Spotted in Portcullis House today, Labour’s top team deep in conversation:
Were they discussing Rosie Winterton’s damehood or something more sinister?
All is not well in Momentum. Disgruntled members of the Corbynista campaign group have leaked a cache of embarrassing Facebook discussions, accusing fellow activists of “bullying and intimidation”. Max Shanly is an ally of Momentum chief Jon Lansman and is on the executive committee of the Labour youth wing. He calls himself an “unofficial agitator” for Corbyn and has been described to Guido as a “Leninist” and a “poundshop Mark Clarke”. Judging by these leaked messages, he lacks Clarke’s charm…
You can read all the messages here.
Shanly has previously called for Labour MPs who oppose Corbyn to be dealt with “brutally“:
“I think Jeremy will face problems not just inside the Parliamentary Labour Party, which I think is likely to split if he wins with the Blairites buggering off to form a new SDP, but also from the Labour Party bureaucracy. New Labourism is still a hegemonic force at Brewers Green (Labour Party HQ) and despite having resigned as leader eight years ago, Blair is still the piper who plays the tune many party staff listen to. The Labour left will have to act swiftly and I am afraid brutally in many cases. The PLP will have to be brought into line, some members of party staff will need to be pointed towards the exit”
Since the leak, Shanly has deleted his Twitter account and locked his Facebook page. Though it is clear where his political affinities lie:
Momentum members want to know what Lansman is going to do about Shanly, accusing him of “ignoring” the “bullying“. As Lenin said, “A scoundrel may be of use to us just because he is a scoundrel…”
In our continuing series on the Labour party’s exitism of the ambitious from the Labour talent pool: Gabriel Huntley, until last month PAd to Chuka Umunna during his tenure as Shadow Secretary of State for BIS between 2011 and 2015 has quit to head up comms for the University Alliance lobby group. Gabriel is a Fellow of the Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP) at the University of Cambridge, his alma mater. As Chuka puts his leadership on ice for now the thrusting ambitious operators in his team will no doubt move on. There will be many more high calibre exits as Labour is abandoned to the lunatic left…
Dan Hodges flouncing out of the Labour Party (again) is no surprise, though he joins a steady stream of people resigning from the people’s party. If not formally resigning they are just quietly (or not so quietly) not renewing their memberships. Exitism by high-calibre moderates is on the rise as the once entryist crypto-commies and toytown trots are welcomed into the party by Corbyn…
Former candidates, bag-carrying opposition PAds and other greasy pole climbing careerists are re-evaluating their prospects. Talk to them and they candidly say that they fully expect another decade of Tory rule. Do they want to spend their best years arguing with lobotomised lefties in CLPs or making some money in the private sector? Labour’s departure lounge is busy…
One-time leadership contender Ed Balls himself looks like he has had enough and his praetorian guard of former advisers have already made the move to the private sector. His former policy chief Karim Palant has joined Facebook as UK public policy manager. Alex Belardinelli, long-time Balls SpAd in government and opposition, is now spinning for Uber, the multi-billion dollar ride-sharing corporation, as their UK head of communications. Do let Guido know of any more examples of exitism…
Jeremy Corbyn and his team served Peronis to the mainstream media at a Christmas bash at Labour HQ tonight. Jezza looked awkward working the room, though his speech was funnier than Miliband’s efforts in years past. He even namechecked a couple of dictators, for the japes. He began by observing “This gathering is unexpected and unusual, and on one level yours and my worst nightmare…”
Tom “fat tw*t” Watson had done his research on a few esteemed Lobby hacks:
Dan Hodges has quit Labour, again:
“I’m done. Yesterday I cancelled my direct debit to the Labour Party. “Why don’t you just sod off and join the Tories“, Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters regularly ask anyone who dares to challenge their rancid world view. I won’t be joining the Tories. But I am sodding off…”
“Jeremy Corbyn is the Left’s Enoch Powell. His views and stances are equally repugnant. It’s just that because he is leader the of “my party” that I have refused to acknowledge it… By remaining a Labour Party member, and by continuing to fund Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party, I am complicit. Both morally, and practically. I am paying for his propaganda. I am funding his henchman. I am financing his own campaign of terror. And there comes a moment where you have to say “enough. Not in my name”. For me, that moment has finally arrived.”
Though readers with good memories will be feeling a sense of deja vu. Flashback to 2013:
So bad he quit them twice…
Worrying news from the former MP for Derby…
Labour have ditched plans to move their party HQ to Kensington after everyone laughed at the idea of socialists setting up base among London’s super-rich. Instead, they have signed a lease on a new office at Southside, a plush office block at 105 Victoria Street. Just one problem: they will be sharing the building with the headquarters of G4S, who Labour’s NEC voted to boycott two weeks ago.
Which make for some awkward chats around the water cooler…
Jess Phillips warns Corbyn to look over his shoulder in an interview with Owen Jones this morning:
“I would do anything that I felt was going to make the Labour Party win the next election… The day it becomes that
Jezza’s attendance or non-attendance tonight at Stop the War’s fund raising party tonight is the cause celebre of the chattering classes. Pitting Guardian reader against Guardian reader, comrade against comrade.
Despite a lot of pressure Guido is pretty certain Jezza […]