Well done Telegraph

Britain’s EU contribution rises by 20 per cent in year, as UK’s booming economy props up Brussels’ budget

Be interesting to know why….

Britain’s contribution to the EU has shot up by £2.6 billion per cent in the past 12 months, new Treasury figures show, as the UK’s growing economy was used to prop up Brussels’ budget.

No, we’re not going to get much useful out of this arts graduate in the Telegraph now, are we?

I don’t know what the law is here

Rory Stewart, the surprise star of the Tory leadership election, has said he would help organise an “alternative parliament” in order to stop a no-deal Brexit if the new prime minister tried to prorogue parliament in order to bypass MPs’ wishes.

The MP for Penrith and the Border, whose campaign featured a series of walkabouts around the country to gauge public opinion on Brexit, also accused fellow no-deal opponents who are now supporting Boris Johnson of a destructive pessimism about their ability to change the Conservative party, or even win the next election.

Stewart said a former Speaker, such as Betty Boothroyd, could be enlisted to oversee a parliament continuing to sit in defiance of Boris Johnson if he presses ahead with a no-deal Brexit by seeking to prorogue the Commons, or to use some other “constitutional manoeuvre which means whatever legislation parliament tries to pass does not bind his hands”. He said any plan to prorogue parliament, an option still entertained by Johnson, would be a constitutional outrage.

Umm, doesn’t trying to overturn the sovereignty of Parliament constitute treason?

So, do we get to put his head on a pike or not?

Not really understanding finance here

Of all the terrors of Brexit:

The mass layoffs following the S&P rating downgrade of Britain to BB status were especially traumatic.

Doesn’t really work.

For the rating to actually change it needs two of the big three to change it. So S&P alone means nothing, it requires Fitch and or Moody’s to also.

Secondly, ratings don’t drive events, they react to them. If there were mass layoffs and a crumbling economy then maybe the agency would downgrade.

Finally, in order not to sound too Ritchie-like, why would a down grade cause lay offs? The government finding it more expensive to borrow means the private sector fires people why?

Slightly difficult…

The Green Party are arch remainers:

HMRC has blamed EU tax laws for the planned rise because they rule out lower VAT rates for energy saving equipment under state aid rules.

The European court of justice ruled in 2015 that energy saving materials should not have been receiving the reduced rate of tax. This led to an increase in VAT for solar systems installed at new-build homes in 2016, but did not affect the majority of houses which would require retrofitting. Those houses will now be affected by the higher rate.

The REA has called on HMRC to cancel the latest increase, which would come into effect as the UK prepares to leave the EU. Any rise should be cancelled as soon as possible after Brexit, the trade group added.

Well, quite.

Most perceptive Polly

In these elections remain was the winner, not Farage.

Well, yes, clearly so.

What mattered beyond the number of seats won was the sum of remain votes. Lib Dem, Green, Scottish National party, Plaid Cymru and Change UK outpolled Brexit and Ukip by 40.4% remain to 34.9% hard Brexit. Now add in Labour and Conservative votes, divided – as pollsters Britain Thinks and YouGov suggest – by allocating 80% of Tory votes to leave, and 60% of Labour votes to remain. That suggests a remain win in a referendum by 50% to 47%. Certain? Of course not – it’s close – but this three-point remain majority certainly makes it a democratic outrage to press ahead with any kind of Brexit without giving voters the final say. And what is not in doubt is that there’s a clear majority against a no-deal Brexit.

Jeez Polly. The entire parliamentary problem is that there’s no majority on favour of any one specific outcome. All you’ve done there is state the same thing. There’re all sorts of majorities against one specific outcome and one in favour of any one. That’s the entire damn problem, isn’t it?

Pity the EU elections aren’t FPTP really

YouGov interviewed 7,192 British adults between Sunday and Thursday this week. When asked whom they would support in the European elections, 35 per cent said the Brexit Party, up 1 point on the week before.

Lib Dems were on 16 per cent, up 1, Labour on 15 per cent, down 1, Greens on 10 per cent, down 1, Conservatives on 9 per cent, down 1, Change UK unchanged on 5 per cent and Ukip unchanged on 3 per cent.

The decline of the Conservatives into single figures is likely to increase the panic in the party’s high command, with 62 per cent of Tory voters in the 2017 general election now saying that they will vote for the Brexit Party in the European elections. Only one in five who backed the party at the last general election is sticking with the Tories in the European elections.

Nige would sweep the board if they were.

Umm, yes Tone

Politics is not an exact science. After the vote, there will be a ledger. On one side will be hard or no-deal Brexit with Farage and the Tory fellow travellers. On the other will be those who want an end to Brexit and those who believe that, after this degree of mess and on a decision of this magnitude, the final say should be with the people.

Isn’t that what the vote was? The people having their say?

Hotel California

Brexit is set to be delayed until Hallowe’en after EU leaders imposed a six-month Article 50 extension on Theresa May.

Can they even do that?

Anyway, fuck ’em.

Finally, what do they hope the deal will be after delay? There’s still no agreement om what we’ll put up with, is there?

Typical Frog idiocy

France has been an outspoken critic of allowing the UK to extend its EU membership without a clear plan, suggesting that Britain’s crisis should not be allowed to take the bloc “hostage”.

If we had a clear plan all agreed upon then why would we be asking for a bloody delay?