Monday, November 17, 2014

WATCH: Left Unity Debates Backing ISIS
Jihadis a “Stabilising Force” With “Progressive Potential”

This video was filmed on Saturday at the first annual conference of Left Unity, a interesting new contribution to British democratic discourse whose fans include Ken Livingstone and George Galloway. You wouldn’t know it from the banal voting process, but those present are discussing a motion on whether or not Britain should support ISIS. Several in the room agree that the bloodthirsty jihadis have “progressive potential” and “could only be a stabilising force for the region”. Here is the motion in full:

“Despite the atrocities it has carried out and its attack on the Kurds, IS nevertheless represents an attempt to break fundamentally with the structure of religiously and ethnically divided nation states imposed on the region by Britain and France at the end of the First World War… Unlike a continuation of the framework of western-imposed nation states, it therefore, theoretically, has progressive potential.”
 
“The Caliphate represents an alternative political vision that is gathering support amongst Muslims across the Muslim world because… it stands for replacing the brutal regimes in which they live with a political system based on Islam that sets up an accountable executive, an organised judiciary, representative consultation, inal motions and amendments for the rule of law and citizenship; such a state could only be a stabilising force for the region and the European Left has to acknowledge and accept the widespread call for a Caliphate among Muslims as valid and an authentic expression of their emancipatory, anti-imperialist aspirations.”

Er, what?

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Channel 4 Promotes Racist, Homophobic Fantasist

Last night Channel 4 aired “How Rich Are You?”, a one off special about supposed inequality presented by ex-BBC lefty luvvy Richard Bacon and quasi-Marxist Paul Mason. It was predictably a forum for Comrades Bacon and Mason to shore up their base, inviting Owen Jones et al along to join the party. In a carefully choreographed segment of audience interaction, the programme’s presenters sought the opinion of “Cody”, a man from Manchester who railed against the rich and claimed he was so hard done by he had to do “dodgy things” to get by. Mason’s introduction in the video below implies Cody’s appearance was teed up prior to broadcast.

Cody Aiden Lachey describes himself on Twitter as a “rough & ready former soldier”. He is in fact a fraud who was exposed after he appeared on Newsnight last year, where he was portrayed as an Afghanistan war hero despite being sent home after just two weeks for going AWOL and threatening to kill his battery Sergeant Major. Lachey is also an EDL-linked racist who told the Daily Star“I believe we need to declare war on Islam as ALL Muslims don’t like kafirs, non-believers.” A Twitter account appearing to be run by Lachey described gay footballer Thomas Hitzelsperger as a “puff, faggot who needs castrating”. Lachey also had the following exchange with Owen Jones, confusing him with IEA wonk Ryan Bourne:

Unfortunate that the working class hero chosen by Bacon and Mason to push their quasi-Marxist world view happens to be a fraud, a racist and a homophobe…

UPDATE: Cody has confirmed he was booked by Channel 4 prior to going on. He has responded to the story here.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Jihad Jenny: Hamas “Freedom Fighters” “Right” to Use Violence
+Claims “Dangerous” “Money and Influence” of “The Lobby”
+Blames Canada Terror Attack on Support for Jewish State

Loony “independent Liberal Democrat” peer Jenny Tonge has gone off on one again. ‘Jihad’ Jenny yesterday defended Hamas during a Lords debate on the Middle East, saying the terrorist organisation had a right to use violence against Israel:

“The propaganda coming out of the Israeli embassy now is to concentrate on Hamas, the so-called terrorists who of course many people in the Middle East see as freedom fighters – we must remember that… Hamas deserves the right to defend the people of Gaza against the relentless blockade and helicopter gunships over that area, targeting and killing so-called terrorists and, more often, many innocent civilians. The people of Gaza have a right to be defended, too.”

She went on to suggest Canada was responsible for the recent terror attack in the country because of its support for the Jewish state:

“It is no surprise either that a recent incident in Canada, and an exposed terrorist plot in Australia, have followed attacks in our country and the USA. Both of these countries have unhesitatingly supported Israel with the USA and the United Kingdom.”

Then, to complete the hat-trick, Tonge went for that old classic, the rich Jewish conspiracy line, throwing in a cute defence of David “The Jews” Ward into the mix for good measure:

“In my opinion and the opinion of many people who are afraid to say it publicly – but I will – there is none so important as the thing that dare not speak its name. I am talking about the activities of the lobby, in this country and in America… Those of us who challenge the lobby are threatened and disposed of by our leaders as best they can. David Ward, my colleague in the other place, is currently fighting yet another battle against the lobby as I speak. All lobbies are dangerous and undemocratic; the pro-Israel lobby is not the only one, but it is particularly dangerous in this context. Money and influence win over truth and justice.”

If the pro-Israeli conspiracy is so all-powerful, how come parliament voted to support Palestinian statehood earlier this month? 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

PCS Strike Over 1% Pay Rise Then Give Own Staff 1% Pay Rise

The tiresome PCS union is on strike again tomorrow, moaning that the 1% pay rise for public sector workers is unfair and demanding a 5% increase for their members instead. Since Guido enjoys nothing more than spending his afternoons reading through trade union financial reports, he thought he would share PCS’s plans for pay increases for their own staff. Lo and behold, PCS plan on awarding their staff, you guessed it, 1% pay increases for the years 2013-15:

Looks like PCS staff should join a trade union and go on strike!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Venezuela Goes From Boob to Bust

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It is not just the economy which is sagging in socialist Venezuela, the country has been hit by a shortage of breast implants, a foretaste of what Britain can expect under a Miliband government. Despite attempts by former leader Hugo Chavez to nip the craze in the bud, boob jobs have become a key cultural asset of the Latin American nation, with the country racking up a whopping 85,000 procedures last year. Recently however the enhanced price of implants has meant a reduction in the numbers having the surgery. “The women are complaining. Venezuelan women are very concerned with their self-esteem” says Ramon Zapata of the Venezuelan Society of Plastic Surgeons. President Maduro, who has seen his government rapidly lose support, is being kept abreast of the issue…

Friday, September 5, 2014

Mehdi’s HuffPo Peddled ISIS Conspiracy Theory as Lead Story

“Did you know that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of Isis, was trained by Mossad and the CIA?” asks Mehdi Hasan sarcastically in his HuffPo column this afternoon. It’s a good piece and worth reading, in it Mehdi argues that many Muslims around the world too often fall for loony conspiracy theories. He asks:

“Why are so many of my fellow Muslims so gullible and so quick to believe bonkers conspiracy theories? How have the pedlars of paranoia amassed such influence within Muslim communities?”

Who would peddle such nonsense? HuffPo UK, of which Mehdi is Political Director, ran this as their splash just three weeks ago:

‘Password 360′ is one of the main ISIS conspiracy theories, alleging that the latest great threat to civilisation is all a big CIA plot. Three weeks ago HuffPo thought it was worth running as their lead story. Where do people get their crazy ideas, eh?

UPDATE: Guido has been reminded that Mehdi once peddled his own conspiracy theory that 535 people controlled by the “American Israel lobby” were blocking peace in the Middle East? Why, indeed, is the Muslim world in thrall to conspiracy theories?

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Ken Wins Election Again Despite Promising to Never Stand
More Blairite Purging in Labour’s NEC Elections

Victory for the anti-austerity brigade as Labour’s NEC results are published this afternoon:

LIVINGSTONE, Ken 39,548 Elected
BLACK, Ann 36,496 Elected
REEVES, Ellie 31,278 Elected
SHAWCROFT, Christine 29,558 Elected
OSAMOR, Kate 28,484 Elected
BAXTER, Johanna 24,325 Elected
+
McMAHON, Jim 1,894 Elected (Local Gov)
PERRY, Alice 1,510 Elected (Local Gov)

Don’t tell Austin Mitchell, but now five sixths of the CLP representation on the Party’s governing body are now women.

“Left, left, left” says one Labour source. Progress candidate Peter Wheeler has been booted off, to be replaced by Kate Osamor from the ambitiously titled Campaign for Labour Party Democracy. She was elected on a promise to “reject austerity as a solution to the economic crisis.” Apparently, “instead of cuts, we will work for a Labour government committed to a plan for public investment.” Spend, spend, spend!

Joining Ken on NEC will be Ellie Reeves, the sister of Rachel Reeves MP and partner of John Cryer MP. She was endorsed by Unite, Tom Watson and his on/off young girlfriend, Stephanie Peacock. Who you know, not what you know…

Ellie will be in good company. Christine Shawcroft describes herself as being on the “extreme left of the Labour Party”, a CND supporting fan of Hugo Chavez and former Tower Hamlets councillor.  Ann Black said before the ballot “there are further challenges as the economy crawls out of recession. First, Labour needs a …positive alternative to Osborne’s endless austerity”. At least she publishes decent minutes of the meetings.

There is no doubt who the winner is. One seasoned Labour insider tells Guido:

“The NEC results are a shift to the Left with Grassroots Alliance (Left) candidates winning 4 out of the 6 slots. Popular young leftie Kate Osamor replaced the veteran old Right Peter Wheeler while right-wingers Akehurst, Nosegbe and Peel also lost out. The ambitious Johanna Baxter won as an independent and is well placed  to continue her hunt for a seat.”

A further purge of the Blairites at every level of the party.

Given how dismally Labour are represented in the South East, its is rather ironic that all of the CLP representatives live there. As LabourList notes: “only one candidate (Jim McMahon, the leader of Oldham Council and the Labour LGA Group) lives outside London or the South.”  And he’s only there as a councillor.

Perhaps the least surprising result saw Ken Livingstone breaking yet another pledge. In 2012 he promised that the London Mayoral battle would be his ‘last election’. He topped the ballot. It’s pathological…

UPDATE: Just in case you think Guido is overstating the swing to the left, the neo-Bennite Left Futures blog says it represents “a 14% swing to the left from right-wing and independent candidates… It is the best result for the Left since the mid-1980s.” The 80s were when Labour was loony and in permanent opposition…

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Hippies Using Gas to Power Anti-Gas Extraction Protest

Anti-Frackers “No Dash For Gas” have set up their circle of moaning near Blackpool:

Guess what they are using to stay warm and cook? No dash for consistency… 

Meanwhile, 55 local businesses in the area have sent the hippies a postcard:

Local capitalists V hypocritical trustafarians. Tough one…

Via @NWTaskforce

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Anarchists, Trots and Anti-Zionist Loonies Protest Fracking

The people of Blackpool have today been besieged by anti-fracking wackos in need of a wash. No Dash for Gas like to present themselves as local, normal “mothers and grandmothers…wearing aprons,” who just want to make a polite point about shale gas. They’re spinning harder than a drill working its way through the Lancashire landscape. 

The programme for today’s ‘Reclaim the Power’ protest camp lists a series of workshops including “An introduction to anarchism and anarchist organising”, legal training from the anarchist Green and Black Cross movement, and a PCS union talk on “reclaiming unions”. Attendees can also listen to the advice of delegates from Occupy London, the Polish anarcho-syndicalist Workers’ Initiative and the Squash campaign to decriminalise squatting.

Among the camp’s supporters are Ewa Jasiewicz, a Polish Palestine solidarity activist who wrote on the Reclaim the Power Facebook page: “please come share a bevvy with me and talk more BDS… Ahlan wa sahlan, see you tonight!!” Past attendees include David Icke wannabe Ian Crane, who reckons: “The socio-psychopathic ZIONIST Government of Israel is deliberately fuelling the wave of global anti-jewish sentiment, in a bit to FORCE the diaspora out of their host countries and move to IsraHELL.” And Tom Palmer, who at a protest last week requested: “need some people to bring speed (or some other uppers) though and paraffin for fire poi and a guita (sic)”Just your usual mothers and grandmothers wearing aprons, then…

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Loony LibDem Candidate Boycotts BBC Over Gaza

Where do the LibDems find ‘em? The party’s ambitious candidate to be Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands, who was given a glowing reference on LibDemVoice just a few weeks ago, is something of a wannabe David Ward. Ayoub Khan has shown his campaigning genius by boycotting the BBC over their “biased” coverage of Gaza:

FROM: Ayoub Khan
TO: Kathryn Stanczyszyn
11 August 2014

Whilst it is in the interest of any candidate to promote themselves and attract voter support on mainstream media, particularly in a by-election, I have decided not to do this with the BBC because their broadcasting of the Gaza situation has been biased. One has to live with ones own conscience and I refuse to participate with organisations such as the BBC who in the view of so many, have acted in such an unfair manner.

Barrister Khan’s other credentials include being accused of lying in court, while on his website he modestly says: “Some people call me a hero, but I just did what anyone would do.” You have to wonder what BBC journalists risking risking their lives in Gaza think about being called Israeli propagandists by armchair activists back in Britain…


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A ‘senior Conservative party official’ passes judgement on Theresa May:

“She is boring. A technocrat. She is Philip Hammond with a fanny. Not interesting, but rendered interesting by circumstance. And that circumstance is that she is a woman. And in an age when the Prime Minister gets it in the neck for refusing to wear a fucking T-shirt that says he is a feminist, that is a rocket boost right underneath you.”



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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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