WATCH: Labour MP Simon Danczuk Duffs Up Owen Jones

Labour wars on today’s Daily Politics as rising star Simon Danczuk went for Owen Jones. He doesn’t like it up him:

Fight…

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WATCH: Neo-Guido v Owen Jones Spending Review Debate

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Labour Stitch Up Seat For Thatcher Grave Dancer’s Brother

“Dancing on Thatcher’s grave” was a classic Ed moment. Keir Morrison’s 15 minutes of infamy did for his fledgling career, but where is he now? The militant trade unionist is busy helping out his brother Lachlan, for whom Labour bigwigs are trying to stitch up a seat in Sherwood. Jack Dromey, Luciana Berger and Owen Jones are among his big name backers. Judge a man by the company he keeps…

Labour Distance Themselves From “Teenager” Owen Jones

Harsh words from Labour foghorn and Lord Ashcroft lunch partner John Spellar for one Indy columnist last night. Spellar let rip at the party’s loony left at a Progress/Labour History event:

“It’s perfectly true that the organised evil, the militant socialist workers and the communist party are nothing like as strong as they once were but the sort of mindset is still there. There’s some teenager who seems to have a column in The Independent who says ‘Labour finally has some real competition on the left.’ Well whoopee.”

Ed and co have clearly twigged that if they want to win in 2015 doing the opposite of everything Owen says would be a good start…

Paid Union Lobbyist Owen Jones Should Be Registered

classThe left is up in arms about unions being classed as a lobby for vested interests who will have to be registered under newly proposed legislation. Clearly the unions are lobbyists, that is not in doubt, the left thinks because they have large memberships they are somehow different, more legitimate than say the National Trust. When most of the membership don’t vote in internal elections that legitimacy is questionable.

owenIf the government is going to start registering lobbyists then paid union lobbyists should be included. The old trick of lobbying operations describing themselves as research organisations or think-tanks has been rolled out by none other than everyone’s favourite new media, left-wing voice-of-a-generation union puppet; Owen Jones. How can he afford to travel the country from TV studio to TV studio up and down the land? Simple: he is a paid lobbyist for UNITE the union and as such he should be registered. When Guido called his CLASS think-tank recently the phone was answered by someone who said “CLASS or UNITE business?” It is just a lobbying front for Red Len…

Labour Won’t Pledge to Repeal ‘Bedroom Tax’

Well this is hardly going to help improve Baldamort’s status as a Labour pariah in lefty circles. After all his party’s truth-stretching moralising, the Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary has refused to commit to repealing the spare room subsidy:

“We are not going to make promises we can’t keep. I believe very strongly that this is a tax that will cost more than it saves, but I know I have to prove that beyond reasonable doubt and that is the research that I am doing now to gather evidence from across the country. We hear of houses lying empty because people can’t afford the tax that would hit them if they moved in, so obviously it does not make sense. We have to work through our position as fast as we can, but no one will forgive us for making promises we can’t keep.”

Still peddling the bedroom ‘tax’ lie, but not saying he would repeal it. So much for Owen Jones’ “People’s Assembly” against t’cuts: he can’t even win the argument in his own party…

Guardian Uses Word “Scrounger” More Than Any Other Paper

Seemingly the entire left-wing twitterati have been up in arms this week over analysis carried via LexisNexis showing that use of the word “scrounger” has rocketed in the British media since 2010. You might, if you subscribe to the Owen Jones thesis that there is a right-wing agenda cooked up in CCHQ to demonise “scroungers”, have expected it to appear more in the likes of the Mail or the Express than the ‘progressive’ metropolitan liberal press. The demonising is in reality coming from Owen Jones, who is relentless in trying to describe any reasonable attempt to reform welfare as an attack on the poor – he is desperate for a Cabinet Minister to use the term “scrounger” so that he can say to the 53% of the population that receives a welfare payment of some kind – including pensioners, war widows and the chronically disabled – that the government thinks you are scroungers. Not so. Guido has been crunching the numbers, and it turns out it is none other than the Guardian that uses the word most, followed by the Indy, where Owen has a column.

After carrying out a simple search of the word “scrounger” on each newspaper website for the period 2010 to date, the figures show that the Guardian used the word in 736 articles over the last three years. In second place is Owen Jones’ Indy, who – as he might say – “demonised the poor” 185 times over the period. Much further down come the right-wing tabloids: 76 for the Mail and 20 for the Express. Owen knows there is no public sympathy for people who abuse the welfare state, he also knows that the majority of the population, thanks to Gordon Brown, receives a welfare payment of some kind. Owen dogmatically refuses to countenance any welfare cut of any kind, that is why he is trying to encourage the likes of mothers who receive child benefit and deserving pensioners to align with those who are rightly losing benefits – fit people of working age who turn down jobs for example – he wants them to believe that welfare reformers think they are “scroungers”That is why Owen and the unpopular progressive sections of the media use the emotive term more than anyone on the welfare-reforming right…

Methodology: Because neither Google or LexisNexis include all paywalled sites in their analysis, Guido used each newspaper website’s own internal search engine to determine in how many articles the word “scrounger” appeared between 2010 and today. The respective Sunday editions of the titles were included with the daily for the purposes of this research.

Owen Jones and the Thatcher Grave Dancer

Good find by the Telegraph. Who’s that with Owen? Well Viscount Stansgate obviously, and chum Romany Blythe – the delightful teacher organising the “The Witch is Dead” parties across the country.

What’s the one about a man and the company he keeps?

More Labour MPs Demand Tougher Welfare Stance

Owen Jones on Saturday morning:

24 hours later and the Labour leadership was signalling a sea change in their welfare policy, falling in line with public opinion. There have been rumblings about a new stance on the left towards welfare, but this weekend heralded a concerted effort to change the narrative. Hence the number of Labour MPs queuing up to praise Simon Danczuk’s Telegraph piece this morning. Danczuk had some choice words for the party’s out of favour media darling:

“Seeing people that are capable of working languish for years on benefits is not something the Left should be proud of. It’s something we should be fighting. Otherwise why call ourselves the Labour Party? Anyone who has lived with or spent time with people capable of working that have been parked on benefits for a decade or more will know the tragedy I’m talking about. We should all experience the feeling of satisfaction after a hard day’s work, the pride at getting a promotion, the sense of achievement from making a difference in the workplace. But for those trapped in welfare dependency these experiences will never happen. This is a criminal loss of human potential and something everyone interested in progressive politics should rail against.

But where are the jobs? That’s the continual refrain I hear these days from the likes of Owen Jones, as though we should accept that parking people on welfare for years on end is the done thing. This seems to be the only defence mounted by Jones et al to welfare reform. But what defence did he have when there were jobs available under the last Government? No doubt he would have resisted reform then as of now. The left has to accept there are some people on the dole that don’t want to work, and we need to have a plan to get them into work. Where families haven’t worked for years on end this is not just a tragedy for the adults in the household, it’s a tragedy for the children as well. What kind of message does it send out to them when they’ve never known any adult with a job?”

With 67% saying the welfare system needs to be overhauled and 79% backing Osborne’s £26,000 benefit cap, this is common sense realpolitik from Labour. Better to u-turn now than closer to the election…

WATCH: Neo-Guido v Owen Jones on SkyNews

UPDATE : Owen attacked the politicisation of individual cases like Philpott to make a wider point,  Harry accused him of doing the exactly that on Question Time. Judge the truth for yourself:

‘Jetrosexual’ Chuka Trashed For London Jibe

Apologising via a spokesperson says it all about two-faced jetrosexual Chuka ‘Harrison’ Umunna. If this were a Tory the response would be outrage, “trash” is arguably more offensive than “pleb” as a class-based insult. Philip Davies sees a touch of the Prime Mentalist about Labour’s Obama-lite poster boy:

“My view is that Chuka perfectly demonstrates how Labour have abandoned their working class roots and have been hijacked by an affluent politically correct elite who not only wouldn’t recognise a member of the working class if they ever met one but actually despise them. This is out of the same stable as Gordon Brown and bigotgate.”

Nadhim Zahawi agrees:

“Chuka, like many Labour MPs before him, loves the glitzy wealthy lifestyle, only in secret! If you’ve worked for it and earned it why would you need to hide it? Or is it because it doesn’t go down well with his anti-enterprise lefty Leader?”

Nigel Adams hits the nail on the head:

“It looks like Chuka has more faces than Armani suits.”

His next public appearance will be one to look out for…

UPDATE: Owen Jones twists the knife:

WATCH: Guido v Owen Jones on This Morning

Worth reading what Osborne has had to say this lunchtime as well…

UPDATE: You can watch in full here.

Evil Philpott Gets Life

Mick Philpott has been sentenced to life imprisonment for the manslaughter of six children, he will serve at least 15 years. Mairead Philpott and Paul Mosley were sentenced to 17 years each, of which they must both serve half. During sentencing the judge made reference to Mick Philpott receiving the benefits payments of his wife and mistress:

“Their wages and benefits went into your account. You did not even allow them their own door key. Everything was done for the pleasure of Michael Philpott, you had to do something extreme to get your own way and you did. The plan was to cast yourself as a hero on the night of the fire – it was a wicked and dangerous plan.You have no moral compass.”

There were shouts of “die Mick die” from the public gallery as Philpott was led from the dock. You can watch Guido debate Owen Jones on ITV now…

Will the Last Blairite to Leave Switch Out the Light?

red-light-milibandThis morning Nick Robinson observed on the Today programme of David Miliband “He was not just the other brother, he was the New Labour brother.” Robinson also reported that one senior figure on the left of the Labour Party told him late last night: “It’s important for the left to avoid triumphalism but it obviously marks the date when New Labour finally accepted that the crisis requires us to turn the page… Now there can be no excuse for timidity [from Ed Miliband] because the Blairites are decisively weakened.”

Milburn, Reid, Purnell and now David Miliband are all gone as they see the writing on the wall, a frontbench packed with more supporters of Ed Balls than David Miliband despite him having won far more support from the parliamentary Labour Party.[…] Read the rest

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Owen Jones and the People’s Front Against t’Cuts

Rejoice, comrades! This lunchtime Guido infiltrated the Unite headquarters to run the rule over the People’s Assembly, Owen Jones’ new sinister sounding union-funded anti-cuts campaign. Under the watchful eye of Keir Hardie in a rather austere room, a panel of NUT “Enemies of Promise”, PCS strike-mongers, loony left MPs and a bad comedian bleated about “the cuts”.[…] Read the rest

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Poll: Public Support Spare Room Subsidy Reforms

Liam Byrne calls it a “hated tax”, Jim Murphy says the government should “listen” to the public. Most damning of all, Owen Jones warns of the disastrous electoral consequences of the government’s changes to the spare room subsidy:

“A warning to Number 10.

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Tears For Chavez

Tears for Chavez from the usual suspects this morning. A few historical inconveniences that seem to have slipped their minds: Venezuelan hyper-inflation resulted in widespread food shortages; over the decade of Chavez’s rule inflation was over 1,800%. A friend of Castro, Ahamadinejad and Ken Livingstone, according to Freedom House he oversaw a decline in human rights after political arrests and pressurising voters.[…] Read the rest

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Twitter Media Bitch Fight: Shippers v Owen Jones

The Mail’s Tim Shipman has just handed Owen Jones his rear end on welfare:

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Ashcroft Cash Funds Labour Candidate

Lord Ashcroft’s cash is finding its way to some unlikely beneficiaries. Owen Jones wouldn’t accept the £3,000 prize from the disaffected Tory donor when he won the Ashcroft sponsored ‘Young Writer of the Year’ award last week, instead he split the money between a donation to a left-wing campaign and gave the other half of the money to Labour’s Peterborough candidate Lisa Forbes.[…] Read the rest

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Labour's Taxing Line

Hardly a week ever goes by without Labour failing to label a reform to welfare handouts as “a tax”. This week everyone has fallen in line behind the phrase “bedroom tax”:

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