Labour on Three Line Whip For Boundary Blocking Bill

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Labour are on a three line whip to vote for Pat Glass’ private member’s bill seeking to reject boundary changes and keep the number of MPs at 650. It goes without saying that the bill is a vain attempt by Labour to prevent their own seats from disappearing, despite the massive cost to the taxpayer of ignoring the Boundary Commission and not cutting the size of parliament. Labour MPs facing deselection battles with Momentum will gladly vote for it. Guido is told that Tory MPs have gone home to their constituencies and are not looking to kill the Bill today. The Tories are relaxed, they expect Labour to win today’s vote and say they will let them have their moment, before killing it at a later date. “Don’t worry, the idea of Pat Glass getting anything into law is for the birds,” a Tory source assures Guido. 

Shadow Chancellor Sold Out on 100% Top Rate of Tax

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These days John McDonnell and Jeremy Corbyn are aligned with the right-wing capitalist running dogs of the Labour Party on income tax, favouring a 50% top rate. This is yet another policy position on which they have massively sold out. Just five years ago McDonnell’s pamphlet for the Trotskyite group Permanent Revolution, which Guido yesterday revealed included calls to arm the working class, demanded a 100% top rate of income tax for the richest in Britain. As well as a further 50% wealth tax to appropriate half their assets.

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From full communism to Miliband-lite as soon as he became Shadow Chancellor…

Vaz Dodges National Crime Agency Meeting

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Since Keith Vaz’s appointment to the Criminal Finance Bill committee this week it has sat twice, on Tuesday and today. For some reason – to the great disappointment of hacks – Vaz has absented himself from both sessions. Guido can give readers some background as to why that might be…

Guido understands Labour whips have been told that not only is Vaz now under investigation by Scotland Yard, they have been made aware that four files regarding Vaz have been passed to the National Crime Agency. Given that the Bill committee has been taking evidence from the National Crime Agency, it would clearly be completely inappropriate for Vaz to attend this committee. If Vaz had attended he would either have to recuse himself or declare his interest. Rather than face the embarrassment, slippery Vaz has unofficially recused himself by not showing up…

Owen’s Paul Mason Moment: “Corbyn Will Never Win”

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Owen Jones is always careful to temper his criticism of Jeremy Corbyn, it is bad for his brand if he is seen as disparaging the Corbyn project and he values his relationships in the leader’s office. Yet speaking to Spanish publication Contexto y Accion, Owen has been significantly more candid. The interview quotes him slamming Labour for going “missing” over Brexit, then delivering a withering conclusion about Corbyn himself:

“Jeremy Corbyn, a person who will never win a British general election… I know him personally and I know he never wanted to be leader; It was presented as a sense of obligation. He never anticipated this result and now leads the party without having any experience.”

Another publicly supportive Corbynista journalist caught telling a Spanish lefty what they really think about Jezza – this is Owen Jones’ Paul Mason moment…

UPDATE: Owen says he was “mistranslated” by the Spanish publication and he is getting them to change their article. They did put the quote in the headline, which suggests they were pretty confident about it. No one expects the Spanish mistranslation…

McDonnell Wanted to Arm Working Class, Now Swears Allegiance to Queen

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Last night John McDonnell swore allegiance to the Queen as he was appointed to the Privy Council. The final act of selling out for the Shadow Chancellor, who Guido can reveal just five years ago backed calls to arm the working class and mount a revolution. In 2011 McDonnell wrote the foreword for a pamphlet by the Trotskyite organisation Permanent Revolution, in which he endorsed the “timely” proposals and “range of resistance” detailed inside. That resistance included calls for a “militant movement” to carry out a “revolution” and bring down the government:

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And the pamphlet endorsed by McDonnell also called for the working class to be “armed” so they could disband the army, police and secret services:

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Just a few years ago John McDonnell was an ultra-republican who backed calls for the violent overthrow of the British state, to arm the working class and form a militant movement which could fight the police and the British army. Now he’s on bended knee to the Queen having joined the Privy Council, the epitome of the establishment. Is there a bigger sellout in British political life?

Abbott’s Immigration Stance Will Boost UKIP

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Writing on LabourList Diane Abbott says Labour can’t “out-UKIP UKIP” on immigration to win back supporters who are switching to the purple people’s army, so they should do the opposite. Bear in mind that Jeremy Corbyn has appointed Abbott as Labour’s official spokesperson on immigration…

Her strategy is to win progressive pro-immigration voters back from the Greens, SNP and LibDems..

SNP and LibDem voters are closer to Labour supporters on immigration, much closer. (The Greens are not included in the chart below, but their supporters have a net 48 per cent favourable attitude to immigration). On this issue they are perhaps the closest to Labour supporters’ views. These are among the voters Labour should find it easier to win over, or win back.

One snag. There are not enough of these pro-immigration voters that could be peeled off from rival “progressive” parties to give Labour victory. She will however drive even more Labour voters to UKIP….

UPDATE: Michael Dugher has laid into Diane Abbott as  being “wilfully naïve”:

“I’m sure Diane wishes to grow the Labour vote, rather than stick with the defeats of 2010 and 2015 or, worse, risk taking the party further backwards. But this ‘no compromise with the electorate’ attitude is the political equivalent of the charge of the Light Brigade and it can only bring disaster for Labour.”

‘Shy’ Tories Actually Just Busy, Labour Voters Home More

It is often said half-teasingly that canvassers and pollsters are more likely to meet Labour voters than Tories because Tory voters are still at work. Now there is empirical evidence for the claim. Professor John Curtice, perhaps the only pollster with his reputation intact after he called the 2015 election, says there is no such thing as “shy” Tories skewing polls, they are just “busy“. Curtice’s study found that if polls were based on people who answered the door on a first visit, Labour would be six points ahead. If polls were based on those who needed three to six visits before answering, the Tories had an 11 point lead. His conclusion: Labour voters were more likely to be at home rather than out at work.

“Conservatives are just simply more difficult to get hold of. There is an availability bias. People who you can get hold of first time round, who say, ‘oh yes come in’ are disproportionately Labour voters. The people you can easily get hold of are not representative.”

As the old joke goes, the Tory voters really were still at work…

Sadiq Skewered Over Aide’s Abusive Tweets

Embarrassment for Sadiq Khan at Mayor’s Question Time this morning as Tory Assembly members read out his aide Amy Lame’s abusive tweets. Khan gave a very mealy mouthed response about not condoning Lame mocking Thatcher’s death and calling Tories “scum“. He noticeably didn’t condemn her either. Amusingly Khan then accused the Tories of “petty differences” for bringing up Lame’s tweets. Who’s the petty one?

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The Mayor has misjudged the mood on this one…

Hedge Funds’ Dan Banks Another £20,000 From City Tycoon

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Dan Jarvis really doesn’t like it when you ask him about his hedge fund backers – trousering cash from City tycoons doesn’t fit with his carefully crafted image as a man-of-the-people who can unite Labour. Well, Action Dan has just banked another £20,000 cheque from Martin Taylor, a shady Mayfair hedgie and anti-Corbyn Labour moderate.[…] Read the rest

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Khan Aide Celebrated Thatcher’s Death

Sadiq Khan’s new aide Amy Lame tweeted this on the day Margaret Thatcher died. A charming accompaniment to her other tweets calling Ruth Davidson “scum“, shouting “scum” at a Tory LGBT group and accusing David Cameron of “using his dead son as a pawn”.[…] Read the rest

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Vaz to Scrutinise Unexplained Wealth Laws

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Today’s Sun reports Keith Vaz has been appointed a member of the Criminal Finance Bill committee despite being under active police investigation. As Guido reported last month, Vaz’s role will include helping to scrutinise new plans to strengthen so-called Unexplained Wealth Orders, anti-corruption laws where assets can be seized if owners are unable to explain how they were funded.[…] Read the rest

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Labour’s Hotline to Trump

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Labour’s confused response to Trump has seen them favourably compare him to Jeremy Corbyn, then attack Theresa May for seeking an alliance with the President-elect. Meanwhile the Labour Twitterati are mocking the Tory row over whether they should use Farage as an intermediary.[…] Read the rest

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Khan’s Troll Aide Paid Via Company, Pays No Income Tax

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Sadiq Khan’s new part-time aide and full-time internet troll is to receive her City Hall income through a personal service company. Amy Lame, who has attacked Amazon and Boris Johnson over supposed tax avoidance, paid no income tax last year.

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The Sunday Times reports Lame, real name Amy Caddle, will be paid her taxpayer-funded £35,000 salary for two days work a week via Amy Lame Ltd, allowing her to pay corporation tax rather than income tax despite being a public servant.[…] Read the rest

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Labour Party Recruiting “Head of Disputes”

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Labour are recruiting a “Head of Disputes” to sort out their in-fighting on a well deserved £42,777. The successful candidate must have expert knowledge of Labour Party selection procedures, be able to conduct “investigations”.  Of course they could just out-source the investigations to us here at Guido for a fee…[…] Read the rest

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Labour’s Irrelevance to Brexit Britain

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This weekend Jeremy Corbyn gave an interview to the Sunday Mirror threatening to vote against Article 50 if “access” to to the single market wasn’t guaranteed. A meaningless platitude – everyone has access to the single market.

On Sunday morning Corbyn’s spinners briefed journalists that the Sunday Mirror article was wrong and that Labour would not be voting against Article 50.[…] Read the rest

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Paul Mason Sent to the Gulag?

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There has been much speculation that Paul Mason was sent to the gulag by Jeremy Corbyn after that infamous Sun recording of his candid conversation in a Liverpool bar. In the new Spectator Life, WikiGuido reveals the complex relationship between Mason and the Corbynistas goes far deeper than that.[…] Read the rest

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