Diane’s Pitch For Leadership

Diane Abbott appeared to be appropriating some Lib Dem language at her immigration speech today, by using their “exit from Brexit” slogan in the middle of her remarks.

After Vince set out his retirement plans, the Lib Dems are looking for a new leader. Angling for the top job, Diane?

Abbott Again Refuses to Withdraw IRA Comments

Diane Abbott again refused to withdraw her IRA supporting statement that “every defeat of the British state is a victory for all of us” in the House of Commons yesterday, insisting that it had simply been “taken out of context.”

Famously she refused to withdraw her comments on the Andrew Marr Show last year stating only that she doesn’t hold the same views now, and that “it was 34 years ago. I had a rather splendid afro at the time.”

Guido doesn’t quite understand how her comments could have been “taken out of context”…

Diane Abbott Drops Bogus IPSO Complaint

When a cheeky story in the Mail on Sunday’s Black Dog diary column a few weeks back reported that Diane Abbott had used the gents’ loos in the House of Commons, Diane did not take it well. She complained to the press regulator IPSO, insisting the story was “fabricated and malicious” and broke the Editor’s Code. Only one of them could be telling the truth…

Well, following Diane’s IPSO complaint, an eye-witness came forward to testify that he was “outraged” by her denial. The witness insisted:

“She acknowledged me at the urinals and then went into one of the cubicles. She had been dining in The Adjournment (a restaurant in Portcullis House)… After she finished in the loo she immediately exited via Westminster Tube with her dining companion.”

Since the emergence of this eye-witness account, Diane has declined to comment further and her IPSO complaint has been dropped. A case of a politician caught red-handed telling a straight untruth…

Team Diane Deletes 9 Tweets That Got Police Numbers Wrong

With the crime numbers out at 9:30am, Guido can offer a helpful word of advice to Diane Abbott and the Shadow Home Office team. For the last few weeks they have been tweeting every couple of days about police cuts since 2010, telling voters again and again that 1,000 officers have gone under the Tories. They have used the 1,000 figure at least nine times over the last few weeks. The correct number is 21,000. Since Guido pointed this out, the Shadow Home Office team have deleted all their wrong tweets. Happy to have been of assistance…

Diane Abbott Illegal Immigration Brain Fade

Brain fade moment for Diane Abbott, who was repeatedly unable to answer whether Labour would deport illegal immigrants on Good Morning Britain:

“All I can say to you Piers is that anybody watching the programme this morning will be surprised that you don’t want to talk about the immediate plight of the Windrush generation… The logical fallout from the state the immigration and nationality department is in is to try and work towards an immigration and nationality department which is much more fair and much more efficient and this is something I’m working on the nuts and bolts of.”

Remember when Diane was accusing Amber Rudd of not being across the details?

Diane Abbott on Rudd

Diane Abbott on Amber Rudd:

Who can have confidence in Amber Rudd to make far-reaching changes to the Home Office if she doesn’t seem able to get basic facts right?”

Diane Tweets Photoshop of Israeli Jet Bombing Iran

Latest from the Labour brains trust. Diane Abbott has accompanied her tweet about British intervention in Syria with a photoshopped image of an Israeli war plane supposedly bombing Iran, taken from this website:

“The following drawing, exclusively prepared by Al Clark for The Aviationist, shows how an attack by a formation of F-15Is on a nuclear facility located in downtown Tehran might look like. Obviously, it is only a fictional scene…”

If you search “bombing” into Google Images, the picture comes up on the second row, which may be how Diane cocked up. Doh!

Diane Car Crash: WW2 Only Time We’d Back Military Action

Asked four times by Nick Robinson in what circumstances Labour would back military action, the only example Diane Abbott could come up with was the Second World War. Asked what Labour would do if Russia vetoed their proposal for a UN investigation, she had no answer other than to say “we would press on”. Asked what Labour’s policy on Syria was in place of military action, she summed it up as: “we can’t afford to give up hope”. It also took her three answers to concede that Russia is a greater threat to peace than the US. Textbook slow motion car crash…

Diane Abbott Called For Second Referendum 4 Months Ago and Didn’t Get Sacked

This was Diane Abbott four months ago, calling for a vote on the final Brexit deal. She was not sacked. Owen Smith said exactly the same thing today and Corbyn fired him. Almost as if Team Jezza are trying to distract from their worst anti-Semitism scandal yet…

Rich’s Monday Morning View

LabourLists to the Left

LabourList, the hitherto dull and worthy rival to ConservativeHome that was launched by Peter Mandelson, was for years non-factional and tried to balance the views of the Labour family. It appears to be responding to market forces and moving to the left…

This week it has been guest edited by Diane Abbott. It links out to the Canary. The only up and coming Labour leaning site that doesn’t support Corbyn is Red Roar. The surrendering of the online space to the Corbynistas reflects a wider malaise.

The established left-of-centre publications like the New Statesman and The Guardian are not enough. If Labour’s moderates don’t have an online forum around which to coalesce they will find it difficult to ever regain control of the party from the Marxists. Rather than wasting time and money trying to overturn the referendum result the Labour luvvies should be focusing on organising for when Labour loses the next election. Unless the Jolyons, Chukas and Stellas are really going to risk it all on a new centrist party…

Venezuela Seeks Election Observers as Maduro Bans Opposition From Running

Venezuelan despot Nicolas Maduro has welcomed international observers to witness the country’s “flawless electoral system” during its presidential elections in April, as the Bolivarian regime bans the leaders of all the main opposition parties from standing. The leaders of the Justice First, Popular Will and Democratic Action parties – who together make up the opposition’s main electoral alliance – have all been barred from taking part. Maduro says:

“Venezuela is open to every necessary guarantee and welcomes every international observer willing to come. More than to inspect, they will be able to learn from the flawless electoral system we’ve built.”

Back in 2012 Venezuela looked to Britain for its election observers. A delegation of Labour MPs including one Jeremy Corbyn, Diane Abbott, Grahame Morris and Colin Burgon (Richard’s uncle), flew to Caracas alongside other “impartial” Chavistas including Owen Jones. After six years of human rights abuses, extrajudicial killings and opposition politicians being locked up, will Jezza, Diane and Owen be volunteering this time round?

Diane: Labour Will Move Decisively Ahead in Polls in 2018
Corbyn: I’ll Be PM By Next Christmas

Corbynista predictions for the New Year: Diane Abbott says Labour will move “decisively” ahead in the opinion polls in 2018. No sign of it so far – Labour’s inability to move ahead has kept some Tories going over the last few months.

Meanwhile Corbyn tells Grazia “there will probably be another election in the next 12 months” and he “will probably win. I’m ready to be Prime Minister tomorrow”. Jezza previously said he’d be PM by this Christmas. Six days to keep his original promise…

Watson Says Second Referendum Possible An Hour After Diane Rules It Out

Jeremy Corbyn, three weeks ago: Doesn’t rule out second referendum

Diane Abbott, two weeks ago: Backs second referendum

Diane Abbott, today: Rules out second referendum

Tom Watson, today: Doesn’t rule out second referendum

Got that?

Diane Forgets She Backed Second Referendum

Diane Abbott tells Marr Labour has never backed a second referendum, only for Marr to read a quote from her two weeks ago… backing a second referendum. “We’ve never supported a second referendum.” “Well you did…”

Labour Fibbing About When They Knew Jared Allegations

On Thursday night Shami Chakrabarti told Question Time Labour dealt with Jared O’Mara as soon as they became aware of the allegations last week. Diane Abbott repeated this line on Marr this morning. It isn’t true. Guido first published the O’Mara sexism stories in June, the other allegations were put to Labour last month. They knew for weeks and didn’t do anything. Labour keep saying they have a zero tolerance policy – they don’t, every party tolerates it…

Nads: Diane Abbott Must Be Doing Shapps’ Adding Up

“If Grant Shapps has got 30 people signing his petition then Diane Abbott must be doing the adding up.”

Zing…

Diane Abbott Tweets Fake May Quote

There is no evidence Theresa May ever said this. When the quote was sent viral by Corbynista tweeters during the election, attempts to prove it was real failed. No one from Labour has ever managed to provide a source. There was no mention of the quote anywhere on the internet ever before the election. The Tories say it is a fake quote. What was that about politicians receiving nasty abuse on Twitter, Diane?

UPDATE: Diane has now deleted her tweet. Will she apologise?

Labour’s Brexit Shambles

Completely clueless… and that’s just this week…

Diane Does It Again: Another Abbott Numbers Gaffe

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