Shami: You Can’t Just Punish Assad For Using Chemical Weapons

Shadow Attorney General Shami Chakrabarti has made clear Labour would not act against the Assad regime even if OPCW inspectors found evidence of chemical weapons use in Douma. Appearing on the Today programme, Shami was asked what a Labour government would do if UN inspectors confirmed the position of Western governments. She refused to address the question before saying:

“You can’t use force under international law just to punish Syria for bad behaviour.”

John Woodcock weighed in:

Labour backbenchers will be worth watching this afternoon…

Rich’s Monday Morning View

Tory MPs Put On Three Line Whip For Tuesday Afternoon

Chief whip Julian Smith has just emailed Tory MPs putting them on a three line whip for Tuesday afternoon. No explanation has been given.

Dear colleague

Please be advised that the whip on Tuesday will now be a three-line whip from 12:30pm. All colleagues should be on the estate and available. 

Many thanks for your cooperation.

Julian

Sajid Javid’s Commons debate on anti-Semitism is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon. Unless the PM now thinks she has the numbers for a retrospective vote on Syria…

UPDATE: Senior government source says “no change in our position” but a second government source says they are planning for a retrospective vote on Syria.

Boris: “Extraordinary” to Deny Russian Responsibility For Salisbury Attack

He says the Russians are “demented” for claiming Britain did it…

Jean-Luc Picard ‘Would Have Voted Remain’

Patrick Stewart tells Marr his Star Trek and X-Men characters Jean-Luc Picard and Charles Xavier would have voted Remain. Boris dismisses him as “something to do with Star Wars” and says:

“We’ll be able boldly go again to areas that perhaps we’ve neglected…”

Corbyn Not Yet Convinced Russia Did Salisbury Attack

Not sure who else he thinks it could’ve been…

He also isn’t convinced the Assad regime was responsible for the Douma gas attack either, saying that Assad “or any other group” that carried it out must be confronted with evidence.

There’s a theme here…

Corbyn: I’d Only Back Syria Action If Russia Doesn’t Veto It

Corbyn continues to say intervention in Syria should only take place through the UN. Which Russia has repeatedly vetoed…

Labour Lose 7 Point Lead in a Month

A month ago Labour had a 7 point lead with Survation. That has disappeared following the Skripals, anti-Semitism and Syria. The Tories are up 3 points, Labour are down 4:

Jezza’s positions over the last month may not be as popular as he thinks…

May Press Conference Live

May and Trump Statements

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You’re either in front of Guido, or behind…

Corbyn: “You’d Better Make F*cking Sure I Don’t Get Elected”

Jon Lansman reveals what Jeremy Corbyn said when he first learned he was on the ballot for the Labour leadership:

“You’d better make f*cking sure I don’t get elected”

Unusually sound for Jezza…

H/T: Owen Jones/Adam Sich

Siri on Syria

While discussing Syria on Question Time last night, the Siri voice assistant on Jo Johnson’s phone accidentally activated while it was in his pocket. Some mad Corbynistas are using the coincidence to claim Johnson was wired up taking instructions from MI5. ‘Hey Syria’ activates Siri…

Friday Caption Contest (The People’s Gardiner Edition)

Entries in the comments…

Labour Drop Ken Loach as Their Election Broadcast Producer

Guido understands Labour will no longer use Ken Loach as the producer of their election broadcasts following his comments on anti-Semitism this week. Labour sources say they have plans for two more PPBs in the current round and confirm Loach will not be doing them. Inevitable after this recording emerged this morning. That’s one Ken dealt with…

Ken Loach: ‘Why Aren’t the Board of Deputies Protesting Outside Tory HQ? We Know Why’

Ken Loach was condemned by Owen Jones for his call to deselect Labour MPs who protested against anti-Semitism earlier this week. Is he sorry? LBC have audio of him speaking in Canterbury yesterday in which he doubles down and asks:

“Why aren’t the Board of Deputies demonstrating outside of Tory Party Headquarters? We know why. The Chairman of the Board of Deputies, as I understand it, I may be wrong, but was among the first to send a congratulations to Trump and this is not a Labour organisation. This is an organisation that is I read, largely hostile to Labour. Now why aren’t they demonstrating against the other parties?”

Loach went on to warn that media anti-Semitism stories would only become more frequent as:

“it will get worse because if the Labour Party gets into power and if they stick with the manifesto and do go further you have the full range of international capital against us”

Is Corbyn going to do anything about his official election broadcast producer spouting this stuff around the country? Will he still be hired to do Labour PPBs? What is it with Labour Kens?

Ken Tells Momentum Candidate: Waitrose Shoppers Aren’t Scum

Ken Livingstone has sprung to the defence of Waitrose shoppers this morning after Guido revealed a Momentum-backed Labour parliamentary candidate branded the supermarket’s customers “scum”. Speaking to Julia Hartley-Brewer on talkRADIO Red Ken was asked if he approved of Jane Aitchison, who also called Prince Charles “benefit scrounging scum”, labelled the Royal Family “lazy scroungers”, and said 115,000 McDonald’s employees in Britain have “sh*t jobs” selling “sh*t food”. He replied:

“No… if I bump into her while I’m shopping I’ll tell her she was wrong to say that… The justification for Waitrose is the quality of their food is much better than other supermarkets, you’re much less likely if you buy chicken in Waitrose to find it has bacteria all over it… I avoid Tesco because the owner of Tesco helped fund the campaign to abolish the GLC.”

Not exactly surprising Waitrose is the London hard-left’s supermarket of choice. When Ken says you’ve gone too far…

‘Osamoron’ Attacks Media For Accurately Quoting Her Words

Times Red Box reports Labour colleagues have dubbed Kate Osamor “Osamoron” after she posted a late night “clarification” to her interview with House magazine in which they accurately quoted her saying “intervention must take place” and “he needs to be removed” if Assad is proven to be behind the Douma gas attack. She went on to say Corbyn would be “better off” leaving statements on foreign policy to other Labour spokesmen and that he did not “need to speak” as it would not go well for him because of the “relationship he’s had with those countries”. Harsh but fair from a Shadow Cabinet minister…

In an 11pm attempt to save her job, Osamor tweeted that her quotes had been “used selectively”. This is patently untrue, if you read the interview it is clear she said all those words in context. She might be critical of Corbyn but she is happy to use his tactic of complaining when the media quote his words. Owen Smith will be wondering how Osamor and Barry Gardiner have kept their jobs this week…

Business Confidence Returns to Positive

An Institute of Directors poll of 700 company directors has found that business confidence has returned to positive for the first time since Article 50 was triggered. The IoD say the transition deal “has brought some much needed reassurance” and that Brexit is no longer even in the top three concerns of business leaders. IoD senior economist Tej Parikh said:

“It seems likely meaningful progress in Brexit negotiations since December has brought some much needed reassurance.”

Expect the remain press to lap this one up…

Diane Car Crash: WW2 Only Time We’d Back Military Action

Asked four times by Nick Robinson in what circumstances Labour would back military action, the only example Diane Abbott could come up with was the Second World War. Asked what Labour would do if Russia vetoed their proposal for a UN investigation, she had no answer other than to say “we would press on”.[…] Read the rest

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