“We can only guess that there is something fishy here. Either Bin Laden wasn’t there, therefore there has to be a story. Or, the pictures … show something else… This was an assassination attempt and is yet another tragedy upon a tragedy, upon a tragedy. The World Trade Center attack was a tragedy, the war in Afghanistan was a tragedy, the war in Iraq was a tragedy.”
This is the vow the then Leader of the Opposition made to voters in 2010:
“If we take the steps set out today, if we deal with all the different avenues of migration, legal and illegal, levels of immigration can return to where the were in the 1980s and 1990s, when immigration was not a front rank political issue. And I believe that that will mean net migration to this country will be in the order of tens of thousands each year, not the hundreds of thousands every year that we’ve seen over the last decade… With us, our borders will be under control, and immigration will be at levels our country can manage. No ifs, no buts. This is a promise we made to the British people and a promise we are keeping.”
And this is the election literature the Tories don’t want you to see: “David Cameron’s contract with you“, promising to “reduce immigration… if we don’t deliver, kick us out“.
Guido always said that even if he really wanted to cut immigration – and there are sound economic arguments against doing that – this could never be achieved inside the EU as it stands. Net migration is now three times Cameron’s limit…
“We will allow people who are not party members or who are not affiliated supporters to have a vote. Anyone – providing they are on the electoral register – can become a registered supporter, pay £3 and have a vote to decide our next leader.”
Harriet Harman, 25 August:
“If they don’t support the Labour Party’s aims and values, they don’t get a vote.”
“.. somebody along the way put up what is essentially meant to be an example of the kind of advice… and ended up going out as a quote… it’s quite peculiar and quite wrong and we’ve immediately taken it down and stopped it.. “
He has also hung whoever approved the leaflet out to dry, vowing disciplinary proceedings against someone who was essentially doing their job: helping benefits claimants avoid being sanctioned by using illustrative examples. A victory for the Twitter outrage bus…
Last year Jeremy Corbyn popped up on Putin propaganda channel RT, to give his two cents on the worsening situation in Syria and Iraq. In the space of minute he managed to bizarrely downplay ISIS’ crimes, asserting that only “some” of what they had done was appalling and equated the actions of ISIS with the US military.
“Yes they [ISIS] are brutal, yes some of what they have done is quite appalling. Likewise, what the Americans did in Fallujah and other places is appalling, but there has to be seen to be an acceptance of a much wider view of the world than is apparent at the present time.”
What is it about ISIS that Jeremy doesn’t find appalling?
The filmmaker who made Jeremy Corbyn’s latest campaign video is also responsible for series of videos taking the mickey out of Jezza. Not only does William Pine make snazzy films for the Corbyn campaign, he and his “Golden Shower Gang” have made two very different videos about him for their “Golden News Shower” series. In the films, professional troll Nimrod Kamer, a former freedom fighter in the Israel Defense Force, asks an unimpressed Corbyn why people in Hackney can’t vote for the SNP and suggests he checks out a “really nice young” red head in Israel’s parliament:
Wonder if Jez knows his video guy is working with the Israeli army to undermine him…
Andy Burnham’s reality-stretching campaign against Westminster bubble careerists has suffered another blow thanks to his lady wife. When they met on the first day of university, what did an 18-year-old Andy tell Marie-France he wanted to be when grew up?
“Do you know what you said to me on the first night, when I said ‘what do you want to do when you grow up?’ You said you wanted to be an MP.”
From wanting to be an MP at 18, to being a parliamentary researcher, to being a SpAd, to being an MP, to being a minister, to being a leadership candidate. That anti-Westminster bubble career trajectory in full…
On Wednesday the BBC’s spin arm briefed Media Guardian that its creative director Alan Yentob had not tried to influenceNewsnight’s investigation into scandal-hit Kids Company, of which he is chairman. Yet on Channel 4 News last night, Yentob admitted he did phone Newsnight staff before the programme aired. He still insists “I don’t think I’ve abused my position in any way”.
In a bizarre interview, a heated Yentob said of sexual abuse allegations at Kids Company: “I don’t believe them for one minute”. He then weirdly demanded Matt Frei congratulate him for his role in running a charity which has now collapsed in disgrace:
“Why don’t you say to me, congratulations Alan?”
Judging by this tweet from the Mail’s media editor…
What a bizarre finish to the day. Alan Yentob just dialled me accidentally, when he really didn't want to (he said). Totally W1A.
Sky News Australia have Tory strategist Lynton Crosby’s say on the election. You can tell he particularly enjoyed the UKIP result:
“I don’t think they’ve got a long-term future. You should never write anyone off but they will be a voice of discontent. They are very reliant on the performance of their leader Nigel Farage and even he couldn’t win a seat. Sixth or seventh time he’s tried to win a Westminster seat. I think he might be better coming to Australia and doing talkback radio than trying to run another seat in the UK.”
Well at least Nige’s boys are winning the cricket…
Worthy words from Jeremy Corbyn in an interview with Pink News, where he threatens “economic and diplomatic consequences” against countries with poor gay rights records if he becomes PM. Just how serious is Jezza about getting tough on states that persecute gays?
That’s him hosting a programme on Press TV, the Iranian state television channel and mouthpiece of the regime which executes homosexuals. Please, tell us more about your principled stance on gay rights…
“Anyone with any sense who was in trouble would come to the whips and tell them the truth, and say now, “I’m in a jam, can you help?” It might be debt, it might be a scandal involving small boys, or any kind of scandal which a member seemed likely to be mixed up in, they’d come and ask if we could help. And if we could, we did. We would do everything we can because we would store up brownie points. That sounds a pretty nasty reason but one of the reasons is, if we can get a chap out of trouble, he’ll do as we ask forever more.”
The words of former Tory MP Tim Fortescue. Who was appointed a government whip in 1970, by one Edward Heath…
As Theresa May prepares to chair a Cobra meeting about the crisis in Calais, which has forced police to turn the M20 into a massive lorry park of stranded trucks, one man has responded in the only appropriate way: by setting up a disco.
Funny until you read we’re paying 7 million quid for the frogs to build a fence…