“Security” No. 10’s Corbyn Attack Line of Choice

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There is one word we will be hearing a lot from Downing Street if and when Corbyn becomes leader. David Cameron mentions “security” six times in an article attacking Jezza for the Times today:

[Economic stability] is what makes it possible to deliver the security we all yearn for. At the heart of our election manifesto was that simple goal: to give people securitySecurity is formed of many things… getting the training you need to secure a worthwhile career… The most important source of security is a well-paid job… It’s that combination of recovery and reform that will enable us to help those who often have the least security

Got the message?

If that wasn’t subtle enough, George Osborne used No. 10’s new buzzword a total of eight times in a very repetitive op-ed for the Sun over the weekend, including three times in the first line:

“This is a Government that puts security first – our national security and our economic security… that consensus, which is so important for our security and reliability as an ally, risks being shattered…The UK’s future security is threatened… the return of the unilateralists to British politics threatens our nation’s future security… For the new unilateralists of British politics are a threat to our future national security and to our economic security”

That’s 14 times in 48 hours…

“My concern is that we do everything we can to protect and enhance the security of the United Kingdom” was Cameron’s only previous comment on Corbyn, made two weeks ago. The Tories were masters of thematic campaigning in May, and their new mot du jour has the benefit of ringing true…

Corbyn Equates Bin Laden Death “Tragedy” With 9/11

Peak Corbyn on Iranian state television:

“We can only guess that there is something fishy here. Either Bin Laden wasn’t there, therefore there has to be a story. Or, the pictures … show something else… This was an assassination attempt and is yet another tragedy upon a tragedy, upon a tragedy. The World Trade Center attack was a tragedy, the war in Afghanistan was a tragedy, the war in Iraq was a tragedy.”

“Something fishy”?

Via SunNation

Burnham’s Peerless Flip-Flopping

Guido could easily have made Andy Burnham’s increasingly ridiculous flip flops a daily feature during this leadership contest. Not only does Burnham think it’s great that former Labour MP Dave Watts has been made a peer, he also reckons “the Lords is now a national embarrassment. We should scrap it”.

If you’re going to directly contradict yourself, try not to do it in the space of two tweets…

H/T @rhodri

Arch-Rebel Diane Warns Blairites Not to Rebel Against Arch-Rebel Corbyn

Diane Abbott makes an amusing threat to Blairite MPs this lunchtime, warning them to get in line when her man is leader:

“the noisiest members of the parliamentary Labour Party will have to calm down, if and when, Jeremy is elected”

Dissent against the dear leader will not be tolerated…

That’s the same Diane Abbott who, just a couple of hours earlier, boasted about how she and Corbyn used to regularly rebel against her own Labour government:

Corbyn himself has rebelled against the Labour whip some 500 times.

Perhaps not the brightest idea to remind everyone of your rebelliousness when you’re calling on your colleagues not to rebel…

Burnham Blows Dog Whistle Line

This is Andy Burnham speaking on immigration at the Mirror hustings today:

“It’s disgusting to have a Prime Minister who refers to a swarm of migrants and it confirms there’s no dog whistle that these Bullingdon boys won’t blow.”

The irony of Burnham criticising dog whistles while calling Cameron a ‘Bullingdon boy’ isn’t even the most amusing thing about this line.

Back in 2010, the last time he failed to become Labour leader, Burnham spoke to the Telegraph about how his party was “in denial” on immigration:

“We were in denial. We were behind the issue all the time, and myths were allowed to develop. There’s still an ambivalence among some in Labour about discussing immigration. I’ve been accused of dog-whistle politics for doing so.”

Andy really hates it when politicians get accused of dog whistle politics on immigration. Except when he’s the one doing the accusing…

Corbyn Escapes #LabourPurge

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The ‘Labour Purge’ of supporters who were banned from voting for Corbyn because they do not support the “aims and values” of the party disqualified anyone who backed another party at a previous election. According to the Indy:

“most were just people who had posted support for the Greens on their Facebook page before the last election”

So a public display of support on social media for a rival party in a previous election means you are barred from voting.

Which makes this tweet by one Jeremy Corbyn after the 2012 Bradford West by-election rather awkward indeed:

If Corbyn was gleefully celebrating the victory of a Respect Party candidate over the Labour choice, how is that different from those who publicly supported the Greens on Facebook and were subsequently stopped from voting? If they’re being consistent, Labour would have to ban Corbyn from voting in his own leadership contest…

Traingate: The Internet Responds

“When I see a women-only train carriage, I feel respect…”

All Change? Corbyn Lifted Women-Only Trains Policy From Tories

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Jeremy Corbyn’s idea to introduce women-only train carriages is making a splash this morning. While some might assume the inspiration for this this overtly authoritarian policy came from some of Jezza’s less feminist-inclined “friends”, could Corbyn have been influenced by someone closer to home? Here is Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport Claire Perry addressing a fringe event at the Tory conference in 2014:

How terrifying to be travelling home in a place where I should reasonably expect to be safe and to be the victim of a sexual crime… It’s frightening to think you are going home, taking public transport because you don’t want to drive, you’ve had a drink, and you’re not safe… They have introduced women-only seating in Japan because there is a particular problem with groping and low-level violence. It is a very interesting question and I will look at all ideas.

But how will men get to the buffet car?

Guy News Special: Hattie’s “Anyone” U-Turn

Harriet Harman, 18 May:

“We will allow people who are not party members or who are not affiliated supporters to have a vote. Anyone – providing they are on the electoral register – can become a registered supporter, pay £3

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Burnham Faces Backlash Over Female Leader Gaffe

By far the most awkward moment of the BBC 5Live hustings this morning was Andy Burnham mansplaining about why the time isn’t right for a female Labour leader:

NC: “Andy Burnham, wouldn’t it be great to have a woman leader?”

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Burnham Would Quit Corbyn’s Shadow Cabinet Over Nato

A taste of things to come after September 12? Andy Burnham has promised to resign in protest if Corbyn pushes ahead with his mental plan to leave Nato:

Nicky Campbell: “Straight question: If you were in the Shadow Cabinet and

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Labour’s 22% Strategy

Ed Miliband was famously accused of seeking the support of just 35% of voters, a modest target of which he fell 5 points short. Well, judging by today’s ComRes poll, the best the next Labour leader can hope for […]

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