Stella Creasy’s “Retrograde” Education

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Labour head girl Stella Creasy is railing against grammar schools, condemning them as a “retrograde step” and calling on Tory MPs to vote against their return. Stella herself obviously attended a grammar school. Indeed, a Guardian profile by the respected journalist Esther Addley in 2013 reveals

“Creasy spent her early years in Manchester before the family moved to Colchester, where she attended a girls’ grammar school – having failed the 11-plus and only been given a second chance because the family moved south”

So, according to the Guardian Stella tried to get into not one but two grammars. She only managed to stay out of a comp because her famously “aristocratic” parents moved house. No chance of her going private and freeing up a place for a working class kid. Heaven forbid anyone else should enjoy the education she did…

Owen Smith: UK Could Join Euro and Schengen If I Become PM

Oily doubles down on lunacy…

Rich’s Monday Morning View

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Hillary Clinton Has “Medical Episode” at 9/11 Memorial

This video purportedly shows Hillary Clinton stumbling and being held up by her handlers after suffering a “medical episode” at the 9/11 memorial today. Her team say she “overheated”. Hillary’s health concerns are going to become even more of an issue now…

Thornberry Meltdown: Accuses Murnaghan of Sexism

Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry had a meltdown when Dermot Murnaghan asked if she could name the French foreign minister. She couldn’t, so she accused Dermot of being a sexist. She couldn’t name the South Korean leader either. And then demanded to take the row off air…

Vid via @liarpoliticians

Saturday Seven Up

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You’re either in front of Guido, or behind…

UKIP’s Got Talent

The Daily Politics does UKIP’s Got Talent. Or not, judging by this showing.

Scotland Yard “Assessing” Vaz Allegations

Scotland Yard’s “Special Inquiry Team” say they are to “assess and identify what criminal offences – if any – may have been committed” by Keith Vaz. Developing…

Corbyn to Share Platform With Hamas Sympathiser Next Month

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Jeremy Corbyn is to share a platform with a Muslim Brotherhood-linked Hamas sympathiser at the Stop the War Coalition conference next month. Fellow speaker Anas Altikriti has been described as “the key spokesman and lobbyist for the Brotherhood in Britain”. He has reportedly expressed sympathy with Hamas:

“the Brotherhood supports Hamas. I believe that if you are occupied you need to fight back”

The Telegraph reported last year that he co-founded a group called the British Muslim Initiative with a Hamas commander and Hamas special envoy. Altikriti once claimed HSBC had closed down his bank account because he opposed “Zionists“. Here he is pictured with Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh:

He is followed on Twitter by Corbyn’s strategy chief Seumas Milne and chief of staff Simon Fletcher. With “friends” like these…

Owen Smith Donor’s Firm Incorporated in Caymans

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Owen Smith has accepted almost £70,000 worth of donations from a businessman whose company was incorporated in the Cayman Islands. Smith took £67,550 from financial services guru Anthony Watson to help pay the rent for his campaign office. As Guido has previously revealed, Watson’s company Uphold Inc was originally registered in the Caymans. He took charge of the firm in April 2015, when it went by the name Bitreserve. U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission documents seen by Guido show that Bitreserve’s jurisdiction of incorporation was the Caymans. Its address is a PO box.

The largest donor to the Owen Smith campaign runs a company incorporated in the tax-free Caymans…

Friday Caption Competition (Humility Edition)

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Entries in the comments…

May Orders Ministers to Link Every Policy to Meritocracy

Theresa May’s grammar schools speech was as much about defining her premiership as anything else. If eagle-eyed photographer Steve Back hadn’t snapped those secret government papers outlining the return of grammars, today’s speech would not have been made until conference. Senior Tories watching noted one key line:

“It will mean recalibrating how we approach policy development to ensure that everything we do as government helps to give a fair chance to those who are just getting by”

This is tanks-on-Labour’s-lawn rhetoric, but the PM is deadly serious about revamping how policy is formulated across Whitehall. Over the last few weeks ministers and civil servants have grown frustrated at Downing Street’s insistence that every single policy must have a “making the country work for everyone” angle. Policies and announcements that have nothing to do with May’s theme of meritocracy are being delayed or shunned until ministers can think of a way to make a link. In some departments, announcements and updates on old projects where the money has already been spent are being held back. As with Brexit, the government is actually getting work done, they just aren’t telling the public about it…

Order of the OTT: Paul Mason on “Trumptards”

Formerly impartial BBC economics expert turned top Corbynista Paul Mason is handling the grammar schools debate with his usual calm and reasoned approach. In the interests of accuracy Paul should have written “Trumptards”, UKIP, a majority of the British public, and Seumas Milne…  

Red Len’s “Stunning” Luxury Apartment Paid For By Unite

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Today’s Guardian reveals Unite bunged Len McCluskey £400,000 to help him buy a central London flat in February. So where has Red Len been living it up with his members’ money? This is the luxury apartment block where Unite generously decided to help Len buy, described as “stunning“, “stylish” and “superb” by estate agents.

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The plush flats in the contemporary block are all kitted out like the one in these show apartment photos. Wood flooring, an open plan fitted kitchen and floor-to-ceiling windows. Len has a “sought after” two bedder. The views aren’t bad either:

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Nothing’s too good for the workers…

Owen Smith: I’d Ignore Referendum Result

One of several moments during last night’s Labour leadership Question Time that Owen Smith was booed by the audience:

Dimbleby: “Unless I misunderstood you, you said you would like to see Labour going into the next election saying: our party policy is to go back into the EU.”

Smith: “Yes.”

Dimbleby: “To ignore the Brexit vote?”

Smith: “Exactly.”

Dimbleby: “Exactly?”

Smith: “Exactly.”

It’s like he’s trying to prove he could destroy Labour faster than Corbyn…

Tory MP Will Quince Sings For Britain’s Got Talent

Colchester MP Will Quince singing Bring Him Home from Les Mis, the song that made the career of Alfie Boe. And here he is belting out Nessun Dorma at a charity gig three years ago:

We’ll find out next year if he made it through…[…]

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