Monday, 16 September 2019
Friday, 13 September 2019
Thursday, 12 September 2019
"People are calling it a coup. You know the one without tanks.." @GeoffNorcott #StopTheCoup #Brexitvote #RecallParliament #Remain #Brexit #NoTanks #ArmyNotOnTheStreets #Election2019 pic.twitter.com/qt4EmNQ04o— Comedy Unleashed (@UnleashedComedy) September 11, 2019
“My generation is the first generation since 1881 that will be worse off than their parents.”— BBC Newsnight (@BBCNewsnight) September 11, 2019
Author @graceblakeley says “a lot of people in this country have been betrayed by an economic system that doesn’t work for them”#Newsnight pic.twitter.com/nhDslZFeAN
Wednesday, 11 September 2019
Ignoring whatever the Supreme Court does next week, an appeal has been lodged.Those with far more legal knowledge than me, say that the Court of Session’s judgement will have no immediate effect. But it makes the Supreme Court’s judgement on the legality of prorogation far more unpredictable— James Forsyth (@JGForsyth) September 11, 2019
By the time this is sorted out, the Queen will be making her speech anyway!
Tuesday, 10 September 2019
Monday, 9 September 2019
MPs definitely shutting up shop tonight - No 10 has had a very, very bumpy few days, but while Parliament isn't sitting they can crack on with their agenda whatever it is, with relatively little interference https://t.co/iV6ljSqLGw— Laura Kuenssberg (@bbclaurak) September 9, 2019
Friday, 6 September 2019
One rule for the rich and another for the rest of us.https://t.co/001mFefNpC— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) September 5, 2019
Thursday, 5 September 2019
A senior Labour MP has just said Jeremy Corbyn told him tonight he would NOT allow Boris Johnson to have an election before 31st October— Laura Kuenssberg (@bbclaurak) September 4, 2019
Wednesday, 4 September 2019
There has been much frothing of the mouth and general hysteria, both in cyberspace and in real life, about the recent prorogation of Parliament. Certain people, who should know better, would have us believe it was a coup.
Anyhoo, disregarding that hysterical nonsense, Boris has now shot that fox by stating the he will be tabling a motion today to call a general election.
One amusing irony is that Corbyn (who called people to take to the streets to protest against the "coup") is now balking at the thought of a general election; and insists that legislation is first passed to guarantee that a no deal Brexit is blocked, before he will back an election.
Tuesday, 3 September 2019
Watch: Conservative MP Phillip Lee defects to the Liberal Democrats, crossing the House of Commons during a speech by Boris Johnson— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) September 3, 2019
His move means the prime minister has no working majority ahead of a crucial #Brexit vote
[tap to expand] https://t.co/vi78s0o5JA pic.twitter.com/CfnKNm0pJ8
Will Boris Johnson actually be able to call an election?— Steven Swinford (@Steven_Swinford) September 3, 2019
Looking less likely this morning:
* Senior Labour figures say legislation to block no deal must be ‘locked down’ first
* Hammond says Corbyn privately backed position
* Tory rebels indicate they won’t back one
Sir Nicholas Soames tells me he will vote against the Govt tonight, unless the PM (who he’s going to see now) can assure him a Brexit deal will be done. Boris therefore faces the uncomfortable prospect of deselecting Winston Churchill’s grandson.— Tom Newton Dunn (@tnewtondunn) September 3, 2019
Monday, 2 September 2019
Wednesday, 28 August 2019
Johnson govt to hold Queen's speech on 14th October, will be confirmed by privy council at Balmoral today - No 10 says it's all biz as usual for a new govt, but has useful political side effect that denies MPs time to try to stop no deal— Laura Kuenssberg (@bbclaurak) August 28, 2019
Wednesday, 21 August 2019
Thursday, 15 August 2019
Does he not understand that if he wins a vote of no confidence, Boris doesn't have to resign as PM and can call an election on his terms?I've written to the leaders of other political parties and senior backbenchers from across Parliament to lay out my plan to stop a disastrous No Deal Brexit and let the people decide the future of our country. pic.twitter.com/Jz1MjXCrqk— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) August 14, 2019
Another small point, there is no way even the most rebellious Tory rebels will side with him if he insists on being leader.
A cynic might suggest that Corbyn is deliberately ensuring that we leave with no deal.
Wednesday, 14 August 2019
Tom and I have disagreed on a lot of things over the years but on Brexit, we’re united. Working with other parties is the only way to stop Boris, and stop Brexit.https://t.co/amkqhHjx4L— Jo Swinson (@joswinson) August 13, 2019
Tuesday, 13 August 2019
Alastair Campbell’s daughter Grace wearing a “fuck Boris” necklace with Sadiq Khan 👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/lvXA4GWLil— Ben Hyde-Hart (@benhydehart) August 9, 2019
Monday, 12 August 2019
The country is at breaking point & time is running out. I couldn’t forgive myself if we didn’t try everything possible to avert catastrophe of No Deal.— Caroline Lucas (@CarolineLucas) August 11, 2019
So here’s an idea. I know it’s controversial & many will say it can’t work - but what if it does? https://t.co/v17D4TuQU1
Thursday, 8 August 2019
Whilst the membership has fallen, Labour still has a very large membership.NEW: Labour party membership at the end of last year was 518,659.— Michael Savage (@michaelsavage) August 8, 2019
That's DOWN 45,784 on the year before (564,443).
Wednesday, 7 August 2019
Nicola Sturgeon said meeting Theresa May was 'soul-destroying and torturous', first time I've ever agreed with Sturgeon, I spent 50 days with May during 2017 election, you can add unbelievably dull to the above.— PoliticalPics (@PoliticalPics) August 7, 2019
Friday, 2 August 2019
A far better showing by the Tories than expected, given they let their disgraced former MP stand again for the seat (in the sure expectation he would lose).Impossible to avoid the conclusion that, with a new candidate not mired in controversy, the Conservatives probably could have held the seat, given that margin: https://t.co/5T3Y00MjTJ— Mark Wallace (@wallaceme) August 2, 2019
Tuesday, 30 July 2019
Alistair Campbell, the former No 10 director of communications under Tony Blair, has said he no longer wishes to be a Labour member, warning that Jeremy Corbyn is poised to lose the next election against Boris Johnson and destroy the party “as a political force capable of winning power”.
In a letter to Corbyn, quoted by the Guardian, he said:
“The culture you have helped to create has made the party one that I feel no longer truly represents my values, or the hopes I have for Britain.This is designed to push Labour to realise that it must ditch Corbyn for its sake, and the sake of the country. All very well and good. However, as long as the infection known as Momentum holds sway Corbyn will not be moved.
I see no strategy in place that remotely meets the electoral or policy challenges ahead. On the contrary, in so far as I ascertain a strategy at all, it is one that looks more designed to lose. I fear the country may already have decided that it does not intend to make you prime minister.”
Monday, 29 July 2019
The unyoked humour of your idleness.
Yet herein will I imitate the sun,
Who doth permit the base contagious clouds
To smother up his beauty from the world,
That when he please again to be himself,
Being wanted, he may be more wondered at
By breaking through the foul and ugly mists
Of vapours that did seem to strangle him.
If all the year were playing holidays,
To sport would be as tedious as to work;
But when they seldom come, they wished-for come,
And nothing pleaseth but rare accidents.
So, when this loose behaviour I throw off
And pay the debt I never promisèd,
By how much better than my word I am,
By so much shall I falsify men’s hopes;
And like bright metal on a sullen ground,
My reformation, glitt’ring o’er my fault,
Shall show more goodly and attract more eyes
Than that which hath no foil to set it off.
I’ll so offend to make offence a skill,
Redeeming time when men think least I will.
Friday, 26 July 2019
Thursday, 25 July 2019
"My biggest single worry perhaps about Boris Johnson is that he seems to me to be a politician who's inhaled his own legend before he's created it" - political historian Lord Hennessy on the UK's Prime Minister-to-be, Boris Johnson#newsnight pic.twitter.com/53ICG5WN1F— BBC Newsnight (@BBCNewsnight) July 23, 2019
Wednesday, 24 July 2019
NEW: Jeremy Corbyn says he will put forward motion of no confidence in Boris Johnson's government... but "at a time of our choosing... it'll be an interesting surprise for all of you."— Paul Brand (@PaulBrandITV) July 23, 2019
EXCLUSIVE— Steven Swinford (@Steven_Swinford) July 23, 2019
Jeremy Hunt's Cabinet future on brink after he told Boris Johnson he will not accept demotion from foreign sec
He made clear he's only willing to accept 3 jobs - his current role, chancellor or DPM
Johnson has offered him defence secretary
Hunt has turned it down
Tuesday, 23 July 2019
As Boris waits in the wings on the cusp of being crowned king of the Tories and PM, his enemies are waiting to pounce, indeed one (Duncan) tried a pounce yesterday but was rebuffed by The Speaker who pointed out it was for the opposition to call for votes of no confidence, not MPs in the same party!
Thus Boris's enemies are not facing him on the benches opposite, but will be sitting behind him.
Where does this leave Boris and the country?
We will face a general election before October, as his own party will conspire to bring him down.
David Gauke tells The Times:— Steven Swinford (@Steven_Swinford) July 22, 2019
‘It [no deal] is a position that would play into the hands of Lib Dems. I don’t think we should underestimate Jo Swinson
‘She’s capable, she’s a very good communicator
‘I think she will be energetic and a passionate advocate for her party’s views’
Monday, 22 July 2019
Exclusive:— Steven Swinford (@Steven_Swinford) July 22, 2019
The ministerial resignations are about to begin
I’m told a minister is resigning *today* at 10am ahead of Boris Johnson Premiership...
Friday, 19 July 2019
Exc: Tory MPs on 1922 looking. At changing the rules to protect new PM from a vote of no confidence as Tory leader under Tory rules for a year— Sam Coates Sky (@SamCoatesSky) July 19, 2019
- Currently there isn’t any protection for a new PM
- Allies of BJ want greater protection
- 1922 exec looking at it https://t.co/1VvQ3mlYFu
Thursday, 18 July 2019
Amusing amount of Tories offering to help Philip Hammond move out given reports he wants to resign before Boris enters No10 . It really is end of days stuff— steve hawkes (@steve_hawkes) July 18, 2019
Tuesday, 16 July 2019
Friday, 12 July 2019
Boris Johnson Has Already Won The UK PM Election With 12 Days Remaining To Vote https://t.co/lTl2NR7g7P #honkhonk pic.twitter.com/3zIyX3aUsE— The Daily Lafayette (@DailyLafayette) July 12, 2019
IF the polls are accurate, and it's a big IF, then Boris has won.
Thursday, 11 July 2019
"Some staff of Members of Parliament are subject to an unacceptable risk of bullying and harassment, including sexual harassment, at work. Most Members of Parliament treat their staff with dignity and respect but the problem of bullying and harassment is sufficiently widespread to require an urgent collective response."
“I just want to say that during my over-30-years’ association with the Houses of Parliament I did not encounter anything remotely like bullying and harassment on anyone’s part and have been very surprised to know it has happened.The MP I worked for I found extremely efficient, clever and a good employer in every way.”
Well it was all go yesterday Kim Darroch resigned and the media (as is their style) decided it was all Boris's fault.
Well whilst he didn't exactly give fulsome backing to Darroch, Darroch's position was untenable given that Trump had banned him from all future functions. My advice to the media is that whilst it is clear most of you loath Boris, you really ought to try grasp the fact that the enemy in this particular case is not Boris but the person who leaked the cables.
In the meantime, never one to miss an opportunity to poison the well it seems that Theresa May is seeking to appoint Darroch's successor!
Wednesday, 10 July 2019
Breaking:— Steven Swinford (@Steven_Swinford) July 10, 2019
John Major announces he will seek a judicial review if Boris Johnson prorogues Parliament to force through a no deal Brexit
‘The PM will be bypassing Parliament. That is simply unacceptable’
A former PM threatening to take the frontrunner to be next PM to court...
Tuesday, 9 July 2019
In a busy couple of Tweets, responding to #CableGate, President Trump lambasted Theresa May and her handling of Brexit and then for good measure severed diplomatic relations with Britain....and it was only Monday!
I have been very critical about the way the U.K. and Prime Minister Theresa May handled Brexit. What a mess she and her representatives have created. I told her how it should be done, but she decided to go another way. I do not know the Ambassador, but he is not liked or well....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 8, 2019
I wonder what the rest of the week holds for us?....thought of within the U.S. We will no longer deal with him. The good news for the wonderful United Kingdom is that they will soon have a new Prime Minister. While I thoroughly enjoyed the magnificent State Visit last month, it was the Queen who I was most impressed with!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 8, 2019
Wrt #CableGate the government is now looking at a hostile foreign power as being the cause of the leak, maybe so, or maybe look to the the list of other suspects I compiled yesterday (including Trump himself)!
The media is now asking how a future Prime Minister should handle Trump. The answer is simple, apply the Disraeli technique he used with royalty, namely applying flattery with a trowel. It works for Kim Jong-un, it most certainly should work for Boris!
Monday, 8 July 2019
Sir Kim Darroch's secret cables to the Foreign Office, giving his views of the Trump administration, have been leaked en masse to a tabloid.
The contents of the cables are perfectly acceptable, as ambassadors are meant to report their views and opinions. However, what is not acceptable is the fact that these secret communications have leaked.
The questions are as follows:
1 Who leaked them?
2 Why are they leaked now?
3 What game is being played here?
1 Trump leaked in order to remove Durroch and replace him with Farage.
2 A supporter of Farage in the FO leaked them, for the reason above.
3 Number 10 leaked them, in order to conduct a scorched earth policy and wreck any chances of the USA helping Britain with a fast track no deal Brexit trade agreement.
4 A foreign agency leaked them, just for fun.
5 Boris or an associate leaked them, in order to pave the way for Farage to be ambassador and seal an deal with the Brexit Party.
Anyone have any other theories?
Friday, 5 July 2019
Boris Johnson: PM tried to restrict ex-minister's access to intelligence https://t.co/LwPJZ18scs— Laura Kuenssberg (@bbclaurak) July 5, 2019
Thursday, 4 July 2019
BREAKING: Labour down to 18%, record low in poll— Matt Chorley (@MattChorley) July 3, 2019
📉Lowest ever rating with @YouGov back to 2002
📉Only time as low as 18% was IpsosMORI in May’09
📉57% of Lab ‘17 voters back other partieshttps://t.co/DdJkLH2g8b pic.twitter.com/WJrZaHwXXv
Wednesday, 3 July 2019
MP falsely claims that the government has given alcohol companies £4.1bn in “tax handouts” since 2013. She’s referring to tax freezes on alcohol duty, which is paid by consumers. pic.twitter.com/dE1mVmFqUz— Christopher Snowdon (@cjsnowdon) July 2, 2019
Tuesday, 2 July 2019
Friday, 28 June 2019
Vladimir Putin to the @FT on the Tory leadership contest: “In your country, one leader has left, and the second leader, who is for all intents and purposes the top figure in the state, is not elected by a direct vote of the people, but by the ruling party.”— Christopher Hope📝 (@christopherhope) June 28, 2019
Thursday, 27 June 2019
Wednesday, 26 June 2019
The big Tory leadership issue of the day: did @BorisJohnson wear the same socks 4 days in a row? No, I can reveal. He has multiple pairs of these (which bear an image of Ashurbanipal, the last king of the Neo-Assyrian Empire who ruled from 668 BC with extreme brutality) pic.twitter.com/pVG5drwjFs— Tom Newton Dunn (@tnewtondunn) June 26, 2019
Tuesday, 25 June 2019
Boris Johnson is live on LBC, answering listeners' questions. Watch it live.#AskBoris https://t.co/qm1ZPCVuox— LBC (@LBC) June 25, 2019
For those sharing the Max Hastings takedown of Boris Johnson: reminder that Hastings continued to employ him despite his writing utter nonsense from Brussels and talking to a friend about assaulting a journalist. Also suggested he stand for London mayor. https://t.co/yueqzaerPM— Alan Beattie (@alanbeattie) June 25, 2019
Monday, 24 June 2019
Boris Johnson still planning to live with Carrie Symonds in Downing Street despite row https://t.co/a1eysMGWEE— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) June 23, 2019
Friday, 21 June 2019
If Hunt has any sense, he will spend this weekend thinking about what the country needs (leadership now!), and announce on Monday that following a period of reflection he will step aside and let Boris lead the country immediately (rather than waste a month waiting for the membership to rubber stamp Boris).
Thursday, 20 June 2019
Philip Hammond to warn Boris he’ll have to trigger a second referendum or Election unless he gets real on Brexit - another blistering intervention from the soft shoe Chancellor https://t.co/1NNx8zcVBb— steve hawkes (@steve_hawkes) June 19, 2019
Wednesday, 19 June 2019
@BorisJohnson @RoryStewartUK @sajidjavid @michaelgove @Jeremy_Hunt For pity's sake gentlemen, sort this farce out now & agree who will lead the country - put your egos aside. We cannot waste another month on this pointless public slanging match. The country needs leadership NOW!— Ken Frost (@ken_frost) June 19, 2019
Abdullah from Bristol Wants to Know “Does the Panel Agree Words Have Consequences?” https://t.co/q5Jdhf30Rn pic.twitter.com/Z0TkcCmj1H— Guido Fawkes (@GuidoFawkes) June 18, 2019
I would like to apologise. We had the Imam from the BBC Tory leadership debate on our programme this morning. His social media comments have been extremely disturbing. We should have checked. We didn’t. I’m sorry.— Nicky Campbell (@NickyAACampbell) June 19, 2019
Tuesday, 18 June 2019
Boris could get >150 votes today and word is he’s lending at least 15 MPs to Jeremy Hunt who he regards as a safe, low-energy opponent. https://t.co/4WBX3ziL7b— Fraser Nelson (@FraserNelson) June 18, 2019
Monday, 17 June 2019
Friday, 14 June 2019
Thursday, 13 June 2019
Ahead of the first ballot of Tory MPs, here’s our tally based on publicly declared support:— Nick Eardley (@nickeardleybbc) June 13, 2019
Sajid Javid says he doesn't know why he wasn't invited to the Trump State Banquet earlier this month.— Matt Dathan (@matt_dathan) June 13, 2019
Tells @BBCr4today that his office asked No10 for an invite but "they said no."
"I don't like it, it is odd," he says.
Wednesday, 12 June 2019
For what is worth (and t is a secret ballot) these are numbers among MPs who have publicly declared support - Johnson 76— Laura Kuenssberg (@bbclaurak) June 12, 2019
Tuesday, 11 June 2019
In a move that would grace any star studded magic show, the government stopped funding the BBC £700M for the free licences for the the over 75's and told the BBC it had the power to stop giving away free licences.
When the BBC did just that, the government blamed the BBC.
Monday, 10 June 2019
That speech will never happen:
1 Gove will never have the guts to make it,
2 Gove will most likely pull his leadership bid today.
Friday, 7 June 2019
The postal vote percentage was 69.4% postal turnout.Peterborough by-election results:— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) June 7, 2019
- Labour, Lisa Forbes: 10,484
- Brexit Party, Mike Greene: 9,801
- Conservatives, Paul Bristow: 7,243
- Lib Dems, Beki Sellick: 4,159
Results in full: https://t.co/PGEGUjAnOO pic.twitter.com/W4cnRSFkyP
Thursday, 6 June 2019
Dom Raab has refused to rule out proroguing Parliament to ensure Britain leaves without a deal on October 31— Steven Swinford (@Steven_Swinford) June 5, 2019
This is what senior figures in the ERG have been demanding - get round MPs by simply pushing the nuclear button and proroguing
Tuesday, 4 June 2019
Jeremy Corbyn today will lead and speak at a demonstration against Donald Trump.
All very well and democratic, if you are in student politics or a junior backbencher. However, Corbyn is a salaried leader of Her Majesy's Opposition with ambitions to become Prime Minister.
Like it or not Trump was democratically elected by members of the public of our closest ally.
Monday, 3 June 2019
.@SadiqKhan, who by all accounts has done a terrible job as Mayor of London, has been foolishly “nasty” to the visiting President of the United States, by far the most important ally of the United Kingdom. He is a stone cold loser who should focus on crime in London, not me......— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 3, 2019