Steve Bray has been doing what he does and making an nuisance of himself. On a Today Programme Brexit debate last night, Bray repeatedly heckled from the audience – reheating the old classics of “you lied!” and “Tories out!”. Eventually, his anti-Brexit tirades became too much even for the BBC to put up with and he was booted out. Where’s Lee Anderson when you need him…
Thankfully, Jacob Rees-Mogg was on hand to provide some insightful and characteristically polite running commentary:
“Steve, it’s nice of you to come and join us. For those of you listening at home, Steve Bray stands outside the House of Commons everyday shouting. I’ve said to him many times, he should stand for election if he wants to get his arguments across and he is trying to disrupt us this evening. He’s now being taken out so that we can carry on with discussion.”
Bray has also been quick to get his own side of the story out there. On Twitter, for the few co-conspirators not blocked by him, he’s posted a picture of his bruised nose, described how he was “kneed in the balls” and admitted his “ribs and right side are very painful”. Bray’s beef with the BBC might not end there, while he accepts the corporation was correct to kick him out, he claims “the violence and manner was totally out of order, uncalled for & illegal”. On this rare occasion, Guido’s inclined to back the BBC.
As Guido first reported back in November, Jacob Rees-Mogg is launching his own show on GB News in the coming weeks. The channel confirmed the move this morning with a video message from the ex-Business Secretary himself, revealing he’ll be taking the show on tour across the country in front of live audiences. Speaking this morning, Rees-Mogg said:
“GB News is a bastion of free speech which clearly has its finger uniquely on the pulse of public opinion and does not talk down to its viewers and listeners.I have been impressed by the channel’s independent-mindedness and its determination to talk to people with many different perspectives, which is exactly what I will do on my programme.”
No news on the programme’s name yet. Surely “Mogglebox”…
Rees-Mogg on his monthly ConservativeHome podcast:
“Boris infuriates dull people. So dull people get frightfully upset that somebody who’s much more interesting than them, cleverer than them, has been so much more successful. They’re worthy and decent and dull.”
100,000 civil servants are to strike on February 1 after union bosses decided the well-remunerated, work-from-home, generous overtime, luxury pensions and highly regarded conditions of their members were simply unacceptable. The action will involve members from 124 government departments, who will join their comrades from the border force staff on the picket lines.
Provided the government can encourage the civil servants to stay on the picket lines, unpaid, forever, this latest action by the cash-grabbing union barons could prove a great victory for Jacob Rees-Mogg, whose crusade to cut mandarin numbers was scuppered by Rishi’s government. Given civil servants’ love of refusing to go into the office these days, it will admittedly be very difficult to break the picket…
Jacob Rees-Mogg has slammed the Bank of England for its response to the mini-budget, accusing them of being slow to deal with inflation. While accepting that mistakes were made by the government, he singled out the Bank of England’s monetary policy committee for criticism:
“An independent Bank of England has one task: to keep inflation at 2% – it has manifestly failed at that task. That is not the government, that is the independent Bank of England.
As a minister we all had to pretend the Bank of England was doing marvelously – well it wasn’t. It’s an institution that has let the country down.”
Rees-Mogg accuses the government of allowing itself to take the blame for the Bank’s failures. Guido is not one to often defend the Old Lady of Threadneedle Street, however they implemented Quantitative Easing with the approval of the Treasury and their political masters. We are reaping the inflationary global consequences of what central bankers the world over sowed…
Jacob Rees-Mogg is back doing what he does best: leading the charge for Brexit. On Question Time last night, the former Brexit Opportunities Minister began a defence of Brexit’s benefits on democratic grounds, citing recent scandals in what he called the “corrupt, crooked European Parliament”. He then expanded on the potential for deregulation in the interest of consumers and argued for the liberalisation of wine imports. Cheaper booze is one platform we can all can get behind this Christmastime.