The big news from Dave’s trip to the States: confirmation that the leader of the free world does call him “bro”.
“It’s normally Barack and David, I hasten to add… well, it’s been said.”
“Call me bro…”
How much is Dave’s “chicken” debate demand to let the Greens take part hurting him with voters? A YouGov/Sun poll today finds 7 in 10 agree with the PM that Natalie Bennett should be allowed in. Meanwhile, overnight:
Guido understands as of yesterday UKIP’s memberships stands at 41,943, but the Greens have now overtaken that. Over to the broadcasters…
There’s been something of an uproar in the cryptography community following the revelation yesterday that Digital Dave is planning to clamp down on encrypted communication. It seems the PM’s plans aren’t just remarkably naive, they’re simply unenforceable. Most decent encryption technology is open source, eradicating it would mean arresting every geek with a laptop or shutting down the internet. However, Dave can take heart that he’s not in this fight alone, the other countries where there are known domestic controls on the use of encryption are Russia, China, Mongolia, Vietnam, Pakistan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Israel, Tunisia and Morocco.
That’s one hell of a club Dave’s trying to sign us up to…
Perhaps Kev should have checked PA before his rant:
David Cameron is in Poland to visit Nazi death camp Auschwitz. The Prime Minister is travelling to the notorious site on the way back from Turkey, where he held talks with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The trip to Auschwitz, the first by Mr Cameron, was heralded in his speech to the Israeli Knesset in March. He has expressed his determination that memories of the atrocities are kept “strong and vibrant”.
A source points out the PM will be actually be on site during PMQs. Won’t be that easy for the leaders debates though…
Tired and emotional MPs stumbling into cabs late at night have been warned to change the Prime Minister’s name in their phone contacts to something inconspicuous, amid fears his mobile number could fall into the wrong hands. Many MPs – and researchers too – sync their mobile phone contacts to their Outlook email accounts, meaning the personal phone numbers of Cabinet members all the way up to Cameron are automatically in their phonebooks. Gavin Williamson, the PM’s PPS, has advised MPs not to have his number saved as “David Cameron”, replacing it with something less identifiable. As a Guido reader discovered over the weekend, this is probably a wise move:
GCHQ would need a full team working round the clock to keep safe the mobile phones of pissed up MPs…
The Prime Minister whipped up a storm in the House when he fluffed this attack line on Ed Balls. Poor George…
A poll for the Standard tonight finds Londoners currently want to stay in the EU by 45% to 37%, but the numbers reverse almost completely if Cameron’s renegotiation attempts fail. No pressure…
UPDATE: And a ComRes/ITV poll finds if a referendum was held tomorrow the UK would leave:
Dave is in the West Midlands for his big speech today, 46 years since the last time a top Tory chose that setting to crack down on immigration. Labour yesterday proposed a two year ban on new migrants claiming benefits, so the PM is promising four. It’ll be the closest Cameron has come to openly threatening Brexit, today he will “rule nothing out”. Expect UKIP to respond with pre-prepared attack lines on Osborne: the Times reports
“Behind the scenes George Osborne has been fighting to protect the free movement policy and he’s won. Osborne has secured what his Treasury officials wanted – openness to entrepreneurial, hardworking and jobless young Europeans who come to Britain”
Europe minister David Lidington has invited EU ambassadors to watch the speech live via video link in the Foreign Office. Doesn’t sound like Dave is expecting to get up their noses too much…
The official text lingo for Tory MPs discussing the post-Cameron age appears to be “AD” for “After Dave”.
“Won’t it be nice when we will be able to do all sorts of right-wing stuff, AD.”
“Who are you backing, AD? I’ve always liked that Owen Paterson”.
Even the most loyal of loyalist Cameroons concede that should Dave scrape through in 2015, he would be hard pushed to survive the inevitable party split triggered by a referendum two years later.
Guido is always one to shine a light on shady deals in dark corridors of power, so watt’s this one all about? The two desk lamps in David Cameron’s Downing Street ohm retail at an austerity-busting £749. “Hand-assembled in Oxford from the finest aluminium, chrome and bone china”, the lamps were a freebie from Witney-based company Original BTC, lamp provider to stars such as Gordon Ramsay and Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw. Guido found this whole story rather illuminating…
Compare and contrast the Speaker’s own visit Down Under last month, when he only managed to half fill a small side room, to the footage of Dave stuffing the main chamber to the the rafters today. Must have hurt….
Norman Baker has at last brought Theresa May some good news after a fairly dire week. Regular readers will not be surprised about the Loon of Lewis has quit – Guido reported the preparations for the departure back in mid-October. Now ConHome have even more good news for the Home Secretary:
“The second loss of a child abuse enquiry Chairman. A backbench backlash over the European Arrest Warrant – which isn’t all that popular in Downing Street or the Whips’ Office either. Revelations of enough illegal immigrants undeported “to fill Wembley Stadium almost five times over“. Politicians described as having had their “worst week ever” have seldom actually had it. But it is hard to think of a worse one than last week for Theresa May – notwithstanding Norman Baker’s welcome resignation. Yet here she is – back on top of our monthly poll future Party leader poll.”
May has the backing of 24% of the Tory grassroots, to Boris’ 22%.
Gove is in third on 11%, ahead of George on 10%, with his protege Saj on 9%.
But of course, ‘there isn’t a vacancy’…
Well, it seems Harriet Harman’s PMQs protest has backfired massively. A YouGov poll this afternoon finds women overwhelmingly back the PM, with 64% saying he was right not to wear the “This is what a feminist looks like” t-shirt, compared with just 14% saying he should:
Not for the first time recently, the public has seen through Labour’s empty gesture politics…
Guido’s revelation that Cameron’s Europhile Chief of Staff wants out of Downing Street, has not been denied.
Forget the rumours of Rome, now a well versed government source whispers that Ed Llewellyn is holding out to secure the Ambassadorship to Berlin before jumping ship.[…] Read the rest