Jackie Walker: “All Holocaust Denial is Acceptable”

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…

Who Will Replace Seumas Milne?

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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? Kevin’s coverage of Jezza has always been generous and he at least understands the Lobby. Work rate might be an issue. And he’d never take the pay cut.
  • Owen Jones – Reportedly tapped up for the job last year, Owen has offered his helpful thoughts on Labour’s media strategy over the last few months, though that has not endeared him to Twitter Corbynistas who now think he’s a Blairite MSM sellout. Owen tells Guido he does not want the job.
  • Paul Mason – The leather jacket-clad former BBC man is Jezza’s most vocal media cheerleader, he could step into Seumas’ shoes with his chat about neoliberalism around the water cooler in Norman Shaw South. Corbynistas tell Guido to expect to see more of Mason in the future. He has however publicly denied he’s interested.
  • James Schneider – Momentum’s spokesman is a true believer and gets on relatively well with journalists. He’s one of their more competent media performers though, and taking the job would mean he’s off the telly.
  • Sam Tarry – Ran Corbyn’s leadership campaign, key in Momentum and political officer for the TSSA union. One of the most important behind-the-scenes Corbynistas.
  • Alex Flynn – Len McCluskey’s right hand man, Flynn is the head of media at Unite. He wants to be an MP so a stint doing comms for Jez would put him in a strong position come 2020. Ambitious. 
  • Rachel Shabi – You’ll probably recognise Rachel from her regular TV appearances spinning for Corbyn as a journalist. Would be unlike Jez to appoint a woman though.
  • Ben Chacko – The editor of the Morning Star, the one paper you’ll see laid out on the desks in the leader’s office every morning. Might Ben and his luscious locks fancy the gig? Actual commie.
  • Aaron Bastani – One of the leaders of the Corbynista new media revolution, amateur bodybuilder and former Tory sympathiser Bastani runs Novara, a weird pro-Corbyn blog. Aaron did unfortunately once smash up a bank, so it’s doubtful he’d pass parliament’s security checks.
  • Liam Young – The New Statesman blogger who is your go to guy for student-level Jez fanboy copy. Only 16 years old.
  • Steve Topple – Surely it’s time for the Canary to make it official. Topple was the loony blogger who came up with the Portland conspiracy theory. He also shares Seumas’ views on Russia. He’d root out the Zionists in the Lobby.
  • Dr Eoin Clarke – Don’t be silly.

Who’s your money on?

Andy Burnham’s Immigration Flip-Flops in Full

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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. We were behind the issue all the time, and myths were allowed to develop. There’s still an ambivalence among some in Labour about discussing immigration. I’ve been accused of dog-whistle politics for doing so.”

But in August 2015 at the Mirror leadership hustings he was happy to attack Cameron for the same ‘dog-whistle politics’:

“It’s disgusting to have a Prime Minister who refers to a swarm of migrants and it confirms there’s no dog whistle that these Bullingdon boys won’t blow.”

A month later in September 2015 he argued for tougher immigration controls, saying:

“For too long, we have argued that free movement across Europe benefits everyone and affects all areas equally. That’s just not true … Labour hasn’t faced up to that, and that’s why we look out of touch.”

However the next month he slammed Labour’s infamous “Controls on immigration” mugs:

“I am not responsible for all Labour party merchandise. I didn’t purchase one of those mugs myself and I am not particularly proud of them.”

In June 2016 he argued against an immigration cap:

“The Conservative party are realising it’s a mistake to put an arbitrary number on the whole issue. It is much more complicated than that… The numbers will go up and down according the the current health of the economy.”

And today he wants to get tough. He’s been on quite a migrant journey…

Owen Smith Staffer Breaks Burnham’s Toe

Andy Burnham angrily told an aide that “some little sh*t” had broken his toe during the Labour v Lobby football match on Sunday. Which member of Her Majesty’s press corp was responsible? Guido can reveal it was in fact an aide to Owen Smith playing as a ringer for the journalists’ team. Who once again ended up on the losing team…

Sharp-elbowed Burnham was also involved in a fracas with a young political correspondent, telling him: “F**k off, you f**king pr*ck”. Calm down, calm down…

Jewish Labour Members Walk Out Over “Cancer” Rant

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Jewish Labour members walked out of the Arab ambassadors’ reception at Labour conference last night after the Palestinian ambassador ranted about Israel. Multiple sources independently quote Manuel Hassassian, Palestinian ambassador to the UK, as describing Israel and Israelis as a “cancer“. According to a source in the room a large number of attendees walked out in disgust, with some Jewish Labour members brought to tears. They were particularly upset that Labour MPs present did not speak out against the comments. Earlier Hassassian had launched another tirade against Israel, describing them as “cowboys“. Seems a charmer…

Breakfast With Jez And Jim

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Keith Vaz did not get the party started at conference, sadly cancelling his famous annual Diversity Night bash. He surfaced this morning however at the Pullman hotel, queuing with Jezza at the breakfast buffet. The Labour leader said a few words, slapped Jim on the back and walked to a separate table. Rice Krispies on the menu – snap, crackle and poppers?

 via @SamCoatesTimes

Missing Milne Set to Quit?

The word going round the Mirror party at Circo Bar in the early hours was that Seumas Milne is to leave his role in Corbyn’s office imminently. Milne went missing for the key pre-leader’s speech briefing delivered to journalists yesterday afternoon, bizarrely sending out junior spinners to do the job instead. There was bewilderment both in the press room and among Corbyn supporters that Milne hadn’t taken responsibility for such an important briefing – trailing the speech in the press was probably his most important job this week and he didn’t show up. His imminent departure would explain the no-show…

UPDATE: Corbyn’s office are insisting that Milne is not going anywhere. A Labour source tells Guido: “The story about Seumas leaving on Friday is untrue.”

Corbyn’s Mine Whine

Jeremy Corbyn, tonight: “I’ve never said I want to bring back coal mines”

Jeremy Corbyn, August 8 2015“Where you can re-open pits, yes… I think we can develop coal technology. Let’s do so… maybe they’ll be a case for what is actually very high quality coal, particularly in South Wales, being mined again.”

Honest politics…

Sadiq’s Power Trip

The Guardian have counted up the number of times the London Mayor said “power”, so we do’t have to. Has the mark of a Hennessy-written speech…
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Israeli Ambassador Brings Heavies To Labour Conference

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The Israeli ambassador, Mark Regev (left) has turned up to the Labour Party conference with four security guards. Regev was the spokesman for the IDF during the Gaza War of 2014, earning him a reputation as a bit of an all-round mensch. […] Read the rest

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Jewish Labour Movement Heckled in Conference Hall

Mike Katz, the speaker from the Jewish Labour Movement, was sporadically heckled throughout his speech to the conference hall this morning. Katz had spoken about how Jews felt let down by Labour. There were heckles from at least four audience members, this one on camera:

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Labour Illiterate on Illiteracy

One line jarred in the Shadow International Development Secretary’s speech yesterday. Kate Osamor told the conference hall: “Two thirds of the world’s women cannot read or write”. Guido checked and it was in the pre-briefed text too. Quite a statistic, but is it true?[…] Read the rest

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Milne Edited Lewis Speech Without Telling Him


Shadow defence secretary Clive Lewis’ speech was edited to remove a section on Trident – without him knowing. Word is going round that Seumas Milne removed the section at the last moment without telling Lewis. Sources say the first Lewis knew of this was when he read it off the autocue.[…] Read the rest

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Labour Would Double Your Taxes

Former Shadow Chancellor Chris Leslie says his successor’s £500 billion spending plan would double all taxes:

“The worry that I have is this suggestion of £500 billion. I mean, that’s an awful lot of either borrowing or extra taxation. In order to raise it you’d have to double income tax.

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Jez Protests Against Himself

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Jeremy Corbyn protesting against the abolition of the Shadow Cabinet minister for mental health, abolished by him. The picture of conference so far…

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Conference Hall Condemns Corbyn’s Favourite TV Channels

Croydon Labour delegate Edie Fairservice earned a round of applause from the conference hall for this message:

“Condemn Assad and his allies at all opportunities. Do not share platforms with Assadists, and that includes Russian and Iranian state broadcasters.”

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