Voting Has Now Closed…

The Guidoisation of politics continues. It’s Showtime…

mdi-timer 22nd July 2019 @ 5:29 pm 22nd Jul 2019 @ 5:29 pm mdi-comment Comments
Boris Brandishes Kipper
mdi-timer 17th July 2019 @ 8:25 pm 17th Jul 2019 @ 8:25 pm mdi-comment Comments
Hunt: No Deal Could Be Almost As Bad As 2008 Recession

Jeremy Hunt has told ITV he believes a WTO exit could be almost damaging for the UK as the 2008 financial crisis was, which saw unemployment rise by 50% more in less than three years. Worse than even George Osborne was predicting before the referendum…

He replied to Peston citing Bank of England studies saying that they argue “it could be very serious.” In 2016 these same kinds of studies predicted a vote to leave would cause a recession. Instead wages, employment, and the economy all grew. He just can’t help himself…

mdi-timer 2nd July 2019 @ 5:08 pm 2nd Jul 2019 @ 5:08 pm mdi-comment Comments
James Cleverly Jumps In Leadership Race

Guido hears James Cleverly will officially announce he is standing to be Tory Party leader tomorrow, just as a flashy grassroots website encouraging MPs to back the popular former Deputy Chairman of the party appeared online. So far he has one supporter…

mdi-timer 28th May 2019 @ 1:27 pm 28th May 2019 @ 1:27 pm mdi-comment Comments
Social Media Race To Succeed Theresa May

Over the last few days a host of new flashy twitter accounts have popped up, urging some serious, and some not so serious contenders to throw their hat into the ring in the race to succeed Theresa May. With flashy graphics, subtitled videos, and decent jokes, the Tory grassroots are itching for a race…

Guido has compiled a handy list of the active ‘Ready For’ accounts for co-conspirators to check out:

Some of the sillier accounts are worth a follow…

Guido was sad to see that no grassroots Tories seem to yet be ‘Pumped for Hunt’ or ‘Happy For Hancock’…

mdi-timer 16th April 2019 @ 11:39 am 16th Apr 2019 @ 11:39 am mdi-comment Comments
78% of Local Tory Members Now “Oppose Continuing Leadership of Theresa May”

The Orpington Conservative Association’s Political Forum met the week before last and local Tory MP Jo Johnson was in attendance. The purpose was to discuss the Withdrawal Agreement. Local constituency meetings are not something that Guido would normally report on, however it is worth looking at this to get an insight into what Tory MPs are hearing in their constituencies and the pressure they are under over the vote. This is from a minute of the meeting:

Sixty email responses from members unable to attend the meeting, together with fifty members present have given us a very clear message to convey to Theresa May’s government. As before, we gave an opportunity to vote on a number of positions: 87% were against the WA and did not see it as a good deal for Britain 78% were opposed to the continuing leadership of Theresa May. 63% supported our MP Jo Johnson in his resignation, and those that did not largely gave as their reason Jo’s call for a 2. referendum. 86% were opposed to a second referendum 90% were in favour of leaving under WTO rules (no deal). And notably for an MP that has preferred remain and an association that stongly supports leave: 98% agreed with Jo Johnson’s description of the deal which can be summarised as the worst of all worlds and a historic failure.

Given these figures it is hard to credit the govemment’s claim that associations support Theresa May’s deal in contrast to the many back bench MPs that have stated their opposition. From our contacts with other associations we know that Orpington Association is not alone in its views.

A stunning three-quarters of Jo Johnson’s local members were “opposed to the continuing leadership of Theresa May” with nearly nine out of ten opposed to the May’s Withdrawal Agreement. According to ever useful ConservativeHome polling, about a third of Tory members support a WTO terms “no deal” and another third a Canada-style deal. This is the position across the Conservative Party back in MPs’ constituencies. It is hard to see how if May loses the vote next week Tory MPs will not be under pressure from their members to trigger a leadership vote…

mdi-timer 6th December 2018 @ 10:28 am 6th Dec 2018 @ 10:28 am mdi-comment Comments
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