What’s Going On This Week

  •  Monday:
    • Second day of Labour Party Conference
    • John McDonnell speech: 12:15
  • Tuesday:
    • Labour to vote on adopting a second people’s vote as party policy.
    • Labour Brexit policy to remain constructively ambiguous.
    • Theresa May at UN General Assembly.
  • Wednesday:
    • Corbyn’s conference speech at 12:15. Strong message here.
    • Last day to vote in Conservative London Mayoral Primary.
    • Peston on Wednesday inaugural show.
  • Thursday and Friday
    • Everyone gets over their hangovers and it starts all over again…

Labour NEC Chair Sparks Anti-Catholic Sectarian Row

Not content with only having a row over anti-Semitism, Labour has now become embroiled in another sectarian row too at conference. Scottish trade unionist Andy Kerr, who chairs Labour’s NEC, said he would not call a delegate to speak if, as he suspected, she had made a sign of a cross before getting up to speak. Anti-popery has long featured in Scottish politics.

Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard said it was “completely unacceptable” and there have been calls for Kerr to resign his NEC post. Scottish Labour has long been plagued by sectarianism. On this evidence they still have a way to go to root it out…

In Full: Alternative Brexit Plan

Brexiteers have released their much-vaunted alternative Brexit plan this morning. Dubbed “Plan A+”, the plan attempts to set out a viable alternative to Chequers and respond to the common critiques of a Canada+ model.

The paper is written by Shanker Singham and Radomir Tylecote of the IEA and will be launched later this morning by a panel including David Davis and Jacob Rees-Mogg. Read for yourself here…

Rich’s Monday Morning View

Are You An Anti-Semite Jeremy Corbyn?

“Anyone who is suffering racism is in a position to define it.”

“And I say to Rabbi Sacks, with all due respect that is beyond excessive, let’s park that one…”

Corbyn Refuses To Say If He Would Back Remain or Leave

AM: “If there was another referendum now, with one option being broadly speaking stay in the EU, and one option broadly speaking leave the EU, how would you vote?”

JC: “Well, that’s conjecture as to what the question would be.”

Raab: We Will Not Be Dictated To

“No-deal won’t be the end of the world.”

NiMo: Chequers Is Dead

NiMo: Second Vote is a Distraction

“It’s for MPs to step up to the plate and sort this out now as elected representatives, otherwise I think our democracy will be in really big trouble.”

Watson: Labour Too Slow on Dealing With Anti-Semitism

“The committee that looks at it has many many live cases, and I would hope that very shortly they will be reaching results on the allegations made against some pretty disturbing characters.”

Long Bailey: Labour To Back Second Referendum If Conference Does

Brutal Political Attack Ad

Guido has seen some brutal attack ads in his time, this though. Watch to the end…

Saturday 7-Up

This week 197,607 visitors visited 668,555 times viewing 1,009,556 pages. The top stories in order of popularity were:

You’re either in front of Guido, or behind…

Clause for Owen Jones Moment

Guardian journalists have today been emailed by the editor, Kath Viner, a detailed set of company “social media guidelines.” “This document explains how we expect Guardian News & Media (GNM) employees and contributors to behave on social media”. Guido – an occasional contributor to the Guardian – the word rate means it is not worth abiding by the rules at the cost of lost banter. Buried inside the document there is specific clause that was apparently included as a result of complaints about Guardian journalists baiting Owen Jones on Twitter in an uncomradely way.

The ‘Owen Jones Clause’ appears under the subheading of “Tone”.

“Do not use social media to air internal disputes with colleagues or contributors, or with the Guardian”

Traditionally a drunken punch up outside the Coach & Horses in Clerkenwell was the accepted way to resolve internal disputes between Guardian hacks. Bloody tweeting snowflakes…

Hat-tip Mark Di Stefano

Rees-Mogg Responds Positively to May’s Brexit Speech

ERG Chairman Jacob Rees-Mogg has issued a response to the Prime Minister’s statement in Downing Street. Read it in full here:

“Salzburg was a failure even though European leaders had been briefed about Chequers before it was agreed by the Cabinet. It indicates that the EU is not acting in good faith. This makes the Prime Minister’s task harder and she is right to remind them that no deal is better than a bad deal.

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PM’s Brexit Statement

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Theresa May: Ball is in EU’s Court

The Prime Minister has announced in a live statement broadcast from inside Number 10 that the EU must treat the UK with respect, and not reject proposals out of hand without detailed counter proposals.

Over to you, Mr. Barnier…

PM’s Brexit Statement Delayed

“Let’s hope that’s not a metaphor for what Theresa May has to say…”

Friday Caption Contest (Who Needs Friends Edition)

Entries in the comments…

After 149 entries, the winner of last week’s competition was just_another_centrist with “Corbyn prepares a meal for comrades on a recent trip to Venezuela”

Mr. Centrist can receive a copy of George Trefgarne’s new book, Norway Then Canada: A new strategy to avoid a Brexit smash by emailing Guido with his address.

Amidst Calls for CEO to Resign, Electoral Commission Appeals High Court Ruling

The Electoral Commission are appealing after their humiliating defeat in the High Court last week. They maintain that the advice they gave regarding the ability of Vote Leave to donate to other campaigns was correct. If they win this appeal then Vote Leave acted properly on their advice, if they lose it confirms they gave dodgy advice during the referendum.[…] Read the rest

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