Katie Perrior Joins News UK

Guido hears Theresa May’s recently departed Director of Communications Katie Perrior is joining News UK. She will be working as an election pundit for talkRADIO, News’s burgeoning radio station, alongside journalists from the Times and Sun. It has been well-documented that the advisers who have recently left had a frustrating time working in May’s Downing Street. Will make for interesting listening…

LibDems: Vote Tory, Get Corbyn

This has to be the most fantastically absurd leaflet of the election campaign. The LibDems are claiming that voting Tory could put Jeremy Corbyn into Number 10 and that only voting LibDem can stop Labour winning. Not sure what they’ve been smoking. Farron himself has said the Tories are going to win and the LibDems have been secretly telling their supporters to vote Labour in some seats. Gotta admire the chutzpah…

Speaking of unfortunate leaflets, here is one from Labour MP Roger Godsiff, who probably needs a better campaign slogan:

Who is Guido to disagree…

Just 22% Still Support Remain

YouGov reports that support for ‘hard remain’ is at just 22% among the electorate as remainers continue to switch en masse to embrace Brexit. As June 8 approaches the electorate is overwhelmingly pro-Brexit, with 68% believing that Britain must come out of the European Union. Leavers have been boosted by ‘re-leavers’ who did not support Brexit but say the government has a duty to carry out the democratic will of the people. YouGov analysis says:

“Simply put, Theresa May is fishing in a massive lake of voters with very little competition. Meanwhile the other parties are splitting the Hard Remain vote among themselves, something that in the first past the post system only serves to make the Conservatives an even more formidable electoral machine.”

May is hoovering up leave supporters regardless of their referendum vote or party allegiance… 

Andrew Murray’s Greatest Hits

Jeremy Corbyn’s new election campaign chief is the infamous communist and Stop the War chair Andrew Murray. A member of the Communist Party of Britain (pro-Stalin, pro-Soviet faction) until a few months ago, Murray is an apologist for Stalin who has defended the Soviet Union, supported North Korea and downplayed the Paris terrorist attacks. In 1999 Murray wrote an article in the communist Morning Star newspaper arguing that Stalin was preferable to the West:

“Next Tuesday is the 120th anniversary of the birth of Josef Stalin… A socialist system embracing a third of the world and the defeat of Nazi Germany on the one hand. On the other, all accompanied by harsh measures imposed by a one-party regime. Nevertheless, if you believe that the worst crimes visited on humanity this century, from colonialism to Hiroshima and from concentration camps to mass poverty and unemployment have been caused by imperialism, then [Stalin’s birthday] might at least be a moment to ponder why the authors of those crimes and their hack propagandists abominate the name of Stalin beyond all others. It was, after all, Stalin’s best-known critic, Nikita Khrushchev, who remarked in 1956 that ‘against imperialists, we are all Stalinists’.”

In a 2008 Morning Star article Murray wrote about the “successes” of the Soviet Union including its “nationalities policy” for promoting “the cultural, linguistic and educational development of each ethnic group, no matter how small or how historically marginalised“.

In 2003, at the executive committee meeting of the Communist Party of Britain, Murray expressed his support for North Korea:

“We should also be alert to the very real dangers in the Fareast and around Peoples Korea. The clear desire of the USA to effect regime change in its second axis of evil target could well provoke an armed clash there, too. Our Party has already made its basic position of solidarity with Peoples Korea clear.”

In 2015, Murray was introduced by Corbyn at a panel event in which he downplayed the terrorist attacks in Paris. He said:

“The barbarism we condemn in Paris is minute compared to the barbarism wrought by imperialism across the planet in the last 13 years and we must condemn that… It is a sad lesson we have to re-learn from the attacks in Paris, it needs bringing home again and again.”

In 2015, after Corbyn had become Labour leader, Murray told the Guardian he would be staying in the Communist Party because of his commitment to the ideology:

“All my children are in the Labour party. All four. One has been in the Labour party a long time; the other three are all there as a result of Jeremy’s surge. But, no: I’m a member of the Communist party. That’s where I am. Communism still represents, in my view, a society worth working towards – albeit not by the methods of the 20th century, which failed.”

In order to join Labour and start working in its party HQ, Murray has gone back on this commitment and quit the Communist Party. Sellout…

Rich’s Monday Morning View

Gove Squirms Over Cameron

Long-Bailey Refuses to Answer Any Questions

Farcical interview from the Corbynistas’ great hope Rebecca Long-Bailey, who came on the Daily Politics then refused to answer any questions. Suppose that’s one way of avoiding another Brillo-ing

Thornberry: “B*llocks”

UPDATE: Our cartoonist Rich Johnston thinks she reminds him of a Viz character:

Davis: Hard and Soft Brexit Propaganda Terms

Davis right to call out the continued use of the “propaganda” terms Hard and Soft Brexit. Remainers initially said staying in the single market was a Soft Brexit, having accepted that is off the table some are now bizarrely calling a deal with the EU a Soft Brexit. That is just Brexit…

Fallon Assad Ambush

Of course Fallon meeting Assad is not comparable to Corbyn’s support for the IRA (and Corbyn met Assad too).

Nonetheless a successful ambush from Thornberry…

Saturday Seven Up

This week 279,988 visitors visited 894,899 times viewing 1,433,477 pages. The top stories in order of popularity were:

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

Corbyn Ditches New Aide After Guido Revelations

Guido understands Jeremy Corbyn’s new aide who mocked the Queen, army and national anthem has tonight been ditched. Tim Lezard was set to begin working for Corbyn imminently but will now not be employed on Labour’s general election campaign. Tim was not a good look on the day of Corbyn’s set piece defence and security speech…

Campaign Report: 27 Days to Go


The clear choice: A leader who supports our armed forces or one who wants to abolish them? Corbyn & your security is too big a risk.

The best defence for Britain is a government actively engaged in seeking peaceful solutions to the world’s problems.

Legalise cannabis.

The Tories will lead us to a soft Brexit. Don’t trust them.

The future is green – or not at all. We will always put the environment at the heart of everything we do.

Taxpayers in Scotland get the best deal anywhere in the UK,Vote SNP to protect Scotland from unnecessary Tory cuts.

Corbyn: “I’m not a pacifist”.

Over at Paddy Power’s Blog Guido is speculating on Chris Bryant’s troubles. Plaid Cymru to win the Rhondda at 11/10.

On British membership of the Eurovision Song Contest: Remain: 44% Leave: 56% (via YouGov / 08 – 09 May).

Salmond Campaigning Hard

All that campaigning clearly getting the better of Alex Salmond. A well-earned kip on the flight home after a glass of his favourite pink bubbly…

Top New Corbyn Aide Mocked Queen, Army, National Anthem

Jeremy Corbyn has appointed to his inner circle a hard-left trade unionist who has repeatedly mocked the Queen, opposed the National Anthem and attacked the British Army. Guido can reveal Tim Lezard has been hired to advise Corbyn on trade union relations and will work for the Labour leader in the party’s Southside HQ. He has some very bold views…

In a series of inflammatory tweets, staunch republican Lezard wrote that he doesn’t sing the national anthem “because I don’t believe the Queen should reign over us” and boasted of refusing to stand for the anthem at an England football match. Lezard also mocked the army, writing that “paedophiles” should “join the Army and abuse a foreign kid for just £1,000”.

In other tweets, Lezard mocked the Queen when she was suffering from illness and said Corbyn should not kneel before her. He also criticised fundraising for the Help For Heroes charity:

Lezard has also posted a series of controversial tweets about Jews and Israel, including that Holocaust Memorial Day should remember “not just the 6m Jews”, and comparing supporters of Israel to Nazis:

When approached by Guido this afternoon, Lezard confirmed he wrote the tweets and that he has been hired to work for Corbyn at Labour’s Southside HQ. A spokesman for Jeremy Corbyn told Guido: “We do not comment on staffing matters“. On the day Jeremy Corbyn delivered a major speech on defence, it emerges one of his top aides has repeatedly mocked the Army and the Queen…

Fake News Foe Barry Gardiner’s Fake Review For His Wife

Corbynista Barry Gardiner has been busy bashing the mainstream media for dealing in ‘fake news’ and spin. But it looks like Barry knows a thing or too about faking-up some positive coverage. The Amazon page for his wife Caroline Smith’s book Thistles of the Hesperides carries a review posted by “gardsmithcb@aol.com“. The unnamed reviewer’s take on the poetry collection heaps praise on Mrs Barry Gardiner:

“Why can’t more poets write like Caroline Smith? There is strength and intelligence in every word. I heard her talk about this book on BBC Radio 3 and she just hooked me. It is about the grinding reality of life on a Scottish council housing estate where she lived. Yet she transforms it, making it beautiful, funny, uplifting and tragically moving in turn by interweaving the mythical stories of ancient Greece. The fit is astounding. This is writing that is passionate and politically committed as well as deeply personal: but personal in a way that reveals to us our own humanity. Think Douglas Dunn at his best or Seamus Heaney, but with the long narrative eye of Browning.”

Clicking through to “gardsmithcb@aol.com“‘s profile reveals a wishlist in the name of “Barry Gardiner”, who is based “just south of Watford” (Gardiner’s constituency is Brent North). Did Barry compare his wife and office manager to the Nobel Prize for Literature winning Seamus Heaney? Labour’s fake news basher giving a fake review to his wife…

Tories Ask UKIP Not to Field Candidate in Hartlepool

The Tories have asked UKIP not to field a candidate in Hartlepool to try to help them win the seat from Labour. The incumbent Labour MP Iain Wright is standing down and leaves behind a precarious 3,024 majority. The Tory request to UKIP, sent by the Tory group leader on Hartlepool Council Ray Martin-Wells, asks:

“Following on from UKIP’s decision not to stand in Middlesborough South, Tynemouth and Berwick, we would respectfully ask you to withdraw your parliamentary candidate in Hartlepool… Hartlepool constituency polls are showing that UKIP has only a predicted 6% chance of winning, against Labour’s 34% and the Conservatives 50%… your chances of winning are extremely low…” 

Is this an attractive proposition for UKIP? The UKIP candidate came second in Hartlepool in 2015, several thousand votes ahead of the Tories. It’s a council stronghold and a target parliamentary seat, where it was rumoured Paul Nuttall himself might have stood. And the “constituency polls” quoted by the Tories are only local newspaper surveys. Indeed, UKIP have rejected the proposal and instead suggested:

“I call upon you now to choose to do the decent thing and step aside yourselves…”

A real three way marginal…

Friday Caption Contest (McLarseky Edition)

Entries in the comments…

Labour ISIS Loon Will Remain as Candidate After Apologising

Yesterday Guido revealed the mad ISIS conspiracies theories of Labour candidate Caroline Kolek, standing in Tiverton and Honiton. She now says:

“I was wrong to tweet those statements. I do not agree with their content and I wholeheartedly apologise for the offence I have caused.”

Libelling Nadhim Zahawi and promoting conspiracy theories about Israel and ISIS – the sort of person Labour are happy to have as a candidate at this election…

Labour Candidate Faces Nationalisation

Moderate Labour candidates spent yesterday afternoon distancing themselves from Corbyn’s back-to-the-seventies manifesto, though one in particular has reason for concern. Mike Katz, Labour’s candidate in Hendon, says on his campaign website that “my professional specialism has been transport“. What he doesn’t say is that specialism involves being the Head of Policy for private rail company FirstGroup.[…] Read the rest

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