Labour Unity Over: Chaos Over Single Market

It took three days for Labour’s unity to crack. Yesterday John McDonnell told Peston Britain would be leaving the single market. Blairites have responded by labelling Corbyn and McDonnell “Brextremists“:

Now the Shadow Cabinet has split too. Asked this morning if Labour would “definitely” leave the single market, Remainer Corbynista Barry Gardiner directly contradicted McDonnell:

“No, what we’ve said is it’s an open question as to what we can get… [Theresa May] has taken off the table membership of the single market. We’ve said let’s look at that and see if it can be reformed.”

And what of Chuka Umunna? On Friday he grovelled and made clear he wanted to serve in Corbyn’s Shadow Cabinet. Chuka is an arch-Remainer who insists we must stay in the single market. How can he possibly serve under a leader who supports leaving?

UPDATE: Barry Gardiner has now told the Daily Politics he supports leaving the single market, completely contradicting what he said a few hours ago. Oh dear…

No, May Is Not Like Erdogan

Theresa May’s snap election has caused the Guardianista class to lose their minds. Martin Kettle writes that “Theresa May in Downing Street sounded like Turkey’s authoritarian president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan”. This is just bonkers. Erdogan is an Islamist autocrat who rules under a state of emergency, jailing political opponents, arresting journalists, controlling the airwaves, censoring social media and passing a law which could see him stay in power until 2029. Theresa May has called an election.

This tweet from Chuka Umunna is even more ridiculous. In the space of 20 words Chuka suggests May is behaving like a dictator because “she called an election”. Funny kind of dictator. It is just an election, chill out lefties…

Chuka’s U-Turn on Migrants Speaking English

Chuka Umunna’s All-Party Parliamentary Group on Social Integration has a report out today calling for migrants to learn English before they arrive in the UK or be given compulsory language lessons once they arrive. The report states:

“The APPG believes that all immigrants should be expected to have either learned English before coming to the UK or be enrolled in compulsory ESOL classes upon arrival… speaking English is the key to full participation in our society and economy, and is a prerequisite for meaningful engagement with most British people.”

Chuka’s newly hard line on the language requirement is at odds with his previous criticism of those suggesting the policy. On Question Time in 2014 he tried to shut down Nigel Farage for suggesting essentially the exact same measure as today’s report:

“[You are] letting this debate descend into something that is quite nasty and quite ugly. There are a lot of buses and trains if you got on… where you would hear other people talking different languages other than English and you say that makes you feel awkward, what you say makes me feel awkward Nigel.”

Two-faced Chuka strikes again…

“Bastards” Chuka, Stella and Jess Attacked at Corbyn Christmas Party

Chuka Umunna, Stella Creasy and Jess Phillips were attacked as “bastards” at Jeremy Corbyn’s less than festive Christmas party last night. Guido has obtained a covert recording of the “JC4PM Christmas bash” at Conway Hall, where the audience heard speeches from Corbyn and John McDonnell. Our undercover recorder also had to sit through a speech by barmy Corbynista ‘comedian’ Ava Vidal, who launched into a sweary rant about Labour moderates:

“When did left-wing become an insult in Labour circles? It became an insult when certain people in the Labour Party, I’m naming no names… Stella Creasy, Chuka Umunna, Jess Phillips. Bastards, the lot of them. They’re the ones whose fault it is that people don’t even know what the Labour Party is any more.”

So much for the season of goodwill!

Chuka’s Blatant Briefing Backfires

“Allies of Chuka” texted friendly members of the Lobby last night with the same tenuous line: that the Tories had blocked him from the Home Affairs committee chairmanship because they fear him as a potential future Labour leader. You’ll rarely get a more transparent and less believable briefing. Guido recalls a senior Labour figure a few years back explaining to hacks at Ed Miliband’s Christmas drinks party that Chuka would never be leader because everyone in Labour despises him. Whatever he’s spinning, the truth is Chuka is so unpopular with his own colleagues in the PLP he never stood a chance of winning the Home Affairs gig…

H/T Matt Chorley/Sam Coates

Chuka Attacked Vote Leave For Wanting to Quit Single Market

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25 April: Chuka Umunna tweets the above image attacking the Leave campaign for wanting to quit the single market. He posed alongside the word “seriously“.

22 August: Chuka Umunna tells HuffPo we should be prepared to quit the single market in order to secure control of borders.

Two-faced Chuka finds a new, original way to divide the Labour Party…

H/T Steve Hawkes

Centrist Think-Tank Concludes There’s No Progressive Majority

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This morning the centrist, cross-party Social Market Foundation held a well attended seminar headlined by Chuka Umunna, Nicky Morgan and Nick Clegg. It felt like a wake for the Labour Party. SMF claims – on the back of research from Opinium – that there’s no progressive left-leaning majority in the country – the majority of voters hold “traditionally right-wing views” that will guarantee a “healthy majority” in the future for the right-wing parties.

The wonks categorised voters’ attitudes into eight political tribes/parties that share very distinctive political views. Despite the majority of voters self-describing as “centrist“, most voters actually identified with centre-right and right-wing political attitudes.

From the report:

On the whole, our analysis makes more cheerful reading for those on the right, than on the centre or the left. The two largest tribes, making up around 50% of the population, hold a range of traditionally right wing views, ofering a solid foundation on which to aim for the 40-42% of the vote which normally guarantees a healthy majority under our electoral system. These groups share a desire to see immigration reduced to below 100k a year and were both solidly pro-Leave in the EU referendum.

The progressive tribes are fragmented, disagreeing on openness to the world and attitudes towards the welfare state and taxation. This is bad news for the current Labour Party as the think-tank finds massive differences between so-called “Democratic Socialists” and “Community” party voter blocs – traditionally known as Labour supporters – while both tribes agree on socialist policies towards capitalism, they diverge on supporting the EU or having an internationalist approach.

SMF also implies that the centre-ground is now being occupied by traditional right-wing politics. So did Cameron succeed in occupying the centre-ground or did the Conservative Party’s modernisers end up pulling the centre-ground rightwards?

Which Remainer are you? Post-Brexit Edition

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Congratulations Mr and Mrs Umunna

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Congratulations to Chuka Umunna, who finally took his long-term girlfriend Alice Sullivan up the aisle on Saturday…

Eton-ian Gives Chuka £15,000

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Always interesting to see which Labour moderates are quietly amassing war chests via donations from rich City types. Chuka Umunna has trousered £15,000 from Eton Capital Management hedgie Nick Campsie and another £7,500 from Innocent Smoothies boss Richard Reed, supposedly to fund his naff Vote Leave Watch idea. Eton Park made $21.2 million after Brexit by betting on gold

Tristram Hunt has raked in over £100,000 over the last few months, including £10,000 from raging posho Alison Wedgwood. Dan Jarvis has had another few grand off major Labour donor Trevor Chinn. No new money for Angela Eagle or Owen Smith…

Chuka Sets up Vote Leave Watch

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Chuka Umunna has set up Vote Leave Watch, a “grassroots campaign dedicated to holding the Vote Leave campaign and their allies to account”. The aim of the group is to pressure Leave campaigners into carrying out the pledges made during the campaign.

Of course, the main promise of the Leave campaigns was to get Britain out of the EU – something Chuka appeared to play down. So will Vote Leave Watch be pushing hard for Brexit too? Because if Theresa May is PM we may not get to leave the EU anytime soon…

Guido’s Referendum Best Bits

Relive all your favourite bits from the referendum in one handy video. Let’s hope we can add an alternative ending tomorrow… 

Chuka Calls Ken “Pathetic”, Ken Calls Chuka “Wriggling”

Red on red during today’s Home Affairs Select Committee anti-Semitism inquiry as a furious Chuka called Ken “pathetic”:

Ken: “What I said was true. What caused offence was a group of embittered old Blairite MPs running around lying about what I said -“

Chuka: “It’s just pathetic”

Ken: “Yes, yes, there’s no good you wriggling away Chuka Umunna, describing me as a Nazi apologist is a lie, and I could have sued him. I’m just not going to waste my time.”

Ken meanwhile pitched a half hour BBC programme where he explains the history of when exactly Hitler went mad…

Chuka on “Latte Drinking Luvvies”

“I’m not a massive fan of this stereotype of people in London being this bunch of latte drinking luvvies.”

Says the man literally pictured drinking a latte…

McDonnell Told Activists to “Target” Journalists

Who’s responsible for winding up Labour lefties to the point where they boo and hiss the BBC’s political editor? This video of John McDonnell from 2013 is worth a watch –  he tells activists to take “direct action” to “target” journalists they don’t like. Even going as far as occupying newsrooms…

“I don’t think we should let the traditional media off the hook… Where there is a distorted report or an inaccurate report, or where there’s a non-report by the traditional media, we take direct action against it. Let me give you an example… the IWW union were running a campaign in London… The Guardian wouldn’t cover the story… so what the IWW workers did is they went over to the Guardian offices and occupied them and insisted that they meet the editor and insisted that some story was covered. The editor came down, very angry… but in the end they said ‘alright, we’ll start looking into the story again’… Those newspapers, those media sources that aren’t covering the stories, we’ve got to start targeting them and taking direct action against them…

[Another pressure group] weren’t getting any coverage of their demonstrations by the BBC, so a couple of weeks ago they went to the BBC headquarters and did a demonstration outside and threatened occupation, eventually getting involved in a dialogue with some of the journalists… Where the existing, traditional media are letting us down, we target them.”

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Labour MPs Wes Streeting, Chuka Umunna and Pat McFadden have all criticised the Laura K haters. Remember, Corbyn told Vice News the BBC “are obsessed with trying to damage Labour”. That’s why he smirked when his fans hissed at their pol ed…

No Chuka, the First Nigerian London Assembly Member is a Tory

Florence Eshalomi is the Labour London Assembly candidate who has been targeted by Momentum, though at least Chuka has got her back. He’s been campaigning hard on the moderate’s behalf, telling Twitter she will be the first ever Nigerian on the London Assembly. Oh really…

Meet Kemi Badenoch, London Assembly member and British-Nigerian. And a Tory…

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The perils of identity politics…

Two-Faced Chuka: EU Porkies Live on Air

Chuka got very upset with Boris on LBC for quoting him as saying 50% of new regulations come from Brussels. This was Chuka’s categorical denial that he’d ever used that statistic:

“No, you’ve got that wrong, I was not quoted as saying that.”

Oh really? 

Guido has unearthed this speech delivered by Chuka where he claims exactly that:

“On regulation, the Tory-led Government has over promised and under delivered – for example, its  ‘one in one out’ rule does not apply to EU legislation which accounts for around half of all new regulation and its semi-detached attitude towards European engagement makes it harder not easier to reduce the regulatory burden on business.”

As Boris says, man up and admit it Chuka!

Exitism: Gabriel Huntley Leaves Chuka

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In our continuing series on the Labour party’s exitism of the ambitious from the Labour talent pool: Gabriel Huntley, until last month PAd to Chuka Umunna during his tenure as Shadow Secretary of State for BIS between 2011 and 2015 has quit to head up comms for the University Alliance lobby group. Gabriel is a Fellow of the Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP) at the University of Cambridge, his alma mater. As Chuka puts his leadership on ice for now the thrusting ambitious operators in his team will no doubt move on. There will be many more high calibre exits as Labour is abandoned to the lunatic left…

Crappy Xmas: Obi-Vaz Kenobi and Princess May-a

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The Home Affairs Select Committee have sent out an early contender for best political Christmas card of the season. Chairman Keith Vaz stars as a lightsaber-wielding jedi, opposite Theresa May in full Princess Leia garb. Mike Penning as Chewbacca steals the show.

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Nigel Evans’ offering was rather more serious, featuring the Tory MP uncharacteristically taking a drink on the terrace.

Scandal-hit Tory peer Emma Pidding meanwhile sent a photo of two large bison. Two mardy cows…

Momentum Members Target Chuka

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A must-read undercover account of a Momentum meeting in Lambeth by Conservative Home’s Mark Wallace this afternoon. Momentum members shared leaflets calling for “a vote of no confidence in Chuka Umunna”, activists sought signatures for a petiton “against Chuka” and one member demanded to know from the chief Momentum organiser: “What are you going to do about Umunna?” “That’s a very good question,” she replied.[…] Read the rest

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