New Green co-leader Jonathan Bartley is a complete non-entity, so it was important for him to make a good first impression on today’s Daily Politics. Would the smug former Tory take a more moderate, sensible tone? Nope, he said UKIP are “fascist” and compared them to the Nazis. Now the left is in control of the Labour Party, what is the point of the Greens?
Ken Livingstone went on the BBC News channel this morning to discuss Keith Vaz. Naturally, he ended up talking about Hitler. He says he has “so much evidence” to prove he’s right and adds: “Adolf Eichmann negotiated a deal with the Zionist movement to give them guns”. Incidentally, he also says Vaz should be forgiven…
Video via @liarpoliticians
Jeremy Corbyn is appearing at a press conference with UB40 this morning, and it’s a fitting endorsement in more ways than one. The eighties reggae band are of course themselves famous for an acrimonious split. After years of costly legal wranglings and bitter battles in court, the two competing factions of UB40 continue to perform separately but under the same name. One UB40 splinter band now calls the other “Judas“, which is incidentally one of Labour general secretary Iain McNicol’s banned words for the leadership election. The Labour of Love…
The similarities don’t end there. While Corbyn motorcycled around communist East Germany, UB40 visited the Soviet Union, earning condemnation from the United States. The Labour leader shares their view of the monarchy – UB40 describe “Queen and country” as “propaganda, spin and lie”, while Jez is an avowed republican who won’t sing the national anthem. Food for thought.
Who do UB40 hate more than anyone else? They say Tony Blair is “Uncle Sam’s poodle in need of a shrink”. Corbyn even agrees with UB40 when they say “ganja… every man got to legalise it”. Jez paraphrases: “it is now time to decriminalise possession and cultivation”. First-hand experience of splits, past flirtations with communism, costly legal battles and hatred of Blairites – UB40 are the perfect warm-up act…
Corbyn strategy chief Seumas Milne must have pressed the wrong button by accident, because he has “liked” a tweet claiming ISIS was created by the “New World Order”. It must surely be an innocent case of fat finger, Seumas can’t possibly believe that’s true. Although he did write this for the Guardian last year, claiming the US “incubated” and “fuelled the rise of ISIS”…
Come on Seumas, get it right, everyone knows it was the Zionists…
“WHERE IS YOUR RECORDING!! [of Owen Smith calling Jeremy Corbyn a lunatic]” they demand. Well, it’s here. pic.twitter.com/HWLa9JNNDk
— Tom Peck (@tompeck) August 23, 2016
The Indy revealed Oily Smith lashing out at his elderly rival at a rally last night, implying Corbyn was “some… lunatic at the top of the Labour Party”:
“We’ve got to get two million people who actually voted Tory, 12 months ago, to vote Labour, in 106 seats. And what you won’t get from me, is some, you know, lunatic at the top of the Labour Party, you’ll have someone who tries to form a coherent narrative about what’s wrong with Britain.”
Oily has since offered a limp non-apology, claiming “I wasn’t talking about Jeremy Corbyn.” This hasn’t calmed Team Corbyn, who slammed the latter-day Blairite’s campaign:
“Owen Smith has degraded this contest by descending into personal abuse.”
What should have been a winning, post-TrainGate morning for Smith has turned into yet another speech disaster. Oily’s big announcement today that he would, suicidally, commit Labour to blocking Brexit is now over-shadowed…
Jeremy Corbyn is to attend a Momentum event at Labour Party conference alongside an internet troll who called for a Jewish journalist’s throat to be cut. Among the advertised speakers at Momentum’s “World Transformed” event in Liverpool is Richard Seymour, a far-left keyboard warrior and all round nasty piece of work. Last year Seymour said of a Jewish journalist reporting on Israel-Palestine, “f**k him, they should cut his throat”.
Seymour also wrote this about Falklands hero Simon Weston:
Momentum say “the event will be a space of inclusive and respectful debate”. Do they think it’s “respectful” to host a man who said he hoped a Jewish journalist’s throat was cut? Corbyn says “I’m going to be there, because I want to see a world transformed”. Does he think it’s appropriate to share a platform with Seymour?
Gobby Labour MP and Shadow Scotland Secretary Dave Anderson has written to his local paper to mouth off about “scabs” breaking the rail strike. The Newcastle Chronicle criticised Anderson for saying he wouldn’t use trains “operated by scab labour”. Anderson has now doubled down, writing:
“As long as people choose to take part in this despicable behaviour, then they should expect to be called exactly what they are and not seek any dignity by declaring themselves to be replacement or substitute workers. Scab is a hard word and it is meant to be so in order to prey on the consciences of those who would seek to prevent working people from being treated as respected partners in the workplace and not as serfs.”
Kinder, gentler politics, part 294…
Gerry Downing, who was expelled from the Labour Party after Guido revealed his rants about “the Jewish question”, has vowed to vote in the leadership election. Downing told LBC he will seek to vote as an affiliate member via his trade union. Marc Wadsworth, the Momentum activist who was suspended after abusing a Jewish MP, also says he will vote as an affiliate. Will Labour HQ try to block them?
Time for an update from the socialist paradise of Venezuela. This week their tyrannical president Nicolas Maduro, ideological brother of Jeremy Corbyn, Diane Abbott, Owen Jones, Seumas Milne et al, was condemned by Amnesty International for passing a “forced labour” law.[…] Read the rest
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.[…] Read the rest
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…
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.[…] Read the rest
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.[…] Read the rest
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.[…] Read the rest