Senior figures at Momentum are being sent abuse from Corbyn supporters accusing them of “bowing to Israeli pressure” for sacking Jackie Walker as vice chair. Despite the group’s overall very lenient response to the Walker row, Momentum bosses Jon Lansman and James Schneider (who are both Jewish) are being sent messages like the one above accusing them of following “the agenda of the Israeli embassy”. Schneider jokes in response: “I faked the moon landing actually”. The moment when the leaders of the hard-left realise how nutty their grassroots really are…
Jeremy Corbyn has ripped off the Tory conference slogan, saying in a video message that we must “create a country that works for everyone, not just a privileged few”. The exact same words Theresa May has been saying for the last three months and that appear on the wall behind the stage in the Tory conference hall. The Socialist Party of Great Britain tell Guido: “There will always be a privileged few while capitalism continues. And both May AND Corbyn want this system to continue”. Why doesn’t Corbyn just join the Tories?
Momentum have sacked Jackie Walker as vice chair but decided not to suspend her membership or remove her from their steering committee. They say in a statement released last night that her comments on the Holocaust were “irresponsible” but not anti-Semitic, and they say she was stitched up: “Momentum is concerned that footage of a training session was leaked to the press. The leak is unacceptable and undermines much needed political education”.
They add: “On the basis of the evidence the Committee has seen, Jackie should not be expelled from the Labour Party”. So Momentum believe Walker’s comments were not anti-Semitic, blame the media for exposing her and say she shouldn’t be kicked out of Labour. Wonder what the Labour moderates who kowtowed to Momentum last week have to say now…
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. […]
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.[…]
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.
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.[…]
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…
- Kevin Maguire – Might the man with the inside track be after the job?
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.