New Footage of McDonnell on “Assassinating Thatcher”

In 2010 John McDonnell insisted he was “sorry” for saying he would like to go back in time and assassinate Thatcher. Readers will be stunned to learn his apology might not have been genuine. New YouTube footage, which has only been viewed 45 times, shows McDonnell speaking in 2014. He once again repeats his bizarre obsession with killing Maggie, to cheers from an audience of trade unionists. The dreadful Angela Rayner, who is now the Shadow Education Secretary, bursts out laughing. Shame his mates used to take it seriously…

May Lifts Miliband and McDonnell’s Lines

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Theresa May has responded to the damning Philip Green report via her spokesman, saying the BHS collapse shows there is a need to “reform capitalism”. The Ed Miliband of 2013 will be happy:

“We are talking about how we are going to reform capitalism, not abolish it as my dad would have wanted.”

It’s not the only rhetorical similarity. The PM’s new slogan is “A country that works for everyone, not just a privileged few”. A handy rip-off of one of Ed’s old speeches:

“we should reward the hard work of everyone… [not] government that works only for the privileged few”

What about policy? Last week May announced she wanted to force firms to put worker representatives on their boards and impose tighter controls on executive pay:

“An institutional overhaul is required, particularly in executive pay where a dysfunctional set of institutions have developed over the last few decades… Pay, particularly for the most senior staff, needs to be set in a fair and transparent fashion, and remuneration should be overseen by those from all levels in a company.”

Except that quote isn’t from Theresa, it was said by John McDonnell, who wants the exact same thing. Forget the Amanda Wakeley dresses, she’s stealing Labour’s clothes…

Corbyn’s Ex-Wife Claims Big Pharma Conspiracy to Profit From Cancer

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Jeremy Corbyn’s ex-wife thinks the pharmaceutical industry deliberately hides causes of cancer in order to “make profit from this illness”. Claudia Bracchitta, the mother of Jezza’s three sons, posted a string of links on her Facebook which claimed there are:

“ten causes of cancer that are kept in secret so the pharmaceutical industry can make profit from this illness”

Guess she won’t be voting for Owen Smith then…

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Claudia’s Facebook page is a laugh riot – she promoted the loony conspiracy theory that Portland Communications was behind the Labour coup, says the BBC is the “British Brainwashing Corporation” and posted a picture of Laura Kuenssberg with gaffer tape on her face. She’s also a member of a group called “Jeremy Corbyn’s Terrible Thugs”. She reckons “WE LIVE IN A POWER/MEDIA DICTATORSHIP”, absolutely loves George Galloway and wants Tony Blair sent to jail. Claudia is a true believer – she makes Jez look like a Tory!

McGinn Whipped Labour MPs to “Keep Up the Pressure on JC”

Labour whip Conor McGinn has created some headlines today by accusing Corbyn of threatening to call up his dad. McGinn over-dramatically says this is “bullying”. It’s not really though, is it. “Just wait till your father hears about this” is said by many mothers…

McGinn was fingered a while back as a key anti-Corbyn plotter, despite supposedly serving the leader as an opposition whip. This errant WhatsApp message catches McGinn red-handed plotting against Jez with Labour MPs:

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In writing, an opposition whip whipping his backbenchers to ‘keep up the pressure on JC’. A punchy Labour insider says:

“Calamity Conor couldn’t even use WhatsApp when he was pretending not to be playing both sides, and his latest nonsense about his dad just makes him look like a clown.”

More than worthy of a telling off…

Owen Smith Hires Top Pfizer Lobbyist to Run Campaign

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Owen Smith has hired a leading corporate lobbyist who works for Pfizer to run his leadership campaign, Guido can reveal. John Lehal is the smoothie MD of lobbying firm Insight Consulting, and boasts among his clients Big Pharma giants Pfizer, Novartis and Bristol-Myers Squibb. Lehal’s dealings sparked controversy when he was signed up to run Andy Burnham’s doomed leadership bid last year. Smith used to spin for Pfizer himself and has been dogged by his links to lobbyists over the last week, so it’s a stunning judgment call for him to be using another Pfizer lobbyist who loves Tony Blair:

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John Lehal declined several opportunities to comment. A spokesman for Owen Smith doesn’t deny Lehal is working on the campaign:

“The campaign is still in the process of being set up and no formal paid appointments have yet been made. We expect to be able to finalise staff details at a later date.”

Owen Smith is the Blairite former Big Pharma lobbyist whose campaign is being run by a Blairite Big Pharma lobbyist. Too easy for the Corbynistas…

UPDATE: Smith’s team have now confirmed Lehal will be their Chief of Operations. He’s also signed up Corbyn’s former policy chief Neale Coleman.

Oona King Quits Politics For Silicon Valley

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Oona King has ended her 25 year career in politics to work for YouTube in Silicon Valley, citing Jeremy Corbyn as one of the reasons behind her decision to leave Westminster. At a send off with Labour MPs last night, the Baroness was asked if the current state of the Labour leadership had made it easier for her to go:

“Yes, to an extent. I joined Labour because I wanted Britain to have a Labour prime minister. Until we change our leader I don’t think that’s a possibility. Anyone who believes in democracy knows you need a strong opposition. It’s desperately sad, not just for Labour, but for the country.”

She says the move to San Francisco is “an amazing opportunity to go where the most exciting ideas are coming from”. Well they ain’t coming from Jez or Owen…

Paul Mason’s “Corbyn’s Not Rubbish” Rant Against “Torture & Rendition Ultra-Blairites”

Paul Mason laid out his loony left vision for the Labour party in a series of bizarre rants targeting Blairites:

“For the Blairites, for the twenty or thirty ultra Blairites, you know, the torture, rendition and Iraq war brigade, they might feel happier in a centrist party.”

He also manages to throw the Greek Syriza party in for good measure. How’s that going for them?

Shami Chakrabarti: I Wouldn’t Accept “Honours” in “Exchange” for Silence

Labour’s anti-semitism inquiry author Shami Chakrabarti yesterday refused to answer in a J-TV interview whether or not Corbyn had offered her a gong. A far cry from April this year, when she directly told Owen Jones she thought it wasn’t “flattering” to be offered gongs “in exchange for your silence”:

“Yeah sometimes people will try to woo you, and that would be very flattering if the deal was ‘We’re gonna change our policy’. But it’s not flattering if at times there’s a suggestion that you would take various honours or jobs or whatever it is in exchange for your silence.”

Corbyn’s office have refused to deny they offered Chakrabarti a peerage, and Chakrabarti herself won’t deny it. She’s certainly remaining silent about that…

Corbyn Threatens Mandatory Reselection

“The first [boundary review] report will be out this autumn and it will finally be implemented in 2018. If this parliament runs to full term then the new boundaries will be the basis on which elections take place. In that case there would be a full selection process in every constituency but the sitting MP for any part or any substantial part of the new boundary would have an opportunity to put their name forward.”

The Tory 1922 committee wants sitting MPs to have protections following the boundary review, so MPs whose old constituency makes up two thirds of a new constituency is treated as an incumbent.[…]

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Corbynistas Used Code to Hide Cash-For-Votes Plot

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Members of a private Facebook group which organised £25 payments for people to vote for Corbyn used an unsubtle code to disguise what they were up to. Thousands of Corbynistas signed up to the secret “Gimme 25 page” yesterday, all asking for the exact same sum, £25, to pay their “internet data” and other necessities by the exact same deadline, 5pm.[…]

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Secret Labour Funds Offering £25 to Vote for Corbyn

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Guido can reveal the existence of several new funds offering to help people pay the £25 charge to vote for Corbyn, after Labour yesterday shut down a Just Giving page doing the same thing. One private Facebook group named “Gimme 25” has amassed almost 3,000 members.[…]

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Chakrabarti Doesn’t Deny Corbyn Offered Her Peerage

Shami Chakrabarti has repeatedly refused to deny she has been offered a peerage in an interview with J-TV:

Alan Mendoza: “Do you have political ambitions in the Labour party?”

Shami Chakrabarti: “Do I have political ambitions in the Labour party?” 

AM: “Do you want to run as an MP?”

SC“I don’t know.

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Top Economist: Vote Owen Smith to Block Brexit

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Anatole Kaletsky, one of the first economists to point out the severity of the Northern Rock crisis, has been emailing round telling people to sign up to Labour to get Owen Smith elected so he can block Brexit. Smith’s support for a second EU referendum has inspired the Europhile economist to send this email to friends:

“If a Second Referendum becomes official policy of the Labour Party, SNP, Liberals, Greens etc will join in and this demand will prove very hard to resist for the Tories, even if Theresa May survives as Prime Minister (which I think is no more than a 50% probability).”

He has also been tweeting his 10,000 followers the same:

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Owen Smith: I Agree With Blair on Everything

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Born-again-socialist Owen Smith gave an interview to the Telegraph in 2006 in which he said he had no areas of difference with Tony Blair. Smith told the paper he opposed the Iraq War, despite previously praising it, but then claimed he agreed with Blair on everything else.[…]

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Angela Eagle Pulling Out

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You read it here first…

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Owen Smith’s 999 Emergency

An astonishing piece of colour in Nick Watt’s Newsnight profile of Owen Smith:

“During his time as a BBC radio producer, he was once asked to get a police response to an unfolding crime story. Smith telephoned 999, prompting an official complaint from the Met.”

The man wants to be Prime Minister…[…]

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