Tory parachute candidate Jupp claims Tories are what’s keeping a few trains running in South West Rail 27 day strike!

How? What have Tories to do with which trains are running or not running in a strike? It’s purely an operational decision. This guy is seriously confused!

Owl knows Boris Johnson is confused – it seems to be contagious!

“Boris Johnson made an extra £800,000 in last parliament”

“Boris Johnson was the highest earning MP in the last parliament, raking in in almost £800,000 mostly through speeches and articles, according to a new study.

MPs earned over £8.4 million in addition to their parliamentary salary, which works out as an extra £12,900 per MP, according to data site LOBO.

The annual salary of an MP is set at £79,468.

However, it is claimed that over half of the extra £8.4 million was made by just 15 MPs, with Mr Johnson earning almost 10% of the total.

The figures are based over the period between June 2017 and October 2019. …

The full list of the 15 MPs who made the most amount of extra cash in the last parliament.

Boris Johnson £795,867
Nicholas Soames £606,419
Owen Paterson £365,870
Ed Vaizey £348,279
John Redwood £262,264
Jacob Rees-Mogg £245,757
Thomas Tugendhat £240,720
Edward Davey £235,333
Andrew Mitchell £229,702
Michael Fallon £197,982
Henry Bellingham £162,907
Edward Leigh £154,167
Mark Pritchard £144,128
Jo Johnson £137,684
David Davis £135,367

Boris Johnson made an extra £800,000 in last parliament

Daily Mirror tips Claire Wright for victory in general election

MAKE IT SO! Remember a vote for anyone other than Claire Wright is a vote for the parachuted-in Tory.

“East Devon is tipped to change hands, with Conservatives nervous about losing it and the Love Actually actor is urging voters to back independent candidate Claire Wright.

The Tories could be ousted from a seat they’ve held for more than 150 years next week – with an independent candidate hoping to pulling off a historic win.

Claire Wright is tipped by some to win in East Devon, a seat that has traditionally been a safe Conservative constituency.

Love Actually star Hugh Grant has urged Labour, Lib Dem and Green voters to back Ms Wright.

It comes after the MRP YouGov poll, released last week, said East Devon is likely to elect an Independent.

It would be a major blow to the Conservatives if they lose the seat.

Ms Wright, who has stood twice before, has seen her share of the vote rise from 24% in 2015 to 35% in 2017, and is eyeing up a place in Parliament.

It will be an interesting battleground, Devon Live reports, as the Tories lost their district council majority in May after 45 years.

It is now run as a minority administration by Independents.

Their poll had Claire Wright on 41% of the vote, and ranging between 31% and 51% – just six points behind Tory candidate Simon Jupp.

Ms Wright, 44, said: “The past few years have demonstrated that the party system is broken.

“It is time for change. As an Independent, I would have exactly the same rights as other MPs and would work cross-party to achieve my manifesto pledges.

“I am different. I have no party whip to tell me how to vote. I am free to speak and free to act. And free to fight for the issues that the people of East Devon care about the most.

“This election is very unpredictable and presents a rare opportunity for residents to elect an MP who truly cares and puts them first.”

Former broadcaster Mr Jupp, 34, thinks differently.

He said: “I was expecting it to be a bit more difficult and to face a lot of opposition but people just saying to me that they want to get on with it.

“I know it is what you would expect me to say, but people are telling me that they want to get Brexit done.

“I voted to remain, but I back Boris’s Brexit deal, it’s a fantastic deal for this country to move forward.”

Clearly anxious about losing the seat, both Boris Johnson and Health Secretary Matt Hancock have visited the constituency in recent weeks.

“All the results and polling point to this seat being a straight fight between myself and the Conservatives.”

The seat has been held by Sir Hugo Swire since 1997. After he announced that he was stepping down earlier this year, he made bullish claims that not only would the Conservatives once again win the seat, but that they would win more than half of the votes.

Former Independent MP Martin Bell thinks that Ms Wright can emulate his own historic win in 1997 in Tatton.

And Hugh Grant has urged East Devon voters to back her. He said: “Dear Lib Dem, Green and Labour voters of East Devon. Do this for your country. We beg you.”

Local author’s new book about local effects of austerity

Philip Algar is an active campaigner in his local town of Ottery St Mary.

Austerity, anger and adventure

by Philip Algar

“In his latest book, local author Philip Algar paints a sympathetic picture of the fictional Devon village of Woodfield Magna. Like so many across the country, it is decaying. The young people, lacking local employment, affordable homes and public transport, are moving away. Those who remain, mainly the elderly and financially challenged, are confronted by the closure of local hospitals, libraries, bus routes and social services and by more crime and other challenges reflecting the government’s austerity plan.

The locals discuss serious matters, such as whether the name of the pub should be changed, and lesser topics such as global warming, but their efforts to publicise their plight, on television, reveal a government plot to curb free speech.

One elderly resident, whose pension is lower than it should have been, because of the suspect actions of a very dubious businessman, dubbed the ugly face of capitalism, needs an operation to eliminate constant pain. The NHS will not assist for some time and he cannot afford to use the private sector. He and his friends, trying to help him, become involved in an unlikely adventure that emphasises the problems that millions face and which captures the interest of the entire nation and the attention of the government.

This satirical story, characterised throughout by a sustained and quiet humour, paints an understanding picture of village life and mocks many aspects of contemporary society.”

HARD TIMES, HARD LUCK (ISBN number 978-0-244-53385-4) is available from The Curious Otter Bookshop 10 Mill Street, Ottery St. Mary EX11 1AD price £8.99 or from the author direct on at the same price, including postage and packing to UK addresses.

Pundit Michael Crick says Claire Wright has got Boris on the ropes!

Well-known political pubdit Michael Crick follows Claire Wright around Exmouth where she gets positive results from voters he encounters.

And he says Jupp can’t doesn’t admit he’s a Tory on his election leaflets, except in very, very small print on the otherwise empty back page.

Crick says maybe Tory Jupp trying to fool voters into thinking HE is the Independent!!!

“Bovis Homes bracing for investor backlash over plans to hand bonuses to bosses of up to 200% of their salary”

“Bovis Homes is bracing for an investor backlash over plans to hand bonuses to bosses of up to 200 per cent of their salary.

Shareholders will have the chance to vote on the proposal today as they meet to decide on the housebuilder’s £1 billion takeover of the residential arm of construction firm Galliford Try.

Backlash: Shareholders will have the chance to vote on the pay proposal

The acquisition will make Bovis Britain’s fourth-largest housebuilder, potentially producing up to 12,000 homes a year.

If the takeover and pay scheme is approved, bosses would be able to earn long-term performance share bonuses of up to 200 per cent of their salary – up from 150 per cent previously – as well as cash bonuses of up to 150 per cent of their salary – up from 100 per cent.

Bovis has said the pay deal is justified because the combined business will be trickier to run and that it is in line with the wider industry.

But shareholder advisory group ISS has flagged ‘significant concerns’ and urged investors to vote against the changes.”

After 9 years in power Johnson still tries to blame Labour for anything and everything

Scrutiny – what scrutiny! How can parachuted-in Tory candidate Jupp wish to work for this ogre?

“As an exhibition in shameless buck-passing and politicising of a tragedy, it was hard to beat Boris Johnson yesterday.

On national TV, the mask slipped and the fairly disciplined and boringly repetitive candidate we have seen for the last few weeks was revealed as the Bullingdon bully he is.

By talking over, talking back, by dodging and weaving, by deploying straight out lies, Johnson tried to pin the responsibility for the early release of the London Bridge terrorist on a Labour government of nine years ago.

When asked about his own Tory Government of the last decade, that has closed courts, stripped the prison and probation service of budgets and the wherewithal to manage released felons, he squirmed that it was not his government.

It was the Johnson version of “someone else did it and ran away”.

It wasn’t statesmanlike, it wasn’t truthful, it wasn’t even dignified,considering the father of one of the victims had explicitly made a call not to use his son’s death as an excuse for flogging stiffer sentences in an election atmosphere.

It is easy to see why this cowardly Conservative lion is running from the scrutiny of the public.

He’s also running scared from Andrew Neil, though he blustered that he would submit to an interview by the Scots media prosecutor – if only the time could be found.

It is growing increasingly clear that Johnson is unfit for the office of Prime Minister.

The more people see of him, the more obvious it becomes to voters.

He is trying to sneak back into Downing Street without scrutiny and without giving account of himself.

If the polls are to be believed, voters in Scotland have already decided to reject Boris.

Hopefully voters in England will wake up and smell the coffee before it is too late.”