Left’s Right to Protest Wrongs

Owen Jones is pinning the blame on the Tories for anti-monarchy protestors being threatened and arrested, claiming “peaceful protesters are currently being arrested and threatened by police under legislation introduced by the Tories which the left fought in the streets”. Owen is just factually incorrect to blame the Tories for the legislation. The widely reported arrest in Scotland came under Section 38 of the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2010, a law introduced under an SNP government supported by the Greens and LibDems, opposed by Labour and the Tories.

Owen’s new-found support for the right to protest comes as a pleasant surprise to Guido, given his prior position on protests he disagreed with:

To be fair to Owen, free speech flip-flops are common on the left. Zarah Sultana yesterday quite rightly argued “No-one should be arrested for just expressing republican views“, while previously voting for a bill with the intention of banning protests outside abortion clinics. Diane Abbott has also defended the right to protest, whilst voting for the same bill to ban those she disagrees with from protesting. The list of lefties picking and choosing on free speech is long…

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Owen Jones & Laura Pidcock’s Think Tank Closes Down

In yet more proof the hard left is ‘winning the battle of ideas’, the hard left think tank CLASS has announced it is closing down. In a statement this morning the trade union-backed wonk house said the decision “comes as the trade union movement transitions into a new era of grassroots industrial organising”. Whatever that means…

CLASS was formed in 2012 by the Unite, GMB and CWU unions, and the think tank boasts that, despite their closure, “the left is in a stronger position than it was during CLASS’s foundation in 2012.

The move is another blow for the ever-shrinking career prospects of former ‘future leader of the Labour Party’ Laura Pidcock, who is their current President and Chair, just months after she confirmed she’d abandoned plans to re-stand as a Labour candidate at the next election.

Owen Jones has also closely been involved with the think tank, serving on its National Advisory Panel and advising them on “policy direction”. Others serving on the panel include Diane Abbott, Will Hutton, Ian Lavery, Kevin Maguire and Len McCluskey. The hard left will continue ‘winning the argument’ for many years to come, no doubt…

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Twitter Bitch Fight of the Week: Owen Jones vs Steve Bray

Owen Jones has laced up his gloves and returned to the Twitter Bitch Fight arena for another bout. This time, in the blue and gold corner, it’s professional nuisance Steve Bray. Let battle commence.

The opening bell rang when Owen claimed “none of the FBPE types” had intervened when he was being heckled by Tommy Robinson’s goons outside Millbank in 2019. Here’s Owen’s own footage from that day…

Bray, who’s not exactly known for keeping quiet, piped up to say the FBPE crew had actually come to Owen’s rescue. Steve himself apparently even offered a reassuring hand once it was over, like the hero he really is:

Jones remembers things slightly differently, though…

Rather than apologising, Bray switched gears. Now, instead of offering a supporting hand, he’s insisting his own encounters with protesters were far worse anyway…

Obviously that didn’t land well with Owen. The fight continues…

The back-and-forth parrying goes on for a while longer, until Bray eventually lands the final blow in suggesting Owen’s footage simply didn’t capture the FBPE-ers bravery, and rather than continuing the fight, he’s just going to block Jones instead.

As always, Guido leaves it to co-conspirators to determine the winner…

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Starmer Slams Owen Jones as a “Cheerleader” of the Last Failed Attempt

Jeremy Vine’s show saw a great dust-up this morning as Sir Keir was confronted with a video clip of Owen Jones telling the truth about his litany of broken promises. Vine showed Starmer the clip of Owen pointing out that the Labour leader is a “professional political con man. He has brazenly overtly delivered the exact opposite of what he said he’d be as Labour leader,” before going on to call out Starmer’s online Waitrose-shopping FBPE supporters who hate hearing the truth. Returning fire, Sir Keir said he’s:

not focussed on Owen, I’m sorry Owen, I know Owen, I like Owen, I’m not focussed on Owen… Owen was a cheerleader of the last attempt which failed.”

Owen’s already replied to the attack, pointing out the hypocrisy of Starmer calling him a “cheerleader” of Corbyn. So was Sir Keir – he was in his Shadow Cabinet and campaigned for him to be PM…

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Owen Jones is Right, Keir Starmer Lied

Guido stands in solidarity with Owen Jones. He’s right to say Starmer misled the Labour membership. He’s right to say Starmer ran a dishonest campaign. If the Tories can’t get away with using the pandemic as an excuse to break policy pledges, neither can Sir Keir…

So Guido raises his fist in solidarity with Owen. While he claims “most of the media” aren’t covering Starmer’s volte face, he can be assured Guido has and will again. The only people happy to sit back and watch Starmer run roughshod over his own promises are the Waitrose-shopping hardline centrists, because they happen to agree with him on everything. Case in point: David Aaronovitch.

Aaronovitch is claiming “every intelligent observer” knew Starmer was going to do this from day one, so it’s… fine:

Aaronovitch’s clairvoyance should be used for good. Maybe he can help Guido with this week’s lottery numbers. The fact that Starmer’s ten pledges promised Corbynite policies is irrelevant: he said one thing, and then almost instantly did another. How can voters trust he won’t revert to his Corbynite agenda after again conning voters in a general election?

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John McDonnell Defends Comrade Sunak’s Inflationary Cash Splashing from Labour Criticism

If Tory MPs weren’t comfortable with Comrade Sunak’s £21 billion cost of living package announced last week, they should check out the bizarre through-the-looking-glass situation on Twitter this morning, as John McDonnell defends the Tory chancellor’s spending plans against attacks from Labour that it might cause greater inflation. Last night The Guardian was briefed that Labour is urging the OBR to assess the impact of Rishi’s spending splurge. It’s a fair criticism, just not from Labour who a week ago were hailing Rishinomics as proof they are “winning the battle of ideas”…

Owen Jones then led the charge pointing out how this opposition for the sake of opposition by Rachel Reeves paints Labour into a massive corner on spending. Jones tweeted, “This is reheated George Osborne-ism, not progressive politics.” Following in his steps this morning was Jeremy Corbyn’s former policy chief Andrew Fisher, who responded to the Guardian article with “WTAF?!”, while pointing out the Shadow Treasury Secretary, who wrote to the OBR, himself said Labour “welcomes [Rishi’s] announcements”. Tying himself into a knot the Scouts would be proud of…

Now John McDonnell – a man who, as the PM often reminds the Commons, was sacked by Ken Livingstone for being too left wing – has also leapt to the chancellor’s defence. McDonnell tweets:

Looks like both the Tories and Labour don’t have a clue what either they, or their opponents, stand for anymore…

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