Sunday 19 February
Lords gear up for a fight
This week the Article 50 bill will be debated in the Lords and it is expected to meet some significant resistance. Ahead of the debate some lords have spoken publically about their stance, some like Lord Lisvane are approaching the matter sensibly, realising that for unelected house to go against both the Commons and the will of the people would be ludicrous and tantamount to suicide.
However some senior Labour peers have predictably been more difficult. Leading the charge against the bill are the avowed europhile lords Mandelson and Kinnock. Along with more than a dozen other lords they have declared that they will table serious amendments to the bill and Mandelson in particular has said that he hopes the Lords does what it can to slow down and fight the exit process.
However their attempt to paint themselves as the valiant heroes has gone awry as it has been revealed that many of their number still draw large EU pensions, totalling more than £500,000 a year. Many of these monetary rewards require the recipient to keep to their promise of promoting the EU agenda and working towards greater integration. Now that this has come to light it seems clear that many of the most vociferous anti-Brexit lords are simply acting out of self-interest.
Anti-Brexit protesters disrupt the border
Despite there being no plans to reinstate a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic, and both British and Irish governments stating that they do not want to return to the borders of the past, some demonstrators took it upon themselves to disrupt travel on Saturday to make their anti-Brexit statement.
Dressed as border officers the protesters set up faux checkpoints along a busy stretch of motorway and waved down confused motorists along with with a variety of vehicles taking part in the protest designed to show how a border would disrupt commerce and travel. If their aim was to show disruption then they succeeded, as the protest ground traffic to a halt and made several stretches of road in the area next to impassable.
Unfortunately these sorts of loud, fear-inspiring protests are likely to continue as Brexit goes forward, since the people involved feel like their concerns are not being listened to. This is despite the fact that their concerns have been addressed on several occasions and assurances have already been given by the government.
Liberal Luvvies continue to lament Brexit
Relentless Remoaner Patrick Stewart has once again spoken out against the referendum result. This time Sir Patrick was giving a press conference at a film festival when the overwhelming need to whine about his fellow countrymen overtook him. He felt that midway through talking about Shakespeare and superheroes was the opportune moment to remind everyone of his great embarrassment over the decision the UK made last year, or the “calamitous mistake” as he called it.
He had the gall to apologise to Europe on behalf of the UK and said that he was deeply ashamed that his country had been led astray. This is not the first time that Stewart has taken it upon himself to speak for Britain. Last year Stewart was among a host of celebrity luvvies who spoke out against Brexit and lamented the fact that the public has ‘been misled and lied to’. Perhaps it’s time that Sir Patrick got over it and stopped trying to refight the referendum battle, maybe he should focus acting rather than preaching.
Saturday 18 February
Le Pen rival backs mad open borders
One of the leading contenders for the French presidency, centrist Emmanuel Macron, has come out in defence of the European Union’s mad Schengen policy – the hated border free zone established in 1985.
Dissatisfaction with the policy has been rife across the continent since the summer 2015 migration crisis, and fears have only grown with deadly reminders that it facilitates cross-border terrorism. The policy recently allowed the culprit of December’s sick attack on a Berlin Christmas market to evade the police for days before being captured in Italy.
But Macron has come out in support of the policy, madly claiming that “Schengen is a good system” and slamming traditional national borders as “inefficient”. He is now widely tipped for a showdown with French patriot Marine Le Pen in the second round of voting in France’s presidential election, where the establishment could rally against the populist outsider and put Macron in office.
Euro GP scandal
New figures reveal that European doctors are more than twice as likely to be sanctioned compared to their British counterparts. Because of free movement rules, British medical regulators lack the ability to test the skills of people who come to Britain – even when we have to trust them with our healthcare.
1.62% of GPs from the EU were sanctioned between 2011 and 2015, compared to a mere 0.66% from the UK. They were even more likely to be sanctioned than GPs from outside of the EU – which includes some of the poorest countries in the world – who have a sanction rate of 1.48%.
The news is bound to shock mindless Europhiles who threatened the death of the NHS if we regained control of our borders. Nobody supported closing the door to skilled workers, but medical professionals are keen on fixing mad EU loopholes that allow European migrants to practice without proper vetting.
Calais shame as migrants return
Up to 400 migrants have returned to Calais mere months after the demolition of the notorious Jungle camp according to a group of NGOs. Failed French leader Francois Hollande, who is so unpopular that he will not seek re-election this year, tore down the camp late last year in the hopes of reversing his abysmal poll ratings. But once again his policy appears to have been a complete failure.
A spokesperson from a local aid group told Reuters that “we believe some migrants are coming back and that 300 to 400 of them are currently in the region. Most of them are teenagers or young adults.”
Many want to enter the United Kingdom illegally and act as a menace to British lorry drivers passing through the region, attempting to sneak into trucks and potentially leaving British workers with massive fines. France should get a grip on this issue now before it spirals out of control again.
Friday 17 February
Trump hits back
The President of the United States shocked the world again last night when he hit back at the corrupt media in an aggressive press conference.
Trump attacked moles in the intelligence agencies and their allies in the media, who caused controversy by leaking internal information about former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn in what Trump branded “a criminal act”. He also reminded those watching that the media attempted to undermine US-Australian relations by leaking details about a call between Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
But he defended his record too and cited strong stock market growth, booming business confidence, and a recent poll from Rassmussen to highlight his successes thus far. Despite a positive approval rating, he hit a rare note of humility: “some of the things I’m doing probably aren’t popular but they’re necessary”.
He was clear that he was “here following through on what I pledged to do – that’s all I’m doing”, highlighting his triumphs on the Trans-Pacific Partnership and a crackdown on illegal immigration. And he vowed again to build a “great wall” and slammed the left-wing 9th Circuit Court for repealing his key travel ban. What a breath of fresh air!
Foreign aid scandal
As small businesses brace themselves for crippling rises in business rates – while huge firms like Amazon see their rates cut – the British government continues to waste taxpayer money abroad on malls and retail stores in so-called foreign aid.
More than £100m of our money has been pumped into frivolous projects around the world that bring luxuries to foreigners rather than providing genuine help to those who need it. A bra retailer in China, a chain of cinemas in Nigeria, and a Costa Rican bookseller are among the beneficiaries of British cash.
This is only the most recent in a long line of foreign aid scandals that have seen the public disgusted by big sums being sent abroad to fund things like the Ethiopian Spice Girls while incompetent civil servants in the Department for International Development like Mark Lowcock receive knighthoods. The people are sick and fed up with their money being thrown away in foreign countries while people in Britain need help. When will the government wake up?
Merkel slammed by her own allies
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been engulfed in crisis since her mad decision to open Germany’s borders to so-called refugees from North Africa and the Middle East during the height of the recent migration crisis. Ordinary Germans have been rallying against Merkel for months with the Eurosceptic Alternative for Deutschland party climbing in the polls. But now even allies within her own party are turning on her.
Deputy finance minister Jens Spahn has attacked the Chancellor over her migrant policy, and he’s gone so far as to refer to the European Union’s Schengen area as a “catastrophic mistake”. Like Brits, Europeans across the continent are coming to realise that freedom of movement was a terrible mistake. Now Spahn, a senior politician at the heart of the EU, is calling for nations to “regain control”. He went on to call the issue “a fundamental question of society and Europe”.
With Germany set to go to the polls in September as the AfD and the left-wing SDP put pressure on the governing CDU, will Merkel get her act together in time to save her own political career?
Thursday 16 February
EU makes plans to continue misery for British fisheries
The UK fishing industry received a blow last night as it was revealed the EU is planning to hold onto its deeply unfair fisheries policy.
Leaked documents reveal provisions are being put in place by the European Parliament for non-British fishing vessels to continue to operate in Britain’s waters under the EU’s disastrous Common Fisheries Policy.
The obvious objective for the UK’s negotiators is to return control of these waters for the exclusive use of British fishing boats. But the EU, backed by the huge French and Spanish fishing lobbies, is preparing to dig its heals in.
The EU plans to pull the wool over the Government’s eyes by arguing that because fish move freely between national waters, they should be treated as a common resource. It is feared that Theresa May and her advisors will be tempted to betray Britain’s fisheries by agreeing to the EU’s demands in return for some concessions.
Whether those concessions prove to be more valuable than the UK’s 6.5bn fishing industry remains to be seen. What is certain, is that Britain’s ancient fishing tradition fishing tradition faces decimation if the EU stranglehold continues much longer.
Anti-Brexit judge attacks free press
David Neuberger, the President of the Supreme Court, has slammed press coverage of Brexit and claimed that meddling judges “were certainly not well treated”.
The judge, whose mad decision on the Gina Miller case was slammed by dissenting judges, claimed that “some of what was said was undermining the rule of law”.
Neuberger was a subject of significant controversy prior to the Supreme Court case following revelations that his wife was a politically active Remainer who has attacked the Brexit referendum as “mad and bad” and referred to it as “just a protest vote”, casting doubts over his impartiality.
But rather than remain quiet after throwing a spanner into the works, he’s come out hitting. “The press and the media generally have a positive duty to keep an eye on things. But I think with that power comes the degree of responsibility”. In Neuberger’s mad world, that responsibility seemingly does not involve holding powerful unelected agents in the judiciary to account.
Mad French MEP threatens Brexit migrant surge
The French MEP Sylvie Goulard has warned that Brexit will require British-French negotiations over the dangerous build-up of so-called refugees in French towns like Calais.
“We have to find a better solution. The refugees, including the minors, in France want to go to the UK. I don’t know if in the future after the UK has left the European Union, the way we handle these people in France will be the same. It will be part of the future negotiation.”
The intervention comes months after the demolition of the notorious Jungle camp, but reports already reveal huge crowds of migrants returning in the hopes of illegally entering the United Kingdom. In January an Ethiopian man was killed on a motorway near the town, highlighting the continuing danger to lorry drivers.
Perhaps the French should seek a real solution to this messy issue instead of trying to palm it off on the British.
Wednesday 15 February
Nuttall exposes Brexit hate crime myth
The leader of the UK Independence Party Paul Nuttall has hit out at the mad scare stories about an alleged rise in hate crimes following our vote to leave the European Union. Europhile media outlets and politicians have peddled the myth for months, hoping to smear the 17.4 million patriotic Brits who backed Brexit.
But Nuttall has had enough, referring to the claims as “overblown” and explaining that “what the police said is there tends to be a rise in these types of crime after any national event and then it tails off.” His measured claims – during which he reaffirmed that “people should never be victims of hate crime at all” – are bound to cause offense among those who have found the attack useful to their political agenda.
The attack is usually propped up by dishonest reference to reports rather than real hate crimes – a figure that can be swayed by encouragement to report or increased sensitivity rather than changes in actual behaviour.
Operational guidance for the police highlights how useless such statistics are, demanding that “for recording purposes, the perception of the victim, or any other person, is the defining factor in determining whether an incident is a hate incident” and that “the victim does not have to justify or provide evidence of their belief, and police officers or staff should not directly challenge this perception.” The document goes on to stress that “evidence of hostility is not required for an incident or crime to be recorded as a hate crime or hate incident.”
University blasphemy censorship
A new report shows that a shocking 43% of universities censor speech that could offend religious students. The free speech magazine Spiked has published its third annual Free Speech University Rankings, which reports that 63.5% of universities are clamping down on open debate in one way or another.
“The fight for the freedom to criticise religion, to blaspheme, was at the very heart of the historic fight for free speech” said the magazine.
The news comes amid increasing concern that public debate is being curtailed to avoid offending Islam, as well as worries that universities are raising Generation Snowflake – a group of young people incapable of engaging with ideas they oppose, who have recently engaged in violent protests against conservative speakers across the US. Rioting at the University of California at Berkeley against journalist Milo Yiannopoulos drew sharp criticism from the President of the United States.
Among the groups bringing about the crackdown are London South Bank University and the Student Union at Warwick University. The latter insists that events “must seek to avoid insulting other faiths or groups”.
Sweden turns Eurosceptic
A new report shows that Sweden has become the second most Eurosceptic country in the EU, showing a strong turn away from the liberal multiculturalism that has failed the Swedish people. The report from the British think tank Demos shows that more than half of Swedish people want to either quit the EU altogether or claw significant power back from Brussels bureaucrats.
Such news should come as no shock given the recent shift in the government’s migrant policy. The nation had increased its intake of refugees tenfold between 2000 and the height of the migrant crisis, but policy was reversed after consequences were felt. Last year it was revealed that Sweden suffers from one of the highest rates of sexual assault in the European Union.
As Swexit gains momentum, you can read more about the movement from the leader of the insurgent Sweden Democrats on Westmonster.
Tuesday 14 February
Johnson in Gambia visit
Boris Johnson will today make the first visit of a British Foreign Secretary to the Gambia following the transfer of power to former Argos security guard Adama Barrow, highlighting Brexit Britain’s big international influence.
The nation had been trapped in political crisis for more than a month following Barrow’s victory over Yahya Jammeh, who had served as Gambian President for over two decades. But the former leader eventually stepped down amid military pressure and fled into exile.
Barrow vowed to return the nation to the Commonwealth while running for election and asked the UK to be his number one trade partner. His ousted predecessor had withdrawn the country in 2013, slamming it as a “neo-colonial institution” that “represents an extension of colonialism” after condemnation of his brutal regime.
Mr Johnson will also visit Ghana’s President Akufo-Addo during his trip. Speaking of both leader, Johnson said that “their elections highlight the continuing stream of democracy in west Africa”.
May dismisses sad anti-Trump petition
The government has responded to the pathetic petition calling for America’s democratically elected leader to be disinvited from the UK. The petition is set to be debated in parliament on 20 February, but the government has already reaffirmed that “the President of the United States should be extended the full courtesy of a state visit” and stressed that “this invitation reflects the importance of the relationship between the United States of America and the United Kingdom.”
The petition was signed by over 1.8m people, but analysis of the signatures revealed a strong correlation between those who backed the call and the EU referendum’s sore losers who impotently demanded a second vote.
The government also responded to the huge counter-petition ignored by the mainstream media – titled “Donald Trump should make a State Visit to the United Kingdom” – clarifying that “HM Government supports this petition.”
The date for Mr Trump’s upcoming state visit still has not been settled, although this weekend rumours abounded that the US President was set to bring his theatrical style to the UK with a big stadium rally to raise money for British troops. With so many veterans sleeping rough, nothing could be more important.
Anti-terror forces denied medals to appease Sinn Fein
Brave heroes battling the continuing threat of IRA terrorism are set to be snubbed in a move to appease Sinn Fein – the left-wing republican party with historic links to the terror organisation.
Troops returned to Northern Ireland in 2013 to continue fighting back against dissident republicans and their commanding officer requested that their work be recognised with general service medals. But meddling Whitehall officials have quashed the plan, fearing that recognising the continued threat of IRA terror would upset Irish nationalists.
A source slammed the decision to The Sun, saying that “the irony is nobody would even have known about their general service medals as they’re [Special Forces], so it’s pathetic they have been refused.”
It comes as the public has been reminded of the IRA threat after the discovery of the first dissident republican to infiltrate the British military. Ciaran Maxwell stashed weapons in Northern Ireland and Devon before being uncovered.
Monday 13 February
UK prison chaos
BBC’s Panorama has highlighted the disgraceful state of British prisons after one of the programme’s investigative reporters spent two months undercover as a custody officer at HMP Northumberland at Acklington.
The report showed serious security flaws in the private prison including a hole in an internal fence and wire-cutting tools inside the jail. The prison has been run by Sodexo Justice Services since being privatised in 2014, and some are concerned that the case exposes ruthless cost-cutting in private prison services. Among the cut corners was an “employability skills” class with saw inmates colour in pictures of the cartoon character Peppa Pig.
The news comes amid concerns about the rising rate of suicide inside British prisons, with a record 119 suicides in English and Welsh prisons last year, and a winter of prison riots. In December 240 prisoners had to be moved out of a Birmingham prison following the worst rioting in more than a quarter of a century.
Trump launches major migrant crackdown
President Trump is already delivering on big campaign promises despite huge resistance from entrenched political interests. While the unelected Ninth Circuit Court stalls his major travel suspension, Trump has begun a long-awaited crackdown on illegal migrants with major immigration raids in states across the country.
The President took to Twitter to hail the raids, stating that “the crackdown on illegal criminals is merely the keeping of my campaign promise. Gang members, drug dealers & others are being removed!”
Tensions have now run so high in Texas that left-wing school teachers are trying to teach children how to evade immigration officials. But the programme of deportations may be long and hard, with illegals insisting that they would rather be detained and endure long legal battles than return voluntarily to their homeland. Former foreign minister Jorge Castaneda hopes such cases can clog up the US court system and prevent the execution of the law.
And the Mexican government under President Enrique Nieto has started fighting the measures by budgeting a whopping $50m to help pay the legal costs of illegal migrants facing deportation. The path is not easy for Mr Trump, but grit and determination developed through decades in the harsh world of real estate could see him clear the obstacles and deliver for his people.
European Commission boosts UK growth forecasts
The European Commission has admitted that the UK economy has “maintained momentum” since June’s historic vote for national independence, despite Europhile scaremongering that a vote for Brexit would cause a recession. In their latest forecasts for European growth, the commission boosted their pessimistic 1% forecast for the UK’s growth in 2017 by 50%, predicting that the UK economy will expand by 1.5% this year.
The news comes as the pound strengthens against the dollar and continues to strengthen against the Euro for the sixth consecutive trading session. The FTSE 250 also hit yet another record peak this morning, hitting 18,747.61 and creating cause for celebration among responsible investors.
So much for that Brexit apocalypse then.
Sunday 12 February
Bercow’s put his foot in it again
Fresh from his outburst against Trump which led to a no-confidence motion being filed against him, the controversial Speaker is once again embroiled in a row about his neutrality. It has come out that the Speaker recently told a student meeting that he voted to remain in the referendum and went on to explain his reasons for doing so and to give a running commentary on the Brexit debate up until now. Considering the Commons will spend the next year or more debating which EU laws to keep and what stance to take post-Brexit, it is obvious how his very public opinions on the matter may make his position untenable. His actions recently have clearly violated the bonds of neutrality placed upon him by his position, which state that he may not take a stance on political matters like these either in the House or outside of it.
After this fresh furore calls have grown for Bercow to quit and the general consensus among commentators seems to be that over the years Bercow has grown too big for his boots. Many believe that the Speaker has repeatedly overstepped the limits of his position and seems to flaunt the rules whenever he sees fit, some interest is now being shown in the possibility of the deputy speaker Lindsay Hoyle stepping up to replace Bercow in the near future.
UK stuck in EU court
The European Parliament’s Brexit negotiator, Guy Verhofstadt, has let slip that they believe the UK will remain under the jurisdiction of EU courts post Brexit. This puts him firmly at odds with Theresa May who has previously promised that Britain will not be under any EU laws after exiting the bloc in 2019. Verhofstadt has said that he expects Britain to enter a transitional deal where it will remain, at least nominally, a member of the bloc and will still adhere to its laws.
Speaking exclusively with the Guardian, Verhofstadt dashed hopes of an agreeable Brexit as he also stated that the EU institutions had reached an agreement that the UK would have to settle its withdrawal bill (£49bn) before any discussion of a future relationship could be had. This aggressive stance from the EU side of the table will not make things easy for Theresa May whose party has railed against this extortionate figure.
Which way are the Lords a leaping
One of the major talking points today has been how the Article 50 bill will fare in the Lords. Whether or not the notoriously pro-EU house will manage to heavily amend the bill or even scupper it entirely. Peers from all the major parties have appeared on Sundays politics shows to set out their stances, and most of them were unsurprising. Labour’s leader in the House of Lords, Baroness Smith, claims that she and the other peers will not attempt to derail or delay Brexit however she also made it clear that she would look to add a number of significant amendments to the bill. She appeared on the Sunday Politics to defend her unelected house’s “patriotic duty” to scrutinise the bill and added that Labour peers had tabled 8 amendments to the bill already.
Liberal Democrat Lord Newby took a similar stance defending the Lords’ right to make changes and going so far as to say that the Lib Dem victory in Richmond gave him a mandate to amend the bill. He admitted that he and his fellow Lib Dem Lords would like to see a watered down Brexit or eve nsee the UK remain a part of the EU if possible and argued that it was the job of his House to second-guess the Commons. However his former colleague Baroness Nicholson has urged Liberal Democrat peers not to go down this route of opposing Brexit, she has called on them to avoid a “cheap political stunt” at the expense of the country.
However perhaps the most sensible statement of the day comes from Lord Lamont. The ex-Chancellor told Sky News that he hopes “the amendments will be roundly defeated” and said that the House of Lords was “playing with fire”. He echoed threats from various Tory MPs who have said that if the Lords attempt to go against the Commons and the will of the people they will be signing their own death warrant.
Saturday 11 February
Government takes axe to “deeply disturbing” Iraq probe
The agony of servicemen and women across the armed forces yesterday was put to an end last as Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon called a halt to the maligned Iraq war probe. The decision was made following a damning report by the Commons Defence Committee which described the activities of the Iraq Historic Allegations Team’s (IHAT) as “deeply disturbing” and “deeply” harmful to UK defences.
The report also charged IHAT with wasting taxpayers money. It has accumulated over 3,500 allegations of abuse, many without any credible evidence, leaving behind a litany of a disgraced profiteering lawyers and families traumatised by false accusations against their loved-ones.
“Throughout this process there has been an almost total disregard of the welfare of soldiers and their families, said sub-committee chairman, Johnny Mercer.
Sir Michael said: “This will be a huge relief to hundreds of British troops who have had these unfair allegations hanging over them.
Not a single successful prosecution was made over the course of the inquiry.
Corbyn reinstates rebellious frontbenchers as Labour face irrelevance
In one of this century’s greatest acts of political suicide, Jeremy Corbyn has decided to retroactively withdraw the three line whip he imposed on his MPs prior to the Article 50 vote by refusing to fire those members of his shadow cabinet who defied his order to vote in favour of the bill.
Of the 54 Labour MPs who voted for the government to not be given the power to trigger Article 50 and formally begin the UK’s exit from the European Union, 14 were from the Labour frontbench. Parliamentary rules dictate that frontbenchers be dismissed from their posts in the event they vote against a three-line whip. Mr Corbyn has defied this protocol and instead issued “final” warnings because of the “extraordinary circumstances”.
Instead of taking a golden opportunity to assert his authority and demonstrate the importance of asserting the public will, Mr Corbyn has taken the easy option.
The dilly-dallying not only further erodes Corbyn’s waning credibility, but also damages Labour’s image as the working man’s party. With the hotly anticipated Stoke by-election coming up in less than two weeks Labour is now even likelier to lose one of its safe seats. Stoke, like many of Britain’s former industrial powerhouses, voted overwhelmingly to Leave the EU. Mr Corbyn it appears is doing the utmost to make his party less attractive to voters in Stoke and the many parts of the country fed up with EU rule.
Merkel attempts to undo her refugee madness
A year after her ill-thought decision to invite twelve million refugees to Germany, Angela Merkel’s outlook has shifted dramatically. With elections on the horizon, Germany’s Chancellor is now hatching a scheme to pay migrants to leave the country. £76 million is being made available to reward migrants who voluntarily decide to leave Germany.
It marks yet another horrendous hit on the German taxpayer. It was recently revealed that Germany has already spent €22 billion in 2016 on asylum seekers thanks to Merkel’s historic decision, which she is now said to regret.
The sunny optimism that followed the open refugee policy is now all but gone, replaced by the cold hard reality that comes with attempting to shelter so many migrants and the social and economic challenges that come with it. Mrs Merkel is now desperately trying to mitigate the consequences in anticipation of serious blowback at the ballot box this Autumn.
Friday 10 February
Labour’s latest fall gives UKIP the initiative in Stoke
UKIP are set to become the main beneficiary of the latest rebellion to face Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. The anti-establishment party is increasingly well-poised to take Stoke Central, currently a Labour seat, at a by-election on February 23rd as Corbyn’s party go into meltdown over his ham-fisted attempt at barring his MPs from voting against the Article 50 Bill.
Yesterday, Mr Corbyn sacked his election coordinator as part of a desperate bid to rejig is his public profile amid plummeting approval ratings. Labour’s internal polling in Stoke is no different, sparking panic across the party as UKIP’s campaign gathers momentum – the city voted overwhelmingly to leave the EU at the June referendum.
The Labour leader’s problems are not limited to by-elections. Former shadow minister Clive Lewis is said to be gauging support among Labour MPs and grassroots with a view to launching a leadership bid. A victory for Mr Lewis, who voted against the EU withdrawal Bill on Wednesday evening, will surely spell the death-knell for Labour. Corbyn may hardly cut a convincing leader, but he stood up for the people in insisting his MPs vote for Brexit, those rebelling against him (and the people) are hardly better suited to represent the electorate.
Bye Bye Bercow?
A no confidence motion has been tabled against Commons Speaker John Bercow following his mad outburst against the democratically elected leader of our strongest and most important ally. James Duddridge MP had written to Downing Street to confirm that the government would allow a free vote on the Speakership, and tabled his motion yesterday.
Rumours swirl that 150 Tory MPs are prepared to oppose the Speaker, who has grown increasingly unpopular even with members of his own party. But he may be saved by Labour and SNP politicians, highlighting how far the Speaker has drifted since taking the chair. He was praised by Brexit opponent Owen Smith, who backed the mad rant against Trump and hailed Bercow’s “great leadership”.
Pressure on his position may continue to mount after many were reminded of Bercow’s own past. The Speaker, who accused Trump of racism and sexism, once wrote a perverted guide to picking up drunken women and called for a programme of repatriation for immigrants.
Apple boss hails Brexit
The CEO of Apple Tim Cook met with Theresa May yesterday to discuss the future of the technology sector in the UK and reaffirm Apple’s commitment to Brexit Britain. “We’re a big believer in the UK – we think you’ll be just fine. Yes, there will be bumps in the road along the way but the UK’s going to be fine.”
He confirmed plans to expand UK operations in Battersea, vowing to move 1,600 employees to south London in the next five years and stressing the fact that “we’re leaving significant space there to expand”.
Apple isn’t the only tech firm backing Brexit Britain. Online giants Google and Facebook have ploughed ahead with plans to expand UK operations after our vote for Leave last June. Google are continuing work on a London headquarters that will house 7,000 employees while Facebook announced plans to hire 500 more employees late last year.
So much for that Brexit apocalypse then.
Wednesday 8 February
IMF reveals ‘explosive’ truth about Greece
Even after all these years of ravaging, EU-imposed austerity, Greece still finds itself on the verge of bankruptcy according to an IMF report.
The IMF, which describes the state of Greece’s debt as ‘explosive’ is on a collision course with its fellow bail-out partner, the EU. The two creditors to the Mediterranean nation are threatening to bring the seemingly endless supply of cheap loans to an abrupt halt.
After years of funneling huge amounts of cash off to the Eurozone’s most indebted nations, and with the single currency’s future secured – for the foreseeably at least – German voters are in no mood to reward political parties pledging yet more bailouts at the ballot box come the general election this Autumn.
But where the IMF, as a non-EU actor is happy to spell out the truth the EU and Eurozone’s Member States are eager to paint a different picture. President of the Eurogroup, Jeroen Dijsselbloem described the state of Greece’s economic affairs as a “pretty good recovery at the moment”, when they are anything but, fake news indeed. Greece is due to transfer another €7bn to its creditors in July, cash it simply does not have at its disposal without yet another bailout.
The fact of the matter is, Greece’s balance sheet is in much too parlous state for the strategy of supplanting high interest loans with cheap ones backed by the EU, the Member States and the IMF to work over the longer term. The IMF predicts Greece’s economic growth to reach one percent, but no more. Such anemic growth will not be enough to provide enough public finance to see end to this terminal crisis.
MPs rejects mad amendment
Last night, the government cleared its biggest hurdle to passing the Article 50 bill unadulterated. Labour MP Chris Leslie had proposed an amendment that would enable the House of Commons to send the government back to the negotiating table with the EU in the all too likely event that MPs are not happy with the eventual Brexit agreement.
In its desperate search to salvage some sort of public relations coup from the Article 50 bill Mr Leslie’s Labour colleagues had rallied to the cause, aided by a minor rebellion by the usual suspects on the Conservative benches. A Labour rebellion of similar stature served to cancel it out and the amendment failed, 293 votes to 326.
Notwithstanding the fact that any interference on the part of MPs to amend the Government’s deliberately slim bill represents an affront to the public will, this amendment was daft in the extreme. Brexit minister, David Jones said: “I can’t think of a greater signal of weakness than for this house to send the government back to the European Union and to say we want to negotiate further”.
Under other circumstances, the commentariat would celebrate the absence of options between taking whatever deal with the EU surfaces and shunning it in favour of the WTO option, as well as ensuring MPs have as little control as possible. The WTO fallback is nowhere near as fearsome as commonly believed. Conscious that the UK will be prepared to back-out of negotiations and go it alone, the EU will now be under pressure to offer a substantive deal.
Prime Minister designates brits abroad a high priority
The Prime Minister has stated her intention to secure reciprocal residency rights for Britons living in the European Union at the earliest opportunity, once formal negotiations with the EU have begun. Fielding a question from Sarah Woollaston MP during Prime Minister’s Questions Theresa May said, “When I trigger Article 50 I want to make it clear that I want” to give reassurance to Britons living in the EU and EU nationals living in the UK and for it “to be a priority for the early stage of the negotiation so that we can address this issue and give reassurance to the people concerned”.
This all seems very commendable. Certainly, it is a headache to get out of the way as early as possible, which begs the question, why is the Prime Minister not already making overtures. Only last week, at the EU summit in Malta, Mrs May was approached by Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. He is keen to come to an early agreement for the 300,000 Britons living in Spain. May should be worried too and act more quickly and assertively.
Tuesday 7 February
Disgraceful Bercow slams Trump
The Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, has embarrassed himself by flouting his responsibility to be neutral and speaking out against the democratically elected leader of the free world.
Bercow attacked President Trump and said that “opposition to racism and sexism” could prevent the maverick real estate tycoon from being invited to address Parliament, despite Mr Bercow welcoming a series of human rights abusers to Westminster.
The outburst has already been attacked by a number of Tory MPs who are sensitive to the possible consequences of Bercow’s pathetic decision. The chair of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, Crispin Blunt, said that “generally the Speaker, who’s meant to referee all of this, should keep himself above that.”
The remarks are strange given Bercow’s own history. In 1981 he campaigned for a seat on the national executive of the Monday Club while demanding that “the strengthening of our national identity demands a programme of assisted repatriation” and former students at his alma mater recall that “he was always attacking left-wingers, gays and feminists”.
Left-wing agitators have caused a nuisance in the Stoke-on-Trent Central by-election by protesting a peaceful talk by UKIP leader Paul Nuttall and Brexit icon Nigel Farage. The two used their speech to tell supporters that the Labour party – once a party for the working man – has been “hijacked by Islington intellectuals”.
The two were pelted with eggs on the streets while campaigning, with the protesters later rounding on Stoke’s Victoria Hall where they threw Cadbury’s Crème Eggs at Leave.EU’s own Arron Banks and Andy Wigmore.
Among their most disgraceful acts was the hectoring of Orthodox Jew Shneur Odze, UKIP’s candidate for Greater Manchester Mayor. They shouted for him to “go home” with Odze telling how he “was singled out by a bunch of people who showed that they are the real fascists and racists who can’t abide democracy. They hold such contempt for ordinary people who don’t fit into their mindset…as for going back home, I’m not sure where they want me to go: Salford or Hackney?”
PwC hails Brexit Britain
The major professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers has projected that Brexit Britain will be the fastest growing G7 economy over the next three decades despite Remoaner lies that our vote for national independence could cripple the country’s economy. The country is expected to enjoy annual growth of 1.9%, far above EU rivals Germany and Italy who are projected to grow by 1.3 and 1% respectively.
The report hails our opportunities to expand trade with “faster-growing emerging economies” while praising Britain for having a “relatively flexible economy by European standards”.
And getting agreement with external countries – prevented by membership of the EU single market – is increasingly important. The report points to big growth outside of the European Union causing the world economy to more than double with average global growth of 2.6% per year. Emerging markets like Brazil, China, India, Mexico, and Russia will grow by an average of 3.5% compared to the average growth of 1.6% to be enjoyed by developed G7 economies.
The news comes after the Bank of America warned clients of a rebound in sterling as the fundamental strength of the UK economy and the lack of Brexit blowback become clear. The bank suggests that sterling will settle at $1.35 against the dollar – or possibly $1.40 – following an orderly Brexit process.
Monday 6 February
Health tourists to pay up front
In a big victory for common sense, the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has confirmed that foreign patients in the NHS will have to pay up front before receiving non-urgent care. It comes after concerns that health tourism could cost British taxpayers more than £400m a year – with £500m of recoverable care provided every year while only £100m is collected from foreign patients.
The move has been approved by NHS Improvement and will be implemented from April this year. It will replace the current system within which hospitals chase bills from foreign patients, which has been branded “chaotic”. Most recently it emerged that a Nigerian mother of twins had flown into London to give birth, incurring a massive £330,000 bill in 2015 that still has not been paid.
Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage warned about the costs of health tourism during the 2015 general election campaign when he was smeared as a bigot for adopting a common sense position that has now become government policy. He had highlighted the huge cost of people who come to the UK, get diagnosed with HIV, and then receive drugs for the rest of their lives at the expense of the taxpayer.
Corbyn doubles down on Brexit whip, buckles on consequences
Despite an embarrassing rebellion last week, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is set to double down on his Article 50 stance by imposing a three-line whip on Wednesday’s final Brexit bill vote. When politicians voted on Article 50 last Wednesday, 47 Labour MPs were among the shameful 114 who opposed the will of the British people. The group included prominent MPs like Stella Creasy, David Lammy, and Chris Bryant. They joined the Lib Dems and the SNP in stubbornly clinging to the hated European Union.
One was notable by her absence. Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott avoided voting altogether by going home with a laughable excuse, but she will be expected to vote on Wednesday. Corbyn has called for MPs to cancel leave and back the party’s position this week, but his stand has been undermined by the suggestion that front bench Labour MPs could keep their jobs even if they disobey.
Speaking to Radio 4, he confessed that the whip would be a “very lenient position”, making the entire exercise meaningless. A typically empty gesture from spineless Corbyn, who once backed withdrawal from the mad European Union but turned his back on the cause when the issue was put to a national referendum.
22 ISIS fighters recruited from same British university
More than 20 British medical students have fled to Syria to fight for the terror organisation Islamic State after studying abroad at the Sudanese University of Medical Sciences and Technology. They make up the overwhelming majority of the 27 students who have fled the school to battle for the evil group, having used medical training as sick pretence for their travel.
Many had praised ISIS on social media, and some had links to two students – Tarik Hassane and Suhaib Majeed – who were locked up for plotting terror in the UK. They planned to kill police or soldiers in a violent street shooting having acquired a firearm, and will service at least 21 and 20 years in prison respectively.
The case highlights the extent of radicalisation among young Muslims, even those who has relatively comfortable upbringings. Many will remember the revelation that the feared executioner of James Foley and others, Jihadi John, was a university graduate raised in Britain. As the war between civilisation and barbarism intensifies, hotbeds of radicalism continue to spring up where we least expect them.
£4m paid in sick compensation to foreign criminals
The Home Office has spent a shocking £2m of taxpayer money in the last year funding compensation for foreign criminals who claim they were locked up for too long.
They paid an additional £2m to illegal migrants who complained of unlawful detention in the years 2015 and 2016 alone.
Among the sick criminals to rake in the cash of hardworking taxpayers was Jumaa Kater Saleh, a sex pervert who worked with a gang to lure schoolgirls to his house. He was detained for two years following a four year prison sentence as we tried to remove him from the country, before he was allowed to remain in the UK because of so-called human rights. A Somali sex offender also took home £105,000 after cutting an innocent victim with a broken mirror.
But when confronted with the facts, the Home Office would only reiterate that it is “committed to treating detainees with dignity and respect”. As thousands of veterans remain homeless on our streets, the government is more committed to lining the pockets of some of the vilest criminals to walk our streets.
Sunday 5 February
Former Archbishop blasts hysteria surrounding Trump
Former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey has shown faith in Donald Trump by claiming “he has the strength of personality to be an outstanding President”. Lord Carey condemned the “hysterical overreaction” by anti-Trump protesters to date, describing their behaviour as “rephrensible” and warned continuous demonstrations would “damage the fabric of democracy.”
Speaking to Christian Today, Lord Carey said: ‘I think that Donald Trump will learn on the job and his rhetoric will be toned down as time goes on.
‘He has the strength of personality to be an outstanding President but this is predicated on him acquiring experience and wisdom.’
Writing for the Sunday Express, Lord Carey added that British opposition to Trump “poses a danger to the constructive relationship we should have with him, or indeed, any new and untested American President.”
Investigation reveals grave concerns over defence budget
An investigation by the Sunday Times into Britain’s defence budget reveals grave concerns that Britain would not be able to defend itself against a serious military attack. The damning report highlights the profligacy in defence spending with “drones costing £1bn that have not entered frontline service 12 years after being ordered and light tanks that are too big to fit into transport aircraft”.
There’s more. £1bn Type 45 destroyers are so loud underwater that they could be detected by submarines over 100 miles away – as Rear Admiral Chris Parry, a former Ministry of Defence (MoD) director of operational capability aptly puts it, they sound like a “box of spanners”.
Defence experts such as John Louth, a director at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) believe the defence budget is in as bad a position now as it was when it was struggling to fill a huge black hole in 2010, just after the financial crisis.
Continuous cuts to defence have left our servicemen strapped for equipment and resources. Meeting NATO’s 2% spending goal should be a minimum – it’s time for the government to start taking defence spending seriously.
Migrants to occupy 4 in 10 homes in Britain until 2039.
The government has revealed that migrants to the UK will occupy more than 4 in 10 new homes in Britain until 2039, despite Brexit. Integration minister Nicholas Bourne has revealed that 243,000 new households will be built in the UK each year for the next 22 years and net migration will account for 45% of them – that’s 109,000 extra homes needed to be built every year for migrants and their families.
The founding chairman of MigrationWatch UK, Lord Green said of the news: “That is 300 every day. That would mean building a home every five minutes, night and day, for new arrivals until such time as we get the numbers down.”
These figures show just how much pressure the current levels of immigration have placed on housing in the UK. It is low income families and the young generation who are facing a hugely inflated housing market that are paying the price for the plethora of governments that have completely failed in implementing a viable immigration policy.