Chaos in the Court of Corbyn

Curiously Paul Mason’s confidante to whom he slags off Corbyn is the Podemos’ foreign affairs chief, Pablo Bustinduy. Podemos is Spain’s radical left party, where we have just seen the ousting of the rival socialist party leader Pedro Sánchez by his own party. In Spain socialists can apparently organise a coup.

Mason is tweeting all manner of excuses and throwing up all kinds of diversory chaff to cover his embarrassment. His timeline is a joy to behold.

The ramifications of this for the Court of Corbyn are magnificent. Milne will now be able to cite Mason’s disloyalty and lack of faith as a means to marginalise him. McDonnell will seethe that an ally like Mason is now without doubt passing him over for the younger, prettier Clive Lewis to be Corbyn’s successor. After Unite’s internal elections in 2018 the expectation is that McCluskey, having secured his own re-election, will decide to flex Unite’s financial and organisational muscle to put someone more competent and electable in as Labour’s leader. That is what Owen Jones means when he caveats his support for Corbyn as conditional….

Paul Mason on Corbyn

Paul Mason has been caught on tape by the Sun saying what he really thinks about Jez:

“Corbyn doesn’t appeal to the mainstream working class vote. It’s to do with a cultural thing about London. Corbyn goes to England on a bike and cycles round. Working class people go to Ibiza. He has no cultural references to the way they live”

He is taking it particularly badly:

Report for reeducation, comrade Mason…

UPDATE: So what does Mason think should be the punishment for Mason?

Jez Constitutionally Confused

He’s wrong on the people, right on the point.

Theresa May and Amber Rudd fill two great offices of state…

Mandelson’s Aide Funding Owen Smith Support Group


Benji Wegg-Prosser, Peter Mandelson’s aide who is now his managing partner at Global Counsel, the advisory and lobbying operation set up to cash in on the corporate contacts of the Prince of Darkness, is one of the funders of Owen Smith’s leadership bid. Electoral Commission data released yesterday shows he lent £10,000 to Labour Tomorrow Ltd, which in turn gave the money to Saving Labour“, the anti-Corbyn organisation trying to sign-up moderates to the Labour Party to oust Jezza.

The idea that Owen Smith is a left-winger when he is privately backed by Mandelson and allies is just incomprehensible. Guido suspects Benji is wasting his money…

Owen Smith: UK Could Join Euro and Schengen If I Become PM

Oily doubles down on lunacy…

Oily’s Confused Advice to Corbyn for PMQs


Oily Smith has helpfully written to Jezza with some advice on tactics at PMQs:

“Of course, with six questions, you could cover more than one topic … although you know from your own experience that covering too many topics in one session can make the scrutiny less effective.”

Oily as always faces both ways and then splits the difference. Yeah but no but don’t stick to one subject but don’t do too many…

UPDATE: Treated with disdain…

“Corbyn” Surges By 50% as New Baby Name

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“Corbyn” has surged in popularity as a new baby name in the last year, ONS data has revealed. The Labour leader’s surname, which means “raven haired”, increased in popularity as a boy’s name by 50% since 2014. There were also three Korbyns and 19 Corbins. “Corbyn” was 36% more popular than “Blair” in 2015…


Who cares if he is 65 points behind Theresa May in a Survation favourability poll? He’s more popular than Blair!

H/T Jon Stone

Corbyn Leads Smith By 24 Points


Corbyn is beating Smith by 62% to 38% with YouGov, a lead of 24 points.

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Incidentally #Traingate encouraged people planning to vote for Jezza, 18% said the events had given them a more positive view of the leader, compared to just 5% who said it had given them a more negative view.

He’s on course for a bigger mandate than last time round. Jez we can…

Bus Artwork is Some Handiwork

What job is the red nail polished hand doing on the side of the bus?[…]


Sainsbury Broke Labour Rules, Purging Likely


Top Labour donor Baron Sainsbury’s grant of over £2 million to the Lib Dems this year means, without any doubt, he has broken Labour’s strict membership rules. The 2016 rulebook, Chapter 2 clause I section 4 paragraph B calls for the automatic exclusion of any members who “supports a political organisation other than an official Labour group”.[…]


Who Said it: Blair or Smith?

Can you tell the “oily” leadership candidate from his hated predecessor?[…]


Labour Adviser Created “Theresa May for PM” Campaign


A former Labour adviser who denied supporting Theresa May was behind the pro-Theresa May campaign Twibbon. Jonny Chambers, who previously worked for Stella Creasy, lashed out on Twitter this morning after being barred from the Labour party after he “demonstrated support for the Conservative party on social media.” In a Facebook post, Chambers claimed that the allegations of “support” for May were a “wonderful demonstration of Labour’s values”, before denying any support had been given:

“Labour claim that evidence shows I have demonstrated support for the Conservatives – something I have never done.



#TrainGate: Labour Voters Trust Corbyn


Labour voters showed their trust in Corbyn in a recent YouGov poll on TrainGate. 39% of current Labour voters believe Corbyn’s version of events – that there were no unreserved seats available – compared to 34% believing Virgin’s story. 44% think Corbyn was being dishonest but only 36% of Labour voters think that his dishonesty matters.[…]


Mosley’s Money Funding Watson’s Expanded Team


Tom Watson is spending most of his £200,000 from fellow free-press hater Max Mosley on four new staff members. The fan of German-themed parties with prostitutes is generously bolstering Watson’s operation…


Labour’s deputy leader is recruiting a new political advisor, writer, head of policy, and correspondence assistant, with salaries ranging from £24,522 for the latter role to undisclosed figures for the top jobs.[…]


Corbyn on TrainGate

Darren McCaffrey provoked Corbyn’s famous ire with the MSM when asking him questions about TrainGate. Corbyn’s story changed, claiming he couldn’t find two (rather than one) seats. […]


Smith Calls Corbyn a “Lunatic”

The Indy revealed Oily Smith lashing out at his elderly rival at a rally last night, implying Corbyn was “some… lunatic at the top of the Labour Party”:

“We’ve got to get two million people who actually voted Tory, 12 months ago, to vote Labour, in 106 seats.



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