There Was No Labour Conference Bounce

Whilst Corbynistas grabbed onto a BMG poll that showed a post-conference Labour bounce, it looked like an outlier and the new poll from YouGov suggests it was very much so. This latest YouGov poll will not reflect any movement post the Tory conference. Given the general consensus was that the Tories had a neutral to positive conference we should not expect a downward move. It is a reflection on how badly Corbyn is perceived by voters that 8 years into Tory government the opposition still trails.

It is a reflection on how bad Theresa May is perceived by voters that she still trails don’t know for Prime Minister by 5 percentage points…

Trump’s Sticky Toilet Situation

President Trump boarded Air Force One in Minneapolis yesterday with sheets of toilet paper stuck to his shoe. Guido expects an adviser might get dumped too after this sticky situation…

Unilever Scraps Plan to Leave London

Anglo-Dutch giant Unilever, known for such family favourites as Marmite, Dove and Ben & Jerry’s, has scrapped its planned HQ move from London to Rotterdam after a major shareholder revolt. Following a very public tug-of-war between the British and Dutch governments, the £124 billion firm initially decided on the move after receiving promises of more favourable tax and regulatory treatment from the Netherlands. Not Brexit, despite the furore from Remainers at the time…

Steve Hawkes hits the nail on the head when he writes “Unilever is a prime example of the craziness of the Referendum war that still rages. This time Remain has been caught out – and some. The Dutch move was only ever about tax breaks but Remain jumped all over the story for the cause. Now they have to spend a day eating humble pie…”

Investors were up in arms over the prospect of leaving London, with particular unhappiness at the possibility of no longer being listed on the FTSE 100. Despite Remainers’ best attempts to do the UK’s prospects down, the reality is that the gravitational pull of London is simply too strong. Paris, Frankfurt and the rest will always be distant runners-up at best…

Chuka’s Big Centrist Party Hints

Chuka’s appearance on This Week last night was chuk-a-block with hints about his rumoured new centrist ‘People’s Party’. He refused to say whether he was politically closer to Theresa May’s or Jeremy Corbyn’s conference speeches, kept referring to the Conservatives and Labour as the “two old parties”, and called our two party favouring electoral system “anachronistic”.

He said that “whether or not there are new parties or not is a question for the leadership… do they still want the social democratic centre-left tradition to be part of the Labour Party or not?” He’s essentially saying ‘deselect me and you’ll find yourself having to deal with a new party’…

Strictly Lavery Maybot Dancing

Guido’s not really sure what is going on here…

Sadiq’s Top Advisers Over-Ruled GLA Officials to Make Trump Blimp Fly

Guido readers may remember the underwhelmingly-sized Trump baby blimp which soared floated a few metres above Parliament Square during Trump’s visit in July. Despite his long-running feud with Trump, Sadiq Khan was insistent at the time that the decision was solely that of the Greater London Authority (GLA) as a “corporate body” and that he had not personally approved the blimp. In fact, emails obtained by Guido reveal that the GLA initially rejected the proposal outright, only reversing their decision after a concerted campaign from Sadiq’s closest advisers including his Director of Communications Patrick Hennessey.

Here is the timeline of events:

  • 27 April: GLA Facilities Mangement emails the organisers of the protest to tell them that “we cannot consider the inflatable request below and the decision is final”:

  • 15 June: Following the publication of an article in the Guardian by the organiser imploring Sadiq to “Let Trump baby fly”, several of Sadiq Khan’s top team including senior advisers Leah Kreitzman, Nick Bowes and Patrick Hennessey exchange a number of emails where they prepare lines on how to reopen the decision process around approving the blimp.
  • 27 June: Leah Kreitzman sends an email stating “I think we might need to lean into it a bit more now. Can you please draft something along the lines of us looking at how we can make it happen.” Sadiq’s team agree a line to send over to the Evening Standard.
  • 28 June: The City Operations Lead in Sadiq’s office sends an email stating that they are now “minded to grant permission”.
  • 4 July: An authorisation notice is sent to the blimp organiser informing him that permission has now been granted.
  • 6 July: Sadiq’s team prepare an extended Q&A and lines for him to take, including the lines “I was not involved in the decision at all. It was made by the city operations team at the GLA.” and “I did not have a role in this decision. It was a decision for the city operations team at the GLA.”
  • 10 July: Sadiq appears on Good Morning Britain and gives the line that he was not involved and it was a GLA decision.

The numerous emails between Sadiq’s top team show that this was not a simple bureaucratic decision by the GLA but in fact a last-minute reversal of the original decision following a concerted campaign to change it. It is implausible that senior members of his team including his Director of Communications did not discuss this with the Mayor at any point during the process. Either way, Sadiq’s portrayal of the decision as a purely procedural rather than political was unquestionably misleading the public…

ASI Call For UK To Take In Venezualen Refugees

The Adam Smith Institute has called on the Government to accept up to 10,000 Venezuelan refugees per year into the UK, as a result of their socialist inflicted humanitarian crisis. As many as four million Venezuelans have fled their homeland over the last three years, over 10% of the country’s population.

This is just one of 100 policy suggestions the ASI are offering the Government. Others include introducing a ‘free speech act’ modelled on US First Amendment case law, legalising recreational cannabis, and introducing open-access competition on Britain’s railways. People are saying the Tory party is out of ideas following their conference. Perhaps Mrs. May should take note… 

UPDATE: Still no response from Labour hours after Guido asked for their position on this…

Tusk: UK Can Have Canada+++ Deal

After trashing Chequers at the Salzburg summit last month, Donald Tusk has again made the UK an explicit offer of a Canada+++ deal:

While the question of the Irish border remains, this completely shows up Theresa May’s repeated insistence that the only options on the table are Chequers or No Deal. The EU wants it, the UK wants it, it’s long past time that May started seriously considering it…

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BBC Infected by Massive EU Bug

A massive European bug stormed the set of Politics Live today, crawling across the headquarters of the European Commission and then flying off reporter Adam Fleming’s head. Not like the BBC to have caught a pro-EU bug…

Young Labour’s Convicted President

Young Labour have announced an interesting choice for their new honorary president – Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, the disgraced former President of Brazil. The socialist leader was arrested in April this year and sentenced to 12 years and one month in prison after being convicted of money laundering and corruption. A great role model for aspiring Labour politicians…

Leadsom Limits Leader’s Longevity

Last night Peston pushed Andrea Leadsom on the PM leading the party into the next election. Leadsom’s answer was basically a diplomatic “no”.

Guardian “No Platforms” Canary Editor

After the hard left’s #BoycottTheGuardian Twitter frenzy last week, the Guardian’s NUJ chapel has now rescinded its belated approval for The Canary editor-in-chief Kerry-Anna Mendoza to come and speak at the Guardian’s offices later this month.

According to Mark DiStefano, Guardian journalists were emailed yesterday by Philip Inman who revealed that Mendoza’s lecture had been cancelled altogether by the NUJ over The Canary’s shameful complicitness in the deportation of Guardian freelance journalist Carl David Goette-Luciak from Nicaragua:

“The NUJ has today withdrawn the request to stage the event in Kings Place after it condemned the detention, intimidation and deportation of Guardian freelance journalist Carl David Goette-Luciak. “It is clear that the main source of intimidation was The Canary news website, which named Goette-Luciak as an opposition stooge – an accusation that quickly led to his arrest and deportation…”

The hard left were unapologetic over the incident – Mendoza put out a statement saying that Goette-Luciak’s arrest and deportation “reinforced rather than undermined” The Canary’s actions and has published further articles suggesting Goette-Luciak is a “foreign agent”, while Corbyn cheerleader Chris Williamson piled in again after supporting the #BoycottTheGuardian hashtag last week:

Charming bunch…

Andy Wigmore Joins the Tories

Arron Banks’ sidekick Andy Wigmore appears to have finally succeeded in his bid to join the Tories after the pair’s attempts were repeatedly rebuffed by CCHQ. By hook or by crook, the self-proclaimed Brexit ‘Bad Boy’ is undeniably now a card-carrying member of the Tories:

Looks like CCHQ’s net can’t hold the Blue Wave…

UPDATE: Party Chairman Brandon Lewis has told LBC’s Iain Dale that the party Board “decided that neither Andy Wigmore nor Arron Banks would be members of the party.” He explained that they were refused for “very publicly and openly” trying to “bring down the leadership of the Conservative Party.” When Guido breaks the news to him Wigmore retorts to Guido “So is Boris!”

Cox Rocks Tory Conference

 

Boris may have drawn the crowds while the PM got a laugh for her Dancing Queen routine, but it was Geoffrey Cox QC who comfortably stole the show at Tory Conference this year.

He was only supposed to be May’s warm-up act, but the new Attorney General’s uproarious speech had the crowd completely enraptured as he strode around the stage booming out the benefits of Brexit. Forget Mogg Mania, now everyone is Crazy for Cox…

“Ending Austerity” & Building Council Homes

Since the Tories came into government the national debt has risen by over 70%. By any measure that is hardly evidence of the savage austerity of left-wing rhetoric.  Britain is still running a deficit, in 2018/19, taxpayers will fund interest payments of some £53 billion. A billion-a-week to service the national debt, you can put that on the side of three red buses.

Spreadsheet Phil is getting nearer to finally closing the deficit that George Osborne promised to close by 2015. This should not be taken by spending ministers as a signal to up spending, the national debt still has to be serviced and it would be prudent to start paying down the debt. Likewise giving councils carte blanche to borrow to finance an extended council house building programme will add to the debt burden. If that is what Theresa May is signalling in her conference speech it is bad politics for the Tories.

In Asia it is not uncommon for the state to build low cost housing for sale at below market rates. If councils were encouraged to build and sell properties they would not end up on the state’s balance sheet. It would spread capital ownership more widely by allowing people to own their own homes. It is good politics because property-owning democracies don’t tend to elect socialist governments…

By all means encourage councils to actively build new developments on their land. Scrapping the government cap on how much they can borrow to fund new developments should not however be a licence to build another generation of council estates – the petri dish for municipal socialism. The government should insist that the low cost homes should be offered on construction to qualified buyers who would have to be owner occupiers.  When Phil Hammond announces the budget at the end of the month it would be good if the removal of the cap was coupled with a new “right to buy” that granted local residents the right buy any new council homes built. Councils would be obligated to offer new build homes for sale without the high profit margins often commanded by private sector developers. Politically it is a winner and the Treasury would be happy that long-term it would pay down the government debt used to fund the construction.

May’s Conference Speech in Full

“Thank you very much for that warm welcome.

You’ll have to excuse me if I cough during this speech; I’ve been up all night supergluing the backdrop.

There are some things about last year’s conference I have tried to forget.

But I will always remember the warmth I felt from everyone in the hall.

You supported me all the way – thank you.

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Theresa May enters the stage to ABBA’s “Dancing Queen”. Having the time of her life…

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Duddridge Writes to Brady Demanding May Goes

Minutes before Theresa May gets on stage to deliver her speech James Duddridge has publicly written an email to Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Committee, demanding she goes. He has just told Adam Boulton that the conference has been a “disaster”, and says Theresa May’s refusal to “rip up Chequers” and Boris Johnson’s “inspirational” speech yesterday are the reasons he’s submitted a letter of no confidence in Theresa May.[…] Read the rest

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