Burnham’s Peerless Flip-Flopping

Guido could easily have made Andy Burnham’s increasingly ridiculous flip flops a daily feature during this leadership contest. Not only does Burnham think it’s great that former Labour MP Dave Watts has been made a peer, he also reckons “the Lords is now a national embarrassment. We should scrap it”.

If you’re going to directly contradict yourself, try not to do it in the space of two tweets…

H/T @rhodri

Hain Gravy Train Hypocrisy

On 3 November 2014, not even twelve months ago, Peter Hain told his constituents he believed the second chamber should be elected:

“The Lords are an archaic anomaly which fuels disillusionment with British politics. It exists purely on a democratic deficit which has been allowed to evolve unchecked for centuries… the fact is that people are fed up with an out-of-touch political class and the growing sense that Westminster is failing us all.”

Yesterday, he became Lord Hain of Neath, writing in the Guardian that “it wasn’t an easy decision“, it had required “considerable thought“, but he concluded that “more peers in favour of reform are crucially important“.

What was it about the £300-a-day attendance allowance that changed his mind?

Burnham Blows Dog Whistle Line

This is Andy Burnham speaking on immigration at the Mirror hustings today:

“It’s disgusting to have a Prime Minister who refers to a swarm of migrants and it confirms there’s no dog whistle that these Bullingdon boys won’t blow.”

The irony of Burnham criticising dog whistles while calling Cameron a ‘Bullingdon boy’ isn’t even the most amusing thing about this line.

Back in 2010, the last time he failed to become Labour leader, Burnham spoke to the Telegraph about how his party was “in denial” on immigration:

“We were in denial. We were behind the issue all the time, and myths were allowed to develop. There’s still an ambivalence among some in Labour about discussing immigration. I’ve been accused of dog-whistle politics for doing so.”

Andy really hates it when politicians get accused of dog whistle politics on immigration. Except when he’s the one doing the accusing…

Corbyn Escapes #LabourPurge

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The ‘Labour Purge’ of supporters who were banned from voting for Corbyn because they do not support the “aims and values” of the party disqualified anyone who backed another party at a previous election. According to the Indy:

“most were just people who had posted support for the Greens on their Facebook page before the last election”

So a public display of support on social media for a rival party in a previous election means you are barred from voting.

Which makes this tweet by one Jeremy Corbyn after the 2012 Bradford West by-election rather awkward indeed:

If Corbyn was gleefully celebrating the victory of a Respect Party candidate over the Labour choice, how is that different from those who publicly supported the Greens on Facebook and were subsequently stopped from voting? If they’re being consistent, Labour would have to ban Corbyn from voting in his own leadership contest…

Traingate: The Internet Responds

“When I see a women-only train carriage, I feel respect…”

Guy News Special: Hattie’s “Anyone” U-Turn

Harriet Harman, 18 May:

“We will allow people who are not party members or who are not affiliated supporters to have a vote. Anyone – providing they are on the electoral register – can become a registered supporter, pay £3 and have a vote to decide our next leader.”

Harriet Harman, 25 August:

“If they don’t support the Labour Party’s aims and values, they don’t get a vote.”

Guido did try to warn her

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:

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:

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 […]

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Gordon Dooms Yvette (?)

The former Prime Mentalist has endorsed the wife of his one time economic adviser, including a preference for every […]

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Damian: The Omen

As China’s Shanghai Composite index slides by 8.5% in a day, its biggest one-day percentage loss since 2007, Damian McBride offers his prophecy of doom:

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Alison McGovern’s Shadow Treasury #EverydaySexism

Labour’s City spokesman Alison McGovern is receiving plenty of support after revealing a rather rude letter from a viewer accusing her of deeming it “necessary to demonstrate your cleavage on TV”.

A case of #EverydaySexism for sure, but this […]

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