Rod Liddle Totally Eviscerates Labour on Question Time

Last night on Question Time, the Speccie‘s Rod Liddle received rapturous applause for this incredible takedown. Swatting aside Ian Lavery’s walrus-like interjections, he launched into a total and complete evisceration of Corbyn’s Labour Party. It’s really worth a watch…

“I really wish that the people who were taken in by [Labour] and agreed with that, would look to the left beyond the podium and see the rabble with their Palestinian flags and their lanyards sponsored by Hamas, would look to the raft of hypocrites on the Labour front bench. Thornberry, Abbott, Chakrabarti – all of whom don’t want you to send your kids to private schools or selective schools but do so for their kids, and for Corbyn and McDonnell, who have given support and succour to every possible hostile, violent, anti-democratic terrorist regime or organisation they can. IRA, Hamas, Hezbollah, Soviet Union, Cuba, Venezuela.

If you want people like that running your country, vote for Corbyn.”

And the audience cheered!

Jeremy Hunt Trolled by his Wife

Jeremy Hunt has revealed the moment when he first spoke to his wife after mistakenly calling telling a group of Chinese dignitaries that she was Japanese rather than Chinese:

“I was incredibly nervous. I picked up the phone to apologise to her – and the first word she said to me was “konnichiwa”, which is “hello” in Japanese. She has a great Chinese sense of humour, but sushi is banned from the Hunt household for a while.”

Top trolling from Mrs Hunt – although Jeremy might have some more explaining to do when the Japanese find out that the British Foreign Secretary is boycotting their national dish. At least he’ll be able to do it in the right language

Labour Run Out Of Money (Again)

 

Team Corbyn are in Brussels today to meet with EU negotiators, poor planning meant they had a little taxi trouble when they realised they had no means to pay. Same old Labour: always running out of money…

Voters Knew What They Were Voting For

A new poll by ORB International has found that two thirds of both Leave and Remain voters say they had fully considered the complexity of their EU referendum vote, shattering the tired remain refrain that ‘we didn’t know what we were voting for.’ 

When asked whether they agreed with the statement “looking back, I hadn’t fully considered the complexity of what I was voting for in the referendum” just 35% of Leave voters opted to agree, with 59% disagreeing – a remarkably similar picture to Remain voters, 29% of whom agree, and 63% disagree. Looks like Remainers will have to find a new way to try to undermine democracy…

BBC Climbdown Over Criticism of IEA’s Brexit Plan

Remainers were leaping on an article by Newsnight policy editor Chris Cook earlier this week which claimed that the Institute of Economic Affairs had fluffed their calculations for their alternative Brexit ‘PlanA+’. Cook attempted to replicate Shanker Singham’s models but found himself unable to do so, concluding that the IEA “need to do their homework”.

Today it turned out that it was Cook who needed to do a bit more homework, as he admitted that he had belatedly managed to replicate Singham’s results after finding mistakes in his own coding:

Remainers haven’t been sharing the correction quite as vigorously. Will Cook be apologising to the IEA?

UPDATE: The IEA have issued a searing response to Chris Cook alongside a detailed rebuttal of his points.

UPDATE II: Chris Cook has issued an apology to the IEA and taken his article down off the BBC’s website.

Rudd’s Remain Hypocrisy

Amber Rudd was one of the guests on the new Peston show last night, using the platform to lash out at the alternative Brexit plan supported by Boris and DD. Rudd claimed that 40 Tory MPs would vote against any Canada-style free trade deal. A majority of MPs have voted time and time again in the Commons to leave the single market and customs union – this number seems implausibly high…

Rudd also told Peston that if it was a choice between no deal or a second referendum, she would “absolutely” back having a second referendum and that Brexiteers “might not even get their Brexit”.

It’s funny, because that’s not what she told Conservative Party Conference last year:

“Back in June 2016, everyone had their say. The country made a clear decision. I have said it before and I say it again: I fully respect the result. We chose to Leave and we must make a success of Brexit.”

 

She was even more explicit on her own website in January this year, specifically clarifying that even if there was no deal, the UK would leave without one:

“The majority of the UK electorate voted to leave the EU and I believe that I have a democratic duty to deliver the result. This means that the UK will be leaving the EU in March 2019… In the unlikely situation that an agreement is not reached or Parliament votes to reject it, the UK will leave without a deal.”

Rudd was a passionate Remainer – she represented BSE in the final high-profile TV debates before the referendum, while her brother Roland was BSE’s Treasurer and now chairs the People’s Vote campaign. Since the referendum, she has gained respect from Leavers and Remainers alike for her commitment to honouring the result. Not a good look for her to be reverse-ferretting on her self-proclaimed “democratic duty” now…

Who Is On Question Time Tonight

Question Time announced their panel with a new style of graphic, made with free photo manipulation software Adobe Spark. Going the extra mile to save licence fee payers’ cash. Respect.

Liz Truss Takes Seat in Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament has a surprising new addition this morning, with Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liz Truss taking a seat in the main chamber. However, she hasn’t done a job swap with Ruth Davidson – it turns out she had to take a seat in the main chamber as all the committee rooms were fully booked, forcing the Scottish Parliament’s Finance Committee to relocate there instead. Although she went to school in Scotland, it’s safe to say that Liz has higher ambitions than becoming an MSP…

On Drums Ladies & Gentlemen, Ed Balls…

 

Politics is, someone once unkindly said, “showbiz for ugly people”. This is the increasingly likely future for moderate figures in the Labour Party with a personality and public profile. Walk ons in light entertainment shows; Stella Creasy could become a Radio 2 DJ, Tom Watson a media pundit on music, Chuka a chat show host, Liz Kendall would be perfect for daytime television – you get the idea. Ed’s better on the drums than he was on the deficit… boom tish!

Maitlis Shows Up Abbott

Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott last night accused the BBC‘s Emily Maitlis of “reading from a Tory script” and “throwing Tory talking points at me.” Abbott was in for a bit of a rude awakening when Maitlis clapped back “that came from a Labour member who was in the hall.” Awkward…

Hammond’s Halloween Budget

It’s set to be All Hammond’s Eve next month as Philip Hammond has decided to go for October 29th as the date for this year’s Budget – just two days before Halloween. He’ll be hoping the voters don’t get spooked…

Guido can already imagine the headlines. Will it be a Halloween Horror Show or Death to Taxes?

Watson’s Quinoa Conundrum

 

Tom Watson had his ‘man of the people’ credentials tested on the Today Programme this morning when he was challenged over Labour now being more closely associated with liberal metropolitan elite fad food quinoa than a traditional pie and a pint.

Watson denied eating it himself and insisted that “most of my friends don’t know it’s called quinoa – they call it ‘kwin-oha'”. At least he didn’t mistake mushy peas for guacamole…

Top UKIP MEP Resigns Over Islamic Hijacking

William Dartmouth MEP has written to UKIP leader Gerrard Batten resigning his position from the party, which he has represented in the European Parliament since 2009. In an explosive letter he eviscerates Batten for the way in which he has “hi-jacked” the party, and declares that he will continue to sit as an independent MEP.

“At a time when our founding cause of leaving the EU is at risk, you have chosen instead to campaign against Islam as a religion… That is not the UKIP that I joined… To put it simply, you have hi-jacked the UK Independence Party.”

Dartmouth is a hereditary peer who sat in the Lords until Blair’s reforms came into effect in 1999. He isn’t the first UKIP MEP to step back from Batten’s party, and he probably won’t be the last…

UPDATE: Batten hits back…

Dear Lord Dartmouth,

Thank you for your letter of resignation. I have received this without regret, and I am sure that my relief in receiving it exceeds your relief in sending it.

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Proof: Corbyn Lied About Press TV Appearances

 

Corbyn told a straight-up lie to Jon Snow yesterday on Channel 4 News, claiming that he had not appeared on Iranian state-controlled broadcaster Press TV after their coverage of the protests following Iran’s disputed election in 2009.

This is demonstrably untrue, Corbyn appeared on Press TV for years after the Iranian election in 2009, as he himself declared in the House of Commons Register of Members’ Financial Interests. Readers can watch video footage for themselves above…

The House of Commons register four payments in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 with Corbyn receiving up to £5,000 of Iranian cash each time. Corbyn’s 2012 appearance came after Press TV was banned in the UK for its role in the torture of a journalist. As Corbyn himself said: “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” Corbyn didn’t even remain neutral, he literally chose the side of the oppressor…

People’s Gardiner Whistles Red Flag

Barry Gardiner whistled Labour Conference to a close as he led the hall in a rendition of the Red Flag. It was all rounded off with T-Rex’s ‘Children of the Revolution’…

Burgon’s General Strike Porkies

Richard Burgon has been caught out by TalkRADIO‘s Ross Kempsell attempting to deny that he stood on his feet and clapped Labour MP Laura Smith’s call last night to organise a general strike to “bring an end to this government.” There hasn’t been a general strike in the UK since 1926, and now hard left Labour MPs are openly talking of direct action to bring down the government.

But here he is on video doing just that. Not a good idea to be telling porkies when there is video evidence to the contrary…

UPDATE: Richard Burgon clarifies “I did not give Laura Smith an ovation. I stood up and clapped.”

h/t: Mark Wallace

Corbyn Speech Text in Full

Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, speaking at Labour Party Conference today, said:

Thank you for that welcome. I want to start by thanking the workers, the fantastic staff at the Conference Centre and hotels, the Labour Party staff who make this possible, and the people of Liverpool who have made us feel so welcome this week.
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BBC Refuse To Delete Fake News Tweet

The BBC waited an hour to clarify their obvious mistake and have yet to take down their original fake news tweet. And they wonder why trust in the mainstream media is at record lows…

Labour: Higher Black Employment Cause For Concern

One in ten more black people have jobs than in 2009 rising from 58% to 67% over the last decade, but BAME Labour says this is a cause for “alarm.”

“Conference we should be alarmed that black employment levels are rising”

Guido knew that Labour loves keeping people languishing out of work and on benefits, but even for them this is a bit much…

Regev Rips Into “Anti-Zionism”

At the Labour Friends of Israel event last night the Israeli ambassador Mark Regev was introduced by the newly slimline deputy leader of the Labour Party, Tom Watson. Watson stood in solidarity with LFI chair Joan Ryan saying she was being “hounded out by people that have only just joined the Labour party.[…] Read the rest

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