How Obama stole Christmas

A new Tea Party book takes aim at the "Liberal Claus".

Liberal Clause

Just in time for Christmas, failed Tea Party candidate David Hedrick has released his own fiery anti-Obama polemic: The Liberal Claus(e): Socialism on a Sleigh.

The Liberal Claus(e) tells the story of how a town is taken over "Liberal Party of Elves," a sinister troupe of socialists led by Barry "Liberal Claus" Obama and Elf Peloosi. Obama proceeds to convince the townsfolk that the "Christmastution" has a "Liberal Clause" (geddit?) that grants him unlimited power. But his approval ratings soon turn negative as his place of birth is questioned ("Are you even from the North Pole?" asks one elf) and he comes under attack from Ox News.

The book, whose author is currently on trial for allegedly assaulting his wife, features guest appearances by Stalin (see below), Chairman Mao and the evil "Reverend Blight".


The story concludes with the defeat of the Liberal Party of Elves and the triumph of the Elves' very own Tea Party. An all-too-accurate ending.

George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.

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PMQs review: Theresa May shows again that Brexit means hard Brexit

The Prime Minister's promise of "an end to free movement" is incompatible with single market membership. 

Theresa May, it is commonly said, has told us nothing about Brexit. At today's PMQs, Jeremy Corbyn ran with this line, demanding that May offer "some clarity". In response, as she has before, May stated what has become her defining aim: "an end to free movement". This vow makes a "hard Brexit" (or "chaotic Brexit" as Corbyn called it) all but inevitable. The EU regards the "four freedoms" (goods, capital, services and people) as indivisible and will not grant the UK an exemption. The risk of empowering eurosceptics elsewhere is too great. Only at the cost of leaving the single market will the UK regain control of immigration.

May sought to open up a dividing line by declaring that "the Labour Party wants to continue with free movement" (it has refused to rule out its continuation). "I want to deliver on the will of the British people, he is trying to frustrate the British people," she said. The problem is determining what the people's will is. Though polls show voters want control of free movement, they also show they want to maintain single market membership. It is not only Boris Johnson who is pro-having cake and pro-eating it. 

Corbyn later revealed that he had been "consulting the great philosophers" as to the meaning of Brexit (a possible explanation for the non-mention of Heathrow, Zac Goldsmith's resignation and May's Goldman Sachs speech). "All I can come up with is Baldrick, who says our cunning plan is to have no plan," he quipped. Without missing a beat, May replied: "I'm interested that [he] chose Baldrick, of course the actor playing Baldrick was a member of the Labour Party, as I recall." (Tony Robinson, a Corbyn critic ("crap leader"), later tweeted that he still is one). "We're going to deliver the best possible deal in goods and services and we're going to deliver an end to free movement," May continued. The problem for her is that the latter aim means that the "best possible deal" may be a long way from the best. 

George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.