Ursula von der Leyen – Poor UnfortEUnate Souls

With Ursula von der Leyen about to be confirmed as Junker’s successor by yet another EU stitch-up, Guido brings you a musical combination with her namesake. Surprisingly similar characters…

Labour Polling Slightly Ahead on Rolling Average Basis

According to the Britain Elects website the rolling average of recent polls has Labour ahead on on 24.4% and the Tories on 22.6%. Can Boris give the Tories a bounce next week?

Chris Williamson Expelled from MP of the Year Awards

People going to vote for the Patchwork Foundation’s MP of the Year Award this year were somewhat surprised to find none other than Chris Williamson as one of the nominees. The award is meant for MPs who have done their bit to stand up for disadvantaged and underrepresented communities. To be fair, Williamson has been a robust defender of anti-Semites…

However, it wasn’t to be and Williamson had to inform his heartbroken followers that his nomination had been vetoed. True to form, they’re already calling it a “witch hunt” and blaming it on “Hodge and her gang”, theforces working against you”, “#Zionists”, and “the cult”. Birds of a feather…

Did Hunt Mention He Was An Entreprenur?


As the philosopher and linguist George W. Bush once observed, “The French have no word in their language for ‘entrepreneur'”…

NHS Cash for New Labour SpAds

As Guido revealed yesterday, hard-left Tory-bashing think tank New Economics Foundation have curiously been the recipient of over £500,000 of funding from NHS England over the past three years. Now Guido can shed some more light how a load of funding ended up with a bunch of strident lefties rather than needful patients…

It turns out the New Economics Foundation were one of three organisations which awarded funding as part of the NHS England’s “Health as a Social Movement” programme which began in 2016, along with the RSA and Nesta. It just so happens that the CEOs of all three organisations at the time had something in common…

  • Matthew Taylor, CEO of the RSA. Head of No.10 Policy Unit under Tony Blair
  • Geoff Mulgan, CEO of Nesta. Director of Policy under Tony Blair
  • Marc Stears, CEO of the NEF until 2017. Former speechwriter (and university flatmate) of Ed Miliband

Small world!

NHS England say:

“Following an open competitive process five years ago, three organisations were commissioned to help the NHS and its partners find ways to bring communities together to improve the health of local people through projects which tackled loneliness, improved cancer care and the quality of life of dementia patients, amongst others.”

The NHS insist that they were not simply giving the money to the NEF, it was as part of work they outsourced following a competitive tendering process. Which sounds a lot like NHS privatisation, funny how the NEF don’t seem to have such a problem with it when they’re the beneficiaries…

The NHS didn’t respond to Guido’s question of whether they foresaw any potential issues with appointing a highly politicised and partisan think tank with economics views well outside the mainstream. No doubt they’ll be evening out the balance by picking the IEA or the TPA for their next ‘social health’ privatisation partnership programme…

Sarah Champion: I Would Back A No Deal Brexit

Sarah Campion, who represents the overwhelmingly Leave backing seat of Rotherham told PoliticsLive today that she would back a No Deal Brexit over a second referendum.

“If it came to it, I would take no deal, if that meant we could leave, because we have to leave”

If it came to a choice of leaving without a full trade agreement, and not leaving at all, there are many other Labour MPs who would do the same…

Labour and Lib Dem Education Policy Banned By EU Directive

Labour and Lib Dem parties will only be able to enact their policy of slapping VAT on independent schools if the UK leaves the EU. Article 132 of EU Directive 2006/112/EC compels member states to exempt a number of areas from Value Added Tax being levied on them, including “the provision of children’s or young people’s education, school or university education”. Controlling your own tax policy or being a member of the EU, you can’t have both…

UPDATE: It’s not just Labour and the Lib Dems who wanted to stick VAT on school fees. At least Gove wants to leave the EU as well…

Carole Threatens to Counter-Sue “Bully” Banks For Harassment

After Arron Banks filed formal libel proceedings against Carole Cadwalladr over her Russian money claims last Friday, Carole has responded… by counter-suing Banks for harassment. Carole is complaining that Banks has chosen to sue her personally rather than the Observer, the Guardian or TED. Of course, Carole was quite happy to personally receive all the accolades for her stories to the extent that she even threatened legal action against her fellow journalists. Funny how she’s not so keen on taking personal responsibility now…

Carole says she will use the defence that her statements were true, meanwhile her lawyers have threatened Banks that she will counter-sue for harassment if he continues with the libel proceedings. A pretty odd response if they’re so convinced they’re going to win…

Carole seems to think she should have the right to publish stories attacking other people without them even being allowed to try to defend their own reputations in response – the whole point of libel proceedings is that it stops petty squabbles like this and allows the courts to arbitrate. If she’s got the evidence she claims then she’s got nothing to worry about…

German MEP Satirises EU Corruption in EU Parliament

German satirist and slam poet turned MEP Nico Semsrott interrupted the EU Parliament’s session this morning to argue that MEPs should have to wear the logos of the companies that donate to them. He was wearing a prototype for what it could look like, naturally the EU honchos weren’t impressed…

Semsrott was elected to the European Parliament in June, after his satirical party ‘Die PARTEI’ received 2.4% of the vote. Should have been more.

Farage: von der Leyen Wants an Updated Form of Communism

In his first speech in the new Parliament, Nigel Farage hit out against EU Commission nominee Ursula von der Leyen before MEPs vote to confirm her in post. Which they will because the whole thing was stitched up beforehand…

“She wants the European Union to take control of every single aspect of our lives. She wants to build a centralised undemocratic updated form of communism… where the state controls everything, where nation state parliaments will cease to have any relevance at all.”

Punchy.

Grieve: ‘Technically Quite Difficult’ to Block No Deal

Remainer morale has taken another blow this morning as Dominic Grieve all but admitted on Today that he had run out of options to try to block no deal, save trying to bring down the Government altogether. Grieve conceded that “technically that may be quite difficult” to block no deal outright but confirms that he would vote for no confidence in a Government “persisting” with no deal instead, and speculates that newly sacked Cabinet Ministers might join him. Whether the ones with half an eye on their careers really want to usher in a general election in which they’ll all be standing as independents is another matter…

It’s hardly a surprise that Grieve is out of ideas given the laughable “report” written by Margaret Beckett and himself and published by the People’s Vote campaign this morning, which supposedly offers details on ways to stop no deal but in fact reads more like a 17-year-old’s A-level politics coursework. Grieve and pals keep trotting out the line that a second referendum is the “only way out” without ever being challenged on the question of how it changes anything if it just comes back with the same result…

Lib Dems’ ‘Climate Emergency’ Latest

The LibDems were one of the first parties to jump on board the “climate emergency” bandwagon, although they’ve not always managed to practice what they preach. This LibDem down in Leiston, Suffolk doesn’t seem to have got the memo either, they’ve plastered Lib Dem decals all over what appears to be a gas-guzzling 2004 Land Rover Discovery. Looks far too professional to just be a LibDem superfan, Guido suspects it is a local organiser of some sort…

The EU set a target of 130 g/km CO2 emissions in 2015, this is falling further to 95 g/km in 2021. Meanwhile the Lib Dem Land Rover is happily chugging out a whopping 284 g/km – three times the EU’s incoming target. Some “climate emergency”…

Labour Campaign to Ban Private Schools Attacks England Cricket Team

The Labour Campaign Against Private Schools, supported by all Corbyn’s media outriders and a significant chunk of the Parliamentary Labour Party has today hit out against the England cricket team for having privately schooled players. Instead of expanding the teaching of cricket in state schools, their solution is to ban independent education…

Guido has crunched the numbers, and not only is this a policy that core Labour figures like Attlee fought hard against, it’s also an incredibly expensive one. Private education accounts for 7% of all school pupils, and more than double that for pupils over the age of 18. That’s 630,000 pupils that the state would suddenly have to pay for, at a per pupil cost of £5,870. That’s a spending commitment of £3.7 billion, almost double the social care funding Labour promised in 2017. What a sticky wicket…

On top of this, independent schools and their suppliers paid £4.1 billion in tax last year, meaning abolishing the sector would see taxpayers having to stump up an extra £7.8 billion in total, becoming the second largest single spending commitment Labour has made, ahead of spending on health, social security, pensions, or public sector pay. Schools would still be segregated by catchment area house prices…

Labour Staff Challenge Corbyn to Take Responsibility for Anti-Semitism or Resign

Over 200 current and former Labour Party staff and supporters have written to Jeremy Corbyn excoriating his response to the latest anti-Semitism revelations about the Labour Party on Panorama. They point the finger unequivocally at Corbyn himself and his office:

“The Party’s response has been to smear Jewish victims, and former staff, accusing them of acting in bad faith… The way the party has threatened and denigrated these whistleblowers is appalling, hypocritical and a total betrayal of Labour’s core values…

“This shameful communications strategy is the creation of your office, which… has cynically used the party, and its outriders, to amplify a smear campaign against critics. But this crisis is ultimately your responsibility.”

They throw down the gauntlet to Corbyn to answer crucial questions, including whether he knew his most senior aides were interfering, and why so many anti-Semites are drawn to support him. They challenge him to “own that responsibility, or give it away to someone who will.” Right on cue, Corbyn is ducking out of tonight’s PLP meeting…

It comes just after current Labour Party staff tabled a highly critical motion in the GMB union which represents them condemning Labour’s response to Panorama. The motion states that it is “reprehensible” and a “source of great shame” that the culture within Labour could have caused staff to have breakdowns or contemplate suicide and slamming the way the party has attacked its whistleblowers. As MPs dither, Labour’s staff are taking matters into their own hands…

EU’s Galileo Satellites Have Broken Down

The EU’s Galileo navigation system, set up as a competitor to American GPS and much-trumpeted by Remainers, has now been broken since Friday. Users were sent an advisory notice instructing them to avoid the service. Meanwhile Guido has had no problems with GPS-powered Google Maps…

“UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, USERS EXPERIENCE A SERVICE OUTAGE. THE SIGNALS ARE NOT TO BE USED.”

It’s almost a surprise that no-one’s tried to blame Brexit yet, although given that many key parts of the system involve the UK, the EU may already be starting to regret its decision to freeze the UK out. Looks like Europe’s knock-off GPS wasn’t worth getting upset about after all…

Pidcock Tries to Weasel Out of Latest Anti-Semitism Row

Laura Pidcock last night launched into a tirade against Twitter users, including some of her fellow Labour MPs, who were critical of the fact that her adviser was caught calling telling journalists that it was “really unfair” for them to be asking questions on Labour’s anti-Semitism crisis. How dare they ask a Labour shadow minister to comment on the biggest story surrounding her party?

Instead of addressing the issue, her explanation tries to sneakily move the goalposts, accusing Labour MPs of retweeting the footage to “suggest that I had avoided these questions”. That was never the issue, nobody claimed she refused to answer, the issue was the hostility towards the media over the issue…

Now Wes Streeting and Phil Wilson have both called Pidcock out for trying to weasel out of it like this, making clear that they weren’t accusing her of not answering the questions but that they disagreed with the way she answered them. Pidcock following the classic Corbyn playbook of deflect, distract and attack…

NHS Gave Hard-Left Tory-Bashing Think Tank Over Half-a-Million Pounds

Hard-left think tank New Economics Foundation have advocated a number of novel proposals for the economy in recent years including a four-day or even 21-hour working week and a Green Party idea of replacing GDP with a ‘Free Time Index’. They’ve adopted a range of positions on growth from “growth isn’t working” to “growth isn’t possible”, although their own dislike of economic growth doesn’t stop them from periodically attacking the Tories for apparently reducing economic growth via austerity policies. No wonder John McDonnell is a big fan

They’ve certainly not had any trouble with their own economic growth, their annual income is sitting at a healthy £3,517,793. What’s less healthy is the fact that £529,554 of their income over the last three years has come from NHS England. NHS England gave £234,919 last year alone, they were the NEF’s second-biggest source of income for 2017-8. The NHS could have spent that money on training new nurses or covering the cost of over 60,000 prescriptions, instead they’ve decided to give it to a hard-left think tank to bash the Tories…

How to Ensure Your Crowdfunding Campaign is Successful

The crowdfunding platform Kickstarter offers a huge range of opportunities to ask the general public for help in investing in a variety of projects. From personal labours of love to innovative new products to businesses needing a little extra help with the initial capital behind a new idea, the platform relies on the fact that unless the goal is reached, the project usually doesn’t acquire the funds which would otherwise need to be acquired by remortgaging, getting a second mortgage or trying to apply for numerous business loans. 

So, it’s critical that the projects raise enough attention, excitement, and buzz to carry itself across the finish line in order to acquire the cash. But how can you ensure that a Kickstarter campaign is successful? Well, you can start by taking tips from some of the most enduring success on the platform.

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