HARRY COLE: Tory bullies give Nicky Morgan a WhatsApp slap
If another member of the Cabinet resigns at the Conservative conference in Manchester this week, a secretive MPs WhatsApp group called ‘1NC’ will likely be to blame.
Code for One Nation Conservatives, the group for Remainer Tories to hatch their plotting was behind a tweet from serving Cabinet Minister Nicky Morgan late on Wednesday evening slamming the PM over his use of language.
I hear pro-EU Ministers, including Culture Secretary Morgan, are ‘facing massive heat’ from colleagues in the group telling them to resign ‘or be complicit’.
Code for One Nation Conservatives, the group for Remainer Tories to hatch their plotting was behind a tweet from serving Cabinet Minister Nicky Morgan (pictured) late on Wednesday evening slamming the PM over his use of language
One member whispers: ‘It was nothing short of bullying, with Nicky getting hammered. Ironically, it was lots of male MPs ganging up on female Ministers, barking orders about why they are not doing enough to help women.’
‘1NC’ was set up by the remorselessly perfidious Amber Rudd before she dramatically flounced out of the Tories under similar pressure from Remainers.
Naturally, she has now joined the chorus of faux outrage at Boris Johnson’s use of the word ‘surrender’ claiming it’s the ‘sort of language I’m afraid we’ve seen more and more of coming out from No 10’ that ‘legitimises a more aggressive approach’.
Surely this cannot be the same Amber Rudd who used the words ‘surrendered’ and ‘culling’ in her explosive resignation letter, aggressively timed to cause the PM maximum damage?
It’s ‘do or dry’ for Bojo as he quits the booze
Boris Johnson’s ‘do or die’ pledge to leave the EU in 33 days’ time has become ‘do or dry’: he has given up booze until he gets Brexit over the line.
The PM, a devotee of the £180-a-bottle Italian red Tignanello, has told friends he wants to be ‘clear-eyed and match-fit’ ahead of his crunch showdown next month with Brussels after a similar stint off the sauce as he plotted his takeover of No 10.
Boris Johnson’s ‘do or die’ pledge to leave the EU in 33 days’ time has become ‘do or dry’: he has given up booze until he gets Brexit over the line
With notoriously thirsty EU President Jean-Claude Juncker stepping down the very same day that Britain is due to leave at the end of the month, it could be quite the Halloween party on both sides of the Channel if all goes to plan.
Wagyu for the workers!
Nothing was too good for the workers at Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell’s business reception in Brighton.
As my well-refreshed mole reveals, the champagne was flowing and guests were plied with Old Fashioned whisky cocktails and expensive Wagyu beef canapes.
Nothing was too good for the workers at Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell’s business reception in Brighton. As my well-refreshed mole reveals, the champagne was flowing and guests were plied with Old Fashioned whisky cocktails and expensive Wagyu beef canapes
But I hear the corporate sponsor of the lavish bash was less than impressed with the paltry turnout from actual City types.
The talk of the party was how they had to fill the room at the last moment by inviting a host of diplomatic delegations visiting the conference.
All smiles in New York, despite growing tension in the Gulf, as Boris Johnson sat down with his Iranian counterpart at the UN summit.
Shunning the thorny question of detained Brits, Hassan Rouhani bizarrely declared: ‘Prime Minister, I like your cockney accent.’ ‘And you sound very Glaswegian,’ a baffled Johnson retorted, a nod to the fact the comedian cleric studied in Scotland in the 1990s.
And he wasn’t the only one cracking jokes… when the PM attempted to raise climate change with Donald Trump, the sceptical President’s response? ‘The only climate change we need to talk about is in this room. It’s too damn hot!’
Bumping into gregarious Labour grandee Stephen Pound at Labour’s dreary conference, Laura Alvarez – AKA Mrs Jeremy Corbyn – was overheard asking the veteran MP why he was quitting at the next Election.
‘I’m 71 and at this age, you don’t have the energy you used to have,’ said Pound before rapidly remembering he was virtually the same age as her embattled husband.
‘Mind you, some 70-year-olds have more vim and vigour than a 30-year-old,’ he added quickly.
Whereupon, with comedic timing, Magic Grandpa himself wandered past – telling his wife he was just ‘off for a lie down’ to recharge his batteries.
A true blue Tory was at the Labour conference working for a charity in his day job when he got chatting to Jeremy Corbyn at a drinks reception.
Mentioning he was stepping out with a fully fledged Corbynista, he claims the thrice-married socialist purred: ‘That’s how we’re going to get you… seduce you one by one.’
Chief Remoaner Philip Hammond has been attacking Boris Johnson’s rich backers, pushing a widely debunked conspiracy theory that the PM wants to crash the economy for their financial benefit.
But has the ex-Chancellor always been so anti fat cats? ‘When I worked for him he was not only a Leaver, but he used to say he wished he ran a hedge fund like his kids’ school friends’ dads,’ an ex-aide whispers.
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