Spotted: Derek Hatton

Spotted in the Labour conference hall in Liverpool, Militant’s Derek Hatton. He’s been given a press pass as a columnist for his local paper, reportedly authorised by Corbyn’s office. Membership next?

Corbyn Backs Investigations Into British Troops

Corbyn tells Marr that British troops should be investigated for war crimes and that he opposes giving extra resources to MI6. The war crimes probe has been condemned after the far-left law firm behind the vexatious claims, Phil Shiner’s Public Interest Lawyers, was closed down in disgrace. Shiner is an old comrade of Jez at the CND. Another vote winner.

Vid via @liarpoliticians

McDonnell Defends Calling McVey “Stain on Humanity”

John McDonnell is asked by Peston if he wants to retract calling Esther McVey a “stain on humanity” and “joking” about her being lynched. He replies: “I was angry. Sometimes you need to express honest anger”. Esther is sitting just a few feet away!

UPDATE: Yvette Cooper orders McDonnell to apologise. He doesn’t.

UPDATE II: Esther responds: “This is a man who links violence with politics”

UPDATE III: McDonnell doubles down. Asked by Murnaghan if he thinks he was right to call her “a stain on humanity”, he replies: “Yes I do”.

Iran, Venezuela and Sinn Fein Praise Corbyn Victory

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Corbynmania has gone global! In Iran, Corbyn’s former employers at the state television channel Press TV last night praised his “brave position” on Israel and discussed how British voters apparently prefer left-wing candidates:

“the re-election of Jeremy Corbyn of the British Labour Party is showing that when given a choice, the mood of the British electorate stands behind more leftist and progressive candidates”

What about his comrades in Venezuela? The country’s human rights abusing president Nicolas Maduro retweeted this message of support:

Jez also received congratulations from a couple of old pals:

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Has anyone heard from Hamas yet?

Ed Balls’ Strictly Waltz

21 points from the judges, an average score of 5/10, which sees him bottom of the leaderboard. Will he get more votes than Jez this weekend?

Corbyn Wins 62% – 38%

Results in full: Corbyn wins in all sections and increases his mandate:

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A left-wing Labour leader of a divided party, a woman leading the Tories – it is like 1979 with the likely prospect of four successive terms of Tory leadership covering two decades. Congratulations to all at Momentum from all at Guido…

Saturday Seven Up

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This week 184,802  visitors visited 549,874 times viewing 876,828 pages. The top stories in order of popularity were:

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

The Question People Are Asking Before Labour Conference

See you in Liverpool!

Pro-EU Spin Shop Humiliated By Press Regulator

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“InFacts”, the fanatical pro-EU website, has been repeatedly slapped down by the press regulator for making spurious complaints about factual newspaper headlines. Five complaints were made by InFacts over articles written by Eurosceptic papers during the referendum. The two claims against the Telegraph and three against the Express were all rejected by IPSO because their articles were accurate. Ironically InFacts, which was founded by FT journalist turned Remain campaign charlatan Hugo Dixon, has a code of ethics claiming their journalists “hold accuracy sacrosanct” and “check their facts systematically and thoroughly”. Something Guido always doubted given it is rumoured to have been funded by that maestro of spin, Roland Rudd. In any event after deliberation the press watchdog clearly doesn’t agree. Step away from the keyboard Hugo, you’re embarrassing yourself…

Suzanne Evans Reinstated to UKIP

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Guido hears Suzanne Evans’ suspension from UKIP has expired and she has been reinstated to the party. Of course they are all being very Ukippy about it – new leader Diane James publicly described Suzanne as a “woman scorned” and the party say she still owes them £5,000 after her failed attempt to sue them and they expect her to pay up. Welcome back…

UPDATE: On the £5,000 debt Suzanne says “They only sent the bill very recently” and “I’m still waiting for a proper fee note of work done as requested”.

About Alan Duncan’s Boris Thesis

Theresa May’s sense of humour was on display when she appointed Alan Duncan as BoJo’s deputy at the Foreign Office, he had after all just a week before described him as “Borisconi”. In comments recorded before the referendum and broadcast last night onBrexit: A Very British Coup Duncan said:

“I’ve always thought that Boris’s wish was to lose by one so that he could be the heir apparent without having to have all the… you know, s-h-1-t of clearing up all the mess, that’s always been my view of Boris.”

A lot of the commentariat and political class suspected that this was his calculation. To be fair many on the Leave side suspected this of him as well. That was until the campaign got into full swing. Boris led from the front, he put his heart into it, he energised the campaign. If it wasn’t for him the campaign would have been totally dominated by Nigel Farage, who even he would admit, does not appeal to everyone. Boris was the ace card that won the TV debate.

Guido’s gut feel is Boris’ heart was entirely for Brexit, his head was less sure, in the end he went with his heart. That is enough for most Tories, three quarters of whom backed Brexit. For that reason, when the ball comes loose from the scrum, Osborne won’t have a chance of getting sight of it…

Caption Contest (Show Me Your Article 50 Papers Edition)

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Entries in the comments… 

What Next For Jim O’Neill?

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Theresa May has suffered the first resignation of her premiership: Jim O’Neill has quit as a Treasury minister over the Northern Powerhouse, Hinkley Point and grammar schools. O’Neill is a close Friend of George – he’s already being linked with Osborne’s new think tank. Lobbing a grenade at Number 10 will be viewed in the context of Osborne’s multiple interventions over the last week, he’d already briefed out to the FT that he was thinking about quitting. O’Neill has also resigned the Tory whip and become a cross-bencher…

Joey Jones Quits Home Office For Weber Shandwick

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Joey Jones has left his role spinning at the Home Office to become head of public affairs at Weber Shandwick. There was surprise that the former Sky News man didn’t follow Theresa May to Number 10, a job in which he surely would have thrived, and now he’s off to make some money in the private sector. Congratulations…

Watson’s Girlfriend Campaigning For Owen Smith

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Tom Watson says he wants to “put the band back together” after Saturday and encourage “all the talents” to return to the Shadow Cabinet and serve under Corbyn. Words of unity from the deputy leader. Someone should tell his girlfriend Steph Peacock, who unfortunately walked into shot during the Guardian’s trip round Birmingham with Owen Smith, revealing she’s been helping his campaign. Ooops…

UPDATE: A Corbyn ally gets in touch: “Everyone knows that Owen Smith is just Watson’s “useful idiot”, unfortunately for Watson he hasn’t lived up to the useful part of the phrase.” Miaow!

Ken Interviewed, Doesn’t Mention Hitler

So Brillo did it for him…[…]

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