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: 

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.”

WATCH: Tories Troll Sadiq Khan at Justice Questions

One topic kept cropping up at Justice Questions today. Chris Grayling took the opportunity to condemn the scourge of using a mobile at the wheel:

“The offence of using a mobile phone while driving is a very serious one. It should be dealt with effectively by the courts, and it is an area where the government is giving active consideration as part of our driving sentences review to strengthen the penalties. It is something that is wholly unacceptable and the courts should deal with it appropriately.” 

While Justice minister Mike Penning shared his own personal experience:

“As an ex-firefighter I used to go to so many of these incidents and the distraction of using a mobile phone is not only illegal it actually kills people, the people using the phone and others, and we should all decry anybody for using a mobile phone while driving.”

For some reason the Shadow Justice Secretary had nothing to add…

Lucy Powell’s Election Expertise

Lucy Powell’s first day in charge of Labour’s election campaign did not do much to quell colleagues’ fears she is not up to the job. At the prime time of 11pm last night Powell sent out her first mass email to Labour supporters, with the subject line “The deep end”. Waving?

In a section titled “How we’re going to win the election”, Powell raises concerns the Tories will “[use] their funding advantage to overwhelm voters with their message via every medium possible — TV, post, billboards, public transport”. Of course, as any vice-chairman of an election campaign would know, in this country outspending your opponent by splashing cash on TV adverts is explicitly prohibited by electoral law.  So was that a mistruth or mis-hire?

Labour Candidate Up Half a Million After Expenses Scandal
Shamed Ex-MP Creams Off Huge Taxpayer-Subsidised Windfall

Labour’s candidate in Enfield North is in line for a taxpayer-subsidised windfall of more than half a million pounds, after ‘doing a Maria Miller’. Joan Ryan, who held the seat until she was booted out in disgrace in 2010, claimed tens of thousands of pounds in mortgage interest payments on her Enfield second home between 2004 and 2008 under her Additional Cost Allowance. She also famously claimed £4,500 doing up the property, including redecorating the living room. The semi-detached Enfield house was bought in 1999 for £249,000. Properties on the same road now typically go for over £750,000, some half-a-million more. The taxpayer subsidised Ryan’s mortgage payments while the price of her home was sky-rocketing, leaving the shamed ex-MP in line to cream the profit.

That’s not all. In 2008, Ryan then flipped her first and second home, designating a flat in Kennington as her new second home. Expenses records show that Ryan went on to claim for second home mortgage interest payments well into 2009. The palatial apartment at Imperial Court was bought for £192,000 in 2004. It is now estimated to be worth over £400,000. Generously subsidised by the people she now hopes will re-elect her…


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Woolas Agent Standing for UKIP | MEN
Compassionate Left in Action | Mark Wallace
Sainsbury’s Distance Themselves From Sick Cam Tweeter | Speccie
Elites Pay Price for Killing Grammar Schools | Jago Pearson
Thornberry Makes Burnham Leadership Favourite | Matthew Norman
Guido’s Column | Sun
BBC Still Ignoring Savile Evidence | Telegraph
Politicians Brought Down by Twitter | CityAm
Ed the Biggest Loser in Rochester | Trevor Kavanagh
A Just Way to Manage Migration | Mats Persson


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Boris on his fellow Islingtonista Emily Thornberry:

“It was an entirely run-of-the-mill English townscape, with some straightforward words to go with it. There was no obvious insult, no abuse, no overt sneering. She might have got away with it entirely, had some alert blogger not spotted it. He instantly detected the coded message that Emily Thornberry was sending to all her right-on, bien-pensant, Labour-luvvie friends in Islington, or wherever else it is that they follow her on Twitter.”



Left on Left says:

The lefties are attacking because the panellist is a millionaire and lives in a London home worth upwards of two million. Someone had best tell them he’s called Ed Miliband.


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