Steve Anglesey takes you through his top four Brexiteers of the week.
4. BORIS JOHNSON
“I just voted Conservative in the local elections. Make sure you do too,” the ever-truthful Boris tweeted at 8pm last Thursday before swiftly deleting the message when he was reminded that there were no local elections in London, where he lives.
The bus charlatan’s social media adventures continued with a cheery video in which he began: “Hi folks, I want to wish Muslims in Britain and around the world a holy and blessed month of Ramadan… a time for coming together and for introspection.” And how Johnson could do with some introspection over his remarks about Muslims, which include comparing women in burqas to bank robbers and letter boxes as well as writing in 2005 that “Judged purely on its scripture… (Islam) is the most viciously sectarian of all religions in its heartlessness towards unbelievers… When is someone going to get 18th century on Islam’s mediaeval ass?”
3. JOHN HUMPHRYS
For the second time in less than a month, the famously unbiased presenter of Radio Four’s Today programme has made reference to pressure for a second referendum as a “dark plot”.
Yes, what a shady bunch us Remainers are, with our clandestine meetings of a million people on the streets of London and our coded messages hidden in the pages of our secret newspaper, which is available at most major newsagents in the country only if you remember to use the cunning password “excuse me, could I have The New European please?”
Humphrys is due to retire from Today this year. Alas, like his fellow grey-haired Brexiteer in 10 Downing Street, while he may have announced his willingness to step down, he shows no signs of putting us all out of our misery by actually going.
2. PENNY MORDAUNT
She may never have advocated paintballing Spanish ships straying into Gibraltar waters or disguising mobile missile defence systems as Coca-Cola lorries, but the new defence secretary looks every bit as big a liability as Gavin Williamson.
During a pre-referendum appearance on the Andrew Marr Show, Mordaunt brazenly fibbed about the UK having no veto to stop Turkey joining the EU, twice contradicting Marr when he tried to correct her.
As recently as this March she told Mumsnet her position was based on David Cameron “in a video that emerged in 2016, saying ‘I am here to make the case for Turkey’s membership of the European Union and to fight for it'”. In fact, as Mordaunt must know, the video was from July 2010. Subsequently Turkey failed to meet EU membership standards and by the referendum Cameron was saying they would not join “until the year 3000”.
1. THOMAS PAUL KANGLEY
Commiserations to the UKIP candidate in Liverpool’s Kensington & Fairfield ward, who despite coming second to Labour last Thursday failed to win election by a teensy 62% of the vote.
And this despite an innovative leaflet which contained this remarkable (among other r-words) rant: “Labour give us puddles, potholes and people from places most of us never heard of – and Scousers being socially cleaned to make way for so-called refugees… My uncle Eddie was killed in 1942 HMS MV Abasso Torpedo’s by a German U-boat while bringing fighter pilots to Liverpool to defend against invasion! Now another invasion!”
Alas the effect of all of this was somewhat spoiled by the headline next to Mr Kangley’s photo reading “Britian and The British First”. Yes, he really did spell it ‘Britian’. You had one job…