Gove: Deal Critics Guilty of “Fake Outrage”

Michael Gove gave a full-throated defence of Theresa May’s deal on Marr, blasting those criticising the proposal as being guilty of “fake and mock outrage”. Gove says the two people who most oppose the deal are Clegg and Farage. Err, what about multiple Cabinet members, dozens and dozens of Tory MPs, 60% of Tory members (according to a ConHome poll this morning). And no doubt a huge number of the 17.4 million people who voted to leave. Are they all faking it?

Guido understands that Gove fully backed the PM’s plan from the beginning of the Chequers meeting, to the astonishment of Brexiters in the room. Gove has carefully moderated his position on Brexit over the last year, calculating that his best shot of becoming leader is getting Remain MPs onside. Today he has written a joint op-ed with ultra-Remainer Greg Clark in the Mail on Sunday lavishing praise on the deal. Guido can’t help but wonder if Gove has misjudged this. What will Brexiteer MPs and voters make of his performance over the last 48 hours?

Corbyn: Legalise Medical Cannabis, Decriminalise Possession

Something Guido and Corbyn agree on, it is past urgent that medical cannabis is decrimalised and possession of recreational cannabis should be decriminalised too. Sajid looks likely to enable the former if not the latter…

Gisela Slaps Down Second Referendum Campaigners

Gisela Stuart sticks it to the second referendum campaigners:

“If your motive for calling for a second referendum is to delay and overturn the decision… you undermine democratic institutions because we were promised a referendum and the Prime Minister said ‘whatever you decide, I will implement it'”

Some remainers like democracy – but only when it goes their way…

Jezza: It May Not Be Coming Home

Jezza asked if England will win the World Cup:

“It’s a knockout from now on… it’s going to be very hard to see.”

Good to see he’s really behind the boys…

Earlier on Ridge he said of the competition:

“It tends to get a bit overboard, it is a game, it is football, it is sport… but remember that there are a lot of teams that are not there that would love to be there, a lot of people love the World Cup all over the world…”

Classic Jezza…

Clark: Extend the Transition Period

More posturing from chief Cabinet remoaner Greg Clark as he suggests extending the transition period:

“You need to be aware of the technical requirements and respect them… when it comes to putting in place the arrangements for our permanent relationship we have to be guided by the evidence.”

They never want us to leave…

Hunt: Experts Have Been Proved Wrong

About time the government called out the IFS

Grieve: “We Could Collapse the Government”

May Interviewed By Her Former Aide on LBC

Have to say the Number 10 press team have played a blinder this morning. First they got Marr to agree to an easy pre-record interview rather than a live. Then they got the BBC to lead all morning on the Brexit dividend rather than the fact that the money is actually coming from tax rises. And to complete the hat-trick they had May interviewed by her former head of broadcast Tom Swarbrick on LBC. He was working in Number 10 three months ago. Good day for British journalism… 

May: NHS Spending Will Be Paid For With Tax Rises

Theresa May and the Number 10 spin team have done an impressive job of getting ‘NHS spending funded by Brexit dividend’ as the top line on broadcast this morning. The truth is the vast majority of the new money is going to come from tax rises equivalent to 3p on the basic rate of income tax. The Tories are refusing to say how or when the tax rises are coming. So far they are getting away with a completely uncosted policy and massive mystery tax rises. This is the Tory magic money tree…

May Outflanks Corbyn From the Left

Have we woken up in opposites world? The Tories have announced an uncosted £20 billion-a-year NHS spending policy funded by vague, mystery tax rises, pledging to outspend Corbyn. Labour are saying that, unlike the government, their own less expensive policy is costed.

Impressive spin operation from Number 10 to get all broadcasters to lead on Brexit dividend line, when the policy is as yet uncosted and most of the money is coming from tax rises they have yet to outline. Not sure Labour would be getting such an easy a ride over a £20 billion a year uncosted policy funded by vague tax rises…

Damian Collins Wants to Know if Arron Banks Took Moscow Gold

Damian Collins wants to know if Arron Banks took Moscow gold to fund the Leave.EU campaign. Arron wanted to appear in front of the DCMS Select Committee, then he said he wouldn’t go, now he says he’ll see them next week. Collins versus Banks should be fun…

Lidington: “Hopes” Backstop Over by 2022

Three days ago the government said it “expects” the backstop to have ended by December 2021. Now Lidington says his “hope” is that it’s over by the 2022 election. Does anyone believe them? 

Brown: Corbyn Is A Phase

A very relaxed-looking Gordon Brown gives Corybn a gentle kicking, agreeing that he is “a phase”. Brown continued: “we’re all phases… politicians have a short shelf life in terms of life at the top”. He would know…

Saj: 31 Windrush Victims Will Be Compensated

Saj says of 63 Windrush migrants who were wrongly deported, 31 will be located and compensated by the government. He said the other 32 are convicted criminals and Britain won’t take them back…

Some rockets for Number 10 and the Treasury: he refused to back the tens of thousands net migration target, said he wanted to “look again” at May’s policy of including foreign students, criticised the cap on doctors’ visas and vowed to take on Hammond for more police funding.

He also slapped down Baroness Warsi over her Tory Islamophobia comments and rejected criticism from the Muslim Council of Britain, noting they don’t represent British Muslims, and that successive Tory and Labour governments have refused to deal with them because of their support for extremists.

Unlike most cabinet ministers who appear on Marr, Saj even managed to give a positive vision of Brexit. Impressive outing…

Watson: I Put Butter in My Coffee to Lose 86 Pounds

Tom Watson discusses his love of putting butter in his coffee. Apparently it keeps the new svelte Tom fuller for longer throughout the day…

Marr: I Don’t Want to Go All Emma Barnett

Marr tells Labour’s Jon Ashworth: “I don’t want to go all Emma Barnett but you’re not answering my questions”. Some might say Emma would be an improvement…

Mogg: May is Most Impressive PM Ever, “I Don’t Wish to be PM”

Jacob Rees-Mogg, who as leader of the ERG is being privately criticised by Brexiters for not being tough enough with Theresa May, calls her “the most impressive and dutiful leader that this country has had”. Mogg says “it’s not my job to tell her to do this or do that”, doesn’t rule out accepting a government job and declares: “I’m going to back her”.

Some Brexiter MPs who don’t realise they are frogs being boiled will have only themselves to blame if it all goes wrong…

Prince of Darkness to Wed?

McDonnell: Venezuela Was Not a Socialist Country

‘Real socialism has never been tried…”

McDonnell: My Job is to Overthrow Capitalism

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