Neil Coyle Threatens to Sue Corbyn Personally

Neil Coyle is “fuming” after Corbyn’s campaign included his name in a list of Labour MPs who have, they claim, “abused” the leadership. Coyle has gone on TV to threaten to sue Corbyn personally for defamation. He’ll look a bit silly if he doesn’t go through with it now. What “abuse” did Coyle allegedly commit? Well he called John McDonnell an “utter disgrace” and accused him of wasting police time. Which is probably fair comment…

Tory MP Justin Tomlinson Suspended From Commons

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Tory MP Justin Tomlinson has been suspended from the Commons for two days for leaking a Public Accounts Committee report to Wonga. Extraordinarily, Tomlinson thought it acceptable to share a draft report on regulating consumer credit with a Wonga employee. The Wonga employee replied with a series of recommendations, which Tomlinson then put to his committee. The Standards Commissioner ruled he “committed a serious breach of the Rules of Conduct” and the Privileges Committee today found:

“Mr Tomlinson committed a contempt in disclosing a draft committee Report to a third party and that his actions constituted substantial interference in the work of that committee… We recommend that Mr Tomlinson apologise to the House by means of a personal statement and that he be suspended from the service of the House for two sitting days. These days should be consecutive and not be divided by non-sitting days or recesses which would inadvertently extend the period of suspension beyond that specified.”

The Privileges Committee say Tomlinson made no financial gain from the exchange of information. He did however nominate his local football team for a big money sponsorship deal from… Wonga. He’s lucky just to get a slap on the wrist…

Debunking Manspreading

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Guido is always reluctant to wade into the culture wars being waged by the second rate teenage thinkers of the alt-right and their mirror image opponents, the politically correct, snowflakey, social justice warriors. However yesterday the Telegraph’s Radhika Sanghani wrote a piece complaining that Boris was “a serial manspreader”. By which she meant he is a man who is frequently pictured in a seated position…

Radhika explains “The term was coined by feminist bloggers tracking anti-social behaviour on public transport”, we learn in New York two men have actually been arrested for manspreading. She blames the ordinary sedentary posture of Boris on his “male privilege… women are exempt from this phenomenon, as their lack of natural privilege means their legs are able to rest side-by-side… It’s unclear exactly why he needs that amount of space. Does he have an issue with his legs? Thighs? Feet? Balance?” Radhika evidently has a weak grasp on anatomy.

Now if you look at the picture all the men sitting in the front are sitting in the same manly* manner, all the women are sitting ladylike with their knees together. This is normal, it is not a problem, not a privilege of the patriarchy. It is a matter of anatomical comfort. Stop trying to emasculate Boris…

*Apart from Jeremy Hunt. If you have ever met him you will know he is a special case.

UKIP Conference Choir

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UKIP’s party conference in Bournemouth will end with a performance by the “UKIP Choir”. Guido is told that the budding sopranos, altos and tenors will be “multi-ability” – think the sort of against-the-odds transformation from tone deaf to passable that BBC viewers have seen with choirmaster Gareth Malone. A source close to the rehearsals promises: “It will be a sensation”. Beats the Red Flag anyway…

Corbyn Finds Safe Space

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Theresa May began today’s PMQs with a requiem for her predecessor, opting in sombre tone to list the departing Member for Witney’s crowning achievements. He was, she opined, “a tremendous public servant”, whose tenure saw “the economy being stabilised..and people on low incomes being taken out of tax”. That was it: a two sentence elegy for a two bob Prime Minister whose achievements are so minor they could be comfortably rattled off without pause for breath.

In fact the only thing she missed out was the legalisation of same sex marriage. Marie Antoinette said “let them eat cake”, David Cameron said “let them…”. Well I digress. Either way both wound up with their heads chopped off a year later in the midst of a revolutionary uprising against a quasi-feudal chumocracy. Such is politics.

The Labour leader naturally decided to kick things off with his weekly memorial, bestowing on the lucky few the singular honour of his Parliamentary tribute. “Who this time?” The nation wondered. A fallen Hamas regional organiser? A PLO munitions supplier? The Grand Mufti of Gaza and the Occupied Territories perhaps? No, turns out not. This time Mr. Corbyn decided to pay his respects to the brave Police Constable who got shivved in Merseyside trying to arrest a rapist. What’s more, he didn’t even then go on to ask that we also pay our respects to all Police Constables around the world who get shivved trying to arrest a rapist, as he is so wont to do. Continue reading

Emily Thornberry Voted For War

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Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry didn’t hold back in her damning indictment of David Cameron’s “legacy of shame” in Libya. Thornberry says Cameron “repeated all the major mistakes” of Iraq, blasts that “the warnings of experts in the region were ignored” and claims there was a “hidden goal of regime change for which there was no legal basis”. She concludes that intervention in Libya was “deeply reckless and complacent”. Pub quiz question: can you name the top Corbynista who on 21 March 2011, when the Commons voted on military action in Libya, backed war? One Emily Thornberry…

Centrist Think-Tank Concludes There’s No Progressive Majority

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This morning the centrist, cross-party Social Market Foundation held a well attended seminar headlined by Chuka Umunna, Nicky Morgan and Nick Clegg. It felt like a wake for the Labour Party. SMF claims – on the back of research from Opinium – that there’s no progressive left-leaning majority in the country – the majority of voters hold “traditionally right-wing views” that will guarantee a “healthy majority” in the future for the right-wing parties.

The wonks categorised voters’ attitudes into eight political tribes/parties that share very distinctive political views. Despite the majority of voters self-describing as “centrist“, most voters actually identified with centre-right and right-wing political attitudes.

From the report:

On the whole, our analysis makes more cheerful reading for those on the right, than on the centre or the left. The two largest tribes, making up around 50% of the population, hold a range of traditionally right wing views, ofering a solid foundation on which to aim for the 40-42% of the vote which normally guarantees a healthy majority under our electoral system. These groups share a desire to see immigration reduced to below 100k a year and were both solidly pro-Leave in the EU referendum.

The progressive tribes are fragmented, disagreeing on openness to the world and attitudes towards the welfare state and taxation. This is bad news for the current Labour Party as the think-tank finds massive differences between so-called “Democratic Socialists” and “Community” party voter blocs – traditionally known as Labour supporters – while both tribes agree on socialist policies towards capitalism, they diverge on supporting the EU or having an internationalist approach.

SMF also implies that the centre-ground is now being occupied by traditional right-wing politics. So did Cameron succeed in occupying the centre-ground or did the Conservative Party’s modernisers end up pulling the centre-ground rightwards?

Boris Hires Telegraph’s David Blair as Speechwriter

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Boris has hired the Telegraph’s chief foreign correspondent David Blair as his new speechwriter, Guido can reveal. A staunch critic of Putin with a cut glass accent and balls of steel, Blair was kicked out of Zimbabwe by Mugabe and more recently proved the massacre of Maidan in Ukraine by counting bodies in morgues. He takes a tough line on Assad, arguing ISIS cannot be defeated while the tyrant remains in power, a slight departure from Boris’ infamous “bravo for Assad” article. George Galloway is not a fanA formidable hire for the FCO, and yet another Telegraph departure…

Labour United: PLP Moderates Lavish Praise on Corbyn

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The moderates at last learn to love Jez…

PMQs: Who is Asking the Questions Today

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Oral Questions to the Prime Minister

Q1 Deidre Brock (Edinburgh North and Leith)

Q2 Marcus Fysh (Yeovil)

QCraig Williams (Cardiff North) 

Q4 Victoria Atkins (Louth and Horncastle) 

Q5 Owen Thompson (Midlothian) 

Q6 Mr David Winnick (Walsall North)

Q7 Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield) 

Q8 Mr John Baron (Basildon and Billericay) 

Q9 Lucy Frazer (South East Cambridgeshire)

Q10 Fiona Bruce (Congleton) 

Q11 Alex Cunningham (Stockton North) 

Q12 Tom Elliott (Fermanagh and South Tyrone) 

Q13 Mary Robinson (Cheadle) 

Q14 Lisa Nandy (Wigan) 

Q15 Diana Johnson (Kingston upon Hull North) 

Comments in the comments…

First Picture of May’s Cabinet

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Telegraph Exodus: Tim Ross Joining Bloomberg

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Guido hears the Telegraph’s respected Senior Political Correspondent Tim Ross is leaving to join Bloomberg. Author of ‘Why the Tories won‘, Ross pretty much writes the paper on Sundays so that will be a major gap to fill. He’ll be working for Bloomberg in Westminster with a focus on Brexit. The Lobby team at the Telegraph has so far been relatively incubated from job losses. But would you really want to stay?

Why No Symbolism?

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Responding to a written question from Julian Knight MP, Robert Goodwill, the immigration minister hinted that the blue passport will be back “We are considering potential changes to the UK passport after the UK has left the European Union. At this early stage we have not undertaken a detailed cost benefit analysis or made any decisions about what a future UK passport might look like.”

Elsewhere David Davis was pressed on the return of the blue passport by Andrew Rosindell “Can you make some small symbolic action to show that you are serious? Some of us have jitters. Could we have our blue passports back rather than the pink things?”

Davis disappointed “Attractive as the idea is, I’m not in the business of symbolism, I’m in the business of delivering,” he told Rosindell and the rest of the foreign affairs select committee. If not Davis than it must be a job for Boris, who whilst he is formally the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs is informally the minister for cheering us all up. Why can’t Boris start re-issuing the traditional blue passport from the day after Article 50 is triggered?

Labour Readmit Corbynista Who Said “Fascist” Israel is a “Sh*thole”

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Labour’s National Executive Committee has readmitted a Corbynista who had been suspended for ranting about “Zionists” and claiming that “fascist” Israel is a “sh*thole“. Terence Kenyon, a member in Stalybridge CLP, was auto-excluded from the party after the compliance unit found he had written a string of inflammatory tweets.

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He also launched a staunch defence of Ken Livingstone and the other Labour members suspended for anti-Semitism, arguing that all but one did not say anything wrong:

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As you can see above, in his Twitter bio he describes himself as “Not democratic Labour”. The sort of charmer that Labour are welcoming in…

From Poppers to Puff: Blunt on Blunts

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Bongs are bubbling over at CLEAR, the UK’s largest cannabis reform group, as Crispin Blunt  joins their advisory board as political advisor. Having spoken out in the Commons on his own use of poppers, the Tory MP was perhaps a natural choice to lobby for legalisation of weed, a few days ahead of a parliamentary report being published. CLEAR is the largest drug policy reform group in the UK with more than 685,000 registered supporters.  Its aim is “to promote as a matter of urgency and compassion the prescription of medicinal cannabis by doctors”.  Far out, man…

The evidence for the use of cannabis in alleviating the effects of diseases like Alzheimer’s, cancer, Crohn’s and multiple sclerosis is prolific and compelling. Crispin is getting blazed up about the issue:

“It is wrong that people with a range of conditions are missing out from medicinal benefits because of the UK’s out-of-date drug laws. We need a new approach and a sensible regulatory system…”

Let’s just hope MPs don’t make a hash of the upcoming report…

Labour Conference to Open With “Rally Against Anti-Semitism”

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Guido hears Labour’s party conference in Liverpool will open – wait for it – with a “rally against anti-Semitism”. Speakers will include John “bar them for life” McDonnell, Naz “the Jews are rallying” Shah, and Baroness Shami “evade your question” Chakrabarti.[…]

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