Latest blow for Ukip…
Corbyn speaking to Labour’s Welsh conference today:
“Here in Wales Labour is in Government showing the rest of us how our values, Labour’s socialist values can be put into practice… an endorsement of our radical programme for the government but also a positive change that a Labour government and devolution has brought about.”
Guido usually thinks the Tories banging on about the NHS in Wales is tired whataboutery. Though if Corbyn insists on giving them ammo like this…
This morning’s Mail reveals that the man who stars in Labour’s new election broadcast rather unfortunately previously referred to “evil Jews“. Turns out it’s not just the people who appear in Labour PPBs that have dodgy views, it’s the people that make them as well…
The film in question was produced by filmmaker Jake Bowers. A look through his tweets finds that, in a discussion with a UKIP MEP about gypsies who voted for Brexit, Bowers wrote “I suppose even the Nazis required Jewish Kapos to sell the idea of walled ghettos”.
Bowers also shared approvingly a Facebook video of the notorious anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan:
Where do Labour find these people?
In 2004 Theresa May said “I find it extraordinary that a Minister isn’t willing just to step up to the plate and take responsibility… I’m actually sick and tired of Government Ministers who simply blame other people when something goes wrong”.
I agree. pic.twitter.com/zv2Dlx6Q8B
— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) 19 April 2018
An old clip has surfaced of Theresa May calling for Labour immigration minister Beverley Hughes to resign: she quit Tony Blair’s government in 2004 after a visa scam scandal. May says:
“We’ve made it absolutely clear and I agree, I do think that Beverely should resign as minister on this particular issue… she blamed officials in her department for this decision being taken, I find it extraordinary that a minister isn’t willing just to step up to the plate and take the responsibility.”
After a dire month for Labour on anti-semitism, Russia and Syria, the Tories somehow manage to shoot themselves in the foot with Windrush…
“Did the PM, the then home secretary, sign off that decision?” @jeremycorbyn asks about landing cards for Windrush immigrants
— BBC Daily Politics and Sunday Politics (@daily_politics) April 18, 2018
Corbyn unable to think on his feet as May delivers this blow. Bercow comes to his help. Jezza somehow manages to miss this own goal in one of the government’s worst weeks…
Most powerful moment of the anti-Semitism debate: Ruth Smeeth reading the anti-Semitic abuse she has received from Corbyn supporters. Remarkable that Corbyn was not there to hear it.
Corbyn walked out after Luciana Berger’s speech so he missed John Mann telling the House about the rape threats against his wife from far-left anti-Semites. Jezza must have had something more important to do.
Rather than accept the legitimate criticism of Labour and himself during the anti-Semitism debate, Corbyn is chuntering and heckling those who mention him. At one point he was heard to comment “disgraceful“. He just doesn’t get it.
His intervention wins applause in the Commons…
Emily Maitlis sums up the pointlessness of the vote forced by the SNP on Syria last night with help from a confused Mark Lancaster:
Maitlis: “Mark Lancaster, would you like to appear on Newsnight tonight?”
Lancaster: “Well, I’m on Newsnight tonight…”
Maitlis: “Right, so it was a pointless question. In other words, you’re here. You’ve decided. That’s what’s happened all afternoon.”
Not sure Burgon got it…
Labour MPs tonight joined a pro-Assad rally alongside protesters with flags, hats and scarves bearing the face of the Syrian tyrant. Shadow Justice Secretary Richard Burgon, Chris Williamson, Emma Dent Coad and Lloyd Russell-Moyle were among those present at this evening’s Stop the War demo at Parliament Square. Williamson told an audience waving pro-Corbyn placards and communist flags that there was no evidence for the Douma chemical attack and that Assad had no motive to carry it out. Echoing Kremlin talking points, Williamson said:
“Why would the Assad regime at this stage of the appalling conflict in Syria, where he’s virtually won the battle for Eastern Ghouta, launch a chemical weapons attack when it would be bound to bring on the wrath of the West? … The motive is questionable, the evidence – where is the evidence? It just isn’t there. And it’s no coincidence, it seems to me, that on the day before the OPCW inspectors were due to start their inspection, these air strikes took place. What is going on? There are very serious questions, it seems to me, that need to be answered.”
One Assad supporter told Guido said the Syrian leader had not done anything illegal and that it was the UK parliament that was acting illegally. He added his message to Jeremy Corbyn was “well done”.
Targeted strike from Chris Leslie on Corbyn:
“A policy of inaction also would have severe consequences. Those who would turn a blind eye, who would do nothing in pursuit of some moral high ground, should also be held accountable for once today as well.”
Mike Gapes mentions Corbyn and reminds him of Labour’s history of supporting humanitarian interventions:
Corbyn looking completely isolated on his backbenches, save for Laura Pidcock and a couple of others…
Amber Rudd tells the Commons “I do not have any evidence” that any Windrush immigrants have been deported. She blames “some media companies” for the reports.
Yet Caroline Nokes told Channel 4 earlier: “Potentially they have been [deported] and I’m conscious that it’s very much in error and that’s an error I want to put right.”
Rudd is rather pathetically blaming the media for accurately reporting Nokes’ words, and simultaneously dumping on Nokes from the despatch box. Nokes looking in trouble…
“The Home Office has become too concerned with policy and strategy and lost sight of the individual.” A dig at her predecessor. This is looking pretty disastrous for both the current and former Home Secs…
“It is quite extraordinary” in view of the weight of evidence to continue to deny the “likelihood of Russian involvement” in Salisbury poisoning – Boris Johnson tells #Marr https://t.co/2F6eDpYWeF pic.twitter.com/6efkdkg6gA
— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) April 15, 2018
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