Staying on message during an election is the single most important part of any media strategy. It appears Labour have made this job considerably more difficult for them by not actually agreeing a line to take on whether they wanted this election in the first place, and whether they were responsible for it happening. Guido reckons the answer’s fairly obvious in the eyes of the public…
Appearing on GMB, Jon Trickett proudly boasted it was “us that triggered [the general election]”. However earlier this morning on Kay Burley, McDonnell implied Labour had been bounced into it by the Lib Dems and SNP, saying “it was the only choice we had”. Very kind of Labour to set the tone of their campaign so early on…
Labour Shadow Cabinet member and top Corbynista Jon Trickett excelled himself this morning by retweeting a patently fake BBC News graphic which falsely claimed Theresa May sought to release Ian Brady. Goes without saying the graphic is not a real BBC story. Sad…
Labour MPs are privately flipping out following Tristram Hunt’s resignation. Guido has got hold of an email sent by Core Group Negative MP Neil Coyle this lunchtime to his party’s campaign co-ordinator, the Corbyn ally Jon Trickett, giving him both barrels under the subject line “No clear plan. Poor leadership”:
From: COYLE, Neil
Sent: 13 January 2017 12:09
To: TRICKETT, Jon
Subject: No clear plan. Poor leadership.
Just a quick question given your role as our campaign lead: how do you and the leadership team aim to turn around Labour’s woes given the terrible ‘relaunch’, general polling, local election losses (including the shocking result in Sunderland yesterday), as well as the further by-election we now face.
Your tweet below appears to be dangerously close to coming back to bite your backside – only this time you have a direct say over the lack of clear plan and poor leadership.
Say what you really think…
Responding to the coup in Turkey, in which 90 died, protesters were gunned down and over 1,000 were injured, top Corbynista Shadow Cabinet member Jon Trickett said:
It’s now been deleted.
Chris Bryant for some reason decided it was all about Brexit:
Turkey is now and has long been a lynch pin in European and wider security. Ludicrous Brexit lies undoubtedly contributed to destabilising
— Chris Bryant MP (@RhonddaBryant) July 15, 2016
Labour MPs, step away from the keyboard…
Corbynista Jon Trickett says:
“It is crucial, given the instability caused by the Brexit vote, that the country has a democratically elected Prime Minister. I am now putting the whole of the party on a General Election footing. It is time for the Labour Party to unite and ensure the millions of people in the country left behind by the Tories’ failed economic policies, have the opportunity to elect a Labour government.”
Farron has made the same call. May has previously ruled it out but she’ll be tempted to bury Labour in the autumn…
UPDATE: Angela Eagle has the nominations and a Labour leadership contest is on, Iain McNicol has just confirmed. Six minutes apart, Labour have sent out press releases demanding a snap general election and announcing their own leadership contest…
Guido might have to rethink his support for Andy Burnham: Jeremy Corbyn is standing for the Labour leadership on an “anti-austerity platform”. It tells you a lot that one of his first supporters is Ed Miliband’s former political adviser:
I will nominate Jeremy Corbyn.
— Jon Trickett (@jon_trickett) June 3, 2015
Corbyn has plenty of experience with the full and fair democratic process from his role as a Venezuelan election ‘monitor‘, where the tyrannical, human rights abusing Chavez-Maduro regime he supports was returned to power.
Among his heroes: Fidel Castro.
Among his pet hates: “the pro-Israel Lobby“.
He wants Britain to go down the route of Greek commies Syriza and says Britain should give the Falklands back to the Argies:
What will the unions now do? They have everything they want in Corbyn….