Seumas Milne: “It Wasn’t Only Negative What Happened in the Riots”

As ‘anarchist’ rioters (who want a bigger state) rampaged through London last week, setting a police car ablaze and blinding a horse with a firework, it’s worth asking what Team Corbyn think. Here is Seumas Milne speaking after the London riots. Guess what? He’s a fan. 

“Riots do express fundamental social anger and that’s something that’s happened throughout history… Actually, I thought they were quite, you know, despite the way they were portrayed at the time, there was a lot of very political expressions, certainly in particular, in some areas in particular, certainly in East London but in other places as well, where people were expressing, in quite a strong class-orientated way, a hatred not only of the police but of the system… So, I mean, it wasn’t only negative, what happened in the riots. And I think that those people clearly are part of what, of the people that need to be organised and need to find a political expression and social organisation… But it’s also an opportunity. It’s a huge opportunity to channel that anger.”

There you have it: Labour’s new core vote strategy…

H/T Harry’s Place

Cameron Heckled: “CBI: Voice of Brussels”

The CBI wouldn’t let representatives from the Vote Leave campaign into their conference this morning, though two Eurosceptic protesters managed to sneak in and heckle the PM with a cry of “CBI, voice of Brussels”Vote Leave have confirmed to Guido that they helped organise the protest…

UPDATE: Here is Cameron talking up the opportunities of Brexit:

“Some people seem to say that really Britain couldn’t survive, couldn’t do okay outside the European Union. I don’t think that is true. Let’s be frank, Britain is an amazing country. We’ve got the fifth biggest economy in the world. We’re a top ten manufacturer. We’ve got incredibly strong financial services. The world wants to come and do business here. Look at the record of inward investment. Look at the leaders beating the path to our door to come and see what’s happening with this great country’s economy. The argument isn’t whether Britain could survive outside the EU. Of course it could.”

Something to chew on for his CBI audience, who are some of the worst anti-Brexit scaremongers around…

Julia Hartley-Brewer Slaps Down Class War Nut

The Class War representative on the Daily Politics took his life into his own hands when he bravely decided to call Julia-Hartley Brewer “sweetheart“. Apparently he said something much ruder to her off air too. And then claimed he supported the Suffragettes. Everyday sexism…

At one point he said he was homeless, later he said he left the Guy Fawkes protest and “went home” because it was boring. Strange.

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Muted Response on Baroness’ Big Day

Congratulations to the new Baroness Pidding of Amersham, who was sworn in to the House of Lords yesterday. Though it is slightly odd that this top Tory activist, who was credited with helping to run the Road Trip 2015 campaign during the election, received such a muted response from the Tory youth movement on her big day. “There are just three messages of congratulations on her Facebook page,” notes a knowing Tory source. Surely nothing to do with Baroness Pidding’s popularity plummeting since her implication in the Elliott Johnson bullying scandal…

Theresa May Will Be Able to Identify Journalists’ Sources

Home Secretaries will be given powers to identify journalists’ sources without authorisation from a judge. Theresa May has confirmed she will be able to sign an “urgent warrant” to view journalists’ sources without consulting a judge, which will then be subject to “review” in the courts:

“There will be an urgent process, so it will be possible for a Secretary of State to sign an urgent warrant for it to come immediately into effect, and then there will be a period of time within which the judge will have to review that and then make a decision as to whether it should continue or not.”

Given the widespread abuse of RIPA by the police, and coppers then covering it up, this is a concerning attack on the most fundamental basics of press freedom. They’ll be entering newsrooms to smash up hard drives next… 

UPDATE:  A Home Office source gets in touch to stress that the urgent warrants will only be used in extreme circumstances, for example when there is an immediate threat to life, with a warrant then having to be authorised by the Judicial Commissioner within five days, at which point they would rule on whether the data can be kept or destroyed. They insist this provision means sources will always be protected…

No Marx For Dave’s Commie Gag

“Look at his appointments. His media adviser is a Stalinist. His new policy adviser is a Trotskyist. And his economic adviser is a communist. If he’s trying to move the Labour Party to the left, I’d give him full Marx.”

Incidentally, who is the communist economics adviser?

UPDATE:  Not the full Marx after all:

Labour Will Consult With Stop the War on Syria

Labour MP Catherine West tells a meeting with the Stop the War Coalition in parliament tonight that her party will consult with them before a vote on action against Syria. That’s the same Stop the War Coalition that has supported “resistance” against British troops…

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Labour Peer’s Sex-Driven Politics

Baroness Young of Old Scone has been over-sharing in the Lords, revealing that it was being provided the contraceptive pill aged 16 by Harold Wilson’s government that led her to support the Labour Party. Poor old Lord Blencathra didn’t know where to look when she started talking about how she “had a good Scottish diet and was very precocious for my age”:

Baroness Young of Old Scone (Lab): I was born in Scotland and I was brought up in a Scottish Conservative household. When I was 16 I thought that the election result, when a Labour Government was returned after 13 years of what is now known as Tory misrule, was the end of the world. I had been taught to believe that. Two years later I was canvassing for Labour in the election.

What changed me was that at the age of 16 I could get pregnant. At that time I could not get birth control in this country at that age. During that period, when I was aged 16 or 17, the first Brook Advisory Centre opened in Edinburgh. I could then go on the pill. Quite frankly, it was probably the best thing that ever happened to me. The knowledge that I could not get proper support for being sexually active—I had had a good Scottish diet and was very precocious for my age—was what politicised me. I have no qualms about announcing that here tonight

Not the first person to get into politics for the sex…

Jess Phillips v Philip Davies on International Men’s Day

A box office dust up between Jess Phillips in the red corner and Philip Davies in the blue corner:

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How Lefties Lose Immigration Debate

Fair to say Sky News could have found a better proponent of the pro-immigration argument than the hapless Mr Butt…[…] Read the rest

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Cameron’s Farron Zinger

“I welcome the Honourable Gentleman to his place and it’s good to see such a high turnout of his MPs.”

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Boris Takes a Tumble

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Germaine Greer on Transgender Women

Germaine Greer has been no-platformed by the sisterhood for her “misogynist” views on transgender women. Is she in the running to be the new James Bond[…] Read the rest

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Watch Blair’s Iraq Apology

“I can say that I apologise for the fact that the intelligence we received was wrong because, even though he had used chemical weapons extensively against his own people, against others, the programme in the form that we thought it was did not exist in the way that we thought. 

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Stunt to Save Solar Subsidy Falls Flat

The Trillion Fund, an organisation that aims to “open up opportunities to profit from clean energy” has released a video aiming to convince the public to keep the Feed-in tariffs that force the taxpayer to subsidise solar panels. It’s terrible…

“In 2014, Britain led solar expansion in Europe.

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Milne Threatens Shadow Cabinet Purge

Speaking on Putin propaganda channel Russia Today just two weeks ago, Labour’s new strategy chief warned:

“… There will be some shake-up in the existing Shadow Cabinet – this is a kind of stabilisation Shadow Cabinet… There are a whole lot of progressive people who came in in the May election, young MPs who are fully supportive of Corbyn. 

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