Lord Adonis Calls For Wealth-Segregated Oxbridge Colleges

Completing his ascension to become a living meme, loony Lord Adonis has out-Remained the out-of-touch Remain stereotype by taking the time to write a Guardian article calling for new segregated colleges in Oxford and Cambridge, just for disadvantaged students. The lefty Remain hat-trick of Oxbridge, Guardian, and a bone-headed well-meaning idea that will only serve to create problems…

His lengthy article has been absolutely slammed on social media for the very obvious reason that further social segregation at Oxbridge will only entrench the problem he is trying to fix. The nine most terrifying words in the English language are ‘I’m from the Government and I’m here to help’…

Boothroyd: Bercow’s Behaviour “Disgusting”, “Absolute and Utter Disgrace”

Bercow’s brazen behaviour has not just been infuriating Tory MPs, earlier today the highly respected former Speaker Baroness Boothroyd was overheard in the corridors of Parliament reportedly telling a senior Tory MP that Bercow’s actions were “disgusting” and an “absolute and utter disgrace”. Guido’s well-placed source says the esteemed Baroness looked visibly shocked at the events unfolding…

One Tory MP is adamant that several pages of what looked to be Parliamentary guidance were removed from the desk in the Commons and taken away during the lengthy Points of Order session where Bercow was repeatedly challenged. Whatever they were, we will never know now…

Welsh Labour Reinstate AM Suspended for Anti-Semitism After Barely a Month

Jenny Rathbone, the Corbynista Welsh Assembly Member who was suspended in November over anti-Semitism has now been reinstated by the party with no further action taken against her. Rathbone suggested that Jewish people’s security fears could be “in their own heads” and accused Jewish Communities of having a “siege mentality”, while claiming that Israel “drives people to be hostile to British Jews”.

The Welsh Tories are furious, saying Rathbone “was suspended from the Group so her comments and the extent of her prejudices could be investigated thoroughly and diligently. This has not happened.”

Rathbone is close to the new hard left leader of Welsh Labour, Mark Drakeford, and even joined him to celebrate his victory last month while she was supposed to be suspended. The decision to re-admit her to the party was made before Christmas, barely a month after she was suspended. Labour once again struggling to show it is taking anti-Semitism seriously…

Hard Left Remain Protesters Harassing Commons Staff Going Into Portcullis House

Commons staff have been complaining that they are having to run a gauntlet of intimidating Remain protesters while trying to get into Portcullis House. The hard left protesters appear to be from Movement for Justice by Any Means Necessary, the McDonnell-backed Trotskyite group who organised the so-called “day of rage” in 2017 and have refused to disavow violence. They have been shouting aggressively at staffers with challenges of “Where are you going?” and “Are you going to the Labour meeting?” A police van has arrived to monitor the situation…

Leadsom Challenges Furious Bercow To Publish Clerk’s Advice

Andrea Leadsom left Bercow squirming over his decision to overrule expert clerk advice in his constitutionally vandalising decision today. He twice refused to publish the advice he received…

He also was unable to confirm that he acted in the way the clerks advised him to. Because he didn’t…

UPDATE: Grieve’s amendment has passed by 308-297 votes.

Bercow Jeered by MPs

The row over Bercow’s decision to overrule his clerks and Parliamentary precedent to select Dominic Grieve’s amendment has triggered a barrage of points of order from furious MPs which is still ongoing half an hour after the end of PMQs. And is far more entertaining…

ERG Deputy Chair Mark Francois asked a particularly pointed question resulting in cheers from MPs and jeers for Bercow. Bercow knows he can continue to act with impunity as long as Remainers are happy to keep turning a blind eye to his behaviour…

BBC Asian Network Asks If Teen Should Be Killed For Apostasy

The BBC Asian Network has been asking its listeners this morning whether they support Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun leaving her family, or presumably whether they think she should be killed. Seriously.

This question will not have come as a shock to regular listeners to the BBC Asian Network, who will be aware that it has a history of being tone deaf to contemporary moral norms. If a Tory MP had posed any of these questions, the ‘liberal’ left would have ended their careers…

The BBC Asian Network has the second highest budget per listener of any BBC Radio station, and the lowest audience figures for any BBC station…

UPDATE: BBC Asian Network has now deleted their original tweet, but Guido has preserved it for readers in horrifying technicolour: 

Craig Mackinlay Found Not Guilty

Thanet South’s Tory MP Craig Mackinlay, who has been facing a protracted legal battle over his 2015 election spending in South Thanet, has been found not guilty of breaking electoral law by Southwark Crown Court. He had stood accused of failing to declare up to £66,600 on staffing, accommodation, advertising, and a battle bus during the bitter campaign against Nigel Farage.

The jury deliberated the case for  53 hours and 29 minutes, and while they found Mackinlay not guilty, senior Tory staffer Marion Little was found guilty of two counts of “intentionally encouraging or assisting offence under Serious Crime Act.” She was given a suspended sentence. The judge gave CCHQ a tongu-lashing as well…

PMQs: Who’s Asking the Questions?

Q1 Drew Hendry (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey) (SNP)
Q2 Martyn Day (Linlithgow and East Falkirk) (SNP)
Q3 Tom Pursglove (Corby) (Con)
Q4 Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire) (Con)
Q5 John Spellar (Warley) (Lab)
Q6 Sir Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton) (LD)
Q7 Layla Moran (Oxford West and Abingdon) (LD)
Q8 Gill Furniss (Sheffield, Brightside and Hillsborough) (Lab)
Q9 Stephen Kinnock (Aberavon) (Lab)
Q10 Mr Clive Betts (Sheffield South East) (Lab)
Q11 Michael Fabricant (Lichfield) (Con) What discussions she has had with the Mayor of the West Midlands on the creation of employment in that region; and if she will make a statement.
Q12 Pete Wishart (Perth and North Perthshire) (SNP)
Q13 Rachael Maskell (York Central) (Lab)
Q14 Meg Hillier (Hackney South and Shoreditch) (Lab)
Q15 Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck (South Shields) (Lab)

Comments in the comments…

Bercow Overrules Parliamentary Clerks In Desperate Bid To Stop Brexit

In an unprecedented move, John Bercow has chosen to overrule the advice of his clerks, selecting a Dominic Grieve amendment that forces the Government to hold rolling votes very three days following a defeat of the meaningful vote. Developing…

Bercow is behaving as outrageously as Guido predicted.

UPDATE: Grieve confirms his amendment has been selected saying,

“It is eminently sensible and I hope the Government will accept it. This solidifies and emphasises the key role of Parliament. It is going to be essential in dealing with Brexit.”

By applauding Bercow’s constitutional sabotage and defiance of the advice of his clerks, Grieve has revealed himself to be a far cry from the defender of the constitution he likes to paint himself as. Just as Brexiteers suspected, his high-minded talk of principle and the constitution was just for convenience’s sake…

Juncker’s “Monster” Spreads Shameless Fake News in Spat With Greg Hands

Greg Hands’ much-shared ConHome article yesterday on the malicious motives of top EU officials towards Brexit appears to have seriously ruffled some Eurocrat feathers. European Commission boss Martin Selmayr, lovingly referred to by colleagues as “Juncker’s Monster” and “Darth Vader”, tweeted angrily this morning:

Hands had committed the heresy of, er, quoting on-the-record statements from Selmayr and Barnier’s deputy Sabine Weyand in prominent British and German media outlets. As fluent German-speaker Hands himself pointed out in response:

“There are 17 separate sources to my article, all German & UK media, all mainstream publications (Times, Welt, BBC etc), all individually linked to. So what is “false” about it? Most prominently, the interview you yourself gave to the Passauer Neue Presse.”

EU hostility to any serious level of press scrutiny is no surprise. Claiming outright “we have never said this” is straight-up fake news from the EU’s top official…

Calais Port Chief: Dover Queue Scaremongering “Is Not True”

The President Chairman of the ports of Boulogne-Calais, Jean-Marc Puissesseau has told the Today Programme that “the trucks will be passing as they are doing today” through his port. He confirmed that with customs his port will only be checking for veterinary and sanitary controls, “for which we have already been building infrastructure and parking, but that will not influence the traffic in Dover.”

“We will not control the exports, only asking the papers already, the custom declaration, that’s all! The import, as you won’t control [restrict], there will not be a queue in Dover because there will not be control, so where is the problem?!”

Maybe it’s time that scaremongering Remainers started to listen to the experts…

Drone Sighting Shuts Down Heathrow

Despite anti-drone technology being purchased by both Heathrow and Gatwick, the UK’s largest airport has suspended all flights due to an alleged drone sighting near the runway. Developing…

UPDATE: A Heathrow spokesperson has said:

“We are responding to a drone sighting at Heathrow and are working closely with the Met Police to prevent any threat to operational safety. As a precautionary measure, we have stopped departures while we investigate. We apologise to passengers for any inconvenience”

UPDATE II: Heathrow spokesperson has said departures have resumed and all runways are now open. They were shut down for an hour…

Crikey! Aussie PM’s Sneaky Shoe Switcheroo

Australians have been left scratching their heads at the bizarre decision of their new Prime Minister to inexplicably photoshop his footwear in an official family portrait. For reasons best known to himself, Scott Morrison decided to doctor the original photo to replace the blue-and-white trainers he was wearing with stock images of some shiny new all-white numbers. If he needs any more photoshopping done, Guido is always happy to help

Trump Demotes EU’s Diplomatic Status Without Even Telling Them

The EU has been getting a taste of its own medicine in Washington DC, with EU diplomats being frozen out of swanky gatherings after Donald Trump downgraded the EU delegation’s diplomatic status from “member state” to “international organisation”. The EU’s fantasies of being a superstate brought crashing back down to reality…

Best of all, according to DW the US State Department didn’t even bother informing the EU about the demotion, leaving them to work it out for themselves as their ‘ambassador’ gradually stopped receiving invitations to parties. The EU finally clicked after he was snubbed at the state funeral for George H. W. Bush, only being called to pay respects dead last after 150 other foreign diplomats had already had their turn. A US official later said they “forgot” to tell them. Try not to shed a tear…

Government Advises UK Businesses to Sue EU

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media, & Sport has issued ‘no deal’ guidance to individuals and businesses who own ‘.eu’ domain names, warning that they may need to “seek legal advice” in the event that the EU takes the unprecedented step of trying to revoke all .eu domain names registered in the UK. Guido can think of at least one particularly litigious owner of a .eu website…

“You may wish to seek advice from your local domain name registrar on whether the terms of your contractual agreement provide for any recourse in the event of revocation of a .eu registration. You may also want to seek legal advice.”

You could say the Government is following Donald Trump’s advice after all…

Cabinet Brexit Discussion Latest

This morning’s Cabinet meeting naturally focused around Brexit, with most of the conversation on no deal planning. When conversation turned to the Withdrawal Agreement, ministers resorted to increasingly wild analogies for the current state of mind of Conservative backbenchers. Somehow the conversation culminated with David Gauke concluding that MPs are “waiting for Scarlett [Johansson]….. on a unicorn.” Guido has taken the trouble to produce a helpful visual aid…

Rogue UK Ambassador Urges People To Stand Up To “National Sovereigntists”

The UK’s Deputy Ambassador to the UN, Jonathan Allen, has apparently gone rogue and declared that 2019 “has to be the time when the silent majority stand up & are less silent. Otherwise we will lose ground to the national sovereigntists.” Considering that recovering national sovereignty is currently the primary policy of the UK government, this is a very strange thing for a senior FCO official to say…

Cambridge educated Allen started his career working in the FCO’s fanatically europhile Europe Directorate “working on EU issues”, so it’s little wonder that he views people who believe in national sovereignty and want to “take back control” with contempt. Does the Government have no control over its rogue Foreign Office officials?

SpAd Moves: Downing Street Departures

Following the news that May’s close adviser Alex Dawson is leaving No 10 for Peter Mandelson’s Global Counsel outfit, Guido can reveal another move with Kenny Ferguson also leaving Downing Street to become Special Adviser to Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay alongside Steph Lis. Ferguson had been Downing Street’s Chief Press Officer for Brexit and the Economy since October 2017 and was previously at the Treasury and DfID. Congratulations…

Guido can also confirm Amber Rudd’s lineup at DWP. Rudd has kept on Esther McVey’s SpAds Alex Hitchcock and Jean-Andre Prager, who continues to work between DWP and No 10, alongside Jason Stein who joined from the Treasury in December. Get in touch with any further updates…

AfD MP Almost Killed In Brutal Attack

German MP Frank Magnitz, leader of the right-wing populist nationalist party Alternative für Deutschland in the state of Bremen, was brutally attacked by masked men with a piece of wood as he left a drinks reception in an art museum last night.[…] Read the rest

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