Glaston-free: Labour’s Headline Acts Showered with Freebie Tickets

Turns out Jezza and Tom Watson were showered with freebie Glasto tickets. Corbyn – who spoke on the main stage at the event – received two free tickets from the organisers at a total value £476 via “a member of his family“. Watson had it even better, wangling a total of five free tickets paid for by Live Nation, an American events firm based in Beverly Hills. Watson’s fistful of tickets came to a total value of a whopping £2,445. Sheffield Heeley Labour MP Louise Haigh also had two free tickets, paid for by Michael Dugher’s lobbying group UK Music (total value £900). John McDonnell, who branded the Grenfell fire “murder” at the festival, didn’t declare any Glasto freebies. While their middle class fans paid thousands, Labour’s headline acts went Glaston-free…

Labour’s Broken Student Debt Promise Goes Viral

During the election it was almost exclusively anti-Tory stories which were sent viral by young social media users who voted Labour. Now Labour’s decision to double-cross students has gone very viral. The McDonnell / Marr clip was viewed over half a million times on the Conservatives Facebook page and shared nearly 20,000 times in 24 hours. It was shared tens of thousands more times on Twitter. That is more shares than the Tory Facebook post on Diane Abbott’s car crash interviews during the election, more shares than the post on Corbyn’s Emma Barnett interview, and more shares than Corbyn on shoot-to-kill. The problem with relying on students to send your message viral is you’ll be on the end of the same if you betray them…

McDonnell Backtracks on Vow to Write Off Student Debt

During the election Jeremy Corbyn vowed “I will deal with” those who had the “historical misfortune” of large student debts, promising he would “ameliorate” their situation and write it off. Last week Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner confirmed the policy, admitting: “It is a huge amount, it is £100 billion. I like a challenge, but we’ve got to start dealing with this debt crisis that we’re foisting on our young people. It’s not acceptable”.

Today John McDonnell u-turned on that key election promise which won the votes of so many students and young people, telling Marr it was just “an ambition” and conceding for the first time “it’s very difficult” to do. All those who voted Labour to have their debts written off should watch this interview. It was fantasy politics, a pack of lies all along…

McDonnell: Grenfell Was “Social Murder”

McDonnell is unapologetic and doubled down on calling Grenfell “murder” on Marr, this time dubbing it “social murder“. That’s a quote from Engels:

“society in England daily and hourly commits… social murder… it has placed the workers under conditions in which they can neither retain health nor live long”

Stay classy…

McDonnell’s Marx Piggy Bank

John McDonnell was pressing the flesh at the Labour Business summer party last night, where the number of entrepreneurs and small businessmen turning out dwindles by the year. This year’s theme was showing that Labour is “open to business“. In that spirit, when McDonnell finished his speech the chair of Labour Business presented him with a piggy bank bust of Karl Marx…

Labour MPs Condemn McDonnell’s Grenfell Remarks

Shadow housing minister John Healey and veteran Labour MP Margaret Hodge have condemned John McDonnell’s remarks on the Grenfell tragedy, which he described as “murder” caused by “political decisions. Hodge said on the Daily Politics: “that is language of the hard left which is not done in my name”Still, good to rile up the nutters online.

McDonnell: Grenfell Victims Were “Murdered”

Guido has got hold of the video of Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell telling a Glastonbury crowd that the Grenfell victims were “murdered“. In fact he says it twice. Worth watching for the awkward audience reaction when he repeatedly drops the M-word.

“Is democracy working? It didn’t work if you were a family living on the 20th floor of Grenfell Tower. Those families, those individuals, 79 so far and there will be more, were murdered by political decisions taken over recent decades. The decision not to build homes and to view housing as only for financial speculation rather than meeting a basic human need murdered those families. The decision to close fire stations and to cut 10,000 fire fighters and then to freeze their pay for over a decade . They were political decisions.”

So does McDonnell think the many, many Labour councils who also approved unsafe cladding are attempted murderers?

‘Day of Rage’ Leader Refuses To Disavow Violence

The leader of the group behind today’s ‘Day of Rage’ has refused three times to disassociate the protest from violence. Julia Hartley-Brewer interviewed Karen Doyle from the Movement for Justice by Any Means Necessary for Talk Radio; Doyle refused point blank three times to distance the rally from violence to people or property. John McDonnell’s chums clearly didn’t get his last-minute message to keep things peaceful…

McDonnell Repeatedly Backed Far-Left Group Behind ‘Day of Rage’

John McDonnell spoke at a rally convened by the Marxist group that organised today’s ‘Day of Rage’ and has repeatedly backed their campaigning activities, Guido can reveal. The Shadow Chancellor was the headline speaker at a demonstration organised by the Movement for Justice by Any Means Necessary (MFJ), the same hard-left group behind the protest threatening to bring “rage” to the streets this afternoon. McDonnell addressed the MFJ-organised rally at Harmondsworth Detention Centre in his Hayes and Harlington constituency three years ago. McDonnell was so proud of his attendance at the MFJ-organised rally that he even tweeted about it…

In 2013 McDonnell promoted a post from the group’s official Twitter account, for which they thanked him. McDonnell also signed a petition organised by the MFJ in 2011; the far-left firebrand leader of today’s “Day of Rage” Antonia Bright is listed as an organising contact on flyers advertising that petition.

 

McDonnell is treading carefully over the ‘Day of Rage’ today, the truth is he is well in with its organisers…

McDonnell Talks Up Day of Rage: “People Have Right to Be Angry”

John McDonnell has told the Day of Rage protesters they have a “right to be angry” and insisted he was right to say “I don’t think this government is a legitimate government”. As Nick Robinson says in the interview above, McDonnell is trying to have it both ways: telling Radio 4 he opposes violence and yet riling up the protesters in the Morning Star. Remember, this is the same John McDonnell who described the student rioters “kicking the sh*t out of Millbank” as “the best of our movement“.

We know what he really thinks…

McDonnell to Celebrate Election at Castro Cuba Solidarity Party

John McDonnell and Ian Lavery are to celebrate Labour’s better-than-expected election defeat at a Cuba Solidarity Campaign party next week. McDonnell and Lavery will enjoy Cuban acid house and salsa music, as well as a tribute to Fidel Castro, before giving speeches in praise of the communist Cuban regime. For voters, a look at what you could have won. Of course Fidel never gave himself the opportunity to lose an election…

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…

McDonnell Said Corbyn Would Have to Resign if Labour Lost

Labour lost. The Tories won 56 more seats than Labour. In fact the Tories won more seats than all of the parties in that much talked about “Progressive Alliance” combined.

When are Corbyn and McDonnell resigning?

McDonnell: We Have to Leave Single Market

John McDonnell makes clear Labour will take Britain out of the single market as remaining in would not honour the referendum result. He is of course correct. Important message for those Remainers who are trying to use the election to overturn the referendum result, despite 580+ MPs being elected on pro-Brexit manifestos…

McDonnell: Labour Will Seek to Lead a Minority Government

John McDonnell’s
(Private) School Days

When John McDonnell was first approached to confirm that he was an old boy of St Joseph’s College he denied it, when told there were pictures of him his memory improved and he admitted it whilst simulataneously trying to spin that it isn’t the same school. That is despite the school listing him as an alumnus. This is unsurprising,* John McDonnell has spent half-a-century covering-up that he was a pupil at a top private fee-paying school.

His official resume says McDonnell attended Great Yarmouth Grammar School, leaving at the age of 17 and boasts of him working in a series of unskilled jobs. It records that he studied for A-levels at night school at Burnley Technical College, and at the age of 23 attended Brunel University, and took a Bachelor of Science degree in Government and Politics. He has for self-serving political reasons covered up his attendance at a fee paying school for 50 years…

Presumably for reasons of proletarian credibility his days at the exclusive all boys Catholic preparatory school (a De La Salle Brothers’ college), now co-educational and it has always been known as St Joseph’s College with the school motto Fides Labore Et Tenacitate (“Faith, Work and Tenacity”) were missing from his CV. His defenders claim he would not have chosen to go to the school, well given he had chosen to become a priest he did make the choice to go to the Senior School. It is strange that he thinks it even necessary to try cover up or explain away his educational past dismissively. Almost as if he is ashamed of his old school.

The De La Salle schools were more commonly known as “Christian Brothers” schools. They are Catholic charity run schools which originally were set up to educate the poor. McDonnell only had the benefit of the privileged education he got because it was a charity. If in government, McDonnell would remove the charitable status of independent schools as well as put VAT on school fees. In doing so he now wants to take away the ability of independent schools to charitably take in poorer pupils like he was once himself. A classic left-wing case of hypocritically taking away the ladder he climbed up. Shame on McDonnell for wanting that and shame on him for trying to deny the truth and generosity of his benefactors…

*McDonnell has form for blatantly lying. He denied being a Marxist to Andrew Marr despite video footage of him boasting he is a Marxist. Guido has spoken to a former school official who says that McDonnell is wrong to claim it was ever called “De La Salle College” it was at the time run by the De La Salle Brothers order and always known as St Joseph’s College.

McDonnell v Green Handbags

Damian Green gets under John McDonnell’s skin by claiming he doesn’t understand how the government borrows money. This pointy fingered exchange was revealing:

Green: “You don’t understand capitalism.

McDonnell: “You certainly do, don’t you.

Worth watching to see the famous McDonnell space invasion, usually only experienced by Labour MPs and staff…

Was McDonnell Handed Deficit Note?

Nick Robinson: “What is Britain’s deficit at the moment, Mr McDonnell?”

John McDonnell: “If I can say to you… [pause]… If I can say to you that what’s happened as well in terms of day to day expenditure, we need the investment… [ruffling]… we need the investment… [pause] [more ruffling]… we need the investment…”

Nick Robinson: “Is somebody passing you a piece of paper?”

John McDonnell: “Not at all.”

Nick Robinson: “Just sounded like there was a bit of paper being handed across.”

John McDonnell: “[Laughs nervously] Not at all.”

Nick Robinson: “What is our deficit at the moment, Mr McDonnell?”

John McDonnell: “The deficit at the moment is £68-£70 billion.”

Nick Robinson: “I think you’re being a bit too kind… It’s £52 billion.”

McDonnell eventually got the deficit wrong by £18 billion, so if he was handed a note or a mobile phone it didn’t do him much good…

UPDATE: Was that ruffling some quick googling? You get McDonnell’s out-of-date £69 billion figure if you google “deficit uk”

UPDATE II:

McDonnell Admits Manifesto Not Fully Costed

Labour have made a big play of their manifesto being “fully costed”, yet when gently asked by Nick Robinson how much their water nationalisation policy would cost, McDonnell admitted they don’t have a number. That’s tens of billions missing…

Mullin on Marxist McDonnell

Chris Mullin on John McDonnell…

“One suspects, however, that behind that affable exterior he is drawing up lists of those to be shot on Day One of the revolution.”[…] Read the rest

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