Michael Howard told Channel 4 News…
“I can see no harm in reminding them what kind of people we are…”
Michael Howard makes the direct comparison between a small group of Brits threatened by a Spanish speaking country and another woman PM. War!
Isabel Oakeshott’s write up of working the room with Arron Banks at the White House Correspondents Dinner is filled with nuggets. She reveals the Uber app comms chief Rachel Whetstone is backing Brexit:
“Hovering at entrance to the 30,000-square-foot ballroom, we are surprised to bump into David Cameron’s former policy chief Steve Hilton, now US-based. He greets us exuberantly but his wife Rachel Whetstone looks like she’s swallowed a fly. She warms up when Hoey gets her talking about Brexit, saying she supports Out and wishes she could do more for the cause. Hilton keeps his powder dry but I know he was deeply unimpressed by Obama’s intervention in the debate.”
Whetstone’s grandfather Antony Fisher founded the IEA and the ASI. She is also of course married to Steve Hilton and is one of the PM’s closest friends…
Michael Howard on Today this morning…
Michael Howard nails the fearmongers…
“We are the fifth biggest economy in the world. We are a market that everyone wants to have access to. We won’t have a Norwegian agreement with the EU, we’ll have a British agreement with the EU. We need a bit of self-belief and national self confidence. We’re a great country with the fifth largest economy in the world. Everybody wants access to our market. We won’t be supplicants. We will have a sensible agreement with the European Union which would give their countries access to our market and give us access to theirs.”
On a quiet Friday in July, the Cabinet Office has announced its new clampdown on Freedom of Information, setting up a commission “to make sure it’s working effectively”. Who will get to decide what information journalists can and cannot obtain from government departments?
Jack Straw, a long term opponent of the FoI Act, and a man according to the Telegraph whose “possible role in the rendition of [a] terror suspect may yet be disclosed by FOI requests”.
Lord Carlile of Berriew, such a keen supporter of openness, transparency and holding public figures to account that he acted as Lord Rennard’s legal adviser.
Michael Howard, who was on the receiving end of negative newspaper stories after Labour used FoIs to dig up dirt on him.
Wonder what they’ll recommend?