Rich’s Monday Morning View

Raab: People Must be Held to Account for Khashoggi Death

Dominic Raab says the Saudi account of journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s death is “not credible” and that people must be “held to account” over it. He won’t be drawn on what specific actions the UK could take…

Raab ‘Open-Minded’ About ‘Short’ Transition Extension

“Let’s say three months”…

Starmer Won’t Rule Out Remain

Keir Starmer makes the point of again not ruling out Remain if there’s a second referendum. Labour continuing their Brexit policy of being all things to all people…

Suella: UK Can “Thrive” With No Deal

Brexit Minister Suella Fernandes says it won’t be a “walk in the park” but the UK “can thrive in a no deal scenario”. As long as the government has done the ground work to prepare…

Suella denies being a Brexiteer sleeper agent. Ironically many Brexiteers think she was asleep on the job when she headed up the ERG and the Northern Irish backstop was slipped through…

Saturday 7-Up

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You’re either in front of Guido, or behind…

People’s Vote Delete Disturbing ‘Must Watch’ Video After Backlash

The ‘Peoples’ Vote’ campaign have deleted a disturbing video where a parent pushes his five year old child to demand a second referendum. The poor kid can’t even remember what he’s been told to say. After a big backlash on twitter, the campaign sheepishly deleted the video. Guido has it saved for co-conspirators to see and cringe at. They professionally produced it with subtitles and an end screen, and called it a “MUST WATCH”…

Vaz’s Vanishing Saudi Sojourn

Readers will have been following Guido’s series on those Tory and Labour MPs who have been enjoying the generous hospitality of the Saudi regime. However, keen Middle East observers may have noticed a conspicuous absence from Guido’s lists so far. Regular readers of the Saudi press or even the Daily Mail may recall that a certain Mr Keith Vaz also paid a visit to Saudi Arabia in December last year…

According to Arab News, Vaz visited the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center in the Saudi capital Riyadh, meeting with its General Supervisor Dr Abdullah Al-Rabeeah and making a statement praising the organisation. Vaz even brought up his trip in Parliament and added that he had met with the Saudi Foreign Minister. Yet the only foreign trip that Vaz has declared in his register of financial interests is a trip funded by the Indian Government in January this year – despite Vaz being deemed “too unwell” to face a parliamentary investigation. There is no trace of Vaz’s Saudi trip whatsoever. Will the Standards Committee have to open another investigation into Vaz before they’ve even concluded the first?

Seumas Milne’s Mysterious Office

Guido understands that Corbyn’s ‘Director of Communications and Strategy,’ Seumas Milne has wangled himself his own private Parliamentary office, in a separate building to that of his boss. The secretive office sits in a corner of Norman Shaw North, quite a walk from the Leader of the Opposition’s office. Perfect for plotting, without being overheard…

It is highly unusual for even a senior staffer to receive an office of their own, especially when office space in Parliament is highly contested and some Members share office sets. A Guido co-conspirator who has gained access to the office says that it is to all intents and purposes a normal office – no Maoists tracts or other torture items to be seen. What unspeakable things go on behind the unnamed door to ‘Room 1/14’?

Labour Replacing Jared O’Mara With All-Women Shortlist Selection

The Labour Party has as of today begun the process of selecting a new candidate for Nick Clegg’s old seat of Sheffield Hallam, following former Women and Equalities Select Committee member Jared O’Mara’s resignation from the party in July. The final hustings is taking place on Saturday 15th December. The Lib Dems selected former aid worker Laura Gordon as their candidate for the seat a year ago…

Following O’Mara’s rampant sexist and homophobic comments, the Labour Party have decided to impose an all women shortlist on the seat. Do they think if they allowed their Sheffield Hallam members a free choice they’d end up with another O’Mara?

O’Mara, who despite not turning up for work for months and now sitting as an independent MP, has so far resisted calls to resign and force a by-election, although he did suggest that if he were a Conservative MP, he would have resigned. Are you a female member of the Labour Party? The deadline to apply to represent the seat is on Friday 2nd November…

Nick Clegg’s New Job Lobbying the European Commission

It seems like a bit of a come down for a former Deputy PM to become Facebook’s spin-doctor and Brussels lobbyist – however it is dressed up that is what he is being hired to do. No doubt the fee and stock option millions will cushion the humilation.

In a statement on his Facebook page, Mr Clegg said: “Throughout my public life I have relished grappling with difficult and controversial issues and seeking to communicate them to others. I hope to use some of those skills in my new role.” The former MP for Sheffield Hallam is being hired for his connections at the European Commission. He was a former EC trade negotiator and member of the European Parliament. Facebook is the prime legal target of the European Commission for privacy breaches and a myriad of other regulatory issues. Not the least of which is taxing the internet giant.

On which subject Clegg previously said “I actually find the messianic Californian new-worldy-touchy-feely culture of Facebook a little grating. Nor am I sure that companies such as Facebook really pay all the tax they could.” Guido’s sure Mark Zuckerberg will be pleased to hear what his new hire thinks now…

It also signals that he thinks the fight against Brexit is over. Now he’s in Brussels for one thing only. The money, reportedly £1 million-a-year…

 

Sadiq’s Suspect People’s Vote TfL Ads

The so-called “People’s Vote” have launched an advertising campaign on the London Underground ahead of their Losers’ March tomorrow. However this is a direct contradiction of the TfL guidelines for advertising on the tube. Rule 2.3(n) clearly states that an “advertisement will be unacceptable if it promotes a party political cause or electioneering.”

With Sadiq Khan due to address the march of the Remoaners tomorrow, could it be the case that the Mayor is abusing his position to bypass the rules and decisions of London’s governing bodies? It wouldn’t be the first time. A few weeks ago, Guido reported how Sadiq’s team had overruled GLA authorities who had banned the Trump baby blimp from appearing. Guido hopes Sadiq isn’t bending the rules because he’s worried about how many people will turn up to watch him speak…

Backdoor EU Funding For Losers’ Vote

EU funded sock puppet organisations are taking to twitter to promote yet another coalescing of Britain’s most die hard, no doubt beret-clad remainiacs in the heart of metropolitan London. The Losers’ Peoples’ Vote campaign is holding another winge-a-thon walk through the capital tomorrow.

European Alternatives was handed €300,000 by the EU

And the European Movement was given €350,000.

Last week the European Parliament proposed spending an extra billion Euros to go to organisations which promote “a greater sense of belonging to the Union.” Your taxes at work…

Meanwhile the National Union of Students has been given £20,000 to bus in students from around the country, lured with the promise of a “FREE TRIP TO LONDON”.

Hundreds of thousands went on CND ban-the-bomb demos in the sixties, more recently the 2002 Countryside Alliance claimed over 400,000 on their march and the 2003 anti-Iraq war march being undoubtedly the biggest in British history with over 750,000 turning out. Guido doubts we’ll see anything like that turnout tomorrow.

Friday Caption Contest (BSE Edition)

Entries in the comments…

Caroline Flint Savages Alastair Campbell on This Week

Last night Caroline Flint took remoaner-in-chief Alastair Campbell to task in this fiery exchange on This Week.

“I don’t think it was leadership to ignore the concerns of people in our towns and communities outside our university towns and cities… It’s sad that it took a referendum and leaving the European Union for people like yourself and others to actually start listening to those communities.”

Definitely worth watching…

Starbucks Ditches Amsterdam, Tells Staff to Move to London

The Netherlands’ attempts to rival the UK have not been going well of late. First £33 billion Anglo-Dutch publishing giant RELX announced it was moving its HQ entirely to London, then Unilever’s Dutch dash was thwarted by a major shareholder revolt. Now, despite the froth of the Brexit negotiations, Starbucks has become the latte-ist company to pick London over its continental rivals.

The caffeine-fuelled corporate announced that it is closing its Amsterdam office and is consolidating its EMEA HQ in London. To cup it all off, they have even encouraged their Amsterdam staff not to venti their frustrations but apply for open positions in their London office instead. Yet another story making a mocha-ry of Remainers’ claims that the UK won’t thrive after Brexit…

Labour’s Saudi Squad

Yesterday Guido brought you the Tory MPs who have been the beneficiaries of Saudi largesse. Of course the Tories weren’t the only ones – there are numerous Labour MPs who have also enjoyed the generous hospitality of the House of Saud. Five Labour MPs enjoyed lavish all-expenses-paid trips to Saudi Arabia earlier this year. Who were the lucky five…

  • Mike Gapes (Lab) Visit to “deepen understanding of Saudi Arabia.” 9-13 April 2018. Paid for by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Shura Council. Value: £8,762
  • Kevan Jones (Lab) Visit to “deepen understanding of Saudi Arabia.” 8-13 April 2018. Paid for by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Value: £8,762
  • John Spellar (Lab) Visit to “deepen understanding of Saudi Arabia.” 9-13 April 2018. Paid for by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Shura Council. Value: £8,762
  • Paul Williams (Lab) Visit to “deepen understanding of Saudi Arabia.” 9-13 April 2018. Paid for by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Shura Council. Value: £8,762
  • John Woodcock (Ind, formerly Lab) Visit to “deepen understanding of Saudi Arabia.” 9-13 April 2018. Paid for by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Shura Council. Value: £8,762

John Spellar has since interrupted Emily Thornberry in a recent Commons debate to object to her opposition to the UK selling planes to Saudi Arabia, without declaring his interest. The total value of the MPs’ junckets came in at a cool £43,810. It’s safe to say that they got better treatment than tortured and murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi…

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What Would Maggie Do?

Bang on from Lord Dobbs…

UPDATE: A hint from the Iron Lady

Remainers Tear Into “Shockingly Bad” People’s Vote Howler

Not content with just losing a referendum, the Losers’ People’s Vote campaign has decided to lose its credibility as well after their woeful attempt to calculate how much an extra year of transition would cost the UK was absolutely panned by Remainers.[…] Read the rest

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