The start of the Tory conference was overshadowed yesterday as police in Las Vegas continue to search for a motive behind the horrific slaughter of at least 59 people in the Nevada town two nights ago.
The shooter has been identified as Stephen Paddock and Islamic State have claimed responsibility, identifying Paddock as a recent Muslim convert. They have dubbed him Abu Abd al-Barr al-Amriki and claim that he was responding to a recent call to arms broadcast by ISIS leader al-Baghdadi, which may also have been responsible for a weekend of terror on the European continent. American authorities nonetheless remain suspicious of the claim.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this disgraceful attack.
At home Philip Hammond’s speech at the Conservative conference went down atrociously as he demanded that we stay “closely linked” to the EU a little over a year after the British people decisively voted in favour of leaving.
Ditching the government’s nominally pro-Brexit script, he warned that our vote for national independence had “created uncertainty so investment has slowed”. Once again the Chancellor is talking down Britain and putting his own Europhilia first.
While Hammond’s speech was easy to ignore, Jacob Rees-Mogg stole the show at a Bruges Group event ahead of which he handled a noisy left-wing protester with aplomb.
The protester, who had entered the hall screaming “Tories out” in an obvious attempt to disrupt proceedings, was thrown off by Mr Rees-Mogg’s willingness to engage in civil discussion and instead resorted to petty name calling and personal attacks.
Mr Rees-Mogg went on to deliver a superb address to a packed hall calling for a “generous, tough, conservative” Brexit. Once again he proves himself to be serious leadership material in spite of the attacks and snickering from the anti-Brexit press. Moggmentum continues to build!
It’s certainly time for a tough pro-British leader like Mr Rees-Mogg, especially as the European Parliament plots to condemn the UK for our approach to EU negotiations thus far.
You’d think the institution would be positively delighted by Mrs May’s surrender of British taxpayer money in Florence a little over a week ago, but they are nonetheless set to vote on a motion attacking the British position on the Brexit bill, which they claim has “seriously impeded” talks. Bizarre.