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These are just some of the private messages sent by Corbyn supporters to young Tory activist Alice Terry on Twitter over the last 24 hours:

Surely at some stage surely the Corbynistas must look at themselves and ask: “Are we the baddies?

Cadwalladr’s Sunday Scoop: Top Remainer Paid AIQ

Guido hears Carole Cadwalladr has another big scoop lined up for Sunday about money paid to the Canadian digital marketing firm AggregateIQ. Carole has emailed Michael Gove asking what AIQ did for his leadership campaign in the summer of 2016. Has she uncovered a new layer to the great Brexit conspiracy? It turns out AIQ was paid £2,720.46 in July 2016 to set up the campaign website. The payment was put through by campaign manager Nick Boles, a prominent Remainer and Stronger In campaigner. Which slightly throws a spanner in the works for Carole’s next sinister Brexiteer flow chart. Just how deep does the conspiracy go? 

Pidcock’s Curry Night With 15 Tory MPs

The Westminster bubble’s go-to curry house the Kennington Tandoori was packed to the rafters with top Tories on Tuesday night. On one table sat a large gang of MPs from the 2015 intake. On another was deputy PM David Lidington with guests. The Remainers were also out for a ruby: Anna Soubry and Heidi Allen were holding court. All in all 15 Tory MPs packed out the restaurant. You’ll never guess who then walked in on this most cosy of Tory love-ins…

Naan other than Laura “can’t be friends with Tories” Pidcock. The aloo-f Corbynista gal of the people gingerly looked around, managed to raise a smile in Soubs’ direction, but apart from that studiously made sure she didn’t interact with any of her parliamentary colleagues whatsoever. With the restaurant being rather tight for space, the chilli encounter caused much amusement to her fellow diners. She won’t be cumin back…

Guardian App Harvests Your and Your Friends’ Facebook Data

The Guardian app harvests your personal data from your Facebook page and also the data of all of your friends – the exact same central allegation the Observer has been making against Cambridge Analytica. The privacy policy of the Guardian Facebook app makes clear if you don’t grant permission to have your and your friends’ social media data harvested you cannot use the app:

When you first access the App, for example by clicking on a link to a Guardian article from your Facebook newsfeed, you will be presented with a Facebook permissions page, which will advise you about the Facebook information you will be sharing with the App and other Facebook users. You can then decide whether or not to share your Facebook information by using the App. If you decide not to grant permission you will not be able to use the App. 

By granting permission you will be agreeing to share your Facebook user details (including your name, profile picture, gender, networks, user ID and any other information you choose to share according to your Facebook account settings) as well as the user details of your Facebook friends, and information about your use of the App, for example, the articles you are reading.”

The Guardian’s general privacy policy also reveals they sell your “behavioural data” to third parties:

“We may also share anonymised behavioural data with advertising partners, including commercial organisations that fund content labelled ‘Supported by’, ‘Paid content/Paid for by’ or ‘Advertiser content/from our advertisers’. This may mean that when you are on other websites, you will be shown advertising based on your behaviour on theguardian.com. We may also show you advertising on our site based on your behaviour on other sites.

They also reveal the Guardian uses data from third-party surveys – this is exactly how Aleksandr Kogan got his data for Cambridge Analytica:

“To assist us in our marketing, in addition to the data that you provide to us if you register, we may also obtain data from trusted third parties to help us understand what you might be interested in. This ‘profiling’ information is produced from a variety of sources, including publicly available data (such as the electoral roll) or from sources such as surveys and polls where you have given your permission for your data to be shared.”

Did the Guardian sell your behavioural data to Cambridge Analytica? Are they the missing piece of the jigsaw that blows this whole conspiracy wide open? Over to you, Carole…

Shawcroft Remains on NEC Despite Losing Job For Defending Holocaust Denial Candidate

Christine Shawcroft’s resignation after she defended a council candidate who posted a Holocaust denial article online heightens the anti-Semitism crisis engulfing Jeremy Corbyn. Shawcroft and Corbyn are key allies who go back decades. Long before holding high office under Jezza, former PPC Shawcroft worked closely with Corbyn during his wilderness years in groups like CND, Labour Against the War, CLPD and Labour Briefing. She became close to McDonnell – who this morning refused to say she should quit the NEC – through his hard left Labour Representation Committee. Even by Corbynista standards she is known as a hardliner with a fiercely combative style, firing off sweary text messages to lesser commissars. She became a co-founder and director of Momentum alongside Jon Lansman; her name is figuratively on Momentum’s door as one of only a handful of trusted activists to hold a legal company director position there. She played a crucial behind the scenes role in selecting Corbynista candidates. It’ll take more than a last minute resignation to distance her from Corbyn, who has known her instincts and judgement well for many years…

Corbynistas thought Shawcroft was the perfect personality to enforce party discipline so they crowbarred her into position as NEC disputes sub-committee chair in January. Moderates warned at the time that the body, responsible for dealing with allegations of anti-Semitism, would have no credibility on the issue – her appointment was welcomed by groups such as Labour Against The Witch Hunt. Almost immediately Shawcroft hit controversy for conflicts of interest and clearing hard left activists accused of anti-Semitism. In her first meeting in the chair three anti-Semitism cases were considered: two were let off with a warning. Other cases were delayed. Now Corbynistas need to find a new disputes chief with a clean record on anti-Semitism, good luck with that vetting…

This morning Shawcroft remains on the NEC where she is a key Corbynista influencer. Unless she is removed Corbynistas are allowing someone who has defended a Holocaust denial disciplinary case to headline for them on the party’s most powerful body. Progress, LFI and moderates are calling for her to go. Corbynistas want her to stay until June when her seat is up for election. How can Corbyn be credibly seen to ‘stamp out anti-Semitism’ if Shawcroft remains in post?

Now Corbyn Says Group Which Accused Jewish MPs of Fabricating Anti-Semitism Are “Good People”

Jeremy Corbyn has given his endorsement to Jewish Voice For Labour, the fringe group which organised the counter-demonstration against mainstream Jewish leaders on Monday and whose committee members have accused Jewish MPs of fabricating anti-Semitism. JVL are a really nasty lot: they accused the Board of Deputies of “playing politics” and “attempting to influence the local elections” this week, they are in part run by the notorious Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi, who is on record accusing Israel of “exploiting” the Holocaust to “commit crimes against humanity”, denies Labour has an anti-Semitism problem and accused Labour MP Ruth Smeeth, who is Jewish, of fabricating anti-Semitic incidents. Owen Jones apologised this week for himself backing JVL, telling Guido it was “an error”. Yet Corbyn told Jewish News last night that JVL are “good people”:

“JVL are committed to fighting anti-Semitism and making sure there is a Jewish voice in the party. We already have the Jewish Labour Movement. JVL was established last year and I think it is good that we have organisations within the party that are giving that voice to people. I’m not a member of that or JLM, but they’re good people, they are in the party because they love and believe in it.”

Grim stuff from the leader of a mainstream political party.

Shawcroft Resigns After Defending Anti-Semitic Council Candidate

A huge development breaking in the Labour anti-Semitism scandal tonight: Momentum’s Christine Shawcroft has resigned as head of the party’s disputes panel (after just weeks in post) over her defence of an activist who posted a Holocaust denial article on social media. As the Daily Mail reports, top Corbynista Shawcroft sent an email on Sunday in support of Labour council candidate Alan Bull, who posted this on Facebook:

Shawcroft said in a statement:

“I sent this email before being aware of the full information about this case and I had not been shown the image of his abhorrent Facebook post. Had I seen this image, I would not have requested that the decision to suspend him be re-considered. I am deeply sorry for having done so.

”This week we have seen a clear expression of the pain and hurt that has been caused to Jewish members of our party and the wider Jewish community by anti-Semitic abuse and language, and by the reality of antisemitism being denied and downplayed by others.

“In light of this, I have decided to stand down as Chair of the Disputes Panel to ensure my wrong and misguided questions on this case do not cause doubt or anxiety about our processes. We must eliminate antisemitism from our Party and wider society. To do this we must make sure our process are as robust as possible and have the faith and confidence of our members.”

Shawcroft ousted Ann Black as disputes panel chair in January. She is still on the NEC. Shawcroft is a key ally of Jezza, this revelation will heap even more pressure on Corbyn…

Government Spokesman Shouts “Arse” at Despatch Box

The BBC’s Esther Webber brings us the moment government spokesman Lord Keen knocks over a glass of water at the despatch box and shouts “arse“. Good value for that pay rise

Crackers NUS Conference Occupies Itself

The NUS conference was suspended this afternoon after a group of 150 students occupied their own event. Hard left students stormed the stage in protest over conference timings, fearing that a debate on whether to hold a second EU referendum had overrun so much that motions on supporting sex workers and decriminalising abortion in Ireland would be overlooked. Journalists were expelled from the hall and the conference live streams were cut off. Peak millennial, peak NUS. Do some work…

Jezza’s False Flag PMQs

The new and universal virtue signal in British politics is mental health. Our parliamentarians, ever creative only in their unparalleled cynicism and opportunism, have come to a ‘consensus’ on the issue, falling over each other daily to lay offerings at this now sacred altar. Mental health is the go-to, right-on, reverse gaslight: our politicians are increasingly using it to confuse us into crediting them with moral superiority, and most of all, to flaunt the limitless compassion for which they are renowned. It must be a coincidence that the policy area of mental health also boasts extraordinary and elastic utility as the political equivalent of Monopoly’s get-out-of-jail-free-card. Jeremy Corbyn deployed the issue today, allowing him to operate unfettered in full deflection mode – unchallenged on Russia, unchallenged on the anti-Semitism scandal, all despite the Prime Minister’s best fortnight in living memory – while simultaneously being protected from any accusation of cynicism. A quite Kremlin-esque false flag from Agent COB…

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Corbynista Fake News About Labour Membership Surge Retweeted Thousands of Times

These Corbynista Twitter accounts – including the infamous “Rachael Swindon” persona – are claiming that Labour has experienced a surge in membership as a response to this week’s anti-Semitism stories and Monday’s protest against Jeremy Corbyn. Pretty sick that they think it’s a good thing that people would want to join Labour in the week it was dubbed a racist party. It is also total crap – Labour have confirmed there has been no spike in membership. This Corbynista fake news has been retweeted thousands of times. Really covering themselves in glory this week.

Labour Still Claiming Corbyn Looked at Mural “On the Move”

Labour clown Richard Burgon still slogging away with the ridiculous line that Corbyn looked at the racist mural “on the move on a smart phone” so didn’t realise it was anti-Semitic. Corbyn specifically referenced the contents of the mural in his now infamous Facebook comment. Does anyone believe this blatant untruth? 

Opaque Parole Board Protects Disgraced Panel Members

Nick Hardwick has rightly resigned as the chairman of the Parole Board. Martin Jones, the Parole Board chief executive, remains in post and is declining to answer journalists’ questions this afternoon. The Parole Board says the three anonymous panel members who made the original decision to release Worboys will not be named and the buck will not be passed to them. The disgraced psychologist who approved Worboys for release has changed her phone number to avoid questions from journalists. These so-called experts have been judged in the High Court to have made an irrational decision. They have brought the Parole Board into disrepute. The Parole Board is for all intents and purposes a court, in any other court in the land those making judgements are named. This opaqueness has to end. The Parole Board panel members responsible for this abject humiliation of their organisation must go so the same mistakes can never be made again…

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PMQs: Who’s Asking the Questions?

Oral Questions to the Prime Minister
Q1 Mike Wood (Dudley South) If she will list her official engagements for Wednesday 28 March.
Q2 Peter Heaton-Jones (North Devon)
Q3 Nick Thomas-Symonds (Torfaen)
Q4 Trudy Harrison (Copeland)
Q5 Mike Amesbury (Weaver Vale)
Q6 Ruth George (High Peak)
Q7 Jim Shannon (Strangford)
Q8 David Morris (Morecambe and Lunesdale)
Q9 Ged Killen (Rutherglen and Hamilton West)
Q10 Chris Philp (Croydon South)
Q11 Alan Brown (Kilmarnock and Loudoun)
Q12 Lucy Allan (Telford)
Q13 Michelle Donelan (Chippenham)
Q14 Craig Mackinlay (South Thanet)

Q15 Edward Argar (Charnwood)

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Worboys Victims Win Judicial Review | Decision to Release Overturned

The release of John Worboys has been quashed after victims won a judicial review. After a court ruling this morning Worboys will remain in prison unless and until a new Parole Board panel grants his release. More follows…

Adonis Thinks Cadwalladr Has Gone Too Far

Interesting tactical split between the remainers exposed in this tweet by Andrew Adonis this morning. Adonis thinks remainers “mustn’t fall into the trap of saying 2016 referendum vote was invalid”. That is of course a blatant sub-tweet of Carole Cadwalladr and the proponents of this week’s spectacle. When Adonis says you’ve gone too far it really is time to step away from the keyboard…

Corbyn is Member of Two More Anti-Semitic Facebook Groups

Jeremy Corbyn is a member of two more virulently anti-Semitic Facebook groups, Guido can reveal, bringing the total up to five. Jezza has been a member of “Jeremy Corbyn Leads Us to VICTORY” since 2015. It is full of post after post about the Rothschilds, comparisons between Israel and the Nazis and “Antichrist Zionist Rothschild Jews”.

And Corbyn has been a member of “Labour for Democratic Socialism” since 2015 as well. The notorious Tony Greenstein is a frequent poster, discussions range from overt Holocaust denial to, once again, the Rotschilds.

Guessing he didn’t see any of this either, though it really does show the “sewer of anti-Semitism” that Corbyn inhabits, as the Board of Deputies put it. Jezza really does have the worst luck with his Facebook groups…

Remainers Blow Half a Million on Ad Campaign in FT, Guardian and Standard

Ultra-Remain spin shop Best for Britain are spending half a million pounds putting these posters up in Leicester Square, Westfield and Canary Wharf, and buying adverts in the FT, Guardian, Evening Standard and Metro. Way to reach out beyond your base…

The poster campaign purports to represent people “from all walks of life”. It is accompanied by a quote in the press release from Mark Malloch-Brown, the Cambridge-educated millionaire former lobbyist, World Bank vice-president, Economist journalist, friend of Bono and vice-chairman of Soros Fund Management.

Whether it’s spurious court cases or pointless poster campaigns, Remainers are great at wasting other people’s money.

Union Regulator Told McCluskey Broke Rules in Unite Election

Trade unions regulator the Certification Officer has been told Len McCluskey allegedly broke Unite rules in the bitter General Secretary election he narrowly won last year. Red Len defeated Gerard Coyne by just over 5,000 votes last April. Now in proceedings brought by Coyne the regulator is being asked to assess whether McCluskey:

  • Acted improperly by calling a contest for a post despite the fact there was no vacancy;
  • Used members’ money to resource and staff his campaign, fund his election and travel around the country;
  • Used his position as general secretary to gain an unfair advantage;
  • Retained control over Unite and had full time staff working for his re-election campaign during the months when he claimed to have resigned.
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