Burnham Pledges More Spending, Forgets the Deficit

Andy Burnham this morning reveals his supposedly “credible vision for Labour”, a list of Corbynite crowd-pleasers like scrapping tuition fees and re-nationalising the railways (or not). Yet there was one word missing from his new pledge card: “Deficit.”

Surely his more detailed five point plan couldn’t possibly miss it out? He has spent the morning calling himself the “credible” candidate, you can’t really be credible by only making pledges to increase spending. Alas, the deficit is nowhere to be seen…

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Labour Struggling to Root Out Tories and Trots

Some good old silly season fun from Labour HQ, who have caught Tory MP Tim Loughton trying to sign up and vote for Corbyn. How was Loughton rumbled? Probably something to do with the fact he did it from his parliamentary email address and wrote that his reason for voting was “to consign Labour to oblivion for a generation”. Mischievous ‘registered supporters’ are encouraged to register their support with slightly more subtlety.

A Labour spokesman wouldn’t cough when Guido asked exactly how many Tories and Trots they have managed to root out, simply insisting a “robust system is in place”. A few weeks ago LabourList reported that “around 30” entryists had been caught, of which half were Tories. Today that number is “40 or 50”. A drop in the ocean of the real number of Tories and loony lefty entryists signing up to vote Jezza…

Corbyn’s Gay Rights Vow: Iran Style

Worthy words from Jeremy Corbyn in an interview with Pink News, where he threatens “economic and diplomatic consequences” against countries with poor gay rights records if he becomes PM. Just how serious is Jezza about getting tough on states that persecute gays?

That’s him hosting a programme on Press TV, the Iranian state television channel and mouthpiece of the regime which executes homosexuals. Please, tell us more about your principled stance on gay rights…

Burnham Train Derailed: Renationalisation Spin Unravels

Andy Burnham got the headlines he wanted this morning: the Mirror dutifully report he “promises to renationalise the railways if he takes power” on their front page. Rival Labour camps are quick to point out that Burnham’s plan has been lifted “word for word” from Ed Miliband’s manifesto, which pledged:

“Labour will legislate so a public sector operator can take on lines and challenge private train operating companies on a level playing field… We will end the situation where the only public sector that cannot run our railways is our own.”

“It is hardly the big, bold new policy it was promised to be,” says a spokesperson from the Yvette campaign.

What’s more, Labour sources point out that 90% of rail franchises expire in the next 5 years and won’t be up again until 2030. Burnham has confirmed that his policy is not immediate compulsory renationalisation, merely letting the public sector bid when franchises expire:

So even if he was to become PM in 2020, the policy wouldn’t come into effect for some ten years of Burnham governments. Almost as if it’s just an empty headline grabber to take Corbyn votes…

Cuddly Corbyn’s Defence of Milosevic and Gaddafi

Jeremy Corbyn got his own back on Tony Blair last night in the only sensible way, by calling for him to be tried for war crimes:

“If he’s committed a war crime, yes. I think it was an illegal war, I’m confident about that… and therefore he has to explain to that. Is he going to be tried for it? I don’t know. Possibly. I want to see all those that committed war crimes tried for it.”

Except Corbyn hasn’t always taken such a principled line.

This is the extraordinary Early Day Motion that he signed in 2004, playing down events in Kosovo and spinning for the brutal Milosevic regime:

“That this House welcomes John Pilger’s column for the New Statesman issue of 13th December, reminding readers of the devastating human cost of the so-termed ‘humanitarian’ invasion of Kosovo, led by NATO and the United States in the Spring of 1999, without any sanction of the United Nations Security Council; congratulates John Pilger on his expose of the fraudulent justifications for intervening in a ‘genocide’ that never really existed in Kosovo; recalls President Clinton’s Secretary of Defense William Cohen claimed, entirely without foundation, that ‘we’ve now seen about 100,000 military-aged [Albanian] men missing…..they may have been murdered’ and that David Scheffer, the US ambassador-at-large for war crimes, announced with equal inaccuracy that as many as ‘225,000 ethnic Albanian men aged between 14 and 59’ may have been killed; recalls that the leader of a Spanish forensic team sent to Kosovo returned home, complaining angrily that he and his colleagues had become part of ‘a semantic pirouette by the war propaganda machines, because we did not find one mass grave’; further recalls that one year later, the International War Crimes Tribunal, a body de facto set up by NATO, announced that the final count of bodies found in Kosovo’s ‘mass graves’ was 2,788; believes the pollution impact of the bombing of Kosovo is still emerging, including the impact of the use of depleted uranium munitions; and calls on the Government to provide full assistance in the clean up of Kosovo.”

Not to mention cuddly Jez’s speech to a Trotskyite group praising the Gaddafi regime, recounted by one attendee:

“the speech was not so much anti-war, which would have been perfectly reasonable considering talk at the time of Nato intervention, as pro that country’s dictator, Colonel Gaddafi… audible groans filled enlightened corners of the hall, including my own, when the left-winger began to reel off what he considered the “achievements” of the Gaddafi regime”

“I want to see all those that committed war crimes tried for it,” so long as they are former Labour Prime Ministers…

One Term Burnham

In a less than subtle dig at veteran Jeremy Corbyn, Andy Burnham tells GQ that MPs should stand down after 25 years:

“I think modern politics is intense – it’s changed in my 14 years in Parliament. I always felt I would give it my all for 20, 25 years. Never put a time limit on it but then maybe finish off my career by doing something different. If you’ve had a seat for 25 years, people should let some new thinking in.”

Hang on a minute.

Andy Burnham was elected to parliament in 2001.

If he wins the Labour leadership and wins the general election, admittedly big ifs, he would become Prime Minister in 2020.

Yet sticking to his rule of standing down after 25 years in the Commons, that means Burnham would have to quit in 2026. So he would only be able to serve one term as PM.

Further proof he can’t do maths

Guido’s Fashion Tips: Labour Leadership Edition

Where does Andy Burnham buy his suits? GQ have asked the big question:

“God, do I have to… This is going to get me in trouble. It’s an Armani suit, this one. [Is it off the peg?] Oh God, yeah. To redeem myself a little bit, I only ever go in the sale time. Boxing Day every year, I take myself off and get two suits at half the price of what they normally are.”

A typical Armani Collezione suit made from virgin wool will set you back the best part of a grand. Burnham insisted his other suits are only Jaeger, where a navy wool mohair modern suit, not dissimilar to the one he is wearing above, costs a mere £700. Liverpool has over a dozen bespoke tailors, man of t’people Andy has his made in Milan…

The Telegraph have meanwhile located Jeremy Corbyn’s vest supplier, Ali Rifat of B&H Quality and Underwear and Socks in Nag’s Head market. He sells ’em to Jez for £1.50…

Corbynistas Cheer “Electability Isn’t the Most Important Thing”

Meanwhile, over in Camden, the Corbynistas are amassing to cheer musician and anti-Israel loon Brian Eno’s claim that “electability isn’t really the most important thing”:

Just minutes earlier Ken Livingstone had taken to the stage to tear into “economically illiterate” and “unelectable” Chris Leslie.

And to think just 48 hours ago Corbyn was calling for “unity”…

Hop-ocalypse Now: Beer Would Run Out in Corbyn’s Britain

Bitter Blairite critics say the Draught Corbyn campaign couldn’t organise a piss up in a brewey, and the evidence from Venezuela suggests this is not hop-perbole. The socialist paradise is running out of beer after its main brewer was forced […]


Andy “Seven Eights” Burnham

Andy Burnham has wheeled out his parents to spin for him in today’s Mirror. It was all going so well until this revelation from his mother, Eileen:

“They called our Andy ‘Seven Eights’ at school. He couldn’t remember that



Corbynista Knives Out For Counter-Revolutionary Chris Leslie

Dangerous counter-revolutionary Chris Leslie has dared to speak out against “starry-eyed, hard left” Corbynomics. And the Corbynistas are very upset.

Unite Political Director and Len McCluskey’s baby momma, Jennie Formby, apparently has a better “grasp of economic theory”:[…]


Diane Abbott Forgets She Didn’t Think Corbyn Could Win

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Diane Abbott was on Newsnight last night, adamantly declaring that she had never said Jeremy Corbyn couldn’t win and, of course, Corbyn is the great white hope that will save the Labour party.

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