Welsh Labour Backed Amazon Plant Brings in Foreign Workers

An Amazon distribution center given financial backing by the Welsh Labour government is again the subject of controversy after it emerged foreign workers are being brought in en masse to cover Christmas shifts. A concerned constituent wrote to Welsh UKIP leader Neil Hamilton to say they had been asked if their spare room could be used to accommodate Hungarian workers. The resident claimed they were contacted by a firm called Central European Contracts and Recruitment Services Ltd, who they suggested planned to accommodate workers ‘hot-bunking’ between shifts at the Amazon plant.

Carwyn Jones’ Welsh Government provided grants to Amazon to develop the facility. The Welsh authorities refused to confirm the amount given. But sources put the funding at a cool £8.8 million…

The Amazon warehouse was the subject of a 2013 Panorama investigation which suggested working conditions there could cause “mental and physical illness”. An Amazon spokesman said at the time the company “complies with all relevant legal requirements”. A UKIP spokesman said:

“How can Labour’s Welsh Government, which claims to champion the working class, support a facility that employs workers from Central and Eastern Europe and treats them in such an appalling manner? UKIP will continue to investigate and hold the Welsh Government to account on this.”

Awkward for Carwyn…

Labour Suspends Ivan Lewis

For being a Blairite sex pest…

UPDATE: Labour spokesman:

“The Labour Party takes all allegations of sexual harassment extremely seriously. Ivan Lewis is currently suspended from the Labour Party pending an investigation.” 

Corbynistas’ Shameful Milosevic Defence

The conviction of Ratko Mladić on war crimes charges presents yet another awkward moment for despot-friendly Corbynistas, who cosied up to the brutal Milosevic and his murderous regime for years. Guido can reveal an extraordinary online defence of Milosevic written by Momentum social media supremo Harry Hayball. Goldsmiths PhD Hayball, who is a director of Corbynista media firm People Powered Productions Ltd, bemoaned the 2006 death of Milosevic as a “tragic”. He wrote in a post on the BBC News website:

“This is tragic news. Slobodan Milosevic was a committed opponent of nationalism and discrimination, as is evident from his speeches, and was the biggest factor for peace in the Balkans throughout the 1990s. The prosecution failed completely in proving anything, and the defence case, has been refuting all their lies. It is tragic that he has not been able to clear his name while alive. I wonder how the ICTY will view its over-ruling of his doctors’ judgements that he needed 6 weeks of rest now.”

To be fair to Hayball, he’s in the right company. Here’s an EDM Jeremy Corbyn (and John McDonnell) signed back in 2004, playing down the Kosovo crisis and spinning the line for the Milosevic regime denying the existence of mass graves as “war propaganda”:

“That this House welcomes John Pilger’s column for the New Statesman issue of 13th December, reminding readers of the devastating human cost of the so-termed ‘humanitarian’ invasion of Kosovo, led by NATO and the United States in the Spring of 1999, without any sanction of the United Nations Security Council; congratulates John Pilger on his expose of the fraudulent justifications for intervening in a ‘genocide’ that never really existed in Kosovo; recalls President Clinton’s Secretary of Defense William Cohen claimed, entirely without foundation, that ‘we’ve now seen about 100,000 military-aged [Albanian] men missing…..they may have been murdered’ and that David Scheffer, the US ambassador-at-large for war crimes, announced with equal inaccuracy that as many as ‘225,000 ethnic Albanian men aged between 14 and 59’ may have been killed; recalls that the leader of a Spanish forensic team sent to Kosovo returned home, complaining angrily that he and his colleagues had become part of ‘a semantic pirouette by the war propaganda machines, because we did not find one mass grave’; further recalls that one year later, the International War Crimes Tribunal, a body de facto set up by NATO, announced that the final count of bodies found in Kosovo’s ‘mass graves’ was 2,788; believes the pollution impact of the bombing of Kosovo is still emerging, including the impact of the use of depleted uranium munitions; and calls on the Government to provide full assistance in the clean up of Kosovo.”

And as for Seumas?

Classic…

McDonnell Asked 8 Times How Much Labour Would Spend Servicing Debt


John McDonnell was again unable to say how much Labour’s spending plans would cost Britain in two further shambolic interviews this morning. Asked on both the Today programme and 5 Live how much extra would be spent on servicing government debt under Labour, a rattled McDonnell was eight times unable to give a figure. He snapped:

“This is a trite form of journalism, that’s why we have iPads and advisors… It’s minimal… I’m telling you, it pays for itself, it pays for itself.”

Alas the Shadow Chancellor was unable to explain how borrowing would “pay for itself”. Someone get him that iPad for the next media round…

Doubting John McDonnell’s Honesty

When the presenters on the BBC’s Budget Show expressed scepticism about John McDonnell‘s claim that asset managers supported his nationalisation plans, the Shadow Chancellor followed Corbyn’s lead from earlier and lost his temper: “Are you doubting my honesty?” Yes, they were…

Talking of McDonnell’s honesty, he told Brillo that he never used Paris’ water supply as an example of how his nationalisation plan could work on Marr. Watch below, he did:

“Are you doubting my honesty?”

Corbyn Goes Shouty Crackers

Jezza looking a little stressed as he struggled to come up with a response to the Budget…

Top Corbynista Compares Mugabe to The Queen

The hottest of hot takes on Mugabe’s resignation from Corbyn’s ex-spokesman Steve Howell, who compared the outgoing Zimbabwean despot to Her Maj:

They know Zanu PF are socialists right?

Kezia: I’m A Hypocrite, Get Me Out of Here

Check out this tweet from jungle-bound Kezia Dugdale, having a dig at Nadine Dorries for appearing on I’m a Celeb back in 2012. Hasn’t aged well...

As Kezia touched down in Oz, new Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard said the party needed to “have a discussion” when she gets back about her decision to appear on the programme. Sounds like Leonard wants action. How daft of her to serve him up a reason on a plate…

Helle Thorning Schmidt Schools Stephen Kinnock

Clip from election night from the BBC. No mystery as to who is the pro here…

New Scottish Labour Leader: “I Support England”

Not going to go down well…

Moment Stephen Kinnock Realises Corbyn Is Staying

The moment Stephen Kinnock saw the exit poll on June 8 and realised Corbyn would be staying as Labour leader. One of many Labour MPs who had been hoping for a worse result…

New Scottish Labour Leader’s Old Boys’ Black Tie Dinner

A Corbynista victory over the weekend as lefty Richard Leonard clinched the Scottish Labour leadership over Anas Sarwar. Leonard’s brocialist credentials are as impeccable as Jezza’s – his election means that all Labour’s national parties in Wales, Scotland and the UK are led by grey, white men. Now Leonard has been elected leader, will he still have time to make it to the Old Pocklingtonian’s black-tie dinner at the Cavalry and Guards Club in Mayfair next week? It’s the annual knees-up for the Old Boys from Leonard’s £25,269 a year Pocklington School… 

Leonard will be right at home when he rings up the Leader’s office. Corbyn, Seumas Milne, James Schneider and John McDonnell all benefited from private education. For the many…

UPDATE: Friends of Richard get in touch to say he went to Pocklington School on a scholarship.

Labour Outsources Flashy New Website to Bernie’s US Consultants

Labour’s flashy new website was outsourced to an American digital firm that worked on Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign. The source code for the new site shows Labour commissioned Washington DC based Wide Eye Creative, a trendy web design and branding shop that worked for, among others, the Sanders campaign and airbnb. They designed Sanders’ campaign logo – further confirmation that Jezza fancies himself as the British Bernie. For all the Corbynistas’ boasting about how good their digital operation was, they’ve had to call in expensive American consultants to do the actual work. Not sure John McDonnell will be pleased with this sort of outsourcing either. Was there no British digital firm Labour could have hired?

Not only are Labour sending money offshore, they’re also saving themselves a VAT bill by hiring an overseas firm rather than a British one. Political campaigns can’t claim the VAT back on expenses, so by hiring an American company Labour will have saved 20% on their bill. A handy dodge…

UPDATE: A Labour spokesman said:

“Labour’s established lead in online campaigning has been cemented by our successful new website. We use world-class tools to power our campaigns, as well as developing proprietary systems in-house. In common with the Guido Fawkes site, we use WordPress, the software powering 28% of the internet. Unlike Guido Fawkes, our site is hosted in the UK.”

UPDATE: Labour gets back in touch to say the party self-charges 20% on its VAT return for the work done by Wide Eye Creative.

McDonnell: “You Don’t Need a Number” For Nationalisation Costs

Two gems from McDonnell on Marr this morning: he reckons when the government borrows to spend it is guaranteed a profit: “On those returns you will always get more than you pay out”. And he says the cost of Labour’s nationalisation programme is… nothing: “You don’t need a number because you swap shares for government bonds”. Not serious, and yet still McDonnell is closing the gap on Hammond on the economy…

Jeremy “Doesn’t Do Dinners”

“Jeremy doesn’t do dinners”, says Emily Thornberry, defending the Labour leader’s snub of the Balfour centenary dinner, a decision praised by Hamas. When Lady Nugee was asked why Corbyn didn’t show, she explained:

“He doesn’t turn up for dinners. When there was a dinner for the king of Spain — I turned up. The president of Colombia, who is a longstanding friend — I turned up. He got ‘Politician of the Year’ from the Spectator magazine — he sent [Shadow Home Secretary] Diane [Abbott]. He doesn’t do dinners.”

Yeah, right. Let’s take a look at Jez’s dinner diary…

  • Pizza with pro-Assad Srebrenica genocide denier Marcus Papadopoulos;
  • Lamb kofte with terror-apologists at the Stop The War Coalition, where Corbyn was guest of honour;
  • Dined with Jackie Walker’s partner Graham Bash at the height of the anti-semitism scandal surrounding her;
  • Dinner with Sinn Fein, alongside Gerry Adams and IRA bomber Gerry Kelly

But he “doesn’t do dinners”…

UPDATE:

Disgraced Gay Times Editor is Labour Member

Readers will be aware that the newly appointed editor of the Gay Times was sacked in disgrace this week after dozens of racist and misogynist tweets were found on his Twitter account. Josh Rivers had ranted about “gross” Jews with “large honkers“, Egyptian “backward rapists” and “creepy” Asian men. With crushing inevitability, Guido can reveal that Rivers is a member of the Labour Party. Three sources say he is a member – Labour and Rivers don’t deny it. Who could have possibly predicted that…

Thornberry Can’t Name One Country Where Socialism Has Worked

Asked on Question Time to name a country where Corbynista economic policies had worked, Emily Thornberry couldn’t answer. Asked a second time and faced with howls from the audience she came up with Germany. Err…

Vid via @liarpoliticians

Corbynista Rulebook Saves Lansman’s NEC Dream

The battle to secure Constituency Labour Party nominations for three new positions on the party’s powerful National Executive Committee is underway. The Corbynista slate is headlined by Momentum supremo and veteran hard leftist Jon Lansman. His moderate opposition comes in the shape of serial loser Eddie Izzard…

Last night Lansman’s own CLP, Bermondsey and Old Southwark, rejected him. Lansman lost the CLP’s nomination to Izzard and two other candidates seen as anti-Corbyn. Previously, this local difficulty would have ended Lansman’s candidacy, as under the old Labour rules all NEC candidates had to be nominated by their home CLP. But Momentum forced through rule changes at conference meaning he is saved from disqualification…

Lansman – and his Corbynista ticket – aren’t doing badly, though. So-far he’s secured nominations from 109 CLPs. Eddie Izzard’s on 53. Lansman still expected to win…

Nasreen Khan Resigns – Why Didn’t Labour Kick Her Out?

Nasreen Khan resigned from the Labour Party last night ahead of a meeting to probe her anti-Semitic social media posts. Bradford Labour sources tell Guido she tendered her resignation a few hours before the showdown, allowing the party to get away without kicking her off the shortlist or imposing any sanctions. Members are asking why she wasn’t kicked out…

One said:

“It’s a mess. Nasreen’s comments were common knowledge in Bradford from the beginning. She never should have been on the shortlist and it’s a disgrace she was allowed to resign rather than being kicked out.”

Khan, a former Respect member, is regarded as a top local Corbynista, having previously campaigned for Corbyn-backing Salma Yaqoob. No wonder she wasn’t suspended…

McDonnell Now Sure There Won’t Be a Run on the Pound

John McDonnell has changed his tune from Labour conference, when he said

“What happens if there is a run on the pound? What happens if there’s capital flight? I don’t think there will, but you never know, so we’ve got the scenario plan for that”

Now he insists “there’s never going to be a run on the pound” and “of course” he isn’t planning capital controls if it happens.[…] Read the rest

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