Broadcasters Abandon College Green

Following what was described to Guido as a ‘strategic risk assessment’, broadcasters have opted not to broadcast from College Green today in light of increased harassment of presenters and guests. There is also a noticeably heightened police presence in the area…

Apparently a monitoring van has joined regular police vans around the corner from the broadcasting tents. A regular presenter from College Green has told Guido that this is a decision taken by their superiors, they expect to be back tomorrow.

Funny how after weeks of idiots shouting at ‘Leavers’, action is only taken when Remainers are shouted at…

Salmond Wins Sexual Harassment Case Against Scottish Government

Former SNP leader Alex Salmond has won his judicial review against the Scottish Government over its handling of the sexual misconduct allegations against him. The Court of Session ruled that the Scottish Government’s decisions regarding the case had been “unlawful”, with the Scottish Government admitting that appointing an investigating office who had “prior involvement” in the case had been a breach of their guidelines. Salmond is not off the hook yet, the separate police probe into him is still ongoing…

Recession Fears as German Output Drops 4.7%

German industrial production unexpectedly slumped in November, further evidence that a nine-year recovery in Europe’s largest economy is foundering. Production in Germany’s key industrial sector, adjusted for inflation and seasonal swings, fell 1.9% in November from the previous month. Economic experts’ consensus expectation was for a small rise…

The decline in November production was broad-based and led by consumer goods and energy. Output was down 4.7% year-on-year, the most since the financial crisis. Carsten Brzeski, chief economist at ING Germany says “At face value, today’s industrial production data has clearly increased the risk of a technical recession in Germany in the second half of 2018”. In the circumstances German industry will be even less keen on the EU putting up export barriers to free trade with Britain…

Skint Sadiq Splashing £300,000 of Taxpayers’ Cash on PR Firm

It turns out that the £30,000 Sadiq Khan blew on Freud Communications to find celebrities to tweet about his pet social media campaign was only the tip of the iceberg of his egoistic largesse. Guido can reveal that the Mayor has in fact shelled out almost £300,000 to the swanky PR firm in the two and a half years since he became Mayor in 2016. How can he justify spending this much on self-congratulatory campaigns when Crossrail is heading towards being £2 billion in the red and TfL is facing a £1 billion operating deficit?

The Mayor’s Office was forced to release figures detailing exactly how much has been spent on Freuds – £126,000 in 2016/17, £120,000 in 2017/18, and £48,000 so far this financial year, totalling £294,000. This is just part of the £2.8 million increase in PR and marketing spend since Sadiq became Mayor, and on top of the fifteen press officers he already employs. All paid for by the taxpayer…

Dominic Cummings’ Real-Life Victory Speech

After much anticipation, Brexit: The Uncivil War aired last night, predictably sending the usual suspects like Carole Cadwalladr into indignant Twitter froths. Those who were actually there (including two thirds of the current Guido newsroom) enjoyed Benedict Cumberbatch’s riveting performance as Dominic Cummings, even if many of the broader details of the campaign were inevitably glossed over in the limited space of 90 minutes. It was a drama, not a documentary…

Guido brings you the real-life version of Dom’s iconic victory speech, complete with chants of “taking back control” and the ceiling tile punch. Although Guido can confirm that Dom definitely stayed around to celebrate rather than slinking off alone…

Channel 4 Unveils Brexit Battle Bus

Clever rebrand of the famous Vote Leave battle bus by Channel 4 to promote their new Brexit drama with Benedict Cumberbatch which is airing tonight. Triggering Remoaners before they even tune in…

Guido saw an advance screening of Brexit: The Uncivil War last week and it is well worth a watch, so far it is annoying all the right people. Channel 4, 9pm…

Newsnight Appoint Lefty Remainer as Economics Editor

Newsnight have appointed Ben Chu as their economics editor while Helen Thomas is on maternity leave. Chu is a lefty Remainer who has churned out a regular diet of sour-faced news stories attacking the Tories and generally revelling in bad economic news as the Independent’s smug economics editor, attacking Brexiteers as “xenophobes” and calling politicians like Michael Gove and Jacob Rees-Mogg “intellectual and moral pygmies”. He’ll fit right in at the BBC…

Far Right Yellow Vest Protesters Revealed

The small group of yellow vested lunatics who shouted at Owen Jones have been on a busy mission to make themselves thoroughly reviled by all Leavers and Remainers alike. The man doing most of the shouting appears to be James Goddard, who has previously shouted about Number 10 hosing “satanic paedophiles” and has called for the deportation of “every last Muslim” from the United Kingdom. Pound shop EDL.

This small band of nutters have been shouting outside parliament for weeks. Their tiny protests have closed down Westminster Bridge twice, employing the tactics of loony environmentalists. Extremist horseshoe politics…

Today they have been shouting at Anna Soubry, but Leavers and Remainers alike have been drowned out by these same few lunatics again and again. This minuscule group is only followed by 395 people on Twitter and 246 people on Facebook.

Goddard and his group seem to spend most of their time preoccupied with a conspiracy theory, alleging a tragic drunk driving case was actually a secret act of Islamic terror covered up by the Government. He and his few friends are obsessed with Muslims and don’t appear to have been concerned about the EU at all until just a few months ago. Media shouldn’t fall for the idea that these people are pro-Brexit protesters. They’re nativist losers desperate to hijack an issue for attention.

Sunday Mirror Calls for NHS to be Marketised

The Sunday Mirror’s leader column this week took aim at Theresa May’s 10-year NHS plan, however their prescription is probably not what you’d expect from the Labour Party’s required reading: marketisation of the NHS. The paper calls for an end to the NHS being free at the point of use with wealthier patients now being forced to pay for their healthcare. Despite the fact they’ve already paid higher income tax and national insurance towards it…

“Mrs May’s 10-year plan for the health service is another opportunity for fundamental reform. The NHS has only been truly free at the point of use for three of its 70 years. Consideration must be given to the well-off contributing.”

Despite Labour’s perennial claims that the Tories are plotting to privatise the NHS, it’s the leftie Mirror that’s calling for marketisation of the health service first. Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary Jon Ashworth even had an op-ed of his own in the paper. Surely Labour can’t be plotting to privatise the NHS too…

That’s not to say that it would necessarily end up being a bad thing for the NHS. Charging rich patients to pay for non-vital procedures on the NHS could trigger an explosion of market mechanisms in UK healthcare, forcing the NHS to undergo marked-based reforms to keep up, or even catalysing a wholesale shift towards a more efficient European style social insurance-based system with improved patient outcomes overall. However, this would require broader liberalisation of the healthcare market to ensure genuine competition instead of a rigged and overly-expensive market. Not a caveat likely to make its way into the Mirror any time soon…

Minister: “We Might Have to Extend Article 50” if Deal Voted Down

Culture Minister Margot James has told Politics Live that the Government “might have to extend Article 50” if May’s deal is voted down in Parliament. Needless to say this is going down like a cup of cold sick amongst Brexiteers…

Downing Street have pushed back strongly against the suggestion that this is now the Government’s position. As May said yet again on Marr just yesterday, the UK will be leaving on the EU on the 29th of March. Of all the promises she has made, this probably isn’t one she can row back from…

Owen Jones Mobbed By Silly Yellow Vests

Wannabe Yellow Vest protesters in Westminster seemed to confuse Lexit sympathising Owen Jones for a second referendum proponent. One asked him “how many people attended the [anti]-Brexit march”… that Jones did not attend or endorse. The half-dozen protesters really don’t do themselves any favours here…

h/t Owen Jones

Alcohol Banned in Commons Tea Room

MPs have returned from Christmas recess to discover that alcoholic drinks will no longer be served in the Commons tea room. Until today it had stocked a selection of miniature wines. A recently elected MP told Guido they had seen at most three people drink a small glass of wine over their entire two years in Parliament. This entirely tokenistic puritan preclusion doesn’t actually deal with the real problem of cheap taxpayer subsidised boozing in parliament…

h/t Steve Hawkes

London Ranked First in Europe For ‘Future Proofing’

London has been ranked as the foremost city in Europe for ‘future proofing’ by international professional services and investment management company JLL. Their analysis looks at key data points in wide ranging criteria, from ‘International Patent Applications’ to ‘Environmental Quality’. No other European city comes close…

Globally, London is only beaten by San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and New York. The results show that London is still better placed than any other city in Europe to face down future challenges and continue to prosper – “despite Brexit”. That is not going to change unless we got a Corbyn government…

Chuka Slams 2nd Referendum

Watch this clip for a prime example of why people don’t trust politicians. Here is second referendum evangelist Chuka Umunna speaking at a Fabian Society/NCS event at the Labour Conference Fringe in 2016. He even posted the video on his own Facebook page, including this segment where he slams the idea of a second referendum:

“I’m sorry, I’m not one of those people who thinks we should be calling for a second referendum. I think that would just look like, the referendum was fought under rules we agreed to, a result was delivered, because we don’t like it we now want to replay it again – which will simply entrench a view that we’re some elite, who don’t want to pay any attention to the people.”

Guido couldn’t put it any better himself…

h/t @Change_Britain

NHS Boss: No Medicine Shortages in Event of No Deal

Head of NHS England Simon Stevens has told Today that the NHS is on course to be fully prepared for a no deal exit from the European Union, confirming that, despite the scare stories, there will be no medicine shortages in the event of no deal:

“If everyone does what they are being asked to do, particularly around the transport and logistics infrastructure, then yes that will be the case.”

This confirms Health Secretary Matt Hancock’s announcement over the weekend that he is “confident that we’ll have the unhindered supply of medicines so long as the plans that we have in place are properly enacted.” 

Stevens also took aim at some of the scare stories around post-Brexit staffing shortages, confirming that more non-EU migrants work in the NHS than EU migrants at the moment, and that after we have left the EU “there is no reason why we can’t get this right.” Maybe unrelenting Remainers should listen to the experts…

Rich’s Monday Morning View

May Firm on Second Referendum

Theresa May has firmly reiterated her position against a second referendum, even if Parliament tries to play silly games with one. Parliament can pass as many motions as it likes, the bottom line is there isn’t going to be a second referendum without a Government that is willing to push one through in law…

Marr’s Daniel Craig Blooper

Classic blooper from Andrew Marr as he asks May if she watched “I, Daniel Craig” on the BBC last night. Funnily enough she hadn’t…

Theresa May “Won’t Play” Resignation Game

May tells Marr she is “not going to play that game” when Marr tries to pin her down on whether she expects to be PM for a “few more months or a few more years”. Spoilsport…

May: Meaningful Vote “Definitely” Happening This Month

Theresa May confirms to Andrew Marr that the vote will “definitely” go ahead this month, around the 14th or 15th of January.[…] Read the rest

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