Brandon Dismisses May Leadership Speculation as “Westminster Bubble” Talk

At one point he says “I’ve got to say…”. Well, quite…

Spanish Police Attack Catalan Voters

Disturbing scenes in Spain…

Saj Late For Wife Date

Asked by Niall Paterson, Sajid Javid says he walked out of an interview with the Observer when they asked if he thought May should fight the next election because he was late for a date with his wife. “It’s as simple as that…”

May Won’t Say If Boris is Unsackable

Theresa May declined to say that Boris is unsackable on Marr this morning. It would be just as relevant to ask if Philip Hammond is unsackable – the Chancellor has consistently been more at odds with government policy than Boris. Hammond wants a five year transition, May and Boris want two years. Hammond wants an EEA minus model, May and Boris don’t. Is it really Boris who is out of line with policy, or is it Hammond?

Marr to May: “In the Last 8 Minutes You’ve Spent £12 Billion”

At the beginning of her Marr interview Theresa May criticised Labour’s plans for spending and borrowing. She then went on to announce £12 billion of new spending on tuition fees and Help to Buy without saying how she would pay for it. This is dangerous unfunded Labour-lite stuff, fighting on Corbyn’s turf…

Boris Reciting Kipling’s “Mandalay”

Full credit to Boris for recalling a Kipling poem, Guido has long struggled trying to recall “If” at appropriate moments. The ambassador was unamused and considered the moment inappropriate. Channel 4 and The Guardian are trying to work it up into a full international gaffe. Here’s Charles Dance giving it full justice at the memorial to commemorate VJ Day on the seventieth anniversary of the country’s final victory in World War II:

Makes you proud…

Anne-Marie Waters: I’m Prepared For Exodus If I Win

Guido found Anne-Marie Waters hiding out with staff at a cafe outside UKIP’s conference in Torquay. She had not been seen inside the conference centre all day. Asked how she would deal with a mass exodus from the party if she wins the leadership she said:

“We’ll see if there is one, let’s see what happens… I don’t see how they come to the conclusion that criticising a religion, a religion that’s responsible for misery and suffering around the world, will never be racist.”

Spoiler alert: there will be an exodus if she wins…

Question Time Audience Laughs at Labour “A Government in Waiting”

The Question Time audience creased up at Labour’s claim to be a “government in waiting” last night. It was a tough gig for Ian Lavery, who was also told by one audience member that “the problem with socialism is you eventually run out of other people’s money”.

Reminder that the public still sees Corbyn as the third best PM behind “don’t know“…

Barnier: Months Before Trade Talks Can Start

Barnier top lines:

  • Welcomes “new dynamic” of May’s Florence speech
  • Says “we have had a constructive week”, “useful”
  • But… “we are not yet there in terms of sufficient progress”
  • It may take “weeks or maybe even months” before EU will agree to trade talks
  • Barnier still insisting ECJ must have “indispensable” role in post-Brexit disputes with EU citizens

A warmer Barnier today, but still tediously intransigent…

Ken: Anti-Semitism is Fake News

Ken was on TV talking about Hitler again this morning. Corbynistas keep saying they swiftly deal with anti-Semitism, and yet they won’t expel their old comrade…

Corbyn: I Want to Infect Britain

Can you get a Jez jab?

Cult of Corbyn

The clapping and chanting lasted over two minutes. Definitely not a cult…

Watson’s Capitulation

It’s hard to over-estimate the level of opprobrium Tom Watson generated by singing “Oh Jeremy Corbyn” on the conference stage yesterday. Last night Labour moderates shared this viral BBC clip in disbelief that a man who railed against Momentum entryism and helped orchestrate the failed coup against Jez could, like a captured prisoner in a hostage video, sing the anthem of those he once opposed. Even Corbyn looked embarrassed. The main takeaway from this year’s conference is the pathetic capitulation of Labour centrists who just a few months ago were telling us Corbyn isn’t fit to be PM…

Paul Mason: Ban Uber and Airbnb

A lesson for young voters that freedom-hating Corbynistas would take away their cheap holidays and travel. Socialism isn’t cool kids…

Journalists Heckled and Questions Banned at Labour Venezuela Event

Labour conference heard a message of solidarity from the Venezuelan ambassador last night before top Corbynista Chris Williamson went full shouty crackers. Williamson awkwardly singled out Nick Cohen and Michael Crick, calling out their names at least fifteen times and wildly demanding to know why they weren’t “celebrating” Venezuela. As wide-eyed Williamson went Caracas, Cohen asked if the journalists under attack could ask questions. John McDonnell’s PPS Karen Lee shouted “No”. Cohen asked again: “We can’t ask questions?”, to which Lee replied: “Absolutely not”. All a bit odd and embarrassing for Williamson really, journalists were left wondering if he’s all there…

Corbynistas Reach For Trump Playbook

WikiGuido discussed Labour’s latest anti-Semitism problems on the Daily Politics with Corbynista journalist Aaron Bastani, who reckoned it was all fake news from the “rigged” media. Bit Trumpian, Aaron…

Corbyn Refuses to Say He’d Defend Nato Ally Attacked By Russia

In an interview with CNN Corbyn has refused to say if he would defend a Nato ally attacked by Russia. Labour moderates have sycophantically fallen into line with Jez at this conference, is this enough to provoke some dissent?

UPDATE: Fallon deployed:

“Jeremy Corbyn’s comments put our security and the security of our Eastern European Allies at risk at a time of growing Russian aggression and international threats. The Labour party must be crystal clear about whether it supports collective defence or will give succour to those who attack our democratic peace and security.”

Acid Corbynism

Only one place to be at 1am in Brighton: Momentum’s “Acid Corbynism” bash:

Quiet voices in the conference hall this morning, please.

H/T Ashley Cowburn, Patrick Maguire

Saint Jeremy

Definitely not a cult…

Labour Reckon Civil Service Think Their Disarmament Plan is “Brilliant”

How’s this for a conference laugh. Labour’s “Shadow Minister for Peace and Disarmament” Fabian Hamilton has recounted the tale of what happened when Emily Thornberry met the Foreign Office permanent under-secretary Sir Simon McDonald during the election to discuss the event of a Labour win.[…] Read the rest

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Jo Swinson on Chris Rennard…

“Vince — and Tim before him — have repeatedly, publicly said Rennard is not welcome anywhere near their frontbench team, even as an adviser. I remain deeply frustrated that he was not expelled from the party through its disciplinary process. It just feels wrong, and I do not want Lord Rennard to continue as a member of the party. As far as I am concerned, he is not welcome.”

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