Mrs Burnham Unravels Andy’s Career Spin

Andy Burnham’s reality-stretching campaign against Westminster bubble careerists has suffered another blow thanks to his lady wife. When they met on the first day of university, what did an 18-year-old Andy tell Marie-France he wanted to be when grew up?

“Do you know what you said to me on the first night, when I said ‘what do you want to do when you grow up?’ You said you wanted to be an MP.”

From wanting to be an MP at 18, to being a parliamentary researcher, to being a SpAd, to being an MP, to being a minister, to being a leadership candidate. That anti-Westminster bubble career trajectory in full…

Rand Rails Against Mass Surveillance at Fox News Debate

A tough night for Rand Paul at the Fox News Republican presidential debate, though he was punchy in this fiery exchange with Chris Christie on mass surveillance and the NSA:

Rand sued the NSA last year and clearly has more of an interest in civil liberties than the other candidates, not that it helped his popularity. It was Trump who stole the show

Yentob Demands “Congratulations” as Lurid Rumours Swirl

On Wednesday the BBC’s spin arm briefed Media Guardian that its creative director Alan Yentob had not tried to influence Newsnight’s investigation into scandal-hit Kids Company, of which he is chairman. Yet on Channel 4 News last night, Yentob admitted he did phone Newsnight staff before the programme aired. He still insists “I don’t think I’ve abused my position in any way”.

In a bizarre interview, a heated Yentob said of sexual abuse allegations at Kids Company: “I don’t believe them for one minute”. He then weirdly demanded Matt Frei congratulate him for his role in running a charity which has now collapsed in disgrace:

“Why don’t you say to me, congratulations Alan?”

Judging by this tweet from the Mail’s media editor…

… it must have been a very long day…

Crosby on Farage

Sky News Australia have Tory strategist Lynton Crosby’s say on the election. You can tell he particularly enjoyed the UKIP result:

“I don’t think they’ve got a long-term future. You should never write anyone off but they will be a voice of discontent. They are very reliant on the performance of their leader Nigel Farage and even he couldn’t win a seat. Sixth or seventh time he’s tried to win a Westminster seat. I think he might be better coming to Australia and doing talkback radio than trying to run another seat in the UK.”

Well at least Nige’s boys are winning the cricket…

‘Average Joe’ Caller Outed as RMT Union Lackey

This is the delicious moment a tube strike-supporting Londoner calling himself ‘Joe’ was exposed as the RMT’s Political Officer Jared Wood on the Vanessa Show this morning:

Rumbled…

Corbyn’s Gay Rights Vow: Iran Style

Worthy words from Jeremy Corbyn in an interview with Pink News, where he threatens “economic and diplomatic consequences” against countries with poor gay rights records if he becomes PM. Just how serious is Jezza about getting tough on states that persecute gays?

That’s him hosting a programme on Press TV, the Iranian state television channel and mouthpiece of the regime which executes homosexuals. Please, tell us more about your principled stance on gay rights…

Ted Heath’s Whip Boasts of Paedo Cover Up

“Anyone with any sense who was in trouble would come to the whips and tell them the truth, and say now, “I’m in a jam, can you help?” It might be debt, it might be a scandal involving small boys, or any kind of scandal which a member seemed likely to be mixed up in, they’d come and ask if we could help. And if we could, we did. We would do everything we can because we would store up brownie points. That sounds a pretty nasty reason but one of the reasons is, if we can get a chap out of trouble, he’ll do as we ask forever more.”

The words of former Tory MP Tim Fortescue. Who was appointed a government whip in 1970, by one Edward Heath

Man Sets Up Disco in Operation Stack

As Theresa May prepares to chair a Cobra meeting about the crisis in Calais, which has forced police to turn the M20 into a massive lorry park of stranded trucks, one man has responded in the only appropriate way: by setting up a disco.

Funny until you read we’re paying 7 million quid for the frogs to build a fence…

I Can’t Believe He’s Not Tory!

Another BBC smear on the Marr show yesterday:

“Lord Coke, Tory peer’s drug binges with £200 prostitutes”

That would be Lord Sewel, independent peer since 2012, before which he was Labour…[…]

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Douglas Carswell v Owen Jones

Douglas Carswell wasn’t going to let Owen Jones get away with saying “I want to pay more tax”…

Who does he think he is, Charlotte Church?[…]

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Media Bitch Fight of the Week: Owen on Owen

Our generation’s Owen Bennett took on our generation’s George Orwell on Sky this afternoon:

“The thing for Owen Jones, and I think it’s wonderful that his career’s going so well that he’s now in the top 1% of earners in

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Mental Marxists: Tories Will Gas the Poor

Meanwhile, at the SWP’s Marxism Festival in London:

An insight into the mindset of your average Jeremy Corbyn supporter.

Via CWF

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“Under Margaret Thatcher the Conservatives gained 99 seats. They lost 211 under John Major, gained one under William Hague, quickly and wisely got rid of Ian Duncan-Smith, gained 32 under Michael Howard and have so far gained 133 under David Cameron who, to the great surprise of many (including senior Conservatives), has turned out to be the most electorally successful Tory leader since 1900.”

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