Bryant’s UKIP Bashing Comes Back to Bite Him

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Welsh Labour MPs stuck the knife into Plaid’s Leanne Wood last night after she relied on UKIP votes to challenge Carwyn Jones for First Minister. Chris Bryant led the attack, arguing Labour shouldn’t form a government if they relied on UKIP to win:

“I’d only be interested in forming a progressive government. If I’d to rely on Tories/UKIP to win, I’d say no thanks”

Owen Smith and Nia Griffiths piled in too. Which makes the news that UKIP Assembly Members Nathan Gill and Mark Reckless are considering backing Jones for FM very awkward indeed. Those two UKIP votes could keep Labour’s FM in his job and defeat the Plaid insurgency. Yet Labour MPs have publicly said they don’t want UKIP votes. Bryant has suddenly gone very uncharacteristically quiet…

Corbyn’s Brother Hopes He Votes Leave

One man stole the show at the after-party for the premiere of Brexit: The Movie, Jeremy Corbyn’s brother Piers. Guido shared a beer and a laugh with the Labour leader’s climate change sceptic, Brexit-backing sibling, who explained that Jezza is a “long-term Eurosceptic” who “has been voting with Graham Stringer [the Labour Outer] for years”, but is now in “party management mode“. Piers insisted “I don’t know how he’s going to vote”. But he expressed a hope that his brother “does the right thing and votes out”…

The sponsors for Martin Durkin’s must-watch documentary put £30,000 behind the bar at the W London in Leicester Square, which went by midnight. Piers then went all meteorological on us, warning guests that major thunderstorms are coming our way around mid-August, approximately the 13th or 14th, including the possibility of hailstones. He advises holidaymakers best avoid Britain, France and most of western and northern Europe for the period. It’s his brother who will be experiencing real turbulence…

Labour NEC Favourite: Winning in 2020 Not a Priority

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Rhea Wolfson is the left’s candidate to replace Ken on the Labour NEC. Last year she wrote a blog for the London Young Labour website in which she argued that Labour should not consider electoral success in 2020 a priority. The post has since been deleted, but you can read it here:

“Is winning in 2020 the priority and if so, what are we willing to sacrifice to achieve it? My belief is that winning 2020 should not be the priority of the Labour Party. This belief comes from a further belief that the Labour party is a movement above and beyond anything…

I’ve read quite a lot recently statements in the realm of You change opinions from inside government- why don’t the left understand that? and whilst there is some truth there, my fear is what happens in reality (as I think is exemplified by Liz Kendall’s campaign) is that you have members who continue to say that as we sit in government. Those policies got us elected becomes these policies will keep us elected and we end up with the reality that is a Labour government, unrecognisable from its values (and its members) and a reality where the only opinions that get changed are our own.”

So the Corbynista candidate for the NEC says there is no point in winning elections if it means compromising your purist values. You can see why they tried to erase it from the internet…

Paul Flynn: Anti-Semitism Suspensions are “Moral Panic”

Last month Labour MP Paul Flynn emailed a Jewish constituent claiming the anti-Semitism crisis was a “nasty smear, distorted, exaggerated, wholly untrue”. Today he’s emailed MP colleagues to inform them that the whole row and ensuing inquiry is “moral panic”.

From: FLYNN, Paul
Sent: 10 May 2016 16:17
Subject: Moral Panic

Dear Colleague,

Moral panic is on the march in the Labour Party again.

A councillor in my constituency has been suspended. I have known him for 40 years, greatly respect him and affirm that there is not a single atom of racialism or anti-Semitism in his body. The accusation is based on a perverse interpretation of the anger he expressed at atrocities in Gaza committed by the Israeli Army in 2014. This is an injustice prompted by the political imperative to act swiftly on accusations-even though they are not substantiated and created by malicious anti-Labour forces. They are trawling through millions of statements made by Labour members and none by members of other parties…

[A] greatly respected MP and comrade Ian Gibson resigned his seat because of an article published in the Telegraph. He claimed that the party’s executive refused to listen to his full explanation that nothing improper had occurred. Again, because of hysterical media political pressure of moral panic to act swiftly against both the guilty and innocent he was expelled from the party. As an honourable man, he resigned his seat and Chloe Smith replaced him. Ian was guilty of nothing except being the victim of a Telegraph smear.

The party permanently wounded itself seeking transitory political advantage. We must not repeat the error by doing our enemies’ work through exaggerating a problem that 80 Jewish members of our party described as ‘tiny and trivial’.

Best wishes,

Paul Flynn MP

Remember, Flynn was once hauled in by the whips when he accused Britain’s first Jewish ambassador to Israel of having“divided loyalties”. He now claims the recent spate of suspensions were “created by malicious anti-Labour forces”. Exposed, he means…

Revealed: How Labour Became Overrun With Entryists

A leaked cache of Labour Compliance Unit data obtained by Guido sheds some light on how the party became susceptible to its recent anti-Semitism crisis. During last year’s leadership election Labour membership more or less doubled. Following reports of mass infiltration, Labour HQ set about rooting out entryists. Yet people were joining faster than they could be checked, meaning only a tiny sample – a few thousand – were looked at. The spreadsheet below shows some of the entryists who were caught and kicked out by HQ:

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Eagle-eyed readers will spot the name Gerry Downing, who was excluded during the leadership election and then let back in on appeal. He was then suspended again after Guido revealed his rant about the “Jewish question”. 

Only a fraction of the new sign-ups were checked, and from those it was absolutely clear that the party had been infiltrated on an industrial scale. Huge numbers of former Green Party candidates, TUSC candidates, members of Left Unity, even Tories and ‘Kippers, had signed up. Yet this was clearly just the tip of the iceberg, many tens of thousands more had not been looked at. And those caught were mostly candidates – easy to find – how many harder to detect regular members of other parties were there? Sources estimate many thousands of entryists like those above have been allowed to remain in the party undetected…

This helps to explain Labour’s recent anti-Semitism crisis – an untold number of members with extreme views have not been looked at by the Compliance Unit. It also calls into question Jeremy Corbyn’s much-cited “mandate“. This is the new Labour Party, overrun with extremists on an unprecedented scale…

Scargill “Disgusted” With Corbyn

Arthur Scargill tells the BBC that Jezza has sold out on the EU and Trident:

“The message he should be putting forward is the one that we stood on the platform for and argued over what, 20 or 30 years, alongside Tony Benn and myself, and that is we should be coming out of the European Union; we should be calling upon people to vote ‘no.’ Secondly, he should be very clear and say the party’s policy is now clearly to scrap Trident… quite frankly, he’s done a u-turn, and I’m sorry to say I’m saddened and disgusted with the way that he’s behaved with these u-turns on fundamental policy.”

Watch what Corbyn really thinks about Brussels here

McDonnell Nervously Laughs Off Leadership Rumours

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John McDonnell was asked about those stubbornly persistent leadership rumours on Westminster Hour:

BBC: “You’ve tried for the leadership several times, do you still hold it as an ambition?”

JM: “Nooo, of course not [Laughs] I’m so pleased in the role I’m playing at the moment…”

BBC: “Are you going to try for it again?”

JM: “Nooo, not at all [Laughs] The Telegraph newspaper ran some barmy story a couple of weeks ago that I was challenging for the leadership and I said, where have you got this from? Jeremy is my closest friend in politics for over 30 years. What do I have to do, have a civil partnership with him or something? It’s ridiculous [Laughs]”

BBC: “So you’re ruling it out?”

JM: “Of course I am. I’m so happy to support Jeremy in his leadership. I love the job I’m doing and I’m really enjoying it. I’ve waited most of my political life for a socialist to be leader of the Labour Party and here he is, and I’m doing everything I can to support him.”

Not sure that will convince everyone in Corbyn’s office…

John McDonnell v Caroline Flint

Red on red:

The actual McDonnell quote was “hold on to as much as we possibly can”, rather than “hang“:

Couldn’t they do this by text?

Labour Leadership Rivals Rake in Huge Donations

The Corbynista line this morning is that Jezza is safe from a coup, several “hostile” MPs agree with Tom Watson that he should be “given time” and judged on the next set of local elections in 12 months. Knives are being put away yet potential challengers’ coffers are being filled…

It’s notable that Tristram Hunt has raked in £85,000 of donations from Blairite sources.[…]

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Ken: Creation of Israel “Fundamentally Wrong”

Ken has tripled down (quadrupled down?) on his Israel/Hitler comments. Footage translated by Memri TV from an Arabic news channel, has him saying the creation of the state of Israel was fundamentally wrong:

“The creation of the state of Israel was fundamentally wrong, because there had been a Palestinian community there for 2,000 years. 

[…]

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Corbynista Luvvies Abandon Labour

Last year Queen of the right-on celebs Emma Thompson endorsed Corbyn’s Labour, telling fans he is “very sound and intelligent”. Now she says she’s voting for the Women’s Equality Party because “I don’t feel spoken to by Labour”.

Surely top Corbynista Charlotte Church wouldn’t also abandon faith?[…]

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Sadiq: “I’m Sorry” For Racial Slur Against Moderate Muslims

An unfortunate headline the day before the polls open…[…]

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Two More Labour Councillors Suspended

One hour and 17 minutes later, Miqdad Al-Nuaimi and Terry Kelly have been suspended from the Labour Party pending an investigation. Slow today…[…]

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Two More Labour Councillors Ranted About “Jews”

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Miqdad Al-Nuaimi is a Labour councillor in Newport. As you can see above, Cllr Al-Nuaimi has repeatedly compared Israel to the Nazis, he also describes the “connection” between Israel and ISIS as “very interesting”. Guido has just spoken to him on the phone – Cllr Al-Nuaimi confirmed this was his Twitter account, he said he could not comment on tweets he made in the past but added he thinks there is a link between Israel and ISIS.[…]

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Khan Called Moderate Muslims “Uncle Toms” on Iranian State TV

The Mail has a video of Sadiq Khan being interviewed on Press TV, the Iranian state television channel, in 2009 while he was a government minister. In the clip Khan describes moderate Muslim groups as “Uncle Toms”. On LBC at the weekend Khan said the phrase “Uncle Tom” is “racist”…[…]

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Naz Shah Resigns From Home Affairs Select Committee

She says she has decided to step down from the HAC due to hold an inquiry into anti-Semitism. Shame, she might have learned something…

The inquiry is calling for Jezza and Ken to give evidence. What could go wrong… […]

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David Cowling, the BBC’s head of political research, in an internal memo…

“It seems to me that the London bubble has to burst if there is to be any prospect of addressing the issues that have brought us to our current situation. There are many millions of people in the UK who do not enthuse about diversity and do not embrace metropolitan values yet do not consider themselves lesser human beings for all that. Until their values and opinions are acknowledged and respected, rather than ignored and despised, our present discord will persist. Because these discontents run very wide and very deep and the metropolitan political class, confronted by them, seems completely bewildered and at a loss about how to respond (“who are these ghastly people and where do they come from?” doesn’t really hack it). The 2016 EU referendum has witnessed the cashing in of some very bitter bankable grudges but I believe that, throughout this 2016 campaign, Europe has been the shadow not the substance.”

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