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From Trump to Boris Johnson, we’re moving from post-truth to post-shame | Alastair Campbell

Populism means never having to say you’re sorry, and never having to say you’re wrong. You just change the subject

A confession: I tend not to read the online comments about anything I write for the Guardian. But as I am about to embark on a short “politics of mental health” speaking tour down under, I made an exception for the comments section beneath an interview I did for Guardian Australia. I am glad I did. For there were two comments so good they left me wishing I had written them myself. I shall certainly be using them in future.

I have no idea who sleuthfortruth is, but someone should find them and hire them as a speechwriter. “Voting for a populist party is like diving headfirst into an empty swimming pool, because you’re angry that there’s no water in it.” Brilliant. Trump and Brexit to a tee.

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YOUR DAILY BREXIT BETRAYAL – Monday 15th July 2019

YOUR DAILY BREXIT BETRAYAL – Monday 15th July 2019


After yesterday’s super-sport Sunday with the Cricket World Cup and the Wimbledon Final giving aficionados heart attacks, it’s back to reality this morning. Brexit and the Brexit betrayers are in fine form. The Darroch leak scandal had taken a despicable turn and is therefore the subject of this column.

While our establishment politicians and newspaper editors have been lambasting the Assistant Police Commissioner, Mr Basu, telling him to search for the ‘leaker’ and leave the press alone, RemainCentral (paywalled) published a classic smear piece yesterday. I’ll have to quote at length so you can savour the depths to which the Remainers have now sunk:

“The chairman of Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party was last night embroiled in the “Trump files” leak scandal as it emerged that he is in a relationship with the writer whose story brought down Britain’s ambassador to Washington. Richard Tice, a Brexit Party MEP, is dating Isabel Oakeshott, who last week published leaked diplomatic cables in which Sir Kim Darroch branded Donald Trump “clumsy and inept”, forcing Darroch’s resignation when the president announced he would not work with him.” (link, paywalled)

The Times has shamelessly used the existence of a private relationship to insinuate that the chairman of TBP somehow instigated the whole thing. There’s more:

”Security sources said a suspect had been identified for the leaks amid “panic” in Whitehall that a “pro-Brexit Kim Philby” figure has been trying to undermine officials not deemed supportive enough of leaving the EU. Scotland Yard and the intelligence services believe a civil servant with access to historical Foreign Office files mounted a recent raid to steal the material.”(link, paywalled)

Ah – so they have a ‘suspect’, someone in the Foreign Office. But ‘sex sells’, so go with “that relationship” … Remember the use of the label “pro-Brexit Kim Philby”, I’ll get back to it below. There’s more:

“As police closed in on the mole, friends of Oakeshott, 45, confirmed that she and Tice, 54, had been in a relationship since last year. Tice and Oakeshott both denied he had played any role in the leak or in the handling of the documents. Tice tweeted a denial of claims he was keen to replace Darroch as US ambassador. News of the relationship will fuel the belief of Darroch’s allies that he was brought down by conspirators keen to replace him with a “pro-Brexit businessman”. When the cables were leaked, Farage wrote an article calling for Darroch to be sacked and Tice tweeted the same opinion. A British diplomat said: “It feels like there are a lot of Brexit Party- Faragist fingerprints around this.” (link, paywalled)

Because Nigel Farage and Richard Tice called for Sir Kim Darroch to be sacked it is obvious to Remainers that they must have been responsible for the leaks because they both want to be Ambassadors in Washington!Never mind their denial: it wuz the Brexit Party fersure!

In a comment this morning, The Times (paywalled) doubles down with this ingenious paragraph:

“The police must certainly try to find who broke the Official Secrets Act by passing Sir Kim’s caustic observations on the Trump administration to The Mail on Sunday. Was it Team Boris? The Farage camp? A mischievous tycoon? Or perhaps the Russians, who have form when it comes to hacking and leaking? We need to know.“ (link, paywalled)

Note how the author doesn’t need to mention the Brexit Party, he just implies that Nigel could’ve – or the Chairman, Richard Tice, obviously the ‘mischievous tycoon’, could’ve – or “The Russians” could’ve. Naive readers can thus grasp the meme that of course the Russians are behind the Brexit Party and therefore behind the leaker, that ‘Brexit Kim Philby’. Somehow. Rounding up, the following quotes complete the picture:

“Sir Simon Fraser, head of the diplomatic service until September 2015, when Sir Simon McDonald took over, criticised the disclosures from a system once admired for its watertight reliability. “It seems that some people are mounting politically motivated attacks on prominent civil servants. The wider concern, which is now serious, is that divisions over Brexit are degrading the whole process of government, undermining trust, honesty and confidentiality and the institutional checks and balances which underpin strong democracy. We will pay a heavy price if we allow this to continue.” (link, paywalled)

Leaving aside that attacks on Brexiteers are of course fine, he is right – ‘divisions over Brexit’ are degrading the whole process of government, and yes, there will be a heavy price to pay.

But let’s ask this: is not the Civil Service supportive of Remain, to say it politely? Were the various leaks we’ve seen which screamed warnings about Brexit, not ‘allowed’ by top Remain Mandarins? Didn’t the head of the Cabinet Office leak his own “we’re all going to die” letter which was splashed over the MSM earlier this year?

Where those ‘leakers’ punished? And what about the Huawei leak which cost Mr Williamson his post as Minister of Defence? It’s become very quiet about that, hasn’t it. Mr Williamson has apparently been cleared, but who the ‘leaker’ was is still a secret.

Finally the inevitable ‘sources’ deserve a mention:

“A Whitehall source said: “There is alarm at how commonplace leaking of sensitive material is becoming.” It is not clear whether the security services have been asked to investigate any leaks. Jeremy Fleming, the director of GCHQ, said last week that it could help if required.”(link, paywalled)

It must strike the impartial reader as somewhat strange that the Government and Whitehall asked for a police investigation when surely GCHQ would actually know who and what went on? That’s what they’re there for, after all.

Let’s recapitulate: diplomatic cables were leaked. The ambassador resigned. Leaks are bad. The campaign to pin this on Boris Johnson, a Brexit supporter, to influence his election to the Tory Party leadership didn’t stick.

The vested interests next attacked Nigel Farage, the Brexit supporter par excellence. He surely must want to become Ambassador to Trump and that’s why he did it. No matter that he’s got no connection to Whitehall.

When that didn’t work, the Remain vested interests go for the next-in-line in TBP, the chairman Richard Tice where they ‘strike gold’.

Here the institutionalised nastiness of the Remainers finally comes out into the open: Mr Tice is ‘in a relationship’ with a journalist! Isabel Oakeshott! A Brexiteer! She first ‘handled’ the leaked memos – so he’s guilty. Bingo.

The only countries where partners in a relationship are deemed to be  ‘guilty’ solely because their partner was judged to be guilty are the totalitarian dictatorships we know so well from the history of the last century. Then, and just as with our Remainers today, it’s the ideology that trumps all. 

Remain vested interests are certain that only top Brexiteers could have enticed some civil servant – that ‘Brexit Kim Philby’ – to do the deed and get the memos.

Moreover – it doesn’t matter to the MSM Remain “journalists” to find out if, how and when the Arch-Leaver Mr Tice found that “Brexit Kim Philby” to make him get those memos. They don’t even ask if Ms Oakeshott was the only journalist to whom the Leaker had handed his material.

Personally, and tongue firmly in cheek, I suggest that it was a Remain civil servant who leaked the whole thing, in the hope of smearing Johnson who was after all Foreign Secretary until his resignation in the wake of Chequers last year.

That backfired, but who knows: isn’t it equally possible that ‘mischievous Remain tycoons’ (and there are a lot more of them!) then enticed Sir Kim Darroch to resign, so as to create a second front to inflict maximum damage on Brexit and TBP?

Anyway, that salacious bit of ‘news’, of a female journalist – gasp! – being in a relationship with a Brexiteer – gasp! – can surely not have been a secret inside the Westminster Bubble.

I’ve gone on at length about this Darroch affair because it is a textbook example of how the MSM work: hand-in-glove with the vested Remain interests in government and Whitehall.

That whole affair, dear friends, has shown the Westminster Swamp at its finest. Remember this when the GE takes place as expected, and until then:






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YOUR DAILY BREXIT BETRAYAL – Wednesday 10th July 2019

YOUR DAILY BREXIT BETRAYAL – Wednesday 10th July 2019



Two Brexit Betrayal ‘themes’ caught my eyes today. One is about the Civil Service, the other is about Labour. Yesterday we also had the much vaunted ‘mano-a-mano’ TV debate between Hunt and Johnson. I didn’t watch it – after all, I have no vote so why waste time – but this headline for a review said it all: “It felt like seeing the Head Boy debate the class clown …” It’s not paywalled so you can read it if you like.

The whole BoJo-Hunt campaign has been like a red rag to the MSM bulls, the reporters and writers of opinion pieces. No, the whole country is not feverishly betting on the outcome, and yes, most of us know what to expect from Boris, Hunt not being such a well-known personality.

Even though the NHS is never out of our headlines, with the increasing waiting lists now being blamed on the greedy consultants who simply do not want to pay 95% taxes on extra income, it’s strange that none of the Hunt supporters in the MSM mention that their preferred Remain candidate was appointed to the Foreign Office only a year ago but was responsible for the NHS in all the preceding years. In case you forgot: Johnson resigned as Foreign Secretary in 2018 because of Chequers and Ms May’s ‘leave in name only’ WA. How time flies …

Now then – let’s look at Labour and Jeremy Corbyn. He has now committed Labour to a 2nd Referendum, but the rest is confusion. Here’s a report that is not paywalled. More important are two comments, one by Austin Mitchell MP, a Leaver, who writes in the DM:

“My party is so busy trying to shed its working-class supporters and become a metropolitan team of amateur Liberal Democrats that it’s no longer recognisable. […] Today, it has become a mob of cosmopolitan meritocrats who love the European Union more than those at the bottom of society’s top-heavy heap. Jean-Claude Juncker’s federalism now means more to Labour than socialism. Nothing demonstrates this better than its clamour for a second referendum. As made clear in Jeremy Corbyn’s announcement yesterday that he will support a referendum on a Conservative deal and back Remain, Labour seems intent on prioritising the champagne-drinking population of chi-chi Islington above those it should be helping. That our once-great trade unions cheered him on makes Labour’s betrayal of working-class Leave voters all the more depressing.” (source)

Just so! Nigel Farage, Leader of the Brexit Party, comes to the same conclusion as Mr Mitchell. He writes in the Express:

“Corbyn has not only demanded that the new Tory prime minister must hold a second referendum on any deal or no-deal Brexit. He has also signed Labour up in advance to campaign for Remain. […] Corbyn has shamelessly abandoned his principles and given in to the political pygmies of Labour’s Remainer front bench. They have broken every promise that they made to millions of Labour voters – most notably, the 2017 Labour manifesto commitment to ‘respect the referendum result’. While they celebrate at their north London supper parties tonight, the party that claims to represent Leave-voting working-class areas like the North of England and South Wales will be met with more anger than they can possibly understand. Labour has effectively announced that it cares more about the opinion of the new metropolitan middle classes than about its traditional base of support.” (link)

This ought to dispel any doubt about the state of our establishment party system where rosette colour used to trump all. In a coming GE we’ll see ‘Remain’, represented by the Yellow of the Libdems, with splashes of Red, Blue and Green, and there will be ‘Leave’, with the turquoise of TBP to the fore, with splashes of Red, Blue, some Yellow and even some Green added. 

The metropolitan establishment, the bubble dwellers inside the M25, Westminster and the MSM, have missed the train. It’s not about BoJo-Hunt, it’s not about the HoC peacocks and their desperate games trying to finagle something to stop Brexit. It’s about Leave or Remain, and thanks to the betrayal of their voters, LabCon are now in dire straits indeed. 

And now: my favourite Brexit Betrayal subject – the Whitehall Mandarins! RemainCentral, a.k.a. The Times has this wonderful headline: “Wave of Brexit mandarins leave” (link, paywalled). Ah, I thought to myself – they are giving up! Before I started a little happy dance though I kept reading and two things became obvious.

The first one was that in good old MSM manner to exaggerate, The Times has now elevated all civil servants to ‘Mandarins’. No Sir, it’s only the top lot to which that label applies, the rest are ordinary working bods like ourselves.

Next, it turns out that this ‘Leave en masse’ is not precisely due to Brexit. That report is a nice study in MSM manipulation by putting relevant information right at the end of the article while starting of with the scary numbers – see for yourselves:

“The number of senior officials leaving the Brexit department has risen by more than 70 per cent in a year. More than 100 of the most senior civil servants in the Department for Exiting the European Union (Dexeu) left in the 2018-19 financial year, government figures released to the Commons show. The departures of 115 officials of grade seven and above, including 15 staff of the most senior grades, represent a rise of 72 per cent on the 2017-18 financial year, during which 67 left.” (link, paywalled)

Having been suitably shocked by those numbers – a rise of 72%, goodness me! – it turns out that’s only 115 civil servants altogether. We’re not told if they left Whitehall forever or went to other departments. That wouldn’t make a good story. The explanation from a current Government minister is relegated right to the bottom:

“Answering the parliamentary question from Mr Blomfield that yielded the figures, Kwasi Kwarteng, a junior Brexit minister, said that Dexeu was set up by Mrs May in July 2016 as a “time-limited department . . . The increase in numbers of leavers . . . is mainly due to planned leavers moving to other government departments following the end of their pre-set loan agreement or job rotation, or have left the civil service following the end of their two-year fixed-term appointment”. Dexeu undertook “succession planning” to maintain “high standards of delivery”, Mr Kwarteng added. A departmental source said that headcount in Dexeu had more than doubled between 2016 and 2018, affecting the number of staff leaving.” (link, paywalled)

That, you might agree, puts a somewhat different light on the story about the leaving Mandarins. While I am extremely relaxed about the fate of Olly Robbins and Sir Mark Sedwill whose name is now bandied about as replacement for the unspeakable current Ambassador to the USA, there is one other paragraph in this report which deserves our attention:

“Paul Blomfield, the shadow Brexit minister, told The Times: “It’s not so much ‘yes, minister’ as ‘I quit, minister.’ Essential legislation has not passed, customs and security arrangements are not in place and the negotiations are in paralysis. Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt should drop the ridiculous rhetoric and put forward a credible plan.”(link, paywalled)

There’s the obligatory wail of “we’re not prepared for a No Deal, we’re all going to die crashing over that cliff”, but this is actually dissing the various reports by anonymous civil servants that they have been preparing for that No Deal Brexit.

It is however true that ‘essential legislation has not passed’. The MP for North Wiltshire, Mr James Gray, gives the reason for that in an article in ConHome where he puts the blame firmly on the now two-year-long session of this Parliament. It’s worth reading, and his conclusion is especially important given the attempts of the Grieves to stop the next PM from proroguing Parliament:

“Prorogation is not some kind of devilish plot to allow Brexit through (or scupper it.) It is an essential part of the Parliamentary drum-beat, without which we who are sent to Westminster to carry out our important job of scrutinising legislation simply cannot do it, not least because there isn’t any.”

The Remainers in their pigheadedness have not only kicked off the now inevitable change in our political landscape, they have and still are busy undermining and destroying our Parliamentary customs and conventions.

That is why we need a GE – not just to save Brexit but to save our democracy and indeed our Parliament.




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Britain is heading for a general election reboot, but it’s not going to fix Brexit | Rafael Behr

If Boris Johnson gets into No 10 in two weeks’ time, he’ll be facing exactly the same problems as Theresa May

Have you tried turning it off and on again? The technique that IT engineers always advise for reviving an unresponsive computer might soon be applied to the problem of impasse in Westminster.

In constitutional terms, that means an election. Few MPs like the idea, and none are sure what the trigger might be. But most struggle to imagine things carrying on much longer in the current deadlocked parliament. The next Tory leader (let’s roll with the polling and presume it is Boris Johnson) will not have a reliable majority on any matter of substance. If he tries to pursue a no-deal Brexit, he could lose a confidence vote.

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To pact or not to pact? Why a deal with the Tories is a dilemma for Farage | Peter Kellner

Cooperation in a general election would benefit the Conservatives – but would Farage sacrifice his party for the cause?

During the 1951 general election campaign, Winston Churchill travelled to West Yorkshire to deliver a speech on behalf of a local candidate, Violet Bonham Carter. The two were old friends but it was still unusual: Churchill was leader of the Conservative party but Bonham Carter was fighting Colne Valley for the Liberals.

Churchill, however, was not simply putting friendship first. He was honouring a pact between the two parties. The Liberals, then in a parlous state, stood down in many seats that mattered to the Tories; in return, the Conservatives stood aside in seven to favour the Liberals. In the event, Labour narrowly held Colne Valley. But in other seats, the pact worked. The Liberal party just about survived. And given that the Tories emerged from the election with a majority of just 17, the pact possibly tipped the outcome in Churchill’s favour.

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Senior Tory MP says he has asked police to investigate leak of memos from ambassador to US – live news

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including the latest from the Tory leadership contest

Duncan finishes by thanking MPs for their cross-party support on this matter, stresses the Commons’s support for Kim Darroch, and expresses the government’s respect for President Trump and his office.

Duncan says the government does not see any evidence to suggest another country was involved in the leak. But it is not ruling anything out, he says.

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A post-Brexit election is looking like Boris Johnson’s best bet | Peter Kellner

Polls suggest that taking on Jeremy Corbyn, if he’s still Labour leader, would be more fruitful than going up against Nigel Farage

Boris Johnson seems to have taken Lynton Crosby’s advice, to deny any intention of calling an autumn general election once he’s installed in Downing Street – while, in fact, keeping his options open. The Tory frontrunner might also ask his election strategist what are the chances of leading the Conservatives to victory, and securing a large enough majority to implement Brexit on his terms.

Two polls out this week tell very different stories, especially about the threat from the Brexit party.

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