Following on from Andrew Neil’s challenge to Boris Johnson today (below) Owl HAS to reprint this local interview where Johnson PROMISED he would be happy to be interviewed by Neil! And recall that this local interview was recorded at Dart’s Farm on the day that Johnson ducked out of the Channel 4 climate crisis interview.
“Boris Johnson’s Tories have been handed £1m by a billionaire financier who backs a no-deal Brexit and boasted “insecurity is fantastic”.
Peter Hargreaves’ huge donation was revealed as latest figures showed the Conservatives trousered £3.6m in big-money donations in the last week – compared to just £522,000 for Labour .
The 73-year-old tycoon, who co-founded investment firm Hargreaves Lansdown and reportedly has an Embraer Legacy 500 private jet, said last year he’d bet his entire £3bn wealth that “we would get free trade” with Europe after a no-deal Brexit.
He gave £3.2m to Nigel Farage’s Leave.EU campaign in 2016.
During the referendum campaign in May 2016 he said Brexit “will be like Dunkirk again”, adding: “We will get out there and we will be become incredibly successful because we will be insecure again.
These are the rankings of all south-west MPs for how good they have been as constituency MPs. As noted in an earlier post (with 1 being top and 650 being bottom) Swire came 649th!
Just as interesting is the ranking of Neil Parish (Tiverton and Honiton) who came 640th.
Basically, East Devon had two of the worst constituency MPs in the House of Commons with one of them (Parish) almost certain to be re-elected and able to spend more time on his Somerset farm at our expense.
AND no doubt if (heaven forfend)Jupp and his boss Raab get in, Jupp would no doubt be spending most of his time cosying up to Raab in London.
Claire Wright – Independent – local born, passionate defender of NHS, environment, education. Former EDDC councillor who enforced transparency in the planning system despite push-back from councillors with vested interests. Current DCC councillor fighting for our local NHS and environment again and again. Local Woodland Trust representative.
Peter Faithfull – single issue independent who stood also in 2017 (standing inly on continued publicity for a conspiracy theory about the murder of Genette Tait in Aylesbury in 1978).
Eleanor Rylance – Lib Dem – repeal of Article 50, no public vote on Brexit and from a party whose leader voted many times for bedroom tax, no increase in benefits and for studemt loans. Also Lib Dems voted in coalition for the Health and Social Care Act 2012 which divided the country into competing health areas and accelerated NHS privatisation.
Simon Jupp – Conservative. Arrived in East Devon 4 weeks ago after failing to be selected for a Bristol constituency. Former Radio Exe DJ before going into politics and said to be adviser to Dominic Raab, choice of Hugo Swire for PM. A Remainer who had now fortuitously become a Leaver. Also seems to use name Simon James on Facebook.
Henry Gent – Green (ish, a bit) – farmer who has optioned a huge area of his land to Persimmon for 900 houses. Seems much more interested in development than anything else. On the profligate Broadclyst Parish Council, which has a larger precept than Honiton thanks to large-scale financial support to just a few preferred local groups and a very big staffing budget!
Dan Taylor – Labour – outsider in a constituency that is not known for any Labour support!