Milne Orders Corbynistas to “Isolate” Moderate MPs

Corbyn’s communications chief Seumas Milne has ordered the Labour leader’s army of social media ultras to “isolate” and “counter” moderate MPs online. According to the Labour Party Marxists group Milne attended the AGM of the Campaign for Labour Party Democracy last week, where he called on those present to target moderates:

he correctly pointed to the “symbiosis between some in the Labour Party and elements of the media and the establishment”. We must counter this, using social media to “isolate those who want to create a feeling of confusion and failure”

Not sinister at all. And yes, that is Labour’s chief spinner on secondment from the Guardian decrying links between “some in the Labour Party and elements of the media”.

The meeting also discussed Labour’s anti-Semitism problem, dismissing claims of anti-Semitism at Oxford Labour club and claiming links between those investigating and Israel:

All complaints around the YL election, along with the outrageous charges of anti-Semitism made against the Oxford University Labour Club for its stand against Israel’s persecution of the Palestinians, have been referred to an “enquiry” under Baroness Jan Royall – who, Ann Black reminded us, worked for Neil Kinnock and is a supporter of Labour Friends of Israel. Labour Party ‘enquiries’ can last years, and may never reach a conclusion.

A reminder that Oxford Labour club members face allegations of harassing Jewish students and abusing Jews as “Zios“. This is how Corbyn’s allies respond to claims of anti-Semitism, by defending the perpetrators and claiming conspiracy…

UPDATE: Labour MP John Woodcock hits back:

“Tawdry.. explains a lot. Tactics hallmark of ultra-left apparatchiks, should have no place in British Labour party.”

Labour Suspends Another ISIS-Israel Conspiracy Theorist

Here we go again: Labour have suspended yet another member who thinks ISIS is an Israeli conspiracy. Bob Campbell, a Momentum activist and party member in Middlesbrough, reckons “ISIS is run by Israel” and says Belgium was attacked last week because it supported Palestinian rights:

In another post, Campbell promoted a meme claiming ISIS hasn’t attacked Israel “because the dog doesn’t bite its own tail”:

What is it about the Corbyn leadership that attracts Israeli conspiracy theorist loons into the party? 

H/T Sunday Times

UPDATE: Campbell claims in a new Facebook post that he has not been suspended by Labour, despite Labour saying he has:

We’ve been here before

Seumas Milne Floored in Guardian Game of Chicken

Some Easter holiday reading: don’t miss WikiGuido’s profile of Seumas Milne in this month’s GQ. Read Milne’s extraordinary defence of a self-confessed KGB stooge, the inside story of the ‘revenge reshuffle’ and how he was floored in a game of chicken in the Guardian newsroom:

Former colleagues reveal how, despite his slight figure, Milne had a remarkable habit of refusing to give way in corridors. Over several years, his fellow journalists grew tired of his insistence that oncoming co-workers make way for him. Eventually, one snapped, telling his desk, “I’m not going to do it again. Next time he plays chicken with me, I’m not going to get out of the way.” The whole office waited for the inevitable confrontation. Soon enough, it happened. As Milne walked down a corridor, the six-foot colleague approached from the other direction. They smashed into each other, sending Milne flying, along with the papers he was carrying. “Seumas was in shock,” recalls an onlooker. “No one had ever done that to him before. He expected people to show deference to him. There was a horrible silence in the office. It was a moment that demonstrated how aloof he seemed from the rest of the working environment.”

Read the full profile here

Momentum Campaigning Hard For Khan

Sadiq has spent the last few months publicly distancing himself from Team Corbyn for electoral reasons, yet the actual evidence shows the opposite is true. Last weekend the far-left Corbynista group People’s Momentum held a “Khanpaigning” event in the capital, followed by a ‘Jez We Khan’ party hosted by Owen Jones and top Corbynista MP Clive Lewis. Tonight Momentum are hitting the phones for Sadiq at his Westminster HQ:

This all comes as Momentum are hit by new allegations of targeting moderate Labour MPs, and they’ve even been embroiled in a race row with Chuka Umunna this afternoon. Remember all this when Sadiq next says he’s not that close to Jezza…

Corbyn and McDonnell Exposed as Thatcherite Sellouts

It’s finally happened: Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell have been exposed as sellouts by the ultra-hard left. Trots, Marxists and splitters over at the World Socialist Wesbsite have published a takedown accusing McDonnell of being a Thatcherite:

“McDonnell’s statements had more in common with the economic nostrums of Margaret Thatcher than even the thin gruel of mid-twentieth century Labour Party reformism.”

Corbyn is apparently a moderate sympathiser, who even allowed “Blairite warmongers” into the Shadow Cabinet:

“His statements on economic policy are in line with an unbroken chain of reversals by Corbyn of the pledges on which he was elected, carried out in the name of preserving “party unity”—that is, capitulating to the party’s right wing on all fundamental issues…Corbyn set the rightward course of his tenure immediately after his election by naming a shadow cabinet prominently featuring various Blairite warmongers, including Hilary Benn as his foreign secretary.”

Even worse, he let them vote freely, tacitly “supporting war”:

“Despite this backing, Corbyn authorised a free vote by Labour MPs, meaning they would not be censured or disciplined for supporting war. He did so knowing that a large contingent of Labour MPs would line up behind the Tory war resolution.”

Finally they expose Corbyn and McDonnell as secret agents, and “guardians of the interests of the British borgeoisie”:

“Corbyn and McDonnell are seeking to position Labour as trusted guardians of the interests of the British bourgeoisie should a general election be called. Their sole aim is to preserve social order, while carrying out the anti-working class policies required by the ruling elite, dressed up in the language of “equal sacrifice.””

The article finishes with a clarion call “to arm the emerging mass struggles of the working class with a revolutionary socialist and internationalist programme”Why don’t Corbyn and McDonnell just join the Tories?

John Woodcock Deletes Another Social Media Post

A very generous offer from the MP for Barrow and Furness now withdrawn:

Two in two days…

‘Hostile’ Labour MPs Find Another List

“Found in the tea room” by Labour moderate Jamie Reed tonight…

N.b. This is a parody, obviously.

John Woodcock’s Deleted PMQs Summary

You can probably call that “hostile”…

Two More Labour Extremists Unearthed

LABOUR EXTREMISTS

Guido’s revelations that Beinazir Lasharie has been readmitted to Labour isn’t the only anti-Semitism story doing the rounds today. Khadim Hussain, a Labour councillor in Bradford, shared a post to Facebook claiming “Your school education system only tells you about Anne Frank and the six million Zionists that were killed” and posted inflammatory links about Israel supporting ISIS. Full story over at Jewish News.

The Times meanwhile has found former Left Unity activist John Tummon, who says ISIS has “progressive potential”, is back in the Labour Party. That’s three stories of the same theme broken just in time for PMQs…

UPDATE: Khadim Hussain has been suspended from the Labour Party.

‘Jews Did 9/11’ Councillor: Labour Investigation Cleared Me

Beinazir Lasharie responds to our story this morning by confirming she is still a Labour councillor and claiming that the party’s investigation cleared her:

Labour HQ are spinning that Lasharie is “still suspended“, yet today she is on the Kensington council website as a Labour councillor and Kensington Labour say she was reinstated in December. Kensington Labour confirm in writing:

“She’s the Labour Cllr for Notting Dale.”

So she clearly isn’t suspended in any way. Will they kick her out?

Labour Reinstates Suspended Corbynista Who Said “Jews” Behind ISIS and 9/11

A Labour councillor who was suspended for writing that “Jews” were behind 9/11 and ISIS has been reinstated to the party. In October, Beinazir Lasharie, a Corbynista Labour councillor in Kensington, was suspended pending investigation after Guido exposed her extreme conspiracy theories. Lasharie had posted a video on Facebook titled “ISIS: Israeli Secret Intelligence Service”, and commented:

“Many people know about who was behind 9/11 and also who is behind ISIS. I’ve nothing against Jews… just sharing it!”

She also wrote: “I’ve heard some compelling evidence about ISIS being originated from Zionists!”, and when Guido asked her to explain her comments, she told us:

“I don’t know what to believe any more. I’ve seen compelling evidence that links Zionists to ISIS.”

Labour swiftly suspended her and launched an investigation.

Yet today Lasharie is front and centre of the profile picture for the Kensington Labour Party Twitter feed:

Kensington Labour tell Guido that Lasharie is once again “the Labour Cllr for Notting Dale” and confirm that, following an investigation, her suspension was lifted in December. This is the most difficult story yet for the party to explain – why was she let back in after they investigated her extremist rants? Labour’s anti-Semitism problem gets a whole lot worse…

Team Corbyn Intelligence Failure

save+jezThe Times has got hold of a spreadsheet drawn up by Team Corbyn, ranking Labour MPs from being core supporters of Jez to hostile enemies. Amusingly the leak throws up a considerable number of anomalies that are immediately apparent. Corbyn’s political secretary Katy Clark clearly needs better intel.

Vernon Coaker, for example, is down as “core group plus”, the group that is apparently second most supportive of Corbyn. He’s on the record taking Corbyn to task on Trident, Nato and Northern Ireland and gives this glowing endorsement of his leader: “we’ll have to see how it works out”. Is Sir Keir Starmer really a “core group plus” Corbynista? He’s openly dismissed Corbyn as “not the messiah” and has been linked again and again with a leadership putsch. Hilariously, Mike Gapes, slayer of the Corbynista Twitter trolls, is down as “neutral but not hostile”, despite his record loudly opposing the new insurgency. Another vociferous critic, Wes Streeting, is down as “not hostile” which he will surely take as an insult. As is Roger Godsiff, who has openly rowed with Team Corbyn. Burnham is obviously on the fence so they’ve got him right.

Dan Jarvis is down as “negative” rather than “hostile”, despite being at the head of the so-called ‘G20’ shadow shadow cabinet and plotting an unsubtle leadership bid. Also in this non “hostile” group are Corbyn-loathing Kevan Jones, Stephen Doughty of the infamous live resignation,Trot-fighting John Spellar, Jess Phillips, Jonny Reynolds and Steve Reed. You could hardly get more hostile.

Also worth noting that a large number of Tom Watson’s allies are in the two “negative” groupings. As well as Ian Austin and Michael Dugher, key Watson for Deputy Leader nominators like Lucy Powell, Shabana Mahmood, Jon Ashworth are all down as “negative“. Top Watson supporters in the anti-Jez camp will be worth looking out for when the counter-revolution comes…

Sadiq Khan’s Alan Partridge Moment

What on earth was Sadiq thinking? After the weirdest moment of the mayoral campaign so far, he then stormed out without doing the customary photo with Nick Ferrari and the other candidates. Pure Partridge…

Labour Ad Man Hopes Blair Gets Alzheimer’s

So toxic is Tony Blair that the man who runs Labour’s election advertising company believes the best thing for the party would be if he “got early onset Alzheimer’s”. Peter Souter told a group of Fabians:

“We need to win. We need to win. Nothing else matters. You have to win otherwise you can’t change anything ever. And it’s interesting, what would be best I think now, is if Blair got early onset Alzheimer’s, because what was great for the Tories- well no, but what was great for the Tories was that Thatcher couldn’t talk anymore. She became- sorry is that bad? – so she was just able to be the person that won all the time, won all the goddamn time.”

Souter is the chairman of advertising company TBWA, aka “Tony Blair Wins Again”, who worked on all three of Blair’s election wins in 1997, 2001 and 2005, producing billboards like this:

The sickness in Labour is so bad that even Blair’s allies want him to disappear…

Shadow Shadow Cabinet: ‘G10’ Show of Force But Jarvis Bombs

Corbyn’s dire response means it won’t have gone unnoticed among the PLP that the most effective opposition this afternoon came from members of the “Shadow Shadow Cabinet”. Yvette Cooper, Chuka Umunna – dubbed the “Shadow Shadow Chancellor” by David Gauke – Chris Leslie and Rachel Reeves all landed blows. Liz Kendall, Mary Creagh and Stephen Doughty notably joined in. Dan Hodges reports former ministers discreetly working on an alternative policy platform are known as the ‘G10’ and are led by Dan Jarvis:

Judging by this amateurish Twitter guff, Jarvis is not the most impressive Labour moderate…

Corbyn Attacks Lord Levy Over Anti-Semitism Complaint

When a senior Jewish member of your party politely suggests Labour could do more to counter anti-Semitism, it’s an odd reaction to respond by attacking them. Yet Jeremy Corbyn has angrily laid into Lord Levy this morning:

“Lord Levy clearly hasn’t been listening to the seven times since I became leader I’ve absolutely condemned anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, any form of racism. It is absolutely something I totally passionately believe in and I’m disappointed that Lord Levy has made these remarks.”

And why does Corbyn have to equate anti-Semitism to Islamophobia, of which Labour has faced no complaints? Why can’t he just condemn it?

H/T Jewish News

Through The Keyhole: Lansman’s £1.5 Million Pad

lansman flat exterior

Guido readers will remember that People’s Momentum chief Jon Lansman runs the grassroots Corbynista group from a million pound luxury riverside apartment at Shad Thames. But where did the Bennite previously reside? This is Lansman’s former four-storey property in Shoreditch, which sold for £1,525,000 in April last year. Making a profit of £800,000…

The veteran Corbyn campaigner’s pad, which went for nearly triple the average London house price, featured three bedrooms and two spacious reception rooms across nearly 1,800 square feet of prime Shoreditch real estate:

His impressive bookshelf includes books on Lenin, Stalin and almost an entire shelf devoted to Tony Benn:

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The trendy magazine rack is stacked full with copies of the New Statesman and Tribune:

Lansman magazine rack

Pride of place in Lansman’s living room is a statue of Karl Marx, in Corbynista-red:

marx flat lansman

And of course there is well stocked wine cellar:

Champagne Corbynista…

No Chuka, the First Nigerian London Assembly Member is a Tory

Florence Eshalomi is the Labour London Assembly candidate who has been targeted by Momentum, though at least Chuka has got her back. He’s been campaigning hard on the moderate’s behalf, telling Twitter she will be the first ever Nigerian on the London Assembly. Oh really…

Meet Kemi Badenoch, London Assembly member and British-Nigerian. And a Tory…

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The perils of identity politics…

READ: Labour MPs’ Email Chain Mocking Corbyn

Try-hard Corbynista MP Clive Lewis emailed Labour colleagues this morning soliciting their support for a ‘Labour In’ statement on the referendum:

Unfortunately for Clive, warm responses were not forthcoming. Partly because he unwisely cc’d known Outers like Kate Hoey into the email chain. This was Kate’s reply:

Best response however came from sarky moderate Ian Austin:

Zing!

Labour MEP’s Migrants “Final Solution” Gaffe

Readers may remember the last time Labour let gaffe-prone Claude Moares go on telly to talk about migrants. It did not go well. Today the portulent clanger specialist struck again on the Daily Politics, telling Andrew Neil we need a “final solution” to the migrant crisis.[…] Read the rest

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