Hunt: Experts Have Been Proved Wrong

About time the government called out the IFS

May’s Curtsy to Wills

If Gordon Brown did curtsies… 

“Who?” US Ambassador on Sadiq

Sky interviewed US Ambassador to the UK Woody Johnson in advance of President Trump’s visit next month – check out this exchange:

Kay Burley: “What’s your relationship like with Sadiq Khan?”

Ambassador Johnson: “With whom?”

Kay Burley: “Sadiq Khan, The Mayor of London”

Ambassador: “My relationship is very good”

Safe to say Sadiq won’t be on the itinerary. Brutal…

Crackers Brake: I Want to Stop Brexit

56% of his constituents in Carshalton voted to Leave…

Health Minister Admits NHS Spending Funded Entirely By Taxes For Years

Health minister Jackie Doyle-Price admits the obvious: there is no Brexit dividend while we continue to pay our subs to the EU. That means no Brexit dividend until at least two years after Brexit. Which means the new NHS spending during those years will be paid for entirely out of taxes (and possibly borrowing). In reality the vast majority of the money will come from taxes after the transition period is over as well. Which is not what Number 10 is trying to spin us…

The refugee crisis has become the humanitarian challenge of our time

The refugee crisis has become the humanitarian challenge of our time according to new Legatum Institute report.

Today as we mark UN World Refugee Day, there are more people on the move than ever before. The worldwide number of registered refugees forcibly displaced by war, persecution and violence continues to climb. In total, at least 66 million people globally are experiencing forced displacement, and many more are exposed to high levels of socioeconomic vulnerability, facing insecurity and natural hazards.

The Legatum Institute’s Global People Movements report highlights that the factors that lie behind the hazardous journeys undertaken by refugees, migrants and victims of trafficking are both varied and complex. What is clear is that these are increasingly journeys of necessity, not opportunity. It is apparent that the challenge of accommodating the current levels of displacement has become too great for 20th Century approaches, with outmoded interventions seeing many refugees and migrants spending decades in accommodation that was originally designed for temporary relief.

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Saj: Time to Review Scheduling of Cannabis

Sajid Javid announces review of the scheduling of cannabis, currently in the most tightly restricted category reserved for drugs that have “no currently accepted medical use”. The Home Secretary again getting his way over the PM…

Shouty Crackers Lord Moat’s Mask Slips

Remainer rebel Douglas Hogg, asked in the Lords if his mission is to destroy Brexit, lets his mask slip and snaps that he is trying to stop us leaving the EU. The odd rant about the high court of parliament was rather grandiose too. Lord Moat insisted he is not a party hack:

Remainers really don’t help themselves…

Thomas Markle: Prince Harry “Open To” Brexit

Thomas Markle revealed Prince Harry is “open to” Brexit and may have been a Donald Trump supporter during a staggering television interview. Markle gave a thirty-minute interview to ITV’s Good Morning Britain during which he discusses Prince Harry’s personal politics. On Brexit he said of Harry:

“It was a loose conversation about something we have to try, there was no real commitment to it… I think he was open to the experiment.”

He also said Harry urged him to:

“Give Donald Trump a chance…I sort of disagreed with that but, er, I still like Harry. That was his politics, I had my politics.”

Asked if the Prince was a Trump supporter Markle replied:

“I would hope not now but at the time he might have been.”

Kensington Palace will be thrilled…

Grieve: “We Could Collapse the Government”

May Interviewed By Her Former Aide on LBC

Have to say the Number 10 press team have played a blinder this morning. First they got Marr to agree to an easy pre-record interview rather than a live. Then they got the BBC to lead all morning on the Brexit dividend rather than the fact that the money is actually coming from tax rises. And to complete the hat-trick they had May interviewed by her former head of broadcast Tom Swarbrick on LBC. He was working in Number 10 three months ago. Good day for British journalism… 

May: NHS Spending Will Be Paid For With Tax Rises

Theresa May and the Number 10 spin team have done an impressive job of getting ‘NHS spending funded by Brexit dividend’ as the top line on broadcast this morning. The truth is the vast majority of the new money is going to come from tax rises equivalent to 3p on the basic rate of income tax. The Tories are refusing to say how or when the tax rises are coming. So far they are getting away with a completely uncosted policy and massive mystery tax rises. This is the Tory magic money tree…

May Outflanks Corbyn From the Left

Have we woken up in opposites world? The Tories have announced an uncosted £20 billion-a-year NHS spending policy funded by vague, mystery tax rises, pledging to outspend Corbyn. Labour are saying that, unlike the government, their own less expensive policy is costed.

Impressive spin operation from Number 10 to get all broadcasters to lead on Brexit dividend line, when the policy is as yet uncosted and most of the money is coming from tax rises they have yet to outline. Not sure Labour would be getting such an easy a ride over a £20 billion a year uncosted policy funded by vague tax rises…

McDonnell: “I’ll Find the Magic Money Tree”

John McDonnell, probably after a few pints of (unpaid) Workers’ Beer, finally explained to the LabourLive fans how he would “find the magic money tree” that opponents accuse him of relying on to fund all that “free” stuff he promises. Surprise – he’s going to put up taxes…

Not the smartest quip. Suspect it will be used against him in the future…

Tracey Ullman Does Labour Live


Sneak behind the scenes preview…

When Mann Met Kim

John Mann tells Question Time about the time he met Kim Jong-il. His verdict: “Strange family…”

AC Grayling v Andrew Neil

Carole Cadwalladr and The Observer won plaudits from Twitter’s maddest Remoaner, AC Grayling, on BBC This Week last night. Alas he went on to admit there was no evidence the Russians had any influence on the Brexit result. With an endorsement like that…

Starmer: DD Has Threatened to Resign More Times Than He’s Met Barnier

Banter at Dexeu questions. Those five times Davis has threatened to resign here

Flint Demolishes Remoaner Colleagues Who “Insulted” Leave Voters

Caroline Flint demolishes the arguments of Labour Remainers and Anna Soubry that we should join the EEA. She says the EEA is the worst possible Brexit other than no deal, that free movement must end to respect the referendum result, and that Leave voters have been “insulted” by her colleagues for years. There are some Labour MPs who respect the will of their constituents…

SNP Leader Kicked Out of Commons

The SNP’s Westminster leader Ian Blackford deliberately gets himself suspended from the Commons with a naff stunt at PMQs.[…] Read the rest

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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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