Labour Candidate’s Shameful Slur on Tunisia Victims

At midday, a minute’s silence will be held across the country in memory of the 30 Brits murdered in Tunisia.

Just hours before, this is what Labour’s defeated parliamentary candidate in Aylesbury, William Cass, thought appropriate to put on his Facebook page:

“Civillians should not be repatriated as if they were fallen ‘soldiers’. They weren’t. They died on holiday not in service. Sad as it is, all this militarization makes it look as if the country is at war. It will legitimise a response (like bombing Syria). They will be used to justify an imperialist response.”

How anyone in their right mind can think repatriating the victims of a terrorist attack could be seen as “militarization” only he knows.

Jeremy Corbyn Blames Tunisia Terror on “Austerity”

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There were gasps on Question Time last night when Jeremy Corbyn answered a question about the Tunisian beach massacre by appearing to blame “austerity” for leading the terrorist to carry out his attack:

“Tragically there are very many unemployed young people, there is a process of austerity going on… what happened was tragic, but we have to do our best to protect people, but also to look at the causes of many issues across the whole region that have led some people into the dreadful path of going down that of killing people”

That’ll be it.

Labour MP: English Votes For English Laws is “Racist”

A bit of an Emily Thornberry moment for Gerald Kaufman responding to EVEL:

“Even the title of this motion sounds racist.”

Labour’s contempt for England slips out again.

Burnham Swerves ‘Continuity Miliband’ Meet

Last week Andy Burnham’s team were forced to deny that Neil Kinnock is helping out with his leadership campaign after the pair were spotted sharing a cuppa. They are taking no chances with another failed Labour leader.

The rumour going round Labour wags is that Burnham has politely declined an offer from one Ed Miliband to meet in his office for a private chat, fearing news of a meeting would quickly get out as he shares a building with Liz Kendall.

‘Don’t call us, Ed, we’ll call you…’

Mili No Mates: An Occasional Series

First he was in PCH by himself.

Then alone on the slow train to Bedford.

This lunchtime Ed Miliband has been snapped by a parliamentary co-conspirator: “standing by himself in the middle of the atrium weirdly walking around. People were looking at him with the expression of ‘WTF?'”

Back to work…

Miliband Lunches With Vocal Kendall Critic

No one tell Louise Mensch, but the founder of the Milifandom finally met her hero today:

Writing in this week’s New Statesman, Ed’s lunch partner has some choice words for “the most right-wing candidate”, Liz Kendall, slamming her “unnecessary attempt to make herself look better” by burning Andy Burnham at the Newsnight hustings. Abby adds:

“I think her delivery lacks emotion and can come across at times as robotic. Not to mention that she has the backing of the Sun, which is hardly a positive endorsement…”

She hasn’t decided to whom she will be giving her crucial endorsement, though she says Jeremy Corbyn

“seems genuinely angry about injustice and passionately wants to help people. His attraction as a candidate is that he makes you want to stand up and cheer. He should not be underestimated.”

To be fair, that’s what she said about Ed…

Labour Whips’ Punishment Beating For Corbyn Backers

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Labour whips dealt out a “punishment beating” to several MPs who nominated Jeremy Corbyn for leader, by whipping the vote for select committee chairmanships against Corbyn-backing candidates.

At least three Labour MPs running for chairmanships, who had nominated Corbyn, had to rely on the votes of Tory colleagues after whips ordered Labour MPs not to vote for them.

Labour sources suggest whips hoping for a “clean” leadership contest were “furious” that Corbyn made it onto the ballot paper and wanted revenge.

Giving Corbyn handy ammunition as an anti-establishment candidate who is the victim of a stitch up…

Janner ‘Raped and Tortured Children in Parliament’

Campaigning MP Simon Danczuk has used parliamentary privilege to reveal the dark allegations against Lord Janner, including that he abused young boys in parliament:

Simon Danczuk: The shocking thing is that the CPS admits that the witnesses are not unreliable. It admits that Janner should face prosecution, but refuses to bring a case. I know the police are furious about this, and rightly so. Anyone who has heard the accusations would be similarly outraged. I have met Leicestershire police and discussed the allegations in some detail: children being violated, raped and tortured, some in the very building in which we now sit. The official charges are: 14 indecent assaults on a male under 16 between 1969 and 1988; two indecent assaults between ’84 and ’88; four counts of buggery of a male under 16 between ’72 and ’87; and two counts of buggery between 1977 and 1988. My office has spoken to a number of the alleged victims and heard their stories. I cannot overstate the effect that this abuse has had on their lives.

To sum up, I want to make the following points about the case. If Lord Janner really is too ill to face prosecution, why cannot the courts establish this with a fitness-to-plead process? This would clear up doubts that still linger. For example, why was he still visiting Parliament on official visits after he was declared unfit to face justice? Why is he able to contribute to the law-making process in the House of Lords, but unable to face the law himself? If it is found that he is genuinely too ill to stand trial, why not conduct a trial of the facts? This would allow the victims to tell their stories and gain some sense of justice. The DPP has said that a trial of the facts would not be in the public interest. Personally, I fail to see how the knowledge that a peer of the realm is a serial child abuser is not in the public interest.

Mrs Anne Main (in the Chair): Order. I caution the hon. Gentleman about alleging anything against Lord Janner and making assertions about his guilt or innocence.

Simon Danczuk: The Director of Public Prosecutions has said that Lord Janner will not offend again. But the failure to prosecute Lord Janner offends every principle of justice. He may not abuse again, but the legacy of the abuse continues. His victims need the truth and they need to be heard.

No justice.

Cash For Influence: How a Labour Donor Killed a Bill

Guido has written previously on how Labour have let trade union donors buy influence in the House. Well, they have been caught red handed once again.

On May 29, Labour peer Baroness Turner sponsored a Private Members’ Bill seeking to […]

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Labour Admit They Can’t Stop Tories Voting For Corbyn

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Last week Labour sought to nip the #ToriesForCorbyn campaign in the bud by insisting everyone voting must “support the aims and values of the Labour Party and if they don’t then they won’t be allowed to take part”.

Since […]

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Labour Councillor Defends Auschwitz / Austerity Comparison

Labour councillor Bernadette Fisher could have said that she retweeted this tasteless Auschwitz photoshop by accident.

She could have said she didn’t look properly before clicking.

She could have said she was hacked.

All three would have been better than […]

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Mandy Loses to Sissay

Peter Mandelson has been devoting his time to the election for the new Chancellor of Manchester University.

Well, the results are in:

Number of eligible voters: 143,915
Votes cast by post: 111
Votes cast online: 17,772
Total number of votes

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