Illicit Encounters is back to once again (it’s becoming an annual tradition) answer the country’s most enduring question: who is the UK’s hottest MP? A survey of 2,000 Illicit Encounter users has concluded that Conservative MP Dehenna Davison – who won 29% of the vote – is the UK’s fittest female politician. Guido’s certain that this isn’t the only badge that Dehenna will wear with pride…
In second place was Labour’s Dr. Rosena Allin Khan, who scored 21% of the vote. Shadow Foreign Secretary Randy Nandy came in third place. Congratulations to all.
Co-conspirators will also be keen to learn that Johnny Mercer – who won 22% of the vote – was ranked the UK’s sexiest male politician. He tops Chancellor Dishy Rishi, who drops to second place with 20% of the vote. Boris Johnson comes in third place with a respectable 17%. All part of Building Back Bedder...
Mercer in his first post-sacking interview, with Times Radio:
“This is the most distrustful, awful environment I’ve ever worked in, in government. Almost nobody tells the truth is what I’ve worked out over the last 36 hours. And, you know, so so I don’t think anyone really can get on their high horse about trust and ethics and all the rest of it in politics, because as far as I’m concerned, most of it is a bit of a cesspit, I think we do have a clear commitment to follow through on our promises and do right by those who serve.”
Taking his sacking well…
Listen to the interview in full below:
Sky’s Sam Coates is reporting Defence Minister Johnny Mercer is set to resign after hitting a road block on being unable to end vexatious historic prosecutions for veterans. On April 8th Mercer openly criticised ministers for “foot-dragging” and a slow pace of progress in passing the law. Six days ago the Lords blocked the government’s bid to pass the law. Speaking to constituents during a Q&A at the end of March, Mercer articulated his frustrations:
“It’s been a real up-hill battle because, as you will notice, politicians are really good about talking a great game when it comes to our military, but when it comes to actually doing something for them like voting to end repeat prosecutions of our service men and women they go running for the hills.”
“We are going to get something through, it’s not going to be everything everybody wanted”
A handful of MPs are now getting involved in new vaccine trials, proudly sharing photos on social media as they help the development of the next bout of vaccines beyond Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca. Only one MP so far has felt the need to go completely topless for the jab…
Rarely do they see such a wimp in these parts when it comes to injections, but the lovely staff at Derriford Hospital made it all as seamless as ever this morning, in the latest round of the COVID-19 vaccine trial we’re doing here in Plymouth.. 🤦🏽 pic.twitter.com/nDrhhXjCUM— Johnny Mercer (@JohnnyMercerUK) February 5, 2021
Thankfully, Johnny did muster up some modesty:
Yes. That one was cropped for my modesty. You should have seen the wide shot. #preparedforanything— Johnny Mercer (@JohnnyMercerUK) February 5, 2021
Defence Minister Johnny Mercer broadcast a live Facebook Q&A for constituents last night in an aim to keep them up-to-date with various Covid questions they may have. Unsurprisingly, things got derailed as the minister instead faced questions about Toy Story, military-themed jokes and philosophical questions about jam sandwiches. The high point came as Mercer joked he would be willing to trial a viewer suggestion of vaccine-infused pints.
Which is a more toned down suggestion than this reader’s comment calls for in Viz Magazine today…
Guido caught deputy defence minister Johnny Mercer making his less-than-complimentary position on Special Advisers known to a meeting of grassroots group Conservative Progress last night. After months of more-than-usual SpAd prominence in the media, it seems Johnny’s finally burst:
- “Bless them, I think they get a bit carried away with themselves and how important they are after a little while.”
- “I hear this stuff about SpAds all the time, that you know they have more power than junior ministers, you know it’s just a load of rubbish I’m afraid.”
- “Their importance certainly gets overstated, largely by themselves.”
- “I’m all up for people getting involved in politics but the correct route through it is to, you know, get your causes, seek elected office, and change the country. Not to use the party political machine just to hang around in the hope that someone moves on and you can get a seat.”
- “The last ten days or so has reaffirmed all the views I’ve had over a pretty long period of time about people who try to play at politics as if it’s some sort of theory.”
If Mercer ever makes cabinet Guido would pay to be a fly on the wall in his SpAd interviews…