“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!

Blair Condemns Corbyn For ‘Standing By’ on Syria

Blair tells Bloomberg:

“I’m accused of being a war criminal for removing Saddam Hussein — who by the way was a war criminal — and yet Jeremy is seen as a progressive icon as we stand by and watch the people of Syria barrel-bombed, beaten and starved into submission and do nothing…

There’s a guy whose face is on the placard. That’s me: Hate that guy. You’re the person in power taking difficult decisions. Jeremy is the guy with the placard, he’s the guy holding it. One’s the politics of power and the other’s the politics of protest.”

Sure Corbynistas will take this with their usual charm and good grace.

Momentum Rejoice! Only 65% Think Corbyn Not Ready to be PM

corbyn READY TO BE PM

Corbyn has always had a popularity problem within Labour. He was less popular than both Gordon and Red Ed when he took over in September, and scored an identical net dislike for both himself and his party as Tony Blair was quitting in 2007. Things may have got a little better…

According to Ipsos Mori, just 22% think Corbyn is ready to be PM – one point higher than Ed in 2015 – while 65% think he is not ready. While this figure would be crushing to any other candidate, for a beleaguered Labour Party this figure might show some hope. The figure ties with Ed Miliband’s second best ever score (his best being 63% thinking he was not ready). When asked whether Labour were ready to form the next government, Corbyn’s Labour trumped the former leader’s last score in November 2014, with a whopping 27% saying they were ready (and just 63% saying they weren’t). Of course, for context David Cameron’s lowest score in 2008 was 43% believing he wasn’t ready to be PM (43% also agreed he was ready), while at the same time 45% agreed the Conservative’s were ready to form a government. Corbyn is more divisive than Ed, but not more popular. Join the Tories if you want to vote for the next PM in their leadership contest…

Ken Predicts McDonnell Will Be Next Labour Leader

In another bizarre intervention Ken Livingstone has predicted on Putin’s Russia Today that John McDonnell will succeed Jeremy Corbyn should the Labour leader have a stroke or get “pushed under a bus driven by Boris Johnson”Well at least it won’t be a bendy bus…

Coincidently Guido has £1,000 riding on McDonnell being next Labour leader. No rush…

McDonnell Calls Labour Moderates “Hard Right”

Kevan Jones was never in Progress…

John McDonnell: Corbyn an “Arsène Wenger of Politics”

John McDonnell has today claimed that Jeremy Corbyn is an ‘Arsène Wenger of politics’. He made the remarks to Piers Morgan whilst being questioned on the Labour leader’s handling of his shadow cabinet reshuffle on ITV:

John McDonnell:He’s re-dictating the terms of what leadership is all about.

Piers Morgan:What is it about?

JMD: It’s about bringing people in, building a team, being a good manager. And that’s what he’s developing. He’s an Arsène Wenger of politics

Guido is sure Corbyn is over the moon to be compared to his team’s long-standing manager. In fairness, there are some striking similarities between the pair. Both play in red, both are getting on a bit, and neither stands a chance of winning anything any time soon. One thing’s for sure, he is not the special one…

Civil War Over Corbyn Party: Labour Internationalists Versus Stop the War

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Jezza’s attendance or non-attendance tonight at Stop the War’s fund raising party tonight is the cause celebre of the chattering classes. Pitting Guardian reader against Guardian reader, comrade against comrade.

Despite a lot of pressure Guido is pretty certain Jezza will join the coalition of commies, trots, pacifists and haters of Western democracy tonight. The likes of Michael Dugher, Tristram Hunt, Caroline Flint and Emma Reynolds have called on him to cancel his appearance at the event after the Green MP Caroline Lucas and Peter Tatchell the human rights campaigner have become more vociferously critical. 500 Labour party members have backed a new group,Labour Internationalists“, to provide a vehicle for supporters of a “progressive foreign policy” that defends rather than blames Western liberal democracies. Basically bombing baddies rather than giving them a sympathetic platform…

Momentum’s Dodgy Data Grab

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The Corbyn cheer-leading organisation “Momentumclaims to be able to contact all the people who signed up to support Jeremy Corbyn during the leadership contest, but they might not have permission to do so. When people signed up as supporters of the Corbyn4Leader campaign, they were asked to give their email addresses and postcodes; the campaign said they were collecting this information to “enable us to carry out casework on behalf of constituents; issues and campaigns we are involved with locally; maintaining our own accounts and records; supporting and managing our employees and agents.

According to the Information Commissioner’s Office “individuals should generally be able to choose whether or not their personal data is disclosed to another organisation” and if an organisation does intend to disclose information to another organisation, “fairness requires that you tell the individuals concerned unless they are likely to expect such disclosures.”

If Momentum is a stand alone limited company and doesn’t share any formal links with other organisations as they claim, what right did the official Corbyn campaign have to pass over the sensitive personal data of its supporters to them?

Eddie Izzard Curses Another Campaign

Eddie Izzard Edit

Labour’s favourite transvestite Eddie Izzard has continued his run of cursing campaigns with star-crossed endorsement. Having already doomed the campaigns to:

  • join the euro
  • elect Ken Livingstone
  • Gordon Brown
  • vote Yes side in the AV referedum
  • elect Ed Miliband

… Who was Eddie backing for Labour leader?

A curse worthy of Jonah himself. The lipstick kiss of death…

Named: MPs Who Won’t Serve in Corbyn’s Shadow Cabinet

Ed Miliband speaks! And says he won’t serve in Jezza’s Shadow Cabinet:

This is the list of Labour names who have so far said they will not serve:

Jamie Reed
Rachel Reeves
Liz Kendall
Yvette Cooper
Emma Reynolds
Chuka Umunna
Chris Leslie
Tristram Hunt

Any more?

Vid via @liarpoliticians

Burnham Team Responds

This was genuinely tweeted from Andy Burnham’s official campaign account as the result was announced:

… And swiftly deleted…

Corbyn’s “Friends” Congratulate Him on Win

No word yet from Hamas and Hezbollah…

UPDATE: Argentina’s leader Christina de Kirchner offers her congratulations:

As do Hamas:

Corbyn Wins Labour Leadership in First Round

Jeremy Corbyn wins in the first round.

Andy Burnham: 80,462, 19%

Yvette Cooper: 71,928, 17%

Jeremy Corbyn: 251,417, 59.5%

Liz Kendall: 18,857, 4.5%

Corbyn wins by a mile, across the board:

Tom Watson wins the Deputy Leadership in the third round. It’s the Tom and Jerry show…

That’s all folks!

Guardian Grumbles Over #Jones4Jez

More than one Portcullis House onlooker noted Owen Jones working the atrium with Corbyn fixer John McDonnell and Jezza’s son on Wednesday afternoon. Whispers from the Guardian newsroom suggest the paper – which backed Cooper – is less than delighted by his overt support for Corbyn during the last few weeks. “He’s never pretended to be a journalist, he’s an activist who writes a column”, says one Kings Place source: “I haven’t seen him in the office for ages“. They point to Owen being on stage and sitting next to Corbyn at nearly all of his most recent rallies. Meanwhile it is being mooted in mischievous Labour circles that OJ might make it official and take a job on Jez’s team once the revolution comes. Surely a very severe case of gallows humour… 

Burnham Mocks Corbyn

Here is what Andy Burnham really thinks about Jeremy Corbyn:

“Privately, it’s a disaster for the Labour Party. Privately. I mean, publicly, he is a nice man, he’s a nice individual. He believes in the things he campaigns on, so he’s not a fraud in any way. But I think the public will think Labour has given up. Labour has given up on ever being a government again… Jeremy just looked like a slightly disheveled figure in the back of the Commons and Cameron was there, wasn’t he, just kind of banging, swatting him away and it was like, whoever was watching must have thought, hmmm that doesn’t feel good.”

Andy was caught out spilling the beans on Jezza by an undercover reporter from the Sun who was granted access to Burnham after paying Faiz Ul Rasool, the chairman of the Muslim Friends of Labour group, £5,000 “in tenners in the back room of a London casino“. There goes his place in the shadow cabinet…

Corbyn’s Defence of Britons Who Join ISIS

In an extraordinary Commons debate last year Jeremy Corbyn argued that we should not “make value judgments” about British citizens who join ISIS and appeared to compare people travelling to fight in Syria with Nelson Mandela. Speaking about British-born terrorists in Syria, Corbyn claimed:

“There are an awful lot of contradictions surrounding how we decide who is a good fighter and who is a terrorist; who is struggling for liberation and who is a terrorist. There was a time when people involved in Umkhonto we Sizwe in South Africa were known as terrorists; they were later welcomed to this country as freedom fighters. Things can turn full circle.”

On whether we should allow ISIS fighters to return to this country, Corbyn said:

“None of what I am saying is intended to give any succour, comfort or support to ISIS, but I feel that we should think about this rather more carefully and avoid the knee-jerk reaction of saying, “These are bad fighters and those are good fighters, so we will ban these and allow those in.”

Corbyn then admitted meeting Britons who were sympathetic with ISIS and said they had a legitimate point about the Iraq War. Corbyn blames ISIS on “the consequences of the war on terror” and extraordinarily claims we should not make “value judgements” about people joining ISIS:

“I have encountered young people who have been attracted to what ISIS is doing. They say that what the West did in Iraq and Afghanistan was appalling, and was questionably legal in the case of Afghanistan and definitely illegal in the case of Iraq. We are living with the consequences of the war on terror of 2001, and if we continue to try to create legal obstacles and make value judgments about people without considering the overall policy we are following, we will return to legislation such as this again and again, year after year.”

Corbyn also defended people who support ISIS as having a “political view” which is “important in a democracy“:

“I have no support for ISIS whatsoever, and obviously that should apply to someone who has committed crimes, but we should bear in mind that expressing a political point of view is not in itself an offence. The commission of a criminal act is clearly a different matter, but expressing a point of view, even an unpalatable one, is sometimes quite important in a democracy.”

For full context, read the debate in full here. Voting has now closed, wonder if this would have changed anyone’s mind if it had emerged earlier in the summer…

Burnham ‘Just Checking Out’ Westminster Bubble

There was Guido making his way through the heart of the Westminster bubble last night, when who did he happen to stumble across? Only man of t’people Andy Burnham, posing for photos outside the Westminster Arms, the definitive core of the SW1 bubble. What on earth was an outsider like Andy doing at the very epicentre of the metropolitan elite? “I just thought I’d come and check out the bubble,” he told Guido.

Burnham was in a bullish mood about his chances last night, telling Guido “we can still do it” and insisting that second preferences meant he was the only candidate who can stop Corbyn. Of course Cooper’s people say the same about her. Keen to quickly get away from the bubble, Andy rejected the offer of a pint from a supporter and made his exit… to his flat less than a mile away in Kennington…

“Hot Young Corbynites”: Jazzy Jezza’s Amazing Campaign Jingle

Played in a 1983 Jazz/Funk crossover style, “Hot Young Corbynites” is the campaign song the Labour leadership campaign has been crying out for:

“Who’s the man that we love?

Corbyn?

Who’s the man that we trust?

Corbyn?

Who’s going to take us to the top?

Corbyn!”

The breakdown where Jez shows off the jumper his mum knitted is spectacular. “Hot Young Corbynites are going to turn this party round…”

Harman’s Parting Zinger to “Old, Posh” Corbyn

Hattie has remained resoutely impartial during the leadership election, alas she couldn’t resist a parting dig at Comrade Corbyn on her final day on the frontbench:

“It was quite surprising to discover that I’m not old enough or posh enough to be the frontrunner of this current leadership election.”

A personal attack from the acting leader on the last day of voting. She’ll be on the list when the purge comes…

Of course, as this footage of young posh totty Hattie shows, the St Paul’s old girl certainly fulfils the posh criteria:

Close observers will note that her accent went a bit Estuary sometime in the late nineties…

Terror Supporters at Corbyn Group’s Downing Street Demo

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign, of which Jeremy Corbyn is a patron, is protesting the visit of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu at Downing Street today. Those yellow flags with the machine guns belong to terror group Hezbollah (via @Mendelpol):

And here is a terror supporter just yards from No.[…] Read the rest

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