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Monday 20 January 2020

The just about concluded business of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex dropping their Royal duties unsurprisingly dominates today’s front pages, although the Guardian has chosen to focus on some Angolan Princess – honestly, is it even a British paper anymore.

Bit of a shame really as the ongoing story from yesterday, that of Jeremy Corbyn’s typically ill-judged selection of peerages, has served up another gem for us to gaze at. Having picked John Bercow (see below) for a seat in the House of Lords along wih Remainer Tom Watson, Mr Corbyn has completed his list with a disgraced ally and promoted her within the party to boot.

Karie Murphy ran Labour’s appallingly bad election campaign and rather than being given the sack she’s been given charge of party membership, a crucial role as the Corbynites desperately try to uneven the playing field in favour of the inadequate Rebecca Long Bailey.

“Karie Murphy’s role in ensuring dozens of Labour MPs lost their seats in the Commons has gained her an unelected one for life in the Lords, a reward for failure that couldn’t be a better epitaph for the Corbyn project and her role in it,” a Labour MP told Politics Home.

Perhaps the outgoing leader was showing some compassion for Ms Murphy, an incompetent who wouldn’t be able to cut it in the real world. She’ll now be collecting £60,000 a year at the taxpayer’s expense.

Onto a more positive, not mention meaningful story, Reuters report more than a 1000 financial services companies from the EU are setting up offices in the UK in order to retain access Britain’s utterly dominant financial sector. The Project Fear smear campaign which lasted all the way from the 2016 referendum up until last year’s election has finally been smeared with the cold hard weight of those things called facts. We strongly suggest future lefty-liberal-globalist campaigns look them up.  

“These figures clearly show that many firms see the UK as Europe’s premier financial services hub,” said Michael Johnson of Bovill, a regulatory consultancy which analysed the figures. Only 300 firms based in the UK are returning the gesture, a sign of how much the City of London dwarfs the rest of Europe. The mass expansion into the UK in time for real Brexit this time next year is also a sign European businesses are taking the government’s non-alignment policy seriously.

Late last week, Sajid Javid said the UK was definitely going its own way once trade talks are concluded with the EU later this year.

“We do need alignment, particularly around the European Union Aviation Safety Agency. And with Reach – the chemicals regulations. We are no different from the automotive industry in that regard. We are looking for alignment on both,” the chancellor told the FT  (see tweet of the day).