Owen’s Descent Continues

The descent of Owen Jones this year has been watched through the fingers of journalists and Labour politicians and aides alike. It seems that almost every day Owen is falling out with people who should be his allies, getting involved in nasty Twitter spats with Labour moderates, making uncharacteristically foolish mistakes, starting embarrassing fights and acting like a pro-Corbyn Andrew Adonis. As he seeks to overcompensate for his betrayal of Corbyn before the election, Owen has alienated his Guardian colleagues, probably the majority of Labour MPs, and today he has put a bomb under what was left of his reputation among journalists with the type of ill-thought out moan that has sadly become all too common:

Cue some harsh but fair takedowns:

This last point seems to be the trigger for Owen’s behaviour. Corbynistas who Guido speaks to freely admit that Jezza’s inner circle will never let him back in after what he did to them last year. He does not seem to be taking that well, to put it mildly. The sad demise of someone who was once the rising star of the left…

Producer of Labour’s Race Row Election Broadcast Tweeted About “Jewish Kapos”

This morning’s Mail reveals that the man who stars in Labour’s new election broadcast rather unfortunately previously referred to “evil Jews“. Turns out it’s not just the people who appear in Labour PPBs that have dodgy views, it’s the people that make them as well…

The film in question was produced by filmmaker Jake Bowers. A look through his tweets finds that, in a discussion with a UKIP MEP about gypsies who voted for Brexit, Bowers wrote “I suppose even the Nazis required Jewish Kapos to sell the idea of walled ghettos”.

Bowers also shared approvingly a Facebook video of the notorious anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan:

Where do Labour find these people?

Corbyn Forgets Israel Independence Day

Jeremy Corbyn has declined to congratulate the state of Israel on the 70th anniversary of its foundation. Corbyn tweeted last year about the 70th anniversary of Pakistan’s independence, yet yesterday his social media accounts were silent on Israel’s big day.

Must be some sort of oversight…

Thornberry: I Don’t Accept Russia is Blocking Chemical Weapons Inspectors

Thornberry has been listening to Seumas again. The audience wasn’t impressed…

Convicted Charity Thief Canvassing for Labour

A former Labour council leader who was jailed for cheating a charity is out on the doorstep campaigning for the party in the local elections. David Cartwright (circled), from Redditch, admitted theft and deception charges to an amount of £80,000 in 2009 while he ran Step Out Drop In, a charity for homeless young people. He was jailed for three years and was nicknmed “dodgy Dave.” According to Redditch Advertiser reports, Cartwright was spotted canvassing for Labour alongside councillors and candidates. A party spokesman refused to comment except to say: “We don’t comment on individuals’ membership status.” Labour: taking wrong’uns to the next level…

Labour Candidate Deletes Website and Twitter Account Amid Anti-Semitism Row

Yesterday Guido revealed Labour’s new parliamentary candidate in South Thanet Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt runs a ‘think tank’ which defended Ken Livingstone and Jackie Walker and questioned the “Zionist sympathies” of Jewish MPs. Well, the think tank’s website – registered by Gordon-Nesbitt – has now been taken offline, and its Twitter account which sent the offending tweets has been deleted.

The internet never forgets – you can still see the tweets here.

No comment from either Gordon-Nesbitt or Labour. Tell us again how you’re taking anti-Semitism seriously…

Michael Dugher v Owen Jones

Michael Dugher shot straight back at Owen Jones after the Corbynista commentator criticised the former Labour MP for swearing on Twitter. Jones accused Dugher of “online abuse” – somewhat ironic since the discussion was about Jones’s Angela Smith pile-on.

Owen was triggered:

Dugher speaking for most Labour MPs there…

Labour Candidate’s Think Tank Defended Ken and Jackie Walker

Latest in Guido’s Candidate Watch series: Labour’s newly-selected parliamentary candidate in South Thanet runs a pro-Corbyn ‘think tank’ which repeatedly defended Ken Livingstone and Jackie Walker during their anti-Semitism scandals and questioned the “Zionist sympathies” of John Bercow. Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt, a socialist historian who wrote a book praising Castro, was selected in Thanet earlier this month after joining the Labour Party when Corbyn became leader. She also runs a think tank called The Centre for Cultural Change. Whois records show Gordon-Nesbitt registered its website and there are no other staff listed at the organisation. Its Twitter account has repeatedly promoted Gordon-Nesbitt.

Let’s have a look at some of the tweets from their account. It has repeatedly defended Jackie Walker and said allegations of anti-Semitism are motivated by “those who seek to silence anti-Zionist voices”.

Tweeting at Thanet Labour, the account said anti-Semitism allegations are “an attempt to discredit the left”. This line of argument has been specifically condemned by the Labour leadership in recent weeks.

It has tweeted about John Bercow’s “Zionist sympathies” and implied his links to Israel stopped an investigation into Israeli influence in Britain. The Speaker is Jewish, so these tweets are especially grim…

And it has defended Ken, asking “Has anyone looked into Hitler’s policy on Zionism? Might not be mutually exclusive with his later actions”.

Assume Gordon-Nesbitt will be deselected if Corbyn is really taking anti-Semitism seriously…

Owen Jones Calls Out Labour Nepotism

In 10pm tweet last night Owen Jones went after moderate Labour MP and Corbyn critic Angela Smith: “hiring your husband as your researcher is blatant nepotism”. Guido doesn’t say this often, but he agrees with Owen. This site has covered the MPs who employ their family members and connected parties on large taxpayer-funded contracts for years. Now Owen has picked up the campaign against nepotism, Guido looks forward to him calling out the jobs given to family members of top Corbynistas:

  • Seb Corbyn, son of Jezza, in John McDonnell’s office
  • David Prescott, son of Prezza, in Corbyn’s office
  • Laura Murray, the Shadow Cabinet adviser and daughter of Corbyn aide Andrew
  • Deirdre Campbell, caseworker for her husband the Corbynista MP Ronnie
  • Jackie Bate, office manager for her husband the Shadow Housing Secretary John Healey
  • Hilary Lavery, secretary to her husband Ian
  • Michelle Morris, secretary to Grahame
  • Ish Osamor, “senior communications officer” to his mum Kate
  • Nadeem Ashraf, who works for his wife, the Shadow Justice minister Yasmin Qureshi
  • Lois Blasenheim, “executive secretary” to her boyfriend Dennis Skinner
  • Paul Townsend, who works for his wife the Shadow Commons Leader Valerie Vaz

Bet they’re all really grateful for Owen’s tweet…

Ruth Smeeth Reads Anti-Semitic Abuse She’s Received From Corbynistas

Most powerful moment of the anti-Semitism debate: Ruth Smeeth reading the anti-Semitic abuse she has received from Corbyn supporters. Remarkable that Corbyn was not there to hear it.

John Mann Reveals Rape Threats Against His Wife From Far-Left Anti-Semites

Corbyn walked out after Luciana Berger’s speech so he missed John Mann telling the House about the rape threats against his wife from far-left anti-Semites. Jezza must have had something more important to do.

Corbyn Chuntering During Anti-Semitism Debate

Rather than accept the legitimate criticism of Labour and himself during the anti-Semitism debate, Corbyn is chuntering and heckling those who mention him. At one point he was heard to comment “disgraceful“. He just doesn’t get it.

Ian Austin: Labour “A Disgrace” For Failing to Expel Ken

His intervention wins applause in the Commons…

Corbyn’s Pointless Vanity Vote Defeated 317-266

Embarrassing. 

Labour Cold Case Unit: Four Never-Ending Investigations

Back in December Guido asked what progress Labour had made on their internal investigations into MPs accused of various forms of wrongdoing. At the time probes had been launched into Jared O’Mara, Keith Vaz, Kelvin Hopkins and Ivan Lewis. No progress has been made in five months. The O’Mara investigation has now been delayed again, and there has been no update on the other three. The supposed Vaz investigation has been ongoing for a year and a half. Ava Etemadzadeh, the woman who accused Hopkins of harassment, says she has no idea when her case will be heard. There is still no date set for the Lewis hearing, yet he is back in parliament and voting with Labour without taking the whip. A fifth MP, whose identity Guido knows but is not revealing to protect his alleged victim, is accused of wife-beating. He has not even been suspended. These investigations are a sham – Labour clearly has no intention of properly holding their MPs to account. Guido wouldn’t be surprised if Blairite Lewis gets thrown under a bus and the rest get away with it…

Labour Delays Jared O’Mara Probe

Labour’s investigation into Jared O’Mara has been delayed by the resignation of their governance director John Stolliday, according to reports. Jared has been filing written questions and voting in accordance with the Labour whip but still hasn’t ever spoken in the chamber. The constituents of Sheffield Hallam effectively unrepresented… 

Tories “Sh*tting on Us” Claims Labour Leaflet

The most foul-mouthed flyer of the local election campaign: a Labour leaflet delivered in Huddersfield claims the Tories are “sh*tting on” people to “fund tax cuts for the wealthy and giant corporations”. The mailshot, promoting councillor Mahmood Aktar, has been halted and remaining leaflets scrapped. Cllr Aktar’s agent said: “I am the agent but that doesn’t mean I wrote it.” Oops.

FCO and MoD Fury at “Utterly Reckless” Labour Syria Trip

The Foreign Office and Ministry of Defence have expressed fury after a Labour MP and peer travelled to Syria earlier this month in defiance of government travel advice. Lloyd Russell-Moyle and Maurice Glasman travelled to Kobani on 4 April, with the Corbynista MP extraordinarily live-tweeting his location as the delegation moved through Syria. The first the FCO and MoD knew about the trip was when they received intelligence that a British MP and peer were in Syria. This sparked panic across the two departments, with officials furious that the lives of British armed forces would be put at risk if they had to be sent in should something go wrong.

The FCO clearly advises “against all travel to Syria” and warns “there is a very high threat of kidnapping throughout Syria”. A serving MP’s decision to defy this advice and then live-tweet his location has led some Whitehall officials to lobby for an investigation into the trip. Officials at the Ministry of Justice and Home Office are worried that the visit could legitimise others considering travelling to Syria, and have expressed concerns about the impact the trip could have on ongoing court cases involving other Britons who have returned from the country.

A government source said: “This was an utterly reckless act that could have led to our armed forces being put in danger had they been kidnapped. It is mind-numbingly stupid given the political climate and could have severe consequences in terms of ongoing court cases over here.”

A second government source said: “Travel advice is very clear – by going to a dangerous region you are not only putting yourself at risk but also the individuals who would have to take part in a rescue operation. It’s incredibly stupid of an MP to do this and shows a real lack of judgement.”

Russell-Moyle wrote up his experience in Syria for the far-left website Evolve Politics and spoke about it at the Stop the War rally last night. Taking the Corbynista delusion on Syria to new stupid extremes…

UPDATE: Statement from Russell-Moyle:

“I did inform the FCO before I departed, informing them of our movements. I met with UK Ambassador in Iraq, the UK Consul-General in Erbil before & with him on the day we returned to debrief. We received security protection form Gov. of Kurdish Iraq and Northern Syrian Government.”

Yet the first the FCO and MoD heard about the trip was while he was there…

Top Corbynista MPs Attend Pro-Assad Rally

Labour MPs tonight joined a pro-Assad rally alongside protesters with flags, hats and scarves bearing the face of the Syrian tyrant. Shadow Justice Secretary Richard Burgon, Chris Williamson, Emma Dent Coad and Lloyd Russell-Moyle were among those present at this evening’s Stop the War demo at Parliament Square. Williamson told an audience waving pro-Corbyn placards and communist flags that there was no evidence for the Douma chemical attack and that Assad had no motive to carry it out. Echoing Kremlin talking points, Williamson said:

“Why would the Assad regime at this stage of the appalling conflict in Syria, where he’s virtually won the battle for Eastern Ghouta, launch a chemical weapons attack when it would be bound to bring on the wrath of the West? … The motive is questionable, the evidence – where is the evidence? It just isn’t there. And it’s no coincidence, it seems to me, that on the day before the OPCW inspectors were due to start their inspection, these air strikes took place. What is going on? There are very serious questions, it seems to me, that need to be answered.”

One Assad supporter told Guido said the Syrian leader had not done anything illegal and that it was the UK parliament that was acting illegally. He added his message to Jeremy Corbyn was “well done”.

Corbyn’s Labour…

Chris Leslie Slams Corbyn For “Turning a Blind Eye”

Targeted strike from Chris Leslie on Corbyn:

“A policy of inaction also would have severe consequences. Those who would turn a blind eye, who would do nothing in pursuit of some moral high ground, should also be held accountable for once today as well.”

Direct hit…

Mike Gapes mentions Corbyn and reminds him of Labour’s history of supporting humanitarian interventions:

Corbyn looking completely isolated on his backbenches, save for Laura Pidcock and a couple of others…[…] Read the rest

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