Labour MPs Attack Labour Terror Law

Whatever your position on the Guardian’s in-house “pompous douchecanoe” Glenn Greenwald, the detention of his partner under the Terrorism Act raises eyebrows, to say the least. Front of the queue is Labour’s favourite bandwagon-jumper Keith Vaz:

“What is extraordinary is they knew he was his partner… Bearing in mind it is a new use of terrorism legislation to detain someone in these circumstances, I’m certainly interested in knowing, so I will write to the police to ask for the justification of the use of terrorism legislation – they may have a perfectly reasonable explanation. But if we are going to use the act in this way … then at least we need to know so everyone is prepared.”

Yvette Cooper is particularly angry:

“Any suggestion that terror powers are being misused must be investigated and clarified urgently – the public support for these powers must not be endangered by a perception of misuse. The police and security agencies rightly work hard to protect national security and prevent terrorism. But public confidence in security powers depends on them being used proportionately within the law, and also on having independent checks and balances in place to prevent misuse.”

While Tom Watson has helpfully chipped in:

The answer, of course, is that David Miranda was detained under the Terrorism Act that Watson, Cooper and Vaz’s party voted in. If it turns out it is being used to go after journalists and their partners, it won’t take a whistleblower to work out where the blame lies…

Labour Charging Members for Laughter

What’s the only thing worse than an email from the Labour Party? Well one that opens with “Your invitation to join Eddie Izzard and Jo Brand” must be pretty high up the list.  Labour are organising “Stand Up For Labour” – an evening of comedy with scant disregard for the feelings wheelchair bound members. The name reminded Guido of the last time he heard a politician utter those words, and given it’s a very slow Friday in the middle of August:

Apparently the event will “you rolling in the aisles with a great night of laughs for Labour.” A feeling many of us do not need to pay £30 for the daily pleasure.

Poll Ed-Ache

Where’s Ed Miliband has been the question on everyone’s lips this week. Well after briefly surfacing to be egged yesterday, today we find him languishing in an Evening Standard poll. The paper have gone with the extremely delicate headline “Sorry Ed, they’re just not that into you: Six out of 10 don’t like Labour leader Miliband”:

“63 per cent of people say they do not like Mr Miliband, up from 56 per cent last October and 51 per cent in January 2011. The latest score is his worst as leader and compares to ex-Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s in July 2008.” 

The Son of Brown is finding it hard to break free from his political father’s shadow.

And as if he did not have enough on his plate, over at the Intercontinental Westminster, they have renamed their Eggy Bread Wedge on the breakfast menu “The Miliband Special”.

Personally Guido would have gone with Ed’s Benedict…

And Another Labour Figure Joins the Bandwagon

He may be a former MP, but Chris Mullin’s diaries mean he is still a Labour voice that they should really listen to. He’s joined the rebellion today:

Apparently Ed needs to bring back “some of the grown ups”. Anyone else want to wade in?

Now Bad Al Weighs in to Criticise Labour’s Messaging

While there have been calls for Labour to bring back Mandy, don’t forget that other controversial blast from the past Alastair Campbell. Well he is not going to let you anyway. Campbell is the latest Labour figure to offer their, ever so welcome, two-cents on where Miliband and his message are going wrong:

“…the very good record of the last Labour government has been blunted if not lost as a political weapon. Steve Richards is absolutely right to be arguing in the FT today that Labour must be more robust in defending the record… Labour have played into Tory hands on this, and there needs to be an admission of that, so that even at this late stage, a proper debate and a proper reckoning of the record can be had.”

Thanks for your input, Alastair. 

Cruel Indy Lampoon Bryant’s Day With Spoof Diary

In 2006 the Guardian ran the following apology:

On September 25 – 28 2006 Guardian Unlimited published four articles entitled “Chris Bryant’s Manchester Diary”. They were spoof diaries and were meant to be lighthearted and humorous. We had believed that the content and line at the end of the articles, “Chris Bryant was speaking to Ros Taylor”, were sufficient indicators. However, Chris Bryant has informed us that some people took them seriously, which we regret. Mr Bryant himself had no involvement at all in writing the diaries and we accept that the content of the diaries was not an accurate reflection of his views. We apologise to Mr Bryant.

You would have though some the Indy would not repeat the same mistake, yet today’s spoof Chris Bryant diary makes for comic reading:

8.05am Stuck in the box/radio studio just off the hallway at 4 Millbank doing Today with Evan Davies (with whom I was at university). He’s quite rufty tufty… 

9.30am Arrive at the Local Government Association, text in hand, to deliver what I hope is a cogent, reflective argument about how we can make immigration work better for everyone.

It all seems to go fine. 

11.15am Back in my office. My inbox is inundated with emails from people agreeing with me…

“Rufty tufty” has to be the best euphemism Guido has heard in a while.

WATCH: Chris Bryant claims “I was Always Going to Say Essex”

Chris Bryant’s tour of the airwaves, spade in hand, continues. This time it’s a tetchy outing with Jon Craig on Sky News:

Apparently he was always going to say Essex. So who is getting fired?

Via LiarPoliticians

Rivers of Blunder: Chris Bryant’s Today Implosion

Last week Chris Bryant claimed the Home Office “can’t even get the basics right, stumbling from one shambles to another”, this morning it is safe to say that he has been taught a valuable lesson about throwing the grenade after you’ve pulled the pin out:

Imagine the storm that Labour would have whipped up had a Tory minister confused two counties in the north. Home Office sources are enjoying proceedings: “We hope there isn’t a reshuffle as we’d like to keep him.” There is a fair point somewhere in what Bryant was trying to say, but surely if you are moaning about EU migration the answer is to vote UKIP rather than Labour?

UPDATE: Bryant’s attempts to diffuse the situation did not go very well either:

“So, err, good luck!”

Videos via @TheLeftards, The Spectator

Guido’s Guide to Ed’s Silent Summer Rumbles

Briefing that you have left the country and turned off your mobile phone is a pretty weird move for any politician, let alone one purporting to be the leader of the opposition. While the odd-cat’s away, the Labour mice have […]

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Watson’s Messina Mission

Officially the Australian Labour Party are saying “nothing to do with us, guv” over Tom Watson crashing their election; though could there be another reason he’s down there, beyond his own ego? The rumour mill is in overdrive today with […]

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Labour in Retreat on Zero-Hours

Labour’s focus on zero-hours contracts is on the rocks after it was revealed Labour councils all over the country use them. “A Labour spokeswoman” appears to be in full retreat, telling the Standard that they “were not always bad” and […]

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Labour’s Zero Comment on the Co-Op
Zero-Hour Stance Spells Conference Chaos

Labour care so much about zero-hour contracts that they have waited until quietest period of the year, when the lowest of number of journalists and MPs are around, to raise the issue. The likes of Ed Balls, his puppet Chris […]

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