Sadiq Khan’s Hollow Words on Internet Jihad

Sadiq Khan has spoken about extremism and terrorism:

“I want action to be taken against those on the other side of the net and with the ISP [internet service provider] maybe. We need to make sure communities have the confidence to come forward. It is a challenge for the police to be approachable and are seen to treat people well.”

According the Guardian the Labour Mayoral wannabe said ‘his biggest concern was grooming taking place in the “ungoverned spaces – the bedroom, internet, front room” rather than in mosques and schools, where more could be done to address it openly.’ Noble words…

So how is Sadiq’s track-record when it comes to those looking to recruit converts in the “ungoverned spaces – the bedroom, internet, front room”?

As the BBC reported in 2013:

“A British man who spent eight years fighting extradition to the US has pleaded guilty to terrorism charges. Babar Ahmad, 39, from south London, admitted conspiracy and providing material to support to terrorism and faces up to 25 years in jail. He admitted the offences in a plea agreement hearing in a federal court hearing in New Haven, Connecticut.”

And who was it that was a prominent and vocal cheerleader for the Free Babar Ahmad campaign?

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Khan has never given a straight answer on his exact relationship to Ahmad, telling three different versions of how they know each other – ranging from a constituent to a childhood friend. He told the House one version of events, No. 10 another and Ahmad supporters something completely different.

The BBC describe Ahmad as “the godfather of internet jihad”:

“He was a pioneer when it came to using the web as a tool of jihadist propaganda. If you wanted to find the face – and voice – of Generation Jihad, it would be Babar Ahmad.”

Yet Khan calls him a friend.

How is that meant to make sure London has “confidence” in Khan’s “biggest concern”?

Accidental Partridge From New Norwich MP

Has the new carpetbagging Labour MP for Norwich not watched the fair city’s finest cultural export?

One constituent is not keen:

A-ha…

UPDATE: Clive speaks…

“I’m supportive of plans for pedestrianisation of Norwich City Centre; it’s good for pedestrians, cyclists and business. But it’s also really important that people have their say. Alan’s told me he no longer minds ‘since Dixons sadly closed.'”

Back of the net…

New MP Puts Secretary He’s Shagging on Highest Pay Grade

Yesterday Guido revealed the roll call of shame of new MPs boarding the gravy train by giving cushy jobs to family members.

Most impressive of the bunch is Gerald Jones, top left, the new Labour Honourable Member for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney.

Gerald is not even two months into the job and he has already found his new Senior Parliamentary Assistant: his partner, Tyrone Powell, top right.

That job title means lucky Tyrone goes straight into the highest pay grade available, potentially taking home £43,272 of taxpayer cash a year.

He must have plenty of parliamentary experience…

Labour Shadow Minister Present at Failed Commons Invasion

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Yesterday’s lame attempt to storm the Commons by protestors did not get very far, but has upset MPs no end. After disability campaigners tried to force their way into the chamber during PMQs, Central Lobby was locked down. The Men in Tights are reviewing security, and there is lots of harrumphing about the direct action being beyond the pale.

So, odd then that Labour’s Shadow Disability Minister was front and centre of the action. What exactly was Kate Green doing yesterday, because the cameras clearly show her not trying very hard to stop the invasion. Awkward…

Last Minute Watson Fix Fails

A last minute attempt by Tom Watson to block his opponents from making the ballot paper has failed. Labour sources say Watson was actively dissuading his supporters from lending their votes to anyone else in the running, as Stella Creasy, Angela Eagle and Ben Bradshaw looked to be missing out with just minutes to spare. Rushanara Ali then withdrew when she realised she wasn’t going to make 35 so her supporters could help the other three make it.

Labour’s tendency to look for some leader-deputy leader gender balance doesn’t bode well for Watson if Burnham wins. What was it about Stella and Angela that caused him to try and block their nominations?

Labour Deputy Leadership: Who Made it on the Ballot?

Rushanara Ali’s withdrawal with 19 minutes to go means:

Boom? Noms? Totes amazing.

Meaning the five on the ballot are:

  • Tom Watson
  • Caroline Flint
  • Stella Creasy
  • Angela Eagle
  • Ben Bradshaw

Watson favourite…

Harman Forgets When Labour Tried to Abolish Human Rights

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Harriet Harman, at her pious worst today, declared in a speech about Human Rights:

“Labour values are about social and economic rights. And they are also about the civil and political rights embodied in the Human Rights Act. But these are not just Labour values – they are British values and universal human values. Simple but powerful, enshrining: The right to life, liberty and security…The right to a fair trial.”

Harman must have forgotten that when she was last in government. Here is a flavour of her voting record:

“Harriet Harman voted very strongly for introducing ID cards.”

“Harriet Harman voted yes on Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Bill — Indefinite detention of suspected terrorists.”

“Harriet Harman voted against giving a greater role to the courts in relation to the imposition of control orders.”

After previously voting for ID cards, detention without trial and house arrest for enemies of the state, today she says:

“What an irony that yesterday the Prime Minister was presiding over the celebration of Magna Carta at the same time he’s planning to undermine the Human Rights Act. No wonder that though he mentioned human rights in South Africa – and preyed in aid Nelson Mandela – and mentioned human rights in India – and preyed in aid Ghandi – he could not bring himself to mention Europe and our Convention.

But we believe that, together, we can prevent the government eroding human rights. Their policy is intellectually incoherent and, worse, it’s wrong in principle. Though Labour is in opposition, not in government, we believe that in this case, on an issue of such profound importance, they can and should be held back.”

Labour will stand up against the erosion of Human Rights?

Let us rewind to 1999 when Labour tried to scrap trail by jury for thousands of people every year:

“Plans to limit access to trial by jury are being criticised by the legal profession and human rights groups. Unveiling the plans, Home Secretary Jack Straw said he intends to stop people accused of theft, burglary and assault from opting to be tried in a crown court, rather than by magistrates. The home secretary unveiled the move during a speech to the Police Federation Conference in Blackpool on Wednesday.”

There is certainly a case against the reform of the Human Rights Act, but Labour are in no position to make it or lecture on the erosion of rights. 

Murphy Rages Against the ‘Infernal Machine’

Jim Murphy is giving his valedictory speech at Policy Exchange this lunchtime.

He’s got some choice words for the Tories, and goes surprisingly easy on Miliband:

David Cameron seized the time and was out on the morning after the referendum to make an announcement about English Votes for English Laws. At 2am on referendum night I was in the BBC studio to be told by Michael Gove that the Prime Minster would unveil his plans that morning. Instead of travelling to Scotland to celebrate and thank Scotland he did the opposite.

His aim?

To create a grievance to engender an English nationalism.

He failed initially.

But then he succeeded beyond his wildest ambition.

The SNP seized on Camerons actions as proof of the bad faith of Westminster and used it to bind the Yes vote together.

The full force of this wasnt felt until the short campaign.

But an infernal machine had been created in which the threat of the SNP holding the balance of power at Westminster fuelled an English backlash which in turn added to some non-nationalist Scottish voters who last year voted No then voted for the SNP last month.

Of course, Labour’s wipeout was nothing to do with taking the heartland for granted for decades, completely miscalculating why people were voting SNP, poisoning the well themselves and letting Gordon Brown run the Scottish Labour Party for thirty years. Nope, still the evil Tor-ees.

Emily Thornberry Reaches Out to the People

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Parliamentary business for Thursday 11 June 2015
Westminster Hall debate:
Voter engagement – Emily Thornberry

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Ashcroft Offers Labour £100,000 for the #EdStone

The must have accessory for any politico-billionaire…

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MacShame’s First TV Interview: Send Him Back Down

Denis MacShane has surfaced to try and flog his prison diaries. Choosing the softest of soft interviews, MacShame was his usual unpleasant self on the Victoria Derbyshi*e Show:

The whole video is worth watching for MacShame’s total lack of contrition, […]

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Bumbling Burnham Crashes and Burns on Benefits and Petrol

Lots of gold from the GMB Labour leadership hustings today.

Firstly, Andy Burnham was booed as he floundered around refusing to back the benefit cap.

The crowd wanted a no, but he knew the country would give a resounding yes.[…]

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