Press Association reports Jackie Walker has been suspended from the Labour Party. Again. Bye…
Press Association reports Jackie Walker has been suspended from the Labour Party. Again. Bye…
This time last year tax blogger Richard Murphy was anointed the guru of Corbynomics, unofficially advising Jez and John on policy. His role was significant enough for David Cameron to make a sex joke about his “Joy of Tax” during his conference speech. Yet somewhere along the way the relationship soured. Murphy started to make a series of public comments denouncing the direction Corbyn and McDonnell were taking. These days he is far removed from the Corbynista project. So what caused the breakdown in relations? A source with intimate knowledge of Murphy’s meetings with the leader’s office claims Murphy requested to be put forward for a peerage as a thank you for his contribution. Jez said no, and they haven’t got on since. Now if Richard were to agree to chair some sort of independent inquiry things might be different…
After winning 3.9 million votes and just one seat, UKIP was entitled to £619,128 of Short Money last year. Their sole MP Douglas Carswell refused to take the full amount, sparking a bitter row with Nigel Farage, and irritating those in party HQ who had to find the money to pay staff wages. Something that did not always happen.
Admirably Carswell believes it is wrong to have too much taxpayer-funded politics. So on that basis UKIP is returning £322,441 of the entitlement back to the taxpayer. That is a 52% rebate to the taxpayer…
The largest area of expenditure for the UKIP parliamentary resource unit was naturally on staff salaries, pensions and NI contributions. For the money the PRU published policy papers, conducted research into upcoming legislation and prepared written parliamentary questions – as well as producing videos.
Last year to help with the deficit George Osborne tried to cut the total Short Money bill by 28%, in the end Labour beat that down to a real terms 5% cut. However since then most of the Shadow Cabinet has resigned, meaning their many attendant staff also lost their jobs. Labour will therefore have a significant underspend this year. How much of the £6 million budget given this year to Labour will be rebated to the taxpayer?
Jackie Walker’s position as vice-chair of Momentum looks increasingly untenable after sources said Jon Lansman, previously a supporter and friend, had reached the end of his tether. A senior Jewish Labour source told Guido last night:
“Very senior members of Momentum from Lansman downwards are appalled by this. They say they find Jackie a liability. They recognise the damage that she is doing. They agree that her remarks are continually offensive.”
The Guardian reports that members of Momentum’s steering committee will seek to have Walker expelled on Monday. Manuel Cortes, the leader of the militant TSSA union, says Walker must resign or his union will withdraw their support from Momentum. The bizarre moment when Momentum are taking anti-Semitism more seriously than the Labour Party…
This photo appears to show Jeremy Corbyn dining with Jackie Walker’s partner Graham Bash in Liverpool this week. Jackie uploaded the picture to her own Facebook page on Saturday. Corbyn and Bash have been close friends for over 30 years, Bash edited the hard-left Labour Briefing publication of which Corbyn sat on the editorial board, and is treasurer of John McDonnell’s Labour Representation Committee. The only reason Jackie hasn’t been kicked out of the Labour Party for anti-Semitism is that she and her boyfriend are best mates with the leader…
Labour’s new party political broadcast features a segment on how grammar schools are “elitist“. The Corbynista voicing his opposition to selective education is Abhijay Sood, an Imperial College student who is mates with the Momentum crowd. Naturally Abhijay attended the prestigious £18,000-a-year academically selective John Lyon school. So he’ll fit in well with his fellow selective education opponents at Momentum, James Schneider (Winchester) and Jon Lansman (Highgate). Not to mention the grammar school boys of the shadow cabinet. As the PPB asks, “what’s that if it’s not elitist?”
UPDATE: Abhijay justifies himself with a response on the facebook.com/fawkespage
Labour’s standing in the Jewish community is at a new low after the party refused to comment on what action it would take against Jackie Walker. The chair of the Jewish Labour Movement Jeremy Newmark says:
“If Royall, Chakrabarti and Jeremy’s speech yesterday have made any difference to anything we would have expected to see clear, open action against Jackie Walker’s provocative behaviour. Her remarks seem to have been carefully calibrated to cause maximum hurt and pain to many many people.”
The Campaign Against Anti-Semitism says:
“It is beyond disgraceful that she was readmitted to the Labour Party and remains Vice Chair of Momentum. Shortly after her outburst, Jeremy Corbyn promised to fight antisemitism with his every breath but this is just the latest in a string of incidents involving Jackie Walker. What is there to investigate? How many more chances will she be given? Enough is enough. Jackie Walker must be expelled from the Labour Party and Momentum immediately and condemned in the strongest possible terms. Until Labour matches its rhetoric with action, we remain of the view that the Labour Party is not safe for Jews.”
The Jewish Chronicle’s Marcus Dysch says it’s a
“Complete cover up so we don’t know who’s in, who’s out, or what action is taken.”
The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust has condemned her comments:
“We are extremely shocked and saddened that Jackie Walker has questioned the aims and basis of Holocaust Memorial Day… Commemoration of the Holocaust should be a universal responsibility and does not prevent or undermine commemoration of other genocides.”
Even Corbynistas and Momentum supporters have said she should go:
Totally agree. I imagine both Labour and Momentum will see sense to suspend/expel Walker today. https://t.co/w1qk3nfc1B
— Aaron Bastani (@AaronBastani) September 28, 2016
Jackie is very close friends with Jon Lansman, and used their relationship to get him to argue she should be reinstated to the party last time round. Her partner is Graham Bash, a personal friend of Corbyn for over 30 years. Bash works for the Labour Representation Committee, the faction controlled by another of his close friends, John McDonnell. Corbynistas without personal connections to Walker are angrily briefing that this is why no action has been taken…
Labour will keep their response to the Jackie Walker anti-Semitism row private following new procedures adopted after the Chakrabarti inquiry. The party is under pressure to expel Walker over her comments on the Holocaust, yet Labour say they will not update the public on any action taken against her, a new policy recommended by Baroness Chakrabarti. A Labour spokesman says:
“We don’t comment on individuals’ membership status.”
Previously Labour would tell the press as soon as a member had been suspended.
Just hours after Jeremy Corbyn told conference “every one of us has a responsibility” to stand up to anti-Semitism, Labour are covering up their response to anti-Semitic remarks made by members. The new policy aims to make sure those accused of anti-Semitism are not treated unfairly, its priority is to protect those facing investigation. Unless Walker herself discloses what action, if any, is taken, the public will be kept in the dark. A complete cop out from Labour that ends all transparency on how they’re dealing with anti-Semitism. Corbyn’s words yesterday weren’t worth the autocue they were written on…
UPDATE: There is widespread uneasiness about this:
Just in case anyone wonders, I think Jackie Walker's comments are antisemitic and that she should be shown the door never to return.
— Chris Bryant MP (@RhonddaBryant) September 28, 2016
As long as Jackie Walker remains in Labour Party, then Jeremy Corbyn's words on antisemitism are meaningless. They are just words. #Lab16
— Jane Merrick (@janemerrick23) September 28, 2016
I promised to give it two months and will do so. But I can't be in the same party as Jackie Walker.
Give me a break.
— Falcon Malteser (@Falcon_Malteser) September 29, 2016
New Facebook posts have emerged of Momentum boss Jackie Walker arguing that the Holocaust “is not the preserve of Jews”. She also suggested that Jews were proportionately not the main victim of the Nazis:
And she suggested that Jews shouldn’t use the word Holocaust:
Can Labour and Momentum allow her to remain as a member?[…]
Momentum boss Jackie Walker is facing suspension from Labour (again) for criticising Holocaust Memorial Day. So this typo in her tweet explaining her comments is unfortunate…[…]
Kevin Maguire, an impeccably connected old comrade of Seumas Milne, reports that Corbyn’s Director of Communications WILL be leaving next month. That would explain the leader’s office denying only that he would quit this week. As ever, Guido gives you your runners and riders for Seumas’ successor…
Today Andy Burnham calls for tougher controls on immigration, in fairness something he has backed multiple times. The only problem is he has backed down every time he got tough. Let’s look at that flip-flopping record:
In 2010, he told the Telegraph that his party was “in denial” on immigration:
“We were in denial.
Andy Burnham angrily told an aide that “some little sh*t” had broken his toe during the Labour v Lobby football match on Sunday. Which member of Her Majesty’s press corp was responsible? Guido can reveal it was in fact an aide to Owen Smith playing as a ringer for the journalists’ team.[…]
Jewish Labour members walked out of the Arab ambassadors’ reception at Labour conference last night after the Palestinian ambassador ranted about Israel. Multiple sources independently quote Manuel Hassassian, Palestinian ambassador to the UK, as describing Israel and Israelis as a “cancer“.[…]
Keith Vaz did not get the party started at conference, sadly cancelling his famous annual Diversity Night bash. He surfaced this morning however at the Pullman hotel, queuing with Jezza at the breakfast buffet. The Labour leader said a few words, slapped Jim on the back and walked to a separate table.[…]
The word going round the Mirror party at Circo Bar in the early hours was that Seumas Milne is to leave his role in Corbyn’s office imminently. Milne went missing for the key pre-leader’s speech briefing delivered to journalists yesterday afternoon, bizarrely sending out junior spinners to do the job instead.[…]