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 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
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
Shadow Ministers are scheming to betray the voters by pressuring leader Jeremy Corbyn towards forcing a vote on Single Market membership – something which could split the Tory Party and cause Brexit chaos.
Keir Starmer is in the forefront of the strategy. On the one hand, he hypocritically insists it is vital to obey the decision of the EU Referendum. But really, he is doing all he can to undermine the reasons that Leavers voted for Brexit. Continue reading
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Tagged Brexit, Charlie Elphicke, Customs union, ECJ, EU referendum, Jeremy Corbyn, Keir Starmer, Labour, Shadow Ministers, single market
An excellent article by Peter Oborne discusses the vicious plot going on right now to get rid of Boris Johnson and many of the plotters are in the Tory party. But unless you are on twitter all the time like me, you wouldn’t know that the Get Boris campaigns have been going on for yonks, even before Brexit.
Here are some of the rivals who have been trying to take down Boris, one or two of them since before Theresa May became PM. They are waxing ever more desperate as they fail to achieve their goal. Continue reading
Jeremy Corbyn has always been circumspect about his position on the EU and now we know why. This clip from 1996, shows his doubts about the EU power grab which would mean we were subservient to Brussels.
Corbyn said “The other concern is democracy in Europe.
“You have a European bureaucracy totally unaccountable to anybody.” Continue reading