“I am going to keep, and I recommend my colleagues keep, their options open on this, because we don’t know what’s going to happen this week. We don’t know what the alternatives are and whether we vote for this or not depends hugely on whether we are able to leave with no deal or not.”
Help! I’ve been locked in a cell with IDS and @MikeGapes. They won’t stop arguing about Brexit! Get us out of here!!! Donate now for @ELHAP https://t.co/kTSri6RrIF #RedbridgeJailbreak #GoingDownOrGoingHome pic.twitter.com/Q2NhQNlI1e
— Wes Streeting MP (@wesstreeting) February 1, 2019
Fiona Onasanya isn’t the only MP to be locked away in prison this week. Iain Duncan Smith, Mike Gapes, and Wes Streeting are all spending the day in the slammer to raise money for ‘Every Life Has A Purpose’, a charity offering play opportunities for disabled and disadvantaged children. They each have to raise £1,000 to make bail…
At the time of writing, IDS has smashed through the target to £1,255, Wes is nearly there with £800, but Mike is languishing on just £195. You could go to their fundraising pages to let Wes and Mike go free. But on the other hand…
“Authoritarian? I wouldn’t actually describe the PM as being authoritarian because she doesn’t exactly have a lot of authority at the moment.”
Iain Duncan Smith is widely regarded as having saved May’s skin last week with his and Owen Paterson’s meeting in Number 10. Now he’s sounding less conciliatory…
Farage on “the key issue”:
He didn’t hold back on Cameron’s performance:
Ex-military IDS on the real reason we “get on with all our neighbours”:
And on Cameron’s weak economic arguments:
Bring on Gove…
Leave message: Global exporters and businesses within the domestic market want out.
Remain message: Brits are £1,800 better off in.
Cut through: IDS says Merkel pulled strings on EU negotiations.
Odds: Remain 1/3 Leave 9/4
Latest poll: Remain 44%, Leave 46% (ICM, online). Poll of Polls is now Remain 50%, Leave 50%.
IDS has flown the white flag from the top of Caxton House, bowing to pressure from the Twitter mob and distancing himself from the DWP’s perfectly reasonable promotional material:
“.. somebody along the way put up what is essentially meant to be an example of the kind of advice… and ended up going out as a quote… it’s quite peculiar and quite wrong and we’ve immediately taken it down and stopped it.. “
He has also hung whoever approved the leaflet out to dry, vowing disciplinary proceedings against someone who was essentially doing their job: helping benefits claimants avoid being sanctioned by using illustrative examples. A victory for the Twitter outrage bus…
After George Osborne was asked rather bizarrely if IDS had taken Viagra before the Budget, Iain Dale put it to the man himself on LBC:
[gigya src=”https://abfiles.s3.amazonaws.com/swf/audioboom_default_player_v1.swf” style=”background-color:transparent; display:block; min-width:300px; max-width:700px;” flashvars=”image_option=none&imgURL=&link_color=%2358d1eb&mp3Author=WikiGuido&mp3Duration=20620.0&mp3LinkURL=https%3A%2F%2Faudioboom.com%2Fboos%2F3358863-ids-i-ve-never-taken-viagra&mp3Time=04.30pm+09+Jul+2015&mp3Title=IDS%3A+I%27ve+Never+Taken+Viagra&mp3URL=https%3A%2F%2Faudioboom.com%2Fboos%2F3358863-ids-i-ve-never-taken-viagra.mp3%3Fsource%3Dwordpress&player_theme=light&rootID=boo_player_1&show_title=true&waveimgURL=https%3A%2F%2Fd15mj6e6qmt1na.cloudfront.net%2Fi%2Fw%2F2897596″ width=”540″ height=”150″ allowFullScreen=”true” wmode=”transparent”]
“I didn’t no. How can I say, I’ve never needed it. But anyway, I’m not making any further comment.”
Is he shouting “F***ing get in” or “fantastic”? We report, you decide…
UPDATE: In gif form.