Tory Corbyn Spy Crick’d

To be fair to “Mr Watkinson from the Conservative Party”, he doesn’t half make a quick exit…

Faster than Crick could manage…

He doesn’t like it up him…

Baldwin Squirms Over “Milly Dowler Moment”

Miliband’s former psycho-spinner Tom Baldwin squirmed in his seat as the Daily Politics grilled him on his toxic press briefings during the election. On the infamous “weaponise the NHS” comment, Baldwin complained it was “intended to be off the record“. On his tasteless “Milly Dowler moment” remarks, he scoffs “this was another Nick Robinson exclusive… I did not use that phrase“. Though he refused to deny making any sort of comparison. Once a spinner…

Parliament’s Lawyer Shreds Tory Purdah Spin

Europe minister David Lidington has set out the government’s compromise on ‘purdah’ ahead of tonight’s vote – only to have his spin shredded by parliament’s top lawyer. In a damning email leaked to Guido, Speaker’s Counsel Michael Carpenter says Lidington’s arguments against letting the purdah rules apply in full are “unsound“.

One of Lidington’s main arguments against purdah is that “the legal advice we have received suggests that this could extend to individual elected representatives” – i.e. it would gag all MPs in the run up to the referendum. Carpenter dismisses this as “too literal a reading“. MPs would not face restrictions.

Another of Lidington’s key claims is that purdah would stop ministers from conducting European Union business. Carpenter says “I do not share the view“. Lidington suggests that the “full rigour” of purdah would prevent ministers communicating what is going on in Brussels. But Carpenter says the rules “expressly allow the issue of press notices without any restriction as to their content“.

He concludes of the Europe minister: “Mr Lidington seems simply to repeat the unsound arguments advanced before“. That’s two of the government’s main arguments on purdah torn apart by parliament’s top laywer ahead of tonight’s crunch vote…

“Security” No. 10’s Corbyn Attack Line of Choice

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There is one word we will be hearing a lot from Downing Street if and when Corbyn becomes leader. David Cameron mentions “security” six times in an article attacking Jezza for the Times today:

[Economic stability] is what makes it possible to deliver the security we all yearn for. At the heart of our election manifesto was that simple goal: to give people securitySecurity is formed of many things… getting the training you need to secure a worthwhile career… The most important source of security is a well-paid job… It’s that combination of recovery and reform that will enable us to help those who often have the least security

Got the message?

If that wasn’t subtle enough, George Osborne used No. 10’s new buzzword a total of eight times in a very repetitive op-ed for the Sun over the weekend, including three times in the first line:

“This is a Government that puts security first – our national security and our economic security… that consensus, which is so important for our security and reliability as an ally, risks being shattered…The UK’s future security is threatened… the return of the unilateralists to British politics threatens our nation’s future security… For the new unilateralists of British politics are a threat to our future national security and to our economic security”

That’s 14 times in 48 hours…

“My concern is that we do everything we can to protect and enhance the security of the United Kingdom” was Cameron’s only previous comment on Corbyn, made two weeks ago. The Tories were masters of thematic campaigning in May, and their new mot du jour has the benefit of ringing true…

Chicken Tories Dodge Migration Accountability

One of the many, many upsides for the Tories of Corbynmania and Labour’s complete absence of opposition is that they can now just stick two fingers up at accountability:

Weak.

No. 10 is also expected to announce details of the latest list of cronies and donors to be bunged peerages this afternoon as well. Probably not a coincidence that TfL have chosen today to announce that they are backing down to the union bullyboys over all night tubes, either. A good day to bury bad news, not so good for holding power to account…

Damian: The Omen

As China’s Shanghai Composite index slides by 8.5% in a day, its biggest one-day percentage loss since 2007, Damian McBride offers his prophecy of doom:

Zombie Apocalypse: This Time The QE Won’t Work…

Burnham’s 22 Hour Reverse Ferret

At 1:30pm yesterday, Burnham went on the BBC to criticise those in the Labour Party attacking Jeremy Corbyn:

“If we’re just attacking people and making dire warnings it is misreading what we are seeing… it misreads the mood of the party.”

At 11:17am today, Burnham went on the BBC to attack Jeremy Corbyn:

“Jeremy’s plans lack credibility. It’s not possible to promise free university education, renationalising the utilities, without that coming at a great cost… His plans lack financial and economic credibility.”

Which is almost exactly what he criticised Cooper for saying yesterday. Burnham flip flops on a weekly basis during this race, but a full reversal in under 24 hours is impressive even by his standards…

Hillary’s Chief Strategist Lined Up for Labour – So Long As Led By ABC

Multiple sources say top Obama pollster Joel Benenson, now working on the Hillary Clinton campaign, is lined up to work for the Labour Party – in particular on the London mayoral campaign. Benenson, who runs a consulting firm which advises Democrat politicians, was a senior adviser to the Obama campaigns in 2008 and 2012 and is now the chief strategist for Hillary’s presidential run. He also worked for Gordon Brown in 2009There is one obstacle…

The Hillary campaign guru won’t work for the Labour Party if Jeremy Corbyn is leader. Sources point to Corbyn’s extreme views on Israel-Palestine and Hamas as a major stumbling block to him coming on board. Benenson is described by GQ as the “go-to guy for any politico wanting to take the public’s temperature“. That he won’t work for Corbyn is a small indicator of Corbyn’s trans-Atlantic toxicity…

Burnham’s Big Pharma Fudge

You might have thought the Shadow Health Secretary would want to have his say on the brewing Pfizer scandal, which has seen the drugs giant accused of overcharging the NHS for epilepsy treatments. Surely this is an opportunity for the […]

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Crosby on Farage

Sky News Australia have Tory strategist Lynton Crosby’s say on the election. You can tell he particularly enjoyed the UKIP result:

“I don’t think they’ve got a long-term future. You should never write anyone off but they will be a

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Bow Group Bunfight: Was Zac “Misled”?

Another stunning success for the beleaguered Bow Group. On Monday they announced Zac Goldsmith as the keynote speaker at their summer reception, rather an odd move for a think tank that spends its time condemning Tories who show the slightest […]

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Burnham Train Derailed: Renationalisation Spin Unravels

Andy Burnham got the headlines he wanted this morning: the Mirror dutifully report he “promises to renationalise the railways if he takes power” on their front page. Rival Labour camps are quick to point out that Burnham’s plan has been […]

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