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 is not the first time Alison’s attire has caused consternation.

Attendees at the Shadow Treasury’s pre-Budget briefing with the IFS back in July claimed she “arrived late looking scruffy in a badly-fitting, too tight dress” and spent the meeting “yawning and texting on her phone”. It’s a sad day when Alison can’t convince her own colleagues to maintain eye contact either…

Now Corbyn Equates Putin With the West

Last week video emerged of Jeremy Corbyn comparing ISIS to the US. This morning he’s gone one better with a Milne-esque apologia for Putin’s aggression in the FT:

“I am no defender whatsoever of Putin or Russian foreign policy any more than I defend the west’s foreign policy but I do feel nervous about [NATO] expansion eastward”

Ah, that old classic: “I don’t support Putin, but…”

Who does he blame for the Ukraine crisis?

“I think Nato is a cold war product, I think Nato historically should have shut up shop in 1990 along with the Warsaw Pact; unfortunately it didn’t. It now seems to have given itself . . . a global role and now is very busy expanding eastward… I think the important thing is that there be a better-developed relationship with Russia and [efforts to] demilitarise on both sides of the border [with Ukraine] . . . The onus is on both sides to make that happen.”

Back before the election Farage was torn a new one by Labour’s shadow Europe minister Pat McFadden over his stance on Putin. At the time McFadden also warned:

“the political forces President Putin admires are those… of the populist left”

He’ll be first up against the wall when Corbyn’s shadow cabinet reshuffle comes…

Sacked Labour Councillor Arrested Over Child Porn Claims

Earlier this month Thurrock Labour councillor Terry Brookes was suspended by his party without explanation. Despite local rumours that he can skipped town after the police raided his house and took his computer, Labour have kept tight-lipped on the issue. Now we know why…

Let’s hope he doesn’t have dementia…

DWP Fake Outrage

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Labour leadership candidates are grandstanding along to the Twitter hashtag #fakeDWPstories. Showing the judgement that keeps them in opposition, they are claiming that examples in a leaflet explaining how benefit sanctions work are examples of lying by Iain Duncan Smith. Emily Thornberry – a trained lawyer – even went so far as to accuse IDS personally of making up quotes. Simply untrue, as she must realise…

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He of course has ministerial responsibility for his department, which Guido is certain he would accept. This leaflet, in the minds of Labour’s twitterati, is a resignation matter. Let’s review what has happened; the DWP has produced a leaflet to help benefits claimants avoid being sanctioned, using illustrative examples. This is normal for publicity materials, not unethical, not lies. Perhaps it might have been better to have had an asterisked footnote stating as such on the original version of the leaflet. That might just be a valid criticism. 

The Labour Party of course is not above doing exactly the same – fake bone X-rays and fake nurses have all illustrated their poster marketing. The famous Tory poster saying “Labour isn’t working” – that too was a fake queue of Tory activists. They are simply marketing images, not examples of reportage, nothing more, nothing less…

The hashtag did produce a few laughs:

Labour leadership candidates are once again implicitly putting themselves on the wrong side of the voters – who strongly believe that those who can work and don’t try to find work, should not be paid benefits. Research produced by Jon Cruddas for the inquiry into why they lost the election showed that the belief that the Labour Party was on the side of benefit claimants rather than workers was strong. Hard working traditional Labour voters believe it more strongly than any other group…

Granny Basher Labour MP Candidate Back in Court

Marie Rimmer, the 68 year-old Labour MP for St Helens South will be back in Court this week. Readers will remember the curious case of Marie Rimmer, accused of kicking a woman at a polling station before the election. Her case was booted out on a technicality a few weeks ago. The case has been re-raised and another hearing is due this week. Hopefully the prosecutors can manage to prosecute the case this time without tripping up…

Tom Watson Wanted to Abolish the Deputy Leadership

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Tom Watson’s deputy leadership campaign is now in full swing with Guido-funded ‘Tom for Deputy Leader” campaign literature hitting the carpets of Labour Party members across the country. Odd then that Watson once claimed that it was “right to call for the abolition of the post of deputy leader”.

Writing on his blog back in 2007, Watson argued that that the Labour party was ‘foolish’ not to abolish the the job of deputy leader as the 2007 deputy leader election wasdividing people who should remain united“.

What made the deputy leadership bookies favourite change his mind?

Labour ‘Moron’ Turns on Corbyn

Labour’s new MP in Bermondsey is not a fan of Jeremy Corbyn, judging by this mocking tweet sent last night:

In fact, Neil Coyle is so determined to stop Jezza that he has even banned Corbyn’s brother Piers – a constituent – from voting for him. Coyle tells the Standard:

“He ran a bitter campaign against Labour in Southwark just a few months ago. Our party rules are clear – he will not be getting a vote.”

Seems Coyle is very much in the stop Corbyn camp.

Funny, then, that he was one of the guilty men and women who lent their nomination to Corbyn in order to ‘broaden the debate’. Without Coyle and co’s support Labour would not be facing the existential crisis they are in today. It’s a bit late for him to start complaining now. So that’s what John McTernan meant by “morons“…

Gordon’s Aliveeeeeee!

The former Prime Mentalist will be giving a speech in London on Sunday titled “Power for a Purpose – The Future of the Labour party.”

Presumably it will be about the importance of appealing to the electorate.

Could it be the final Curse of Jonah, and the most dangerous of them all?

Burnham’s 22 Hour Reverse Ferret

At 1:30pm yesterday, Burnham went on the BBC to criticise those in the Labour Party attacking Jeremy Corbyn:

“If we’re just attacking people and making dire warnings it is misreading what we are seeing… it misreads the mood of the

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Baldwin Plays Trump Card

Miliband’s former psycho-spinner Tom Baldwin has resurfaced from a summer of reflection to compare Jeremy Corbyn to Donald Trump:

“He is playing the role of outsider in an era when many in developed countries are rejecting the nuanced answers of

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Jez on Jez

Robert Webb, the Labour-supporting funnyman who played Jez in the hit Channel 4 comedy Peep Show, has rather spectacularly had his say on Jeremy Corbyn:

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Corbyn Campaign Bolstered By Union Gold

Last month Jeremy Corbyn declared a grand total of zero donations above the registrable amount. This month the unions’ cheques have cleared, landing Jez with over £50,000 from Unite, £25,000 from the RMT and £10,000 from ASLEF. Not including the […]

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