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:

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

AB: “In time. When the time is right.”

[Audience and other candidates gasp]

AB: “When the right candidate comes forward.”

“In time”? “When the time is right”?

Everyday Andy Burnham sexism…

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:

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Nicky Campbell: “Straight question: If you were in the Shadow Cabinet and the policy of the Shadow Cabinet with Jeremy Corbyn was leaving Nato, would you resign?

Andy Burnham: “Yes.”

NC: “So you’d be in the Shadow Cabinet for about a week. So you couldn’t be in a Jeremy Corbyn Shadow Cabinet.”

AB: “Well with all respect to Jeremy one person doesn’t impose a policy on an entire party within week one.”

NC: “Week two maybe.”

This is what Jezza said to the FT: “I think Nato is a cold war product, I think Nato historically should have shut up shop in 1990 along with the Warsaw Pact” and to the Staggers: “I’d rather we weren’t in it”. Popcorn…

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 is 22%:

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Meanwhile the Tories are on 42%, their highest poll rating for 5 years. Come back, Ed, all is forgiven…

Gordon Dooms Yvette (?)

The former Prime Mentalist has endorsed the wife of his one time economic adviser, including a preference for every candidate except Corbyn. The only surprise is that Brown didn’t back Cooper in his speech two weeks ago:

One cannot help but feel the nomination is doomed to failure. Still no word from another former Labour leader from the recent past…

Now Corbyn Equates Putin With the West

Last week video emerged of Jeremy Corbyn comparing ISIS to the US. This morning he’s gone one better with a Milne-esque apologia for Putin’s aggression in the FT:

“I am no defender whatsoever of Putin or Russian foreign policy any more than I defend the west’s foreign policy but I do feel nervous about [NATO] expansion eastward”

Ah, that old classic: “I don’t support Putin, but…”

Who does he blame for the Ukraine crisis?

“I think Nato is a cold war product, I think Nato historically should have shut up shop in 1990 along with the Warsaw Pact; unfortunately it didn’t. It now seems to have given itself . . . a global role and now is very busy expanding eastward… I think the important thing is that there be a better-developed relationship with Russia and [efforts to] demilitarise on both sides of the border [with Ukraine] . . . The onus is on both sides to make that happen.”

Back before the election Farage was torn a new one by Labour’s shadow Europe minister Pat McFadden over his stance on Putin. At the time McFadden also warned:

“the political forces President Putin admires are those… of the populist left”

He’ll be first up against the wall when Corbyn’s shadow cabinet reshuffle comes…

Rich’s Monday Morning View

Jihadist With Kalashnikov Opens Fire On Train

Corbynistas: Agent Provocateurs

CORBYN agent

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”.[…]

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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:

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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?[…]

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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.

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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.[…]

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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:

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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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