Goodness me – is there something in Westminster rotting Remain politicians’ brains? Two news items, funny as they are at first sight, lead me to make that assumption.
The first one (here) is again about the possibility of the new PM proroguing Parliament and what measures to take should that happen. Phil Hammond, still Chancellor of the Exchequer, has come up with this puerile proposal: stage a sit-in by MPs in the Chamber!
The mind boggles … Is Mr Hammond, are the ‘Remain Rebels’ trying to get their youth back, behaving like protesting students? Is this the final, ‘rational’ answer by the Remainers? Do they expect us to be impressed by this? Frankly, I think they’ve now truly lost the plot!
The other is about Rory Stewart – remember him? Here’s the astonishing report about ‘Rory’ – who just happens to be in Kenya to study ‘Climate Change’, lovely piccie of him and a rhino included.
His plan is to start a “Blue Momentum”, to ‘transform Tory grassroots’ and, by raising Tory Party membership to 400,000 (yes, really!) to counter “Blukip”, i.e. all those former UKIP members who have allegedly infiltrated the Tory Party.
No matter that local and national Tory Party bosses have found no evidence of that: who needs a reality check when one can get into the headlines! It looks as if he also has lost the plot.
My diagnosis is that they have become so addicted to be in the MSM that the prospect of returning to the back benches fills them with dread. They’ll do anything, even unto talking about childish projects, to stay there.
There’s more: yesterday we saw the unedifying spectacle of Ms Amber Rudd denouncing her previously held firm objections to a No Deal Brexit just so she might keep some sort of ministerial portfolio under the new PM. Now she’s come up with this ‘justification’:
“Amber Rudd, the Work and Pensions Secretary, criticised Mr Johnson’s “alpha male” approach to politics but said she would still serve under him because he would need women in the Cabinet.” (paywalled link)
I take it that she supported Hunt because he’s a ‘beta male’. God save us from this feminist swamp! These are the ‘great and good’ who think they know best and that this is the way to stop Brexit!
The Darroch affair is still making waves. There’s the question of the leaker – more on that below. More important are revelations from Tory ‘sources’ reported in the DT (paywalled). See this one for example:
“One senior Tory source pointed out: “Darroch called the White House dysfunctional, but if you really want dysfunctional then look at Number 10. You’ve got a situation where Trump is more passionate about Brexit than our own Prime Minister, and a civil service that is anti-Trump – our closest friend and ally.” (paywalled link)
Amazing, isn’t it – now they come out with these observations. Were they gagged and cowed before? Or is it that “Remain Rebels” were given leeway by May’s government to promote Remain while Brexiteers were told to keep Party discipline?
The next quotes are chilling. First, a bit of historical background to the ‘political culture’ which allowed the Darrochs in our embassies to flourish:
“According to Dr Gardiner, Mr Johnson will have to “work very hard” to repair Republican relations that began to falter under David Cameron.“When Mrs May came in, the foundations had been laid, […] Cameron spent too much time cultivating Democrats. He felt more comfortable dealing with the Obama administration than the conservatives, which has proved problematic.The leadership at the top has been lacking.” (paywalled link)
Indeed it has, but the next quote emphasises what has really been the case – something which we ignorant peasants out here had already suspected. When we voiced our suspicions we were of course brushed off as “conspiratorialists” because the Civil Service is impartial, dontcha know:
“And then you have had a civil service that seems overwhelmingly hostile to Trump. There’s a deep seated anti-conservative culture there. The current animosity between Theresa May and Donald Trump is symbolic of a bigger problem that dates back years.” (paywalled link)
It looks as if this Whitehall culture and tradition of anti-conservatism has influenced our policies to the detriment of our country for a very long time. It’s not just about the USA, we’ve seen this in regard to the EU and Brexit as well. Here is the last quote to chill you thoroughly on this hot day:
“[A] Tory source put it even more bluntly. “Boris’s three priorities when he gets into office should be his cabinet, his staff at Number 10 and the civil service. If he thinks MPs are going to be out to get him then that’s nothing compared to Whitehall mandarins. These are unprecedented times and there’s a fifth column out to completely sabotage Brexit. That’s the scale of the challenge he faces and he hasn’t got much time to solve it.” (paywalled link)
Well well well! Didn’t someone warn us about a ‘Fifth Column’ already? Hm. But let’s ask this of that source and of Tory MPs generally: ‘you’ve obviously known about the Mandarins sabotaging Brexit for some time. You have had insider knowledge. Why have you not told us voters about this?
Moreover, the gentlemanly approach by ERG members like Jacob Rees-Mogg clearly was misguided if not naive. The Remainers have been and will be playing dirty. So what are you going to do about it now? Still bring fluffy cotton balls to a knife fight?’
Finally, here’s the last chill-piece for today: the police investigation into the Darroch leak. This report has the statement of the Assistant Met commissioner investigating the leak, you can read it there. Here’s a summary in the paywalled DT:
“Counter-terrorism police began an investigation into the leak of diplomatic cables and warned newspapers and social media users that they would be committing a criminal offence by publishing further secrets. Scotland Yard said it was probing alleged “criminal breaches of the Official Secrets Act” following the leak which led to the resignation of Britain’s ambassador to Washington, Sir Kim Darroch, this week. In a highly unusual move, the Metropolitan Police warned publishers to hand over any other leaked cables in their possession or risk prosecution if they published them in print or online.” (paywalled link)
Counter-terrorism police? Is this alleged breach of the Official Secrets Act now an act of terrorism? Really? Here’s more:
“The statement from Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu came less than 36 hours before a Sunday newspaper was expected to print further revelations from diplomatic cables thought to have been leaked by a mole in Whitehall. It led to accusations by MPs that Britain risked becoming a “police state” and that any attempt to restrict the freedom of the press was “a dangerous road to go down”. (paywalled link)
The report in RemainCentral, i.e. The Times (paywalled) has another little snippet of info:
“Counterterrorism officers are investigating the leak of comments by the British ambassador about President Trump. The decision to call in the Metropolitan Police after Whitehall spent a week searching for the source suggests the government believes that the Official Secrets Act has been breached. […]” (link, paywalled)
Whitehall Mandarins couldn’t find the ‘source’, therefore it’s now time to call in – the Counterterrorism police? May I humbly ask why MI5 and GQCH have been unable to help out their Mandarin colleagues? Wouldn’t they, shouldn’t they know who leaked, and if not why not?
Doesn’t this counterterrorism sabre rattling rather look like an exercise to frighten the public – us – to behave and not quote ‘leaks’ which disturb the ‘Great and Good’ in their Remain machinations? Tell me I’m wrong!
Or is it that leaks to ‘orrible papers like the DM must of course be vigorously stamped out because us oiks who read them might learn things we shouldn’t?
I’ll leave you with further proof that we must stay vigilant. That poll which showed TBP figuring below LibLabCon? Turns out the question was manipulated, yet again, by subsuming TBP under the ‘another Party’ option (see here). Every little helps …!
Between manipulated polls and police threats to keep ‘Whitehall secrets’ secret, between proposed sit-ins by MPs and brave wimmin MPs braving work under an awful ‘alpha male’ for the good of Remain, there’s one thing we can and must do: keep our eagle eyes on the Remain establishment and