Khan Breaks Fourth Election Promise in Six Months

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During the Mayoral election, Sadiq Khan time and time again vowed he would deliver 50% affordable housing on every new development. He promised he would implement this “on day one”. The manifesto pledge is still up on his website:

“Sadiq will set a target for 50 per cent of all new homes in London to be genuinely affordable.”

Yesterday Khan released his Supplementary Planning Guidance detailing how councils should deal with planning applications. His new policy is that he hopes to convince developers to voluntarily meet a target of 35% affordable housing, in return for a quicker consideration of their application. No mention of the 50% target whatsoever. Khan has already broken manifesto promises on travel fares, trees and green energy – this is is fourth broken promise since taking office…

H/T @mayorwatch

Image From Havana

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Jeremy Corbyn’s spokesman tells Guido that Jez won’t be going to Castro’s funeral but Labour will be represented by Emily Thornberry. She’ll have never seen anything like it…

Labour ‘Moderates’ Loved Castro Too

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The vast majority of Labour MPs stayed silent over the weekend as their leader praised a murderous communist dictator. Why? As this 2008 Early Day Motion shows, Castro had support from across the Labour Party, including many so-called moderates. A motion “commending the achievements of Fidel Castro” was signed by centre-left MPs including Keith Vaz, Lindsay Hoyle, Virendra Sharma, Karen Buck, Clive Efford, Andy Slaughter and Kelvin Hopkins, as well as thinking lefties like former Miliband aide Jon Cruddas. Obviously Corbyn, McDonnell, Thronberry, Diane Abbott and the usual cranks backed it too. Given his penchant for persecuting gays and locking up “deviants”, goodness knows what Castro would have done to Vaz…

Corbyn Defends Castro’s “Excesses”

Corbyn, asked about Castro’s human rights abuses – summary executions, decades of impoverishment, gays sent to concentration camps – replies: “There are problems of excesses by all regimes”. Mad.

Blairite Momentum Coming?

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Tony Blair tells the New Statesman “I can’t come into front-line politics. There’s just too much hostility, and also there are elements of the media who would literally move to destroy mode if I tried to do that”. So what is he up to? Blair says he plans to use technology to “build a platform” that will create a forum for debate without abuse. Less likely that this is some naff social network idea – BlairBook or Tonblr? – more likely he is talking about a Blairite version of Momentum.

“One advantage of today’s social media is that you can build networks. Movements can begin at scale and build speed quickly. You’re not going to relate the answers to the challenges that we face by a Twitter exchange, so what I’m interested in doing is asking: what are the types of ideas that we should be taking forward? How do we provide a service to people who are in the front line of politics, so that we can provide some thinking and some ideas?”

Blair says there are millions of “politically homeless” people in Britain, he wants his new “platform” to represent the Europhile, metropolitan, Blairite to LibDemmy liberal elite. Blair’s organisation has already hired former Mandy SpAd Patrick Loughran and Scottish Labour loser Jim Murphy, and he has been in talks with Nick Clegg. Problem for Tony, as he recognises, is the political forces that exist today are very different to when he was winner…

Amy Lame is Sorry, Not Sorry

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City AM reports that Sadiq Khan’s Twitter troll aide has written to the leaders of six Tory councils apologising for calling Ruth Davidson scum, George Osborne a “c*nt” and celebrating Thatcher’s death. Since Lame’s only public response to the row has been to ‘like’ tweets supporting her unhinged rants, you’ll be forgiven for not believing her apology is genuine.

Still no explanation from Khan or Lame about her tax arrangements, which are highly abnormal for a public official…

Labour Rising Star Falls to Earth

Rebecca Long-Bailey is the Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, tipped as a Corbynista rising star and protege of John McDonnell. On the Daily Politics today, Long-Bailey had no idea whether Labour wanted to stay in the single market, then claimed they wanted to stay in the customs union. When it was pointed out this means Britain would not be able to make new trade deals with other countries, Long-Bailey claimed it might be possible. It is not. She then could not name any country with a “zero percent deficit”. No idea what she is talking about, completely out of her depth, a joke that she is seen as a talent by Labour.

Vid via Brexit Central

Stella Creasy Says England’s Footballers Are Too Posh

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Stella Creasy is the subject of much amusement this afternoon after seriously telling the Commons that the England football team is struggling because it has too many posh, privately-educated players:

“Thirteen per cent of our national football team went to a private school, which is double the number of people who go to those private schools nationally. Does he think that might account for the performance of our national football team, if we’re missing out on the talent that exists in the comprehensive sector?”

Just how posh is Stella? Read all about her family, the Verekers, Cayzers, Prendergasts and Gorts – Colonels, Baronets, Viscounts and parliamentarians – here. If poshness is a marker of poor performance, what does that say about Stella? Nobody tell her about the England rugby team…

Owen Smith: I Will Vote Against Will of the People

Piers Morgan: “Are you prepared to stand there, as a democratically elected politician in this country, and vote against the democratic will of the people?”

Owen Smith: “Yes, in respect of this I absolutely am.”

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Sadiq Shamelessly Spinning Broken Fares Promise

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Sadiq Khan is getting a lot of positive headlines today after he “formally confirmed” he would “freeze fares across the Transport for London network”, he says in line with his manifesto promise. This is a really shamelessly misleading distortion of the truth.[…] Read the rest

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Labour on Three Line Whip For Boundary Blocking Bill

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Labour are on a three line whip to vote for Pat Glass’ private member’s bill seeking to reject boundary changes and keep the number of MPs at 650. It goes without saying that the bill is a vain attempt by Labour to prevent their own seats from disappearing, despite the massive cost to the taxpayer of ignoring the Boundary Commission and not cutting the size of parliament.[…] Read the rest

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Shadow Chancellor Sold Out on 100% Top Rate of Tax

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These days John McDonnell and Jeremy Corbyn are aligned with the right-wing capitalist running dogs of the Labour Party on income tax, favouring a 50% top rate. This is yet another policy position on which they have massively sold out. Just five years ago McDonnell’s pamphlet for the Trotskyite group Permanent Revolution, which Guido yesterday revealed included calls to arm the working class, demanded a 100% top rate of income tax for the richest in Britain.[…] Read the rest

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Vaz Dodges National Crime Agency Meeting

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Since Keith Vaz’s appointment to the Criminal Finance Bill committee this week it has sat twice, on Tuesday and today. For some reason – to the great disappointment of hacks – Vaz has absented himself from both sessions. Guido can give readers some background as to why that might be…

Guido understands Labour whips have been told that not only is Vaz now under investigation by Scotland Yard, they have been made aware that four files regarding Vaz have been passed to the National Crime Agency.[…] Read the rest

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Owen’s Paul Mason Moment: “Corbyn Will Never Win”

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Owen Jones is always careful to temper his criticism of Jeremy Corbyn, it is bad for his brand if he is seen as disparaging the Corbyn project and he values his relationships in the leader’s office. Yet speaking to Spanish publication Contexto y Accion, Owen has been significantly more candid.[…] Read the rest

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McDonnell Wanted to Arm Working Class, Now Swears Allegiance to Queen

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Last night John McDonnell swore allegiance to the Queen as he was appointed to the Privy Council. The final act of selling out for the Shadow Chancellor, who Guido can reveal just five years ago backed calls to arm the working class and mount a revolution.[…] Read the rest

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Abbott’s Immigration Stance Will Boost UKIP

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Writing on LabourList Diane Abbott says Labour can’t “out-UKIP UKIP” on immigration to win back supporters who are switching to the purple people’s army, so they should do the opposite. Bear in mind that Jeremy Corbyn has appointed Abbott as Labour’s official spokesperson on immigration…

Her strategy is to win progressive pro-immigration voters back from the Greens, SNP and LibDems..[…] Read the rest

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