Fancy sending a message to our new Brexit Secretary?

Dominic Raab is a staunch Leave MP representing a constituency which voted strongly to Remain.

He was elevated to the Cabinet after David Davies’ resignation presumably because Theresa May was doing everything she could do to avoid giving the job to Michael Gove.

He and the Prime Minister crossed swords before, back in 2011, when he referred to feminist ideas as “obnoxious bigotry”

If you want to learn more about him, he actually wrote on this site back in 2015. The comments tell you a bit more about why.

Later that year, during the election campaign, Tim Farron said he represented the “Alan B’stard view of politics” after he made some unbelievable comments about food banks:

The discussion turned to food banks and the fact that they were being used by nurses in some parts of the country. Dominic Raab made this comment:

What they tend to find is the typical user of food banks is not someone that is languishing in poverty, it is someone who has a cash flow problem episodically.

As you might imagine, Liberal Democrats were not slow in coming forward to condemn his views. Tim Farron said:

Dominic Raab is woefully out of touch and has no idea how much real people are struggling.  We are seeing nurses, police officers and the just about managing having to go to food banks as their paychecks won’t stretch any further.  People are hurting and the Tories, with comments like this, show they just don’t care.

Today, the mask slipped and we saw the real Tory Party.

The real reasons people have to go to food banks are low incomes, benefit delays, debt and homelessness.

These are stupid and deeply offensive comments by Dominic Raab and he should apologise.  This is the Alan B’Stard view of politics that shames him and his party.

So Remainers with a social conscience in his constituency have an early opportunity to tell him what they think of him and his new job.  Tomorrow, in a by-election in the Oxshott and Stoke d”Abernon ward of the very finely balanced Elmbridge DC, Dorothy Ford, the very same winner of the Ashdown Prize for her idea about compelling supermarkets to give left over perishable food to food banks, is the Liberal Democrat candidate.

Good luck to Dorothy and her campaign team. Rumour has it that the Tories have been unsettled by her spirited campaign. There is all to play for….

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PS: The Tories really are worried. Look at this tweet:

* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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  • Well with the demise of Benny Hill I suppose the brave Brexiteers required another leader to cheer on. Welcome too the stage Raab C Brexit, a right laugh a minute.

    Let me present some of Raab’s better one liners

    “The typical user of a foodbank is not someone that’s languishing in poverty, it’s someone who has a cash flow problem episodically.”

    “Feminists are now amongst the most obnoxious bigots (…) While we have some of the toughest anti-discrimination laws in the world, we are blind to some of the most flagrant discrimination – against men. From the cradle to the grave, men are getting a raw deal. Men work longer hours, die earlier, but retire later than women.”

    “Once they enter the workplace, the British are among the worst idlers in the world. (…) Too many people in Britain prefer a lie-in to hard work.”

    “I can think of lots of things that I would like to avoid making difficult decisions on and lots of areas like the health service or schools that I want to put even more money in. But unless you’ve got a strong economy creating the revenue, it’s just a childish wish list.”

    Quotes dodgy figures relating to his own portfolio

    This April, Raab was once again making news for all the wrong reasons, when he got involved in a row with UK Statistics Authority after saying that immigration had resulted in soaring house prices.

    The housing minister said migration had resulted in a house price rise of “something like 20%” in the last 25 years.

    Problem was, the statistics used by Raab were neither public domain, nor was the body he cited them from in existence prior to 2010.

    Raab then got a very public telling-off from the head of the statistics watchdog.

    Is he truly the best you can do my brave Brexiteers to lead you to the promised land?

  • Peter Martin 13th Jul '18 - 10:20am

    A Message? How about?

    If there’s any general agreement on Mrs May’s Chequers’ fudge, it is that it’s doing nothing much other than to displease each side in equal measure.

    Ultimately the real choice for the UK, as the EU moves to ever closer union. ie A U.S.E. is to be in the EU 100% (euro, Schengen, no opt outs etc) or out 100%. A U.S.E. is the only way the euro can be made to work. Naturally, this is why it was introduced.

    It should be make-our-minds up time. Either that, or kick the can down the road by going along with the fudge.

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