Dave’s £225 Swimming Trunks From Designer Notting Hill Shop

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The Sun has snapped some unflattering pictures of Dave on holiday in Porto Vecchio – their headline across a double page spread reads “Blue Whale Spotted Off Corsica”. Even more eye-catching is the fact that the former PM is wearing a pair of £225 swimming trunks. Guido has found them on the swish Orlebar Brown website, which offers pricey “designer swimwear” and “expertly tailored shorts” for gentlemen of a fuller figure. Cameron chose the “Bulldog” trunks, which feature a print of guests around a swimming pool at the luxury Hotel du Cap Eden-Roc in Antibes:

“Based on the traditional 17 piece pattern of a man’s suit trouser, the Bulldog is not just a swim short – but a short you can swim in. A perfect bridge short, tailored for style, comfort and performance. Wear on and off the beach.”

They come in up to a 41 inch waist and have engraved side fasteners to adjust. Get the look here or at any of Orlebar Brown’s shops in Mayfair, Notting Hill and Chelsea…

Caught on Cam-eron: Nigeria and Afghanistan “Fantastically Corrupt”

The PM tells the Queen:

“We’ve got the leaders of some fantastically corrupt countries coming to Britain. We’ve got Nigeria and Afghanistan, possibly the two most corrupt countries in the world.”

What is it with Dave and being caught on mic?

Via ITV

No, Cameron Did Not Answer Panama Claims in the Past

The news that David Cameron’s father ran an offshore fund which avoided paying UK tax is not new – four years ago the Guardian published an almost identical story revealing the existence of the “entirely legal network of offshore investment funds set up in tax havens such as Panama City”. The old Guardian story noted that since Ian Cameron passed away “it is unclear which family member owns them” because offshore investments are not included in the family will. Then, as today, Downing Street would not comment as it was a “private matter for the family”.

The ‘new’ information in the Panama Papers is just finer detail on the old story, though Cameron’s spokesman still refuses to comment on whether the PM has money invested in the fund, because they have “responded to these allegations in the past”. That isn’t true, last time they refused to give an answer. It is unlikely that Dave is a beneficiary – that would have been a risk tantamount to political suicide and we know he has since not exactly been rolling in it, the Camerons have largely been supported by Samantha’s father’s money in recent years. In the unlikely event it does emerge that the PM is the direct beneficiary of offshore money he would find himself in a situation similar to the Icelandic premier – he would have to go. It’s no good pretending he addressed this in the past, Cameron has the chance to clear this up once and for all…

PM National Security Scare

Dave shook hands with what he calls “a threat to the nation’s security” at St Paul’s cathedral today:

Given it was an event to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, Jez could’ve done his top button up. Hopefully he’ll be better dressed for the occasion when he stands at the Cenotaph in November…

Via ITV

UPDATE:

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Dave Blasts Corbyn’s “Friends” Hamas and Hezbollah

Corbyn caught the Speaker’s eye after Cameron’s statement, but ignored the RAF drone strike and instead asked a question welcoming our “new relationship” with the brutal terror-sponsoring regime in Iran. Dave couldn’t resist a dig at some of Jezza’s “friends“:

“Iran is a still a supporter of terrorist organisations like Hamas and Hezbollah, which I know he describes as friends but I see very much as enemies…”

If you listen carefully, at the end of Jezza’s question you can hear Tory MP Alec Shelbrooke sarcastically heckle: “he’s good“. Will their next exchange be across the despatch box?

RAF Killed British ISIS Terrorists in Syria

Big news from Dave: a RAF Reaper drone killed British jihadis Reyaad Khan and Ruhul Amin in Raqqah, Syria, in an “entirely lawful… act of self defence“. The first time we have hit them in Syria…

Cameron: UK Will Accept Thousands More Syrian Refugees

“Britain will act with its head and its heart… we will accept thousands more… providing resettlement for thousands more Syrian refugees…”

Downton Dave Gives Lower Honours to the Help

Dave has generously handed out honours to his Downing Street staff, making a long list of his former SpAds CBEs, MBEs or OBEs. But what about the help? The No. 10 gardener and caterers have only been awarded a British Empire Medal, a lower level of honour than their colleagues in the spadocracy:

  • Alison Depass – Catering Assistant, 10 Downing Street. For public service
  • Paul Schooling – Gardener, 10 Downing Street. For public service
  • Marjorie Wallace – Catering Assistant, 10 Downing Street. For public service

A bit Upstairs, Downstairs…

Wintour is Coming… To Serve the Beverages

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It sounds like Guardian Pol Ed Patrick Wintour enjoyed flying with the PM back from Asia. The Speccie have the inside story from 35,000 feet:

“Wintour – who appeared to be enjoying the champagne on offer – decided the time had come for him to be a trolley dolly and assisted an air hostess by taking the other end of the trolley.

To the surprise of ministers on the plane, he made his way down the aisle putting ice and lemon in the cups, and getting drinks out of the drawers on his side of the trolley, repeatedly shouting ‘this is so easy’.”

Must have been the jet lag…

Dave Blasts NUS Over CAGE Jihadi Baddies

Punchy from the PM during his extremism speech this lunchtime:

“I want to say something to the National Union of Students. When you choose to ally yourself with an organisation like CAGE, which called Jihadi John a ‘beautiful young man’ and told people to ‘support the jihad’ in Iraq and Afghanistan, it really does in my opinion shame your organisation”

As Guido revealed in February:

CAGE spokesman Asim Qureshi was filmed at an Islamist rally saying:

“We have no fear. So when we see the example of our brothers and sisters fighting in Chechyna, Iraq, Palestine, Kashmir, Afghanistan, then we know where the example lies. When we see Hezbollah defeating the armies of Israel we know what the solution is and where the victory lies. We know that it is incumbent upon all of us to support the jihad of our brothers and sisters in these countries when they are facing the oppression of the west. Allahu akbar! Allahu akbar!”

These are the people the NUS say they want to work with…

Dave Struggles With Another Three Letter Acronym Text

Along with Boris (late), Hammond (cold),  Fallon (sober-ish), Soubry (jolly), Hancock (bouncy) and former Aussie PM John Howard, the PM laid it on thick last night at Lynton Crosby’s victory party at the Science Museum.

Taking the stage to do his best Australian accent, Dave was sweary:

“‘Stick to your course and bloody do it…’ That is Lynton in a bloody nutshell.”

The PM also revealed he was struggling with three letter acronyms again, this time curt text messages from his campaign manager about “Paisley pyjamas or whatever”:

“I didn’t have my glasses on and could only see WEF, and I was wondering why he was talking about the World Economic Forum.  Turns out it was WTF.”

LOL…

Dave Meets UKIP

Guido is very hungover after last night’s Speccie bash. It was very hot and there was a lot of Pimms involved, also an inexplicable number of pretty models there…

Sadly no Miliband this year, instead it was Harman’s turn to pretend she wanted to be there. Osborne took a couple of hours off from preparing for the Budget while Michael Fallon was bullish about the jihadis. Liz Truss was flirty and Nicky Morgan wandered around looking for someone to talk to. Boris was banging on about some airport…

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Most amusing was the PM’s drive by, where he immediately got locked into conversation with UKIP spin supremo Gawain Towler. Apparently Dave’s defence was that the smaller European nations are going to support his renegotiation plans. There are about four million reasons why that conversation looked painful. 

Despite the heat the PM’s old pal Steve Hilton got a proper hug, though the hippy chat was soon troubling Dave:

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Dave Kills Mood at Summer Party With Rant About Surveillance

Dave used last night’s champagne fuelled Tory summer ball to go off on one about terrorists and mass surveillance.

Speaking to a 850 strong crowd at a packed Hurlingham Club, Cameron said he was all for Muslims who call out and condemn terror, but argued that he sees it as his mission to tackle any violent ideology.

First in his sights who those that say things like “I don’t condone terror, but a caliphate is a good thing” or that we bring terrorism on ourselves and it’s all our fault because of Iraq and Afghanistan, Israel, or poverty in Muslim countries.

An emotional Cameron got things stirring by declaring that we can’t sit idly by as even if we left them alone they’re not going to leave us alone, they’ll come and destroy us and our way of life using the only methods they know.

Witnesses report he then went on a passionate defence of data gathering – having a dig at those who think the government is overreaching/turning into Big Brother.

The PM’s shaky justification for mass-surveillance was that we have always tapped phones and intercepted letters of organised criminals and the IRA, now that technology has moved on, we need to react.

Iffy: bugging Seamas O’Bomber’s landline is somewhat different from reading everyone’s emails.

It’s safe to say the civil liberties lobby were not out in force at the £450 per head event.

SKETCH: Ladies Tennis, ISIS and EVEL MacSporrans

Were they tails that the Speaker was wearing, and a waistcoat? Is he finally dressing the part? It’s cruellest trick he’s playing on his critics. He’s turning himself into a decent Speaker. Acting the part, dressing the part, sounding the part. He doesn’t even intervene with his tortured Macaulay-isms to kick things along (and as a result, for the first time ever he didn’t get through the order paper). He’s obviously settling in for the duration. He will die in office and even then he will not quit.

Harriet played a pleasant, polite and perfectly charming game of ladies’ tennis with the prime minister. In their exchanges, they mused about Heathrow, the death of tourists, the Prevent program and how it hadn’t succeeded in preventing anything. So now, it appears there is “a statutory duty on public bodies to challenge radicalisation.”

But how?

For politicians the first tactic is to manipulate the language. Continue reading

Dave’s Dossier: Deal or No Deal?

EU REFORM

If today’s extensive leak is accurate, this is what the PM is seeking from EU leaders as his renegotiation deal:

  • opt out from ever closer union
  • renewed focus on competitiveness and economic growth
  • fairness between eurozone and non-eurozone members
  • restrictions on EU migrants claiming benefits

So, what do Guido readers think?

Read Dave’s demands and decide: would that be enough to win your vote to stay in?

Cameron Last Month: Treaty Change “Required” For Renegotiation

David Cameron has admitted previously that he needs to secure treaty change before he can come to the British people and advise them to stay in the European Union.

In January he said that “proper full on treaty change” was needed.

Just last month his spokesman said treaty change was a prerequisite for renegotiation:

“He wants treaty change. All the advice that he has had is that treaty change is required, for example in terms of some of the changes that we want to see in welfare.”

How’s that going?

In the space of a few weeks the PM’s position has gone from requiring treaty change to a vague commitment to some possible treaty change at an unspecified time in the future. And this is just the first hurdle…

EU Purdah Stitch Up: Full Letter From Lidington to Tories

Minister for Europe David Lidington has written to Tory MPs to tell them they are still planning on stitching up the EU Referendum, but it’s ok because they they will ‘work with them’ to do so:

16th June 2015

Dear Colleague,

EU REFERENDUM BILL

I am writing ahead of the Committee Stages of the Bill to address some of the key concerns raised by colleagues during the Second Reading debate last week and to set out the Government’s approach.

As you know, the Government’s intention in bringing forward this Bill is to fulfil our General Election Manifesto pledge to let the British people decide our country’s future in the European Union. It is our clear intention, through the Bill, to provide a straightforward, fair and effective framework for the referendum.

Timing of the Referendum

As stated during the debate, the government is keen to maintain as much flexibility as possible over the date of the referendum. The bill sets out a requirement to hold the referendum by the end of 2017 at the latest, and the Prime Minister has always been clear that if we can hold it earlier, then we will. This has lead to a great deal of speculation that the Government intends to hold the referendum in May 2016 in combination with elections to Scottish Parliament and Welsh and Northern Irish Assemblies. I can confirm that this is not the case. We have now tabled an amendment to specifically rule out 5th May 2016 as a date. If we are not able to debate it during committee, it will be retabled at report.

Section 125 of PPERA 2000

A number of colleagues raised concerns in the debate about Clause 25 and Schedule 1 of the Bill. I am grateful for the constructive way in which these concerns were raised.

The effect of Clause 25 is to disapply S.125 of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000. It therefore removes the statutory restrictions placed on Government publications in the final 28 days before the referendum. Under S.125, Government and Ministers are prohibited from publishing during the 28 days prior to polling day any material which deals with any of the issues raised by a referendum question; and which puts any arguments for or against a referendum outcome.

As the Foreign Secretary set out during the debate, after careful consideration we believe that it is unworkable and inappropriate to fully apply S.125 in this instance. It is unworkable because the restriction on publication is so broad that it could prevent Ministers from effectively conducting the significant amounts of ordinary day-to-day business between the Government and the EU that will necessarily continue during the pre-poll period. And it is inappropriate because the Government, having taken a position on the outcome of our negotiations with the rest of the EU, will naturally be obliged to account to Parliament and the British people.

The Foreign Secretary said during the debate that the Government will exercise proper restraint to ensure a balanced debate during the campaign. We have no intention of, for example, spending public money to deliver mailshots to households ​in the last four weeks of the campaign.

Working out a system that will reassure colleagues and voters that the referendum is a fair fight, yet will preserve the Government’s ability to act in the national interest is not straightforward. It is important that it is legally clear and robust.

Therefore, we will work with colleagues over the next few months to understand their specific areas of concern and bring forward at report stage in the Autumn government amendments that command the widest possible support within the House and put beyond any doubt that the campaign will be conducted throughout in a manner that all sides will see as fair.

I look forward to working with you during its passage.

Yours sincerely

David Lidington MP
Minister for Europe

Yeah, that should do it…

Dave’s Balls Up in Bavaria

Tory unity has lasted exactly one month, as has Dave The Winner’s honeymoon with the press. Needless to say his EU-turn today and then an arrogant schooling G7 news conference has gone down like a cup of cold sick with the travelling press pack.

The PM’s suggestion that “if you’re not certain about something I said yesterday, then ask”, has gone down particularly badly:

If Cameron 2.0 is so keen on journalists asking questions, perhaps he might like to reinstate those monthly press conferences that he dodged for the last five years?

Blue on Blue: First Shots Fired in EU Row

If Cameron pushed through HRA reform today he would be accused of rushing it by critics. Just as his fast-tracking of the EU referendum bill has irritated others. Here’s Liam Fox accusing No. 10 of not being ‘entirely honourable’:

“Those who are urging him to go for a referendum in 2016, I think, have ulterior motives which are not entirely honourable. I think they want to see a decision made quickly to limit the level of debate in the United Kingdom; I think that they are afraid that if we have a very full debate then some of the real unacceptable issues in Europe at the present time will become all the more clearly seen by the British public.”

After years of demanding a referendum, suddenly on the cusp of one, there is a dawning realisation amongst eurosceptics that they will in all likelihood lose… 

Official: No Move Against Bercow Next Week

The Prime Minister told the 1922 Committee this morning that the government would be re-electing John Bercow when the Commons convenes next week.

Apparently Dave said “I think we’ve got more on our plate than the Speaker”.

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