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Sun Sep 22, 2019, 09:54 PM

Boris Johnson's billionaire leadership backer urged prorogation before he became PM

One of Boris Johnson's billionaire leadership backers was, as early as July, urging the prime-minister-to-be to prorogue parliament to force Brexit.

Just as Johnson was poised to become leader, hedge fund financier Crispin Odey, said that he was backing Boris because he would be ready to "dissolve" parliament for a no-deal Brexit.

Speaking to Channel 4 the day before Johnson won the leadership, Odey also said he was urging Johnson to pack the House of Lords with sympathetic new peers in order to "get this done".

The statements, revealed in the documentary Tories at War, suggest Johnson was considering prorogation at the behest of hard Brexiteer backers before he even became prime minister.

https://www.theneweuropean.co.uk/top-stories/channel-four-tories-at-war-crispin-odey-1-6283173


I hope the Supreme Court judges due to give a verdict on the prorogation on Tuesday don't get wind of this, or it might influence their decision.

This follows on from earlier reporting on the role of Johnson's hedge fund backers: https://www.democraticunderground.com/108817465

I wonder whether the Financial Times will stick by its line at the time, "No deal Brexit is not a hedge fund conspiracy"?

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Response to Denzil_DC (Original post)

Sun Sep 22, 2019, 10:01 PM

1. Wow. Believably he's taken a big bet against the pound so that "no deal" will pay off for him.

Does the Thomas Cook collapse help his position I wonder.

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Response to Denzil_DC (Original post)

Mon Sep 23, 2019, 03:26 AM

2. Do you see him on the channel 4 documentary last night?

Pompous and dangerous. Democracy as a means to an end when it suits - use it and abuse it at will to get your way... disgusting

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Response to Soph0571 (Reply #2)

Mon Sep 23, 2019, 07:21 AM

3. I missed it, unfortunately.

It had been a tough week, and my system decided that 10 p.m. on Sunday was shutdown time.

If I can find links to snippets of the programme online, I'll post them.

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Response to Denzil_DC (Reply #3)

Mon Sep 23, 2019, 07:26 AM

4. It was stunning - try and download on 4 on demand

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Response to Soph0571 (Reply #4)

Mon Sep 23, 2019, 07:30 AM

5. Thanks Soph!

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Response to Soph0571 (Reply #4)

Mon Sep 23, 2019, 07:38 AM

6. My tolerance for exposure to the revolting likes of Odey is low,

but yes, a few papers have summarized the show. Thanks for the link.

You'd hope this would be trending given that the Supreme Court judgment will be released at 10.30am tomorrow and this evidence has a direct bearing on it. I guess it's an indication of how our politics have degraded that documented revelations like this aren't frontpage news all round.

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Response to Soph0571 (Reply #4)

Mon Sep 23, 2019, 07:49 AM

7. Here's the Guardian's review:

Tories at War review – Spud-U-Hate and the elite potato blight

A former potato farmer turned Brexit-backing Tory MP, Andrew Bridgen is nicknamed Spud-U-Hate by his foes. It fell to him to explain, in Tories at War (Channel 4), how he and his fellow uber tubers in the Conservative party elect their leader. First the candidates form a circle. Then they take up their weapons. The circular firing squad ends when the candidates are eliminated – leaving, Bridgen fancifully imagined, “a nun from the Outer Hebrides to become leader”. If only. The problem, in retrospect, was that only 11 Conservatives stood this summer to lead their party. If only all of them had stood, and been eliminated, we wouldn’t be in such a mess. Given that the Na h-Eileanan an Iar constituency that includes the Outer Hebrides elected a Scottish Nationalist last time round, most likely that nun would not have prorogued parliament but revoked article 50, thus wiping the insufferable smile I had to endure watching this show from the face of the par-boiled spudleiter of the Brexit party.

The point of this hour was to bear witness to how, since Theresa May’s election, the most successful democratic party in the world (or so ex-minister Alan Duncan called it) got blighted by potato politicians. The civil war would have been fun to watch were it not for the fact that the rest of us are in its crossfire. Tories at War showed that Britons in 2019 are not so much lions led by donkeys as couch potatoes ruled by red-skinned, elite potatoes bred in top vegetable academies in the Thames valley.

Duncan, who started the programme in January as minister for Europe, ended it wondering if the lettuce in his sandwich was the last greenery he would consume as a consequence of no-deal Brexit. A little over the top, Alan: just as there are academies for producing potato politicians, so there will be lettuce farms in Brexit Britain.

The problem of the programme is that the war isn’t over and the collateral damage has scarcely started. The pleasure of the programme was watching Tory grandees get it wrong in hindsight. Nicholas Soames began the year airily scotching the ludicrous possibility of Boris Johnson as leader; he ended here chucked out of the Conservative party by PM Johnson for defying the whip to prevent a no-deal Brexit. Even Bridgen thought removing the whip from rebel Tories was bonkers: Johnson, the “Midlands Machiavelli” reckoned, had left the “rats nowhere to run”.

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2019/sep/22/tories-at-war-review-spud-u-hate-and-the-elite-potato-blight


I guess we should be grateful that it's covered at all, but unfortunately it reads like an everyday TV review, complete with the Marina Hyde-lite arch jokiness that seems to be de rigeur in political sketches nowadays (I enjoy them as light relief and a pressure valve, but they can reduce the current anti-democratic clusterfuck to just another trivialized spectacle).

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Response to Denzil_DC (Original post)

Mon Sep 23, 2019, 08:02 AM

8. You can view a clip from the Channel 4 documentary via the link in this tweet:




mike roberts-millar
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In the video interview with Crispin Odey he says "You may have to dissolve Parliament to get it done" referring to Brexit. Supreme Court are you watching? "Smoking gun" 🧐 Boris Johnson’s billionaire leadership backer urged prorogation before he became PM

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WATCH: Boris Johnson's billionaire backer urged prorogation before he became PM

One of Boris Johnson's billionaire leadership backers was, as early as July, urging the prime-minister-to-be to prorogue parliament to force Brexit.
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