Police Rubbish Remoaner Conspiracy

Remoaners have been working themselves up into a tizzy over the last few weeks over an Open Democracy report which claimed that the police weren’t investigating the Leave campaigns due to “political sensitivities”. Carole was all over it, David Lammy had a Twitter tantrum while 74 MPs, Peers and MEPs including Vince Cable, Chuka Umunna and Lammy signed Ben Bradshaw and Molly Scott Cato’s cranky letter to the Police. Damian Collins even had a stern-looking Observer photoshoot

The Met Police’s response has left the conspiracy brigade looking incredibly silly. Far from “stalling” the investigation, the police revealed that they had only received over 2,000 documents relating to the case from the Electoral Commission last month and were therefore still assessing the documents. No conspiracy, just another Electoral Commission cock-up…

They also issued a stern rebuke to Bradshaw and Scott Cato’s suggestion that they had “been approached by government representatives to suggest that you soft-pedal this investigation due to political sensitivities”, revealing that the only people who had been putting them under political pressure were them and their fellow Remoaners:

“The operational independence of the police is central to our policing system. There has been no contact from any government representative making enquiries into the status of the MPS enquiries. The only approach from any elected politician, political party, official or representative has been your correspondence, or similar correspondence from other seeking the MPS undertakes a wide ranging investigation into the EU referendum.”

The only ones trying to externally influence the police are the ones shouting loudest about “police independence”…

Passport Gates To Go Global

Today Philip Hammond announced that passport e-gates will be available to visitors from the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan. Until now they had only been available to European countries. JACANZUKUS?

Braexit? Bolsonaro’s Economic Guru Slams South American Customs Union

New Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s “economic guru,” Paulo Guedes, has suggested that the country could head for a ‘soft Braexit’ from the continent’s fledgling EU-like supranational organisation Mercosur, the ‘Southern Common Market’.

Following the EU model, Mercosur has recently established a parliament with direct elections scheduled for 2020. It has even proposed a single currency, the ‘Gaucho’. The Union consists of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Venezuela, although the latter has been suspended since November 2016.

Guedes, who is touted as becoming a “super minister” in Bolsonaro’s administration, has slammed the agreement and particularly its customs union, as bad for the economy, calling it a “cognitive prison.” 

“Am I only going to trade with Venezuela, Bolivia or Argentina? No. We will trade with the world, with more countries. We will do commerce. What if I want to trade with other countries?”

Brazil is a country of 210 million people. Leaving Mercosur’s customs union could be a game changer for boosting world trade…

Merkel Standing Down as Party Leader

Budget Day is threatening to be overshadowed by news from Germany, where Angela Merkel has reportedly told party colleagues that she will not stand for re-election as leader of her ruling CDU party after more heavy losses in regional elections in Hesse yesterday. Merkel has held the post of CDU chairwoman since 2000 – while she will remain as Chancellor for the time being, this will fire the starting gun for the race to succeed her. Against all odds, will May manage to outlast Merkel?

UPDATE: Merkel intends to remain chancellor until her fourth term ends in 2021, her spokesman Steffen Seibert said.

“Britcoin” to Commemorate Brexit

The traditional purdah and omerta about budget measures seems to have been discarded and everywhere you look there are budget leaks. In a sop to brexiteers The Sun reports that we will get a Brexit commemorative Brit-coin on March 29, 2019. It will we are told bear the inscription “Friendship with all nations”, which appears to be an excerpt from the Thomas Jefferson mantra of Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none.” Which would on the whole be a splendid policy stance with a few small policy drawbacks like withdrawing from NATO. So you can see why they went for the shorter version of the quotation…

McDonnell: There Is A Likelihood Of No Deal

Hammond: No Deal Means New Budget

“If we were to find ourselves in that situation then we would need to take a different approach to the future of Britain’s economy.”

This is clearest sign from the Chancellor since January 2017 that a no deal Brexit would make the UK the tax haven of Europe

Mogg: Treasury Bastion of Remoanerism

On the Treasury:

“…the Treasury has been the bastion of Remoaner-ism since the referendum and indeed before. It came out with all these lunatic forecasts before the referendum as to what would happen purely on a vote to leave… the Treasury has rather embarrassed itself, has a lot of egg on its face from getting its Brexit related forecasts so wrong so far and I think there is an element within the Treasury that is still grumpy about Brexit and that’s a pity.”

ECHR: Defaming Prophet Muhammad Beyond “Permissible Limits” of “Objective Debate”

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that defaming the Prophet Muhammad “goes beyond the permissible limits of an objective debate”, upholding an earlier conviction by an Austrian court on the grounds it “served the legitimate aim of preserving religious peace in Austria”.

The ECHR found that a 47-year-old woman from Vienna had not had her right to freedom of expression impinged and added that domestic courts had been correct to convict her for “disparaging religious doctrines” as her comments “could stir up prejudice and threaten religious peace”.

According to the ECHR, the woman held two seminars in 2009 “in which she discussed the marriage between the Prophet Muhammad and a six-year-old girl, Aisha, which allegedly was consummated when she was nine. Inter alia, the applicant stated that Muhammad ‘liked to do it with children’ and ‘… A 56-year-old and a six-year-old? … What do we call it, if it is not paedophilia?'”

The Austrian court found that “by making the statements the applicant had suggested that Muhammad was not a worthy subject of worship”. The ECHR has now agreed that this is a crime which trumps a person’s right to free speech. On the same day that Ireland is finally voting to take blasphemy laws out of its constitution, the ECHR seems determined to put them back in…

Through the Brussels Keyhole: MEP Nirj Deva’s Divine Domicile

Britain’s MEPs are having a tough time of late – earlier this week they found out that they’ll have to make do with six-figure ‘transition payments’ to help them find new jobs in the wake of their Brexit-enforced redundancy. Some are even being forced to sell up their Brussels homes, including Conservative MEP Nirj Deva who has just put his swanky residence in the upmarket neighbourhood of Chatelain on the market.

However, with over 25,000 lobbyists based in Brussels and over 30,000 Commission officials to lobby despite Brexit he will have no trouble selling this on to a high-fee lobbyist – perhaps Nick Clegg will need a second home in Brussels. Guido offers you a guided tour of the nineteenth-century home so you can see whether the Brussels lifestyle might yet be for you…

Greet your Eurocrat friends in one of the house’s several reception rooms – offer them a glass of the good stuff as they admire your art collection and parquet flooring:

Lobbyists will love long lunches in your antique dining room replete with chandeliers and the finest curtains:

Overdone the brandy with Jean-Claude at dinner? Move through to this stag-geringly smart reception room and enjoy your cigars in the elegant armchairs and sofas:

Your in-house chef will love this large kitchen with all the latest appliances and plenty of natural light. And there’s more than enough room to hire in a bit of extra help if you really want the canapés to impress:

Brussels’ finest will have no complaints about availing themselves of your facilities – this modern bathroom with black tiling à la mode will make every Eurocrat feel at home as they go about their business:

Feeling tired after a whole day of entertaining? Retire to one of the house’s five bedrooms, or alternatively just take the time to relax on your antique chaise-long:

It could be yours for just €1,290,000 – a snip compared to London property prices. Never mind the fact that taxpayers have already helped Nirj with his accommodation costs to the tune of €300 a day for the last 19 years…

Twinkle-Toes Cable’s Brexit Threat to Strictly, “Project Fear With Tassles”

Struggling Lib Dem leader Vince Cable (75) stuck his two left feet in it last night when after a meeting with Michel Barnier he suggested that Brexit “could pose a risk to Strictly” because most of the professional dancers aren’t British. What twinkle-toes didn’t seem to realise is that a majority of the dancers are not from EU countries…

ERG Chairman Jacob Rees-Mogg hit back saying “It is hard to see that immigration rules are key to the success of Strictly or otherwise… There are already effective and efficient immigration provisions for artists such as opera singers and ballet dancers.” The idea that non-EU migrants will be adversely affected by Brexit is for the birds. As Andrew Bridgen put it to the Telegraph “This is more desperate Project Fear with tassels on it from Vince Cable  it is surely time that he waltzes off into retirement.”

Sheffield Soars Ahead With Boeing’s First European Factory

Boeing, the world’s largest aircraft manufacturer, has opened its first manufacturing plant in Europe – in Sheffield. Boeing chose South Yorkshire to supply crucial parts for the wings of its 737s and 767s as part of a trans-Atlantic supply chain, backing Brexit Britain to take off. The new facility is an investment of over £40 million and is creating 52 new skilled jobs, including 20 apprenticeships. More Remainer fears proved ungrounded…

Mogg Squeezes ECJ Commitment From May

Jacob Rees Mogg managed to extract a rare commitment from the Prime Minister that she is committed to “ensuring that in the future the ECJ does not have jurisdiction in the UK.” The PM will find it tricky to wriggle out of this commitment…

Though it has to be said that for a vicar’s daughter she makes a lot of commitments that she doesn’t keep. Knowingly or unknowingly…

Kamall Savages European Socialists

Tory MEP boss Syed Kamall had a punchy exchange in the European Parliament this morning, when he hit back at socialist MEPs for their focus on right wing nationalism. Kamall reminded German SDP MEP Udo Bullmann that extremism can also come from the left…

“When you talk about right wing extremists we have to remember that nazis were national socialists.”

“It a strain of socialism. It is a left wing ideology. They want the same things as you. You don’t like the truth do you? C’mon its national socialism.”

“I’m telling you it is a left wing ideology. Don’t pretend!”

Get this guy in the Commons…

European Parliament’s Racial Diversity To Halve When Britain Leaves

Politico has examined the racial makeup of the European Parliament, and found that there are just 17 non-white MEPs, out of 751, or just a little over 2%. And half of these non-white MEPs are British…

The European Parliament is the only representative body within the EU, meaning the Union is set to halve its racial diversity representation in March this year when British MEPs lose their jobs. The EU likes to sneer at the UK, calling Brexit xenophobic, in reality the British 9% of seats made up some 50% of their racial diversity. Those in (mostly white) glass houses…

Berlin Buys British

A huge new contract means that Berliners will be driven around in British double decker buses from 2020 – despite Brexit taking place on 29th March 2019. BVG, the TFL of Berlin, has awarded British bus manufacturer Alexander Dennis the contract to become the sole supplier of a new fleet of up to 430 new busses to power the new generation of above ground transport in the German capital. Watch what they do not what they say…

Carry-On Carole’s Conspiracy Confusion

Carole Cadwalladr is not happy that the police inquiry into an alleged over-spend in the referendum campaign is not proceeding at the speed she would like. The Electoral Commission referred matters to the police in May and Carole wants results. She phrases it thus “What I want to know is: cock-up? Or conspiracy?” Here we go again…

Bear in mind that everybody accused by the Electoral Commission of wrongdoing is appealing everything. They all reckon they have a reasonable chance of success. Andy Wigmore claims that the Electoral Commission now realise they have cocked-up in Leave.EU’s case and are trying to wriggle out of the situation. Anyway Carole reckons it is all due to political interference. Harder to blame it all on the Russians this time…

The police might of course take the view that they will wait until the appeals have run their course before they proceed with an investigation. After all there are murders and stuff to investigate before they go on what might turn out to be a wild goose chase.

As you can see from her tweet, Carole thinks the police should not be subject to political interference, something with which all Guido’s co-conspirators can agree. So, as you can also see, Carole wants more politicians to interfere. You would have thought all the cuckoos would have gone south by now…

Axe the Reading Tax!

It’s Time to End Prejudice Against Digital Readers.

The UK Government has the opportunity to overturn an illogical and manifestly unfair tax system that discriminates against digital readers.

Historically EU legislation has prohibited zero-rating VAT on ebooks and epublications. So while the UK’s VAT regime has rightly exempted printed books, magazines and newspapers from VAT since the 1970s, a 20% tax on reading and on knowledge in the digital world has continued to be levied at Brussels’ behest.

This backward looking tax affects us all – not least the public institutions who end up paying millions of pounds in VAT to read digital publications and those in our society who rely on ebooks to make reading more accessible.

But now is the time to right this wrong. Common sense has prevailed and the EU has finally agreed that Member States will have the flexibility to set their own VAT rates on ebooks and epublications. As a nation of best-selling authors and voracious readers, it’s only appropriate that we take the lead.  The UK risks falling behind the rest of Europe if we don’t act fast.

Do you agree that the Chancellor should axe the reading tax in his upcoming Budget? Make sure your MP knows about it and sign our petition here.  

This is a sponsored post by The Publishers Association.

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