McDonnell: “Give Them a Good Slapping”

New footage has emerged of John McDonnell telling another one of his famous jokes. At a rally in 2010 the now Shadow Chancellor revealed his violent thoughts towards the Coalition government:

“I sat opposite that today and I tell you, sometimes you feel like physical force. You feel like giving them a good slapping.”

Obviously just another gag from the famous funnyman, like his other side-splitters about killing Thatcher, lynching female Tory MPs and kneecapping Labour councillors who opposed the IRA. Someone get him a stand up gig!

Via Harry’s Place

Attendance Drop at Labour Conference


Labour MPs are shunning their party’s conference in Liverpool this weekend after deciding there is not much point in being there. Guido has spoken to some Labour MPs who aren’t even bothering to make the trip at all, and several more who only plan to show their face for a day. It is a four day event – five if you include Jezza’s victory celebrations – and unsurprisingly they don’t want to spend that long with a bunch of nutters who want to deselect them. Fringe event organisers have been ringing round MPs’ offices asking for speakers, but are being told MPs are not available. Can you blame them?

Undercover Footage of Momentum Plotting to Deselect Labour MPs

Momentum’s denials that they want to deselect moderate MPs are even less believable after this footage from Dispatches. “We will unseat him… you’re in the way. Get out the way…”

Smith: I Wanted to See Corbyn Carry on For Longer


A regretful Owen Smith has stopped short of conceding but tells the Guardian he never wanted to challenge Corbyn. In fairness, he never really did.

Guardian: Was nine months really enough time before MPs tried to oust a politician elected by the party’s membership?

Smith: “I wasn’t in favour of there being a challenge…”

Guardian: So you would have preferred to see Corbyn allowed to carry on for longer?

Smith: “Yes, is the honest answer.”

He’ll get his wish on Saturday.

Militant Cabbies Boast How They Forced Khan to Cave


Militant cabbies who vowed to blockade Trafalgar Square have boasted how their threats forced Sadiq Khan to give them everything they wanted. Last week the London mayor conceded almost every single one of the cabbies’ demands, as well as imposing punitive regulations on Uber. What might explain the timing? Well, the militant United Cabbies Group were threatening to bring London to a standstill this week unless Khan caved in. It would have looked pretty bad for the Mayor given he’s off making friends in America at the moment. The capitulation came and now United Cabbies Group have cancelled the blockade as “the Mayor brought forward his announcement because of the pressure of a demo”. London could have a Mayor who stands up to union intimidation, instead he gave in to blackmail so his photo op in the States wasn’t ruined…

Top Corbynista Convicted For Role in Bank Attack


A top Corbynista can be revealed as a convicted criminal who was given a suspended sentence for his role in a violent bank attack. Aaron Bastani, who runs Jeremy Corbyn’s favoured ‘new media’ outlet Novara Media, has had a string of brushes with the law. During the anti-cuts protests in March 2011, Bastani was filmed ramming a bin into a branch of HSBC before beckoning rioters inside. The bank was then smashed up. Bastani has admitted to Guido that he is the man in the grey t-shirt wearing a bicycle snood, and confirmed he was convicted of a public order offence and received a suspended sentence.

Later that year, Bastani was arrested for his role in another protest, this time against the then Tory education minister David Willetts at SOAS university. The photos below show Bastani involved in a brawl inside the building, and him being arrested and handcuffed on the ground outside. Bastani was charged but the case was later dropped.


Bastani confessed to Guido:

“I do regret it because it brought an immense amount of pain and anxiety to my loved ones, my friends and my family. I wouldn’t do it again, I do regret it. Politically I’m still the same person in terms of how I want to change things, one of which does include tax avoidance and does include a bank, HSBC, which is involved in billions of pounds worth of business with arms dealers and drugs cartels. I believe just as passionately about those but I would refrain from doing that sort of thing and I would tell other young people to refrain from doing it because of the pressure and anxiety it brings to their loved ones.”

Bastani has been booked by Question Time as a Corbynista spokesman. Perhaps Dimbleby could ask him about this…

Brexit Select Committee Chair “Should Be a Brexiteer”

The chairman of the Brexit select committee will be a Labour MP and so far Hilary Benn is the only candidate. There are no challengers – yesterday Margaret Hodge told colleagues to let Benn take the job. There is however growing opposition from Labour Leavers. John Mann tells Guido: “It should be a Brexiteer”. Would he consider running? “We will all have to consider it,” Mann says of himself and fellow Labour Leavers. Remember, the Brexit committee chairman will be decided by a vote of all MPs. John Mann or Gisela Stuart would be a popular choice with Tory MPs who want to make sure the government delivers. Benn is an arch-Remainer, he believes we should stay in the single market and says immigration numbers will not come down. Select committees are supposed to hold ministers to account, not obstruct them. Benn is far from the best person to make sure Brexit means Brexit. Surely MPs should choose a Leaver if they want to hold May’s feet to the fire…

McDonnell v “Nauseating” Campbell

The visceral loathing between John McDonnell and Alastair Campbell finally surfaced at the end of Question Time. McDonnell eyeballed Campbell and told him: “You’re the person above all else who created an environment where no one believed a word a politician said”. Great telly…

Watching from home was Corbynista cheerleader Paul Mason, who called on the Momentum hordes to deselect Labour MP Anna Turley:

They aren’t even pretending anymore…

LEAK: Labour Moderates Infiltrated Momentum


Labour Party moderates carried out an off-the-books investigation into the activities of Jeremy Corbyn supporters, infiltrating their meetings and private Facebook groups with the aim of leaking the findings to the press. Guido has obtained a 19 page document titled “An investigation into far-left infiltration of the Labour Party in Liverpool since September 2015”.[…]


Neil Coyle Threatens to Sue Corbyn Personally

Neil Coyle is “fuming” after Corbyn’s campaign included his name in a list of Labour MPs who have, they claim, “abused” the leadership.[…]


Emily Thornberry Voted For War


Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry didn’t hold back in her damning indictment of David Cameron’s “legacy of shame” in Libya. Thornberry says Cameron “repeated all the major mistakes” of Iraq, blasts that “the warnings of experts in the region were ignored” and claims there was a “hidden goal of regime change for which there was no legal basis”.[…]


Labour United: PLP Moderates Lavish Praise on Corbyn


The moderates at last learn to love Jez…[…]


Labour Readmit Corbynista Who Said “Fascist” Israel is a “Sh*thole”


Labour’s National Executive Committee has readmitted a Corbynista who had been suspended for ranting about “Zionists” and claiming that “fascist” Israel is a “sh*thole“. Terence Kenyon, a member in Stalybridge CLP, was auto-excluded from the party after the compliance unit found he had written a string of inflammatory tweets.[…]


Labour Conference to Open With “Rally Against Anti-Semitism”


Guido hears Labour’s party conference in Liverpool will open – wait for it – with a “rally against anti-Semitism”. Speakers will include John “bar them for life” McDonnell, Naz “the Jews are rallying” Shah, and Baroness Shami “evade your question” Chakrabarti.[…]


Introducing Baroness Chakrabarti


Ermine-clad Baroness Chakrabarti of Kennington introduced into the Lords this afternoon. Sham(i)less…

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Know When Your Ghose is Cooked


The Electoral Reform Society’s Katie Ghose is all over the papers this morning claiming to be “independent” and complaining that the boundary changes are terribly unfair. Nothing to do with fewer seats meaning the serial carpetbagger is even less likely to make it to parliament.[…]


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