What’s Happening This Week

Guy News tells you in under a minute what’s coming up in Parliament this week.

  • Tuesday:
    • Theresa May Dancing in South Africa.
    • Dominic Raab meets Barnier in Brussels.
  • Wednesday:
    • Lords EU Committee oral evidence session with Raab.
  • Thursday:
    • Automotive manufacturing statistics published.
  • Friday:
    • Deadline to vote in Green Party leadership election.

Parliamentary recess formally ends on Tuesday 4th September.

Trump on the Hush Money Payments

Now we know for sure why Melania never smiles. At the end of the day will Trump voters really care that he paid off bimbos? America knew what they were getting from the thrice-married President…

BOURN FREE

Jeremy Corbyn reckons the collapse of Carillion was a ‘watershed moment’. Now a somewhat unlikely source is using the same phrase – Sir John Bourn, the UK’s longest ever serving Auditor General, someone who knows where countless bodies are buried, and perhaps with scores to settle, is now off the leash. Jezza thinks the implosion of the out-sourcing giant back in January, which left hundreds of government contracts in limbo, means capitalism is doomed and the private sector should be kept well away from the provision of public services.

Bourn has no such qualms, accepting Carillion is “a watershed moment” because the company was “a Ponzi scheme”. Bourn was “angry and disappointed” at the lack of government oversight and “appalled” civil servants kept awarding Carillion billions of pounds of contracts after a massive profits warning left the hapless construction firm “in such a dicey position”. Arguably this para-statal organisation, entirely dependent on the taxpayer, was poorly monitored by civil servants who preferred dealing with a big company rather than more efficient smaller enterprises. Carillion had lobbyists and close relationships with the government’s procurement bureaucracy.

Dispatches investigation into Carillion on Channel Four at 10.30pm tonight.

Varoufakis: Socialism Is In Retreat

Speaking to STV News, former Greek Finance Minister and celebrity socialist Yanis Varoufakis let the cat out of the bag.

“Socialism is in retreat, as it deserves to be, because we socialists have messed up big time, for decades if not for a century at least.”

An honest socialist? 

Rory Stewart Threatens to Quit

Prisons minister Rory Stewart pledges: ”I will quit if I haven’t succeeded in 12 months in reducing the level of drugs and violence in prisons”. Rare commitment to accountability from a minister…

Steve Bannon “Trump @ War” Movie Trailer

Trump’s former right hand man has produced a pro-Trump documentary to try to rile up Trump’s base in the lead up to the mid term elections. Bannon said that “If you’re a deplorable, you’ll literally standing on your chair with your pitchfork saying: ‘I’ve got to get people out to vote.'”

The film will be released as the culmination of a day long “Deplorables Conference” in New York on 9th September, the two year anniversary of Hillary Clinton’s famous ‘basket of deplorables’ remark, and less than two months before voters go to the polls. Former UKIP man Raheem Kassam now a movie star in the States, apparently…

Williamson Avoids Question NINE Times on Newsnight

In his interview with Evan Davis last night, over the course of nine questions Chris Williamson failed to answer why or whether Corbyn laid a wreath on the graves of Black September terrorists who died in 1991/1992, instead trying to pivot, obfuscate, confuse, and bewilder, repeating the line that Corbyn was there to commemorate those killed in an Israeli air attack in 1985, deliberately avoiding the actual questions being asked.

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Corbyn: I Was There When The Wreaths Were Laid, That’s Pretty Obvious

Classic Jezza eyeroll when asked if he laid a wreath:

That annoying moment when journalists keep asking awkward questions…

Moment of Parliament Car Crash

You can see why they’ve deemed it a terrorist incident. Bit Four Lions though…

Man Arrested After Car Crashes Into Barriers at Parliament

The Met say a man has been arrested after a car crashed into the barriers at Parliament this morning. Armed police quickly swooped on the driver.

Parliament on lockdown. Developing…

Met: “At 0737 hours today, a car was in collision with barriers outside the Houses of Parliament. The male driver of the car was detained by officers at the scene. A number of pedestrians have been injured. Officers remain at the scene. We will issue further info when we have it.”

UPDATE: Picture of arrested suspect

Corbyn: “I Don’t Think I Was Involved” in Wreath Laying For Munich Killers

Corbyn tells Sky:

“A wreath was indeed laid… I was present when it was laid, I don’t think I was actually involved in it.”

Not sure who this bloke is then:

Identical twin?

UPDATE: Watch the Absolute Boy ‘smear’ himself. Straight talking honest politics…

Labour Parliamentary Candidate: It’s Not a Fact That Killing Jewish Athletes is an Anti-Semitism Issue

This is Faiza Shaheen, Labour’s parliamentary candidate trying to oust Iain Duncan Smith in Chingford and Woodford Green.

Mark Wallace: “Terrorists who hunt down and murder Jewish people for being Jewish people is an anti-Semitism issue. That’s not hearsay, that’s a fact.”

Faiza Shaheen: “No, it’s not a fact. That’s the point. You hear all kinds about Corbyn, don’t we, about him being a Czech spy and the rest of it. I mean, let’s concentrate on what we know to be true.”

Mark Wallace: “I’m sorry. The widow of a champion Israeli weightlifter castrated and shot dead by the Munich terrorists said, ‘To go to the grave of a person behind the killing of 11 athletes, he should be ashamed and apologise.'”

Faiza Shaheen: “Well there isn’t actually evidence to say that he went.”

Corbyn has now admitted he was present. Do the voters of Chingford and Woodford Green agree with Faiza that killing Jewish athletes isn’t an anti-Semitic issue?

Ken: Boris Must Be Suspended

That’s it, the Boris story has surely peaked…

Thornberry: I Wouldn’t Let a Woman in a Burka Look After My Child

This was Emily Thornberry speaking on Question Time in 2013:

“I wouldn’t want my four year old looked after by somebody wearing a burka. I wouldn’t want my elderly mum looked after by somebody wearing a burka. They need to be able to show their face. I wouldn’t mind if they worked in records in the hospital.”

She says she wouldn’t want a woman wearing a burka to look after her child but they can work in backroom offices. Surely this is far, far worse than Boris’ comments? Where is the outrage, Corbynistas?

Soubry: Burka is a “Peculiar Concept”

This was Anna Soubry on Question Time in 2013 after Ken Clarke called the burka a “bag”. She had no words of criticism for Clarke. Indeed, she backed him and said the burka is a “peculiar concept”. The Boris outrage is rank hypocrisy from Remainers who have said similar about the burka themselves in the past…

Remainers Twist Knife Into Boris

When you cut through the faux outrage and hand-wringing about Boris and the burka, it is obvious that this row is entirely about Brexit and the Tory leadership. The Tories criticising Boris are ultra-Remainers: Sayeeda Warsi, Anna Soubry, Heidi Allen, Jonathan Djanogly, Alistair Burt. Theresa May, in a carefully prepared knifing on the news last night, attempted to do in the one person she fears could deliver a proper Brexit. Mrs Go Home Vans, Windrush and “hostile environment” trying to take the moral high ground is rich.

Brandon Lewis, who is responsible for this story rumbling on with his calculated tweet attacking Boris yesterday, sees himself as the great Remain hope. Number 10, CCHQ and Remainer Tory MPs know Boris is the main threat to their soft Brexit. That is what this is about.

Corbyn: BBC Biased on Israel’s Right to Exist

Footage has emerged of Corbyn giving an interview to the Iranian state television channel Press TV in which he says the BBC is biased on Israel’s right to exist.

“There seems to be a great deal pressure on the BBC from the Israeli government and the Israeli embassy and they are very assertive towards all journalists and to the BBC itself… I think there is a bias towards saying that Israel is a democracy in the Middle East, that Israel has a right to exist, that Israel has its security concerns.”

Now about that IHRA definition, Jez…

UPDATE: A Labour spokesman says:

“Jeremy was arguing that despite the occupation of Palestinian territory and the lack of a Palestinian state, Israeli concerns and perspectives are more likely to appear prominently in news reporting than Palestinian ones. Jeremy is committed to a comprehensive peace in the Middle East based on a two-state solution – a secure Israel alongside a secure and viable state of Palestine.”

Not quite what he said though is it…

UKIP Suspends Thugs Involved in Socialist Bookstore Rampage

UKIP has suspended three members, NEC member Elizabeth Jones, Luke Nash-Jones and Martin Costello, accusing them of being involved in the far-right rampage through a socialist bookstore in London on Saturday. Nash-Jones, the whiny, short, ginger beardy one, can be seen in the video of the incident above. The genius filming repeatedly shouts “Luke” at him, somewhat giving the game away. This lot have about one brain cell between them.

UPDATE: UKIP have cleared and reinstated Liz Jones.

Balls of Steel: Ed Tasered on TV

Apropos of nothing, Guido thought readers would enjoy this video of Ed Balls taking a taser to the back. Guido has watched it at least 20 times now…

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