Andrew Neil Burns Bercow

Andrew Neil had a sly dig at the Speaker after PMQs ended after only 43 minutes today, joking that Bercow only ended it early “probably because he knows that we come out of it now… so he won’t be on television himself”. Not before Bercow had taken the chance to use one of his many interruptions to lecture MPs about “respect and good behaviour” in Parliament. Without a hint of irony…

Boris: Brexit Deal “Utterly Unacceptable”

Senior Eurosceptics have been tearing into Theresa May’s Brexit deal following reports that a draft text has been agreed, with Boris Johnson describing it as “vassal state stuff” and “utterly unacceptable”. Jacob Rees-Mogg has called it a “failure of the Government’s negotiating position and a failure to deliver on Brexit”. The DUP have warned May that there will be “consequences” if she does not keep her Brexit promises to them, with Sammy Wilson stressing that their confidence and supply deal is with the Conservative Party, not May herself. May is going to have some job getting this through Parliament…

Chris Mason: Replace Me With Mr Blobby

The BBC’s Chris Mason offered to stand down in favour of Mr. Blobby live on BBC Breakfast yesterday morning, arguing the Noel’s House Party character could offer analysis as good as his own. Don’t do yourself down…”

What’s Going On This Week

  • Monday
    • Labour Whip Fiona Onasanya to appear in the dock at the Old Bailey, charged with conspiring with her brother to avoid speeding points.
    • Commons Education questions, 2.30 pm.
    • Lords Brexit statement, 2.30 pm.
    • Lords communications committee to discuss whether or not to regulate the internet.
    • Urgent Question on Roger Scruton, expected around 4:30 pm.
  • Tuesday
    • Northern Ireland affairs committee to discuss the land border between Northern Ireland and Ireland.
    • Cabinet meeting.
  • Wednesday
    • PMQs at 12pm.
    • Deadline for agreeing a November summit.
  • Thursday
    • International trade questions.
    • Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to appear before the foreign affairs committee on “China and the international rules-based system” 2.30 pm.

Labour ‘Won’t Save the Government’ in Brexit Deal Vote

Emily Thornberry confirmed to Marr this morning that Labour is intent on voting down Theresa May’s Brexit deal, in the hope of forcing a general election. The clock is ticking, and as things stand the UK will automatically leave the EU in 138 days.

Army “Ready To Help” In Event of No Deal

Chief of Defence Staff General Sir Nick Carter revealed this morning that the Army has “not been asked to do anything specifically at this particular stage” by the Government in relation to Brexit contingency measures, but that if there isn’t a deal we stand ready to help in any way we can.”

Ellwood: Stop Speculating About May’s Brexit Deal

Griffith: Labour Should Consider Expelling Bastani

Shadow Defence Secretary Nia Griffith called Bastani’s infamous comments about the Royal British Legion and the Poppy Appeal “an utter disgrace” and “grotesque”.

What is Labour’s Policy on Trident?

“We are absolutely committed to the Trident programme.”

“It doesn’t sound it…”

Tugendhat Would Consider Running For Leader

“I haven’t made any great secret of the fact that I would consider running for my party leadership at some point.”

Understatement of the day…

Jordan Peterson’s Warning Against Criminalising Speech

Popular Psychology Professor Jordan Peterson is not everyone’s cup of tea but he had a number of interesting points to make on Question Time last night, particularly on the dangers of criminalising speech and the inextricably related problem of who actually defines what “hate speech” is. A nuanced approach all too rarely seen in this era of no-platforming and trial by Twitter…

As Peterson puts it: “the criminalisation of what hypothetically constitutes offensive speech is going to be a cure that is so much worse than the disease that we can hardly imagine it.” Food for thought…

Diane Abbott Warns Remainers Against Second Referendum

A strong warning against a second referendum came from an unlikely source on Question Time last night as Diane Abbott told Remainers to “be careful what you wish for”:

“What I say to people calling for a second referendum now is you should be careful what you wish for, because my suspicion is that if we had a second referendum now, the same people that voted Leave – who are not largely speaking in London – would vote Leave again, saying ‘didn’t you hear us the first time?'”

Didn’t she get Keir’s memo about “constructive ambiguity”?

However it turns out that Diane may be more in tune with the public mood than many of her fellow North London Labour colleagues, as a new Hanbury/Politico poll this morning revealed that just 9% of voters want a second referendum if MPs vote down Theresa May’s Brexit Deal. 34% say we should just leave with no deal…

Kay Burley’s Bust-Up With Johnny Mercer

Kay Burley’s run on Channel 4’s Celebrity Hunted sadly came to an end last night after getting dobbed in by a Warburton’s manager, although not before she managed to have a stand-up row with her accomplice Johnny Mercer MP. Mercer somewhat unadvisedly told her she was having a “complete meltdown” after she complained that he had “just f**ked off” and abandoned her. Mercer’s diplomatic skills haven’t been quite as polished as usual of late…

Trump’s Amazing Grace Moment

With America going to vote in the midterm elections today, Guido thought he would bring you a little flavour flavor of the campaign across the pond. These were the scenes at a Trump rally last night after a woman in the crowd fainted – his enraptured supporters broke into a spontaneous rendition of Amazing Grace as Trump himself nodded along in approval. “Beautiful”…

It’s hard to imagine anything like this taking place in the UK. Unless it’s the Red Flag at Labour Party Conference, that is…

First Look: Channel 4’s Brexit Drama

Channel 4 have released a teaser trailer for their upcoming Brexit drama starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Vote Leave supremo Dominic Cummings. The trailer doesn’t necessarily calm the suspicions that this is going to be more of a Cadwalladr-inspired techno-conspiracy than a serious political drama. Will they have to dramatically rewrite their script after the Information Commissioner blew apart Carole’s conspiracies today?

Whats Going On This Week

  •  Monday
    • MPs to debate Cox’report on bullying and harassment of House of Commons staff.
    • Philip Hammond giving evidence to the Treasury select committee.
    • U.S. reimposing sanctions on Iran.
    • CPS to launch their new policy programme at a reception with the Prime Minister.
    • Guy Fawkes Night.
  • Tuesday
    • Treasury questions in the House of Commons.
    • U.S. midterm elections.
  • Wednesday
    • Parliament in recess until Monday November 12.
  • Thursday
    • Question Time from Dulwich. Jordan Peterson is expected to be on the panel.
  • Friday
    • Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron to lay wreaths at the Thiepval memorial.
    • Ballots to go out for the Welsh Labour leadership election.

Channel 4 News is a “Fake News Propaganda Channel” – Banks


Banks got positively Trumpian on his way out of the BBC after doing his Marr interview. Accusing Channel 4 News of being a “fake news propaganda channel”. Banks is clearly still sore from the bonkers accusations by the show that he tried to start an African coup with a couple of handguns bought for security guards at a mine in which he has a financial interest. The bizarre allegations amounted to nothing.

Channel 4 News is getting increasingly tetchy about being boycotted by government ministers and other Conservative politicians. The situation should hardly surprise them given that they are at times more of a campaigning organisation than a news organisation. Their anchorman reportedly wants to “f**k the Tories”. That’s fine if you are a newspaper or, dare Guido say, a website that does campaigning journalism. The standards are very different for a regulated news broadcaster. Channel 4 News doesn’t seem to even pretend to seek objectivity nowadays…

Arron Banks Would Remain in Hindsight

Arron Banks rounded off his stormy Marr interview by saying that he would favour the UK remaining in the EU in hindsight. Even if only just to have one more backhanded jab at Remainers…

Arron Banks on Marr in Full

Arron Banks’ much-debated appearance on the Andrew Marr Show ultimately generated far more heat than light, with the veteran broadcaster struggling to land a firm glove on a slippery Banks. Did anyone really learn anything new? Watch for yourself and see…

Burgon Bungles Labour’s Six Brexit Tests

Richard Burgon has become the latest senior Labour figure to forget what Labour’s six so-called ‘Brexit tests’ are and make up a completely unrelated set on the spot. Guido is surprised that broadcasters don’t challenge the shadow Cabinet on what they are more often since they love to bring them up in debate but none seem to have a clue what they actually are.[…] Read the rest

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Andrea Leadsom told BBC Radio 4’s Today

“He’s made his views on Brexit on the record, and the problem with that of course is that the chair’s impartiality is absolutely essential. … He’s made his views known on Brexit… it’s a matter for him but nevertheless it’s a challenge and all colleagues need to form their own view of that.”

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