Thursday, November 20, 2014

Islington MP’s Rochester Culture Shock

What a curious thing for Labour’s Emily Thornberry to tweet. Was it the white van, the England flag or the house that so offended Lady Nugee? How would she like it if someone posted a picture of one of her many, many houses online?

UPDATE: The internet reacts:

UPDATE: A Labour spokesperson says “what’s the problem?”

They just don’t get it.

RED ON RED:
Labour CLP Secretary Quits Over “Sociopath” Candidate

The secretary of Enfield Southgate Constituency Labour Party will sensationally resign tonight, claiming senior local Labour figures believe the party’s own candidate in Enfield North “exhibits all the hallmarks of a sociopath”. In an explosive letter to his chairman seen by Guido, Ben Maloney demands the party take action against come-back seeking, expense cheating, former MP Joan Ryan’s “attempts to undermine democracy in Enfield”, accusing her of being “a cancer at the heart of Enfield Labour Party”. As reported by Guido at the time, Maloney alleges Ryan and fellow Labour candidate Ibrahim Dogus tried to stitch up a selection by “pack[ing] Southgate CLP’s AGM with hordes of questionable “members”, many of which had been recruited by her and Dogus less than 24 hours”. On his way out the door Maloney tells Guido:

“Joan will stop at nothing to get her way politically, and this led to one concerned senior Labour Party figure recently telling me that “Joan exhibits all the hallmarks of a sociopath”. That’s unsurprising given she has a track record of meeting packing that would make Lutfur Rahman and his cronies in Tower Hamlets blush.”

When approached this afternoon, Ryan told Guido: “I have nothing to say”Perhaps Enfield Labour will at its AGM tonight…

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Labour Struggle to Defend Using Howard’s Lines

Emma Reynolds – one of the few Labour members of the Reality Based Community – came unstuck on the Daily Politics earlier when confronted with her party’s double standards on immigration. As reported by the Spectator yesterday, Yvette Cooper directly lifted Michael Howard’s words from 2005 as part of Labour’s immigration crackdown. At the time they said suggesting “it’s not racist to talk about immigration” was a “scurrilous, right-wing, ugly tactic”. Squirm…

Labour Candidate Wants to Deport Myleene Klass

Talking of “the language of repatriation” that Labour are up in arms over this morning, it’s not just a UKIP candidate who is in hot water over their comments about sending people packing. Meet Paula Sherriff, Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate for the very winnable seat of Dewsbury and Mirfield:

Freedom campaigner Myleene was born to an Austrian father and a Filipino mother, while Sol Campbell’s parents are Jamaican. Classy.

UPDATE: 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Labour Metropolitan Elite’s Money Bags

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How is Labour fighting UKIP charges that it is out of touch and London-centric, essentially a party for the metropolitan elite? By flogging transvestite avant garde artist Grayson Perry’s bags for a minimum donation of £19. Guido suspects, in the words of Herbert Morrison, “The Durham miners won’t wear it.”

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Gloria Goes Quiet Over Violence Toward Women

After Michael Fabricant joked in the summer about punching a woman in the throat, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Women and Equality Gloria De Piero went all “Dear Prime Minister”:

“Such an overt threat of violence towards women clearly has no place whatsoever in our society. It is doubly shocking, however that this should come from a Member of Parliament. I have no doubt you find such behaviour and attitudes, as displayed by one of your MPs, unacceptable.

As Leader of the Conservative Party it is incumbent upon you to act in this instance and to make clear that there is no home for such views within the Conservatives. As such, the public will wish to know what action you will be taking against Mr Fabricant. I would also be grateful if you would spell out clearly that the Conservative Party believes that threats of violence in any form are unacceptable and that such views will not be tolerated.

I look forward to your response. In light of the widespread public interest in this matter, I am releasing this letter to the media.”

Overnight it has emerged that unreconstructed frothing lefty-lunatic John McDonnell fired up a crowd of Stop the War hippies into a frenzy by calling for ‘bastard’ benefit’s minister Esther McVey to by ‘lynched’. Time for Gloria to kick into action once again as ‘such an overt threat of violence towards women clearly has no place whatsoever in our society’. After all, it is ‘incumbent upon’ her ‘to act in this instance and to make clear that there is no home for such views within the’ Labour Party. Surely that wasn’t just political posturing?

CORRECTION & CLARIFICATION: John McDonnell has got in touch to explain that he “merely reported what had been said by Esther McVey’s own constituents and the quote you attribute to me is absolutely untrue.” So if Guido understands him correctly, John did in fact say those words, just as a quotation from one of Esther’s constituents. Guido completely accepts his explanation though some of our readers think “he’s just a lying lefty who is being disingenuous, he didn’t quote those words because he found them unacceptable, did he?” Hope that clears up the matter.

Ed’s Relaunch Déjà Vu

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Ed’s big speech relaunching his leadership this morning will be held at the University of London’s Senate House. If you are feeling a sense déjà vu it might be because Senate House is the exact same location Miliband chose for his last leadership relaunch back in January. At the time the Guardian reported “the Labour leader is under pressure after a fall in his party’s lead in YouGov and ICM polls”. Plus ça change…

Amusingly, given the spin on Labour’s woes we will be treated to today, Senate House was the inspiration for 1984‘s Ministry of Truth. It was also the venue where IDS relaunched his own ill-fated leadership in 2003. Miliband’s last relaunch attempt to connect with the voters went so well that ten months later he is having another go; same time, same place…

The key quote briefed out in advance is “People [are] asking why they are on zero-hours contracts while those at the top get away with zero tax. This zero-zero economy is a symptom of a deeply unequal, deeply unfair, deeply unjust country; a country I am determined to change.” This soundbite has one small problem: it is bollocks. Nobody rich and earning in this country can lawfully pay zero tax…

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Miliband is Least Popular Leader Since Polling Began

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Lammy: Labour Won’t Win in 2015

Election mastermind David Lammy has said Ed will not win a majority in 2015:

“I don’t want to knock Ed personally. I actually think it’s a whole team issue. I think that, in the end, all of the major players that contribute to the Labour message.. have a lot to do between now and the general election. A lot to do! 

I think that the next general election is going to be phenomenally close. I am not moving off my assumption, when I collapsed on to my sofa after the last general election with my wife and watched Nick Clegg and David Cameron walk into number 10, and that is we are in for a decade of either minority or coalition government. That was my general view [in 2010] there’s very little that’s shifted.”

The distancing of future Labour mayoral hopefuls from the current leadership has begun. Bad news for Team Ed favourite Sadiq Khan…

WATCH: Blair Squirms When Grilled on Miliband

Kay Burley was on fine form today pinning down Tony Blair. The former Prime Minister appeared to suggest he didn’t speak to the Labour leader about his leadership woes at the Cenotaph on Sunday, though one thing is clear: he didn’t want to discuss Ed:

At least he had the self-awareness to realise Labour probably didn’t want to hear from him either…

UPDATE: Vintage Kay:

KB: “Do you not think Labour here would really appreciate just 60 seconds comment from you?”

TB: “I doubt it.”


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