Tories Queue Up to Blast Trump

May on Trump:

“I see no equivalence between those who propound fascist views and those who oppose them. I think it is important for all those in positions of responsibility to condemn far right views wherever we hear them.”

Other Tory MPs and ministers have been somewhat more direct:

Can’t wait for the state visit…

Gwynne Lifts Saj’s Lines

New Shadow Communities Secretary Andrew Gwynne got to grips with his new brief at the Local Government Association conference yesterday . He had a nice line on the importance of localism and devolving power across the regions:

“Voters did not vote to leave the EU to take back control from Brussels only for it to be held in Whitehall.”

A good line, but where did Gwynne get it? It is remarkably similar to a speech given at the LGA Councillors’ Forum back in January…

“Last June, the people of Britain voted to take back control. We’re not about to reclaim power from Brussels only to hoard it in Westminster.”

… by Sajid Javid, Gwynne’s opposite number.

That moment when you’re two weeks into your new brief, aren’t up to scratch so lift lines from the Secretary of State you’re meant to be shadowing…

Hundreds of Fire Doors Missing From Camden Blocks

Will Corbyn and McDonnell want to politicise this? Hundreds of fire doors were missing from tower blocks in Labour-run Camden following recent inspections. You can bet if it were a Tory-run council Labour MPs and the Corbynista online army would be a lot more vocal…

Jezza’s Spectacular Ethnic Minority Gaffe

Jez is really not having a good day. He has now claimed that “only Labour can be trusted to unlock the talent of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people”. It is going down spectacularly badly…

Only Jez can unlock the talent of ethnic minority people? What on earth is he thinking?

READ: Business Rates Changes By Constituency

On Saturday night Sajid Javid and David Gauke emailed Tory MPs to insist there would be no u-turn on the government’s controversial business rates changes, and that negative news stories about some eye-watering rises were “half-truths”, “misinformation”, “myths” and “made up”. So it was bold of the ministers to attach a spreadsheet outlining the changes in each constituency. Some of the rises will be tough to stomach: businesses in Philip Hammond’s Runnymede will face a 13% increase, Dominic Raab’s Esher and Walton and Chris Grayling’s Epsom and Ewell face 10% rises, Greg Hands’ Chelsea and Fulham by 22% and Ian Liddell-Grainger’s West Somerset a staggering 65% rise.

Tory MPs are angry that ministers are taking such a bold stance decrying media “misinformation” when the numbers show concerns about rises are real. It is also notable how the rises mainly affect Tory areas – backbenchers and indeed some ministers are highly unimpressed that businesses in their seats are facing huge bills while Labour colleagues enjoy slashed rates. The government says there will be no u-turn, will this line hold?

No, Sajid Javid Did Not Accuse Judges of Thwarting Democracy

Sajid Javid has taken a kicking for supposedly accusing the Article 50 judges of thwarting democracy on Question Time. Saj’s apparent attack was raised by Peston and John Humphrys, a Times news article covered the story, Lord Patten called for him to be sacked and Yvette Cooper repeated it in the House. Just one problem: he didn’t actually say it.

Read the Question Time transcript and Sajid in fact defends the judges and the independence of the judiciary, reserving criticism only for those who brought the court case:

SJ: This is an attempt to frustrate the will of the British people, and it is unacceptable. That’s what it is.

DD: So you’re saying the judges are trying to frustrate democracy?

SJ: No, the people who have brought the court case.

So the whole row was caused by Peston, Humphrys, the Times, Patten and Cooper not bothering to watch Question Time or read what Javid actually said. The Times has been forced to issue a correction:

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Sure everyone else will do the same…

UPDATE: Peston apologises.

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Saj Overrules Fracking Luddites

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Good news for the fracking revolution: Sajid Javid has overruled Lancashire county council and given the go ahead for fracking on the Fylde. Labour / Guardianistas have reacted predictably, claiming locals don’t want fracking and it’ll be disastrous for the area. The truth, according to a pan-European survey on attitudes towards shale gas, is that people in Lancashire are among the most pro-fracking in Europe. Worth remembering that Lancashire country council also ignored the advice of its own planning officers in order to side with lobbyists at Friends of the Earth, whose campaign was slammed by the advertising watchdog. This is a sensible decision by Saj, rolling back heavy-handed state intervention and helping to create private sector jobs…

MPs Complain to ’22 Over May Whipping Operation

Tory MPs have angrily complained to 1922 committee chairman Graham Brady after government whips spent yesterday calling up canvassing support for Theresa May. Mel Stride, Julian Smith and Simon Kirby are allegedly leading a whipping operation on behalf of Theresa May from the Whips’ Office. Their phone calls have not been received well…

UPDATE: Official complaint now made by Graham Brady to chief whip Mark Harper.

Stephen Crabb is running on a joint ticket with Sajid Javid. The flaw with ‘Crabbid’ is pretty obvious: Crabb is an honest Remainer and Javid is a careerist switcher who is sadly now despised by his former fans. Their USP of “we’re not posh” is not so appealing in the shires. A double Remainer ticket will not fly with the Leave Tory membership…

George Osborne says unsurprisingly that he’s not running. Jeremy Hunt is touring the breakfast TV studios telling everyone he is seriously considering running. His campaign slogan “Leave another day” brings his hopes to a screeching end before he got going…

Gove Leads With ConHome Readers

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Another boost for those who want to see Gove as Deputy PM – once again he is the firm leadership frontrunner among ConHome readers, eight points ahead of Boris. Gove has led the field for three consecutive months. That said BoJo has had a good month, rising 8 points. May is the highest scoring Remainer, Osborne and Saj are languishing again…

Saj ‘Privately Said He Wanted to Leave’

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Sajid Javid sounded as if George Osborne had forced him on to the Today programme to tell us why Brexit would cost half a million jobs, like a 1930s show trial for revisionism. Afterwards IDS revealed Saj had privately told him he wanted to Leave:

“On this programme Sarah got an incredible admission from Sajid Javid, who I’m deeply disappointed in by the way, having privately said how much he wanted the UK to leave the European Union he’s now on defending this report…”

Remember, not six months ago Saj was openly attacking the official Remain campaign…

Gove Tops ConservativeHome Leadership Poll

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Before Govians get too excited Guido should of course caveat that this is what Mike Smithson calls a “voodoo poll“, a self-selecting unweighted poll of readers. It does still show a clear trend; Remainers are down, Leavers are up.

Priti Patel is equal in popularity to Osborne as far as ConHomies are concerned (20 to 1 if you feel lucky). After the disappointment with Saj (7%), many on the right who don’t trust Boris and think Fox is past it are increasingly thinking about the merits of Priti. One to watch…

Rich’s Monday Morning View

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Sajid Tweet Burns Remain Campaign

The remain campaign tweeted out a quote from the Thatcherite business secretary Sajid Javid in favour of the EU-US trade agreement, supposedly as an endorsement for their faltering campaign. He tweeted back saying actually things are not so great in the EU and without major reform, “nothing’s off the table”. Burn…

Saj or Sadiq? Michael Gove’s Handy How To Guide

Poor old Michael Gove had a ‘mare at the GG2 Asian Leadership Awards on Wednesday. Congratulating Sajid Javid on being named Britain’s most influential Asian, he unfortunately referred to “my brilliant Cabinet colleague Sadiq Khan”. Here is Guido’s handy how-to guide to telling the difference…

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“A slip of the tongue,” says a friend: “They had a laugh about it afterwards.” Perhaps one too many Cobra beers had been consumed…

Bercow: Javid “Discourteous and Incompetent”

You might have thought the Business Secretary’s statement on steel job losses is an appropriate use of Commons time. Not so, according to John Bercow, who says Sajid Javid went on for too long. Here is the extraordinary dressing down:

Earlier Bercow swiped at the Chinese by noting “the Indian PM is representative of a great democracy”. What’s bitten him today?

Javid Mysteriously Misses EU Debate

More than 500 people queued around the corner for the hotly anticipated proxy EU referendum debate at Tory conference. To their disappointment, the star speaker, Sajid Javid, mysteriously pulled out just hours before the event, citing a “diary clash“. Javid had earlier finished his speech to the conference hall with the slogan: “Standing up to Brussels. Standing up for Business. Standing up for Britain.” He was instead replaced on the panel by the arch-Europhile bore David Lidington, who read out the government’s lines to take.

Sources close to Saj insist it was a “diary issue“. Though given it had been in his diary for three months, a cynic would think someone didn’t want a eurosceptic Cabinet minister addressing a room full of Outers and hacks at this so far very well-behaved conference…

Boris Collapse: Third in Tory Leader Poll

More bad news for Boris in the monthly ConHome next Tory leader survey. Osborne tops the poll for the first time and BoJo slips to third, behind Saj. The first time Boris has been outside of the top two for two years…

Britain Stands With Friend and Ally Once Again

Last year, at the behest of Vince Cable and the LibDems, the government forced through draconian arms export restrictions for our nation’s strongest Middle East ally, Israel. Sajid Javid is in and a new era of freedom has dawned:

“In August 2014 the government announced that it had identified 12 export licences it would suspend, as a precautionary measure, in the event of a resumption of significant hostilities. It was concerned that, in these circumstances, it would be unable to clarify whether the export licensing criteria were being met. As a result of the most recent review this additional measure has now been lifted and the government is confident that all export licences in circulation for Israel meet these Criteria.”

Sayeeda Warsi meltdown in 3, 2, 1…

Meanwhile, over at FCO, Philip Hammond is continuing his quest to irritate his party colleagues and prove he’s gone totally native, not just on Europe. He’s popped up to slam Israel and side with Iran. It happens to them all…

Rubber Banned: Avid Javid’s Condom Comedy Turn

Sajid Javid is not famed for his easy manner in front of a crowd, though he had the right-wingers at the Conservative Way Forward summer party in stitches with the latest EU diktat to cross his desk:

“Talking about rubbish from the EU, I’m gonna give you an example. As Business Secretary, I take overall responsibility for negotiations involving the single market. Do you know, across my desk the other day, I got a brief saying the EU now wants to regulate the number of condoms you have in a packet. 

The Swedes are saying there must be five. They want one for Monday, one for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

The French are saying ‘non’, we want seven. One for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and one for Saturday and Sunday.

The Italians, they want nine! One for each weekday, and two for Saturday and two for Sunday. 

But you will be pleased to know that Britain has put its foot down. We want twelve.

January, February, March, April…”

Don’t be a fool, wrap your negotiating tool…

Sajid Slams CBI: Stinging Speech Threatens Brexit

The Business Secretary let the CBI have it at the Corinthia last night, telling them to their faces that their pro-EU intransigence doesn’t “make sense”:

“Imagine my surprise last month, when I attended an event much like this one and heard that the CBI thinks the UK should remain in the European Union no matter what. 

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