UK: Wealthy Guyana-born Lawyer Gina Miller Launched Her Own Party and Invited The World’s Media …

Mrs. Gina Miller

By Henry Deedes for THE DAILY MAIL

With Wembley Stadium presumably not available, Guyana-born, Gina Miller summoned the world’s media to Westminster early morning on 12 Jan 2022 for the launch of her new political party. 

Mrs. Miller is the fabulously wealthy City investor and anti-Brexit litigant whose 2016 court case forced Theresa May to run her EU withdrawal agreement past Parliament first.

As launches go it was not exactly Cape Canaveral, with pluming rocket boosters and cries of ‘3-2-1 lift off!’ By my count, about a dozen people turned up to a painfully empty room beneath the shadows of Westminster Abbey:            

Five journalists, a smattering of clipboard martinets and several unidentified loiterers possibly lured by the complimentary croissants on offer. Oh, and Gina’s blameless hubby Alan who sat dutifully in the front row gulping at flies. Clearly, Miller-mania is yet to take hold among the political establishment.

We sat in awkward silence for a few minutes. Restaurant critic AA Gill used to refer to this as the ‘pretend wait’ – that moment when snooty Maître d’s needlessly make you hang around by the cloakroom before leading you into an empty dining room. The hush was momentarily punctured while one of the clipboards took an urgent call. The Oval Office, probably.

Eventually, Mrs Miller swept in looking dazzling in towering heels and a pristine John Travolta white trouser suit. Wowzers! This thing was so bright our goody bag should have included complimentary Ray-Bans. She might need to put some protective film around that little number when she’s out supping halves of mild around the working men’s clubs up north. The cleaning bills could be hellish.

The hair was lustrous and bouncy, her lacquered nails so sharp she could have sliced rare tenderloin. From her left hand there dangled a sparkler big enough to make Kim Kardashian envious.

The name of this venture was True and Fair (Slogan: ‘We All Deserve Better’). It even had its own little logo in the form of a colourful tornado, presumably a reflection of the whirlwind Miller hopes to bring to British politics.

As orators go, Miller is no Boudica. The delivery was lifeless and clunky. Far too much reliance on the autocue. But she will improve – if this thing ever gets off the ground. 

We heard the usual spiel about a government that ‘works for everyone’ and ‘delivering for the British people’. But is La Miller necessarily the vessel to bring about such change? She hardly screams approachable. She talks the haughty language of the careerist, referring to need for ‘proper bandwidth for proper strategic thinking’, whatever the hell that meant. Nor does she exactly go out of her way to appear what focus groups might call ‘down to earth’. Her outfit alone could probably have paid off most ordinary people’s mortgage.

True and Fair’s target audience presumably is not the occupants of earthy saloon bars or bingo halls but disaffected centrists: Chablis-slurping year zeroers who feel embarrassed to be aligned to the old parties. We’d been here before not all that long ago when pro-European Labour and Conservative MPs sloped off in 2019 and formed the now defunct much-maligned Change UK. Fat lot of good it did them.

QUESTIONS? Well, there weren’t many.

With the Change UK lot in mind, a journalist asked Mrs Miller why she, a political novice, felt she could succeed where experienced MPs had failed. ‘Different times,’ she explained. Indeed, they are. Our two main parties are far closer together politically. Which makes you wonder where she thought True and Fair’s votes would come from.

Someone asked about policies. She had just two so far. Something about forging a new ministerial code and some dull stuff about electoral reform. But, as she pointed out, these were at least two more policies than Sir Keir Starmer had. She looked forward to plenty more conversations ‘in the coming months and years’, she added a tad hopefully. And with that, she hurriedly insisted she had other media to speak to before slinking off back to what looked suspiciously like an oversized broom cupboard. 



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  • brandli62  On 01/15/2022 at 6:49 am

    Gina for President! She is a brave lady that has been facing lots of racism and sexism in the UK.

  • Peggy  On 01/15/2022 at 12:09 pm

    Honest commentary. Thanks.

  • wally n  On 01/15/2022 at 2:39 pm

    “Eventually, Mrs Miller swept in looking dazzling in towering heels and a pristine John Travolta white trouser suit. Wowzers! This thing was so bright our goody bag should have included complimentary Ray-Bans. She might need to put some protective film ……”
    At least they are taking her seriously???? It used to be Bright Enthusiastic people willing to make changes, new direction, were welcomed as a breath of fresh air, especially women, into that pit of darkness, called politics.
    What the hell happened??

  • brandli62  On 01/16/2022 at 5:08 am

    The “majority takes it all” electoral system practiced in the UK makes is difficult for third parties to gain any meaningful representation. The LibDems are always on the verge of extinction and the UK Independence party gained 1 or 2 seats in Westminster despite the fact that the had voter support in the double digits. Hence, it is very likely that Gina Miller’s Party will fail like many other attempts in the past. With the fact in mind, there is know room for attacking her political ambitions on the level of appearance. That’s just unacceptable but reflects British tabloid standards. They have been doing so with the EU by bad talking it for years without much factual basis. That’s what finally brought Brexit to the UK and it is making the UK poorer by the day. Selberschuld!

  • Clyde Duncan  On 01/18/2022 at 5:23 pm

    Battered Boris Johnson Must Relish The Humbling Of Those Desperate Brexit-Wreckers Gina Miller And John Bercow

    By Dominic Lawson | THE DAILY MAIL

    As the Prime Minister contemplates his undoing, the result of partying in Downing Street while the rest of the nation locked down in accordance with his own anti-socialising edicts, it might accord Boris Johnson bleak satisfaction to see that two of his most persistent adversaries are also facing public humiliation.

    I speak of Gina Miller and John Bercow.

    Ms Miller is the multi-millionaire financier who used the courts to challenge the PM’s attempt to expedite Brexit by proroguing Parliament in the autumn of 2019.
    Although the High Court had ruled that he was entitled to do this, lawyers for Miller — who made no secret of the fact that she wanted the result of the 2016 referendum to be overturned — persuaded the Supreme Court, led by Baroness Hale, to declare Johnson’s manoeuvre illegal.

    As we now know, Johnson eventually managed to engineer the general election result required to ‘GET BREXIT DONE’ — and honour the pledge by his predecessor, David Cameron, that the politicians would accept the verdict of the people in the referendum.

    One would have thought this would be the last we would hear from Gina Miller, at least on the subject of democracy. But NO.

    Last week, she declared the creation of a new political party (hers) called TRUE and FAIR. To say its launch in a Westminster conference centre was a farce would be to understate the embarrassment.

    It was attended by just 13 people, which seems to have consisted of five reporters and Miller’s own staff.

    As one of those reporters, Will Lloyd of the UnHerd website, wrote: ‘Dutifully, I began eating one of the 50 croissants laid out for journalists. Someone had to.’

    Ms Miller, described by Lloyd as ‘a Brexit leftover, surrounded by uneaten croissants’, then stood up to declare that her new party would bring ‘long overdue changes to British politics’.

    By the accounts of the few reporters who turned up, the launch speech was devoid of any policies which would actually change anything, and the rhetoric as empty and tired as that inflicted on us by any of the established parties.

    Thus, Ms Miller intoned that we must have ‘a government that works for everyone’. Yawn.

    After this debacle, True and Fair issued a statement claiming that ‘hundreds of people were bitterly disappointed not to be able to attend in person’. I bet they weren’t.

    And who should pop up next? None other than her fellow combatant against ‘Brexit Boris’ during the last Parliament, the irascible former Speaker, John Bercow.

    Yesterday, he gave a lengthy interview to the Sunday Times to challenge, pre-emptively, the findings of an investigation by Kathryn Stone, the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards.

    Although she has not yet released her decision on the multiple cases of bullying of staff of which Bercow has been accused, it seems she has upheld no fewer than 21 counts out of a total of 35 complaints by the former clerk of the Commons and two former private secretaries.

    Bercow complains bitterly, saying that ‘this process has been made up as they go along’.

    This is quite funny, as Bercow himself became notorious for the way he made up the rules as he went along, almost invariably in favour of those attempting to ‘stop Brexit’.

    As even one who didn’t agree with the verdict of the people in 2016, the Guardian’s Anne Perkins, wrote at the time, Bercow had ‘ignored the considered advice of the official guardians of the rules of parliamentary procedure…the Speaker takes a grave risk when he appears to ignore the rules’.

    Especially so when, also disregarding the almost sacred duty of that role to appear impartial, he was content to be driven in a family car festooned with a ‘B******* to Brexit’ sticker.

    Anyway, it is not that, but the multiple charges of bullying which thwarts his deepest wish — to remain a parliamentarian through the peerage that would normally come to a Speaker upon retirement.

    So instead, among less illustrious sinecures, Bercow has been charging £82.50 a pop for thousands of so-called ‘celebrity videos’, in which he records, upon request, personal messages to people for their birthday, or some other occasion. I imagine his screech, ‘Order, Order’ is most in demand.

    Whatever post-public-office humiliation lies in wait for Boris Johnson, it can surely not be as grim as that.

  • Clyde Duncan  On 01/18/2022 at 5:27 pm

    John Bercow – ORDER …..!!

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