“Security” No. 10’s Corbyn Attack Line of Choice

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There is one word we will be hearing a lot from Downing Street if and when Corbyn becomes leader. David Cameron mentions “security” six times in an article attacking Jezza for the Times today:

[Economic stability] is what makes it possible to deliver the security we all yearn for. At the heart of our election manifesto was that simple goal: to give people securitySecurity is formed of many things… getting the training you need to secure a worthwhile career… The most important source of security is a well-paid job… It’s that combination of recovery and reform that will enable us to help those who often have the least security

Got the message?

If that wasn’t subtle enough, George Osborne used No. 10’s new buzzword a total of eight times in a very repetitive op-ed for the Sun over the weekend, including three times in the first line:

“This is a Government that puts security first – our national security and our economic security… that consensus, which is so important for our security and reliability as an ally, risks being shattered…The UK’s future security is threatened… the return of the unilateralists to British politics threatens our nation’s future security… For the new unilateralists of British politics are a threat to our future national security and to our economic security”

That’s 14 times in 48 hours…

“My concern is that we do everything we can to protect and enhance the security of the United Kingdom” was Cameron’s only previous comment on Corbyn, made two weeks ago. The Tories were masters of thematic campaigning in May, and their new mot du jour has the benefit of ringing true…

Corbyn Equates Bin Laden Death “Tragedy” With 9/11

Peak Corbyn on Iranian state television:

“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.”

“Something fishy”?

Via SunNation

Burnham’s Peerless Flip-Flopping

Guido could easily have made Andy Burnham’s increasingly ridiculous flip flops a daily feature during this leadership contest. Not only does Burnham think it’s great that former Labour MP Dave Watts has been made a peer, he also reckons “the Lords is now a national embarrassment. We should scrap it”.

If you’re going to directly contradict yourself, try not to do it in the space of two tweets…

H/T @rhodri

Arch-Rebel Diane Warns Blairites Not to Rebel Against Arch-Rebel Corbyn

Diane Abbott makes an amusing threat to Blairite MPs this lunchtime, warning them to get in line when her man is leader:

“the noisiest members of the parliamentary Labour Party will have to calm down, if and when, Jeremy is elected”

Dissent against the dear leader will not be tolerated…

That’s the same Diane Abbott who, just a couple of hours earlier, boasted about how she and Corbyn used to regularly rebel against her own Labour government:

Corbyn himself has rebelled against the Labour whip some 500 times.

Perhaps not the brightest idea to remind everyone of your rebelliousness when you’re calling on your colleagues not to rebel…

Burnham Blows Dog Whistle Line

This is Andy Burnham speaking on immigration at the Mirror hustings today:

“It’s disgusting to have a Prime Minister who refers to a swarm of migrants and it confirms there’s no dog whistle that these Bullingdon boys won’t blow.”

The irony of Burnham criticising dog whistles while calling Cameron a ‘Bullingdon boy’ isn’t even the most amusing thing about this line.

Back in 2010, the last time he failed to become Labour leader, Burnham spoke to the Telegraph about how his party was “in denial” on immigration:

“We were in denial. We were behind the issue all the time, and myths were allowed to develop. There’s still an ambivalence among some in Labour about discussing immigration. I’ve been accused of dog-whistle politics for doing so.”

Andy really hates it when politicians get accused of dog whistle politics on immigration. Except when he’s the one doing the accusing…

Corbyn Escapes #LabourPurge

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The ‘Labour Purge’ of supporters who were banned from voting for Corbyn because they do not support the “aims and values” of the party disqualified anyone who backed another party at a previous election. According to the Indy:

“most were just people who had posted support for the Greens on their Facebook page before the last election”

So a public display of support on social media for a rival party in a previous election means you are barred from voting.

Which makes this tweet by one Jeremy Corbyn after the 2012 Bradford West by-election rather awkward indeed:

If Corbyn was gleefully celebrating the victory of a Respect Party candidate over the Labour choice, how is that different from those who publicly supported the Greens on Facebook and were subsequently stopped from voting? If they’re being consistent, Labour would have to ban Corbyn from voting in his own leadership contest…

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“When I see a women-only train carriage, I feel respect…”

All Change? Corbyn Lifted Women-Only Trains Policy From Tories

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Jeremy Corbyn’s idea to introduce women-only train carriages is making a splash this morning. While some might assume the inspiration for this this overtly authoritarian policy came from some of Jezza’s less feminist-inclined “friends”, could Corbyn have been influenced by someone closer to home? Here is Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport Claire Perry addressing a fringe event at the Tory conference in 2014:

How terrifying to be travelling home in a place where I should reasonably expect to be safe and to be the victim of a sexual crime… It’s frightening to think you are going home, taking public transport because you don’t want to drive, you’ve had a drink, and you’re not safe… They have introduced women-only seating in Japan because there is a particular problem with groping and low-level violence. It is a very interesting question and I will look at all ideas.

But how will men get to the buffet car?

Guy News Special: Hattie’s “Anyone” U-Turn

Harriet Harman, 18 May:

“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.”

Guido did try to warn her

Burnham Faces Backlash Over Female Leader Gaffe

By far the most awkward moment of the BBC 5Live hustings this morning was Andy Burnham mansplaining about why the time isn’t right for a female Labour leader:

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NC: “Andy Burnham, wouldn’t it be great to have a woman leader?”

AB: “In time. When the time is right.”

[Audience and other candidates gasp]

AB: “When the right candidate comes forward.”

“In time”? “When the time is right”?

Everyday Andy Burnham sexism…

Burnham Would Quit Corbyn’s Shadow Cabinet Over Nato

A taste of things to come after September 12? Andy Burnham has promised to resign in protest if Corbyn pushes ahead with his mental plan to leave Nato:

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Nicky Campbell: “Straight question: If you were in the Shadow Cabinet and the policy of the Shadow Cabinet with Jeremy Corbyn was leaving Nato, would you resign?

Andy Burnham: “Yes.”

NC: “So you’d be in the Shadow Cabinet for about a week. So you couldn’t be in a Jeremy Corbyn Shadow Cabinet.”

AB: “Well with all respect to Jeremy one person doesn’t impose a policy on an entire party within week one.”

NC: “Week two maybe.”

This is what Jezza said to the FT: “I think Nato is a cold war product, I think Nato historically should have shut up shop in 1990 along with the Warsaw Pact” and to the Staggers: “I’d rather we weren’t in it”. Popcorn…

Labour’s 22% Strategy

Ed Miliband was famously accused of seeking the support of just 35% of voters, a modest target of which he fell 5 points short. Well, judging by today’s ComRes poll, the best the next Labour leader can hope for is 22%:

Meanwhile the Tories are on 42%, their highest poll rating for 5 years. Come back, Ed, all is forgiven…

Gordon Dooms Yvette (?)

The former Prime Mentalist has endorsed the wife of his one time economic adviser, including a preference for every candidate except Corbyn. The only surprise is that Brown didn’t back Cooper in his speech two weeks ago:

One cannot help but feel the nomination is doomed to failure. Still no word from another former Labour leader from the recent past…

Now Corbyn Equates Putin With the West

Last week video emerged of Jeremy Corbyn comparing ISIS to the US. This morning he’s gone one better with a Milne-esque apologia for Putin’s aggression in the FT:

“I am no defender whatsoever of Putin or Russian foreign policy any more than I defend the west’s foreign policy but I do feel nervous about [NATO] expansion eastward”

Ah, that old classic: “I don’t support Putin, but…”

Who does he blame for the Ukraine crisis?

“I think Nato is a cold war product, I think Nato historically should have shut up shop in 1990 along with the Warsaw Pact; unfortunately it didn’t. It now seems to have given itself . . . a global role and now is very busy expanding eastward… I think the important thing is that there be a better-developed relationship with Russia and [efforts to] demilitarise on both sides of the border [with Ukraine] . . . The onus is on both sides to make that happen.”

Back before the election Farage was torn a new one by Labour’s shadow Europe minister Pat McFadden over his stance on Putin. At the time McFadden also warned:

“the political forces President Putin admires are those… of the populist left”

He’ll be first up against the wall when Corbyn’s shadow cabinet reshuffle comes…

Rich’s Monday Morning View

Jihadist With Kalashnikov Opens Fire On Train

Corbynistas: Agent Provocateurs

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YouGov have made a profile of what is “particularly true” of people who like Jeremy Corbyn and have made a surprising discovery: their favourite clothing brand is apparently the sexy lingerie company Agent Provocateur. Sexy Socialism? Somehow it is hard to imagine even rich Corbynistas like Owen Jones in silky crotchless smalls. Check your algorithm YouGov’nurs…

As well as having a penchant for risqué panties, Corbyn fans are online for 50 hours a week, tune in to Radio 4, shop at the Co-op, watch Channel 4 News and read the Guardian – naturally – whilst listening to B.B. King. They are most likely to describe themselves as “ethical” and “miserable”…

YouGov sampled 5,875 Corbyn supporters on August 1, 2015

Race for Second Place

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Most Labour MPs are looking forward to their new quasi-Marxist overlord being installed when they return from their holidays. Apart that is from those involved in the campaign teams for Andy Burnham and Yvette Cooper. They still publicly cling on to the the hope that the bookies and pollsters are wrong. Again.

More likely their battle is for second place. The arguments for Yvette are that she will get most of Kendall’s second preferences and that Burnham has lost left-wing support to Corbyn so may come third on first preferences. Meaning she will pick-up all the anti-Corbyn votes when Burnham is eliminated. Assuming there are actually enough…

“No chance” say Burnham insiders. Most of Liz’s big supporters have declared for Andy – there are rumours that the likes of John Woodcock* – despite having branded Andy “Continuity Miliband” – have been promised Shadow Cabinet jobs for support. One Burnham supporter told Guido

Yvette’s consistently third in Jeremy’s, Andy’s and Liz’s voter ID. That’s why she looks so desperate. Yvette will finish third but her votes will end up selecting the winner. Just like her husband did in 2010. Yvette, by bitching and bullying the other candidates, has nowhere to go. Soft Corbyn supporters won’t go to her because she slagged him off and she’ll get little from Andy’s supporters. Liz votes is all she can get and she won’t get enough to overtake Andy. Our strategy all along was to be respectful of the members choice. OK he’s flipped a bit but he’s mostly stuck to it. He’s still worth a flutter at 4-1…

Not sure Guido would recommend that bet…

UPDATE: Kendall supporter hits back “the reason Liz backers are second preferencing Andy is nothing to do with promise of Shadow Cabinet jobs. It’s because of all the smears from Roger Baker and Luke Holland on Yvette’s campaign. Childlessness, adultery etc. they’d rather vote for flip floppy Andy who is a nice guy than nasty Brownite machine Yvette.”

*Denied.

Tom Watson Wanted to Abolish the Deputy Leadership

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Tom Watson’s deputy leadership campaign is now in full swing with Guido-funded ‘Tom for Deputy Leader” campaign literature hitting the carpets of Labour Party members across the country. Odd then that Watson once claimed that it was “right to call for the abolition of the post of deputy leader”.

Writing on his blog back in 2007, Watson argued that that the Labour party was ‘foolish’ not to abolish the the job of deputy leader as the 2007 deputy leader election wasdividing people who should remain united“.

What made the deputy leadership bookies favourite change his mind?

Labour ‘Moron’ Turns on Corbyn

Labour’s new MP in Bermondsey is not a fan of Jeremy Corbyn, judging by this mocking tweet sent last night:

In fact, Neil Coyle is so determined to stop Jezza that he has even banned Corbyn’s brother Piers – a constituent – from voting for him. Coyle tells the Standard:

“He ran a bitter campaign against Labour in Southwark just a few months ago. Our party rules are clear – he will not be getting a vote.”

Seems Coyle is very much in the stop Corbyn camp.

Funny, then, that he was one of the guilty men and women who lent their nomination to Corbyn in order to ‘broaden the debate’. Without Coyle and co’s support Labour would not be facing the existential crisis they are in today. It’s a bit late for him to start complaining now. So that’s what John McTernan meant by “morons“…

Gordon’s Aliveeeeeee!

The former Prime Mentalist will be giving a speech in London on Sunday titled “Power for a Purpose – The Future of the Labour party.”

Presumably it will be about the importance of appealing to the electorate.

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