— BBC Newsnight (@BBCNewsnight) June 26, 2017
In his defence it has been a stressful couple of weeks. But peddling conspiracies about the government and police is not exactly responsible…
— ITV News (@itvnews) June 26, 2017
Will Corbyn and McDonnell want to politicise this? Hundreds of fire doors were missing from tower blocks in Labour-run Camden following recent inspections. You can bet if it were a Tory-run council Labour MPs and the Corbynista online army would be a lot more vocal…
Well this would be a lot of fun at the expense of hypocritical Labour MPs this afternoon. Go on Nigel, you know you want to…
A Czech nuclear power plant operator has apologised for using a bikini contest to choose its next intern. Power generation conglomerate CEZ had 10 bikini-clad high school graduates pose in a cooling tower of its Temelin nuclear power plant with the most popular following a Facebook vote winning a 14 day internship at the plant. A local TV station covered the finals:
In a press release CEZ likened the photoshoot to its previous cultural enrichment programs, such as hosting the Bohemian Philharmonic at the plant in South Bohemia. They said the experience was greatly enjoyed by the girls, who were required for safety reasons to wear hard hats and enclosed shoes at all times in the Czech Republic’s largest power station.
Gaia thinks this is yet another terrible case of everyday sexism…
Shadow housing minister John Healey and veteran Labour MP Margaret Hodge have condemned John McDonnell’s remarks on the Grenfell tragedy, which he described as “murder” caused by “political decisions“. Hodge said on the Daily Politics: “that is language of the hard left which is not done in my name”. Still, good to rile up the nutters online.
Guido has got hold of the video of Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell telling a Glastonbury crowd that the Grenfell victims were “murdered“. In fact he says it twice. Worth watching for the awkward audience reaction when he repeatedly drops the M-word.
“Is democracy working? It didn’t work if you were a family living on the 20th floor of Grenfell Tower. Those families, those individuals, 79 so far and there will be more, were murdered by political decisions taken over recent decades. The decision not to build homes and to view housing as only for financial speculation rather than meeting a basic human need murdered those families. The decision to close fire stations and to cut 10,000 fire fighters and then to freeze their pay for over a decade . They were political decisions.”
So does McDonnell think the many, many Labour councils who also approved unsafe cladding are attempted murderers?
— Peston on Sunday (@pestononsunday) June 25, 2017
David Davis criticised “self-indulgent” colleagues plotting leadership bids on Marr, though failed to rule out a run himself, insisting: “I’m not getting into it”. Always ambitious Priti Patel gave even less of a non-denial on Peston, refusing to answer the question several times. Count them in your runners and riders…
Notable that Davis broadly endorsed Hammond’s desire for transitional arrangements (though his preference is two years rather than four). The Sunday papers are reporting a Hammond-Davis plot to take over from Theresa May, and Davis’ former SpAd James Chapman is stirring it up:
— James Chapman (@jameschappers) June 25, 2017
A ticket that would be tough for Leave Tories to stomach…
— SophyRidge On Sunday (@RidgeOnSunday) June 25, 2017
Shami Chakrabarti didn’t really have a grasp of the detail on Ridge but she made clear Labour would not take back control of borders and would support the continuation of free movement in some form:
“We haven’t said we’d have control of free movement of people, you can’t necessarily have control… what’s important is that jobs come first, the economy comes first and that means getting tariff-free access to the single market… There’s a lot of room for negotiation about what types of free movement, what kinds of priority… It’s possible for friendly countries in and outside Europe to give priority for certain nationals.”
Not quite what they said in their manifesto… going to alienate a lot of Labour’s working class Northern vote…
— EL4C (@EL4JC) June 24, 2017
Speaking at the Progress conference today, Paul Mason told Blairites and Remainers to set up their own party:
“If you want a centrist party, this is not going to be it for the next ten years. If it’s really important to you to have a pro-Remain party that is in favour of illegal war, in favour of privatisation, form your own party and get on with it.”
Labour unity creaking today…
— BFBS Scotland (@BFBSScotland) June 23, 2017
We’re used to seeing her on manoeuvres atop a tank, now Ruth has been made an Honorary Colonel of 32 Signal Regiment. If she could just get her head around Brexit she’d be in with a decent shout you know…
As Donald Tusk predictably criticises May’s generous offer on EU citizens’ rights this afternoon, it is once again clear that Remain ultras in Britain will side with the EU even when the UK government is being entirely reasonable. What did Remainers want? EU citizens’ rights to be guaranteed. And the government has indeed guaranteed their rights from the Article 50 trigger date, a completely fair and common sense proposal. Still the Guardian’s Brexit correspondent bizarrely calls it “disgraceful”.
Juncker wants the ECJ to continue to hold sway in Britain post-Brexit as part of any deal: “I can’t see the ECJ being excluded from the settlement in the future”. Any fair-minded pundit can see this is unacceptable – the UK voted to take back control of laws.
Sky News, ever-more partisan for a supposedly impartial broadcaster, asked May what her mandate was for leaving the single market and customs union. Seriously? This debate has been had time and time again – even the government’s biggest Remainers accept it is over. May quite rightly slapped down Faisal, telling him yet again that 80% of voters backed parties which support leaving the single market and customs union. There is a lot of important Brexit scrutiny that Remain supporters could be carrying out. Instead they are backing the other team and asking the same tired old questions…
— BBC Question Time (@bbcquestiontime) June 22, 2017
This shouty crackers Corbynista in the flowery shirt got to ask his question defending Jez and attacking Blairites – but he wouldn’t shut up for the rest of the programme. Dimbers sorted him…
On Tuesday, the BBC was forced to issue an on air apology after Masoud Shadjareh, the head of the Khomeinist IHRC group, called Quilliam’s counter-extremism campaigner Maajid Nawaz a “hate preacher” in an interview:
Today the BBC has had to give another apology for Shadjareh describing Spectator journalist Douglas Murray in the same terms:
Almost as if the IHRC are a bunch of Khomeinist wrong ‘uns who peddle anti-Semitic bigotry and untruths about their critics. Their director is facing a police probe over alleged hate crimes at the pro-Hezbollah rally last weekend. Why do the BBC keep giving them a platform?
Scuffles have taken place between protesters and police outside parliament as the Corbynista ‘Day of Rage’ protests turn unsavoury. Masked demonstrators staged a sit in on the road at Parliament Square, and at least one man who was involved in a physical altercation with a policeman was arrested. The officer was knocked to the ground.
Scuffles between police and protesters on Whitehall as police detain a man pic.twitter.com/AJlkP1FlIs
— Ross Kempsell (@rosskempsell) June 21, 2017
Other protesters hurled abuse at bystanders and sang Corbyn chants and called Theresa May a “terrorist“.
— victoria sanusi 👸🏿 (@victoriasanusi) June 21, 2017
There are only a few hundred protesters at most so far. Sad. If McDonnell and Corbyn really cared about policemen on the front line they’d call off their nutty cheerleaders…
The leader of the group behind today’s ‘Day of Rage’ has refused three times to disassociate the protest from violence. Julia Hartley-Brewer interviewed Karen Doyle from the Movement for Justice by Any Means Necessary for Talk Radio; Doyle refused point blank three times to distance the rally from violence to people or property. […] Read the rest