Conflicted Over Corbyn

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Guido is conflicted. On the one hand, a Labour Party led by Comrade Corbyn would be a source of much merriment and material. On on the other hand, believing that the majority of the Labour rank and file have not gone mad and that peak Corbyn will pass, Guido has been laying him on Betfair. If you really think Corbyn can do it, Guido is happy to take your money…

Burnham’s Media Grandstanding Falls Flat With Labour Supporters

Following Andy Burnham’s amusingly hypocritical grandstanding earlier this week, LabourList have polled their readers on whether they think their next leader should refuse to talk to the Sun. It’s bad news for Andy:

Turns out most Labour supporters think talking to the 27% of The Sun’s millions of readers who voted Labour in May is a sensible idea…

Chuka Umunna: Labour “Behaving like a Petulant Child”

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Chuka Umunna popped up on Newsnight last night to slam Labour for acting like a “petulant child” as support for Jeremy Corbyn surges.

“We were sent a very strong message by the electorate at this general election, and we are behaving like a petulant child who has been told you can’t have the sweeties in the sweetshop, you can’t have power. And now we’re running around stamping our feet, screaming at the electorate.”

Chuka’s intervention comes as constituency Labour party numbers pour in for Corbyn, who now leads the other candidates with 55 nominations. Andy Burnham has 51, Yvette Cooper 42 and Liz Kendall 10. It’s all kicking off…

Ey Up, Chuck: Yvette’s ‘Mockney’ Mystery

“I will be a leader whose voice can carry in to all the nations and regions of our country,” said Andy Burnham the other day, pledging to “appoint a front bench full of accents and diversity.” And fellow candidate Yvette Cooper is also offering a diversity of accents

When the Shadow Home Secretary speaks in the Commons chamber she takes  care to pronounce every vowel and consonants in a polished and clipped school mistress tone, yet since she’s been running for leader she’s dropping her T’s and has a distinctly more northern twang to her voice on the airwaves during interviews.

Don’t believe Guido? Have a listen:

Well it worked for Tony Blair…

Poll LOL: Corbyn Stormin’ to Victory

The Staggers reports on Labour’s private internal polling:

If vote share and constituency nominations mirrored each other, Burnham would be ahead of the pack with 39 per cent, Corbyn would be second with 33 per cent, Cooper third with 25 per cent, and Kendall fourth with four per cent. However, it appears that Labour’s preferential voting system – used both for the final contest and to nominate by local parties – is masking Corbyn’s strength in the first round. One survey has Corbyn ahead by more than 15 points. Another puts him in what one campaign staffer called “a commanding position…he is on course to win”.

One more heave…

Liz Kendall For UKIP Leader

This is just getting silly, now:

When will the smears stop?

That escalated quickly:

No word yet on whether it was a Corbyn or Cooper backer who set it up. Though Guido suspects it is too witty to have been created by a Labour supporter…

Corbyn Boycotts Jewish Chronicle

Jeremy Corbyn has run the risk of appearing to shun the Jewish community by pulling out of an interview with the Jewish Chronicle, Britain’s most widely read Jewish newspaper.

Guido understands that Corbyn’s people approached the JC offering them a clear-the-air interview, realising he was not exactly JC readers’ number one choice given his ‘friendship‘ with Hamas and his support for the anti-Semitic Islamist Raed Salah.

The JC agreed, proposing that Corbyn be interviewed by Oliver Kamm, the neo-Con Times journalist, a Labour supporter but a friend of Israel. Upon being told Kamm would conduct the interview, Corbyn’s team informed the JC he was no longer interested in speaking to them.

Next week’s Labour Friends of Israel hustings, which Corbyn is attending and which is co-hosted by the JC, will certainly be punchy…

Burnham Praises Corbyn in Shift to Left

Andy Burnham has refused to rule out giving Jeremy Corbyn a job in the Shadow Cabinet – describing the man who counts Hamas terrorists among his friends as “a man of integrity”. Speaking to a Lobby journalists’ lunch at the heart of the “Westminster bubble” he claims to despise, Burnham praised Corbyn as someone who has “important things to say” and as having “made important contributions” to the leadership contest. An unsubtle shift to the left to sweep up second preferences from Corbyn supporters… Jezza for Shadow Defence Secretary? 

Burnham then went off on one about Hillsborough, mystically hinting “all I’m saying is there was a decision to leave it alone” when asked directly about a link between Blair and News International. He didn’t squash the idea that the relationship between New Labour & “certain newspapers” led to a cover up. No sign of tin foil…

Pic via @RosaPrinceUK

Kendall: I’m Not a Tory, Honest

How better to respond to your rivals smearing you as a Tory than by listing all the things you don’t like about George Osborne? Liz Kendall has mastered the art of subtlety this morning:

“Let’s start with a quiz.

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Furious Corbyn Loses Temper With Krishnan Guru-Murthy Over Hamas Comments

Perhaps Jezza had had a long day:

Read more about Corbyn’s links to various terror organisations here. Explosive…[…]

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“Tory” Witch-Hunt: Kendall and Harman Smeared

If the Labour leadership contest wasn’t already a spiralling descent into insanity, Diane Abbott has now accused Harriet Harman of “voicing a Tory agenda“:

The increasing use of the “Tory” smear is becoming a hysterical, McCluskeyite witch hunt, rooting […]

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Labour MPs Swamped By Corbyn Lobbying Effort

Jeremy Corbyn’s popularity at the BBC hustings was considerable – the audience even gave his defence of calling Hamas “friends” wild applause. Allegra Stratton has more to give Labour grown ups nightmares:

“Private research being done for the leadership contenders

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Quote of the Day

Former Miliband guru Arnie Graf reveals Labour’s disconnect with the working class:

“On one of my trips to the U.K. in the autumn of 2013, I bumped into one of Ed’s strategists in Portcullis House. He asked me if I was assisting the staff on Ed’s trip that was to take place in a few days to one of the regions. I told him that I did not have knowledge of his planned trip.

He told me that Ed was going to give a talk at the region’s annual fund raising dinner and that prior to the dinner he had invited the media to join him at a local coffee shop to listen to a conversation he planned to have with a minimum wage worker. The point of the conversation was to show how difficult it was for a minimum wage worker to get on in life.

There was only one problem. No one had been able to locate a minimum wage worker for Ed to talk with.”

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