Dover-Calais Part 2: Raab hears how Brexit will lead to an INCREASE in civil service bureaucracy

Does Dominic Raab really understand the catastrophic impact that a no-deal Brexit will have on the UK and his constituents in Esher & Walton?

In this video the ‘lightbulb’ truly goes off when he is ‘jarred’ to hear that leaving the EU may require MORE government red tape, rather than less. This must lead him to question whether leaving the EU is really such a genius move after all.

Raab is a small state Tory. His big leadership promise is to to bring tax cuts by slashing civil service jobs and by cutting Whitehall bureaucracy.

But what’s this? We may have to employ MORE people to man the borders.

The former Brexit minister who, let’s not forget negotiated a deal with the EU, which he then voted against, has form in this area.

He famously “hadn’t quite understood the full extent” to which Britain is reliant on the Dover-Calais crossing for frictionless trade.

Quite a few off us are already ahead of Raab when it comes to appreciating what a nightmare a WTO Brexit will be, including the civil service. We welcome more lightbulb moments. 


Raab would have backed a 2nd Referendum ..if REMAIN had won

Dominic Raab claims he backs businesses in Esher & Walton, yet seems oblivious to the economic catastrophe of a WTO Brexit.

Back in June 2016 a Leave win wasn’t by any means certain. And poor Raab C was preparing himself for defeat.

In the article  “Demands for a second referendum will dominate the Tory leadership contest to replace David Cameron if Leave loses on June 23,  (Daily Mail 9/6/16) he states that should the UK choose to remain in the EU, he would demand a 2ND REF TO BE HELD!

Although being pragmatic politician, the earliest you would get away with holding it would be 2020…

‘I think the sensible thing, if it’s very close, within a couple of points, would be to take pause, respect the verdict of the British people and effectively shelve this debate until that point, which I hope is going to be as close to the 2020 election as possible.

‘Take some pause for breath and measure up the direction of the EU against the changes the Remain campaign say they’ve secured.

‘I think the public would expect us to accept their verdict, but of course things change.’

‘If the verdict is to stay in the EU, and it’s close, I think those that do want to revisit it should just pause for a few years and shelve it into that.’

In the same article, Raab ponders how quickly Brexiters  in the Tory party would be able to remove Cameron (as it was assumed that Remain would win).

This is further evidence that Dominic would never ever consider folding, if the UK voted to Remain in the UK. So Raab must understand that Remain supporters in Esher & Walton won’t be stopping any time soon either.

So this is rare occasion where we AGREE with Raab.

Let’s have a 2nd Referendum in 2020… after all the result was, to use Raab’s words, “within a couple of points”


How feminist are the Tory leadership candidates, really? asks Stylist magazine

For those that don’t know, Stylist magazine isn’t exactly the Daily Telegraph. Indeed, their readerships couldn’t be more different.

The Telegraph may be the most well-read newspaper among Tory members, which, as we now know are made up mostly of white, old, men.

Interestingly, it has shown in recent times an increasing bent to support Raab C over BoJo..

But the Stylist is the opposite. Young, female and much more progressive….indeed, they are the future. While Telegraph readers are the past..

It has not gone unnoticed that the Alan B’Stard wannabe hasn’t been backing the feminist cause.

It writes:

Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, Andrea Leadsom, Jeremy Hunt, Rory Stewart, Sajid Javid, Matthew Hancock and James Cleverly are the eight candidates to nail their colours to the mast this way. Opponents Esther McVey, Kit Malthouse and Mark Harper have so far refrained from commenting.

In fact, just one of the Tory leadership candidates – former Brexit secretary Dominic Raab – has explicitly said that he isn’t a feminist.

Stylist rightly called out BoJo for his comments about Muslim women, although as mayor he did quadruple the number of rape crisis centres.

So what about Raab?

It states:

He has said that the Government Equalities Office – where policy relating to women, sexual orientation and transgender equality is developed – should be abolished, describing it as “pointless”.

Since throwing his hat into the ring for the top job, Raab has refused to backpedal on his stance, though he has tried to soften it somewhat. He told ITV News that he was “probably not” a feminist, adding: “The point I was making is that sexism is wrong and it’s wrong if it’s said about a woman or about a man… I’m all for working women making the very best of their potential.”

We think the readers of Stylist magazine have got the measure of Raab. Sadly, we doubt many are Tory members or MPs


In “fairness” Raab is a bit crap at social media

If you believe the rumours in The Times, Raab has been taken lessons in ‘authenticity.’ Now out of the classroom, Raab’s had a chance to put theory into practice…needless to say it hasn’t gone well..

Theory: Learning to be authentic…




Create a meaningless ‘Pledge’ – please play fair (except when attacking Labour) 

Good guy Dominic Raab has signed the Dominic Raab Pledge to be fair to his other candidates. But he only managed to get two other candidates to sign, interestingly both Remainers.  Boris didn’t sign (or was he even invited by Raab?) implying that perhaps Boris won’t be playing “fair” .


We find it slightly rich that Raab won’t “speak ill of fellow Conservatives”. Yet he wouldn’t stoop so low to bring the memory of his late father, a Jewish refugee, into the gutter with him when he attacked Corbyn on anti-semitism in a social media video (30/5/19)?

Would he? The attack video doesn’t hold back and its personal. It is surely a new low in political campaigning?



Film a social media video in the park about… FAIRNESS!

Here we see Raab in his natural environment, playing in a park outside Parliament. He wants to talk to us about “fairness” which he has (apparently) been fighting for all his “working life.” Hmm…..

But something caught his eye just before filming, that seemed to distract him. Whatever it was it seriously buggered up the start of the video… I would have gone for a re-take.

Was it pesky grey squirrel running up a tree?

Or was it BoJo stealing an ice cream from a small child (NOT FAIR!)

Twitter was alive with debate about what the distraction could be… 

“Now take your ball and fuck off, I’m trying to make a video.”


Raab isn’t the most extreme Brextreemist, we stand corrected

Dominic Raab ISN’T the most extreme Brexit-supporting Tory leadership contender. Can you believe it?

The award for the most extreme Brextreemist goes to [drum roll, please]… jointly, Steve Baker AND Priti Patel. They get 6/6 for opposing May and No Deal at every vote.

But while Priti co-authored the legendary Britannia Unchained is seen as part of the new young, new Tory right, alongside Raab C Brexit, she isn’t actually standing as Tory leader [yet]. Neither is Steve Baker [double yet]. It is surprising as some would say only a hardcore Brexit or bust believer will win among the Tory membership.

Rabb has blotted his Brexit credentials with the ERG and the Leave.EU campaign group because:


  • Initially supported May’s Chequers deal – tish! tish! 
  • Flip-flopped by voting to support May in Meaningful Vote III. A cynical move, which he claims was done only so the UK could leave in March. 

BoJo and Johnson is on 5/6, according to the data from Leave.EU his lost that one point for supporting Meaningful Vote Three.

While Raab obviously would take the UK off the cliff edge, there are some candidates who have said they won’t be doing this and would only leave with a deal.

So Hunt, Hancock, Javid or Stewart are sounding the most moderate, although we can’t remember if any have come out for a Confirmatory Referendum on the Brexit deal? This is obviously something that changes day by day (in the case of Hunt!).

The data was produced by Leave.EU and appeared on Peston (29/5/19)… the more Green ticks the most extreme Brexit. The more red crosses the least extreme. 






I’m Domnic Raab and you don’t need to know I represent a Remain constituency..

Here at RaabWatch towers we always like to remind our MP that a whopping 59.5% Elmbridge-ites (the good folk of Elmbridge, Surrey) want to REMAIN in the EU. Yet we’ve never heard Raab publicly acknowledge this fact.

We don’t want WTO, we don’t want to drive anywhere near the infamous ‘cliff edge’ and nor do we want an MP who is prepared to risk local jobs.

Would Raab be such a Brexiter if, say, he was an MP representing Lambeth (78.6% Remain)?


Would he be so keen on NO DEAL if he lived in Gibraltar (95.9%)?

Just before the May EU elections Raab had Tory volunteers post out the election leaflet [above].

The staggering thing is that it only goes to highlight he little he has actually done for the people of Walton & Esher.

Raab states:

“I am confident that the UK and British people have the economic strength, innovation and potential to manage the short-term risks..” and how he felt compelled to resign as Brexit minister “as a matter of principle”. yet ignoring the fact he  failed to get a proper deal with the EU (while humiliating May in the process).

But there is just one thing that doesn’t get a mention in his propaganda ….

Namely that nearly 60% of constituents don’t want Brexit.. and they would rather vote Lib Dem (in May EU elections) than Tory…


Brextremist’s tax cuts ridiculed by sensible Hammond

Raab has pledged on Monday night to cut 1p off the basic rate of income tax to woo the Tory selectorate, with a view to ultimately reducing it to 15 per cent.

But the treasury has said this will cost the government £25 billion!! Hammond accused the Brextremist of “Writing cheques the country cannot afford.

He has attacked Dominic Raab for proposing to “undo a decade of hard work”




PM Raab could take UK off cliff edge and Parliament wouldn’t be able to stop him

Raab said he would NOT request an extension on the October Brexit departure date and said the UK would leave without a deal.

Announcing his leadership bid on Marr (26/5/19), the Brextremist stated that the UK will leave in October, deal or no deal.

He states he would ignore the wishes of Parliament who have consistently voted against no deal. So much for believing in Parliamentary sovereignty!

He told Marr:

 “Parliament cannot legislate either against no deal or in favour of an extension…You can’t ignore law and we leave at the end of October” 

Minutes later Hammond, on the same show, warned both Raab and BoJo of the dire consequences to the UK economy of a no deal Brexit. He added: “There is no mandate for a no deal exit.” A clear hijacking of the result.

So what did we learn from the Marr interview?

  • He claims he can get a better deal on the Irish backstop, but he can’t. The EU has stated repeatedly, it won’t move.
  • Raab says by being “absolutely resolute a way we weren’t last time” it will get through. Good luck with that one! 
  • “Be prepared to walk away” with no deal is his main bargaining chip. 
  • Can’t escape the he was Brexit Secretary and failed to negotiate a deal first time around.  
  • Raab blames his boss, rather than taking responsibility himself. Says he was undermined by “some others in government”. 
  • Said we should have left in March with no deal, to keep a promise to the 52% who voted Leave. He assumes the 52% voted for a NO DEAL Brexit.  
  • He voted for May’s deal, despite him previously saying it was worse than staying in the EU, only because it would have meant we didn’t have to extend the deal further. 
  • He’s a ‘details guy’. A less than subtle attack on BoJo. 
  • Will IGNORE Parliament, if they express a view against No Deal Brexit. “I will not ask for an extension” to the October date. Happy to drive the UK off the cliff edge. 

Raab is clearly positioning himself to the right of his main rival Johnson.

Despite fears about the economy post-Brexit, it didn’t stop him promising cuts in income tax. To be paid for by cutting Whitehall bureaucracy, he claims. Presumably not by raising taxes elsewhere or cutting funding to the NHS or schools?

Sources: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/dominic-raab-no-deal-brexit-tory-leadership-conservative-party-prime-minister-boris-johnson-a8930771.html



Can we ban Dominic Raab from watching Game of Thrones?

Johnny Marr once told David Cameron to stop liking The Smiths. Today, the wonderful Maisie Williams may wish to ban Raab C Brexit  from supporting her character.


In a tweet on Monday (14th April 19) he hinted at his ambitions to seize the top job.

Referring to the TV programme Game of Thrones, he said he was rooting for Arya Stark, who is regarded as a popular outsider in the battle to rule the kingdom of Westeros.

“I’m not alone in backing Arya. It’s never the favourite,” Mr Raab said.

Boris Johnson and Dominic Raab on manoeuvres in case of snap leadership election

Stop trying to be cool by talking about Games of Thrones. 


Raab views and votes

Raab views are those of a libertarian Conservative – he believes in a small state, cutting benefits and regulations including environmental protection and worker’s rights.  In a room full of Tories, you will find him to the the right, in a corner with David Davis (his mentor) and his ERG mates.

There are a few things that everyone should know about Raab:

He has infamously said:

  • That funding the NHS properly is a “childish wishlist”
  • That foodbank users have a “cashflow problem”
  • He doesn’t believe in “economic and social rights”
  • He wants to allow companies to be able to sack people more easily
  • Feminists are “obnoxious bigots”

Against the Human Rights Act 

Dominic Raab voted against largely retaining the EU “Charter of Fundamental Rights” as part of UK law following the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union.

Dominic Raab voted in favour of repealing the Human Rights Act 1998

Voted to remove the duty on the Commission for Equality and Human Rights to work to support the development of a society where people’s ability to achieve their potential is not limited by prejudice or discrimination and there is respect for human rights.

Housing benefit reductions: 

Dominic Raab voted to keep the penalty for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms and against freezing energy bills.

Dominic Raab voted in favour of reducing housing benefit for those deemed to have excess bedrooms.

Keeping benefits low

Dominic Raab voted to set the rate of increase of certain benefits, payments and tax credits at 1% rather than in line with prices at 2.2% for 2014 and 2015

Benefit claiments who are sick and disabled

Dominic Raab voted for cuts in housing benefit for recipients in supported housing.

Dominic Raab voted for cuts in housing benefit for recipients in supported housing.

Dominic Raab voted against those who have been ill or disabled since their youth recieving Employment and Support Allowance on the same basis as if they had made sufficient National Insurance contributions to qualify for a contribution based allowance.

Jobs for young people 

Dominic Raab voted against a range of economic policies including raising the minimum wage, reintroducing a 10% starting rate of income tax and boosting the supply of housing.

Voted against introducing a tax on bank bonuses to guarantee a job for 100,000 young people and build 25,000 affordable homes; against making investment sooner; against reducing VAT, and against a tax break for small firms taking on extra workers.


Dominic Raab voted against reducing the amount of income a NHS foundation trust is permitted to make from private patients.

Generally voted against measures to prevent climate change

Generally voted for lower taxes on fuel for motor vehicles

Why libertarian?

He is hater or government red tape, such as important environmental protections.

Much like his mentor David Davis, he normally opposes things like state snooping and interference in personal liberties.

He believes in reform of the House of Lords – Dominic Raab voted in favour of reforming the House of Lords, introducing 15 year terms for most members and introducing an elected element.

He votes for Equal gay rights and for marriage between two people of the same sex.