Sexy Socialism: Seb Corbyn’s Tinder Profile in Full

Last week’s Sunday Times revealed that the taxpayer-funded 24 year-old chief of staff to the Shadow Chancellor is a Tinder lothario, a story which wound up all the right people. Guido can bring you sexy socialist Seb Corbyn’s full profile on the hook-up app. He has enlisted the help of Dame Judi Dench to impress the women of Westminster:

Labour aides have gossiped about fun-loving Seb’s extra-curricular activities for months. The Peroni-sipping adviser is rarely seen without a crowd of adoring female fans, and party staffers have been known to take clandestine late night photos of him and his admirers and share them on WhatsApp for a laugh. Lad.

My Oldham Kentucky Home

Kentucky Rayner

Labour MP Angela Rayner has found herself in a spot of bother after taking to Facebook to protest about Government cuts to courthouses in Tameside and Oldham. Unfortunately for the MP some eagle eyed constituents noticed that the rather imposing Colonial building she had posted doesn’t look anything like the courthouse in Oldham. So just where is it?raynerAs it transpired, the Ashton-Under-Lyne MP seems to have posted picture of the La Grange County Clerk’s Office in Oldham County, Kentucky. An easy to make mistake, although the rural American state which is home to bluegrass and banjo music may be almost 4,000 miles away from Oldham, they do both share a great many fried chicken shops…

Labour Campaign Chief: “We Had No Strategy”

Remember those clandestine tape recordings of Labour events which mysteriously made their way into the press during the election? Guido has been sent one of Spencer Livermore, Labour’s campaign director in 2015, speaking on Tuesday night. An enjoyably candid assessment of why Miliband lost.

“The accepted wisdom is that in 2015, Labour had the wrong strategy to win the election. But my experience is not that the strategy was wrong, but that it was absent. I don’t that that we had the wrong strategy, I don’t really think we had much of a strategy at all. I think that none of the elements that I would associate with strategy were present in the run up to 2015. There was no identified electorate that we wanted to pursue. There was no attempt to de-position our opponents. There was no attempt to frame the debate on our terms. There was no coherent or persistent narrative. I think what we had was not a strategy but a credo. It was an ideological project based on a mistaken assumption that the country has shifted to the left… There was ideology there, but there was no strategy there”.

Odd when Labour paid their “senior strategic adviser”, one David Axelrod, £223,572 and Stewart Wood was Miliband‘s director of strategy…

Corbyn Wears Sponsors’ Badge

Guido has always said that Labour MPs should wear the names of their union paymasters while they ask questions in the House, to ensure outside financial interests are always properly declared. Good to see the Labour leader agrees…

Labour’s Consistent Flip-Flopping on Surveillance

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Labour have put out a statement boldly claiming they have “consistently” raised doubts about Theresa May’s Investigatory Powers bill. According to Sir Keir Starmer:

“Labour has consistently argued that the extension of surveillance powers can only be justified if accompanied by much improved transparency and ever-more robust oversight and scrutiny.”

Have they really “consistently argued” this?

This is what Shadow Home Secretary Andy Burnham said about the bill in November. He gushingly gave Labour’s full support.

We support the Government in their attempt to update the law in this important and sensitive area. We share the Government’s goal of creating a world-class framework…

From what the Home Secretary has said today, it is clear to me that she and the Government have listened carefully to the concerns that were expressed about the draft Bill that was presented in the last Parliament. She has brought forward much stronger safeguards, particularly in the crucial area of judicial authorisation. It would help the future conduct of this important public debate if the House sent out the unified message today that this is neither a snooper’s charter, nor a plan for mass surveillance…

In conclusion, the issues the proposed legislation seeks to tackle go way beyond party politics. Any Government will face a difficult task in balancing the security of the nation with the privacy and liberties of individual citizens… Having listened carefully to what the Home Secretary has said today, I believe that she has responded to legitimate concerns and broadly got that difficult balance right.”

So Labour hasn’t “consistently argued” that the bill was only justified if accompanied by other amendments. They previously gave it their full, unequivocal support.

Days later, of course, Burnham flip-flopped and decided he didn’t support the government after all. As if he would ever be “consistent” about anything.

Another Corbynomics Guru Slams Dividend Ban Plan

Last month John McDonnell’s economics adviser David Blanchflower savaged Corbyn’s plan to ban businesses from distributing dividends as “silly stuff“. Now Richard Murphy, the so-called guru of Corbynomics with his People’s QE, has twisted the knife into Jezza’s mad idea:

“I think it was one of those ideas that has been floated which… didn’t fly. Jeremy floated an idea – I don’t think we are probably going to hear of that one again. I would be surprised if we did. I don’t think that’s a runner.”

One of the more peculiar consequences of Corbyn’s leadership is that he makes the likes of Blanchflower and Murphy seem almost reasonable…

Calamity Corbyn’s Comical Campaign Cock-Up

Corbyn was up in Nottingham to launch his party’s local election campaign this weekend. Lucky Nottingham voters were the first to hear Labour’s campaign message for the May elections:

“Our message in the local government campaign is clear: Labour is standing up for you and a Labour council is the best protection for your community and local services against the onslaught of Tory cuts. People are better off with Labour.”

Just one problem. Nottingham has no local government elections in May. Amateurs.

Ex-Labour Minister Comes Out For Brexit

Tom Harris

Former Labour minister Tom Harris has come out. Writing in the Telegraph Harris professes his “relief” at being able to admit he’s an EU referendum “outer”, and his happiness at not having to explain his decisions to constituents now he’s no longer an MP. 

“I was never a fully paid-up member of the Euro team. Early signs of unsoundness manifested themselves in my outright opposition to British membership of the euro when it was first launched. The whips’ office had its eye on me after I added my signature to a letter, back in 2002, warning the then Chancellor, Gordon Brown, to resist committing to abolishing the pound. And once you’ve decided to oppose that central mechanism for the creation of a European superstate, it’s a fairly short step to being painted as “anti-EU”. 

To add to the charge sheet: I never bought the piffle about the EU securing peace in Europe. Peace would have broken out after the end of the war anyway; democracies tend not to fight each other, with or without international political alliances. And, on my occasional trips to the European Parliament – either the original one in Strasbourg, or the replacement one a few hundred feet away, or the one in Brussels where it should be based permanently if they had an ounce of sense – I was always a tad suspicious and resentful of the smug certainty of officials and party apparatchiks that Europe was the future and national parliaments were just so last century.”

At last, Harris is on the same page as Jez and John (historically at least)…

LEAK: Lansman Emails Mock “Clueless” Unite Chief

On Saturday Momentum’s 52 person National Committee convened for the first time, telling supporters that the purpose of the meeting was to elect a Steering Committee of 14 senior figures who will run the organisation. Yet in leaked emails sent […]

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Ken Predicts McDonnell Will Be Next Labour Leader

In another bizarre intervention Ken Livingstone has predicted on Putin’s Russia Today that John McDonnell will succeed Jeremy Corbyn should the Labour leader have a stroke or get “pushed under a bus driven by Boris Johnson”Well at least […]

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RIP Harry Harpham

Harry Harpham, the Labour MP for Sheffield, Brightside and Hillsborough since May, has died from cancer. RIP.[…]

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Publisher Refuses to Deny Tweeting as Labour War Hero

Some readers may be aware of the curious case of Harry Leslie Smith, a 92 year old Labour-supporting war hero and author who is regularly published by the Mirror and the Guardian. Mr Smith’s name is attributed to a […]

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