A Simple Message For Donny Dump

So clear and easy to understand. Even Donny Dump, with a little help, should be able to grasp the reaction to his latest rant and rave on Twitter. In simple language Donny they are telling you, as we would say over here, “stick it up your bum Donny”.

London Today

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Premier League Results

A good day for a lot of Away teams. Already some teams fate seems to be getting sealed.

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Tess Goes All The Way To Florence To Present A Face-Acting Masterclass

A wonderful performance and so, so much better without any sound.


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Premier League Fixtures

Lots to look forward to this weekend:

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Is It Possible That This Is Why We Never Build Enough ‘Affordable’ Homes?

We have discussed the meaningless use of ‘affordable’ so we will not repeat that here. We are more concerned about what is holding back the building of much needed homes.

This has been brought into focus because the National Housing Federation has found that Taxpayers’ money is being wasted on “propping up rents” and lining the pockets of private landlords. Housing benefit rose from £16.6bn in the mid-1990s to £25.1bn in 2015-16.

It also found that since 2011, no government money has been made available to build homes in England for low paid people to rent.

The chief executive of NHF, David Orr, said this was “poor value for the taxpayer” and had “a knock-on effect, with everyone struggling to rent or buy”.

“We know we need more, better quality social housing. And yet, rather than putting public money into building the homes we need, we are propping up rents in a failing market.”

So what could be holding back the investment in housing that the country so desperately needs? Well here’s an interesting fact uncovered by FactCheck. The analysis by FactCheck shows that 123 MPs earn extra money by renting out homes and private property. Landlord MPs account for almost a fifth of all MPs.

Their properties include houses, flats, farms, holiday cottages and shops. The MPs include Chancellor Philip Hammond, foreign secretary Boris Johnson, the shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry, and the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow.

Now it is entirely possible that there are MORE MPs who are landlords because the only ‘check’ on it is their ‘honesty’. You couldn’t make it up! Just to cover their tracks, if they do get spotted it is not illegal for an MP to not declare a financial interest! Priceless.

You don’t think that some of them might just vote out of self-interest? No!!! Of course not!! How could you even think it??

Some familiar names of MPs who have declared rental income:

Philip Davies (Shipley) – Conservative
Richard Drax (South Dorset) – Conservative
Dr Liam Fox (North Somerset) – Conservative
James Gray (North Wiltshire) – Conservative
Chris Grayling (Epsom and Ewell) – Conservative
Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield) – Conservative
Philip Hammond (Runnymede and Weybridge) – Conservative
Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey) – Conservative
Sajid Javid (Bromsgrove) – Conservative
Boris Johnson (Uxbridge and South Ruislip) – Conservative
Sir Oliver Letwin (West Dorset) – Conservative
Brandon Lewis (Great Yarmouth) – Conservative
Owen Paterson (North Shropshire) – Conservative
Claire Perry (Devizes) – Conservative
Jacob Rees-Mogg (North East Somerset) – Conservative
Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) – Conservative
Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet) – Conservative
John Whittingdale (Maldon) – Conservative
Nadhim Zahawi (Stratford-on-Avon) – Conservative

MP Landlords

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Boorish Johnson: I’m Not Resigning

Who reckons he’ll be gone by the weekend? Let’s be honest, he wants to be sacked but will settle for a, “I had to resign given the direction the Party are being taken in”.

If he’s out of the Cabinet then it is so much easier to challenge ‘weak and shallow’ May for the leadership.

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Is Boorish Johnson And His “£350m A Week” All Bollox Or What?

The first thing to note is that he has altered what he is saying now from what he said at the time of the Referendum. Odd that.

The BBC Reality Check has looked into this in some depth and have discovered the following.

The claim: Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson stated in his newspaper article on Friday that “once we have settled our accounts, we will take back control of roughly £350m per week. It would be a fine thing, as many of us have pointed out, if a lot of that money went on the NHS”.

Notice it is now “roughly £350m”.

Reality Check verdict: £350m per week is an approximate sum for what is called the UK’s “gross contribution” to the EU and does not take into account that the UK is given a “rebate” before any sum is paid to Brussels.

The problem for Boorish is that this money never leaves the Treasury and the government can control how it is spent because it has/had an EU veto. It would be up to the government to decide how they want to fund the NHS after Brexit.

They also spotted that a key phrase in Johnson’s article is “take back control”. This is a change from the slogan used in the 2016 EU referendum campaign which claimed that “we send” £350m per week to the EU.

It has also turned up that the most at any time was £327 a week, never £350m. Even then the whole of that sum did not leave the Treasury’s coffers because before anything was paid to the EU, the UK’s rebate of £75m per week was applied. The total sum sent worked out at £252m per week.

You’d have thought that an old Eton and Oxford scholar would be able to work these things out. Maybe not – he an idiot after all.


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