Chaos in the Court of Corbyn

Curiously Paul Mason’s confidante to whom he slags off Corbyn is the Podemos’ foreign affairs chief, Pablo Bustinduy. Podemos is Spain’s radical left party, where we have just seen the ousting of the rival socialist party leader Pedro Sánchez by his own party. In Spain socialists can apparently organise a coup.

Mason is tweeting all manner of excuses and throwing up all kinds of diversory chaff to cover his embarrassment. His timeline is a joy to behold.

The ramifications of this for the Court of Corbyn are magnificent. Milne will now be able to cite Mason’s disloyalty and lack of faith as a means to marginalise him. McDonnell will seethe that an ally like Mason is now without doubt passing him over for the younger, prettier Clive Lewis to be Corbyn’s successor. After Unite’s internal elections in 2018 the expectation is that McCluskey, having secured his own re-election, will decide to flex Unite’s financial and organisational muscle to put someone more competent and electable in as Labour’s leader. That is what Owen Jones means when he caveats his support for Corbyn as conditional….

Paul Mason on Corbyn

Paul Mason has been caught on tape by the Sun saying what he really thinks about Jez:

“Corbyn doesn’t appeal to the mainstream working class vote. It’s to do with a cultural thing about London. Corbyn goes to England on a bike and cycles round. Working class people go to Ibiza. He has no cultural references to the way they live”

He is taking it particularly badly:

Report for reeducation, comrade Mason…

UPDATE: So what does Mason think should be the punishment for Mason?

James Schneider Joining Corbyn’s Office

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Momentum spokesman James Schneider is joining Jeremy Corbyn’s office in a strategic communications role. Guido also understands Seumas Milne will not be leaving in the immediate future and that Schneider will be working under his fellow old Wykehamist in a mid-level role. A Labour spokesman says they do not comment on staffing matters and Schneider has not responded to Guido’s text. Though the move is definitely on…

Shameless Sadiq Breaks Another Election Pledge

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Sadiq Khan has shamelessly abandoned his mayoral campaign pledge to plant two million trees by 2020, a promise designed to outflank the green credentials of Zac Goldsmith. Last week Guido revealed that no trees had been planted and there were no plans to start digging. Sadiq needed to plant 10,000 trees a week to make the target…

Assembly Member Tony Arbour questioned Khan’s environment deputy Shirley Rodrigues today who denied the two million target was a manifesto promise, claiming it “was not in his printed manifesto”. Yet the two million pledge was on his campaign website and widely publicised, here is Sadiq’s tweet from November last year:

Tory AM Tony Arbour said “Sadiq Khan constantly claims he wants to reduce emissions in London but it seems the largest amount of hot air was spouting from his mouth.”  The Mayor’s revised pledge is to “increase tree coverage by 5%”. There in black and white, another promise broken…

Labour Suspend Race Row Councillor

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Labour councillor Andy Slack, who Guido this morning revealed had posted an anti-Semitic meme on Facebook, has confirmed he has been suspended by the party. Cllr Slack tells Guido he was contacted this afternoon and told the whip has been withdrawn. Expect him to be reinstated on the quiet in a couple of months…

Labour Councillor Posts Anti-Semitic Propaganda

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Here we go again… another Labour councillor is in trouble for posting an anti-Semitic meme on Facebook. Chesterfield councillor Andy Slack, who you’ll be shocked to learn is a big Corbynista, Momentum supporter and Palestine activist, shared the below graphic claiming “Israel was created by the Rothschilds, not God”. The image was produced by an extreme Jew-obsessed American website. The cartoon of a hooked-nosed Jew with blood around his mouth will be of particular interest to the Labour compliance unit…

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Guido approached Cllr Slack for comment several times by phone and email, he has failed to respond. The post has been deleted from his Facebook page. A Labour source says it is “the worst we have ever seen”Labour’s new policy is to keep secret any action they take against anti-Semites, so chances are we’ll never know if they decide to act…

UPDATE: Cllr Slack says sorry.

“I wish to apologise for an offensive post which I shared for a short time without properly reading one content, especially anyone of the Jewish Faith. I also apologise to my Labour Party colleagues and point out that it had no connection with any organisation which I am a member. I support Palestinians in occupied Gaza but am in no way opposed to Jewish people”

UPDATE II: A Labour spokesman finally goes on the record, refusing to condemn the post or say if any action will be taken:

“We do not comment on individual’s membership status.”

Labour Suggests Public Could Protest Outside US Embassy

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Labour have suggested the public could protest outside the American embassy over its role in Syria. Asked about Boris’ call for a protest outside the Russian embassy, Jeremy Corbyn’s spokesman said: “People are free to protest outside the intervening governments’ embassies, and there are a number of them“. When asked if the west were as much to blame, Team Jez said they’re not in the business of apportioning blame. They also argued that the focus on Russia distracted from others commiting atrocities in Syria: “The focus on Russian atrocities in Syria sometimes distracts attention from other atrocities that are taking place“. Would Jezza join a protest outside the Russian embassy? That’s not his priority, he does however condemn Russian intervention and all intervention. The Stop the War faction of Labour are in charge…

Boris Calls For Protests Outside Russian Embassy

Blairite MP Ann Clwyd asks why there are no protests outside the Russian embassy in London. Boris agrees:

“I would certainly like to see demonstrations outside the Russian embassy. Where is the Stop the War Coalition?”

It might look something like this:

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This time presumably Stop the War will be busy washing their hair…

New Shadow Public Health Minister: “I Love Kebabs”

Labour’s Shadow Public Health Minister is taking party policy in a welcome new direction away from the hectoring and nannying we’re used to. Here is Sharon Hodgson at the British Kebab Awards:

“I like a lot of the UK population love kebabs.”

Sharon says she has a kebab once a month, which the Guy Newsroom agrees can make up part of a balanced diet.[…] Read the rest

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Through the Keyhole: Shami’s £2.5 Million “Nice Big House”

On Sunday Shami Chakrabarti tried to excuse her hypocrisy on grammar schools by telling viewers about her “nice big house”. As ever Guido takes you Through the Keyhole, inside the £2.5 million Grade II-listed home Baroness Chakrabarti owns in South London.[…] Read the rest

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Surely Shameless Shami Won’t Sellout on Surveillance

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All eyes on Labour’s new Shadow Attorney General when the House of Lords votes on Theresa May’s Investigatory Powers Bill this week. Last year, when she was a principled defender of civil liberties as director of Liberty, Shami strongly opposed the Snooper’s Charter.[…] Read the rest

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Corbyn Appoints Holocaust Slur MP to Frontbench

Jeremy Corbyn has been blasted for rewarding a Labour MP embroiled in a string of anti-Semitism rows with a frontbench job. Yasmin Qureshi, Labour’s new Shadow Justice Minister, said in 2014 that the Israel-Palestine conflict was “the same” as the Holocaust.[…] Read the rest

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Corbyn in the Words of His New Top Team

This is what Jeremy Corbyn’s new frontbench think of their leader, in their own words:

Sir Keir Starmer, new Shadow Brexit Secretary: “It is simply untenable to suggest that we can offer an effective opposition without a change of leader”

John Healey, new Shadow Secretary of State for Housing: “you are clearly not prepared to accept the special responsibility you have in acting to meet these challenges”

Nia Griffith: new Shadow Defence Secretary: “I do not feel you can… achieve unity”

Jo Stevens, new Shadow Welsh Secretary: “We cannot present ourselves as a government in waiting without leadership and a leadership team that commands the respect and support not only of members… but Labour voters and potential Labour voters too.”

Sarah Champion, new Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities“Jeremy’s position is no longer tenable if we’re to be effective”

Barbara Keeley, new Shadow Minister for Mental Health: “the current state of the party means we will not be able to mount an effective front bench opposition”

Sharon Hodgson, new Shadow Minister for Public Health: “I believe you have let down the many people who elected you in such large numbers to be our leader last summer.

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Shami Squirms Over Selective Schools Hypocrisy

Pesto asks Shami how she can square her opposition to grammars with sending her son to private school.[…] Read the rest

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New Shadow Cabinet in Full

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Leader of the Opposition – Rt. Hon. Jeremy Corbyn MP

Shadow Foreign Secretary – Emily Thornberry MP

Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer – John McDonnell MP

Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury – Rebecca Long-Bailey MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union – Sir Keir Starmer MP

Shadow Home Secretary – Diane Abbott MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Business – Clive Lewis MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Education – Angela Rayner MP

Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade – Barry Gardiner MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Defence – Nia Griffith MP

Shadow Lord President of the Council and National Elections and Campaigns Co-ordinator – Jon Trickett MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions – Debbie Abrahams MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Health – Jonathan Ashworth MP

Shadow Secretary of State for International Development – Kate Osamor MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Transport – Andy McDonald MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government – Teresa Pearce MP (standing in for Grahame Morris MP, who is on leave)

Shadow Secretary of State for Justice – Richard Burgon MP

Shadow Attorney General –Baroness Shami Chakrabarti

Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport – Tom Watson MP

Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs – Rachael Maskell MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland and Northern Ireland – Dave Anderson MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Wales – Jo Stevens MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Housing – Rt.[…] Read the rest

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Guardian Blasts Own Editors For Traingate Blunder, BuzzFeed Turned Story Down

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An internal Guardian investigation has blasted the paper’s editors for publishing the original Traingate story by a freelance journalist who turned out to be a Trot. The Guardian readers’ editor rubbishes the article as “a kind of gonzo news release by two Corbyn supporters”, concluding that the paper “misled” its readers and that editors’ “pre-publication checks and balances failed”.[…] Read the rest

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