Mason: Labour Needs Younger Leadership Team By 2020

Paul Mason, who last year was recorded admitting “Corbyn doesn’t appeal to the mainstream working class vote”, is at pains to say he doesn’t think Corbyn should resign. Immediately…

“by 2020 we need a younger leadership team that unites the left and centre-left around a clear and radical socialist programme… On the left in Britain we need to find a way for the left and centre left to co-exist within the same Labour team, to respect each other’s ideologies and combine their strengths… Corbyn’s lasting legacy should be to build all that…”

Owen Jones has reached tipping point:

Mason and Jones are both close to Clive Lewis…

Paul Mason: UKIP Voters are Bike-Stealing Toe-Rags

Sneering Corbyn cheerleader Paul Mason has branded UKIP voters “toe-rags” who would “nick your bike”. Talking specifically about the Stoke by-election, Mason, flanked by the Green Party’s Sian Berry and Guardian columnist Zoe Williams, offers this contemptuous analysis of first-time voters who consider backing UKIP:

They’re not working class Tories… most of the UKIP people are either people who haven’t voted or have flipped in a radical way from Labour. They are toe-rags, basically. They are the bloke who nicks your bike.”

Arousing nervous laughter from his audience, Mason makes clear he is not joking:

No, seriously, that’s who it is, it’s the bloke who does all the anti-social things.

Mason made the comments at a Novara Media event in trendy Hackney last week. He also told the audience he would be going up to Stoke to campaign for Labour. Sure this will go down well on the doorstep…

UPDATE: UKIP has responded to Mason’s diatribe. The party’s Media Spokesman Patrick O’Flynn said:

“Paul Mason has lifted the lid on what the radical left think about long time Labour voters who have lost faith with that party and moved across to UKIP. He thinks they are “toe-rags”, presumably for feeling a sense of patriotism, for feeling concerned about open door immigration and for supporting Brexit.

“Any voters who care about these issues but were pondering whether to still vote Labour have their answer: Mr Mason and the radical metropolitan left think they are scum. We in UKIP understand and share their concerns and will always treat them with respect.”

NHS Crisis Buried on Front Page of Mail, Sun and Times

Sunday: Paul Mason reveals his theory that Fleet Street is conspiring to keep the so-called NHS crisis off their front pages.

Today: NHS crisis on the front page of the Mail, Sun and Times.

Must be a conspiracy to keep Corbyn’s speech out of the news…

Paul Mason’s Trumpian NHS Crisis Conspiracy Debunked

Over the weekend Paul Mason emerged from his leather-jacketed midlife crisis to reveal his latest conspiracy theory: Fleet Street is covering up the so-called NHS crisis. Top Corbynista Mason reckons the press are conspiring to keep NHS stories out of their papers so they can please their proprietors and secure invites to Downing Street drinks parties:

Does the theory stand up to scrutiny?

Mason told his followers that journalists at the Mail on Sunday had kept the NHS crisis out of the paper. The truth is the paper ran a major spread across two full pages high in the news section with the sub deck: “Britain’s NHS Emergency”. It featured the pull quote: “NHS is stretched to its limit”. 

Mason said there was “No NHS crisis” in the Sunday Telegraph. The truth is the paper covered the story on page two of the news section.

Mason also claimed the Sunday Times had ignored the issue. The paper devoted a large section of is leader column to the story.

Mason said the same of The Sun on Sunday. It covered the story on page two. The NHS crisis was also on the Sun’s front page this morning under the headline “Hospitals in Crisis”, with a spread across pages eight and nine on what it calls the “NHS Hospitals Scandal“.

Mason has so far failed to tweet any of this coverage or admit he was telling his followers a pack of fibs. This must be what the Corbynistas mean by their new Trumpian approach to dealing with the media…

McCluskey Plans to Shaft Corbyn

Back in October last year Guido reported that:

“After Unite’s internal elections in 2018 the expectation is that McCluskey, having secured his own re-election, will decide to flex Unite’s financial and organisational muscle to put someone more competent and electable in as Labour’s leader.”

It was pretty much an open secret in Labour Party circles, today confirmed by Len to the Mirror:

“Let’s suppose we are not having a snap election. It buys into this question of what happens if we get to 2019 and opinion polls are still awful. The truth is everybody would examine that situation, including Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell. These two are not egomaniacs, they are not desperate to cling on to power for power’s sake.”

Given the public have made their mind up about Jezza, who might succeed him? Guido is not as sure that about John McDonnell’s lack of ego as Len. Clive Lewis is the preferred option of the likes of Paul Mason – that we know due to the audio exposure of his two-faced support. Guido detects Lewis also has leftie luvvie media support from the likes of Owen Jones. Lewis himself has been publicly shifting his position on two litmus test positions; Trident replacement and immigration. Conventional Labour Party wisdom outside the Corbynistas is that they are unelectable if they don’t shift on these two issues. Remember Lewis was humiliated by Seumas Milne, a humiliation that may prove costly.

Guido wonders if Jezza might not be relieved to surrender the leadership to Lewis. McDonnell on the other hand…

This will all play into May’s general election timing calculations. She will thrash a Corbyn led Labour Party. Will she thrash a younger more vigorous Labour Party leader repackaged as Britain’s version of Obama? Would that prospect have her make an election dash…

Paul Mason Sent to the Gulag?

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There has been much speculation that Paul Mason was sent to the gulag by Jeremy Corbyn after that infamous Sun recording of his candid conversation in a Liverpool bar. In the new Spectator Life, WikiGuido reveals the complex relationship between Mason and the Corbynistas goes far deeper than that. Read the piece on Mason’s reincarnation here

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Chaos in the Court of Corbyn

Curiously Paul Mason’s confidante to whom he slags off Corbyn is the Podemos’ foreign affairs chief, Pablo Bustinduy. Podemos is Spain’s radical left party, where we have just seen the ousting of the rival socialist party leader Pedro Sánchez by his own party. In Spain socialists can apparently organise a coup.

Mason is tweeting all manner of excuses and throwing up all kinds of diversory chaff to cover his embarrassment. His timeline is a joy to behold.

The ramifications of this for the Court of Corbyn are magnificent. Milne will now be able to cite Mason’s disloyalty and lack of faith as a means to marginalise him. McDonnell will seethe that an ally like Mason is now without doubt passing him over for the younger, prettier Clive Lewis to be Corbyn’s successor. After Unite’s internal elections in 2018 the expectation is that McCluskey, having secured his own re-election, will decide to flex Unite’s financial and organisational muscle to put someone more competent and electable in as Labour’s leader. That is what Owen Jones means when he caveats his support for Corbyn as conditional….

Paul Mason on Corbyn

Paul Mason has been caught on tape by the Sun saying what he really thinks about Jez:

“Corbyn doesn’t appeal to the mainstream working class vote. It’s to do with a cultural thing about London. Corbyn goes to England on a bike and cycles round. Working class people go to Ibiza. He has no cultural references to the way they live”

He is taking it particularly badly:

Report for reeducation, comrade Mason…

UPDATE: So what does Mason think should be the punishment for Mason?

Order of the OTT: Paul Mason on “Trumptards”

Formerly impartial BBC economics expert turned top Corbynista Paul Mason is handling the grammar schools debate with his usual calm and reasoned approach. In the interests of accuracy Paul should have written “Trumptards”, UKIP, a majority of the British public, and Seumas Milne…  

Paul Mason Denies He’ll Run For Parliament

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With Andy Burnham stepping down from parliament, the Staggers has a belter of a tip for who might replace him:

“The chatter in Westminster is that Paul Mason, formerly of Newsnight and Channel 4 News, now one of Jeremy Corbyn’s most forceful advocates in the press, who was born in Leigh, is being lined up for the seat.”

Mason was indeed born in Leigh in 1960, his father was a lorry driver for a local electrics company called Ward and Goldstone and his mother was headmistress of the primary school just down the round. Mason went to school in Leigh and then Bolton, so he is a proper local lad. Corbynista sources had previously suggested to Guido that we might be seeing more of Mason in the near future, though they stress it is a decision for the local party. Go on Comrade Mason, you know you want to…

UPDATE: Mason has scotched the rumours, telling Channel 4 News he categorically will not be standing. That silly season story over before it began.

UPDATE II: Although…

Paul Mason’s “Corbyn’s Not Rubbish” Rant Against “Torture & Rendition Ultra-Blairites”

Paul Mason laid out his loony left vision for the Labour party in a series of bizarre rants targeting Blairites:

“For the Blairites, for the twenty or thirty ultra Blairites, you know, the torture, rendition and Iraq war brigade, they might feel happier in a centrist party.”

He also manages to throw the Greek Syriza party in for good measure. How’s that going for them?

“Save Jez” Supporters Demand “100 New MPs”

Corbyn supporters have besieged Labour MPs in Parliament, with an ongoing protest in Parliament Square attempting to save Jez. Speaking at the event was a particularly fuming Paul Mason, formerly of Channel 4 News:

“We need 100 potential new MPs from all these young people, all these women, all these members of ethnic minority groups, disabled people, gay people. Get some people in there who suffer the hardships of working class life, not the hardship of having your career blighted by not being able to do your job properly.”

Save Jeremy – get down to Parliament Square now!

Comrade Mason Achieves Entryist Ambition

Business Insider have unearthed a 1987 ITN clip of a dashing Paul Mason handing out the Workers’ Power newspaper and talking about “building revolutionary politics within the Labour Party”. Workers’ Power were a militant Trotskyist entryist group which infiltrated Labour in the eighties when Mason was working as a music teacher – his economics is all self-taught. The same year Mason was distributing their material, they published a pamphlet commemorating the Russian revolution and praising Lenin. It has taken nearly thirty years to achieve his entryist ambitions, now finally Labour’s Shadow Chancellor has signed him up to help with Labour’s economic policy…

Hat-tip: the artist formerly known as TechnoGuido, Jeremy Wilson.

Osborne on “Revolutionary Marxist” Paul Mason

“The fact that the Labour Party is now getting its advice from Yanis Varoufakis and the revolutionary Marxist broadcaster Paul Mason does not suggest to me that they’ve got an answer to economic security. Presumably they chose those two because Chairman Mao was dead and Mickey Mouse was busy.”

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Labour Sign Up Varoufakis and Paul Mason

On Saturday Channel 4 News economics editor Paul Mason, Guido’s favourite self-confessed Marxist, announced he is quitting and going freelance. He says he wants to be free from the shackles of broadcast impartiality regulations:

“everybody who knows me also knows the price you pay in terms of having to button your lip.

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About This Post-Capitalism Thing?

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One thing is troubling Guido about the otherwise enjoyable PostCapitalism: A Guide to Our Future by Paul Mason. If, as he argues, goods and services no longer respond to the dictates of neo-liberalism as parallel currencies and time banks, cooperatives and self-managed online spaces flourish with vast numbers of people changing their behaviour, discovering new forms of ownership, lending and doing business that are distinct from, and contrary to, the current system of state-backed corporate capitalism, why is he selling the book on Amazon?[…] Read the rest

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Paul Mason confesses to John Rentoul…

Paul Mason confesses to John Rentoul…

“I am quite happy to call myself a Marxist at the level of method, because historical materialism as a method is a great tool for understanding history.”[…] Read the rest

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Paul Mason: Angela Merkel, Your Boys Took One Helluva Beating

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Channel 4 News Economics Editor: Capitalism “Past Its Best”

Ah, Paul Mason. Channel 4’s resident communist hero-worshipper has taken some time out of spinning for Syriza to write this gem for the New Statesman‘s ironically titled “saying the unsayable” series:

“It’s becoming just about sayable, though to howls of pain, that neoliberal economics is nonsense.

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