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Sunday media – 7 January 2018

Brexit

They were wrong! The Express is one of the media reporting the falsities surrounding Project Fear.

SCAREMONGERING claims made by Project Fear during the referendum campaign have been debunked in a report.
The Brexit “myths” include those made by the respected International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
The World Bank claimed that the UK economy would only grow by 1.2 per cent in 2017 when it actually grew by 1.8 per cent.
Similarly, the IMF and the OECD incorrectly said the UK economy would grow by 1.5 per cent.
All three international organisations played a central role in the Remain campaign’s “Project Fear”. 

The Telegraph says the predictions were ‘wildly wrong’.

Economic organisations that warned a vote to leave the European Union would damage the British economy have already been proved “wildly wrong” in a series of predictions, according to an analysis by a leading pro-Brexit campaign.
Leave Means Leave highlighted a series of forecasts by bodies including the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) which it described as “far off the mark”.
The analysis came as Lord Young of Graffham, who was Trade Secretary under Margaret Thatcher greeted news of a boost in Britain’s productivity as proof that predictions of a “car-crash” or “fourteen years of doom and gloom” were wrong.
Figures from the Office for National Statistics showed labour productivity expanded by 0.9 per cent in the third quarter of last year – the largest rise since 2011.

And yet, MEPs are encouraging the Prime Minister to stay in the Single Market, says the Mail.

Three Conservatives are among 20 MEPs urging  Theresa May to keep Britain in the single market following Brexit.
The cross-party group expressed ‘deep concern’ over the Government’s existing Brexit strategy, which will ultimately see Britain leave the EU single market and customs union.
The group is formed by Conservatives, Labour, the  SNP, Greens and Liberal Democrats.
The argument for remaining in the trading block has been strengthened since last year’s referendum vote, they claim.
It the open letter, the MEPs said it was right to question ‘whether the Brexit course chartered by our Government is the right path for our country’.
It was signed by 12 Labour MEPs, including the party’s deputy leader in the European Parliament, and three Tories.
They included the Conservative group’s foreign affairs spokesman. 

The Guardian points out that the MEPs included three Conservatives.

Theresa May is being urged to change course and seek full membership of the European single market and customs union by 20 British MEPs, including three Tories and the majority of Labour politicians based in Brussels.
In a letter that lays down a challenge for the prime minister but also the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, the group claims the case for staying in the internal market has become stronger since the referendum.
They warn that crashing out of the economic grouping would make Britain poorer and suggest that voters should still be given a chance to rethink Brexit  altogether.
“The best way to secure Britain’s prosperity would be to remain close to Europe, inside the single market and customs union, and to secure a deal that keeps Britain in the room,” write the MEPs, who are supporters of the Open Britain campaign.

The Independent also has the story.

Twenty British MEPs, including three Conservatives, have urged the Government to change course and keep Britain in the EU single market after Brexit.
The cross-party group, which includes representatives of the Conservatives, Labour, the SNP, Greens and Liberal Democrats, expressed “deep concern” over the Government’s current Brexit strategy, which will see Britain leave the single market and customs union after a transitional period.
The case for staying in the trading bloc has grown stronger since last year’s Brexit vote, they said.
In an open letter, the MEPs suggested people were right to question “whether the Brexit course chartered by our Government is the right path for our country”.

Westmonster calls them ‘pathetic’.

A pathetic group of just 20 MEPs have called on Theresa May to keep Britain in the Single Market and Customs Union.
Considering there’s 73 UK MEPs, that’s hardly a convincing plea.
The MEPs, who are probably more concerned about preserving their pay packets than enforcing the democratic will of the British people, wrote: “The best way to secure Britain’s prosperity would be to remain close to Europe, inside the Single Market and customs union, and to secure a deal that keeps Britain in the room.”
…A room located directly under the thumb of Brussels? No thanks.

The Express reports on a tough team heading for Europe this week.

A TOUGH-talking Pro-Brexit group inspired by Churchill will meet Michel Barnier this week to warn him the UK is ready to walk away rather than be fobbed-off with a bad deal.
The group are concerned the EU’s chief negotiator Barnier has been surrounding himself with – and being informed by – only opponents of Brexit and is forming the opinion Britain is weak and biddable.
Now the delegation, which includes MWP Steven Woolfe, ex-CBI head Lord Digby Jones, Labour Leave chairman John Mills, and former British Chamber of Commerce chief John Longworth, hope to invoke the spirit of Churchill telling Mr Barnier there is “huge support” for reverting to World Trade Organisation rules rather than accept a bad deal.
Mr Barnier’s spokesman has said that his door is “always open” to those wishing to discuss Brexit.
Mr Woolfe said: “I think the EU has recognised there has been a bit of an echo chamber – it wasn’t just Blair, Adonis and Kenneth Clarke, but they also saw the leader of Scotland, the leader of Wales and on two occasions Jeremy Corbyn.

And the Sun claims the foreign secretary is backing its call for a commemorative stamp to be issued.

BORIS Johnson has backed The Sun’s campaign for the Royal Mail to release special stamps to “show the world we’ve got Brexit licked.”
But a huge government rift opened last night as Postal Services Minister Margot James branded Brexit stamps “divisive”.
The Royal Mail has been blasted for snubbing commemorative exit stamps — despite marking our entry into Europe in 1973.
The Sun want Post Office bosses to think again after they refused to put out a stamp to commemorate Brexit on 29 March 2019.
Boris Johnson told The Sun: “Leaving the European Union will be a monumental moment in British history, so let’s deliver a commemorative stamp that shows the world we’ve got Brexit licked.”

EU

The bloc’s chief negotiator is still fighting the result of the referendum says the Express.

GUY Verhofstadt has sparked fresh derision after appearing to take a thinly-veiled swipe at the UK’s Brexit decision.
The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator had already caused outrage after sneering at Theresa May’s blue passport victory.
And yesterday, he was at it again, warning that nations which decided to go it alone “will fail”.
He tweeted: “Individual countries can’t solve the challenges we face.
“From climate change to human trafficking, nationalists and populists are unable to provide the answers and that’s why they will fail #WeAreEurope”

Conservatives

At Westminster, Theresa May is considering her top team, says the Times.

Theresa May will move or sack at least six members of her cabinet in a reshuffle tomorrow designed to refresh her top team. An aide said she wanted to “make sure the government reflects the modern and diverse country” we live in.
Boris Johnson has been spared demotion and, along with Philip Hammond, Amber Rudd and David Davis, will stay in his post. But a group of younger women and non-white MPs will be drafted into the ministerial ranks.
Those tipped to move or be sacked include party chairman Patrick McLoughlin; education secretary Justine Greening, said to have annoyed May with her “patronising” tone; Greg Clark, the business secretary; and Andrea Leadsom, leader of the Commons — who are all seen as “dead wood”.

The Independent reports that some of her top people will get the push.

Theresa May is to carry out a Cabinet reshuffle on Monday amid reports that a series of senior ministers are set for the axe.
The Prime Minister has been forced to make changes to her top team following the resignation last month of Damian Green as First Secretary of State after he admitted to lying about the alleged discovery of pornographic images on his Commons computer during a police raid.
But unlike the previous resignations of Sir Michael Fallon and Priti Patel – when consequent changes were kept to a minimum – his departure is expected to trigger a wider ministerial re-jig. Downing Street sources indicated that it would continue into a second day on Tuesday with the middle-ranking and junior ministerial appointments.
Ms May’s most senior colleagues – including Chancellor Philip Hammond, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Home Secretary Amber Rudd and Brexit Secretary David Davis – were reported to be safe.

And the Guardian claims the reshuffle will include junior ministers.

Theresa May will carry out a reshuffle of her cabinet and junior ministers this week, Downing Street has confirmed. The jobs of the education secretary,  Justine Greening, and the party chairman, Sir Patrick McLoughlin, are particularly vulnerable, it is believed.
Greening was no enthusiast for the prime minister’s push to expand the number of grammar schools and it is widely reported that the Conservatives are anxious to refresh their education policies. However, in an indication that she could resist any attempt to move her, the education secretary posted a series of messages on Twitter heralding her achievements in the role and twice declared: “School standards are rising.”
Downing Street refused to comment on possible changes on Saturday evening but it is understood that the foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, the chancellor, Philip Hammond, the Brexit secretary, David Davis, and the home secretary, Amber Rudd, would all be continuing in their posts.

The Sun claims more women will be brought in.

THERESA May will wield the axe on “deadwood” ministers from tomorrow in her New Year reshuffle.
The PM will make a handful of changes to her top team before chopping through the lower tiers.
Talks with close aides will take place today before Cabinet ministers are informed of their fate starting tomorrow.
The PM will use the reshuffle to make her Government more diverse, more youthful — and bring in more women.
Sources say the Cabinet big beasts are safe — but Education Secretary Justine Greening, Business Secretary Greg Clark and Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom are seen as vulnerable to be sacked or demoted.
Those heading upwards probably include Brandon Lewis who is likely to be made Party chairman.

And Sky News also claims more female ministers will be appointed.

Theresa May’s long-awaited Cabinet reshuffle is expected finally to go ahead as MPs return to Westminster on Monday, with around half a dozen ministers changing jobs.
The Prime Minister needs to replace her former de-facto deputy, Damian Green, who she sacked nearly three weeks ago after he admitted lying about computer porn allegations.
It is also thought the PM is keen to restore some gender balance to her Cabinet and boost the number of women, as well as trying to balance the Tories’ pro-Brexit and Remain factions.

Foxhunting

The vote on the ban on hunting with hounds seems to have gone by the wayside, says the Times.

Theresa May has revealed that she has scrapped the Tory pledge to overturn the ban on foxhunting after a public outcry that contributed to the Conservative setback in last year’s general election.
In an interview broadcast today, the prime minister said there would be no vote on a repeal of the law during this parliament, as disclosed last month by The Sunday Times.
May told the BBC’s Andrew Marr that her own support for foxhunting has not changed, but admitted that she had received a “clear message” from the electorate to change her government’s approach to it as well as to “school funding, tuition fees and housing”.
She said: “I’ve not changed my personal view. I’ve never foxhunted as it happens.

BBC News says the vote won’t happen for years.

Prime Minister Theresa May has dropped plans to hold a vote on the fox-hunting ban during this parliament.
The Conservatives promised a vote on repealing the Hunting Act – which bans the use of dogs to hunt foxes and wild mammals – during the 2017 general election campaign.
But Mrs May told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show there was a “clear message” against it from the public.
It comes as the prime minister prepares to reshuffle her cabinet on Monday.
In July, shortly after the government lost its majority in the election, it backed away from the manifesto promise, saying there would not be a vote held until at least 2019.

The Sun claims the move will win Mrs May voters.

THERESA May has attempted to win back lost voters by ditching plans to overturn the fox hunting ban.
The PM confirmed that MPs won’t be offered a free vote on repealing the Hunting Act during this Parliament – but insisted she is still a supporter of hunts.
The move, a u-turn on the Tory election manifesto pledge, is seen as trying to win over the under-40s and appear to make the Tories more “caring”.
Asked on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show to be shown today (Sun), whether she supported the blood sport, she said: “I‘ve not changed my view on that.
But if look back at what the messages we got from the election, one of the clear messages we got was there were a number of areas in which people were concerned about what we were proposing.
“So just as we’ve looked at issues on school funding, on tuition fees, on housing, and we’re taking forward approaches in relation to that, on this issue of fox-hunting, what I can say is there won’t be a vote during this parliament.”

NHS

The beleaguered health service has urged its workers to have a flu jab, reports the Telegraph.

NHS trusts are failing to get medical workers to have flu jabs amid warnings that a French epidemic could spread to Britain, a Sunday Telegraph analysis has found.
Health officials are pleading with NHS staff to have the jab as figures show as few as one in three workers have been vaccinated at some hospitals.
Public health officials urged staff to protect themselves and their patients amid warnings that flu has reached epidemic levels across the channel.
It comes amid a deepening NHS winter crisis, with 24 hospital trusts declaring “black alerts” last week, as pressures threatened to overwhelm them, and thousands of patients stuck in ambulances outside hospitals as flu rates soar.

Education

The Times reports that it’s all but impossible to fail at some universities.

At some of Britain’s most prestigious universities, failure is impossible and all must have prizes. Almost a dozen institutions, including Durham, Liverpool and Oxford, have admitted they did not fail a single student in their final exams last year.
All 33,000 undergraduates who took finals at the 11 universities passed and received an award, according to data released under freedom of information laws or given to The Sunday Times.
A further 32 universities awarded degrees to 99% or more of finalists. Typical of this group was Birmingham, where five of 5,768 finalists — 0.09% — failed their exams. At Leeds, 5,738 students sat finals and 17, or 0.3%, failed.
The disclosures will add to concern about an apparent erosion of standards.

Armed forces

Funding for our forces must rise, according to a minister who is reported in the Telegraph.

Britain must “invest” in its Armed Forces in order to be a “force for good” on the world stage, a defence minister has said.
Writing for The Sunday Telegraph amid a stand-off between the Treasury and Ministry of Defence over military funding, Tobias Ellwood warns of a “collective naivety about the durability of peace” and insists that future increases to cyber defences must not come at the expense of the Armed Forces.
Mr Ellwood, a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army reserves who previously served in Northern Ireland and Bosnia,says Britain has a duty to be “less risk-averse” and consider stepping in to help stabilise conflicts such as the civil war in Yemen.
But without the necessary investment the country would be forced to “withdraw to a more reactionary footing” – leading to “negative consequences” for Britain’s economy and long-term security.

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21 Comments on Sunday media – 7 January 2018

  1. I complained on here before christmas that Bolton had not even sent christmas greetings, but at midnight on christmas eve he did post a video message that was posted by UKIP to twitter. I said at the time I found is bizarre, and now I realise why it so jarred with me. It was the rambling part about him wanting us to show strangers random acts of kindness for christmas. This is the guy who ON THAT VERY SAME DAY had abandoned his own children! He said this ‘oh I’m such a wonderful generous guy’ BS on the same day he flew back from Vienna to abandon his wife and children, one still breastfeeding! My god, what has gone wrong with this man? Rather than atone for his sins, he wants to throw up a disguise that somehow he is a holier-than-thou good samaritan! I encourage everyone to watch this and marvel at the bare-faced disgusting hypocrisy. Watch from 2:20 on “I urge you to put a little brightness into people’s lives” (I am literally fuming typing out his words). Note, he also takes us for absolute idiots unable to figure out what was going on and thinking he can get away with these lies. Spinning webs of lies whilst still thinking you are cleverer than you actually are and carrying on in the behaviour regardless because you think everyone else is intellectually inferior is the definition of psychosis. Same as Blair.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWpwUt7hJZY

  2. Haven’t commented on UKIPD since Bolton tweeted his disgust at Trump retweeting Britain First, without any condemnation of the contents of the videos, while seeming to be virtually invisible on important national issues. I realised that the UKIP Elite were on a totally different planet to myself. But I must admit he has now significantly raised the profile of UKIP by abandoning his third wife and his two young children by apparently text message for a new and much younger model. Absolute Hero!

    Anyway I came across this tweet which perhaps UKIP might consider approaching the author to use on leaflets to promote what should surely be called NuUKIP, has it has changed so much from the one I knew years ago:

    https://twitter.com/spencermay/status/950074387205672960

  3. What’s the betting that the new ministers into the Cabinet will all be Remainers?

  4. OK I surrender on the Henry Bolton point of respecting his private life and just analyse his political performance.

    Was he a candidate for the Lib Dems in 2005.
    Did he work for the military and the police ?

    Do the military and the police conduct covert undercover disruption operations?

    Henry Bolton succeeded in first splitting UKIP down the political fault line over the policies of Ann Marie Waters.

    Yet if we believe anything about the press released version of the reported views of his new partner; he seemingly overlooked them and did not categorise those as too extreme for his sensitive political outlook.

    Too many things simply do not add up.

    Since his commencement during a turbulent Brexit journey the official UKIP silence has been deafening. I was going to have given him until the end of February to start up a UKIP campaign on Brexit.

    Now this happens

    Given his Lib Dem and career background it gives grounds for thought.

    This point in time is still a good time for UKIP reformation-overhaul. UKIP is very much needed.

    • I don’t think there is any conspirency here, just fate, misjudgement and biological programming.
      Yes we need an alternative to the establishment parties but do you seriously believe UKIP can survive another leadership contest ?
      Can Henry recover from this ? Sorry, you are a decent man but pretending personal choices are private matters and declining to comment won’t cut it. Two Ukipers who should have known better have probably sunk the party, you could have just remained friends. What were you thinking ! Nigel could have got away with it, in fact he did but he had no small children, I’m inclined to believe you”ve Fd. us all, not just each other, a great shame.

      In politics you need to plan ahead but react fast to changes in circumstances, something we’re obviously completely incapable of doing.

      • icini, I agree that its unlikely Henry Bolton activities are part of a conspiracy and has probable equivalence as to whether Douglas Carswell and others were plants.

        The question you pose is good. Can UKIP afford another leadership contest ? I think the answer is linked to whether Henry Bolton has sufficient credibility to lead the party membership and gain traction with the public.

        I don’t think that UKIP is in such good shape that another leadership contest would have much impact with the public. As a guide, Jeremy Corbyn survived a major assault by a large number of PLP Labour MPs who publically declared their lack of confidence in his leadership. All that seems partially forgotten in recent times.

        If Henry Bolton had 50,000 miles on the UKIP clock I would say leave it be, but he is still running his engine in. Perhaps its best to return him under factor warranty than plough on.
        Nigel Farage had been around the clock survived all manner of attacks including faulty car wheels. Agreed Nigel Farage could have weathered this with ease.

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        For a vehicle to be considered a lemon, the car must 1) have a “substantial defect,” covered by warranty, that occurs within a certain time after purchase, and 2) continue to have the defect after a “reasonable number” of repair attempts. [consumer.findlaw.com]

  5. I had taken Henry’s statement at face value and it’s not possible to know what happened in someone else’s relationships. However Henry is the leader of a significant political party and even ignoring the moral aspect this whole matter must call his judgement into question. Given that another leadership election will kill us off on a storm of laughter, I think perhaps it’s time to consider if we should now all call it a day and direct our individual attention to more local matters.

    • I have already called it a day and posted my membership card back to HQ with a covering letter stating that I can no longer support the party.

      My sympathies lie with those who have given so much more to UKIP than I have and who will now be facing questions and ridicule from the wider public.

      Incidentally, there are quite a few members quitting because of Bolton’s behaviour.

      Regards

      • Can’t blame your decision to leave and your justifications for leaving are understandable. Henry’s shockingly bad judgement may be the last straw for many long-standing UKIP members I am afraid. Shucks! let call a spade a spade – would you buy a second hand car from Henry?
        What a challenge it is going to be finding candidates to stand for the Council elections in May! We will be lucky if one person comes forward in our region; and who can blame them. He has made us a laughing stock.

        • Jake,

          I doubt now UKIP will survive to the Council elections.

          The question I’d ask of Brenda and Icini is:

          Looking at Henry’s CV before the leadership election, did the ‘Former-UN, Former-EU and Former-Lib Dem’ content not concern you, even in the slightest?
          Those three phrases were enough to put me off, establishment through and through came to my mind? Possibly the guy to wind UKIP up?
          I’m just curious if you considered this?

          • We are riddled with former Tories, Labour and everyone else, it’s not necessarily a problem. I do not think Henry was a plant and still don’t, he was the best choice available at the time. Obviously we would not have voted for him if we had crystal balls. This was just a matter of Richard over brain, it does tend to happen in politics. Unfortunatly it is the last straw for many of us.
            Personally I’ve told my branch they have 3 months to find a new chairman. They deserve reasonable notice. At that time my membership expires and I will be thinking very hard before I renew.

          • I had already decided to vote John Rees Evans. Then Bolton came along and I began to consider him as a possibility.

            You will also recall there was a lot of arguing about AMW at the time which may have detracted from other considerations for some people.

            At the very last minute, just before putting my cross on the leadership ballot paper I read this on UkipDaily. It is the second of the two letters that is significant (I can’t isolate it)…

            http://www.ukipdaily.com/letters-editor-tuesday-12th-september-2017/

            This letter convinced me which is why I voted Bolton.

            With hindsight, I wish now that I’d voted David Kurten. Ironically, I had been considering him until JRE decided to stand.

            By the way John Locke, are you an AMW supporter?

          • Brenda the first comment by Liberals following the letter you link to is well worth referring back to as well.

  6. Conservatives

    “But a group of younger women and non-white MPs will be drafted into the ministerial ranks.”

    So people are to be selected, not on their ability, but on their age, gender and ethnicity.

    Ageism, sexism and racism all in one short sentence!

    Funny how those who love to point a finger are often merely projecting their own prejudices on those they seek to denigrate and how those who like to virtue-signal to impress reveal, when doing so, their own lack of virtue.

  7. I’m surprised there is no coverage of Tatiana Smurova-Bolton’s interview with the Daily Mirror.

    She says she is still breastfeeding her and Henry Bolton’s daughter, and he told her their marriage was over by sending her a text on 30th December, only after he had been photographed leaving a restaurant hand-in-hand with Jo Marney:

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/heartbreak-ukip-leaders-family-dumps-11810639

    • Seems Mr Bolton’s version of events in this story are unravelling day by day.
      Would his antics not be construed as “bringing the party into disrepute”?

      • He should be deposed immediately. His behaviour is disgraceful. He is as fake as the row of tin-pot Euro medals and clip-on tie that he wears with his cheap Primark dinner jacket.

  8. Would it be possible to add a “henry Bolton” section to summarise his coverage? The account of ex-wife 3 given in Mirror is particularly revealing.

    • I second this suggestion : UKIPDAILY may as well start a dedicated section for Henry Bolton
      regarding Mr Bolton’s behaviour : here is a link to an account by the current ( abandoned ) wife:

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5242849/Jilted-UKIP-leaders-wife-speaks-heartache.html

      She is still breast~feeding their infant.

      Although there is no emphasis given in the article to this point, it also strikes me that for this lady to travel from England to Switzerland to take a job as secretary, whilst she still has two pre school age children to look after, represents an enormous personal sacrifice and contribution to a marriage.
      Yet look how that loyalty was rewarded.

      There may not be a direct comparison with marriage vows – but did not HB also promise David Kurten the post of Deputy Leader if he was elected ? And was that not reneged on within days, without any explanation having been forthcoming ?

      Can anything he says be trusted ? Can anyone imagine him being taken seriously now on Question Time or similar political shows?

      I would accept of course that other politicians have been exposed as unfaithful to their wives without that fact being fatal to their careers : but it has always damaged them. And in the case of people like Paddy Pantsdown, Robin Cook, David Blunkett et al ~they had become known, national political figures long BEFORE their sexual shenanigans became public.
      The particularly damaging thing in HB’s case is that he has spent four months avoiding saying anything whatever / getting himself known to the general public, so that these current events with the silly publicity seeker woman are literally the only thing that the general public now associates HB with…..

      It’s an important difference between him and previous political leaders whose extra marital behaviour became public knowledge.

      Yes it needs a dedicated UkipDaily section to monitor whether there is a consensus as to what UKIP / HB should now do.
      rhys burriss

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