Hammond: We Never Said We Won’t Raise Taxes

Remember when May and Hammond ditched the Tory tax lock and replaced it with a mere “firm intention” not to raise taxes? Today Hammond makes the most of that wriggle room and warns: “We’ve never said we won’t raise some taxes”. (Though he also cancelled the Budget.) The Tory record is already more debt and more taxes and the highest tax burden for decades. Hammond had already extended the deficit reduction horizon to 2025, now he is talking about ending austerity. This is entirely the wrong inference from their failure on June 8 and it is starting to concern more economically sensible Tory MPs…

Hammond Backs Brexit

Philip Hammond has poured cold water on those stories in the Remain newspapers this week and backed a real Brexit outside the single market and customs union. In other words, the Chancellor has agreed with the government and voters that we should properly leave the EU. Sorry Remainers…

Labour Brexit Chaos: Starmer Backs Staying in Customs Union

Last week Corbyn and McDonnell said Labour policy was to leave the single market. Today on Marr their Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer suggested Britain should stay inside in some way. Corbyn and McDonnell have backed leaving the customs union. Today Starmer said Britain should stay in. Is Labour’s Brexit spokesman freelancing? Labour have been in complete chaos on Brexit all week.

Staying in the single market and customs union means Britain cannot take back control of borders and strike new trade deals around the world. It is not Brexit, it is going back on the referendum result. Going to annoy a lot of Labour voters…

BBC and Sky Both C-Bomb Jeremy Hunt Within Minutes

First the BBC:

Then Sky:

No matter how many times, never gets old…

Jenkin: Morgan and Soubry Pack It In Or Corbyn Will Be PM

Bernard Jenkin tells Nicky Morgan, Anna Soubry, Osborne and Heseltine to shut up or Corbyn will be in Downing Street. A view held by increasing numbers of Tory MPs this afternoon…

Osborne: May a Dead Woman Walking, on Death Row

Former May Adviser: She’s Alone & Friendless

Chris Leslie Truth Bullets: Labour Lost, This is Not a Victory

As slippery Chuka grovels for a place in Corbyn’s Shadow Cabinet and Yvette cancels her leadership bid, it is left to Chris Leslie to give some truth bullets to Labour hipsters. He says this is not some “famous victory“, with a better leader Labour would have won and that the result was “not good enough“. A helpful reminder to Twitter Corbynistas that the Tories are in charge and they aren’t getting any of that free stuff…

Ridge Introduces Leader of “Scottish Labia”

The face on Kezia Dugdale…

Corbyn Admits Meeting IRA Killers

Peston:“Former convicted IRA terrorists? Why is that not talking to the IRA?”

Corbyn:“Indeed I’ve met former prisoners who told me they were not in the IRA, but I have met former prisoners with my eyes open.”

Revealing exchange. These “former prisoners” were convicted bombers who killed civilians

The IRA chat then turned into some banter about Diane Abbott’s hair:

Diane Abbott Refuses 4 Times to Renounce Her Support For IRA

Asked four times by Andrew Marr, Diane Abbott refuses to say she regrets her support for the IRA, only saying that she has “moved on”. She says that her afro has changed, as have her views…

Amber Rudd buries her opposite number: “I’ve changed my hairstyle a few times in 34 years too. But I’ve not changed my view on how to keep the public safe”.

Corbyn Refuses 5 Times to Condemn IRA

Asked five times by Sophy Ridge to condemn the IRA, Corbyn refused. He would only condemn the bombings, and even then had to say “there were loyalist bombs as well”, just like he has to condemn Islamophobia when talking about anti-Semitism. And Labour were having such a good weekend…

McDonnell v Green Handbags

Damian Green gets under John McDonnell’s skin by claiming he doesn’t understand how the government borrows money. This pointy fingered exchange was revealing:

Green: “You don’t understand capitalism.

McDonnell: “You certainly do, don’t you.

Worth watching to see the famous McDonnell space invasion, usually only experienced by Labour MPs and staff…

Gove Squirms Over Cameron

Long-Bailey Refuses to Answer Any Questions

Farcical interview from the Corbynistas’ great hope Rebecca Long-Bailey, who came on the Daily Politics then refused to answer any questions. Suppose that’s one way of avoiding another Brillo-ing

Thornberry: “B*llocks”

UPDATE: Our cartoonist Rich Johnston thinks she reminds him of a Viz character:

Davis: Hard and Soft Brexit Propaganda Terms

Davis right to call out the continued use of the “propaganda” terms Hard and Soft Brexit. Remainers initially said staying in the single market was a Soft Brexit, having accepted that is off the table some are now bizarrely calling a deal with the EU a Soft Brexit. That is just Brexit…

Fallon Assad Ambush

Of course Fallon meeting Assad is not comparable to Corbyn’s support for the IRA (and Corbyn met Assad too).

Nonetheless a successful ambush from Thornberry…

Brillo v Salmond

May: No Increase in VAT


She also said she has “no plans” to raise taxes…

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Tory MP Nick Boles says what everyone thinks…

“There is a timidity and lack of ambition about Mrs May’s Government which means it constantly disappoints. Time to raise your game, Prime Minister.”

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