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Friday 15 November 2019

Farage And A Tory Bribe

While alleged Prime Minister Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson finds himself skewered by what should have been a straightforward interview on BBC Breakfast - Naga Munchetty did the skewering by asking simply “How are you relatable?” - his party has been dragged into the mire by accusations from Brexit Party Oberscheissenf├╝hrer Nigel “Thirsty” Farage of bribery and corruption. Nige is being leaned on by the Tories. And he’s not happy.
Squeaky bribery finger up the bum time

The Farage Falange Fringe, following pressure from the Tories, along with the right-leaning part of our free and fearless press, has pulled more than 300 of its candidates in order to help the Tories retain seats they already hold. Now the Tories want most of the rest pulled, because they are likely to abstract more of their votes than Labour ones.
So far, Farage has stood his ground, perhaps because of all those disgruntled Brexit Party candidates who think they’ve been conned. But back have come the Tories, and just how forceful the pressure is becoming can be deduced from Nige’s Twitter rants - such as “In a free democracy people should be allowed to stand for public office without intimidation … The intimidation of Brexit Party candidates this week has been worthy of a failed South American state”. Why, did he get abducted at gunpoint and shot?
And very soon afterwards came the direct allegations. “Even Boris Johnson’s Chief Strategic Adviser Sir Edward Lister is calling our candidates and offering them jobs if they withdraw. The system is corrupt and broken”. The Mirror has reported on the ruckus.
Tice - serious allegations

Sir Edward and the Conservative party last night denied the claims, with Tory chairman James Cleverly branding them ‘completely unfounded’ on BBC Question Time. Sources close to Mr Farage said he was considering reporting his allegations to the police. Mr Farage said: ‘What we’re seeing is the most incredible, aggressive intimidation of our candidates’told the paper’s report. Which could be serious for the Tories.
Brexit Party Chairman Richard Tice has taken time out from threatening legal action against his opponents to claim “Our people have been offered jobs and titles to stand down as candidates on the last day of nominations, as part of a concerted campaign to undermine our party”. On the record. A very serious allegation.
Lewis Goodall of Sky News has suggested that Bozo’s chief polecat is being blamed: “Nigel Farage alleges that figures from Number 10 (strongly hinting at Dominic Cummings) tried to offer eight senior figures in the Brexit Party peerages if they got him to agree to stand down in remaining seats”. And one Tweeter has been looking up the legal points.
The wording is “Any person who corruptly induces or procures any other person to withdraw from being a candidate at an election, in consideration of any payment, or promise of payment, and any person withdrawing in pursuance of the inducement or procurement, shall be guilty of an illegal payment”. Peers can claim expenses.
So by inference, a promise of a peerage is a promise of payment. And while this may bring one of those Hamilton v Fayed moments - the wish that they could both lose - if what Farage and Tice have alleged is true, the Tories are in deep shit.

Cummings and Bozo have broken the law before. This time, it might be more serious.
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Malcolm Redfellow said...

Arthur Maundy Gregory, so far, only victim of Honours (Prevention of Abuses) Act 1925. Just two months was the tariff.

Even then he received kick-backs' from his satisfied clients.

Anonymous said...

Guess what.

There will be no serious repercussions. Nobody will land in court, let alone jail.

Far right tory Britain 2019.

A precursor of just how bad things will get - as if they aren't bad enough - if this country is collectively mad enough to give them power.

Ted Bangor said...

A cynical person may think Nigel is only upset about this - if true - because he's not getting anything out of it.

Not me. Obviously.

Still it's not as if he could actually use two peerages, is it?

Anonymous said...

Sung to the tune of 'Man On The Moon (If you believe)

The Brexit party in a game of catch
(yeah yeah yeah yeah)
Andy Wigmore with a Spandau thatch
(yeah yeah yeah yeah)
Monopoly want the run at checkers address
(yeah yeah yeah yeah)
Mr Red Russki in a Brexit mess
(yeah yeah yeah yeah)

Let's play Twister, let's play risk
yeah, yeah, yeah.
See you at Rupert's if you make the list.
yeah yeah yeah yeah

Now Andy did you hear about this one?
Have you and Arron fucked off to lunch?
Andy are you using fake number plates (maybe)
What you doing son?

If you believe, they wanted Brexit for you
brexit for you?
If you believe, there's nothing up their sleeve
Stop it you fool!

Farage seen talking to the staff at work
Need you all to stand down for the plan to work
( yeah yeah yeah yeah)
Leadership troubled by the horrible past
( yeah yeah yeah yeah)
Claiming that they look after the working class
(yeah yeah yeah yeah)

If you believe, they wanted Brexit for you
brexit for you?
If you believe, there's nothing up their sleeve
please get a clue!

Here's a little ledger for the never leaver (yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)
Here's a little truth for the offering (yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)
Here's a fuck off instead of fake leaders (yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)
Mister Andy Wigmores gone embezzling? (yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)

Now, Andy did you hear about this one?
Tell me, are you still out to lunch?
Hey Andy, are you musing a sales pitch?
Hey baby, then you'll come unstuck!

If you believe....

Mark said...

Anon at 18:10, genius!

Anonymous said...

Yeah yeah yeah yeah!