Judge Savages Janner Lawyer, Threatens Arrest

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Greville Janner failed to turn up to court today despite the orders of the judge, his legal team instead arguing that he should be allowed to appear by video link. Fair to say Emma Arbuthnot, the Deputy Senior District Judge, was less than impressed with Janner’s lawyer Paul Ozin:

“Even if I have to have him arrested I will have it resolved today. I am warning you… stop messing around.”

He must appear in person by 2pm…

Via @JoshHalliday@tomsymonds

Baldwin Plays Trump Card

Miliband’s former psycho-spinner Tom Baldwin has resurfaced from a summer of reflection to compare Jeremy Corbyn to Donald Trump:

“He is playing the role of outsider in an era when many in developed countries are rejecting the nuanced answers of a technocratic elite in favour of simplicity and the eternal “truths” of identity or ideology… As he defies decades of history — from the collapse of the Berlin Wall to the rise of a global economy and the financial crash — Mr Corbyn has as much in common with the shallow populism of Nigel Farage and Donald Trump as he does with Syriza and Podemos.”

One is a dangerous megalomaniac with a wealth of financial firepower and a Wikipedia page full of his questionable views. The other is Donald Trump…

Jez on Jez

Robert Webb, the Labour-supporting funnyman who played Jez in the hit Channel 4 comedy Peep Show, has rather spectacularly had his say on Jeremy Corbyn:

It’s a better argument against Corbyn than any of the actual candidates have managed so far…

Corbyn Campaign Bolstered By Union Gold

Last month Jeremy Corbyn declared a grand total of zero donations above the registrable amount. This month the unions’ cheques have cleared, landing Jez with over £50,000 from Unite, £25,000 from the RMT and £10,000 from ASLEF. Not including the £134,000 he has raised in small donations…

A large wedge of Yvette’s money is still coming from her controversial long-time backer, the former Labour MP and ‘expenses queen’ Barbara Follett, who has bunged her another £50,000. One donor she hasn’t managed to secure is Bill Thomas, aka Bill Somebody, who has given £5,000 to Burnham. Cheers, Ed…

Sign Up For Guido’s New Breaking News Alerts

Guido is trialling a new breaking news alert service, where subscribers can have the biggest stories sent straight to their phone as soon as they break, via Whatsapp. This won’t be like some “breaking news” apps, which send you half hour-old news, news will come to your phone as soon as it happens. We won’t spam you either, subscribers will only be sent alerts for the major stories they need to know immediately. What’s more, it is completely free…

The sign up process is simple, Whatsapp users put their name and number in the box below:

You will then receive a text message. Simply add Guido as a contact, open Whatsapp and send us the word ‘JOIN’ to confirm your subscription. We won’t share your number and you can unsubscribe at any time by messaging ‘STOP’.

If enough people find the service useful, Guido will continue it beyond the summer. Sign up to stay in the hyperloop…

Guardian Endorses Cooper: Readers React

The Guardian comes out for Cooper:

“The brute lesson of May is that Labour cannot get there without first winning back significant numbers of Tory voters. Mr Corbyn will not do that. Those searching for an election winner must look elsewhere…

Liz Kendall has shown courage in telling Labour audiences what they don’t want to hear about the need to win Tory votes, but she lacks experience, and too often appears to be reopening the Blair playbook. Andy Burnham is personable and has passion, but has zig-zagged too often in this campaign to be seen as a leader.

Yvette Cooper is more steadfast, consistently challenging George Osborne on economic terrain… The right leader is the person who can bring both Jeremy Corbyn and Liz Kendall together in one big, progressive tent, offering enough moral common ground to transcend deep disagreements on policy. It is a formidably difficult task, but there are very many in Britain who desperately need someone to pull it off. The person best placed to do that is Yvette Cooper.”

And their readers are not taking it well:

Splitters…

Janner Will Face Arrest If He Doesn’t Appear in Court Tomorrow

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Paul Ozin, for Greville Janner, challenged the legality of the decision to force him to come to court tomorrow.

But Lady Justice Rafferty and Mr Justice Irwin disagreed, he will have to appear…

Burnham Backs Corbyn in Cooper Bunfight

Andy Burnham has slammed Yvette Cooper for slamming Jeremy Corbyn, as the Labour leadership race descends into an almighty bunfight. Burnham spent nine minutes sucking up to Jezza on Wato, tacitly criticising Cooper and Blair:

“If we’re just attacking people and making dire warnings it is misreading what we are seeing… it misreads the mood of the party”

Sluuuurrrrpppp.

What does Andy think about the Corbynista entryists?

“It is a wonderful thing that 600,000 people are now signed up to vote in our election. We said we wanted to open up politics, we have done with this contest.”

Compare and contrast: Cooper (belatedly) takes fight to Corbyn directly, Burnham speculates about serving in his Shadow Cabinet, flirts with and defends him. Well, there are votes in it…

Rudd Declares War on Fracking NIMBYs

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Amber Rudd has played the latest card in her war against the anti-fracking lobby and it’s a blinder – if councils take longer than 16 weeks to rule on fracking applications, the government will sweep in and make the decision […]

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Dan Hodges’ Labour Leadership Journey in Full

Dan Hodges has had more flip flops in the Labour leadership race than an Ibiza beach rave:

June 9: “Will Labour choose a Tony Blair or a Neil Kinnock? Liz Kendall is Toni Blair. Young. Tough. Single-minded. Kendall has

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Evan Davis’ Pussy Affluenza

You did hear that right on last night’s Newsnight…[…]

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Shameless Burnham’s NHS “News Management” Chutzpah

Another stunning lack of self-awareness from Andy Burnham, who has some nerve putting his name to this article in today’s Mirror:

“the Government publishes all the bad news about the NHS on the same day in the hope that

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