Banks Accused of Bribing Minister in Lesotho for Mining Licence

Looks like Arron’s emails are being shared widely beyond the Observer…

Maybot Malfunctions Trying to Talk About Cooking and Eating

“I enjoy cooking, which has a benefit because you get to eat it as well as make it.”

Crikey!

Best of Six Years of the Sunday Politics

That’s all folks…

Chequers Plan Not Acceptable to Most Conservatives

Nadine says openly what most Tories think privately…

Long-Bailey: Labour Have Lost the Faith of Jewish Community

Raab: Vote Leave Critics Just Trying to Block Brexit

Raab obviously right that the allegations against Vote Leave obviously did not change the referendum result, and that the Remain campaign did far worse…

Raab: We Will Be Ready For WTO Brexit

If Raab can achieve one thing at Dexeu, let’s hope it’s convincing Number 10 to properly prepare for a WTO Brexit…

May Insists Pairing Scandal “An Honest Mistake”

Not sure fibbing that you didn’t tell MPs to break their pairs, and then admitting you did when caught red-handed, can be described as either “honest” or a “mistake”. Ministers and Tory MPs requiring pairs in future will have grave fears about how things are going to play out under the current chief whip…

UPDATE: Tom Watson:

“It is unbelievable that the Prime Minister has repeated the desperate and blatantly untrue excuses made by her Party Chair and Chief Whip. This is a serious issue that goes beyond efficient administration in the House of Commons. This is about public trust in politics. At such a crucial time for our country, people expect candour and decency, not cowardice and dishonesty.”

Caught on Camera: Brandon Speaks With Pairing Whip Ahead of Crunch Vote

This clip shows Brandon Lewis having a conversation with pairing whip Andrew Stephenson before he voted on Tuesday. They’re going to need to tell us what was said…

“Are You Romanticising a Murderous Ideology?”

Jo Coburn on the Daily Politics got to the point. Bastani defended freedom crushing totalitarianism…

Boris: It’s Not Too Late to Save Brexit

The key line from Boris’ statement…

Why Won’t Corbyn Adopt Internationally Accepted Anti-Semitism Definition?

Get the feeling this would be a much bigger story without the Tory Brexit mess…

May: Corbyn Would Not Deliver on Will of People

For a minute there she almost sounded like a Brexiteer…

Andrea Jenkyns: At What Point Was It Decided Brexit Meant Remain?

Yikes!

Nadine: Soubry Has Lost the Plot

Putin: I Wanted Trump to Win

Suella Denies Telling Sky She’d Resigned

JoCo: “Did you, Suella, talk to the Sky reporter Lewis Goodall and say that you would be resigning in the morning after David Davis had handed in his resignation?”

Suella: “No.”

JoCo: “You didn’t?”

Suella: “Not at all. I’d love to see some proof of that conversation. That never happened.”

It was Russia Today fake news merchant Afshin Rattansi that first claimed Suella had quit:

More fool any Lobby hack who copies RT…

UK Government Spaceport Sited in Worst Place

The government is getting excited, the UK is set for new space age! Launching rockets into space from Scotland, supported by the taxpayers with spaceflight grants worth over £30 million as part of the UK’s Industrial Strategy. Sutherland at latitude: 58° 10′ 18.00″ N will be the northernmost operational spaceport in the world. The reason spaceports are usually and preferably sited near the Equator is because that is where the Earth’s rotational speed is the highest. Rockets launched from sites near the Equator get an additional natural boost that helps save the cost of putting in extra fuel and boosters. So putting a spaceport in the North of a northern hemisphere country is just plain dumb.

This is why government industrial strategies are a bad idea. Politicians pick projects for political reasons, “local jobs” – a for-profit enterprise would never consider a launch site at this a northern latitude. There are plenty of British territories nearer the Equator. Even Cornwall would be a better launch site…

UPDATE: Scottish Rockets: Correction

May Makes Clear We’re Unlikely to Ever Diverge

This is the key section of May’s Marr interview. She makes clear what Brexiters know to be true: under her Chequers deal, if we ever diverge on something in the common rulebook, it means a border goes up in Ireland and the UK faces consequences she cannot accept. Which means we are realistically never going to diverge in anything. Marr is right: this is fake sovereignty and not Brexit.

May: Trump Told Me to Sue EU

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Quote of the Day

Dr Taj Hargey, Imam, Oxford Islamic Congregation, tells The Times

“Sir, Boris Johnson should not apologise for telling the truth. His evocative analogy is unfortunate but he is justified in reminding everyone that the Wahhabi/Salafi-inspired fad of female facial masking has no Koranic legitimacy. It is, however, a nefarious component of a trendy gateway theology for religious extremism and militant Islam.

The burka and niqab are hideous tribal ninja-like garments that are pre-Islamic, non-Koranic and therefore un-Muslim. Although this deliberate identity-concealing contraption is banned at the Kaaba in Mecca it is permitted in Britain, thus precipitating security risks, accelerating vitamin D deficiency, endorsing gender-inequality and inhibiting community cohesion.

The retrogressive Islamic clergy has succeeded in persuading ill-informed Muslims through suspect secondary sources that God wants women to cover their faces, when in reality it is a toxic patriarchy controlling women. Is it any wonder that many younger women have internalised this poisonous chauvinism by asserting that it is their human right to hide their faces? Johnson did not go far enough. If Britain is to become a fully integrated society then it is incumbent that cultural practices, personal preferences and communal customs that aggravate social division should be firmly resisted. For this reason Britain must emulate France, Belgium, Austria, Bulgaria and Denmark in banning the burka.”

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