My potential successors are so talented, says PM: Cameron sings praises of Boris, May, Osborne and Gove as he dismisses leadership speculation

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You can all sleep soundly in your beds tonight in the knowledge that we are safe in the capable hands of our government.

They have talent… Apparently.

The really, really scary thing is that the Cunt Cameron was deadly serious when he said it… He didn’t even so much as smirk.

Here are a few examples of the Cunt Cameron’s talented quartet.

 

My potential successors are so talented, says PM: Cameron sings praises of Boris, May, Osborne and Gove as he dismisses leadership speculation

  • David Cameron says he is surrounded by ‘talented people’
  • Adds that he does not want Cabinet colleagues to be ‘shrinking violets’
  • Fresh speculation over Theresa May after Commons hint by minister

By JAMES CHAPMAN

PUBLISHED: 00:16, 14 June 2013 | UPDATED: 00:16, 14 June 2013

 

David Cameron last night sought to shrug off speculation about his leadership of the Tories – by hinting that any one of Boris Johnson, Theresa May, Michael Gove and George Osborne could succeed him.

The Prime Minister said he was surrounded by ‘talented people’ and did not want them to be ‘shrinking violets’.

Mr Cameron made his point after business and energy minister Michael Fallon, who is close to Downing Street, dropped a hint that Mrs May wants to lead the party. And the Home Secretary herself added fuel to the fire with a speech casting herself as the party’s new Iron Lady.

Nonplussed: The Prime Minister deflected speculation about potential rivals to his leadership saying he was surrounded by 'talented people'Nonplussed: The Prime Minister deflected speculation about potential rivals to his leadership saying he was surrounded by ‘talented people’

Mrs May told colleagues pushing through unpopular cuts and reforms: ‘Whatever you do, don’t buckle.’ The Tories needed to do more to reassure voters about their motives, she said.

In an interview with Bloomberg last night, Mr Cameron was asked if he was worried he was presiding over a ‘beauty contest’ in which there was speculation about the ambitions of senior colleagues.

 

He responded by praising Mrs May – along with the Chancellor, Education Secretary Mr Gove and London Mayor Mr Johnson.

He said: ‘I’ve given people their jobs, I’ve given people the tasks I want them to carry out and then I let them get on with the job. I look around the table and think, isn’t it great we’ve got this talent. I don’t want shrinking violets.’

On Mr Johnson, who has repeatedly refused to rule himself out as a future Tory leader, Mr Cameron said: ‘Boris is doing a great job, he has a lot more to give.’

Home Secretary Theresa May is being tipped as Britain's answer to Angela Merkel
London mayor Boris Johnson has repeatedly refused to rule himself out as a future Tory leader

Potential successors: Home secretary Theresa May, left, and London mayor Boris Johnson, right, have been strongly tipped to replace David Cameron as leader of the Conservative party

There was fresh speculation in the Commons yesterday over Mrs May’s ambitions as Labour MP John Spellar called on the Government do to more for the UK car industry.

He asked Mr Fallon: ‘Will he talk to the Home Secretary and get her to back British industry? It might even help her leadership ambitions.’

‘They may not need that much help,’ Mr Fallon replied, prompting gasps from MPs. Mrs May has been careful not to stray from her brief since speculation about her leadership ambitions earlier this year, and has repeatedly stressed her loyalty to Mr Cameron.

However, she is understood to regard Mr Johnson as ‘faintly ridiculous’ and is determined to prevent him becoming leader if the Tories lose the next election.

In a speech to the centre-Right think tank Reform, Mrs May – hailed as ‘Britain’s Angela Merkel’ by her allies – said the Conservatives’ mission had to extend further the elimination of the vast budget deficit left behind by Labour. She suggested the party leadership needed to do more to ‘reassure people about our motives and our values’ and to ‘go further opening up public services’.

Education Secretary Michael Gove was praised by David Cameron for doing a good job
George Osborne was singled out by the Prime Minister as part of his 'talented' cabinet

Contenders: Education secretary Michael Gove, left, and the Chancellor George Osborne, right, were singled out as part of the ‘talented’ cabinet praised by David Cameron

She insisted it was possible to do ‘more for less’ across the public sector – highlighting welfare, defence and local government.

Mrs May also suggested the Government had to do more to stand up to vested interests in the private sector – particularly banks and big utilities.

She pointed out that her party had questioned the level of Labour’s public spending as long ago as the 2001 election campaign but ‘sadly our argument fell on deaf ears, and we all know what came next’.

The Home Secretary  said there was ‘no other way’ than fundamental reform of the public sector.

‘The task facing the Government in the next Parliament will be to maintain fiscal discipline and drive on with reform so that the debt and debt interest payments return to manageable levels,’ she said.

‘That will be a tough challenge, but we’re proving to the public that we can deal with the deficit, we can reduce spending, and we can do those things while not just protecting public services but even improving them.’

Boris ‘the slacker’ Vs Clegg ‘the idle bum’: London Mayor and Deputy PM in row over who is the hardest working radio host

  • Lib Dem leader boasts of hosting a weekly phone-in on radio station
  • But London Mayor will only take questions from listeners once a month

By TIM SHIPMAN

PUBLISHED: 12:12, 13 June 2013 | UPDATED: 00:23, 14 June 2013

 

As political slanging matches go, it was more sticks-and-stones than a clash of rapier-like wits.

A spat between Nick Clegg and Boris Johnson descended into a war of words… over who was the lazier.

It began when the Deputy Prime Minister branded the London Mayor a ‘slacker’.

Nick Clegg, pictured on his weekly LBC show today, accused Boris Johnson of being a slacker for only hosting a programme once a month
Boris Johnson dismissed the Deputy Prime Minister as an 'idle bum'

Air war: Nick Clegg, pictured during his weekly show today, accused Boris Johnson of being a ‘slacker’ for only hosting a radio show once a month

Mr Johnson retorted that Mr Clegg was an ‘idle bum’ with only a ‘ceremonial post’ in government. The row erupted yesterday after it was revealed that Mr Johnson is to host a monthly phone-in show on London radio station LBC.

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He will take questions for 45 minutes on the breakfast show, mediated by Nick Ferrari. But Mr Clegg, who answers questions on LBC for half an hour each week, dismissed the Tory Mayor’s effort as inadequate.

The Liberal Democrat leader told listeners to his Call Clegg show: ‘I’m going to call him Slacker Johnson from now on. He’s only on once a month. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, I’m delighted he is trying to follow in my footsteps, but he should put the hours in.

‘Every week – I want to see Slacker Johnson every week.’

Hitting back at the jibe, the London Mayor made his contempt for Mr Clegg clear, accusing the Deputy Prime Minister of not having a proper job.

 

‘Good to see Nick’s got spare time in [his] ceremonial role as Lib leader,’ Mr Johnson said, before branding him an ‘idle bum’.

A Lib Dem source then accused the Mayor of spending his time conspiring against David Cameron, saying: ‘I’m not sure whiling away days in City Hall plotting your route to No 10 constitutes a full-time job.’

The Mayor’s term lasts until 2016, but many Tory MPs expect him to return to Parliament as an MP at the 2015 General Election – so that he is well placed to become Conservative leader if Mr Cameron fails to win a majority.

Bookmakers yesterday listed Mr Johnson as 4-1 second favourite to become the next Tory leader, behind Home Secretary Theresa May.

When asked later yesterday whether he would rather have a drink with Mr Johnson or Mrs May, Mr Clegg replied: ‘After some of the things that Boris Johnson’s said about me recently I . . . anyway, I’d probably pour the drink over his blond mop.’

Concern Mounting That George Osborne ‘Is An Idiot’

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Concern Mounting That George Osborne ‘Is An Idiot’

George Osborne, real name Gideon, is under increasing pressure after a series of incidents have led to suggestions that the chancellor may be “a complete idiot with the brain power of a Marmite sandwich”.

Early rumours that Osborne, 40, is a twit began surfacing around the time of his birth. However it has taken his recommendation of Andy Coulson for the position of press secretary and the grinding to a halt of the UK economy for the voices to reach fever pitch.

“I always thought he was a nitwit, but in light of recent events I’d like to add chump, cretin, moron, mooncalf and nincompoop to the list,” said shadow chancellor and thesaurus addict, Ed Balls. “The championing of Andy Coulson by itself makes him look like a spittoon-muncher at best. If that wasn’t enough, his is inability to stimulate the economy casts serious doubts over his self-proclaimed abilities in the bedroom, and threatens the very well-being of our nation.”

Data showing that Britain’s economy grew by just 0.2% in the spring was blamed by the chancellor on “the wrong kind of Royal wedding” earlier this week, with a follow-up press release suggesting that “leaves on the economy” and “the dog ate my homework which made me miss the bus” also played a part. Many are growing tired of his long line of excuses, which he himself blamed on “this chronic toothache I’ve had for the past nine months.”

“He needs a decent haircut,” said former Deputy Prime Minister Michael Heseltine. “That’s the key. Currently it’s too puffy on top, too long at the sides and lacking shape. A shapeless barnet can lead to economic policies without direction. I’d recommend a Lionel Blair cut followed by a quick meeting with News International and an early night.”

 

‘The shredders are on and the emails are being deleted’: Claims of border scandal cover-up after Home Secretary admits we will never know how many criminals were let in

  • Theresa May admits she ordered ‘pilot’ scheme
  • Lays blame at the door of Brodie Clark, suspended head of the Borders Agency
  • Labour accused Home Secretary of ‘doing nothing to find out who entered the country’

By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
UPDATED: 11:56, 8 November 2011

 

The Border Agency is accused of a massive cover-up to hide the number of people let in to the country under a secret relaxation of immigration controls this summer.

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper said in the House of Commons that ‘the shredders are on and there is a ban on internal emails,’ as she urged Theresa May to investigate attempts to conceal the scale of the fiasco.

Her claims came as the Home Secretary admitted that we will never know how many terrorists and criminals entered Britain in the latest borders blunder.

Admission: Theresa May has said she ordered the watering down of the passport rules in July - without telling Parliament
Attack: Labour's Yvette Cooper accused the Home Secretary of 'doing nothing to find out who has entered the country'

Attack: Labour’s Yvette Cooper, left, yesterday criticised Theresa May, right, for her part in allowing immigrants to enter Britain unchecked

Mrs May made the admission yesterday as she explained to MPs her role in the relaxation of controls.

The Home Secretary said she ordered a ‘pilot’ scheme to water down passport checks in July for Britons and other EU nationals – without telling Parliament.

Up to five million foreign nationals may have entered the UK during the downgrade, which applied at every port and airport. It will never be known how many were illegals.

 

Senior Home Office sources conceded Mrs May agreed to extend the pilot scheme in September – even though she did not know whether it was working properly.

As the Home Secretary prepares to face the Home Affairs Select Committee today, one of the committee’s members has criticised her ‘shambolic’ handling of the affair.

Labour MP Alun Michael, a former Home Office minister, said: ‘She didn’t answer some very straight questions in the House yesterday.’

Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme this morning, he added: ‘The Home Secretary knew of the deep concern about the Border Agency, and yet there doesn’t seem to have been a link between ministers and the chief people, particularly in the border force.’

Suspended: Brodie Clark, the head of the UK Borders Agency, has had the blame for the fiasco placed squarely at his door by Mrs MaySuspended: Brodie Clark, the head of the UK Borders Agency, has had the blame for the fiasco placed squarely at his door by Mrs May

Pugh on borders

Last night a damaging leaked document also revealed that the rule change was brought in to cut queues at airports, not for security reasons. Home Office sources also admitted Mrs May was kept informed about the original scheme.

The scandal is hugely embarrassing for the Tories, who campaigned at the election on a platform of reducing immigration to ‘tens of thousands’ a year, after it soared to more than a quarter of a million under Labour.

UK Border Agency boss Brodie Clark was suspended on Thursday after Mrs May was told a separate round of additional checks on foreigners from outside the EU against a ‘watch list’ had also been suspended at Calais as well as some Heathrow fingerprint checks.

But last night the Public and Commercial Services Union – which represents hundreds of Border Agency officials – claimed the fingerprint checks were actually scrapped months before the pilot scheme was introduced.

Mrs May’s critics, however, have still to produce ‘smoking gun’ evidence that she knew of Mr Clark’s decision to further water down the checks last summer.

Yesterday Labour disclosed an email – circulated on July 28 – which ordered UKBA staff to ‘cease routinely opening the chip’ in biometric passports from the EU.

Downgraded: An extraordinary document says that staff were told to downgrade the checks to ensure there were no hold ups at airportsDowngraded: An extraordinary document says that staff were told to downgrade the checks to ensure there were no hold ups at airports

Officials were also told to stop ‘routinely checking’ children from the EU ‘against the Warnings Index’, which is designed to weed out possible terrorists and criminal gangs.

And staff were told to not routinely question visa holders from outside the EU on arrival in the UK either – though Home Office officials said this was standard practice.

The Daily Mail first reported on the fiasco in Saturday's editionThe Daily Mail first reported on the fiasco in Saturday’s edition

Crucially, the document also gave the green light for the border staff to take ‘further measures’ without clearing them with ministers.

Extraordinarily, the document makes clear that the downgrade in checks was carried out to ‘ensure good order in the arrival hall, disruption to flight schedules’ and prevent ‘passengers being held on the aircraft’.

That revelation is particularly damaging for ministers as union chiefs say the changes were made because ministers are laying off 5,200 staff as part of cut-backs and there aren’t enough staff to handle the volume of passengers at peak times.

Announcing no fewer than three inquiries into the fiasco, the Home Secretary insisted the measures were authorised on the basis that they were subject to a ‘risk-based assessment’ and not used routinely.

But that claim was in tatters as Border Agency whistleblowers said passport controls were relaxed for half of working shifts at most ports of entry and ‘almost round the clock’ at some airports like Luton and Stansted.

Mrs May placed the blame squarely at the door of Brodie Clark, telling MPs he ‘authorised the wider relaxation of border controls without ministerial sanction’.

A MISSED CHANCE

The UKBA was at the centre of another controversy this summer when it emerged officials missed six chances to stop a banned Palestinian activist from entering the UK.

Mrs May said an investigation into how Sheikh Raed Salah was able to enter the UK in June despite being banned found ‘insufficiently robust processes’ led to six missed chances to intervene overseas, on departure to, and in the UK.

‘Indeed I told officials explicitly that the pilot was to go no further than we had agreed,’ she said.

‘As a result of these unauthorised actions, we will never know how many people entered the country who should have been prevented from doing so after being flagged by the Warnings Index.’

Around 100,000 foreign nationals enter Britain every day. If the rules were relaxed for half of all shifts, it is likely that up to five million foreign nationals entered the UK while the weaker rules were in operation.

A briefing note circulated by Tory whips yesterday urged Conservative MPs to ask the Home Secretary whether those responsible should be prosecuted – effectively agitating for Mr Clark to be charged.

UKBA sources, unions and opposition politicians said it was inconceivable that the Home Office did not know what was going on.

Home Office officials admitted Mrs May did receive an update on the operation of the scheme when she signed off a decision to extend it from mid-September to November.

Aides said she would not have seen the ‘operational instruction’ from Border Agency bosses to frontline staff at ports of entry.

Mrs May was supported by David Cameron, but Downing Street made clear he was only informed about the pilot scheme in recent days ‘when it was apparent that there was a problem’.

Ms Cooper accused Mrs May of ‘doing nothing, even now, to find out and assess who has entered the country and what the security risk might be’.

She added: ‘We need to know what pressures officials were put under to cut corners as a result and keep queues down with reduced staff.’

 

Michael Gove ‘flipped’ homes: MPs’ expenses

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Michael Gove, a front-bench ally of David Cameron, spent thousands on furnishing his London home before “flipping” his Commons allowance to a new property in his Surrey constituency, and claiming £13,000 in moving costs.

By Christopher Hope

7:00AM BST 11 May 2009

Shortly after being elected MP for Surrey Heath in 2005, Mr Gove furnished a house in north Kensington, west London, for which he claimed the Additional Costs Allowance.

Over a five-month period between December 2005, and April 2006, he spent more than £7,000 on the semi-detached house, which Mr Gove, 41, and his wife Sarah Vine, a journalist, bought for £430,000 in 2002. Around a third of the money was spent at Oka, an upmarket interior design company established by Lady Annabel Astor, Mr Cameron’s mother-in-law.

Mr Gove bought a £331 Chinon armchair from there, as well as a Manchu cabinet for £493 and a pair of elephant lamps for £134,50.

He also claimed for a £750 Loire table – although the Commons’ authorities only allowed him to claim £600 – a birch Camargue chair worth £432 and a birdcage coffee table for £238.50. Other claims in the five-month period included Egyptian cotton sheets from the White Company, a £454 dishwasher, a £639 range cooker, a £702 fridge freezer and a £19.99 Kenwood toaster.

Mr Gove even claimed for a £34.99 foam cot mattress in Feb 2006 from Toys ‘R’ Us – despite children’s equipment being banned under Commons rules. He also charged the taxpayer for eight coffee spoons and cake forks, worth £5.95 each, four breakfast knives and a woven door mat worth £30. A claim for new patio furniture worth £219, including a four-seater bistro dining set, was turned down by Commons officials.

Some months later, Mr Gove moved house and transferred his second home allowance from the west London home to a £395,000 new property near Guildford.

In October 2006 he submitted a £13,259 bill for the cost of the move, including his local authority searches, fees and stamp duty. In between the house moves, he stayed for a night at the Pennyhill Park Hotel and Spa, charging the taxpayer more than £500 for a single night’s stay.

In 2007-08 and 2006-07 Mr Gove claimed the maximum amount of money permitted under the additional costs allowance: £23,083 and £22,110 respectively.

Mr Gove said last night that he would repay the cost of the cot mattress. The other items bought for his London home “were all, with one exception, below the acceptable threshold costs for furniture”.

“The items were bought from a mainstream retailer and when I was informed that they fell outside the range of allowable items I accepted that ruling without complaint,” he added.

The £13,259 moving costs were necessary, he said, so that he could have a home in the constituency “to effectively discharge my parliamentary duties”.

  • Michael Gove

Job: Shadow education secretary

Salary: £64,766

Total second home claims

2004-05: N/A

2005-06 £21,634

2006-07 £22,110

2007-08 £23,083