Corbyn Lies: “I Never Met the IRA”

Tonight Jeremy Corbyn told Andrew Neil: “I never met the IRA”. Seriously?

In 1984, two weeks after the Brighton bombing, Corbyn invited two members of the Provisional IRA, Linda Quigley and Gerard McLoughlin, to parliament. MacLochlainn was a close friend of Corbyn. In 1981 he served two and a half years in jail for conspiracy to cause explosions.

According to a report in the Sinn Fein/IRA newspaper An Phoblacht, in 2000 Corbyn shared a platform with Brendan McKenna at an event commemorating Bloody Sunday. McKenna was jailed for his role in bombing the British Legion hall in Portadown. 

In 2005 Corbyn shared a platform with Raymond McCartney at a meeting about Bloody Sunday. McCartney was a member of the Provisional IRA.

In 2007 Corbyn spoke alongside Martina Anderson at an event organised by his CLP. Anderson was jailed for plotting a series of terror attacks in London and twelve English seaside towns. 

In 2009, an An Phoblacht report places Corbyn at a Sinn Fein dinner with Diane Abbott and Ken Livingstone. The event was hosted by Gerry Adams and IRA member Gerry Kelly. Kelly was jailed for his part in the Old Bailey bombing which killed one and injured 200.

In July 2011, Jeremy Corbyn chaired a Sinn Fein event commemorating the Hunger Strikes. An Phoblacht says Corbyn shared a platform there with the IRA member Brendan ‘Bik’ McFarlane, who was a part of an IRA gang which killed four Protestant civilians and a UVF member in a pub bombing. Also present was Jennifer McCann, who was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for the murder of a RUC constable. 

And, of course:

A demonstrable lie from Jezza…

Corbyn Unable to Explain Link Between Foreign Policy and Terror

Asked repeatedly by Andrew Neil, Corbyn is unable to say how foreign policy was linked to the Manchester attack…

Corbyn’s Foreign Policy Populism is Popular

These are the weighted results from YouGov’s survey of 7,134 adults today. 53% agree with Corbyn what involvement in foreign wars are partly responsible for terror attacks in Britain. 24% agree with the Tories that they are not. The thing about populism – and opposing foreign interventions is a populist policy used by politicians on right and left – is it can be popular…

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It is absolutely monstrous that Corbyn has attempted to justify or legitimise the actions of terrorists.

British foreign policy is to blame for terrorist attacks on the UK. A Labour vote is a vote against foreign interventionism.

Labour are wrong to make a political point out of the Manchester terror attack.

If the Tories got their way we would have ended up in Syria now, and it would have been even worse.

Corbyn is right that failed Western intervention has caused instability. Green MPs will push for a truly ethical foreign policy – and seriously scrutinise the march to war of any government.

The only people to blame for the bombing are the man who carried it out and anybody else who aided and abetted him, but we must have a proper debate about foreign policy.

Corbyn blames British foreign policy for the Manchester bombing.

They are calling the Bolsover constituency battle a story of Beauty (Helen Harrison) and the Beast (Dennis Skinner), if you fancy the Tory beauty to win she’s  5/1.

Best Prime Minister: T. May: 45% (-1) J. Corbyn: 28% (+5) Not sure: 27% (-4) (YouGov/24 – 25 May, changes w/ 16 – 17 May).

UKIP Endorse Labour’s Ultra-Remain Creagh Over Tories

It’s unusual to see UKIP backing a Labour candidate, especially so when that Labour candidate is an arch-Remainer who voted against triggering Article 50. UKIP are not running in Wakefield and the party’s candidate in the neighbouring seat is instead urging voters to choose Mary Creagh over the Brexit-backing Tory. UKIP’s candidate in Normanton Lewis Thompson says:

“I’m urging the people of Wakefield to vote Labour. We can’t let the Tories get a huge majority.” 

Wakefield is a winnable Tory target seat: the Labour majority is 2,613. Creagh is a huge Remainer, she said in February that she could no more vote against EU membership than she could vote against her “own DNA”. The Tory candidate Antony Calvert is an avowed Brexiter and the constituency voted 66% to Leave. UKIP’s councillors in Wakefield are backing Calvert, so why is their parliamentary candidate in Normanton backing Labour?

Tories Board Outrage Bus Over “Monstrous”, “Extreme” Jez

Michael Fallon has been deployed:

“Jeremy Corbyn could be Prime Minister of our country in less than two weeks’ time yet he has said only days after one of the worst terrorist atrocities this country has ever known that terror attacks in Britain are our own fault… Let me spell something out for Mr Corbyn: There are no excuses for what was done in Manchester… He and his team come from an extreme and ideological world that is too quick to make excuses for the actions of our enemies and too willing to oppose the measures and people that keep us safe.”

Boris is outraged:

“Now is not the time to do anything to subtract from the fundamental responsibility of those individuals, that individual in particular, who committed this atrocity and I think it is absolutely monstrous that anybody should seek to do so.”

He’s almost as angry as Amber Rudd:

“It is absolutely outrageous to suggest that there is any link, any justification, for the events that took place in Manchester with the UK’s foreign policy.”

Corbyn’s speech was infantile guff of course, though it was considerably more moderate and toned down than his previous statements on terrorism. Tory outrage today a little confected…

UPDATE: May goes studs in:

Pound Down as Corbyn Gets Closer

This morning’s YouGov/Times poll (Con 43% vs Lab 38%) has knocked the pound, which fell against all of its 16 major peers this morning. Sterling has touched $1.2858 today, a two week low. Neil Jones, head of hedge-fund sales at Mizuho Bank told Bloomberg:

“Sterling correlates well with anything that shows a Tory majority and vice versa, so if you’ve got this situation where the majority closes right down, it may come to a critical level where it may not have a sufficient number of seats in the house. The market doesn’t like that.”

City jitters…

Owen Jones Backs Air Strikes in Iraq

Owen Jones, asked by Dan Hodges if Britain should take out terrorists in Iraq replies: “Yes“.

Always said Owen liked to drone on…

Friday Caption Contest (Grand Prix Edition)

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Davis SpAd Chappers Out

Was always a bit of an odd move for Chappers to go from Project Fear to the Brexit department. Good luck in the undisclosed new job (expect inevitable rumours that the former Mail pol ed could reunite with his old boss George Osborne at the Standard). Another senior SpAd departs…

Two Labour Officials Post False Flag Conspiracy Theories

The vice chair of Esher and Walton Labour Party has been suspended after he said the government would be willing to “blow up their own people” for political gain. Daniel Ewen posted:

“I’m going on record and saying that I would not put it past our establishment, our right wing government or Theresa May to blow up their own people in order to continue to secure power for themselves.”

Meanwhile Elizabeth Hayden, a Labour a council candidate Mossley Hill in Liverpool, has been referred to party authorities for sharing a blog titled ‘Was the Manchester Arena atrocity a ‘false flag’ attack?’. The article, which first appeared on the Another Angry Voice blog, said there was no evidence the government carried out the bombing but “there is no doubt that this attack has been highly beneficial to the Tory party.” Both have now deleted their accounts…

Happy Birthday Jez

It’s Corbyn’s birthday so someone (UPDATE: The Sun) has brought a cake decorated as a P45 to his speech this morning. Happy Birthday Jez…

Watch Live: Corbyn Foreign Policy Speech


Corbyn is expected to draw links between British foreign policy and the Manchester bombing…

Katie Hopkins Sacked By LBC

There’ll be champagne corks popping among LBC staff who had to be associated with her.

New Dates for Andrew Neil Leader Interviews

New dates have been released for the Andrew Neil interviews rescheduled due to the Manchester terror attack. Tune into BBC One on the below dates… 

Friday 26 May 7pm – Jeremy Corbyn
Sunday 28 May 6pm  – Nicola Sturgeon
Monday 29 May 7:30pm  – Paul Nuttall. Doesn’t clash with the Sky News debate which starts at 8.30pm…
Thursday 1 June 7pm – Tim Farron

Cancel your plans tonight…

Security Minister Condemns “Appalling, Twisted” Corbyn

Security minister Ben Wallace has condemned Jeremy Corbyn’s “appalling” timing for giving an ideological foreign policy speech three days after a terrorist attack, and says his argument is “twisted“. Andrew Neil interviews Corbyn tonight. Asking tough questions about his views on terrorism might have been off limits so soon after the attack. Jez has made it fair game now… 

Tory Lead Down 19 Points During Campaign

The Tories had a 24 point lead over Labour with YouGov at the beginning of the election campaign. Now that lead is just 5 points. A swing which would translate to a Tory majority of just two…

Meanwhile the Tory lead is down 10 points with TNS:

These polls were carried out before Corbyn blamed the West for terrorism, and of course tighter polls mean a focusing of voters’ minds. Still squeaky bum time in CCHQ, May’s post-election party authority up for grabs…

Corbyn: Foreign Policy a “Cause” of Manchester Attack

Jeremy Corbyn will use a speech on Friday to argue that British foreign policy was one of the “causes” of the Manchester attack. Jez is in his element – he’s going to give the same speech he has delivered on demos and in campaign meetings dozens of times before:

“The responsibility of government is to ensure… that our foreign policy reduces rather than increases the threat to this country… Many experts, including professionals in our intelligence and security services, have pointed to the connections between wars our government has supported or fought in other countries and terrorism here at home. 

That assessment in no way reduces the guilt of those who attack our children. Those terrorists will forever be reviled and held to account for their actions. But an informed understanding of the causes of terrorism is an essential part of an effective response that will protect the security of our people that fights rather than fuels terrorism.

We must be brave enough to admit the ‘war on terror’ is simply not working. We need a smarter way to reduce the threat from countries that nurture terrorists and generate terrorism.”

The speech is a toned down version of the infamous Seumas Milne articles which blamed the West for 9/11 and the Woolwich attack. It uses the classic “but” technique preferred by Stop the War types: condemn the terrorists, say they are responsible, then add a “but” and talk about the West. He just couldn’t help himself. Campaigning well and truly back underway…

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