Nigel

In an exclusive the Telegraph claims Nigel Farage will not get his knighthood again this year.

Nigel Farage, the politician dubbed “Mr Brexit” for his role in helping to take Britain out of the European Union, has been overlooked for a knighthood – again.
The former UK Independence Party leader will not be handed a knighthood in next week’s New Year’s honours list, The Telegraph can disclose.
The issue of a knighthood for Mr Farage blew up earlier this year amid claims that Ukip’s former MP Douglas Carswell blocked attempts to give Mr Farage the honour at last year’s New Year honours.
Now Mr Farage has confirmed to The Telegraph that he will not be receiving a knighthood from the Queen when this year’s New Year’s honours are announced next week.
He said: “Of course I have not got an honour of any kind – I am not a Remainer.
“Everyone of them got CBEs, they got knighthoods, quite extraordinary. I have got a Brexmas present far more important than the honour.

The Independent has picked up the story.

Nigel Farage has claimed he has been overlooked for a knighthood because he did not support Remain at the EU referendum in 2016.
The former Ukip leader and influential Brexit campaigner told the The Telegraph he would not be receiving a peerage, adding that it was because of his political allegiances.
“Of course I have not got an honour of any kind – I am not a Remainer,” he told the newspaper.
“Every one of them got CBEs, they got knighthoods, quite extraordinary. I have got a Brexmas present far more important than the honour,” he added.
“A campaign to get back British [blue] passports has been successful. I held that passport up every day [during the referendum campaign] so I couldn’t be happier.”

Brexit

The Mirror claims that a poll by a pro-EU organisation shows people have changed their minds about Brexit.

One in 10 people who voted to leave the EU wants to STAY in the single market, a poll shows.
And researchers say it suggests Brexit could be halted if there was a second referendum.
The opinion poll, released by Best for Britain, indicates growing support for having another vote.
Eloise Todd, chief executive of Best for Britain, said: “This shows people want to change their minds.”
The findings lend weight to claims that if Brexit is put to a vote – either through a referendum or in Parliament – Remain would come out on top.
A recent poll by YouGov showed 53 per cent of people would like a final vote on the deal.
Responses to another question found 45 per cent would like either no Brexit at all, a softer Brexit or a final referendum on whatever deal is struck.
That compared with 42 per cent who would like the Government to carry on with its Brexit plans.

The Express reports that the EU is still pouring scorn on everything the UK does.

EU CHIEFS have snubbed a financial “olive branch” to European banks by the UK, claiming it is a doomed ploy to make the bloc “be nice” over Brexit.
The Bank of England (BoE) and Government have proposed new incentives that could persuade European institutions to remain in the City of London when the UK leaves.
BoE governor Mark Carney said this week the continent’s big banks could continue operating in the UK under existing rules and not face extra regulatory burdens after Brexit.
But he warned the move was dependent on Britain getting a good final deal with the bloc.
Now EU officials have complained what the UK has offered is no better than the current European Commission guidelines.

Tax

And the Telegraph is one of the papers criticising the taxman for targeting Brexit supporters.

Boris Johnson and Michael Gove have attacked HM Revenue and Customs on behalf of the “plucky individuals” who bankrolled Brexit and now face huge tax bills.
A source close to Mr Johnson said the demands were “bad for our democracy” while a friend of Mr Gove said they were “an attempt to silence anyone who dare challenge the Establishment and status quo”.
Their comments came as Peter Cruddas, a City financier and one of the Leave donors, disclosed that he had given hundreds of thousands of pounds to other political campaigns – including the 2011 Alternative Vote referendum – and never been challenged by HMRC.
A senior Leave-supporting Conservative politician described the demands as “scandalous” and evidence of “the Treasury’s revenge” for losing the European Union referendum.

The Sun calls it revenge by the treasury.

TWO Tory big hitters have blasted HM Revenue and Customs after it was claimed the “plucky individuals” who help bankroll Brexit now face huge tax bills.
A source close to Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said the demands were “bad for our democracy,” reports the Telegraph.
Meanwhile a friend of Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, said they were “an attempt to silence anyone who dare challenge the Establishment and status quo”.
It was revealed yesterday that inheritance tax demands running into millions had been sent to at least three major donors to the campaign to leave the EU.
One – city financier Peter Cruddas – said he had given hundreds of thousands of pounds to other political campaigns and never been challenged by HMRC.
A senior Leave-supporting Conservative politician described the demands as “scandalous” and evidence of “the Treasury’s revenge” for losing the European Union referendum.

The Mail says the laws used are ‘obscure’

Tycoons who bankrolled Brexit have accused the taxman of using obscure inheritance laws to demand bills of up to £2million.
Billionaire Midlands entrepreneur Lord Edmiston, banker Peter Cruddas and former UKIP donor Arron Banks have all received tax demands from HM Revenue and Customs in the last fortnight.
All three were prominent backers of the Leave campaign and in what has been labelled the ‘revenge of the Establishment’, HMRC has cited an obscure area of inheritance tax laws which requires people to pay tax upfront of large ‘gifts’.
Usually, donations made to charities and political parties are exempt but now the taxman has said payments from individuals to referendum campaigns are taxable, reports the Daily Telegraph.
The banks which funded the Remain campaign, including Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan, will likely escape any action because they cannot be made liable for inheritance tax, though at least one Remain donor has also been slapped with a tax demand.

Breitbart claims the bills are ‘hostile’.

HM Revenue and Customs has been accused of being “hostile to democracy” after hitting Leave campaign donors with huge tax bills, while the giant banking corporations which backed the Remain campaign are left unscathed.
The taxman has decided to levy inheritance tax bills ranging into six and seven figures on donors who gave money during the EU referendum, despite political contributions normally being exempt from such charges, the Telegraph reports.
While the newspaper knows of one Remain donor who has received a bill, demands are expected to fall disproportionately on Brexit backers, who were typically individual entrepreneurs rather than corporate entities.
Meanwhile, the powerful multinationals which served as the Remain campaign’s most prominent backers — including banking giants Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan — have suffered no penalty, as they are not subject to inheritance tax.

NHS

Despite the service being under great strain this winter, nurses could be getting ready to strike, reports the Times.

Jeremy Hunt is fighting on two fronts with new figures showing hospitals are in the grip of a winter crisis and nurses on the brink of a strike over pay.
The health secretary faces a critical few weeks as growing numbers of patients suffer delays and opposition mounts to his plans to overhaul NHS pay.
The stakes are high for Hunt, who is tipped to replace Damian Green as first secretary in the prime minister’s new year reshuffle.
Figures seen by The Sunday Times disclose that demand at accident and emergency units is already higher than this time last year.

Tory manifesto

Foxhunting has come under scrutiny in the Times, which reports the prospect that the ban may not be overturned.

Theresa May is to abandon a manifesto pledge to overturn the ban on foxhunting as she seeks to rebrand the Conservatives as a “caring” party.
In a move certain to infuriate many of the party’s rural supporters — and split its MPs — she will announce plans to drop the commitment permanently early in 2018.
The disclosure comes two days before the Boxing Day meets, the biggest of the year, when 250,000 people are expected to gather at hunts nationwide.
May’s move follows a fierce voter backlash, especially among young people, against her pro-hunting policy in this year’s general election.
A Survation poll taken days before the election found that 67% of voters believed foxhunting should remain illegal.

Sky News also has the story.

Theresa May is set to U-turn on her pledge to give MPs a free vote on fox hunting to focus on animal welfare.
The Prime Minister will announce plans to permanently drop the commitment to give MPs a free vote on whether to overturn the fox hunting ban in early 2018, the Sunday Times reports.
Going ahead with the U-turn risks infuriating Tories in rural parts of the country.
The plans were described as “pure speculation” by a Downing Street source.
They added: “There is no vote that could change the current policy on fox hunting scheduled in this session of Parliament.”
Since Michael Gove was appointed as environment secretary by Mrs May after the June election, he has placed animal welfare at the top of his priority list.

And the Independent claims the Tories’ have also changed their housing policies.

Two of the Conservatives’ flagship housing policies have been dropped from a key government document, raising questions about the future of the plans.
The new “single departmental plan” published by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) does not include a single reference to Starter Homes, which form a central plank of the Government’s commitment to increase home ownership, or of the planned extension of Right to Buy.
The document, which forms part of the guidance for civil servants working on housing, is in stark contrast to the previous plan published last year, in which the two policies featured prominently and were mentioned several times as part of the Conservatives’ housing strategy.
In the latest version, five specific pledges to boost home ownership, including delivering Starter Homes and the extension of Right to Buy, have been downgraded to a single-line promise to “increase home ownership through schemes including Help to Buy”.

North Korea

Could the rogue state hit the UK?  Westmonster reports the possibility.

North Korea poses a massive threat to Britain and could strike London with ballistic missiles in the future, warns Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson.
He said: “North Korea is a massive threat. They are a real danger to this country. They are currently on the pathway to have ballistic missiles that could strike London.
“This is not just a problem for the US. This is a global problem. Britain has to step up in terms of dealing with it.
“There are threats emerging right around the world. Britain is a global player, it’s a world player. We will never hesitate to deal with aggression and threats.”
But despite this Britain’s military is on its knees due to years and years of cuts. Only Donald Trump seems prepared to take on the North Korean threat. Action needs to be taken to nip dumpy despot Kim Jong-un in the bud. Britain has enough to deal with with jihadis, it doesn’t need a North Korean threat as well.

UFOs

And in another exclusive report, the Telegraph claims we could have been visited by extra-terrestrials.

Earth may well have been visited by UFOs from outer space, the former head of a secret US government programme has told The Telegraph.
Luis Elizondo said the existence of supremely advanced unidentified aircraft, using technology that did not belong to any nation, had been “proved beyond reasonable doubt”.
Until two months ago, from his office on the fifth floor of The Pentagon, Mr Elizondo, a career intelligence officer, ran the innocuously named Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program (AATIP), which was funded with $22 million in “black ops money” from Congress.
The existence of the real-life X-Files department, which began in 2007, was revealed this week and confirmed by the Pentagon.
In an interview with the Telegraph Mr Elizondo said much of what he could discuss was still classified.
That included whether his team had examined UFO sightings in other countries including the UK.

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