Another week of fact-checked and unmissable politics in videos, in case you missed it.
First published in July 2019.
9 July 2019 — BBC Parliament.
When the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, made a very interesting statement about the proceeding of the Northern Ireland bill.
🗣 John Bercow: “Last night, my office received a telephone call from a sadly rather uninitiated tabloid scribbler who seemed much excited by the rumour that “Mr Speaker would not be chairing Committee proceedings”. He was most anxious to decipher the reason for this, because it seemed to him most mysterious. Kindness and generosity of spirit prevent me from naming the said individual.”
“However, perhaps I can be permitted to say on the Floor of the House what is well known to Members: it is a very long established convention that Mr Speaker does not chair the Committee of the whole House. (When the committee stage of a bill is being considered by all MPs, not just a small committee of 20 MPs.) When I say a long established convention I am referring to a convention dating back to the 17th century.”
“I know that some people are slow learners and others are late developers, but I hope that the chappie has now got the point, and it will be a professional utility to him thereafter not to need to trouble my staff to be educated on this front. There we go, there is hope for us all. The fella has now, I think, probably grasped the point.”
John Bercow, 9 July 2019. / BBC Parliament
10 July 2019 — Sky News, All Out Politics.
When Adam Boulton interviewed Matt Hancock, who supports Boris Johnson for leader, the health secretary refused to say that the then British ambassador in Washington, Kim Darroch, should stay in his post – echoing Johnson’s position – and instead argued that the British relationship with the United States needed a “reset”, and conveniently repeated a few times that he “agreed with Boris”, just so that he could remain in government under a Boris premiership.
🎙️ Adam Boulton: “Do you agree with (Boris Johnson)’s refusal to say he would keep the British ambassador in post?”
🗣 Matt Hancock: “I agree with what Boris said.”
🎙️ A.B: “Why would any civil servant want to work for you in any department if you are not going to back them up doing their job?”
🗣 M.H: “The person who made this difficult is the person who leaked confidential and in some cases sensitive information... I agree with Boris.”
Matt Hancock grilled by Adam Boulton, 10 July 2019. / Sky News, All Out Politics
10 July 2019 — LBC.
When a LBC radio listener asked Farage whether he would support the sacking of UK civil service, ambassadors and military personnel if they didn’t believe in Brexit, the former UKIP leader didn’t pull his punches.
🗣 Listener: “Every civil servant, every ambassador, head of the army, head of the navy... would they have to be replaced if they are Remainers?”
🎙️ Nigel Farage: “Absolutely! The job of the civil service is to do what the elected government of the day tells them to do. And I know this government doesn’t really look like a Brexit government very often, but the fact is that they were elected in 2017 on a manifesto to deliver Brexit. And if the civil servants are seen to be an obstruction to that, they should either change their ways or be removed. Absolutely!”
“It is rather different with the army and the arm services because we very rarely hear, or know, what their political opinions are. I can tell you, as somebody who’s interacted – unfortunately – with the Foreign Office for over 20 years, every single one of them that I have met believes in the European project, and that is not the direction of travel that we, as a country, should be taking now.”
Nigel Farage, 10 July 2019. / LBC
Read more about Farage’s words on LBC: “Brexit, the new McCarthyism.”
11 July 2019 — CNN.
When Mississippi Today reporter Larrison Campbell told CNN how she was denied her request to accompany Republican candidate for governor Robert Foster on a campaign trip unless she brought a male colleague along with her.
🗣 Robert Foster: “This is my truck, and in my truck we go by my rules... I made a vow to my wife never to be in a room alone with a person of the opposite sex.”
🎙️ Larrison Campbell: “First of all, like you said it’s your truck, it’s your rules – why is it my responsibility to make you feel comfortable? What you're saying here is a woman is a sexual object first and a reporter second.”
Larrison Campbell and Mississippi State Rep. Robert Foster, 11 July 2019. / CNN
12 July 2019 — Sky News, All Out Politics.
When Adam Boulton lectured Brexiter MP Andrew Bridgen on the widely debunked fantasies of leaving the European Union on WTO Article 24 rules.
🎙️ Boulton: “There are going to be some tariffs, aren’t there, on Day One of No-Deal Brexit?”
🗣 Bridgen: “Not if the EU accepts GATT 24 (WTO Article 24)...”
🎙️ Boulton: “You know perfectly well that GATT 24 has been raised and that is subject to agreement, which is: not leaving without a deal. It is subject to a trade framework in place. You know that. So, what you are saying is not true. There will have to be tariffs from Day One.”
Andrew Bridgen MP grilled by Adam Boulton, 12 July 2019. / Sky News - All Out Politics
12 July 2019 — BBC Two, Politics Live.
When Alan Mendoza, founder of the think tank The Henry Jackson Society, told an unimpressed panel on Politics Live that the UK should either bribe or threaten the Irish government in order to get rid of their opposition to the backstop in the Withdrawal Agreement.
🗣 Alan Mendoza: “One of the best things I’ve seen recently is the idea that you don’t go to Brussels but you go instead to Dublin. You literally do a deal with the Irish, whether you bribe them or threaten them, one way or the other, to get them in the position where they are the ones who drop their opposition to the backstop.”
Alan Mendoza, 12 July 2019. / BBC Two, Politics Live
12 July 2019 — BBC.
When Andrew Neil grilled Boris Johnson on what the WTO Article 24 Paragraph C is, the former Foreign Secretary eventually had to admit that he had no clue whatsoever.
🎙️ Andrew Neil: “So how would you handle – you talk about article 5B in Gatt 24...”
🗣 Boris Johnson: “Paragraph 5B. Article 24. Get the detail right. Get the detail right, Andrew. It’s article 24, paragraph 5B.”
🎙️ A.N: “And how would you handle paragraph 5C?”
🗣 B.J: “I would confide entirely in paragraph 5B, because that is...”
🎙️ A.N: “How would you get round what’s in 5C?”
🗣 B.J: “I would confide entirely in paragraph 5B, which is enough for our purposes.”
🎙️ A.N: “Do you know what’s in 5C?”
🗣 B.J: “No.”
Boris Johnson grilled by Andrew Neil, 12 July 2019. / BBC
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