Labour NEC Purge: Red Terror Strikes Black

Momentum is wasting no time using its new NEC majority: today it purged longstanding Disputes Panel chair Ann Black and replaced her with top Momentum chief Christine Shawcroft. It took only 24 hours for the red terror to strike Black: the NEC voted 22 to 15 to oust her in a move which was not backed by many of the unions. NEC sub-committees are usually re-constituted without opposition – but not in the new world of Momentum’s red terror. The NEC’s Disputes Panel is crucial part of Labour’s disciplinary machinery, not least as it is responsible for deciding whether to investigate allegations of antisemitism. Gaining control of the Disputes Panel will effectively allow Corbynistas to be their own judge and jury…

Ann Black was a strong critic of the Blairite wing and undoubtedly was on the left – but she wasn’t left enough for Momentum. Many Labour MPs will be aghast at the move: they generally consider Black a fair arbiter with a good understanding of the rulebook. Outspoken Corbynista Shawcroft (whose lack of political judgement is summed up by the fact she said ISIS should be invited for tea and backed corrupt Lutfur Rahman), by comparison, will be instinctively distrusted by moderates or non-Corbynistas undergoing disciplinary procedures. As if to underline just how bad things are getting in Labour, nutjob Tony Greenstein – who was suspended from the party for calling people “Zionist scum” – called for the move on Facebook:

“She (Black) is the one who’s been victimising people. She is in control of disputes which works hand in hand with compliance. She has to go and we have to call for her to go… it’s absolutely imperative that Anne (sic) Black is targeted by name… it’s the same with Iain McNicol”

The new red purge begins…

Corbyn Won’t Condemn McDonnell For Calling Esther “Stain on Humanity”

Jeremy Corbyn’s claim to stand for a “kinder, gentler” politics was once again exposed as a sham this morning as he refused to condemn his MPs for using inflammatory and hateful language. The Labour leader failed to condemn Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell for calling Tory minister Esther McVey a “stain on humanity”. Moments earlier Corbyn confirmed there would be no special ‘respect pledge’ for Labour candidates after Tory Chairman Brandon Lewis announced the Conservatives are launching the measure. Remember McDonnell also “joked” about Esther McVey being “lynched”

Over on BBC One’s Sunday Politics, Labour’s Barry Gardiner also refused to condemn McDonnell, saying only: “it’s not language I would use”. 

Earlier in his Peston on Sunday interview, Corbyn again failed to rule out the possibility of a second referendum on EU membership. He also said he does not consider the special relationship with the United States is Britain’s most important bilateral relationship. New year, same old Jezza…

“Get On Your Knees, B*tch” Clive Lewis Returns to Labour Frontbench in Reshuffle

The Labour leader’s office making friends with Her Majesty’s press corps once again by dropping a reshuffle at 7pm on a Friday night. “Get on your knees, b*tch” Clive Lewis makes a return as Shadow Treasury Minister under fellow big beast John McDonnell – that will be an interesting dynamic. Lewis resigned last February over his deeply held belief in remaining in the single market (which, presumably, he must have got over). Notable promotions for top Corbynistas including controversial Laura Pidcock (who won’t be friends with Tories) and Dan Carden, who becomes a Shadow Minister at just 27 years of age. Jeremy Corbyn has made appointments tonight as follows:

Dent Coad and Jared O’Mara next?

10 Times Chris Williamson Wasn’t Sacked

The timing of top Corbynista Chris Williamson’s sacking was a little odd. The avowed hard leftist said he wanted to double council tax this week – but that’s nothing new from the former Shadow Fire Minister. Guido brings you ten times Chris Williamson wasn’t sacked, suspended or investigated, but should have been… 

  1. Refused to deny his politics are closer to murderous Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro and predecessor Hugo Chavez than his own party’s most successful leader, Tony Blair. Watch it here
  2. Blamed the Grenfell disaster on the “violent ideology of neoliberalism”, suggesting Thatcher and Blair were “complicit” in the Grenfell tragedy.
  3. Backed Momentum threats to deselect Luciana Berger whilst she was on maternity leave. Williamson threw his weight behind a hard left intimidation campaign, saying: “individual MPs in this party think it’s their God-given right to rule… I think critics of mandatory re-selection are mistaken…” 
  4. Defended Jackie Walker who was suspended from the Labour Party not once but twice for claiming “Jews” financed the slave trade and for attacking Holocaust Memorial Day.
  5. Denied Labour has an antisemitism problem, calling cases of antisemitic abuse “smears” and “dirty lowdown tricks” being used for “political ends”. Later claimed antisemitism had been “weaponised” in a “proxy war”.
  6. Smeared Laura K sharing a Skwawkbox piece accusing her of bias, which carried a reminder to readers not to resort to “violence or abuse” at the end of the post.
  7. Suggested hiking council tax contrary to Labour policy for the first time, back in November 2017.
  8. Constantly threatened his parliamentary colleagues with compulsory re-selection and deselection throughout his time on the front bench.
  9. Frustrated Jezza’s attempts to play-down Labour’s Venezuela crisis by publicly backing the brutal Maduro regime, describing coverage of Venezuela unrest as “hysterical media hyperbole”.
  10. Trolled much-loved broadcaster Alastair Stewart over the death of his chickens.

What changed yesterday? 

Eddie Izzard: Corbyn Must Speak Out on Iran

Missed this yesterday. Alas suspect this may be another unsuccessful Izzard cause… 

Corbyn Jolly Yards From Trotsky’s House in Mexico City

Labour did not deny that Jeremy Corbyn visited Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky’s house on a communist-themed jolly to Mexico this week. As Labour ramped-up its NHS winter crisis rhetoric at home, Guido can reveal Corbyn was more than 5,000 miles away, dining yards from a communism museum housed in the Mexico City villa where Trotsky lived in exile for a year before he was assassinated. The Labour leader would have been able to visit the office where the Bolshevik revolutionary was bludgeoned to death by a Stalinist with an ice pick in 1940. Corbyn could also have passed by Trotsky’s grave, marked with a hammer and sickle and red flag…

Yesterday Jezza was photographed outside La Vienet restaurant in the Coyoacán area of Mexico City, just a block away from the Leon Trotsky House and Museum. Guido asked the Leader’s Office whether Jeremy had visited the Soviet shrine, about minute’s walk from where he was snapped. They did not deny he was there…

The Labour leader has long been a fan of Trotsky, who advocated violent revolution, the seizure of property and the destruction of capitalism. In 1988 Corbyn called on the Russian government to “completely rehabilitate” Trotsky, who as head of the Red Army was a central figure in orchestrating the bloody slaughter of the Russian Civil War. During that campaign alone Trotsky is thought to have overseen 1,500,000 deaths. The Trots’ entryism into Labour is complete…

UPDATE: 24 hours after first being asked (multiple times), Corbyn’s team gets in touch to claim instead that Jezza did not enter Trotsky’s house – despite dining and being photographed a stone’s throw from the Soviet shrine.

Corbyn Misses #NHScrisis After Taking Extended Holiday in Mexico

As the country went back to work this week, so did most of its politicians. It’s been a busy few days in Westminster, especially given the trouble with the NHS. There has been a full programme of government business – the PM has done several visits and clips including to a hospital today, ministers have been on trade missions and carrying out domestic visits, the Shadow Cabinet has been touring the TV studios. So where is Jeremy Corbyn? 

On Christmas Day, 11 days ago, Jezza was photographed on the way to Mexico. Mexican academic Irma Sandoval has tweeted about meeting him in the country today, which means he has taken something of an extended holiday while everyone else is back in the office.

Explains why we haven’t heard anything from Corbyn on the NHS, which should be a major Labour attack line. Week off in lieu? Lazy socialists…

Corbyn Sells Out on Not Nominating Peers

When he stood for leader arch opponent of the House of Lords Jeremy Corbyn vowed that he wouldn’t nominate any more Labour peers. Post-Shami, Michael Crick reports that Jezza has formally sold out on his principled stance and is now in the process of choosing which comrades he wants to ennoble. What about Lord Mason of Lambeth, since he never did run for parliament? Surely Lord Loach for services to filmmaking. Lord Lansman of Shad Thames could be a good shout. There has been talk of a senior Stop the War figure being nominated – not Lord Murray? Unfortunately Lord Livingstone of Caracas wouldn’t be able to take the Labour whip. Though Lord Galloway may be able to soon. Alas Lord Jones of Islington may be overlooked for disloyalty… 

Labour Silent on Iran As Top Corbynistas Back Regime

Day six of the protests in Iran and still no comment from Jeremy Corbyn or Emily Thornberry. So far 450 protesters have been arrested and the death toll has exceeded 20. Boris has been defending the protesters’ right to demonstrate so why the silence from Labour? Surely nothing to do with Jezza publicly backing the country’s Khomeinist rulers on dozens of occasions, taking more than £20,000 of their cash for appearing on its fake news station Press TV, rubbing shoulders with Iranian propagandists even after he became leader, or attending the notorious Al-Quds day march backed by Iran. Read Corbyn’s record on Iran in full here.

Fortunately Jezza’s Twitter outriders can give us an idea of his thinking. Here’s Aaron Bastani from pro-Corbyn website Novara Media:


And the infamous Harry Leslie Smith account is blaming the West and arguing Iran doesn’t need to be a democracy:

Unlike Corbynistas not to enjoy a protest…

UPDATE: Thornberry finally issues a statement.

Labour Vote Against Stamp Duty Cut They Backed In Manifesto

Labour MPs have voted against the proposed cut in stamp duty, despite backing it in their manifesto just six months ago. Overall, 228 Labour MPs voted against the second reading of the Finance Bill which includes the tax cut first outlined in the Budget. Shadow Treasury minister Jonathan Reynolds admitted this “was a Labour policy included in our manifesto for the June 2017 general election”, yet Labour MPs queued up to oppose the tax cut: Alison McGovern said “it is simply the wrong policy priority’”, Grahame Morris whinged:legitimate concerns have been expressed about the stamp duty proposals, which are feared to be the wrong solution”. And Stella Creasy said the stamp duty cut would: “do little for [her] constituents.” Student fees, stamp duty – is there anything Labour told voters at the election that still stands?

Harassment Complainant Blasts Corbyn

This is how Jeremy Corbyn’s self-serving interview with Grazia magazine went down with sexual harassment complainant Ava Etemadzadeh. Corbyn pushed his classic ‘not taking sides’ ploy to the limit when he said:

“We support the people making them as well as the people being alleged against.”

You couldn’t make it up…

Corbyn’s latest glossy interview – following his GQ sit-down earlier this month – has been something of a self-own. The Labour leader was branded presumptuous for repeating his suggestion that he’ll be Prime Minister by Christmas 2018 (he already said he’d be in Downing Street by Christmas this year). Thought he was supposed to be humble…

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…

Ho! Ho! Ho! Corbyn Expected He’d Be Prime Minister By Christmas

Just a friendly reminder that there’s ten days to go until Jeremy Corbyn said he’d be in Number 10. Back in June, it was reported that Jezza told Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis he’d be in Downing Street within six months. Guess we know what is top of Jezza’s list for Santa… 

Williamson Attacks MSM for ‘Ignoring’ Prize He Didn’t Know About

Corbynistas have been in meltdown over the past week claiming that mainstream media outlets conspired to ignore a peace prize won by Jeremy Corbyn in September. Top Corbynista Chris Williamson today claimed there was a “blackout” on the news. Williamson was forced to admit that he didn’t actually know Corbyn had won the obscure award until last week – Labour and Corbyn’s team hadn’t publicised it.

Williamson also admitted he didn’t publicise news of the award himself despite his substantial social media presence. The prize, which is named for a former IRA commander, is so left-field it isn’t regularly reported anyway (UK papers have mentioned it twice since 1992). Corbynistas really need to choose their battles…

Corbyn Heckled At Chanukah Party

Jeremy Corbyn was heckled last night at the Jewish Labour Movement’s Chanukah Party and was called a “liar” during a speech in which he claimed there is “zero tolerance” of anti-Semitism in Labour. Another heckler shouted “what about Ken?” and “you hate us” as Corbyn addressed the room. According to the Jewish Chronicle, JLM’s parliamentary chair Luciana Berger was unable to attend. Corbyn at least made an effort, he usually has appointment clashes when it comes to Jewish/Israeli events…

Corbyn Launches Labour Muslim Group Headed By “Israel Has No Right to Exist” Activist

A Labour activist who tweeted “Israel has no right to exist” and suggested Jewish people are stingy is spearheading a new group for Muslims in Labour which Jeremy Corbyn helped launch last night.

John McDonnell, Dawn Butler, Andy Slaughter, Rupa Huq, Wes Streeting and Afzal Khan were also present at the launch of the Labour Muslim Network, hosted in parliament by Ali Milani, an NUS Vice President who was criticised for past anti-semitic comments. In 2012, Milani posted a tweet suggesting Jewish people are stingy: “Nah u won’t mate it will cost you a pound #jew”. He also sent messages stating:

“Israel has no right to exist.

“Israel is a land built on ethnic cleansing and colonialism. Oppression is something your people should know about.

“So lecturer asks the class today ‘nobody in this room would ever want to go to war right?’ My hand rises. ‘Who?’ Me: ‘Israel’.”

He also responded to a tweet by Piers Morgan by calling him “a Zionist”. Josh Nagli, campaigns director of the Union of Jewish Students, said in April:

“It is very worrying that someone seeking to be an NUS Vice President has previously expressed views that many Jewish students will find deeply antisemitic.”

Is there anything you can say about Israel that will make you unwelcome in Corbyn’s Labour Party?

Cult of Corbyn: Christmas Edition

The Leader’s Office is getting in the Christmas spirit: Shadow Cabinet members visited in small groups over the last week to decorate Jezza’s Xmas tree, putting on a bauble each, while staffers did the finishing touches, including raising the essential red star. Meanwhile, Jezza’s rather boring official Christmas card is out (below).

It’s got nothing on the cards the Labour Party shop started flogging last month – a cult of Corbyn Christmas special depicting a snowman wearing an “oh Jeremy Corbyn” scarf and flat cap. A pack of 8 went for a suggested donation of £8. Who needs Jesus when you’ve got Jez-us?

Labour’s Second Round of Student Debt Fibs

When Corbyn gave the impression during the election campaign that student debts would be cancelled it was a crucial vote winner. After the election when it was pointed out that this was unaffordable John McDonnell pointed to the manifesto small print and said it would only apply to new students. Luke Pollard in his Plymouth swing seat doesn’t appear to be troubling himself with small print, he’s promising Labour will abolish existing student debts. Luke is no fool so this surely can’t be an accident, the former leading light of the Progress faction has even put a picture of Jeremy Corbyn on the leaflet…

Understandably the Tories are pushing this hard:

Will student voters notice?

Jezza Backs Sick Coffin Stunt Targetting Female Tory MP

Sick-minded Labour activists used a coffin in an intimidating publicity stunt targeting a female Tory MP this week – only to be backed by leader Jeremy Corbyn. Totnes Labour Party members paraded a coffin through the Devon town before leaving it outside Sarah Wollaston’s constituency office. Ostensibly, the march was a campaign on the NHS. But protest invoked the worst possible echoes…

Dr Wollaston said:

“The crass insensitivity of delivering a coffin effigy to a woman MP seems to have passed some people by. My office has already been repeatedly targeted with aggressive vandalism by those who can’t abide reasoned debate and want to make it harder for people to access their MP.”

Moderate Labour MP Ben Bradshaw tweeted supportively of her “Memo to any @UKLabour members at this event: @SarahWollaston fights tirelessly for NHS and Social Care as @CommonsHealth chair.” Advising them, “Next time, go canvassing.”

Guido understands Dr Wollaston and her staff were upset and distressed by the incident. A spokesman for Jeremy Corbyn said:

“Decisions about demonstrations and who carries them out are a matter for them.”

Thanks to Corbyn’s Labour, these disturbing mob tactics will soon be in your town…

Corbyn Threat: Alistair Darling Sells $190,000 of Morgan Stanley Shares

Jeremy Corbyn says Morgan Stanley are right to call him a “threat” – and one top Labour figure is hedging his bets. Alistair Darling, who joined Morgan Stanley’s board of directors in 2015, has just sold $189,766 of his shares in the bank.[…] Read the rest

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