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…

Dave Fails to Fix It For Final Crony

Fair to say 37 year-old barrister Robert Courts is a surprise choice as the Tory candidate in Witney. Just 48 hours ago he was a 6/1 outsider with the bookies – at one point they were offering 20/1 – so how did this humble underdog secure the seat? Grumbles from West Oxfordshire suggest CCHQ attempted to stitch up the selection for David Cameron’s chosen successor, his aide Natasha Whitmill. The party blocked the general candidates list from applying for the seat, then blocked the two local bookies’ favourites, James Mills and David McFarlane, from the final shortlist. Whitmill should have comfortably beaten the remaining lower profile candidates and become the MP. However, Witney Tories rejected Dave’s choice and plumped for Courts, a military history fan and lover of Game of Thrones, instead. A tale of the unscrupulous methods of Tory selections and the brutality of local politics, and how Dave failed to fix it for his final crony…

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Rob Courts Tory Witney Candidate

Robert Courts, the deputy leader of West Oxfordshire district council, has been selected as the Tory candidate in Witney. He’ll be an MP on 20 October…

Clinton v Galifianakis

Continuing the theme of presidential candidates being grilled by comedians, Hillary meets Zach Galifianakis. “I really regret doing this…”

Chuka Attacked Vote Leave For Wanting to Quit Single Market

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25 April: Chuka Umunna tweets the above image attacking the Leave campaign for wanting to quit the single market. He posed alongside the word “seriously“.

22 August: Chuka Umunna tells HuffPo we should be prepared to quit the single market in order to secure control of borders.

Two-faced Chuka finds a new, original way to divide the Labour Party…

H/T Steve Hawkes

New Labour Friends of Israel Poster Girl Opposed Creation of Israel

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Labour Friends of Israel have signed up some interesting characters as it rebrands ahead of conference, none more so than Rupa Huq. The Labour MP has hardly been a friend in the past – earlier this year she was caught telling an extreme pro-Palestine group that Britain should apologise for helping create the State of Israel:

“1948, that happened under a British government. To my mind, an apology – yes. You could do one. A Labour Government could probably get that through.”

She later retracted her comment.

Her record on anti-Semitism isn’t great either. Huq defended Naz Shah, arguing she “did not write any anti-Semitic tracts”. (Shah had written about “Jews rallying”.) Huq also bizarrely claimed that tweeting a graphic of Israelis being transported out of the Middle East was the same as tweeting a funny photo of Boris Johnson on a zip-wire. She never apologised. A curious choice to be LFI’s new star supporter…

H/T JC

Lansman’s Son Considered For Labour Compliance Unit

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WikiGuido uncovers a plot to take over the Labour compliance unit in the new issue of Spectator Life:

The leader’s office believes the compliance unit is a key asset of the moderates because it has rooted out and expelled so many pro-Corbyn entryists. John McDonnell suggested abolishing it entirely, but when that idea was dismissed the Corbynistas came up with another plan: to install Lansman’s son in a key role. Max Lansman, a lawyer in his twenties who shares many of his father’s political views, was seen as the perfect candidate to keep an eye on things. Labour sources describe this as a ‘coup attempt’ and say it was a plot to undermine the compliance unit from within. The plan might have succeeded if not for one problem. As a student just a few years ago, Max was the treasurer of a political party at Leeds University. Unfortunately, it was the Green party, not the Labour party. Turns out the man the Corbynites wanted to put in charge of combating entryism was himself an entryist.

Read the full profile of the man behind Momentum here

OECD OMG GDP! Brexit Recession Forecast Reversed

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“Not a single serious economist does not think Brexit will be bad for the economy” was the message from George Osborne when he cited the OECD, IMF and the OBR to back up his arguments that Britain would require an emergency budget and that there would be a worldwide economic shock if Britain voted to Brexit. Yesterday the OECD said it got it got the recession forecast wrong and the ONS confirmed none of the latest data suggests the recession that was predicted by 71% of City economists after the referendum vote. That is worse than astrology hence the Sun’s cracked crystal ball. It is actually worse than just flipping a coin.

All this proves once again that economists are as prone to fashion as any other artists. Economic forecasting is not a mathematical hard science, despite the complicated formulas of which they are so fond. It is a question of judgement. Another area which similarly has too many variables to forecast with confidence yet has almost unanimity among those who claim expertise in the subject is “climate science”. The expert practioners in this area also predict doom and disaster. Do you think they could be related?

Labour Unrest Ahead of HQ Purge

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Ross Hawkins is reporting that Labour HQ staff have written to the NEC demanding places for staff on the party’s ruling committee:

“It is disappointing that while the Tory prime minister has promised worker representation on company boards that Labour Party workers are currently unrepresented on their own executive.”

The Cobynistas, with some justification, believe that Labour HQ is the last redoubt of New Labour holdouts. They would like to clear out some of the old guard to make way for new comrades. In truth many of the old guard are happy to go so long as they get generous redundancy pay-outs. They can see the writing on the wall…

Ironically, even though Corbyn is usually dogmatically opposed to compulsory redundancies, this week depressed staff demanded in an email to Corbyn that he send“a message of solidarity and support for unionised Labour Party workers in the face of any attempts to ‘purge’ or ‘clear-out’ hard-working staff”. All Corbyn would commit to in writing is that “at this stage” no staff changes are planned. Classic non-denial. 

 

Multiple Witney Stitch Up Claims

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Yesterday Guido revealed how most Tory candidates had been blocked from standing in Witney to ensure a local candidate took the seat. It looks like even more of a stitch up this morning. Here are your new runners and riders:

  • James Mills – The bookies’ favourite and leader of the local district council.
  • David McFarlane – The local association chairman. A letter has gone round from old Etonian Lord de Mauley telling members to vote for him. They’ve been accused of trying to “ram raid” the process.
  • Natasha Whitmill – Worked in Cameron’s constituency office since she was 22. Dave is reportedly helping her win the selection and there’s growing anger that she might win. The final crony? 
  • Robert Courts – Deputy leader of the district council.
  • John Cotton – Leader of the neighbouring district council. Semi-local.

So CCHQ, McFarlance and Whitmill are all being accused of their own separate stitch ups. Decision tonight…

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Corbynista Bank Smasher Dropped From Question Time

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Last week Corbynista mouthpiece Aaron Bastani boasted to his Facebook friends that he had been pencilled in to appear on tomorrow’s Question Time. Well, the producers have changed their minds and booked Caroline Lucas instead. Shame, Dimbers could have asked Aaron about his conviction for his role in smashing up a bank, as revealed by Guido on Monday[…]

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