Oops: David Cameron’s tweet from May 2015 hasn’t aged well.
This is hilarious.
A poster campaign attempting to shame politicians with their own words and tweets has begun to appear on billboards around Britain.
The campaign which appears to have been started by the Twitter account Led By Donkeys has already posted two billboards around the country, featuring infamous tweets from Tory politicians.
The first which they shared on Wednesday morning featured the 2015 David Cameron tweet about voting for ‘chaos with Ed Miliband.’ The poster is reported to be in north-east London.
The second was a classic from October 2016 from former Brexit secretary David Davis where he promised that there will be “no downside to Brexit, only a considerable upside.” The location of this poster has not been disclosed.
Scott Mann MP: Now he has quit as a member of the government, he can go back to auditioning for a role in Poldark.
It seems Andrew Griffiths’ resignation over a sex scandal was a brief return to watered-down form and the Brexit resignations are back.
Today it was the turn of North Cornwall MP Scott Mann, who resigned as a Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Treasury on the grounds that the Chequers plan conflicts with the wishes of most of his constituents.
In his resignation letter, he wrote: “The residents of North Cornwall made it very clear that they wish to have control over our fishery, our agricultural policy, our money, our laws and our borders.”
He wrote: “I am not prepared to compromise their wishes to deliver a watered-down Brexit.”
Mr Mann joins a lengthening list of Tory MPs who have resigned from the government over the Chequers plan, including:
Robert Courts, who resigned as a Foreign Office PPS on July 15
Maria Caulfield and
As discussed on This Site previously, the Tory government is facing a crunch vote on future trading conditions, with hard-Brexiteers threatening to vote down Theresa May’s proposals.
Apparently Jacob Rees-Mogg spent 45 minutes this morning (July 16) meeting Tory whips, which suggests Mrs May wants to make another compromise deal with those of her MPs who are threatening to rebel.
But do any of them remember the last time she made such a deal?
She lied. She reneged on it as soon as the vote had gone her way. And she will again.
Some of those threatening to vote her down this time were complicit in that travesty.
They can’t honestly think they’ll fare any better, can they?
Don’t let it hit your posterior on the way out: Apparently one reason David Davis resigned is a rumour that anyone quitting the government over Mrs May’s new ‘plan’ (if you can call it that) would be offered the number of a taxi firm on their way out of Number 10. One wonders whether he found out if the rumour was true.
After months of threatening to resign over Theresa May’s rubbish attempts to make Brexit work, David Davis has resigned as the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union.
Why did he finally make his own exit?
Did he realise that four hours of talks with the EU27 in half a year was not taking his work seriously and accept he was doing a terrible job?
Did he come to his senses and finally understand that leaving the EU will be ruinous for the UK and should not happen?
Did he cotton on to the fact that the latest attempt to overcome the Irish border question – by applying UK tariffs for goods on the way in and EU tariffs for those on the way out – means there will still be a hard border; those trying to cross will have to be stopped and checked for taxable goods? It seems Theresa May has given up on finding a workable solution and decided it is easier to lie about it instead.
Did he realise that the ‘plan’ knocked out in Chequers over the weekend won’t end the influence of the European Court of Justice on the UK, because decisions by UK courts would involve “due regard paid to EU case law in areas where the UK continued to apply a common rulebook” and cases will still be referred to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) as the interpreter of EU rules?
Or did he simply read The Observer and accept that any ‘plan’ that has the support of Michael Gove – now a government minister but formerly a member of the ‘Leave’ campaign, which the Electoral Commission is about to denounce as criminal – is terminally discredited by association?
One doubts he has the self-awareness for the first two possibilities.
Any or all of the other three are distinctly likely, though.
As for the resignation of fellow DExEU ministers Steve Baker and Suella Braverman? Who cares?
The joy of this, for Lefties like This Writer, is that it throws Theresa May’s government into uproar at just the wrong time.
Mrs May was looking forward to a hard enough job trying to persuade hard-Brexit Tory backbenchers that her new ‘plan’ was worth supporting – she’s not a leader and doesn’t find it easy to persuade others.
Now she has to reshuffle her government – finding three ministers from among the very backbenchers who are now less likely to support her than they were when her plan was announced.
It seems anybody she approaches is far more likely to be signing their name to a ‘no confidence in Theresa May’s leadership’ letter to Sir Graham Brady, leader of the backbench 1922 Committee – triggering a leadership election.
Here’s hoping, eh?
What a diabolical shambles. My advice? Buy popcorn and enjoy the spectacle of Theresa May getting desperate.
Embrace? Theresa May is trying to draw Jean-Claude Junker into her death-grip but he is determinedly holding her back.
This will be the final brand in the bonfire of David Davis’s 58 (or however many there were supposed to be) Brexit analyses, then.
MPs have signalled they either don’t believe the information in those documents – or they are out of date.
It also shows that the Conservative government has been trying to negotiate a Brexit deal without any idea of the possible effects – of any outcome. Perhaps Mr Davis should have spent a little more than four hours this year in talks with his counterpart, Michel Barnier?
The situation is akin to Theresa May trying to dance with Jean-Claude Junker in a completely dark room; for all she knows, he is as far away from her as it is possible to be – and that is probably the way he wants it.
The story simply reinforces the view This Writer put forward on June 2: Members of the Tory government don’t care what impact Brexit will have on the people of the UK.
Their only concern is how they personally can profit from it.
The Treasury and Bank of England have been asked to draw up analysis of the impact of any Brexit deal struck with the UK.
The Commons Treasury select committee said it had also requested research from the Financial Conduct Authority on the potential impact of the withdrawal agreement and future framework.
Treasury committee chairwoman Nicky Morgan said MPs should be “properly informed” before the promised parliamentary vote on the deal.
“Presidents Club? Never been there,” says David Davis, although his hand gestures tell a different story [Image: PA].
It is stupidity like this that undermines faith – not just in Brexit, which is a lost cause anyway, but in the Tory government and its advisors.
The whole kit and caboodle, as the saying goes.
The UK’s Brexit negotiators are considering asking the EU for a longer transition period than the one they have been offered, amid concerns it will not be long enough to prepare the country for exit.
The possibility of a longer transition comes amid increasing discontent from the Tory right about the period as an EU “vassal state”, and with negotiations on the issue set to start in earnest in the coming weeks.
A Brussels source told The Independent that British officials had asked about the feasibility of extending the period in a recent meeting, while UK diplomats admitted that it might need to stretch beyond the start of 2021 and would not rule out pushing for a later date in upcoming talks.
Theresa May’s Brexit team is said to have raised no objections to a Norway-style transition deal [Image: EPA].
Isn’t it nice to know your government is keeping you fully informed?
That’s sarcasm, by the way.
This smells like a closed-doors agreement that was going to be sprung on us later because David Davis and Theresa May knew it would infuriate pretty much everyone.
It tells us that the EU has dictated the kind of departure the UK will follow, and the Tory team meekly rolled over and accepted it.
That’s not the British way. It’s pathetic. It’s weak.
It’s Theresa’s way.
The UK has already “agreed in principle” to a Norway-style Brexit transition period in which it accepts all EU rules with no power to shape them, a senior figure in Brussels has told The Independent.
A key member of the European Parliament’s Brexit team said British negotiators raised no objections to the plans, which would mean accepting free movement and customs union rules, and falling under the European Court’s jurisdiction.
The suggestion that Theresa May’s team has all but swallowed the transition proposal from Brussels will anger Conservative MPs, who believe it leaves Britain a “vassal state” for some two years after Brexit.
Mad: David Davis will warn the European commission that it cannot cherrypick sectors in a trade deal [Image: Hoslet/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock].
Isn’t there a saying that madness may be defined as doing the same thing again and again and expecting different results?
In that case, David Davis is not only stupid but mad as well.
He has repeatedly stated the Tory government’s demands to the EU27 on what Theresa May and her cronies want from Brexit.
He has been rebuffed, every time – but now he is coming back with more of the same.
And isn’t it charming of him to try to say what other people must do – when he couldn’t even produce a series of impact assessments that he spent months swearing had been carried out.
The fact that they don’t, in fact, exist shows that Mr Davis and the government he represents is not only stupid and mad, but incompetent as well.
What organisation goes into negotiations about major changes without having carried out work to find out how they will affect it?
The EU27 will hear what he has to say, shrug, and force a deal on goods but not services on us, crippling four-fifths of the UK’s economy.
Brexit secretary David Davis will warn the European commission that it cannot “cherrypick some sectors” when negotiating a trade deal, according to a senior government official, who said the UK planned to treat goods and services as inseparable.
Responding to EU figures setting out their stall, the Whitehall source insisted that while trade talks would be complex, “they either want to have a broad economic relationship with the UK, or they don’t”.
The source dismissed the idea that Britain would have to choose between a simple free trade agreement, which would focus largely on goods but not on the services that make up almost 80% of the UK economy, or a more comprehensive arrangement inside the single market and customs union.
They also suggested that ministers across government had held meetings with a “full sweep of EU member states” and were confident some would be pressing internally for the commission to secure a bespoke and strong deal with the UK.
The Cabinet Office is defying logic with its claim that concerns about David Davis spending tens of thousands of pounds on foreign junkets are “politically-motivated”.
He threw away £2,526 on one flight, on which he brought two other officials – a trip that would have cost less than £200 by Eurostar.
It is all very well to say RAF flights provide “security, flexibility and value for money, especially when travelling in large groups”, as a Brexit Department spokesperson suggested in the Independent article quoted below – but the government cannot seriously expect us to believe this of trips that involved just three people.
And on one occasion, Mr Davis was criticised for having no documentation during the meeting he was attending. Where was the need for security on that occasion?
Mr Davis certainly does appear to have breached the Ministerial Code, which requires MPs’ travel arrangements to be cost-effective.
And the Cabinet Office, if it wants us to accept its decisions, needs to address the issues raised – not try to brush us off with easily-deflected protestations of political motivation.
The Cabinet Office has ruled out an investigation into trips taken by Brexit Secretary David Davis after his department spent tens of thousands of pounds jetting him around Europe.
Newly released data shows his officials spent almost £50,000 in less than a year for 11 trips that involved RAF flights to shuttle Mr Davis to European capitals.
[The] data shows that between December 2016 and September 2017, the Brexit Secretary and his team used RAF planes during 11 trips.
The most expensive was a trip to Brussels, Madrid and Rome for policy discussions in June costing more than £9,000 for Mr Davis and three officials to travel.
Then in July of this year he flew to Brussels with two officials on what was described at the time as a “lightning” trip, ahead of the second round of Brexit talks.
It cost £2,526 for all three to fly, though a return ticket on the Eurostar can at times be booked for as little as £65 per person.
A Cabinet Office source said: “There is no question of an investigation. This is a politically motivated attack without substance.”
It’s nice of Commons Speaker John Bercow to clear this up for us.
In saying that David Davis and other Brexit ministers could have clarified whether Brexit impact assessments existed – and prevented the misconception that they did – but that these people were not in Contempt of Parliament for having misled other MPs, he can only be implying one thing:
Mr Davis and other ministers were too stupid to understand what was being said to them.
Otherwise, they would have known they needed to clarify the matter. If they had understood, and withheld the information, they would have been in Contempt.
It is also kind of Mr Bercow to clarify that the Tories and the single DUP member in the Brexit Committee who ruled that they would not pursue Mr Davis for Contempt are corrupt.
He said it was “regrettable” that the Brexit secretary had taken much longer to supply what material did exist, and that he had “redacted” information unilaterally when he had been ordered not to do so – but that he had to give weight to the committee’s decision, dictated by the votes of the DUP and Tory members.
If the committee had used these reasons to complain about contempt, it seems he was saying he would have started proceedings. But the committee did not, because the Conservatives have engineered a false majority on it, that is undeserved after the general election last June, and those members made a decision based on party loyalty rather than the evidence.
As Speaker, Mr Bercow cannot comment on such matters directly. But the message is clear to all those who are able to put the information together.
Here‘s The Guardian‘s record of the Speaker’s announcement:
David Davis has escaped the possibility of being held in contempt of parliament over the non-existence of Brexit impact assessment papers, but was criticised by the Speaker, John Bercow, for being unclear to MPs when he discussed the matter.
Bercow, giving a rare public rebuke to a minister, also told the Commons it was “most regrettable” that Davis had taken so long to hand papers over to the Brexit select committee, and that he had redacted information from them.
Addressing MPs on Thursday Bercow said “several” members had alleged contempt by Davis and other ministers over the fate of the impact assessments, and that he had discussed the matter with the clerk of the Commons.
Bercow said: “Ministers could, with advantage, have been considerably clearer in their statements, particularly challenging lines of questioning in select committees, which were based upon a genuine misconception.
“However, from the evidence which I have seen to date I have concluded that the test that I am bound to apply, that there is an arguable case that there has in this matter been a contempt of the house, has not been met in this case.”
Bercow said other MPs had written to him to seek a ruling on whether Davis was in contempt of the 1 November motion by not handing over actual impact assessments.
He again rebuked Davis, but noted that the Brexit select committee had last week voted to not seek a contempt motion against him.
The Speaker said: “While it was most regrettable that the secretary of state – a point I made to him privately but I now state publicly – unilaterally excised some material from the paper which he provided, and that it took so long to provide the papers, I also feel bound to pay due attention to the formally recorded view of the committee that the secretary of state had complied with the order of 1 November.”
A contempt of parliament had again not taken place, Bercow said.
Mr Davis has, however, been punished for another matter: Warwick University Conservative Association has sacked him as honorary chairman – for being “unworkable” and “uncooperative”.
David Davis will be sacked as honorary chairman of a university Conservative association because he is “so unworkable”, one of its members has revealed on live radio.
The Brexit Secretary failed to attend any meetings of the Warwick University Conservative Association – where he was a student – despite once using the university to launch an unsuccessful Tory leadership bid.
Rhal Ssan, internal affairs secretary for the association, let slip on air that Mr Davis was being sacked from his honorary post for being so uncooperative.
He told BBC Radio 5Live: “With David Davis, it’s actually a funny story – he’s our honorary chairman at the University of Warwick Conservative Association, and we’ve found him actually quite unworkable.
“He’s never been to any of our events. We’ve invited him constantly and we’re actually sacking him now because he’s so unworkable.
So it seems Mr Bercow’s comments are perceptive, regarding Mr Davis’s behaviour.
If he is like that habitually, then how can we expect any better behaviour in his professional life?
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