business Select Committee hearing this afternoon, as BEIS Secretary Grant Shapps clashed with Committee Chair Darren Jones over the state of the economy. Jones even accused Shapps of being “rude [and] inappropriate” for interrupting him:

“You don’t seem to want to have a discussion based on data around the performance of your department in terms of economic growth…”

A testy Grant Shapps later apologised for failing to bring “a nine-point plan” with him. Handbags…

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Grant Shapps Confuses ‘Energy’ With ‘Electricity’

Energy isn’t as easy as it looks, and the new Secretary of State must be allowed time to play himself in. But he might beware of over-confidence.

Towards the end of BEIS questions this morning, he volleyed a powerful shot at the Opposition. Alas, it turned out to be a banana kick, rocketing into the back of his own net.

The former shadow Secretary of State for Energy said it was impossible to get to 40% renewable energy when we have – now – FORTY-THREE PER CENT!

Grant Shapps is not far off the median condition of BEIS secretaries of state when it comes to renewables. The briefing ministers receive from their civil servants clearly promotes renewable energy over all else.

But the annoying fact is that renewables create around 40% of our electricity, not our energy.

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Jake Berry Argues Grant Shapps Made a “Big Mistake” on Rail Strikes mdi-timer 27 November 2022 @ 09:28 27 Nov 2022 @ 09:28 mdi-twitter mdi-facebook mdi-whatsapp mdi-telegram mdi-linkedin mdi-email mdi-comment View Comments Sadiq Claims Credit for Saving Bus Routes From His Own Cuts

Like an arsonist taking credit for putting out his own fire, Sadiq Khan is posing with supporters holding “Saved by Sadiq” posters, as though he’s heroically stepped in to save London’s bus routes from evil Tory cuts. The problem: he was the one who planned the cuts in the first place…

Yes, apparently U-turning on his own decision to slash dozens of bus routes is now worthy of a backslap and a photo-op. Of course, Sadiq had previously claimed his hands were tied by government diktat, even though Grant Shapps, then-Transport Secretary, made it clear in June this wasn’t the Government’s position – and the proposed scrapping of 22 bus routes was unnecessary:

“TfL’s income (from fares, commercial activity, road charges, business rates, council tax, and the emergency revenue subsidy provided by us) is about the same as before the pandemic. In other words, there is, and will be, more than enough money to maintain services. Your claims that yet further cuts, of 18 per cent to the buses and 9 per cent to the Tube, will be required unless we meet your demands for a capital deal are therefore also false.”

So, now Sadiq has changed his mind on the cuts and acting like he’s saved the day. Makes for a nice slogan though. 

Read Shapps’ full letter here

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