Cox’s Codpiece Corker

Tory Mufasa Geoffrey Cox has enthusiastically embraced the description of his backstop alteration as a “codpiece”, telling a highly entertained House of Commons:

“What I am concerned to ensure is that what’s inside the codpiece is in full working order.”

Bercow can’t help himself from ruining the joke by spelling it out afterwards…

Arron Banks Calls Channel 4’s Russian Gold Story “24 Carat Bollocks”

In case you missed it last night, here’s Channel 4 News’ 14 minute re-hash of an old Guardian story from six months ago revealing nothing new. Despite all the scrutiny, nobody has yet found a single Ruble…

Channel 4 News are having a season of Banks stories this week, all ahead of the court hearing with the Electoral Commission later this month. They will allege that he was a donor who gave hundreds of thousands to UKIP, Labour Leave, Grassroots Out and UKIP. Who knew? Everyone.

Channel 4 News should look into Lord Sainsbury, he gave millions to groups on the other side opposed to Brexit. Who knew? Everyone.

Expect more tales of African adventures, Channel 4 reckon Banks offered a South African cop a bribe…

May Triggers Mass SNP Uproar at PMQs

Theresa May triggered an extended bout of SNP outrage at PMQs after saying that they had no mandate to continue pursuing Scottish independence, leading to a particularly lengthy fit of “orders” from Bercow. Readers can judge for themselves whether Rebecca Pow’s question on washing machines was worth waiting for…

17 Million F**k O**s

Amen…

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Flint: Labour MPs Should Back May’s Deal

Labour MP Caroline Flint says that thwarting Brexit would be an affront to democracy. She also knows that the choice is this deal or Brexit derailed…

Fox: Article 50 Extension Would be “Very Unfortunate”

A far cry from the unequivocal promises the Government has repeatedly given over the past two years…

Long-Bailey: Labour Aren’t Looking to Overturn the Referendum

Strong competition within the Shadow Cabinet this morning for most brazenly dishonest line on a second referendum…

Blair: I’m Staying in the Labour Party

Bad luck Corbynistas…

McDonnell: Labour “Clearly” Has a Problem with Anti-Semitism

So when is the party going to start dealing with it properly?

George Eustice: No Deal Farming Fears are Wrong

The man who was Farming Minister until three days ago probably knows what he’s talking about…

Rory Stewart’s Brexit Resignation Promise

Rory Stewart has sportingly reminded everyone that “I’ve promised to resign about prisons”, but that he won’t be over Brexit. He’s got less than six months left…

Stewart: Article 50 Extension Would Resolve Nothing

Rory Stewart makes the obvious point that an Article 50 extension will do nothing to resolve the current impasse over Brexit. But he still says he would rather support an extension than no deal…

McDonnell’s Second Referendum Dishonesty

A broad selection of apparently entirely unironic quotes from John McDonnell this morning about the importance of honesty in politics as he tries to defend Labour’s second referendum U-turn: “we’ve got to be honest with people”, “we’ve been straight with people”, “we’ve got to respect people’s views on this”. He’s right, “people have had enough of politicians who say one thing and actually do another”…

Nick Timothy: Theresa May Sees Brexit as a “Damage Limitation Exercise”

The inexorable truth straight from the mouth of the adviser who knew her best. Much as Timothy rightly took much of the blame for the 2017 election debacle, if anything the long-term damage done by removing the true Brexit believer from May’s inner circle has been far greater…

Chuka Uses the Royal We

Chuka appeared to use the royal we when thanking This Week for having him on the show last night. It’s unlike Chuka to be so self aggrandising like that…

Who Is On Question Time Tonight?

Labour MPs Call for “Urgent Action” Against Chris Williamson After Latest Anti-Semitism Rant

An video has emerged of an extraordinary rant by hardline Corbynista MP Chris Williamson about anti-Semitism at a Momentum meeting in Sheffield. In the video unearthed by the Yorkshire Post, a visibly angry Williamson shouts about how Labour is being “demonised as a racist bigoted party” before going on to say Labour has been “too apologetic” about anti-Semitism:

“I think the Party’s response has been partly responsible… we’ve backed off on too much, we’ve given too much ground, we’ve been too apologetic”.

Incredibly, this triggers rapturous applause from the audience and his fellow panel-members. If any further evidence were needed of the depth of Labour’s institutional problem with anti-Semitism this is it…

Williamson then goes on to joke about how he sang “Celebrate good times, come on!” outside Chair of Labour Friends of Israel Joan Ryan’s office after she left the Labour Party. It comes on top of further revelations yesterday that he booked a room in Parliament to screen a new film by disgraced suspended Labour member Jackie Walker entitled “Witchhunt”. You can guess what it’s about…

Labour MPs have heavily condemned the event, Stephen Doughty has called for “urgent action” to be taken while Shadow Brexit Minister Matthew Pennycook called it “absolutely disgraceful” and said “the reaction from the audience is just as, if not more, disturbing”. Wes Streeting called it “stomach turning” while predicting no action would be taken. Corbyn ally Williamson has been given a free pass by the leadership for too long, now they will surely have to act…

UPDATE: Tom Watson is writing to the Labour chief whip calling for Chris Williamson to have the whip removed.

Varadkar: We’ll Either Have a Deal or an Extension

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is looking particularly chipper at the EU’s Red Sea jolly in Sharm-El-Sheikh this morning, telling a press conference that “on the 29th of March we’ll either have a deal or have an extension”. It’s less than three weeks since May said unequivocally that she is going to “deliver Brexit on time”. What has May been telling Varadkar to make him change his mind?

Watson: The Labour Party is in Crisis

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