Even McDonnell had a chuckle at that one…
Even McDonnell had a chuckle at that one…
Forget Jezza, Brussels news site EurActiv reports Jean-Claude Juncker is under pressure to resign. Czech foreign minister Lubomír Zaorálek says:
“Right now I can’t see the European Commission chairman as the right man for the job”
Another Eastern European diplomat says they will back moves to sack Juncker “if there was such a motion”. A central European diplomat said:
“The situation is changing by the hour. We need to send messages to our public that yes, we can change Brussels, so that it listens. There were many things done wrong and we must talk about that openly”
Brexit vote causing Brussels to finally embrace reform? Surely not…
This morning’s rolling resignations:
See yesterday’s resignations here…
New Shadow Cabinet appointments:
Wednesday 29 June – Nominations open
Thursday 30 June – Nominations close at noon
Friday 2 September – Latest date new leader announced
Provisional timetable has to go to party board…
Chris Bryant claims Corbyn refused to confirm to him if he personally voted Remain. There’s been no clarification from Corbyn himself today – he did tweet on Thursday that “I have voted to Remain”. Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has demanded an urgent update. A Corbynista Labour source tells Guido:
“Any attempt to suggest Jeremy didn’t vote remain is just a cynical attempt to destabilise the leadership.”
Which is not exactly a denial. Piers Corbyn told Guido Jeremy would not vote to Remain…
“There are some threats from the EU that will no longer be relevant. So, the idea there might be a tax on financial transactions – which George Osborne challenged, took to the European Court of Justice and lost his case – now we won’t be involved in that, and my guess is that any attempt in Europe to impose such a tax will never take place now because business will simply come to the City… There are obviously uncertainties in the short run… but the idea that this is a doom and gloom story seems to be wildly exaggerated.”
Project Calm from the former Bank of England governor…
According to Corbynista Labour sources, Tom Watson is the coup leader and the plan is currently that there will be a vote of no confidence and then Lisa Nandy will eventually take over. She is said to have Watson’s backing. Labour whip Conor McGinn, who is close to Watson and hates Corbyn, is choreographing resignations. Labour MPs are calling colleagues canvassing support for Nandy. That is the plan from one faction of the plotters: for Nandy to ultimately take over from Corbyn…
UPDATE: Sam Coates from the Times reckons there are three separate coup groups, all fighting among themselves as to who takes over.
UPDATE II: Lisa Nandy has now resigned and said Watson should take over as caretaker leader.
Guido put these bets on at William Hill on October 4, last year, shortly after the Labour Party conference. Now the odds are much shorter with Tom Watson 7/2 and John McDonnell 7/1. Place your bets…
As Jez once tweeted, “Here we, here we, here we f**king go”…
Late last night EyeSpy.MP spotted that the Prince Across the Water was back across the water:
UPDATE II: John McDonnell tells Andrew Neil the membership will be mobilised behind the programme. Note that he doesn’t say mobilised behind Corbyn. McDonnell’s rhetorical support for Corbyn conflicts with his manifest ambitions. Under pressure from Brillo he says he won’t stand for leader even if Corbyn falls. A politician’s promise…
UPDATE III: A senior Labour MP texts: “McDonnell lying through teeth. Seema [Malhotra] and others been calling for him in last 24h.” Tom Blenkinsop suggests McDonnell has been ringing round himself to canvass for support.
This is where the potential Tory leadership contenders stand this morning:
So, who are you backing?
Tom Steinberg is one of those internet gurus who actually does interesting and useful things and he is really on to something with his fears about the filter bubble:
I am actively searching through Facebook for people celebrating the Brexit leave victory, but the filter bubble is SO strong, and extends SO far into things like Facebook’s custom search that I can’t find anyone who is happy despite the fact that over half the country is clearly jubilant today and despite the fact that I’m *actively* looking to hear what they are saying.
This echo-chamber problem is now SO severe and SO chronic that I can only only beg any friends I have who actually work for Facebook and other major social media and technology to urgently tell their leaders that to not act on this problem now is tantamount to actively supporting and funding the tearing apart of the fabric of our societies. Just because they aren’t like anarchists or terrorists – they’re not doing the tearing apart on purpose – is no excuse – the effect is the same, we’re getting countries where one half just doesn’t know anything at all about the other.
It’s in the power of people like Mark Zuckerberg to do something about this, if they’re strong enough and wise enough to swap a little shareholder value for the welfare of whole nations, and the world as a whole.
Filter bubbles exist outside social media, Guido noticed that during the 2008 Ken v Boris campaign private car owners didn’t know anyone who was going to vote for Ken and those who solely relied on public transport were almost the reverse, they didn’t know anyone who was going to vote for Boris. That was a function of income to some degree. People associate with people like themselves in real life. As our information sources become ever more filtered and self-socialised this will mean that we live in our own social media echo chambers.
It seems that after every major political event people who have been living in a filtered world find it difficult to believe that their opponents won. Because we’re living in our own filter bubbles.
This is even more pronounced on the left because so many of them never read right-leaning media, whereas those of us on the right are more used to reading The Guardian, watching Channel 4 News, Newsnight et al. Is this a significant social problem? Or does it just mean that after elections the losers will be unpleasantly surprised?
See also Dr Max Wilson on the subject:
Delusional David Lammy has said parliament should ignore the referendum result and vote to Remain in the EU anyway:
“Wake up. We do not have to do this. We can stop this madness and bring this nightmare to an end through a vote in parliament. Our sovereign parliament needs to now vote on whether we should exit the EU.
The referendum was an advisory, non-binding referendum. The Leave campaign’s platform has already unravelled and some people wish they hadn’t voted Leave. Parliament now needs to decide whether we should go forward with Brexit, and there should be a vote in parliament next week. Let us not destroy our economy on the basis of the lies and hubris of Boris Johnson.”
A Labour MP effectively telling millions of working class Labour voters across the country he doesn’t care what they think…
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