PM’s Aides Turn Anger on CCHQ

Eagle-eyed tweeters will have noticed that the CCHQ Twitter account has not posted anything for six days. Nothing at all, in fact, since their ill-fated tweets directly targeting Labour MPs who abstained on the Article 50 vote. The attack misfired after it emerged some of the Labour MPs were away on international trips with Tory colleagues who also didn’t vote, a fact Labour took great delight in publicising. Theresa May’s famously relaxed and easy going Downing Street aides are said to have taken particular exception to the line of attack. Or as one Tory insider puts it:

“No. 10 went f*cking apesh*t, like bone throwing mad.”

Nicky Morgan got off lightly…

Ambassadors Say Sky News Boris Story Untrue

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Italy’s ambassador to London Pasquale Terracciano has gone on the record to the Sunday Telegraph to confirm Boris did not back freedom of movement, contrary to the Sky News report that caused such a stir this week. Terracciano reveals:

“We do not normally comment on discussion we have at EU Ambassadors’ level with members of Government. But since this particular issue has become focus of press speculations, I will tell you that Boris Johnson chose not to speak about the principle of freedom of movement within the EU. He said instead that he had always been favourable in principle to immigration but also added that immigration needed to be controlled.”

So what Boris said was completely consistent with the 10 times he opposed freedom of movement posted by Guido on Thursday. A second ambassador confirms to the Sunday Telegraph:

“My recollection was that he didn’t say anything that was different [from his public stance]. I don’t think I even made any particular note of what he said on that issue because it was simply in line with what I already knew to be Government policy.”

Who’d have thought those four anonymous ambassadors briefing against Boris to friendly Sky News were up to no good? And surely the BBC will give this new development equal prominence too. Awkward one for tonight’s Sky paper review…

BEIS Civil Servants Forced to Embrace Brexit

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Yesterday Guido revealed how civil servants at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy had sent out a press release discussing what will happen “if the UK leaves the EU”. Well, the press release has now been updated to end the uncertainty and make clear there is no “if” about Brexit. Did Downing Street have another word with Sir Humphrey? 

Bad Al Attacked Farage’s “Elitist Party”… Where Was He That Night?

When Alastair Campbell attacked Nigel Farage for attending an “elitist party” at the Ritz on Wednesday night it was tempting fate. Guido wondered aloud, where was Bad Al that night?

Turns out that Campbell was dining at the Michelin starred River Cafe restaurant in Hammersmith, attending an elitist establishment party of his own with fellow Remain campaign losers Peter Mandelson and Sir John Sawyers, the former boss of MI6, BSE chairman and tycoon Sir Stuart Rose as well as billionaire Remain donor Sir Charles Dunstone.

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The River Cafe menu offers slow-roasted veal shin for £37, wood-roasted grouse for £40 and wines at over £2,000 a bottle. The very next day Campbell had the gall to call out Farage for attending an “elitist party” – hypocrisy at its most delicious…

Press Release That Unmasks Remainers’ Post-Truth Tactics

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In his car crash interview with Andrew Neil yesterday, Continuity Remain campaigner James McGrory said:

“It’s clear there is no mandate to leave the single market. The idea that the Leave campaign spoke with unanimity and with clarity and purpose… and said we will definitely leave the single market is just not true.”

Oh James…

Guido has found a press release sent by Stronger In on 11th May this year. In it, one James McGrory explicitly says that Boris and Vote Leave “plan to pull Britain out of the Single Market”.

There it is in black and white: a Stronger In press release written by McGrory himself admitting Vote Leave openly said Brexit meant leaving the single market. All the clarity and purpose you could ever want. Let this be the last time Continuity Remainers get away with telling this demonstrable untruth.

Andrew Neil Debunks Viral Open Britain Video

This week the zombie Remain campaign group Open Britain released a video purporting to show prominent Leave campaigners backing staying in the single market. On the Sunday Politics Andrew Neil revealed that the quotes were edited to take them completely out of context. The Owen Paterson, Matthew Elliott and Nigel Farage quotes were deliberately clipped to distort entirely what they were saying. Brillo told Open Britain’s James McGrory: “You misrepresented them… How did you think you would get away with this?… Many people will conclude that you are the biggest liars”. The video was shared thousands and thousands of times by Remainers, post-fact politics at its most blatant…

UPDATE: Matthew Elliott and Michael Gove have called on Open Britain to withdraw their video and apologise.

Via @liarpoliticians

Telegraph Pol-Ed Dominiczak Joins Crosby Textor Fullbrook

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Tells you everything you need to know about the dire situation at the Telegraph that their widely respected political-editor has, Guido can reveal, quit to join lobbyists Crosby Text Fullbrook Partners. Guido understands that Telegraph executives tried to convince him to stay. CTF’s reputation made it an opportunity too good to miss…

Touché Deloitte: Leak Nothing to Do With Cabinet Office

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Oh dear: Deloitte have confirmed their ‘leaked memo’ on Brexit wasn’t commissioned by Cabinet Office and was done without access to Number 10. A complete humiliation for the front page of this morning’s Times and subsequent BBC report. A lot of ‘fake news’ going around at the moment…

Paul Mason Sent to the Gulag?

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There has been much speculation that Paul Mason was sent to the gulag by Jeremy Corbyn after that infamous Sun recording of his candid conversation in a Liverpool bar. In the new Spectator Life, WikiGuido reveals the complex relationship between Mason and the Corbynistas goes far deeper than that. Read the piece on Mason’s reincarnation here

Theresa May: Craig Oliver’s Gong Made Me Retch

A hard-hat and hi-vis clad Theresa May accepted the Politician of the Year award at last night’s Spectator awards, before delivering as cutting a put down of Craig Oliver as Guido has ever heard. Made all the better by Craig being there to hear it.

“I’m particularly pleased to see Craig Oliver is here tonight. Sorry, Sir Craig…

I understand that in his book on the referendum campaign, Craig says that when he heard the result of the referendum he walked out of the office, he walked into Whitehall and started retching violently. I have to say I think we all know that feeling. Most of us experienced it too when we saw his name on the resignation honours list.”

In ten years of going to the Speccie awards Guido has never heard more jibes with such pointed sharp edges…

Roland Rudd Soft-Banked £2 Million Off Brexit

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Remain financing media manipulator Roland Rudd made his millions from his Finsbury financial PR firm. Brexit has turned out very nicely for him financially – despite all his fear mongering about economic disaster.  

After Brexit Japan’s Softbank bought UK chip maker Arm Holdings for a £24 billion price ticket. Taking advantage of the pound becoming more competitve that was a 15% discount on the pre-referendum price for a Yen investor like Softbank. Guido’s co-conspirators in the world of spin tell him that Finsbury banked a £2 million fee on the Softbank-Arm deal, a deal which would probably not have happened without Brexit. Consider it Roland’s personal Brexit bonus…

LibDem Shadow Silliness

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The LibDems are sending out press releases from the “LibDem Shadow Chancellor” and the “LibDem Shadow Home Secretary”. The LibDems do not have a Shadow Chancellor or a Shadow Home Secretary. This is not how parliament works, no matter how much the LibDems want to make themselves sound important. Alastair Carmichael is going round calling himself the Shadow First Secretary of State, for goodness sake. Also worth noting that both Susan Kramer and Brian Paddick are in the Lords not the Commons. The Lords which the LibDems wanted to abolish…

Prezza For Jezza

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Guido can confirm that John Prescott’s son David is joining Jeremy Corbyn’s office as his new speechwriter. Prezza Jnr is best known for denying that he tweets the gags from his dad’s Twitter account, so maybe we’ll be seeing a new, joke-telling Jez from now on. David is not exactly a Corbynista, he worked on the Andy Burnham leadership campaign. He has long felt that the “Red Prince” tag held him back in finding a safe seat. Nonetheless a canny hire by the leader’s office…

Chuka’s Blatant Briefing Backfires

“Allies of Chuka” texted friendly members of the Lobby last night with the same tenuous line: that the Tories had blocked him from the Home Affairs committee chairmanship because they fear him as a potential future Labour leader. You’ll rarely get a more transparent and less believable briefing. Guido recalls a senior Labour figure a few years back explaining to hacks at Ed Miliband’s Christmas drinks party that Chuka would never be leader because everyone in Labour despises him. Whatever he’s spinning, the truth is Chuka is so unpopular with his own colleagues in the PLP he never stood a chance of winning the Home Affairs gig…

H/T Matt Chorley/Sam Coates

James Schneider Joining Corbyn’s Office

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Momentum spokesman James Schneider is joining Jeremy Corbyn’s office in a strategic communications role. Guido also understands Seumas Milne will not be leaving in the immediate future and that Schneider will be working under his fellow old Wykehamist in a mid-level role. A Labour spokesman says they do not comment on staffing matters and Schneider has not responded to Guido’s text. Though the move is definitely on…

Labour Suggests Public Could Protest Outside US Embassy

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Labour have suggested the public could protest outside the American embassy over its role in Syria. Asked about Boris’ call for a protest outside the Russian embassy, Jeremy Corbyn’s spokesman said: “People are free to protest outside the intervening governments’ embassies, and there are a number of them“. When asked if the west were as much to blame, Team Jez said they’re not in the business of apportioning blame. They also argued that the focus on Russia distracted from others commiting atrocities in Syria: “The focus on Russian atrocities in Syria sometimes distracts attention from other atrocities that are taking place“. Would Jezza join a protest outside the Russian embassy? That’s not his priority, he does however condemn Russian intervention and all intervention. The Stop the War faction of Labour are in charge…

Sir Craig Can’t Justify His Knighthood

Enjoy Sir Craig Oliver squirming in his seat as Krishnan asks him to justify his knighthood and tells him it’s a reward for failure. “Winston Churchill, Francis Drake, Walter Raleigh and now Craig Oliver”. Watch til the last line…

Who Will Replace Seumas Milne?

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Kevin Maguire, an impeccably connected old comrade of Seumas Milne, reports that Corbyn’s Director of Communications WILL be leaving next month. That would explain the leader’s office denying only that he would quit this week. As ever, Guido gives you your runners and riders for Seumas’ successor…

  • Kevin Maguire – Might the man with the inside track be after the job? Kevin’s coverage of Jezza has always been generous and he at least understands the Lobby. Work rate might be an issue. And he’d never take the pay cut.
  • Owen Jones – Reportedly tapped up for the job last year, Owen has offered his helpful thoughts on Labour’s media strategy over the last few months, though that has not endeared him to Twitter Corbynistas who now think he’s a Blairite MSM sellout. Owen tells Guido he does not want the job.
  • Paul Mason – The leather jacket-clad former BBC man is Jezza’s most vocal media cheerleader, he could step into Seumas’ shoes with his chat about neoliberalism around the water cooler in Norman Shaw South. Corbynistas tell Guido to expect to see more of Mason in the future. He has however publicly denied he’s interested.
  • James Schneider – Momentum’s spokesman is a true believer and gets on relatively well with journalists. He’s one of their more competent media performers though, and taking the job would mean he’s off the telly.
  • Sam Tarry – Ran Corbyn’s leadership campaign, key in Momentum and political officer for the TSSA union. One of the most important behind-the-scenes Corbynistas.
  • Alex Flynn – Len McCluskey’s right hand man, Flynn is the head of media at Unite. He wants to be an MP so a stint doing comms for Jez would put him in a strong position come 2020. Ambitious. 
  • Rachel Shabi – You’ll probably recognise Rachel from her regular TV appearances spinning for Corbyn as a journalist. Would be unlike Jez to appoint a woman though.
  • Ben Chacko – The editor of the Morning Star, the one paper you’ll see laid out on the desks in the leader’s office every morning. Might Ben and his luscious locks fancy the gig? Actual commie.
  • Aaron Bastani – One of the leaders of the Corbynista new media revolution, amateur bodybuilder and former Tory sympathiser Bastani runs Novara, a weird pro-Corbyn blog. Aaron did unfortunately once smash up a bank, so it’s doubtful he’d pass parliament’s security checks.
  • Liam Young – The New Statesman blogger who is your go to guy for student-level Jez fanboy copy. Only 16 years old.
  • Steve Topple – Surely it’s time for the Canary to make it official. Topple was the loony blogger who came up with the Portland conspiracy theory. He also shares Seumas’ views on Russia. He’d root out the Zionists in the Lobby.
  • Dr Eoin Clarke – Don’t be silly.

Who’s your money on?

Missing Milne Set to Quit?

The word going round the Mirror party at Circo Bar in the early hours was that Seumas Milne is to leave his role in Corbyn’s office imminently. Milne went missing for the key pre-leader’s speech briefing delivered to journalists yesterday afternoon, bizarrely sending out junior spinners to do the job instead. There was bewilderment both in the press room and among Corbyn supporters that Milne hadn’t taken responsibility for such an important briefing – trailing the speech in the press was probably his most important job this week and he didn’t show up. His imminent departure would explain the no-show…

UPDATE: Corbyn’s office are insisting that Milne is not going anywhere. A Labour source tells Guido: “The story about Seumas leaving on Friday is untrue.”

Ex-SpAd Spins for Murky Lagoon

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Tomos Davies, a SpAd who advised the government on green energy, is in hot water after getting a job with the Cardiff lobbying firm Deryn less than a year after he left his government job. Spin merchants Deryn, a firm which has a hand in far too many Welsh government lobbying scandals, employed the former Special Adviser from the Wales Office.[…] Read the rest

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