It sticks out a mile that Theresa May should sack Philip Hammond! From day one, he has talked down Brexit and done everything, aided by the civil service, to stop a clean Brexit taking place. Now he wants a three year transitional period.
The mystery is, why won’t she act? My theory is that all the reports about May fighting Hammond to protect Brexit are wrong. She thinks the same as he does, and always has. Continue reading
As the smears, lies and vile abuse raged around him, Boris Johnson’s dignified response was that he stood by his referendum claim that we give £376 million a week to the EU – or more!
Now the truth is out! Since 2010, we have given a stonking £660 million a week to the EU. Continue reading
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Tagged £12 billion welfare cut, £669 million a week, Boris, boris johnson, Bruges Group, EU, EU referendum, European Court of Justice, Eurozone bailouts, George Osborne, Treasury
What can they have to talk about? Michael Gove and George Osborne were spotted this week on holiday together in Germany. The former Cabinet pals were pictured attending Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle in the Bavarian town Bayreuth – an opera about the struggle for power.
The pages of the London Standard seem dipped in acid, as George works out his angst trashing his nemesis, Boris Johnson and ripping into Theresa May in the nastiest possible terms. Continue reading
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Tagged Bayreuth, boris johnson, Emily Sheffield, George Osborne, Germany, Gove, London Standard, Luther, Michael Gove, Osbo, Ring Cycle, Sam Cam, Theresa May, Wagner
As Chancellor, George Osborne spent the least time of anyone in the Treasury sorting out the economy. Ever the delegator, he left that minor job to someone else. He was tied up with the important stuff, permanent manoeuvres to ensure that he succeeded David Cameron as PM. Smoozing, threatening, devoting hours every week to cultivating Tory back-benchers and ingratiating himself with allies in the Press, this was the work that really mattered.
Rupert Harrison, Osbo’s Chief of Staff, was “the real Chancellor”. When Harrison left, the economy went A over T. Now Harrison turns on his old boss to slaughter George for an attitude to Brexit that is “too gloomy and over the top”. Continue reading
For a journalist, Dan Hodges is a nice guy, down to earth and not a bit stuck up. His Achilles heel is he is so innocent, he shouldn’t be let out alone.
As Mayor, Boris Johnson gave a huge amount of help to George, even bailing him out when the economy was tanking by giving him some sound economic advice. George of course claimed all the credit, and for while some innocents, including Dan, actually believed him. Boris’s reward as proudly revealed by Dan, was George then said he intended to “knife Boris in May 2016!”. Continue reading
When Boris was Mayor of London, the battles for the rights of Londoners, the black cab trade, police numbers, funding and economic decisions, were always full bloodedly thrashed out in private, away from the media.
So discreet was Boris, at one stage, he was getting it from both sides. Black cab drivers were abusing him on the roads as he rode his bike, while Osbo and Cameron were ganging up to force him to favour Uber, and push black cabs off the road. An immovable Boris wouldn’t shift. He didn’t think it was right, so in the end, Osbo took the issue of Uber away from Boris and handled it himself. Continue reading
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Tagged black cab trade, Boris, Brexit, Cabinet, Cameron, funding, May, Mayor of London, Nick Timothy, Osbo, Philip Hammond, police, Remainer, Uber