Momentum Not Suspending Jackie Walker, Demand Labour Reinstate Her

Momentum have sacked Jackie Walker as vice chair but decided not to suspend her membership or remove her from their steering committee. They say in a statement released last night that her comments on the Holocaust were “irresponsible” but not anti-Semitic, and they say she was stitched up: “Momentum is concerned that footage of a training session was leaked to the press. The leak is unacceptable and undermines much needed political education”.

They add: “On the basis of the evidence the Committee has seen, Jackie should not be expelled from the Labour Party”. So Momentum believe Walker’s comments were not anti-Semitic, blame the media for exposing her and say she shouldn’t be kicked out of Labour. Wonder what the Labour moderates who kowtowed to Momentum last week have to say now…

Richard Murphy Wanted to ‘Do a Shami’

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This time last year tax blogger Richard Murphy was anointed the guru of Corbynomics, unofficially advising Jez and John on policy. His role was significant enough for David Cameron to make a sex joke about his “Joy of Tax” during his conference speech. Yet somewhere along the way the relationship soured. Murphy started to make a series of public comments denouncing the direction Corbyn and McDonnell were taking. These days he is far removed from the Corbynista project. So what caused the breakdown in relations? A source with intimate knowledge of Murphy’s meetings with the leader’s office claims Murphy requested to be put forward for a peerage as a thank you for his contribution. Jez said no, and they haven’t got on since. Now if Richard were to agree to chair some sort of independent inquiry things might be different…

Lansman “Appalled” By Jackie Walker’s Conduct

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Jackie Walker’s position as vice-chair of Momentum looks increasingly untenable after sources said Jon Lansman, previously a supporter and friend, had reached the end of his tether. A senior Jewish Labour source told Guido last night:

“Very senior members of Momentum from Lansman downwards are appalled by this. They say they find Jackie a liability. They recognise the damage that she is doing. They agree that her remarks are continually offensive.”

The Guardian reports that members of Momentum’s steering committee will seek to have Walker expelled on Monday. Manuel Cortes, the leader of the militant TSSA union, says Walker must resign or his union will withdraw their support from Momentum. The bizarre moment when Momentum are taking anti-Semitism more seriously than the Labour Party…

Jewish Groups and Corbynistas Condemn Jackie Walker

Labour’s standing in the Jewish community is at a new low after the party refused to comment on what action it would take against Jackie Walker. The chair of the Jewish Labour Movement Jeremy Newmark says:

“If Royall, Chakrabarti and Jeremy’s speech yesterday have made any difference to anything we would have expected to see clear, open action against Jackie Walker’s provocative behaviour. Her remarks seem to have been carefully calibrated to cause maximum hurt and pain to many many people.”

The Campaign Against Anti-Semitism says:

“It is beyond disgraceful that she was readmitted to the Labour Party and remains Vice Chair of Momentum. Shortly after her outburst, Jeremy Corbyn promised to fight antisemitism with his every breath but this is just the latest in a string of incidents involving Jackie Walker. What is there to investigate? How many more chances will she be given? Enough is enough. Jackie Walker must be expelled from the Labour Party and Momentum immediately and condemned in the strongest possible terms. Until Labour matches its rhetoric with action, we remain of the view that the Labour Party is not safe for Jews.”

The Jewish Chronicle’s Marcus Dysch says it’s a

“Complete cover up so we don’t know who’s in, who’s out, or what action is taken.”

The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust has condemned her comments:

“We are extremely shocked and saddened that Jackie Walker has questioned the aims and basis of Holocaust Memorial Day… Commemoration of the Holocaust should be a universal responsibility and does not prevent or undermine commemoration of other genocides.”

Even Corbynistas and Momentum supporters have said she should go:

Jackie is very close friends with Jon Lansman, and used their relationship to get him to argue she should be reinstated to the party last time round. Her partner is Graham Bash, a personal friend of Corbyn for over 30 years. Bash works for the Labour Representation Committee, the faction controlled by another of his close friends, John McDonnell. Corbynistas without personal connections to Walker are angrily briefing that this is why no action has been taken…

Labour Anti-Semitism Cover-Up

Labour will keep their response to the Jackie Walker anti-Semitism row private following new procedures adopted after the Chakrabarti inquiry. The party is under pressure to expel Walker over her comments on the Holocaust, yet Labour say they will not update the public on any action taken against her, a new policy recommended by Baroness Chakrabarti. A Labour spokesman says:

“We don’t comment on individuals’ membership status.”

Previously Labour would tell the press as soon as a member had been suspended.

Just hours after Jeremy Corbyn told conference “every one of us has a responsibility” to stand up to anti-Semitism, Labour are covering up their response to anti-Semitic remarks made by members. The new policy aims to make sure those accused of anti-Semitism are not treated unfairly, its priority is to protect those facing investigation. Unless Walker herself discloses what action, if any, is taken, the public will be kept in the dark. A complete cop out from Labour that ends all transparency on how they’re dealing with anti-Semitism. Corbyn’s words yesterday weren’t worth the autocue they were written on…

UPDATE: There is widespread uneasiness about this:

Jackie Walker: “All Holocaust Denial is Acceptable”

Momentum boss Jackie Walker is facing suspension from Labour (again) for criticising Holocaust Memorial Day. So this typo in her tweet explaining her comments is unfortunate…

Today at Labour Conference

9:46am: Corbyn tells Jewish peer who quit Labour over anti-Semitism to “reflect“.

9:56am: Corbyn says he backs war crimes investigations into British troops.

10:00am: Corbyn says he opposes giving more resources to MI6.

10:22am: McDonnell defends calling Esther McVey “a stain on humanity”.

10:40am: Yvette Cooper tells McDonnell to apologise.

11:06am: McDonnell doubles down, says “yes I do” think they were the right words.

11:15pm: Derek Hatton spotted in the conference hall.

11:52am: Ken Livingstone talks about Hitler on the BBC.

1:42am: Delegate rants about “Jewish MPs” and “Jewish plot to oust Corbyn”.

1:50pm: Fringe speaker compares Tory welfare policy to Nazis’ Arbeit Macht Frei.

5:00pm: Momentum host speaker who called for a Jewish man’s throat to be cut.

5:25pm: Anti-war merchandise mocking injured British soldiers on sale.

6:00pm: Jackie Walker says anti-Semitism in Labour is “exaggerated“.

6:30pm: Leaflets circulated“Jewish Labour Movement does not belong in Labour”.

Momentum Mock Injured Soldiers

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Some charming anti-war merchandise on sale at the Momentum conference in Liverpool…

Pic via Seb Payne

Corbynista Bank Smasher Dropped From Question Time

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Last week Corbynista mouthpiece Aaron Bastani boasted to his Facebook friends that he had been pencilled in to appear on tomorrow’s Question Time. Well, the producers have changed their minds and booked Caroline Lucas instead. Shame, Dimbers could have asked Aaron about his conviction for his role in smashing up a bank, as revealed by Guido on Monday

McDonnell: “Give Them a Good Slapping”

New footage has emerged of John McDonnell telling another one of his famous jokes. At a rally in 2010 the now Shadow Chancellor revealed his violent thoughts towards the Coalition government:

“I sat opposite that today and I tell you, sometimes you feel like physical force. You feel like giving them a good slapping.”

Obviously just another gag from the famous funnyman, like his other side-splitters about killing Thatcher, lynching female Tory MPs and kneecapping Labour councillors who opposed the IRA. Someone get him a stand up gig!

Via Harry’s Place

“Jew” Rant at LibDem Conference

“I want to make a bold pitch to progressive voters in the Jewish community and say, we are for you,” Tim Farron told the Jewish Chronicle as conference began in Brighton this week. How serious is he? Taking pride of place in the middle of the conference exhibition centre is disgraced former MP David “The Jews” Ward, manning the LibDem Friends of Palestine stall. This is what they’ve been posting on Facebook during conference:

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Then there’s this charming post:

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Why don’t they just join the Labour Party?

UPDATE: Luke Akehurst, director of We Believe in Israel:

“It is shocking that former MP David Ward, who made grotesquely offensive and prima facie antisemitic comparisons between Israel’s actions and the Holocaust, has been staffing the Lib Dem Friends of Palestine stall at the Lib Dem conference. The insinuations in recent Lib Dem Friends of Palestine Facebook posts that “Jews” (note the generalised smear against all Jews, let alone all Israelis) are never kind to Palestinian children, and that Jews play upon victimhood are unacceptable. Lib Dem Friends of Palestine should be trying to advance peace and coexistence between Israeli Jews and Palestinians, not using stereotyping and tropes about Jewish people in this crude way.”

UPDATE II: A LibDem spokesman says:

“We take this issue very seriously and are investigating.”

Undercover Footage of Momentum Plotting to Deselect Labour MPs

Momentum’s denials that they want to deselect moderate MPs are even less believable after this footage from Dispatches. “We will unseat him… you’re in the way. Get out the way…”

Top Corbynista Convicted For Role in Bank Attack

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A top Corbynista can be revealed as a convicted criminal who was given a suspended sentence for his role in a violent bank attack. Aaron Bastani, who runs Jeremy Corbyn’s favoured ‘new media’ outlet Novara Media, has had a string of brushes with the law. During the anti-cuts protests in March 2011, Bastani was filmed ramming a bin into a branch of HSBC before beckoning rioters inside. The bank was then smashed up. Bastani has admitted to Guido that he is the man in the grey t-shirt wearing a bicycle snood, and confirmed he was convicted of a public order offence and received a suspended sentence.

Later that year, Bastani was arrested for his role in another protest, this time against the then Tory education minister David Willetts at SOAS university. The photos below show Bastani involved in a brawl inside the building, and him being arrested and handcuffed on the ground outside. Bastani was charged but the case was later dropped.

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Bastani confessed to Guido:

“I do regret it because it brought an immense amount of pain and anxiety to my loved ones, my friends and my family. I wouldn’t do it again, I do regret it. Politically I’m still the same person in terms of how I want to change things, one of which does include tax avoidance and does include a bank, HSBC, which is involved in billions of pounds worth of business with arms dealers and drugs cartels. I believe just as passionately about those but I would refrain from doing that sort of thing and I would tell other young people to refrain from doing it because of the pressure and anxiety it brings to their loved ones.”

Bastani has been booked by Question Time as a Corbynista spokesman. Perhaps Dimbleby could ask him about this…

Undercover Momentum Exposé Coming

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Guido hears Dispatches have had an undercover journalist infiltrate Momentum for several months over the summer. The programme is coming out on Monday and is expected to be trailed heavily in the Sunday papers. Some top Corbynistas will be spending the next 24 hours sweating about what they’ve said on camera…

Labour Readmit Corbynista Who Said “Fascist” Israel is a “Sh*thole”

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Labour’s National Executive Committee has readmitted a Corbynista who had been suspended for ranting about “Zionists” and claiming that “fascist” Israel is a “sh*thole“. Terence Kenyon, a member in Stalybridge CLP, was auto-excluded from the party after the compliance unit found he had written a string of inflammatory tweets.

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He also launched a staunch defence of Ken Livingstone and the other Labour members suspended for anti-Semitism, arguing that all but one did not say anything wrong:

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As you can see above, in his Twitter bio he describes himself as “Not democratic Labour”. The sort of charmer that Labour are welcoming in…

Corbyn to Share Platform With Hamas Sympathiser Next Month

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Jeremy Corbyn is to share a platform with a Muslim Brotherhood-linked Hamas sympathiser at the Stop the War Coalition conference next month. Fellow speaker Anas Altikriti has been described as “the key spokesman and lobbyist for the Brotherhood in Britain”. He has reportedly expressed sympathy with Hamas:

“the Brotherhood supports Hamas. I believe that if you are occupied you need to fight back”

The Telegraph reported last year that he co-founded a group called the British Muslim Initiative with a Hamas commander and Hamas special envoy. Altikriti once claimed HSBC had closed down his bank account because he opposed “Zionists“. Here he is pictured with Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh:

He is followed on Twitter by Corbyn’s strategy chief Seumas Milne and chief of staff Simon Fletcher. With “friends” like these…

Order of the OTT: Paul Mason on “Trumptards”

Formerly impartial BBC economics expert turned top Corbynista Paul Mason is handling the grammar schools debate with his usual calm and reasoned approach. In the interests of accuracy Paul should have written “Trumptards”, UKIP, a majority of the British public, and Seumas Milne…  

Ken on Hitler, Yet Again

Ken talking about Hitler is becoming a daily occurrence. He also says he would consider a return to front-line politics if Jezza wants him back…

New Green Leader Says UKIP are Fascists

New Green co-leader Jonathan Bartley is a complete non-entity, so it was important for him to make a good first impression on today’s Daily Politics. Would the smug former Tory take a more moderate, sensible tone? Nope, he said UKIP are “fascist” and compared them to the Nazis. Now the left is in control of the Labour Party, what is the point of the Greens?

Ken Goes on TV to Talk Vaz, Ends Up Discussing Hitler

Ken Livingstone went on the BBC News channel this morning to discuss Keith Vaz. Naturally, he ended up talking about Hitler. He says he has “so much evidence” to prove he’s right and adds: “Adolf Eichmann negotiated a deal with the Zionist movement to give them guns”.[…] Read the rest

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