Jeremy Corbyn announced today that he would invite the Muslim Association of Britain to Downing Street if elected, specifically name-checking a group that published the anti-semitic, blood libel, and was until recently led by Azzam Tamimi, a man with close links to Hamas in Gaza, who repeatedly declared that “we are all Hamas”. MAB’s spokesman Anas Al-Tikriti has said that the British people would burn as a result of the War on Terror and that the 7/7 attacks were an inevitable consequence of it:
“Britain’s foreign policy, which turned London into a target for terrorist attacks. Decency requires us to say so… the war against terror is not our war, but the war of British PM Tony Blair, who should know that if he ignites a war, his people will inevitably be burned by it.”
When you are launching a ‘Race and Faith Manifesto’ and trying to emphasise your commitment to fighting anti-semitism, it is probably not a good idea to extend an invitation to a supporter of an organisation that tries every day to kill Jews…
UPDATE: Mainstream have released a report on 10 Labour candidates who have potentially breached IHRA antisemitism definitions. Louise Ellman, the former Labour MP, writes in the forward
“Jeremy Corbyn repeatedly states that he is doing everything he can to remove antisemitism inside the Labour Party. But the facts show otherwise. A number of Labour parliamentary candidates have now been exposed for their hurtful remarks against Jewish people, or for spreading vile conspiracy theories. Jewish members like me have been driven out. If the party is to regain any credibility as an anti-racist party it must immediately suspend all candidates who have breached IHRA guidelines. That is the least it can do to recognise the depths to which it has plunged.”
Download the full report here.
Lobby hacks report that the Labour press office sent out an op note to journalists yesterday inviting them to accredit for the launch of the party’s race and faith manifesto this morning with Jeremy Corbyn, Dawn Butler and Diane Abbott. They have told there won’t be any questions. The event finally started an hor late with no sign of Jeremy Corbyn. There’s an empty seat next to Diane Abbott…
Could it be that Corbyn didn’t want to be photographed entering the event walking in front of these vans:
Does that explain the empty chair?
UPDATE: Corbyn has now sneaked in over an hour late.
As the polling seems to suggest that the Labour Party’s offer of free things to voters might perhaps be a teensy weensy little bit less than credible, it seems to be dawning on some of the smarter Labour lefties that they might just possibly be about to lose. Guido has a sense that the penny is dropping for Owen Jones that his adoring Twitter following is not representative of Britain. It must be doubly demoralising for Owen, because he worked out years ago that Corbyn was rubbish. Then after Corbyn lost the 2017 general election not as badly as expected, he reverted back to public Corbyn adoration. Here is a reminder of what Owen Jones really thinks about Jeremy Corbyn:
Owen issued a mea culpa to Corbyn and his inner circle in 2017 and has since been publicly loyal, even though Corbyn is still the same. The truth is that in his heart Owen again knows that the absolute boy is, to coin a phrase, “teetering on the edge of looming calamity”.
John McDonnell said this morning “We’re a democratic party, which means our members decide our policies.” Jeremy Corbyn not so long ago declared too that he is “a servant of the people and the party”, saying “if Conference comes to a decision, whatever it is, I’m there with my party.” He spent years decrying New Labour for disrespecting conference – the sovereign decision-making body of the Labour Party. Strange then that Corbyn’s handlers chose to not include the following key conference resolutions in his manifesto:
Or could it be that Labour are just waiting to get into power before unleashing all these policies on an unsuspecting Britain..?
Just take a second to note the difference in tone from today when Corbyn was electioneering in Birmingham and in the past when he was asked to condemn what the IRA did to Brummies. Corbyn’s friends in the IRA unleashed carnage by bombing two Birmingham pubs on this day, 45 years…
Corbyn was in his is jumper-wearing, vegan element at Labour’s manifesto when he quoted poet Pablo Neruda:
“As the writer Pablo Neruda wrote so beautifully: ‘You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming’.”
Guido immediately thought the quote Corbyn chose had Maoist undertones from the dictator’s ‘let 100 flowers bloom’ campaign; however it seems Corbyn was channelling a different brutal communist entirely – as Neruda is, in fact, one of history’s most famous Stalin supporters, having written:
“To be men! That is the Stalinist law! . . .
“We must learn from Stalin”
Could Corbyn have chosen a more appropriate poet to quote at his manifesto launch?…