Riot Convicted Bastani: Remain Protest Was “Public Nuisance”

Aaron Bastani accused the remain-backing Our Future Our Voice protest (who had the temerity to hold up a banner at the back of the crowd during Corbyn’s Labour Live speech) of “causing a public nuisance”. Vanilla protesting doesn’t impress the hardcore Dr Bastano

Labour Live 2: Hardcore Edition

Now for the real Labour Live – this time without Clean Bandit and all the Red Tory, PR-friendly nonsense. Here’s the hardcore Corbynite offering: Arise – A Festival of Labour Left Ideas. The festival, coming to London in July, is billed as:

“A weekend of people powered politics, internationalism and solidarity, discussing Labour’s left ideas to change society for the better.”

Speakers include frontbenchers Diane Abbott and Richard Burgon. Shami Chakrabarti, Chris Williamson and Emma Dent Coad will also be there. Corbyn is not listed – presumably he will be steering clear to allow for the, er, free expression of more flavoursome views. The festival is backed by a rash of hard left groups; it appears to be organised through the Labour Assembly Against Austerity. It is being advertised in the Morning Star. Stop The War’s Murad Qureshi will speak, as will Jenny Manson from the loonies at Jewish Voice for Labour. They are promising a #JC4PM rally / Q&As / seminars and workshops / a social media hub and training, films, book launches and ‘meet the author’ events. Not expecting there to be media accreditation…

Weekend tickets cost £30.00 – £5 less than the the original price of Labour Live. Will it remain at full price?

Tracey Ullman Does Labour Live

Sneak behind the scenes preview…

Kim Il-Sung, Trotsky and Tony Blair Attending Labour Live

Labour Live organisers are handing out free tickets as fast as they can be printed. In the rush to get as many as possible to attend (Labour planned for 20,000, but just 3,000 tickets have been sold), few checks are being carried out on applicants. As such, hundreds of free tickets have been issues to Kim Il-Sung, Tony Blair and Leon Trotksy:

Looking forward to Saturday…

Festival-Lover Watson Dodges Labour Live

Tom Watson famously loves a music festival – he’s been pictured at Glastonbury the last two years. So you’d have thought he’d have jumped at the chance to attend Labour Live, especially with tickets going cheap. Alas not, he told a guest at Ayesha Hazarika’s book launch for Punch and Judy Politics last night:

Guest: “I’ll see you at Labour Live!”

Watson: “No you won’t.”

Guest: “But I thought you loved music festivals?”

Watson: “That’s why I’m not going.”

Seems Labour’s deputy leader does not think much of Reverend and the Makers or the Magic Numbers. Should have booked Drenge…

Labour Live Goers Demand Refunds After Free Tickets Released

Labour Live festival goers are demanding refunds after batches of free tickets were distributed to trade unions and lefty organisations. Some unions are even providing free coach travel to the troubled event due to take place in London later this month. Those who purchased passes to the event before free tickets were released paid £35 each. They are now moaning that they have been left out of pocket by the giveaway…

Labour Live’s terms and conditions state: “selling on of tickets is strictly prohibited….We want everyone to be able to enjoy our festival at a fair price.” So paid-for attendees are stuck while union comrades enjoy the festival at a very ‘fair’ price indeed…

Bar Staff Will Work for Free at Labour Live

Bar staff at Labour’s troubled summer festival Labour Live will work for free as volunteers and won’t be paid, Guido can reveal. Booze at ‘Labour’s Glastonbury’ – dubbed ‘JezFest’ – will be served by the trendy Workers Beer Company, who will run festival bars on the White Hart Lane Rec site. The Workers Beer Company states:

“All the frontline staff in Workers Beer Company bars are volunteers. They are from trade union branches, the Labour movement, grassroots organisations, community groups and charities. For every hour they work money is donated to the organisations, campaigns and charities they support. This was, and still is, a pioneering model that both raises funds and inspires people…”

The firm says volunteers working behind bars:

” Get well looked after with food, good facilities and a few free beers to quench your thirst afterwards…”

But they will not be paid a wage for their labour, despite the firm demanding they must be:

“Able to spend long periods of time on their feet, able to function well in very a busy and sometimes noisy environment. It can be demanding work and servers have to keep motivated and cheerful in challenging conditions.”

Corbyn claims Britain suffers from an “epidemic of low pay” and has been strongly critical of unpaid labour. He has argued for “decent jobs, jobs which pay a real living wage”. John McDonnell, who will speak at the Labour Live festival, says Labour “stands for fair pay and respect in the workplace”. He is currently leading campaigns in the food and drink sector including on staffing and pay practices at McDonald’s and TGI Fridays. Just yesterday the Leader’s Office slammed Chuka Umunna for advertising an unpaid internship.

A Labour spokesman told Guido:

“Workers Beer Company has run bars at music festivals and events including Glastonbury and the 2012 Olympics since 1986. Bar staff volunteer on the basis that a donation equivalent to the London Living Wage of £10.30 per hour is made to a charity or campaign of their choice. Millions of pounds have been raised for charities and campaign groups using this model.”

Chuka is more influential than we think…

Labour Live Video Causing Seizures

The Labour Party’s promotional video for its troubled youth festival Labour Live is causing people to have seizures. Activists have complained on Twitter about suffering seizures and migraines after viewing the flashing Labour Live graphics, which come without a warning. Guido is not publishing the video for health reasons.

Labour Live has been plagued by poor ticket sales and Stormzy turned down an invite to perform. Going well.

UPDATE: A Labour party spokesperson said: “The party has apologised to the individual affected by the flashing imagery used in this video, and we are reviewing our production processes moving forwards.”

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Quote of the Day

Responding to Corbyn’s statement that the US should have arrested ISIS leader, al-Baghdadi, John Mann bluntly tweeted:

Baghdadi blew himself up with a suicide belt. An arrest might have been slightly difficult in these circumstances.”


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