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Can Jacob Rees-Mogg become Britain’s 55th prime minister — and Eton’s 20th?

The Archbishop of Brexit is edging closer towards the leadership of a country which is—unexpectedly, bizarrely but unmistakably—within his grasp

Like all winning populist politicians, from Donald Trump to Boris Johnson, Jacob Rees-Mogg is a carefully created persona, a semi-permanent work of performance art. His words and deeds are calibrated to perfect that seemingly-spontaneous air that today qualifies an “authentic” figure, who lies outside a despised and discredited mainstream. Anything likely to impinge on the persona must be ruthlessly avoided or abandoned.

It must have been for this reason that the 48-year-old Rees-Mogg, Tory MP for North-East Somerset since 2010, declined to join a fish-flinging escapade on a boat outside parliament in March, in protest at the government agreeing to observe European Union fishing regulations during the Brexit transition. It was not the sentiment he disagreed with—he too believes the UK’s concession betrayed our coastal communities. It is just that the protest didn’t fit his image.

Of course Nigel Farage was on board the plucky red fishing boat, chucking haddock, skate and bass into the swirling waters of the River Thames for the cameras. The stunt worked perfectly for his unruly persona. But Farage’s race is run, and his chances of statesmanship pretty much nil.

Rees-Mogg plays a different part, sensing a grander future. He was, he declared in his curvaceous vowels, “not a fish thrower” nor about to change his name to “Captain Haddock.” Such theatrics would not fit his brand of calm and courteous pronouncements delivered in stiff collars and double-breasted suits. Instead, from the solid footing of the Embankment, he piggy-backed on the publicity generated by Farage, whom he has succeeded as the Leaver Nation’s darling. There he stood, delivering his courtly analysis on all matters fishy, following up with a pun-filled tweet, which garnered thousands of likes. Thus it was that his management of this stunt edged Rees-Mogg another step closer towards the leadership of a party and country which is—unexpectedly, bizarrely but unmistakably—suddenly within his grasp.

It is less than two years since the “peasants’ revolt” of the Brexit vote did for Britain’s 19th Etonian prime minister, but the bookies now tell us that the most likely next occupant of No 10 would be the 20th. (As I write, Rees-Mogg is 4/1 as the next PM with Ladbrokes, which puts him not only ahead of the rest of the Tory field, but of the opposition leader, Jeremy Corbyn). There are clearly differences between David Cameron and Rees-Mogg, but these run in the opposite direction from what you might expect from a disgruntled country that wanted to give its establishment a kicking.

Whereas Cameron’s years at school had mixed spliffs with the Smiths, Jacob Rees-Mogg looked then—and now—like the sort of fellow who’d have been quite happy wearing his Eton collar and top hat in the summer holidays. A country that closed its ears to Cameron because he seemed too out of touch, is—if Ladbrokes is right—about to embrace the member for the 18th century. So how on Earth did we get here?

Has time come for the neo-Jacobites?

Eton itself is a good place to start. “Rees-Mogg was powerful at school and just the same as he is now,” recalls one contemporary. The son of the long-term Times editor, William Rees-Mogg, he is remembered as being “unique.” He “made rousing speeches in favour of the Queen but made us laugh so everybody turned up… and stamped their feet. It really annoyed school’s few left-wingers.”

Learning how to entertain a thousand privileged teenagers appears to have prepared Rees-Mogg for charming a wider public. The debating society mind-set has certainly shaped his thinking. Part of the appeal of a pure or clean Brexit is, surely, that its exposition lends itself to ringing phrases, so different from the scrappy rhetoric required to explain the messy compromises of life within the EU or a softer exit. And Rees-Mogg is an old hand at public meetings, sounding relaxed and reasonable even when the content is incendiary; disagreeing with opponents in a debonair manner, even when they become rude. He has real wit and exquisite comic timing. Above all—and here is the trick in an age that venerates “authenticity” above any other political virtue—Rees-Mogg never appears to be pretending. Even as he endlessly refines his performance, he is unmistakably who he is.

Cameron was caught out forgetting which football team he claimed to support (was it West Ham or Aston Villa? He didn’t know either). That wouldn’t happen to Rees-Mogg, because his whole shtick precludes feigning “man of the people” interests. He embraced his background, and recognised early that he couldn’t—and wouldn’t—change. “Poshness” is not something he sought to drop with his consonants; instead, he made it his brand.

Jacob Ress-Mogg with Farage at a meeting on the European Arrest Warrant in 2006.

In many respects, the playbook Rees-Mogg is working to is the one deployed over the past decade by Boris Johnson, who played the role of entertainer at Eton five years before him. Johnson, too, is untroubled by coming across as a toff, reaches for grandiloquent phrases and wins crowds through flashes of knowing self-deprecation. When these sort of arch-showmen laugh at themselves—such as Rees-Mogg’s quip “I was young once, I wasn’t very good at it”—we instinctively imagine that they are a good sport and somehow must be worth listening to. Both men use oratorical flourishes to evade giving hard answers, and—to a remarkable extent—tittering journalists allow them to get away with it. Now, however, the wider public has begun to tire of Johnson’s act. He is currently a more distant 10/1 as the next PM.

To understand how Rees-Mogg has upstaged him, it might be less instructive to examine his Conservative rivals than to look at Jeremy Corbyn. If Corbyn is the original bearded lefty, then, as one commentator has put it, Rees-Mogg is a “taxi driver’s idea of a flawless Conservative.” In an age when purity counts for more than anything else, here are two primary colour politicians—“you might not like ‘em, but you know where you stand.”

The parallels go further. Corbyn was propelled from obscurity by striking a chord with the party grassroots who these days hold the final say on the leadership in both parties, over the objection of most colleagues in parliament. Rees-Mogg may not exude the same earnest moral purpose, but both men pretend they don’t play the media game, appearing as unreconstructed stick-in-the-muds who have chosen unbending principles over passing political fashions and power. While Rees-Mogg (elected in 2010) cannot match Corbyn (elected 1983) for the length of his spell in the wilderness, he will potentially—much like Corbyn—arrive at the top unsullied by office, or for that matter political responsibility of any kind. Most politicians first enter public consciousness as a middle-ranking minister squirming on a Newsnight sofa, explaining some problem that their masters have landed them in. But this is not the kind of experience that either of these two men have been tarnished by.

The Rees-Mogg act appears more authentic than most because he was working on it before he had any obvious careerist motivation. Whereas Johnson conceded to friends he had “veered all over the place like a shopping trolley,” penning Telegraph columns for both Leave and Remain before making his scheming and fateful dash for glory, there was never any doubt about which way Rees-Mogg would go.

Back in 2012, when he contrived to utter the word “floccinaucinihilipilification,” an Eton invention, on the green benches, he cannot—surely—have seen any higher purpose in that jape than amusement. He was establishing himself as an eccentric, not a potential prime minister. Whatever his private, late-night fantasies might have been, there was no reason for Rees-Mogg to believe that he would be more than a colourful Westminster character. And, when initially light-hearted chatter about “Moggmentum” first picked up last year, the man himself laughed it off. By this spring, however, he was submitting to the best part of an hour of questioning by Nick Robinson about, among other things, what Moggtopia would look like. He used the interview to explain why he had as much capacity to empathise with the ordinary voter as people who had lived more ordinary lives.

The “Archbishop of Brexit” may like to portray himself as the polar opposite of a slick PR man, but he does have the Sun brought to him at his breakfasting table every morning. Despite presenting himself as the honourable member for the 18th century, baffled by his mobile phone, he is a master at social media. He records podcasts for the ConservativeHome website, which they call “Moggcasts” and he calls “gramophone editions.” He is also an expert in the art of Instagram: his feed, followed by more than 50,000 people, is full of cute family photos and ironic postings of Private Eye and Daily Mash articles mocking him (“Jacob Rees-Mogg sent from 1923 to save the Conservative Party,” reads one).

Starting them young: 12-year-old Jacob Ress-Mogg reading the Financial Times.

None of this happens by accident, but what—beyond self-publicity—is his purpose? Well, we all know he is Europhobe, and at home only serves English food. “Smoked salmon is allowed,” reports one visitor, “but never with something ‘exotic’ like onions or sour cream.” We know, too, he is an ultra-conservative Catholic, with the antediluvian views you’d expect from a father of six (Peter Theodore Alphege, Mary Anne Charlotte Emma, Thomas Wentworth Somerset Dunstan, Anselm Charles Fitzwilliam, Alfred Wulfric Leyson Pius, Sixtus Dominic Boniface Christopher) who is unembarrassed by never having changed a nappy. At his wedding to Helena de Chair at Canterbury Cathedral in 2007, by special arrangement with the Archbishop, Mass was in ecclesiastical Latin.

Fewer, however, would probably guess who Rees-Mogg turns to for tips on how to promote his right-wing agenda in the digital age. At a meeting last November, he hooked up with Donald Trump’s sinister former henchman and “brain,” Steve Bannon, the long-time mover behind the alt-right Breitbart News, and a self-proclaimed disciple of that historic populist Benito Mussolini.

One former cabinet minister, anxious about the Rees-Mogg phenomenon, told me that he “has found out how to drown out moderate voices.” One of the new ways he is managing to do that—in public, at least—is to moderate his own. The man who described state school pupils as “potted plants,” food banks as an “uplifting” demonstration of philanthropy and declared that John Prescott’s accent characterised him as an “oaf,” appears to have had something of an epiphany. Last month he revealed that he believes
in the NHS as the “most efficient” way of providing health care for those unable to provide for themselves. For the same reason, he said he backed state-provided welfare and education.

“Despite presenting himself as the honourable member for the 18th century, baffled by his mobile phone, he is a master of social media”

Still, you didn’t have to listen that hard to his answers to grasp that, in his eyes, the welfare state is just a safety net for those who don’t have other options. Rees-Mogg, of course, has never had cause to rely upon a public service of any description. Having grown up in a succession of stately homes, he spent the years between Oxford and the House of Commons as an asset manager, becoming a multi-millionaire in the process. His firm, Somerset Capital Management, now looks after a fund worth $9.6bn. Rees-Mogg can also sleep easy, knowing that his wife reputedly stands to inherit £45m from her mother Lady Juliet Tadgell, heir to the Fitzwilliam fortune.

If there is a Mogg social policy, it can probably be summed up in the words of the Victorian hymn: “The rich man in his castle/the poor man at his gate/ God made them high and lowly/And ordered their estate.” And that is not only because of his pedigree, but also because, like Bannon, he believes that “everybody is individualistic” and that “individuals make better decisions for themselves and their families than the clever people in Whitehall and we should remove obstacles in their way.” Brexit, perhaps, will allow him to sweep some of those obstacles out of the way, but the question remains: to
what end?

Dive deeper into this entertaining eccentric and things only get more disturbing. In 2013 Rees-Mogg was guest of honour at, and gave a speech to, the annual dinner of Traditional British Group, which describes itself as “the home of the disillusioned patriot.” Embroilment with this Powellite sect, which wants to return black people to “their natural homelands,” would have been a career death-wish in the modernising years of the Tory Party. He later insisted that he had been “shocked” to hear of their stance and that he would “disassociate” himself from the group. But Matthew Parris, the former Conservative MP, is one of many members of the party who has concluded that while Rees-Mogg’s “manners are perfumed, his opinions are poisoned.”

It is a sign of turbulent times that such a mistake has not killed off Rees-Mogg’s career. Nor has the idea of being at once the

champion of the people and, at the same time, a cartoon toff whose nanny drives him around on the canvassing trail in an old Bentley. “Oh no,” he quips once again in role-play. “That’s all wrong. A Bentley would never do for such matters. It was a Mercedes.”

And we go along with it, the media inflate it and a star is born. No matter that most Brits would be appalled by his views—he is against abortion, for instance, even in cases of rape—if they only paused to digest them. But just as Johnson for so long got away with everything because he was good ol’ Boris or Bozza so Rees-Mogg is Moggy or the Moggster.

He is the embodiment of English exceptionalism—or as the Economist recently described him, the “blue passport in human form, the red telephone box made flesh, the Royal Yacht Britannia in a pinstripe suit.” Such a profile counts for more than a roster of concrete achievements that actually improve people’s lives. Another ex-cabinet minister, when reached for comment about Rees-Mogg, spluttered: “All this attention gives him more credibility and I really don’t want to help with that!”

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That a newly credible Rees-Mogg has also acquired power from the backbenches is plain to see. Since the start of the year he has chaired the band of hardline Brexiteer MPs known as the European Research Group (ERG) or, as his critics dub it, the Elect Rees-Mogg Group. This shadowy but influential cabal is described by the Times as “the most aggressive political cadre in Britain today.” Its tentacles appear to be everywhere; its members include multiple ministers. “They’re like Maoist revolutionaries,” says the former Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg. “They don’t care how many bodies they sacrifice along the way or how much hardship is inflicted on people in the long march.”

Even if he has become an unlikely revolutionary, Rees-Mogg is in no rush to put his head over the barricades and have it shot off. The politeness conceals cunning. In February, he was one of 62 signatories of a letter from the ERG to the prime minister. Those in the know say that he was the driving force behind a list of demands for no compromise on Brexit dressed up as polite “suggestions.” Yet when the letter was leaked, he deftly avoided personal flak by means of having had someone else be the principal signatory. Some Tories describe a “recklessly stupid ransom note”—but Downing Street has been forced to dance to its tune. Meanwhile, Rees-Mogg is emerging as an increasingly skilled and audacious politician. “He’s foxy and will go for the jugular when he needs to,” observes Paul Goodman of ConservativeHome.

Critics say the ERG’s antics, which have propelled Rees-Mogg to the top spot in the ConservativeHome leadership poll for the last three months in a row, will tear the party apart. Plenty of MPs are terrified. “You would only elect him leader of the Conservative Party if you didn’t want to win an election ever again,” one grandee has said. Anna Soubry and Heidi Allen have publicly stated they would leave the party if Rees-Mogg became leader, Allen explaining that he goes against everything she wants to present her party as being. A former cabinet minister added that “he can’t reach wide sections of the public and I certainly wouldn’t draft him into a marginal constituency. He’s appalling on human rights, women’s rights, LGBTQ issues.” Nobody of a liberal persuasion is likely to disagree. Another, former Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, laid into him in a recent debate at the Cambridge Union and avoided him altogether at dinner.

“He was guest of honour at the Traditional British Group, which wants to return black people to ‘their natural homelands’”

Within parliament, even his fans in the ERG concede he does not have the unifying qualities needed in a leader to win more than 40 per cent of the national vote. One ministerial member put it: “He has no qualifications for the job. He is not a unifying figure.” And it is also hard to think of another occasion when a backbencher has sprung straight into No 10.

Goodman, with his ear to the Tory ground, believes Rees-Mogg is aware of the formidable obstacles to his becoming leader. If Theresa May were to fall, perhaps through a no-confidence vote, Conservative MPs would whittle down the field of hopefuls to two names, which would be put to the party at large. He “knows that his colleagues in parliament would never put him in the final two,” believes Goodman. But there really aren’t many known knowns left in today’s politics. Tory MPs may have stitched things up in the past—rallying around May in 2016, and Michael Howard in 2003—but riven by Brexit, they would struggle to coordinate in the same way today. And if the stitch-up came unstuck, Rees-Mogg’s popularity with the 70,000 or so members of the aging Conservative Party would put him in pole position to win the party vote.

The remaining moderates in the rank and file pray it never comes to that. “He is just too off the wall for general appeal,” says one respected constituency chairman. “Moderate MPs are too afraid of the right to speak their minds and Rees-Mogg and the ERG are making that worse. If he gets any further I will tear up my party membership.” Goodman also believes that his hardline Catholicism restricts his national selling power—“how would it play in Walsall, for instance? Or, for that matter, with female or gay voters anywhere?” It’s a fair question, but then Trump’s reactionary views and abusive behaviour did not stop white American women voting for him. A newly-ambitious Rees-Mogg has already reacted to this potential stumbling block, saying that free votes should settle those moral issues where he is out on the fringe.

What would Britain look like if Jacob Rees-Mogg becomes prime minister? Based on what we know so far, it could lead to tightly controlled public spending, lower taxes and, at the very least, a screeching halt to any sort of social progress on gender, sexuality or pretty well anything else. It’s worth remembering that Somerset CM is managed via subsidiaries in the tax havens of the Cayman Islands and Singapore, an arrangement Rees-Mogg has defended by saying: “I do not believe people have any obligation to pay more tax than the law requires.”

One further clue might come from the father he so admired, who ended up as a life peer. Two decades ago, William wrote a manifesto for an obscure form of apocalyptic capitalism called The Sovereign Individual: How to Survive and Thrive During the Collapse of the Welfare State. Co-authored by James Dale Davidson, who specialised in advising the rich on how to profit from economic catastrophe, it has become something of a minor cult classic.

One of the book’s premises is that liberal democracies operate like criminal cartels, forcing citizens to surrender large portions of their wealth to pay for welfare, hospitals and schools, and that they will consequently fail. It suggests a “cognitive elite” should then seize power to create corporate city-states and redesign governments to suit their own ends. If son follows father in this belief as in so many others, it represents a scary endgame for the Rees-Mogg individualist creed.

With many thanks to: Prospect Magazine for the origional story.

MoD aware of 350 breaches of international humanitarian law in Yemen

An Amnesty International protest of Yemeni civilians killed by airstrikes.

The Ministry of Defence has tracked 350 breaches of international humanitarian law in Yemen, new figures show.

Campaigners called the number “staggering” and warned UK arms had played a central role in creating one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world.

Saudi Arabia has faced criticism over its role in Yemen’s civil war, with warnings the Saudis were “orchestrating what will potentially become the worst famine in the last 50 years”.

Defence minister Mark Lancaster said alleged breaches were best investigated by the Saudi-led joint incident assessment team, with the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) figures used to monitor the country’s approach.

The UK has sold £4.6 billion worth of arms to Saudi Arabia since its bombing in Yemen began, according to the Campaign Against Arms Trade.

The campaign’s Andrew Smith said: “These figures are staggering and shameful, but that is only part of the story. These aren’t just numbers on a tracker, they are also people’s lives.

“The three year bombardment has seen the destruction of schools, homes and hospitals. Thousands of people have been killed, and yet the arms sales have continued.

“We are always hearing how rigorous and robust UK arms export controls supposedly are, but these figures show how empty those boasts are.

“The people of Yemen are living through one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world, and UK arms have played a central role in creating it.”

In January 2017 the Government said it was tracking 252 alleged violations in Yemen.

Ministers have repeatedly insisted they operate one of the strictest arms export control regimes in the world.

They also say Saudi Arabia has a right to defend itself from Houthi rebels operating in Yemen, who have launched missile attacks against the Saudi capital Riyadh.

The new figures were released in response to a written parliamentary question from Labour’s Lloyd Russell-Moyle.

He said the figure “is a fraction of the number of war crimes that have been routinely occurring in Yemen”, most of which had been committed by the Saudi air force.

“The so called joint incidents assessment team, the self-investigating body set up as a fig leaf to make legal Saudi Arabia’s destruction of Yemen, has reported on only 41 allegations of international humanitarian law violations – a fraction of the MoD’s fraction. In reality, these statistics are meaningless,” Mr Russell-Moyle said.“They are designed to make the war look tidy and make Britain appear in control of its dubious ally, which is acting against all notions of proportion and restraint. The Tories are simply prioritising private profit over the lives of Yemenis.”

In his reply, Mr Lancaster said that as of March 21, the number of alleged instances of breaches or violations of international humanitarian law (IHL) in Yemen listed on the “tracker” database maintained by the MoD is 350.

He said 14 of these are duplicate entries, which means some incidents will have been recorded on more than one occasion due to the way the data is compiled.

Mr Lancaster added: “The MoD does not investigate allegations of Saudi-led coalition IHL violations.

“The Saudi-led coalition is best placed to do this, and does so through its joint incident assessment team.

“MoD analysis of alleged IHL violations is used to form an overall view on Saudi Arabia’s approach and attitude to IHL.”

Mr Smith, though, said the Government’s own analysis “suggests that breaches of international law have become a routine part of the bombing campaign”.

He added: “After three years of destruction, what more will it take for Theresa May and her colleagues to stop arming and supporting the Saudi dictatorship?”

With many thanks to the: The Daily Mail for the origional story.

I wrote a letter yesterday to Prime Minister David Cameron about Saudi protester – Jeremy Corbyn



Paisley, McKeague and Seawright among famed users of emotive words.

POLITCIANS playing to their constituency with colourful and emotive rhetoric is uusually regarded as an asset. Renowned orators like Michael Collins and Winston Churchill delivered words in a manner that instilled awe and great loyalty among their audience.


Throughout the Troubles – and even before 1969 – the North of Ireland‘s politicians have enjoyed employing aggressive and provocative language when speaking in public. One of the most notorious incidents occoured almost 50 years ago when big Ian Paisley demanded the removal of the Irish tricolour from Division Street in West Belfast. He warned of riots if the RUC did not heed his call, but the violence the relatively young Free Presbyterian preacher predicted was avoided after a police operation to remove the flag. Over subsequent decades the former DUP leader’s language sailed close to the wind on many occasions but never were his words deemed so offensive that they resulted in arrest. However, his East Belfast loyalist associate John McKeague did face prosecution for a hate crime over the written word rather than an inflammatory speech.

The 1971 publication of Loyalist song book and its inclusion of anti-Catholic lyrics saw McKeague brought to court but ultimately acquitted after the proesecution failed to convince the jury of his intent. McKeague was shot dead a decade later by the INLA. In perhaps the best known episode of inciting sectarian hatred Belfast DUP councillor George Seawright was pprosecuted in 1984 when he made provocative remarked during a meeting of Belfast Education and Library Board. The loyalist, who like McKeague was later gunned down by the INLA offshoot, described Catholics who objected to the singing of the British national anthem “fenian scum” and suggested they should be burnt in an incinerator. Although he denied making the comments, Mr Seawright was prosecuted and received a six-month suspended sentence. The era of social media means the opportunities for people to go beyond what is deemed acceptable is much greater. The court restrictions around using Facebook and Twitter placed on loyalist flag protesters Jamie Bryson and Willie Frazer reflect a recognition of the potential by political and community leaders to incite their followers through.

With many thanks to : John Manley, The Irish News.


563166_362280987225584_199119441_nThe BBC is coming under increasing pressure to say wheither it will play a song pushed into the charts celebratiing the death of Margaret Thatcher.

Corporation bosses say they have not yet decided whether to play Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead if anti-Thatcher protesters manage to get the song into Sunday’s singles chart.

But they insisted the charts were a “historical and factual” account of what music was being bought.

The Wizard of Oz track, sung by Judy Garland, is on course for a top five place after selling 20,000 copies since her death on Monday.

Veteran broadcaster Paul Gambaccini said it had to be played, because the charts are “the news in a musical sense” and that no explanation should be needed as to why the song was charting.


Jamie Reed

Ding Dong in poor taste. Difficult for the BBC? Surely it has to play it? Shades of Reith and the General Strike if it censors? Difficult.

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Wake up Maggie

But Tory MP John Whittingdale, Thatcher’s former political secretary and chairman of the Commons Culture, Media and Sport committee, said it could present a “difficult” dilemma for the BBC.

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Whittingdale told The Huffington Post UK: “I very much hope the issue will not arise, in that I would be very saddened if a song which will be being promoted on the basis of celebrating the death of Margaret Thatcher should achieve success that would be sufficient to put it into the charts.


Guido Fawkes

Not a complicated editorial decision process for the BBC. “We are not going to play a song to celebrate the death of an 87 year-old woman.”

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“I think it would be difficult if that were the case, but I hope we’re talking about an academic issue, not an actual one.”

But another Tory MP, Rob Wilson, said Thatcher would not have wanted to censor the “nasty idiots” behind the campaign.


Rob Wilson

While unpleasant, #BBC right to play leftie-hate song reMrsT. She didn’t free millions of pple in order to censor a tiny no. of nasty idiots

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Gambaccini, who presented the US chart on BBC Radio 1 for 18 years, said: “There is no reason not to play it.

“The whole basis of the Sunday chart show is that it is the pop music equivalent of the news. You don’t have to introduce every song with enthusiasm, you just play them.”

Celebrities and politicians on guest list for Thatcher funeral

There have been suggestions that the presenter could explain to younger listeners why the song was being played – but Gambaccini said this would be “precedent-setting.”

“I am sure every 13-year-old in the country is aware that there’s an internet campaign – they are on Facebook every day.”

Record label-founder and music journalist Andy Ross said BBC bosses would be having “sleepless nights.”

“This is a classic rock-and-a-hard-place situation, one which the producers at the beeb have – in a King Canute stance – chosen to defer until this Sunday, when they are having a summit.”

He added: “I think it’s enough to announce the track on the chart run-down, but is it worth the grief of actually playing it?

“I think the majority of other music stations won’t mention it at all, but in the case of a public-funded entity such as the BBC, they should play it on the chart rundown.”

A BBC Radio 1 spokesman said: “The Official Chart Show on Sunday is a historical and factual account of what the British public has been buying and we will make a decision about playing it when the final chart positions are clear.”

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Margaret Thatcher – General Election

Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher leaving 10 Downing Street after the Conservative Party won a convincing majority in the General Election.

Denis and Margaret Thatcher

Baroness Margaret Thatcher reunited with her husband Sir Denis Thatcher, this afternoon when he returned home after spending the last few weeks recovering from his six-hour coronary by-pass operation. * Sir Denis the husband of former Conservative Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher, who is 87-years-old, said he was looking forward to a relaxing weekend in their home in Belgravia, West London. 15/6/03: His family said that the 88-year-old had been readmitted to the Royal Brompton Hospital in London for tests following major heart surgery in January. *30/10/03: Baroness Thatcher will be joined by her twin children, Carol and Mark, at a memorial service to pay tribute to her late husband, Sir Denis Thatcher. Sir Denis died in June, aged 88 having undergone major heart surgery six months earlier from which it appeared he had made a good recovery.


David Montgomery/Getty Images)British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, circa 1985. (Photo by David Montgomery/Getty Images) (Photo by David Montgomery/Getty Images)

Politics – Helmut Kohl Visit – Chequers, Buckinghamshire

Margaret Thatcher and Chancellor Helmut Kohl of West Germany at ease in the grounds as they had three hours of ‘relaxed and very friendly’ talks at Chequers, the Prime Minister’s country residence. They agreed more emphasis should be laid on the warmth of Anglo-German relations.

Thatcher and David Cameron meet for dinner

Baroness Thatcher and Conservative leader David Cameron meet for dinner at the Goring Hotel in Victoria, south-west London.

Order of the Garter ceremony

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh sit with the Knights and Ladies of the Garter in the Waterloo Room at Windsor Castle before a Garter Service at St George’s Chapel in the castle grounds. * The Knights and Ladies of The Most Noble Order of the Garter are, from left: front row, The Duke of Grafton, The King of Spain, The Queen of Denmark, The Duke of Gloucester, The Princess Royal, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Kent, Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg, The Queen of the Netherlands, The King of Norway. Second row; Page of Honour The Honorable John Bowes-Lyon, Sir Edward Heath, The Duke of Devonshire, Lord Sainsbury of Preston Candover, The Duke of Wellington, The Chancellor Lord Carrington, Lord Richardson of Duntisbourne, Lord Bramall, Viscount Ridley, Lord Kingsdown, Baroness Thatcher, Page of Honour Lord Carnegie. Third row; Lord Inge, The Duke of Abercorn, Lord Ashburton, Sir Edmund Hilary, Sir Timothy Coleman, Sir William Gladstone and Sir Anthony Acland.

Royalty – State Visit of Queen Beatrix – 10 Downing Street

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands (l) and Prince Claus (2nd from right) with Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher at 10 Downing Street.

Politics – PM Margaret Thatcher – Clydach Vale, Rhondda Valley

Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher with Welsh Secretary Peter Walker at Clydach Vale in Rhondda Valley, where she saw derelict land being reclaimed as part of a factory development.

Royalty – Queen Beatrix and Margaret Thatcher – London

Queen Beatrix and Prince Claus of the Netherlands meet with Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher at Downing Street during their state visit to Britain.

Margaret Thatcher’s papers

File photo dated 17/06/07 of Margaret Thatcher and the Duke of York as a hand-written note by Lady Thatcher appears to show how she grappled with her response to the Duke of York’s deployment as part of the Falklands task force.

Margaret Thatcher’s papers

EMBARGOED TO 0001 FRIDAY MARCH 22 File photo dated 01/10/88 of Prime Minster Margaret Thatcher with Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe as Lady Thatcher’s 1982 private papers include a number of brief mentions of figures who would go on to play a significant role in public and political life. They include an early meeting with Robert Mugabe, who had been elected as Prime Minister of Zimbabwe in 1980.

Margaret Thatcher Lays Flowers at Bradford City Fire Site

Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, watched by her husband Denis, lays a wreath among the hundreds of other floral tributes near the turn stile area of the Bradford City football ground, Yorkshire, where many of the 52 victims of the tragedy were found.

Dutch Royalty – Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and Prince Claus – 10 Downing Street – London

During the second day of their State visit to Britain, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and Prince Claus are greeted by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher at 10 Downing Street, London, for luncheon.

Politics – Thatcher Education Secretary – 1970

Conservative MP Margaret Thatcher (the future British Prime Minister), Secretary of State for Education and Science.

Politics – Thatcher wedding day – 1951

Unsuccessful Conservative candidate for Dartford, Margaret Hilda Roberts, 26, on the day of her wedding to Denis Thatcher at Wesley’s Chapel, in London.

Politics – Conservative Women’s Conference – 1973

A popular event in the two-day programme of the Conservative Women’s Conference was the address on education by Margaret Thatcher, Education Secretary.

Thatcher and the Red Army Dancers.

Margaret Thatcher enjoying a chat with dancers from the Red Army Ensemble — Moscow Military District, at the Royal Albert Hall.

Politics – Thatcher Wedding Day – 1951

Unsuccessful Conservative candidate for Dartford, Margaret Roberts, 26, at her wedding to 36-year-old Denis Thatcher at Wesley’s Chapel, in London.

Politics – Conservative Party Conference – Blackpool – 1970

Prime Minister, Edward Heath sports a smile which lasted during a three-minute ovation he received at the opening of the annual Conservative conference at the Winter Gardens. Sharing the platform with him is Margaret Thatcher, Secretary for Education and Science.

Politics – Margaret Thatcher – 1975

Margaret Thatcher, Conservative MP, receives a kiss from her husband Denis.

Politics – Margaret Thatcher – 1975

Conservative Party leader Margaret Thatcher, at working her office at the House of Commons.

Politics – Margaret Thatcher – 1975

Conservative MP Margaret Thatcher, 49, in her Chelsea home kitchen, before making her challenge for the Conservative Party leadership and a place in political history.

Politics – Thatcher and Reagan – 1975

Former California Governor Ronald Reagan presenting a silver dollar medallion to Opposition Leader Margaret Thatcher when he visited her in her House of Commons office.

Politics – Conservative Local Government Conference – 1979

Margaret Thatcher speaking at the Conservative Local Government Conference at Caxton Hall, London, when she angrily accused the Government of having tried to whip up non-existent emotions in the referendum campaigns.

Politics – Margaret Thatcher – Shadow Education Secretary – 1969

Margaret Thatcher, spokesperson on Education in the Conservative Shadow Cabinet, at the Houses of Parliament.

Politics – General Election 1979

Margaret and Denis Thatcher get away from it all with their 25-year-old twins, Mark and Carol, by strolling through the grounds of Scotney Castle, Kent where Mrs Thatcher has a National Trust flat. She is relaxing before the battle ahead to become the first female Prime Minster.

Politics – Margaret Thatcher – Chelsea, London

Conservative Party leader Margaret Thatcher in a jubilant mood outside her Chelsea home, after Tory victories in by-elections at two former Labour strongholds – Workington and Walsall North.

Silver wedding anniversary.

Margaret and Denis Thatcher with their children, Mark and Carol, at their Chelsea home on the day of their silver wedding anniversary.

Margaret Thatcher’s papers

File photo dated 26/4/1982 of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Wide divisions within the Conservative party over how the Government should respond to Argentina’s invasion of the Falklands are revealed today as Margaret Thatcher’s 1982 private papers are made public.

Politics – Margaret Thatcher – Vacuum Interrupters Ltd – 1981

Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher wears protective clothing as she tours the premises of Vacuum Interrupters Ltd.

Politics – General Election 1979

Margaret Thatcher waves from the doorstep of Number 10 Downing Street in Whitehall, London, on the day of the General Election.

Politics – General Election 1979

Conservative leader Margaret Thatcher in a thoughtful mood when she hosted her party’s press conference in London, as the 1979 General Election campaign entered its final week.

Politics – First Female Prime Minister – Downing Street – 1979

Britain’s first women Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher arrives at no.10 Downing Street to take up office following the Conservative victory in the general election.

Politics – Conservative Party Conference – Blackpool – 1979

A jubilant Margaret Thatcher acknowledging the standing ovation after her speech on the final day of the Conservative Party Conference at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool.

Thatcher Falkland Island surrender talks

Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher facing an enthusiastic reception from well-wishers outside No 10 Downing Street, in London, on her return from the Commons, where she told MPs talks on a surrender by Argentina of the Falkland Islands were in progress.

Margaret Thatcher in garland.

Margaret Thatcher addressing a crowd at Stoneleigh near Coventry wearing a garland presented to her by an Asian constituent.

Politics – General Election 1983

Margaret Thatcher with her husband Denis greets supporters at a rally in Fleetwood during her campaign visit of the North West.

Politics – Conservative Party Conference – Blackpool – 1977

Conservative party leader Margaret Thatcher with 16 year old Rother Valley schoolboy, William Hague, after he received a standing ovation from delegates at the Conservative Party conference in Blackpool.

Margaret Thatcher won a landslide victory

10th JUNE: On this day in 1983 Margaret Thatcher won a landslide victory to start her second term of power. The window of success frames the jubilant Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher waving to well-wishers after her election win. At Tory Party headquarters, she told flag-waving supporters “My victory is greater than I had dared to hope”.

Politics – Thatcher and Tongan king – 1983

Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher looks pensive as she awaits the arrival of King Taufa’ahau Tupou IV of Tonga at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London.

Politics – General Election 1983

Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher returning to 10 Downing Street after winning the election. Instead of entering her official residence, she insisted on walking to the end of the street and the corner of Whitehall to shake hands with well-wishers.

Politics – Reagan and Thatcher – 1984

Ronald Reagan has a word in the ear of Margaret Thatcher on the day that Thatcher becomes the longest-serving Prime Minister in the 20th century.

Politics – Thatcher and Reagan – 1984

Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, left, with American President Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy.

Politics – Channel Tunnel Agreement – Canterbury Cathedral – 1986

Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher with French President Francois Mitterrand at the Chapter House, Canterbury Cathedral, when the Channel Fixed Link Treaty was signed by the foreign secretaries.

Politics – General Election 1987

Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher gives a three-fingered salute outside 10 Downing Street as she begins her third successive term of office following the Conservative victory in the general election.

Margaret Thatcher and Francois Mitterand – Channel Tunnel

Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and French President Francois Mitterand at Canterbury Cathedral for the signing of the Channel Fixed Link Treaty.

Politics – Economic Summit Banquet – London

Left to right: Queen Elizabeth II, American President Ronald Reagan and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher at Buckingham Palace when they attended a special banquet hosted by the Queen following the London Economic Summit.

Politics – 250th Anniversary of the Prime Minister’s office – Downing Street, London

Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is joined by Queen Elizabeth II and five former PMs at 10 Downing Street, London, as she hosts a dinner celebrating the 250th anniversary of the residence becoming the London home of Prime Ministers. (L-R) James Callaghan, Lord Home, Thatcher, Lord Stockton, the Queen, Lord Wilson and Edward Heath.

Politics – Margaret Thatcher – Victory Ball – 1987

Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and her husband Denis lead off the dancing during the Victory Ball at the Empress Hall, Blackpool.

Politics – Margaret Thatcher 10 Years in Power – Downing Street, London

Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and her husband Denis on the doorstep of 10 Downing Street, London, ten years after they moved in, following the 1979 general election.

Politics – Thatcher and Family – Downing Street – 1989

Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher outside 10 Downing Street, in London, with her son Mark, daughter-in-law Diane, and two-month-old grandson Michael.


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3 minutes ago (18:48)

This is the woman who stood idly by and watched the police cover up for Hillsborough, she allowed mounted police to GALLOP into miners’ picket lines and then jeer at striking miners, saying ‘it’s all overtime pay for us’, introduced the poll-tax (the so-called community charge), sowed the seeds for the greed of bankers that led to the credit crunch and gambling with OUR money, had Labour Councillors surcharged for standing up to her, but did little to stop Tory Dame Shirley Porter vote-rigging in Westminster – and now Thatcher’s no more. Ding Dong indeed!

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Paul Ardron

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3 minutes ago (18:47)

The chart is supposed to be democratic, the people decide by buying, what they want to hear in/on it…….what’s the problem ?

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4 Fans

5 minutes ago (18:46)

It wouldn’t surprise me if it were to be lost in censorship. The Huff and the BBC have steadfastly reduced the avalanche of anti-Thatcher postings to a comparative trickle ever since she died. The BBC have even refused to allow comments on the vast majority of Thatcher articles. She would have been so please to see Pinochet’s lead that she tried to emulate now bearing fruit.

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Neil Dunford

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6 minutes ago (18:45)

Tell you what – if the BBC don’t want to play that, why not opted for The Keiser Chief’s “I predict a riot” – which’ll probably be a good substitute, as it can be used as the soundtrack to Thatcher’s Funeral.

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104 Fans

8 minutes ago (18:43)

If they don’t play it, because it is offensive to Maggie, the beeb will be admitting Maggie was a witch!

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do as you would be done by

73 Fans

9 minutes ago (18:42)

My god what an age we are now living in!!!

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0 Fans

9 minutes ago (18:42)

I hardly think Mr Gambaccini is in any position to comment, thought he was in prison!

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Paul Whitaker

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10 minutes ago (18:41)

If they don’t air it then we are no better than North Korea.

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115 Fans

14 minutes ago (18:37)

Maybe they can just arrest people before they listen to it. Fascism seems to be the Tory policy now.

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80 Fans

17 minutes ago (18:34)

I am sure the BBC will dedicate a full evening to the song and their propaganda of hatred towards Thatcher and democracy.

The problem is Thatcher haters define themselves with this hatred, often Blaming Thatcher for policies either she did not do or were done by Labour.

Yet still the British people never turned their back on Thatcher.

Thatcher was elected by working people, Labour from 1979 to 1997 were never supported by working people.

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115 Fans

11 minutes ago (18:40)

Have a word. The Tory are the part suggest pre-emptive arrests of “known” trouble makers. Welcome to the Soviet Kingdom.

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80 Fans

10 minutes ago (18:41)

Labour held people without trial, lied about WMD, and ruined manufacturing in the 70;s with unions.

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18 minutes ago (18:33)


Strange you think you have the right to make nasty comments to people, but don’t like it when they do the same to your lovie! Bloody Hypocrit!

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19 minutes ago (18:32)

If the song is the original version – the Judy Garland one – and bears no direct wording or visuals relating to Mrs. T, then I, for one, can’t see why broadcasting should be stopped.

Only the timing would constitute a link and the publicity generated by those promoting the song.

As a Free Marketeer, surely, the market rules and the market is right?

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22 minutes ago (18:29)

It’s a stupid song, so only on BBC Radio 1.

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TrueBlueTory Age quod agis

492 Fans

23 minutes ago (18:28)

Even as a die-hard, TrueBlue Tory i would say that they have to play it. If people are buying the song they are choosing to spend their money in the way they see fit. As Maggie was absolutely in favour of free enterprise, capitalism and personal choice as well as totally against censorship she would have been the first to demand they played it.

Besides, we’ve already seen that the “celebrations” of her death have damaged left-wing politicians and Trade Unionists so I say let them have their fun, when it comes to election time we Tories can legitimately say “Do you really want to vote for people who celebrated the death of someone’s mother?”

MI5 briefs Cabinet on terror threat

MI5 director-general Jonathan Evans briefed the Cabinet today on
the terrorist threats facing the UK in the run-up to the London

10 Downing Street

It is thought to be the first time that Mr Evans has addressed a full meeting of Prime Minister David Cameron‘s top team this Parliament.

But Downing Street officials said it was a “routine” update, and not prompted by any new intelligence or change in the assessment of the terrorism threat level, which remains “substantial”.

Home Secretary Theresa May also addressed colleagues on legislative efforts to confront the terrorist threat, including measures in the recent justice and security Green Paper.

Today’s 40-minute discussion in Cabinet began with a 15-minute briefing from the Security Service chief, which Mr Cameron’s official spokesman characterised as “an overall assessment of the current terrorist threat to the UK”.

The spokesman added: “There was some discussion of the Olympics and preparations in that context.

“It was a broad discussion about terrorism and an assessment of the current threat and a run-through of the various issues that the Government is dealing with on the legislative side, such as the fact that we have replaced control orders with TPIMS (Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures) and the various measures that are being considered in the context of the security and justice Bill.”

The recent spate of killings by a motorbike-riding gunman in south-west France were mentioned but not discussed at any length, said the spokesman.

Mr Evans regularly takes part in meetings of the National Security Council – created by Mr Cameron shortly after the 2010 election to bring together senior ministers, security chiefs and military top brass at 10 Downing Street.

But the PM’s spokesman said: “The Prime Minister is keen that some of those discussions that would generally happen at the NSC are occasionally brought to the full Cabinet, so that those Cabinet ministers who are not members of National Security Council are briefed and get an opportunity to discuss the issues.”

Cabinet met today in the Large Ministerial Conference Room in the Palace of Westminster, rather than Number 10, as ministers had to get away promptly to attend the address by the Queen to both Houses of Parliament.

The meeting was cut short before the scheduled agenda was completed, in order to ensure ministers were at their seats in Westminster Hall in time for Her Majesty’s arrival.


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