Corbynistas: Agent Provocateurs

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YouGov have made a profile of what is “particularly true” of people who like Jeremy Corbyn and have made a surprising discovery: their favourite clothing brand is apparently the sexy lingerie company Agent Provocateur. Sexy Socialism? Somehow it is hard to imagine even rich Corbynistas like Owen Jones in silky crotchless smalls. Check your algorithm YouGov’nurs…

As well as having a penchant for risqué panties, Corbyn fans are online for 50 hours a week, tune in to Radio 4, shop at the Co-op, watch Channel 4 News and read the Guardian – naturally – whilst listening to B.B. King. They are most likely to describe themselves as “ethical” and “miserable”…

YouGov sampled 5,875 Corbyn supporters on August 1, 2015

Race for Second Place

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Most Labour MPs are looking forward to their new quasi-Marxist overlord being installed when they return from their holidays. Apart that is from those involved in the campaign teams for Andy Burnham and Yvette Cooper. They still publicly cling on to the the hope that the bookies and pollsters are wrong. Again.

More likely their battle is for second place. The arguments for Yvette are that she will get most of Kendall’s second preferences and that Burnham has lost left-wing support to Corbyn so may come third on first preferences. Meaning she will pick-up all the anti-Corbyn votes when Burnham is eliminated. Assuming there are actually enough…

“No chance” say Burnham insiders. Most of Liz’s big supporters have declared for Andy – there are rumours that the likes of John Woodcock* – despite having branded Andy “Continuity Miliband” – have been promised Shadow Cabinet jobs for support. One Burnham supporter told Guido

Yvette’s consistently third in Jeremy’s, Andy’s and Liz’s voter ID. That’s why she looks so desperate. Yvette will finish third but her votes will end up selecting the winner. Just like her husband did in 2010. Yvette, by bitching and bullying the other candidates, has nowhere to go. Soft Corbyn supporters won’t go to her because she slagged him off and she’ll get little from Andy’s supporters. Liz votes is all she can get and she won’t get enough to overtake Andy. Our strategy all along was to be respectful of the members choice. OK he’s flipped a bit but he’s mostly stuck to it. He’s still worth a flutter at 4-1…

Not sure Guido would recommend that bet…

UPDATE: Kendall supporter hits back “the reason Liz backers are second preferencing Andy is nothing to do with promise of Shadow Cabinet jobs. It’s because of all the smears from Roger Baker and Luke Holland on Yvette’s campaign. Childlessness, adultery etc. they’d rather vote for flip floppy Andy who is a nice guy than nasty Brownite machine Yvette.”

*Denied.

Tom Watson Wanted to Abolish the Deputy Leadership

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Tom Watson’s deputy leadership campaign is now in full swing with Guido-funded ‘Tom for Deputy Leader” campaign literature hitting the carpets of Labour Party members across the country. Odd then that Watson once claimed that it was “right to call for the abolition of the post of deputy leader”.

Writing on his blog back in 2007, Watson argued that that the Labour party was ‘foolish’ not to abolish the the job of deputy leader as the 2007 deputy leader election wasdividing people who should remain united“.

What made the deputy leadership bookies favourite change his mind?

Labour ‘Moron’ Turns on Corbyn

Labour’s new MP in Bermondsey is not a fan of Jeremy Corbyn, judging by this mocking tweet sent last night:

In fact, Neil Coyle is so determined to stop Jezza that he has even banned Corbyn’s brother Piers – a constituent – from voting for him. Coyle tells the Standard:

“He ran a bitter campaign against Labour in Southwark just a few months ago. Our party rules are clear – he will not be getting a vote.”

Seems Coyle is very much in the stop Corbyn camp.

Funny, then, that he was one of the guilty men and women who lent their nomination to Corbyn in order to ‘broaden the debate’. Without Coyle and co’s support Labour would not be facing the existential crisis they are in today. It’s a bit late for him to start complaining now. So that’s what John McTernan meant by “morons“…

Gordon’s Aliveeeeeee!

The former Prime Mentalist will be giving a speech in London on Sunday titled “Power for a Purpose – The Future of the Labour party.”

Presumably it will be about the importance of appealing to the electorate.

Could it be the final Curse of Jonah, and the most dangerous of them all?

Burnham’s 22 Hour Reverse Ferret

At 1:30pm yesterday, Burnham went on the BBC to criticise those in the Labour Party attacking Jeremy Corbyn:

“If we’re just attacking people and making dire warnings it is misreading what we are seeing… it misreads the mood of the party.”

At 11:17am today, Burnham went on the BBC to attack Jeremy Corbyn:

“Jeremy’s plans lack credibility. It’s not possible to promise free university education, renationalising the utilities, without that coming at a great cost… His plans lack financial and economic credibility.”

Which is almost exactly what he criticised Cooper for saying yesterday. Burnham flip flops on a weekly basis during this race, but a full reversal in under 24 hours is impressive even by his standards…

Baldwin Plays Trump Card

Miliband’s former psycho-spinner Tom Baldwin has resurfaced from a summer of reflection to compare Jeremy Corbyn to Donald Trump:

“He is playing the role of outsider in an era when many in developed countries are rejecting the nuanced answers of a technocratic elite in favour of simplicity and the eternal “truths” of identity or ideology… As he defies decades of history — from the collapse of the Berlin Wall to the rise of a global economy and the financial crash — Mr Corbyn has as much in common with the shallow populism of Nigel Farage and Donald Trump as he does with Syriza and Podemos.”

One is a dangerous megalomaniac with a wealth of financial firepower and a Wikipedia page full of his questionable views. The other is Donald Trump…

Jez on Jez

Robert Webb, the Labour-supporting funnyman who played Jez in the hit Channel 4 comedy Peep Show, has rather spectacularly had his say on Jeremy Corbyn:

It’s a better argument against Corbyn than any of the actual candidates have managed so far…

Corbyn Campaign Bolstered By Union Gold

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Last month Jeremy Corbyn declared a grand total of zero donations above the registrable amount. This month the unions’ cheques have cleared, landing Jez with over £50,000 from Unite, £25,000 from the RMT and £10,000 from ASLEF.[…]

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Guardian Endorses Cooper: Readers React

The Guardian comes out for Cooper:

“The brute lesson of May is that Labour cannot get there without first winning back significant numbers of Tory voters. Mr Corbyn will not do that. Those searching for an election winner must look elsewhere…

Liz Kendall has shown courage in telling Labour audiences what they don’t want to hear about the need to win Tory votes, but she lacks experience, and too often appears to be reopening the Blair playbook.

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Burnham Backs Corbyn in Cooper Bunfight

Andy Burnham has slammed Yvette Cooper for slamming Jeremy Corbyn, as the Labour leadership race descends into an almighty bunfight. Burnham spent nine minutes sucking up to Jezza on Wato, tacitly criticising Cooper and Blair:

“If we’re just attacking people and making dire warnings it is misreading what we are seeing… it misreads the mood of the party”

Sluuuurrrrpppp.[…]

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Dan Hodges’ Labour Leadership Journey in Full

Dan Hodges has had more flip flops in the Labour leadership race than an Ibiza beach rave:

June 9: “Will Labour choose a Tony Blair or a Neil Kinnock? Liz Kendall is Toni Blair. Young. Tough. Single-minded. Kendall has already set out the most challenging critique of why her party lost in May.

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Shameless Burnham’s NHS “News Management” Chutzpah

Another stunning lack of self-awareness from Andy Burnham, who has some nerve putting his name to this article in today’s Mirror:

“the Government publishes all the bad news about the NHS on the same day in the hope that it will minimise the negative headlines. 

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Furious Blair Goes For Corbyn

“The party is walking eyes shut, arms outstretched, over the cliff’s edge to the jagged rocks below. This is not a moment to refrain from disturbing the serenity of the walk on the basis it causes “disunity”. It is a moment for a rugby tackle if that were possible….

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Leadership Candidates Claim Union Stitch Up

The Burnham, Cooper and Kendall campaigns have written to Labour HQ tonight complaining that the Corbyn campaign has been given contact details for the 90,000 strong trade union electorate, but they have not. “It would appear unreasonable for an election to be taking place” under the current circumstances, they claim. […]

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Yvette to Declare War on Corbyn Tomorrow

Yvette Cooper is giving a speech in Manchester at 9:30am tomorrow, billed rather grandly as “The Future of the Labour Party”. The mysteriously vague op note promises a “big speech” and says “this is a great chance to hear what Yvette has to say”, though slightly oddly it gives no detail whatsoever.[…]

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