Corbyn’s Defence of Britons Who Join ISIS

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 a time when people involved in Umkhonto we Sizwe in South Africa were known as terrorists; they were later welcomed to this country as freedom fighters. Things can turn full circle.”

On whether we should allow ISIS fighters to return to this country, Corbyn said:

“None of what I am saying is intended to give any succour, comfort or support to ISIS, but I feel that we should think about this rather more carefully and avoid the knee-jerk reaction of saying, “These are bad fighters and those are good fighters, so we will ban these and allow those in.”

Corbyn then admitted meeting Britons who were sympathetic with ISIS and said they had a legitimate point about the Iraq War. Corbyn blames ISIS on “the consequences of the war on terror” and extraordinarily claims we should not make “value judgements” about people joining ISIS:

“I have encountered young people who have been attracted to what ISIS is doing. They say that what the West did in Iraq and Afghanistan was appalling, and was questionably legal in the case of Afghanistan and definitely illegal in the case of Iraq. We are living with the consequences of the war on terror of 2001, and if we continue to try to create legal obstacles and make value judgments about people without considering the overall policy we are following, we will return to legislation such as this again and again, year after year.”

Corbyn also defended people who support ISIS as having a “political view” which is “important in a democracy“:

“I have no support for ISIS whatsoever, and obviously that should apply to someone who has committed crimes, but we should bear in mind that expressing a political point of view is not in itself an offence. The commission of a criminal act is clearly a different matter, but expressing a point of view, even an unpalatable one, is sometimes quite important in a democracy.”

For full context, read the debate in full here. Voting has now closed, wonder if this would have changed anyone’s mind if it had emerged earlier in the summer…

Burnham ‘Just Checking Out’ Westminster Bubble

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. What on earth was an outsider like Andy doing at the very epicentre of the metropolitan elite? “I just thought I’d come and check out the bubble,” he told Guido.

Burnham was in a bullish mood about his chances last night, telling Guido “we can still do it” and insisting that second preferences meant he was the only candidate who can stop Corbyn. Of course Cooper’s people say the same about her. Keen to quickly get away from the bubble, Andy rejected the offer of a pint from a supporter and made his exit… to his flat less than a mile away in Kennington…

“Hot Young Corbynites”: Jazzy Jezza’s Amazing Campaign Jingle

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?

Corbyn?

Who’s the man that we trust?

Corbyn?

Who’s going to take us to the top?

Corbyn!”

The breakdown where Jez shows off the jumper his mum knitted is spectacular. “Hot Young Corbynites are going to turn this party round…”

Harman’s Parting Zinger to “Old, Posh” Corbyn

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. She’ll be on the list when the purge comes…

Of course, as this footage of young posh totty Hattie shows, the St Paul’s old girl certainly fulfils the posh criteria:

Close observers will note that her accent went a bit Estuary sometime in the late nineties…

Terror Supporters at Corbyn Group’s Downing Street Demo

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 @Mendelpol):

And here is a terror supporter just yards from No. 10 (via @ZionistFed):

The ‘anti-Israel’ campaigners are reportedly waving money at Netanyahu and shouting “this is all you know“.

Anyone got the GPS coordinates? Asking for a friend…

Jez Dances as Corbynistas Chant “Vamos Corbyn!”

Footage has emerged of feelgood Jeremy Corbyn cutting shapes in a London nightclub, pumping his fist in the air in a Chavez-style ‘people power’ salute, as a Latin American guitarist leads a chorus of “Vamos Corbyn! Vamos Corbyn!” to the tune of the Gypsy Kings’ Bambeleo.

The senstational video was filmed on Saturday night, at the Latinos for Corbyn fundraiser at El Vergel:

He also played the bongos:

And had a bloomin’ good time:

Viva la fiesta! Viva Corbynista!

Team Corbyn Blast BBC “Character Assassination”

Last night’s particularly punchy Panorama special asked if Corbyn believed Iraqis had the right to kill British troops:

Corbyn refuses to answer the question…

It wasn’t just tin-foil hat wearing Corbynista trolls crying establishment stitch up. His top team are furious:

Look forward to the Panorama specials on Yvette Cooper’s links to Brownite thugs and Liz Kendall’s Progress shame… or not…

Dave Blasts Corbyn’s “Friends” Hamas and Hezbollah

Corbyn caught the Speaker’s eye after Cameron’s statement, but ignored the RAF drone strike and instead asked a question welcoming our “new relationship” with the brutal terror-sponsoring regime in Iran. Dave couldn’t resist a dig at some of Jezza’s “friends“:

“Iran is a still a supporter of terrorist organisations like Hamas and Hezbollah, which I know he describes as friends but I see very much as enemies…”

If you listen carefully, at the end of Jezza’s question you can hear Tory MP Alec Shelbrooke sarcastically heckle: “he’s good“. Will their next exchange be across the despatch box?

Sadiq and Diane Set For Corbyn’s Cabinet

As Guido revealed in yesterday’s Sun on Sunday, super-confident Jeremy Corbyn has prematurely decided who he wants in his Shadow Cabinet. Sources close to the campaign say Corbyn asked his leadership election agent, fellow hard-left MP John McDonnell, to draw up a list of names a few weeks ago.[…]

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Stella’s Posh Totty Fan Vote

Tom Watson is going to win by a country mile…[…]

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Hamas Endorse Corbyn

It’s the endorsement everyone wanted. Hamas’ deputy foreign minister Ghazi Hamad tells the Telegraph:

“I find that [Corbyn] has very good sympathy and support for the Palestinian cause and the Palestinian struggle and he is frankly against the occupation, against the racist policy of Israel… According to his statements, I feel that he could be very close to the Palestinians, the Arabs and to the Muslims.

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Cooper Finally Savages Corbynomics

It has taken until this late in the contest, but finally someone went for Corbyn. Hard.

The audience roared wildly… for Corbyn’s response… […]

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84% Say Corbyn Won Sky Debate

It would appear to be all over if this is in any way representative…[…]

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Sky News Labour Leadership Debate Live

Have your say in the comments…[…]

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Cooper’s Cross-Party Migrant Message to MPs: “Take a Selfie”

Yvette Cooper has responded to Andy Burnham weaponising the refugee crisis by writing to every single MP, telling them the situation “transcends party politics and the Labour Party leadership election”. See what she did there…

Yvette’s bold cross-party pitch?

“We are writing to you now to encourage you to… Take a selfie with a #refugeeswelcome banner and put it on Twitter and Facebook, encouraging others to do the same.”

Such leadership.[…]

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Burnham Weaponises Refugee Crisis

Andy Burnham just couldn’t resist using the refugee crisis to get one over on Yvette Cooper this morning. Asked about Cooper’s call for the country to take more refugees, Burnham somewhat tastelessly boasted: “I called the day before for Britain to take our fair share”.[…]

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