Making things up as we go along!
According to the Telegraph, Boris Johnson is reportedly now staying at a luxurious estate in southern Spain owned through a company by Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park, a government minister and close friend of the Johnsons. The house, according to reports, sleeps 13 and costs as much as £25,000 a week to rent, although it is unclear on what terms the Johnsons are staying there.
So, again according to the Telegraph, the Treasury on Sunday night accused Kwasi Kwarteng, the Business Secretary, of making misleading claims about government plans to offer an energy bailout to struggling factories.
In a series of television interviews on Sunday, Mr Kwarteng admitted that factories facing closure because of soaring energy costs was a “critical situation”.
Questioned about whether he had asked for extra money from the Treasury to support them, he said: “I have not asked for billions. We’ve got existing schemes. I’m working very closely with Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor, to get us through this situation.
“I think he showed a great deal of flexibility when he allowed £500 million to be dispersed by local authorities for vulnerable consumers, and we’re working to see what we can do in terms of protecting industry.”
However, Treasury sources issued a swift rebuke to Sky News, with one saying: “This is not the first time the BEIS [Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy] Secretary has made things up in interviews. To be crystal clear, the Treasury is not involved in any talks.”
Where is “Deputy Dawg” Dominic Raab, surely not on holiday as well? – Owl?