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. The Tories are planning to bring in new boundaries for constituencies around the country and that will mean there will have to be reselections.”

Well he is a former Stalinist…

H/T Times

Laura K v President Xi

Only one question allowed at Downing Street’s ‘press conference’ with President Xi, but it was a punchy one from Laura Kuenssberg:

LK: “Why do you think members of the British public should be pleased to do more business with a country that is not democratic, is not transparent and has a deeply, deeply troubling attitude towards human rights?”

Xi: “China attaches great importance to the protection of human rights. We combine the universal value of human rights with China’s reality and we have found a part of human rights development suited to China’s national conditions. With regard to protection of human rights, looking round the world we know that there is always room for improvement. All countries need to continuously improve and strengthen human rights protection to meet the need of the time and the people. On the issue of human rights, I think the people of our respective countries are in the best position to tell, and China is ready to, on the basis of equality and mutual respect, increase exchanges and cooperation with the UK and other countries in the area of human rights.”

Xi then read out his answer to a question from the Chinese press. Almost as if he knew what he was going to be asked…

Bercow Bans PMQ on Green Taxes

The Speaker’s bad temper continued at PMQs, where he bizarrely banned Tory MP Chris Philp from asking, entirely reasonably, if green taxes have contributed to the steel industry crisis. Curiously, Bercow ruled this had “nothing to do with government policy” and prevented the PM from answering:

Except, it demonstrably does. The Telegraph, Mail and even the Wall Street Journal have all run articles this week about how green taxes have impacted on the steel industry. The PM was unimpressed. That’s two weeks in a row that Cameron been prevented from landing a blow by the Speaker…

What Were Cameron and Corbyn Talking About?

Lipreaders can submit their suggestions in the comments…

Simon Schama V Rod Liddle on Refugees

TV historian Simon Schama won over the Question Time audience last night with this bizarre tongue lashing he dished out to Rod Liddle.

Schama “What’s really contemptible Rod, is saying emotion should have no part in how we actually respond”

Liddle “I’m interested in outcomes, not in your emotion…”

Schama “Do not presume to lecture me about the inadequacy of an emotional response. Go back to your journalistic hackery about outcomes and turn your suburban face away from the plight of the miserable.”

Who would have thought bashing the “suburban” would play well on the BBC?

Shadow City Minister Doesn’t Know Deficit, Hasn’t Met Anyone From City

Richard Burgon is known to Guido’s readers as the “farting commie“, thanks to his links to the Communist Party of Britain and propensity to suffer from flatulence in the Commons chamber. He is also Labour’s City spokesman, watch and cringe at this car crash on Channel 4 News last night:

Cathy Newman: “What is the deficit going to be this year?”

Richard Burgon: “Well. I’m not an economic, erm. I’m not somebody who’s gonna put a figure in a crystal ball on what the deficit’s gonna be at the end of the year.”

CN: “You don’t need a crystal ball, it’s in the government’s financial forecasts.”

RB: “I think it’ll be higher than the government says it’s gonna be…”

CN: “When was the last time that you met someone from the Square Mile?”

RB: “Well. We meet people all the time from the City.”

CN: “When was the last time you went into a City firm though?”

RB: “Well I was only appointed to this role a number of weeks ago. Parliament has been in recess…”

CN: “Have you fixed any meetings with anyone in the City?”

RB: “I’ve got a very busy diary as you can imagine.”

He makes John McDonnell look competent…

Juncker: Britain Doesn’t Need the EU

“We need Britain. Personally I don’t think Britain needs the European Union.”

Nigel Farage is quick out of the trap, “I want to buy Juncker some champagne. I have always had a personal liking for Jean-Claude Juncker even though we have political differences.” 

POLL: Juncker’s office is claiming he is being misquoted and that he said “I do think Britain needs the European Union”. You decide!

Cameron v Bercow: “Hold on a Second!”

Bercow was determined not to let Corbyn’s calm and well-behaved PMQs reduce his telly time. The PM threw out his arms in protest and cried “Hold on a second!” as the Speaker interrputed his best line of the day:

Quite a stare at the end…

Jeremy Hunt Trolled With a Sousaphone: Part II

Remember over the summer when Channel 4’s The Last Leg followed Jeremy Hunt around with a sousaphone? Well, they’ve done it again, this time outside Tory conference:

Somehow it never gets old…[…]

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Tories Cry “Shame” as Watson Refuses to Apologise

After the PM told Tom Watson to “examine his conscience” over Leon Brittan, the Labour deputy leader refused to say sorry at the despatch box:

“Earlier the Prime Minister said that I should examine my conscience. Well, I

[…]

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Rose-Tinted: In Campaign Claim Each Person £480 Million-a-Year Better Off

BSE chief Stuart Rose seemed to be struggling with his notes at today’s campaign launch:

“Being in Britain saves every person around £480 million a year.”

Proof these Europhiles just make up their numbers as they go along…[…]

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Lawson v Mandy

“Time and time again I recall him saying that if Britain didn’t join the Euro this will be a disaster for this country. He’s now changed his mind. He now says if we left the European Union it would be

[…]

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