Suzanne Evans Meeting With Top Tory MEP Tonight

The EyeSpy.MP Twitter account has chanced upon an intriguing meeting between Suzanne Evans and the Tories’ main man in Brussels Syed Kamall, which took place just hours after the UKIP leadership announcement. Guido is sure it was an entirely innocent chance encounter… 

May Accepts Supremacy of EU Law on Patents

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In her conference speech Theresa May vowed that Brexit would mean “our laws will be made not in Brussels but in Westminster. The judges interpreting those laws will sit not in Luxembourg but in courts in this country. The authority of EU law in Britain will end”. Well, not quite…

The government has today decided to ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement, which accepts both the primacy of EU law and the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice over patents in Britain. Article 20 of the agreement says “the Court shall apply Union law in its entirety and shall respect its primacy”. Article 21 says “Decisions of the Court of Justice of the European Union shall be binding on the Court”. This is just one aspect of EU law, but it means May is not keeping her conference promise – on patents the EU will still have primacy…

Heseltine: I Kill a Squirrel a Day

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Alleged dog strangler Michael Heseltine has told the BBC how he slaughtered four hundred squirrels which migrated onto his estate.

BBC: What have you done about squirrels?”

Hezza: Exterminated them.”

BBC: How many?”

Hezza: Four hundred. In nine months. In 70 acres.”

Listen here:

That’s more than a squirrel a day. Is there any cuddly, cute little animal that Heseltine won’t kill in cold blood?

OBR Debunks Remain Predictions on Growth, Unemployment

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Worth pointing out that yesterday’s OBR forecast comprehensively debunked several of the key claims made by the Remain campaign. During the referendum Osborne and the Treasury told voters 500,000 jobs would be lost in the aftermath of the Brexit vote. The OBR’s numbers are hugely more optimistic, they say unemployment will only go up by 100,000 by 2020 and that employment will rise too: 500,000 more jobs will be created. During the referendum the Treasury forecast a Leave vote to cause growth to plummet to -0.2% in 2017, and there to be a recession. The forecast is now +1.4% and no recession. What’s more, Project Fear’s threats that Brexit would cause permanently lower growth have been rubbished – the rate of growth will return to the long run average by 2019 say the OBR. Remember this when Remainers claim they told you so…

Gove Trousers £150,000 For Times Column

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Michael Gove is another who’s coining it now his political ambitions are on hold. The Gover is making a cool £150,000-a-year for his new column at the Times, which will no doubt delight some lowly reporters on the paper. It is a good column that’s always worth reading and is a fount of gossip and mischief. Still not earning him as much as Boris got at the Telegraph though. Gove is also writing a book, trousering a £17,500 advance from Harper Collins last month. He says it’s “impossible to calculate” how long it will take him to write. The subject is a mystery…

Osborne Making As Much as a Premier League Footballer

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George Osborne might have been standing at the despatch box yesterday as Chancellor on a meagre £141,000-a-year. Instead, he’s trousered £320,000 for speeches to various bankers in the last two months alone. Pro rata that’s nearly £2 million a year, £40,000-a-week, over £5,500-a-day. More than many Premier League footballers make, and around the same salary earned by Leicester City’s champions Riyad Mahrez, Wes Morgan and Danny Drinkwater last season… 

Osborne made £70,000 speaking to the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association in Washington, as well as nearly £30,000 for a speech at Stanford University. JP Morgan paid him £81,000 and £61,000 for two speeches in New York. Then three weeks ago Osborne was paid £80,000 by Palmex Derivatives. He could’ve been slumming it in Downing Street, instead he’s earned more in two months than the average Briton does in 12 years…

When Tory Treasury Used to Mock More Borrowing…

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These tweets mocking Labour for wanting to borrow more and not balance the books were sent by the Tory Treasury team just last year…

Hammond’s £4 Billion Tax Bombshell

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It isn’t just debt and borrowing that are going up, Hammond has stealthily raised taxes too. Insurance Premium Tax is being hiked from 10% to 12% from next June, a 100% increase compared with November 2015. It was just 5% when the Tories got into power. This means £855 million extra tax per year, £4 billion raised by 2020. Insurance companies are already clear this is going to be passed onto consumers – your home insurance, pet insurance and motor insurance are going up.

UNA Alliance: “This is a significant blow. As a result this will significantly hit the pockets of families throughout the country with significant figures being added to the average buildings and contents policies.”

Axa: “An unwarranted attack on millions of people… affordability of insurance is being fundamentally threatened”

Cuvva: “The Chancellor has just slapped “just about managing” pet owners, home owners and drivers with an unfair tax hike that punishes sensible consumers for taking steps to protect themselves against risk.”

Fiscally conservative low tax Tories give us soaring debt and higher taxes…

Tory ‘Decade of Irresponsibility’: Debt and Borrowing to Soar

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Philip Hammond has announced that the debt to GDP ratio will rise to an “eye-watering” 90.2% in 2017-18, a seven point increase on previous forecasts, the highest debt level in half a century. National debt by the end of parliament will be £1.945 trillion.[…] Read the rest

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Kawczynski Shills For Yet Another Autocracy

Daniel Kawczynski isn’t content with shilling for the Saudis or defending Russia on Putin propaganda channel Russia Today, now the shameless Tory MP has added another state-owned TV station to his collection. Kawczynski has appeared on Turkey’s TRT World to praise the country’s autocratic Islamist leader Recep Erdogan’s “heartening” response to the coup. […] Read the rest

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Minister Slammed Letting Fees Ban Just 8 Weeks Ago

The big Autumn statement announcement pre-briefed to today’s papers is that the government is banning letting fees. This is yet another u-turn by Theresa May – just 8 weeks ago her housing minister Gavin Barwell publicly dismissed the proposal as a “bad idea”.[…] Read the rest

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Trump Takes Inspiration From Letwin

The President-elect last night announced he will be formulating a rule decreeing that for every one new regulation, two old regulations must be torn up. Of course in Britain we already have the very same rule, implemented by Oliver Letwin during the last government.[…] Read the rest

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Water Fib! Tory Non-Swimmer Claimed to Be Surfer Boy

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Local Cornwall residents were surprised to read over the weekend that Tory MP Scott Mann cannot swim and had to be saved by his colleague Johnny Mercer after getting in trouble in the water. Mann wrote on HuffPo: “I am an adult and I am unable to swim” as he recalled his ordeal.[…] Read the rest

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Labour on Three Line Whip For Boundary Blocking Bill

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Labour are on a three line whip to vote for Pat Glass’ private member’s bill seeking to reject boundary changes and keep the number of MPs at 650. It goes without saying that the bill is a vain attempt by Labour to prevent their own seats from disappearing, despite the massive cost to the taxpayer of ignoring the Boundary Commission and not cutting the size of parliament.[…] Read the rest

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‘Shy’ Tories Actually Just Busy, Labour Voters Home More

It is often said half-teasingly that canvassers and pollsters are more likely to meet Labour voters than Tories because Tory voters are still at work. Now there is empirical evidence for the claim. Professor John Curtice, perhaps the only pollster with his reputation intact after he called the 2015 election, says there is no such thing as “shy” Tories skewing polls, they are just “busy“.[…] Read the rest

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Tory Candidate Seeking Injunction Over MEP Dispute

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Guido understands Tory candidate Alex Story is currently in the High Court seeking an interim injunction against the Yorks and Humber nominating officer to prevent him from installing anyone else as Yorkshire’s MEP. Story was due to take up the vacant role as Yorkshire’s next MEP, only to have his career “ended”, he says, by a “CCHQ cock-up”. […] Read the rest

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