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— Donald Tusk (@eucopresident) 15 December 2017
EU leaders have agreed Brexit negotiations can move on to the second phase after they agreed “sufficient progress” was reached. European Council President Donald Tusk tweeted his “congratulations” to Theresa May. The phase two talks concern a trade deal and the framework for the ‘future relationship’. All eyes on the “end state” Cabinet meeting…
A hard left Labour activist forced the cancellation of a Conservative Association dinner with the threat of “bomb scares”. Peter Ward, who previously worked as an aide to former Batley and Spen Labour MP Mike Wood, made the sick warning on social media. Ward wrote:
“Sounds like a good night for bomb scares. What about contacting the firms who supply this catering outfit? Lots of scope for a fun event.”
The threat was one in a series which led to the cancellation of the Dewsbury County Conservative Association dinner, due to be held at the National Coal Mining Museum in March. The owner of the catering firm involved said police were forced to patrol his premises and home following a wave of vile hard left intimidation. Guido has contacted the Labour Party for comment. Will Labour take action against their bomb scare activist?
Tom Watson can barely contain himself: “This is the end of an era for the Murdochs who after decades of aggressive empire expansion are now in retreat.” The left is celebrating because their blood enemy of half-a-century is “in retreat”. If it is a retreat then it is a luxurious one. Disney is paying $52 billion for the Fox assets Murdoch is selling, which includes Sky in the UK. It pleases Rupert’s legion of enemies that he has lost the battle for total control of Sky…
As some of the more sober analysis on the business pages has noted, Fox stock is up 30% since the bid speculation started; Murdoch is selling at the top. Disney is gearing up for a streaming war with Netflix, Amazon and Apple. Content libraries are the key weapon in that war. Fox is getting a full premium for that treasure without the risk of becoming a casualty. Rupert could again – as he was at the dawn of satellite television – be ahead of the game. The billions in profits generated by Sky may dazzle investors now; those with more vision can see that the future of universal fast broadband and the shift to mobile means this tsunami of subscription revenue could recede very quickly. The Pay TV assets Murdoch has sold to Disney could never have it better…
Murdoch still has control of Fox News, the most lucrative news channel on earth. He still has News Corp’s newspapers around the world and a big chunk of Mickey Mouse’s stock. Fox also now has billions with which to make Murdoch’s next move…
— LEAVE.EU 🇬🇧 (@LeaveEUOfficial) 14 December 2017
Last Question Time of the year last night and this Brexiteer’s contribution might just be the best of the 2017 series. The audience member tore into both Nicky Morgan and Rebecca Long-Bailey over their respective failings on Brexit – then Isabel Oakeshott roasted NiMo for her rebellion. Good stuff…
— BBC Question Time (@bbcquestiontime) 14 December 2017
Is this the least appealing Christmas hamper of all time? Socialist rag the Morning Star is flogging a “Christmas bundle” for a mere £150, well within the budget of all middle class Corbynistas. It doesn’t even come with any booze.
You do get some mind-numbingly boring books, a red star lapel badge, and best of all, a torch key ring to “light the way to socialism”. The perfect present for someone you hate this Christmas…
The not-so-fantastic Mr. Fox still hasn’t struck a single free trade deal despite hunting for them all over the world for the past 18 months.
Please RT: pic.twitter.com/Z9F9loCnVJ
— Open Britain (@Open_Britain) 14 December 2017
— Open Britain (@Open_Britain) 14 December 2017
Everyone knows Fox cannot sign trade deals until we leave the EU. Do Open Britain think the public are stupid?
— BBC Daily Politics and Sunday Politics (@daily_politics) 14 December 2017
Corbynistas have been in meltdown over the past week claiming that mainstream media outlets conspired to ignore a peace prize won by Jeremy Corbyn in September. Top Corbynista Chris Williamson today claimed there was a “blackout” on the news. Williamson was forced to admit that he didn’t actually know Corbyn had won the obscure award until last week – Labour and Corbyn’s team hadn’t publicised it.
Williamson also admitted he didn’t publicise news of the award himself despite his substantial social media presence. The prize, which is named for a former IRA commander, is so left-field it isn’t regularly reported anyway (UK papers have mentioned it twice since 1992). Corbynistas really need to choose their battles…
Tory Welsh Assembly Member Darren Millar has revealed it was Carl Sargeant himself who asked for questions to be tabled about bullying in the Welsh Government back in 2014. Sargeant was a Cabinet member at the time and asked the Tory AM to help him tackle bullying coming from the First Minister’s office. Darren Millar didn’t name the ex-adviser responsible. Guido can reveal he was referring to Carwyn Jones’ former top special adviser Jo Kiernan, now at Welsh spin merchants Deryn.
There are allegations that Deryn put pressure on Sargeant before his death. It is said the firm had been participating in a whispering campaign against him for months because he would not give lobbyists access in Cardiff. Cathy Owens, head of Deryn and herself a former special adviser who was embroiled in an earlier bullying scandal, took to the BBC in the days before Carl’s death to allege sexual harassment from an unnamed politician. She pointedly did not rule out Sargeant from her unsupported allegations as part of a concerted campaign to try and humiliate and discredit him.
Deryn – which is never far from a Welsh government lobbying scandal – has something of a reputation as a Welsh Bell Pottinger. It is losing scandal-averse clients. Deryn has just been dropped by the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon developers…
See also: The Persistent Personal Undermining of Carl Sargeant – Leighton Andrews
Anna Soubry’s rebellion was in spite of her election promise to Broxtowe voters that: “if you vote for me, it is also a vote for Theresa May” and claim that people should vote for her “to get a good deal for Brexit”. Soubry’s constituency is majority (54.6%) leave. Did she mislead her majority leave constituents?
Late last night Soubs tweeted apparently in support of arch-remainer Andrew Adonis’s suggestion that this was the “first step towards defeat of Brexit.”
Does she endorse Adonis’s suggestion?
Paul Darling OBE, QC is Chair of the ABB – the Association of British Bookmakers (aka Babies or Blood-Suckers – take your pick). He wrote an article claiming that “a curb on betting shops is bad news for vulnerable gamblers.”
This is neither an opening statement nor a closing statement. It doesn’t go anywhere and will not convince the court of public opinion. The only quantitative “evidence” in the article are numbers from a “worst-case” scenario in a KPMG report.
But the report is marked CONFIDENTIAL as it is “commercially sensitive.” It is as if the best-case scenario is for attorney’s eyes only and will not be shown to the public. Why is it “commercially sensitive?” Did the ABB instruct KPMG to use a flawed methodology?
From latest reports, Barclays is the bank with most branches at 1,464. Compare this with the merged Ladbrokes Coral at 3,370, William Hill at 2,372 and BetFred at 1,671 branches. And the ABB wants the public to help protect betting shops!
If you are not willing to disclose the best “evidence” you have, then surely you cannot win your case. It sometimes gets too hot in wig and gown, but head-scratching won’t help. Best to show the public the real deal.
Oh dear, Darling – does it look like your briefs are empty?
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Jeremy Corbyn was heckled last night at the Jewish Labour Movement’s Chanukah Party and was called a “liar” during a speech in which he claimed there is “zero tolerance” of anti-Semitism in Labour. Another heckler shouted “what about Ken?” and “you hate us” as Corbyn addressed the room. According to the Jewish Chronicle, JLM’s parliamentary chair Luciana Berger was unable to attend. Corbyn at least made an effort, he usually has appointment clashes when it comes to Jewish/Israeli events…
The Tory rebel Remainers celebrated defeating the government and provoked fury among colleagues by downing glasses of white wine in the Pugin Room following the vote. Rebel ringleaders Anna Soubry, Antoinette Sandbach, Heidi Allen and Bob Neill got the party started, jubilantly scrolling through Twitter on their phones before they were joined by Nicky Morgan and chief Brexit-hater Dominic Grieve, who was applauded on his way in.
The festivities went down like a cup of sick with fellow Tory MPs, one of whom commented: “If I did what they did and started quaffing champagne afterwards I would expect to be deselected”. Another watching MP said of the raucous Remainer party: “Just when the polls had started to turn these sh*ts hand the momentum back to Labour”. A Number 10 aide hit back at Soubry’s claim to have put party before country: “Total rubbish for the Remainers to say they have put country before party. All they’ve done is damage the UK’s position going into the negotiations”. Stephen Hammond has already been sacked from his job as party vice-chairman tonight, expect there to be local consequences for the other rebels too…
The government has been defeated on what remainers refer to as a “meaningful vote” on the final Brexit deal – but what is really a naked attempt to subvert the referendum result.
MPs voted 309 to 305 for Dominic Grieve’s amendment. The government lost by four votes.
Stay tuned for the Tory rebels…
UPDATE: 12 rebels confirmed as Morgan, Neill, Sandbach, Soubry, Stevenson, Wollaston, Allen, Clarke, Djanogly, Grieve, (Stephen) Hammond, Heald.
PMQs was so unspeakably awful it doesn’t deserve sketching. Goodbye.
These are the 20 remain-backing MPs who signed the most amendments to vital EU legislation in a co-ordinated attempt to stop Brexit. On average, this group of hardcore Brexit-blockers signed 193 amendments each across the ‘Article 50 Bill’ (European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill) and the ‘Repeal Bill’ (European Union (Withdrawal) Bill). Despite warnings not to use amendments to frustrate or delay Brexit, these legislators put their name to a ridiculous number of them, including to blatant ‘wrecking amendments’. Moreover, 16 of them also voted against triggering Article 50. Guido expects their email inboxes will be very full tonight…