Gerry Downing, who was expelled from the Labour Party after Guido revealed his rants about “the Jewish question”, has vowed to vote in the leadership election. Downing told LBC he will seek to vote as an affiliate member via his trade union. Marc Wadsworth, the Momentum activist who was suspended after abusing a Jewish MP, also says he will vote as an affiliate. Will Labour HQ try to block them?
A co-conspirator points Guido in the direction of a post on the Flyertalk BA Executive Club forum, where jet-setters share stories from 40,000 ft.
My experience was with a well known British Labour Politician, lets just go with Peter M ……
I was flying Qatar, London – Doha , I had rebooked 1A, when I boarded I noticed someone was in my seat, when I asked why, the said passenger told me “Please talk to the crew, this is my favourite seat, I am sure they will find you an alternative”
I knew the land side manager from flying every week for the last 6 months, so I had a word, as the Cabin Crew could not do anything as he had VVIP next to his name apparently, the manager asked for his boarding card, which was in 5D, after another 10 mins discussion which included the said person saying “surely this passenger can move to my seat” obviously thought that possession was 90% of the law. Finally he did move, not a word to my face and spent the rest of the flight refusing all contact with CC including food and drink.
Don’t you know who I used to be?
UPDATE: A second co-conspirator recounts another story about flying with Mandy:
“he has form – tried to get my brother moved from his seat “do you know who I am” and the kicked up a stink about being to stop using his mobile during take-off. Sadly the cc refused said brother’s kind offer to resolve the mobile phone situation.”
With Ed Balls set to appear on this year’s series of Strictly Come Dancing, Guido has dug out this old footage of the former Shadow Cha-Cha-Chancellor impressing some old dears at a line dancing class in a Kilburn community centre. He certainly – perhaps worryingly – knew the moves…
Stephen Kinnock raged against private schools then sent his daughter to a £29,000-a-year fee-paying school in Wales, according to reports in the Danish press. In 2009, while his wife Helle Thorning-Schmidt was trying to become Prime Minister of Denmark, Kinnock gave an interview to the Borsen Pleasure newspaper in which he is quoted discussing his experience of private schools in Britain:
“I think it is wrong that you can buy your way into something which affects your life chances to such a large extent as education does. Most of the students had gone to the same schools around the country. It might be Eton or Harrow, and it made me very indignant. It still makes me extremely angry that more than 50-60% of students at elite universities come from private schools where they have been in small classes with the best teachers and the best facilities.”
Kinnock and Thorning-Schmidt sent their daughter to a Danish private school, and then to the prestigious Atlantic College, another private school in the Vale of Glamorgan. Last week Kinnock was blasted for hiding his daughter’s private education from his selection panel – he had said it was “misleading” to say she had gone to a private school. They are so “wrong” and made him so “extremely angry” that he sent his daughter to two of them…
Tom Watson has been touring the TV studios to attack Cameron over the honours row, though he’s happy for Labour Remainer Will Straw to get a gong. Meanwhile Corbyn’s office say they don’t have a comment. Surely nothing to do with Shami’s peerage…
UPDATE: Watson tells Wato that giving Miliband’s campaign director Spencer Livermore a peerage was “rewarding failure”:
When you’re polling worse than Jeremy Corbyn with the public…
Via Britain Elects
Harry Fletcher, who has been a key aide in Jeremy Corbyn’s office for the last year, has blasted the leader’s team for their failings on anti-Semitism. Fletcher tells the Jewish Chronicle that Corbyn has a “reluctance” to speak with the Jewish community, suggests there could be a “deliberate refusal to engage with Jewish issues”, and says Jez has a “deep-seated problem” with Israel. Fletcher also made a barely veiled dig at a certain key member of Jezza’s team:
“there’s certainly a view held by some people within his office that the state of Israel should never have been created. It’s very difficult, if that’s what you believe, to accept any dialogue.”
As you can see in the video above, Seumas Milne is on the record saying the founding of Israel is a crime. Well Corbynistas, is Harry Fletcher a Zionist stooge too?
As of Friday lunchtime 63 constituencies have declared their Labour leadership nominations: 51 for Corbyn and 12 for Owen Smith. Eight of Smith’s 12 nominations come from London CLPs and he has just one backer north of the M25 – he really is the metropolitan elite candidate. One of the CLPs which did vote for Oily was the leafy south London suburb of Wimbledon, where Guido is told “the bar ran out of Sauvignon Blanc”.
So far, sixty-three CLPs have made supporting nominations. Twelve for Smith and fifty-one for Corbyn. pic.twitter.com/oDe5jJYC4H
— CLP Nominations (@CLPNominations) July 29, 2016
Busts the myth that Corbyn is the London choice and Smith will better reach Labour voters away from the capital…
Time for an update from the socialist paradise of Venezuela. This week their tyrannical president Nicolas Maduro, ideological brother of Jeremy Corbyn, Diane Abbott, Owen Jones, Seumas Milne et al, was condemned by Amnesty International for passing a “forced labour” law.[…]
Owen Smith has apologised via his spokesman for saying he wanted to “smash” Theresa May “on her heels”:
“It was off script and, on reflection, it was an inappropriate choice of phrase and he apologises for using it.”
He hasn’t commented himself other than to stand by his comments…
He’s had a full spanking from Jess Phillips, who is one of his supporters:
I don’t like the terminolgy of smash very much but lets be honest it is a clumsy way of saying outperform, I like the heels bit less tbh
— Jess Phillips MP (@jessphillips) July 27, 2016
I will speak to Owen when I see him and I expect deeds lots of deeds on women, that is what matters.
Shami Chakrabarti was asked once again if Corbyn had offered her a peerage on Newsnight, her response to Kirsty Wark’s question is bad tempered to say the least:
Chakrabarti: “Well I don’t know Kirsty, are you going to take one?”
Wark: “Well I haven’t been offered one, have you?”
Chakrabarti: “Many times”
Assume that’s a yes then…[…]