Sky’s Young “Council House Occupant” is Really Labour Activist

 

Sky News ran a segment on house building earlier featuring LGA chief Lord Porter and Rania Ramli, who was introduced as a “student who lives in a council house” and described as a “council house occupant”. What Sky News failed to mention is that Ramli is actually a prolific Labour activist, a national officer of Labour Students and a member of the LSE Labour Students committee.

Ramli spent the interview blaming “the Tory government’s” housing policies as well as claiming “housebuilding is down the biggest rate in 24 years”, which is simply not true. The trend in housing starts has been continuously upwards since 2010.

Guido would hope that Sky News did their research better than Ramli next time…

The Economist: Celebrates 175 Years – with Steve Bannon

The Economist is celebrating it’s 175th year of publication with a paen to liberalism in the form of an essay. It is a bit of navel gazing combined with dollops of self-justification. Editor Zanny Minton Beddoes admits in her essay that The Economist has become the in-house journal of the liberal elite, what Steve Bannon calls “the party of Davos”. No institution is immune to intellectual fashions, the newspaper has in Guido’s lifetime championed Keynesianism, then neo-liberalism, and now the ‘Washington Consensus’. It has of late become overly preoccupied with climate change and whatever else concerns the faddish Davos crowd. The irony of The Economist, which was founded in 1843 to champion free trade, free markets and limited government, being on the wrong side of the argument on Brexit, in thrall to the EU and the thousands of tariffs that protectionist bloc enforces, is striking. Never mind the ambitions of those in Brussels for a pan-European super-state rigidly regulated from the Black Sea to the Atlantic.

On immigration Zanny admits for liberals “it is not too wide of the mark to caricature their views on migration as more influenced by the ease of employing a cleaner than by a fear of losing out.” Not a single democracy has escaped pain from uncontrolled mass migration, no politician can ignore the votes of those who have to compete with newcomers, the so-called “deplorables” in America and working-class Brexit voters in Britain. Almost all Western democracies have tired of fast migration. On this Zanny recognises reluctantly that “in the short run, liberals risk undermining the cause of free movement if they push beyond the bounds of pragmatism.” She proposes reform of the rules for refugees, despite accepting that in reality most immigration is driven by economics.

How adrift the current editor of The Economist is from the founding principles can be seen with her support for Universal Basic Income – putting everyone on the dole, disincentivising work. She cites a modest proposal for America to introduce a “UBI of $10,000 a year” which she admits “would require a tax take of at least 33% of GDP”, to be paid for by more disincentivising wealth taxes. So much for limited government.

One could go on, Steve Bannon did at their recent shindig. Judge for yourself how Zanny fared:

Happy birthday to The Economist…

President Maduro Feasts as Venezuelans Flee Starvation

“Venezuela shows another way is possible” Jeremy Corbyn told us. That way was socialism, and it has turned out the same it always does, disastrously. More than 1.6 million Venezuelans have left the country since 2015, fleeing the economic and humanitarian disaster, streaming across the borders to neighbouring countries such that last month the UN warned that the situation is nearing a “crisis moment”. Socialist Venezuela’s biggest export is its people.

Whilst Venezuelans are reduced to searching through garbage for food and advised by government officials to eat pet rabbits, Nicolas Maduro, the man Jeremy Corbyn congratulates for countering capitalism on live TV call-ins to the dictator’s propaganda show, found a perfect place to be caught spending some of that $35 million bribe he pocketed with his wife, Cilia Flores. On a visit to the famous Turkish celebrity chef Nusret Gökçe, in his 5-Star restauarant in Istanbul.

Gökçe is known as ‘Salt Bae’ for his signature style of seasoning steaks and dramatically slicing meat at the table while gyrating his hips. In response to Maduro’s lavish meal, Venezuelans have posted images on social media purporting to show Gökçe sprinkling salt over starving children…

Hunt’s Asian Persuasion Skills

Jeremy Hunt has put in a strong bid to redeem himself on the Asian diplomacy front after that awkward gaffe, delivering a speech in Japan in fluent Japanese. After all, his wife is Japanese Chinese. Hmmm…

What’s Going On This Week

Guy News brings you what’s going on this week.

  • Monday
    • Liberal Democrats’ party conference will continue in Brighton. Gina Miller speech at 11am.
    • BBC Panorama programme “Inside No. 10: Deal or No Deal?” 8:30pm.
  • Tuesday
    • The Liberal Democrat party conference concludes with a speech by Vince Cable at 2:10pm.
    • Kim Jong Un hosts South Korean president Moon Jae-in for talks.
  • Wednesday
    • Informal summit of EU leaders in Salzburg, Austria.
    • Recall petition for DUP MP Ian Paisley to close.
  • Thursday
    • Final day of the informal meeting of heads of state or government in Salzburg, Austria.
    • Question Time airs from Dewsbury. 10:45pm.
  • Friday
    • UKIP conference begins at the ICC in Birmingham.

Parliament returns from Conference Recess on 9th October.

Gove: Chequers Right “For Now”

 

Michael Gove tells Andrew Marr

“A future PM could always choose to alter the relationship between Britain and the EU, but the Chequers approach is the right one for now.”

Khan Flip-Flops on Neverendum

“I’m not one of those advocating for a re-run… the British public should have a say on the outcome of the negotiations… plus the option of staying in the EU.”

Sadiq might want to look up the definition of re-run…

Khan to Osborne: Bring It On

“George Osborne doesn’t concern me in the slightest… if he wants to go to battle with me, good luck I’m looking forward to it.”

Gardiner: Second Referendum Would Throw May A Lifeline

“We’ve said we haven’t ruled anything off the table… but actually to have a second referendum would be to throw this Government a lifeline.”

Fox Backtracks On No-Deal Prediction

 

Back tracking on his “60% likelihood of no-deal” comment, Trade Secretary Liam Fox told Sophy Ridge this morning that “I think over the last few weeks we’ve certainly heard more reassuring noises from the European Commission.”

Fox: May Should Lead Tories Into 2022 Election

 

“Supporting the Prime Minister now is in our national interest, and certainly if she wants to continue on to the next election she’ll have my support.”

Leaving some wiggle room there with that ‘if’…

Police Called as Mogg’s Children & Nanny Ambushed By Leftist Protest Outside Home

 

A group of leftist ‘class warriors’ launched a vile attack on Jacob Rees-Mogg and his children outside his home yesterday, bearing a banner proclaiming that “we must devastate the avenues where the wealthy live.”

The group, led by the privileged son of a surgeon, harassed Rees-Mogg’s nanny, saying she had Stockholm syndrome, called Mogg a slave owner, and shouted at his children that “your daddy is a totally horrible person.”

Kinder, gentler…

UPDATE: We believe the man shouting at the Rees-Mogg children “your daddy is a totally horrible person” is Ian Bone, author of “Bash the Rich”.

Sajid: Boris “Absolutely Not” Islamophobic

Marr: Do you think [Boris] is Islamophobic?

Javid: No, absolutely not. Not in the slightest.

Sajid pours lukewarm to cold water on any talk of leadership…

Chuka: Labour is Institutionally Racist

Chuka tells Sophy Ridge that it is “beyond doubt” that the Labour Party is “institutionally racist”. Astounding to hear this coming from the mouth of a sitting Labour MP…

Chuka says he isn’t leaving Labour but refuses to rule it out in the future…

Sajid: People Don’t Need to Worry About No Deal Brexit

Marr challenges the Home Secretary over some of the more colourful predictions in the Police’s No Deal document leaked to the Sunday Times. Sajid replies that “people don’t need to worry” because the Government will be prepared…

Sajid Apologises Again to Windrush Victims

The Home Secretary apologises to “everyone that was affected” by the Windrush Scandal, saying “it was wrong in every way and I will do everything I can to put it right”. He tells Marr that people affected will be “properly” compensated “in the coming weeks”.

O’Grady: TUC Will Back Second Referendum if We Don’t Like Deal

The TUC’s Frances O’Grady tells Andrew Marr that the TUC will “be throwing our full weight” behind a second referendum “if we don’t get the deal that working people need”…

Green Party ‘Co-Leaders’ Have Three Jobs Each, He’s Paid to Lead, She’s Not

 

The Greens got very worked up yesterday about Guido’s exclusive story that the party only paid one of their ‘co-leaders’, Jonathan Bartley, whilst Sian Berry got nothing from the party. Typical of the responses was from Jenny Jones, the Green Baroness tweeted that

“Sian has a full time job, Jon doesn’t. We Greens are not greedy. Hard to understand, isn’t it??”

Very noble, and it is fair to say that Sian is paid generously by the rate payers of Camden where she is a councillor and London where she is an Assembly member. Her co-leadership of the Green Party is the third of her part-time jobs.

Jenny and others owe Guido an apology because the co-leadership of the Green Party is the third of Jonathan’s part-time jobs too. He is paid a 5-figure allowance by the rate payers of Lambeth for being a councillor and will receive extra by virtue of being leader of the opposition on Lambeth Council. So his co-leadership is the third of his part-time jobs too. Except he is paid and she is not for “co-leading” the Green Party.

If Jonathan and Sian are both genuine co-leaders, both with two ratepayer paid elected positions, why is only one paid for their leadership of the Green Party? Academic research suggests that the gender pay-gap is often because men are more aggressive when it comes to pay negotiations. The inequality in pay implies Jonathan is the real (paid) leader of the party and Sian is just an unpaid fig-leaf for spin purposes. Otherwise why aren’t they paid equally for their equal work as the law insists they should be?

Green Party ‘Co-Leaders’:
He’s Paid, She Isn’t!

The Green Party’s leadership election results were announced yesterday, and to no one’s surprise the joint ticket that already comprised ‘co-leader’ Jonathan Bartley won, with London Assembly member Sian Berry being swapped in to replace Caroline Lucas.

Bartley, according to Green Party press office is “paid the London Living Wage”, which is £19,890 per annum, whilst his ‘co-leader’ Sian is not paid anything at all for doing the same job. Either they’re not genuinely co-leaders, or the Greens have the biggest gender pay gap in all of politics…

Sian says that “co-leadership really does embody the values of the Green Party.” Values like paying men and women different wages for the same job? Or is Bartley really the leader and Sian’s role is merely to be the Green Party’s fig-leaf?

Fan of Iran’s Revolution Topped Labour’s NEC Poll

 

Last night’s NEC election results focused on the shocking election of Peter Willsman, a man dropped from the Momentum slate, disowned by media savvy Corbynistas like Owen Jones, Ash Sarkar, and Matt Zarb-Cousin after his rant about the anti-Semitism crisis being faked by Jewish Trump supporters.[…] Read the rest

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