Kevan Jones was never in Progress…
John McDonnell has today claimed that Jeremy Corbyn is an ‘Arsène Wenger of politics’. He made the remarks to Piers Morgan whilst being questioned on the Labour leader’s handling of his shadow cabinet reshuffle on ITV:
John McDonnell:He’s re-dictating the terms of what leadership is all about.
Piers Morgan:What is it about?
JMD: It’s about bringing people in, building a team, being a good manager. And that’s what he’s developing. He’s an Arsène Wenger of politics
Guido is sure Corbyn is over the moon to be compared to his team’s long-standing manager. In fairness, there are some striking similarities between the pair. Both play in red, both are getting on a bit, and neither stands a chance of winning anything any time soon. One thing’s for sure, he is not the special one…
Jezza’s attendance or non-attendance tonight at Stop the War’s fund raising party tonight is the cause celebre of the chattering classes. Pitting Guardian reader against Guardian reader, comrade against comrade.
Despite a lot of pressure Guido is pretty certain Jezza will join the coalition of commies, trots, pacifists and haters of Western democracy tonight. The likes of Michael Dugher, Tristram Hunt, Caroline Flint and Emma Reynolds have called on him to cancel his appearance at the event after the Green MP Caroline Lucas and Peter Tatchell the human rights campaigner have become more vociferously critical. 500 Labour party members have backed a new group, “Labour Internationalists“, to provide a vehicle for supporters of a “progressive foreign policy” that defends rather than blames Western liberal democracies. Basically bombing baddies rather than giving them a sympathetic platform…
The Corbyn cheer-leading organisation “Momentum” claims to be able to contact all the people who signed up to support Jeremy Corbyn during the leadership contest, but they might not have permission to do so. When people signed up as supporters of the Corbyn4Leader campaign, they were asked to give their email addresses and postcodes; the campaign said they were collecting this information to “enable us to carry out casework on behalf of constituents; issues and campaigns we are involved with locally; maintaining our own accounts and records; supporting and managing our employees and agents.”
According to the Information Commissioner’s Office “individuals should generally be able to choose whether or not their personal data is disclosed to another organisation” and if an organisation does intend to disclose information to another organisation, “fairness requires that you tell the individuals concerned unless they are likely to expect such disclosures.”
If Momentum is a stand alone limited company and doesn’t share any formal links with other organisations as they claim, what right did the official Corbyn campaign have to pass over the sensitive personal data of its supporters to them?
Labour’s favourite transvestite Eddie Izzard has continued his run of cursing campaigns with star-crossed endorsement. Having already doomed the campaigns to:
- join the euro
- elect Ken Livingstone
- Gordon Brown
- vote Yes side in the AV referedum
- elect Ed Miliband
… Who was Eddie backing for Labour leader?
A curse worthy of Jonah himself. The lipstick kiss of death…
Ed Miliband speaks! And says he won’t serve in Jezza’s Shadow Cabinet:
This is the list of Labour names who have so far said they will not serve:
Vid via @
This was genuinely tweeted from Andy Burnham’s official campaign account as the result was announced:
… And swiftly deleted…
No word yet from Hamas and Hezbollah…
UPDATE: Argentina’s leader Christina de Kirchner offers her congratulations:
As do Hamas:
Jeremy Corbyn wins in the first round.
Andy Burnham: 80,462, 19%
Yvette Cooper: 71,928, 17%
Jeremy Corbyn: 251,417, 59.5%
Liz Kendall: 18,857, 4.5%
Corbyn wins by a mile, across the board:
Tom Watson wins the Deputy Leadership in the third round. […]
More than one Portcullis House onlooker noted Owen Jones working the atrium with Corbyn fixer John McDonnell and Jezza’s son on Wednesday afternoon. Whispers from the Guardian newsroom suggest the paper – which backed Cooper – is less than delighted by his overt support for Corbyn during the last few weeks. […]
In an extraordinary Commons debate last year Jeremy Corbyn argued that we should not “make value judgments” about British citizens who join ISIS and appeared to compare people travelling to fight in Syria with Nelson Mandela. Speaking about British-born terrorists in Syria, Corbyn claimed:
“There are an awful lot of contradictions surrounding how we decide who is a good fighter and who is a terrorist; who is struggling for liberation and who is a terrorist.
There was Guido making his way through the heart of the Westminster bubble last night, when who did he happen to stumble across? Only man of t’people Andy Burnham, posing for photos outside the Westminster Arms, the definitive core of the SW1 bubble.[…]
Played in a 1983 Jazz/Funk crossover style, “Hot Young Corbynites” is the campaign song the Labour leadership campaign has been crying out for:
“Who’s the man that we love?
Who’s the man that we trust?
Who’s going to take us to the top?
Hattie has remained resoutely impartial during the leadership election, alas she couldn’t resist a parting dig at Comrade Corbyn on her final day on the frontbench:
“It was quite surprising to discover that I’m not old enough or posh enough to be the frontrunner of this current leadership election.”
A personal attack from the acting leader on the last day of voting. […]
The Palestine Solidarity Campaign, of which Jeremy Corbyn is a patron, is protesting the visit of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu at Downing Street today. Those yellow flags with the machine guns belong to terror group Hezbollah (via @):
And here is a terror supporter just yards from No.[…]