Corbyn: I’m Ready for Another Election

Hammond Blames Brexiteers For Briefing By Remainers

On Marr Phil Hammond claimed the briefing against him in the weekend papers is coming from Brexiteers: “people who are not happy with the agenda that I have tried to advance of ensuring that we achieve a Brexit which is focused of protecting our economy”. Andrew Marr replied “I think you can guess” who that means. This might fit the narrative of Hammond, the BBC and excitable Twitter Remainers, but it isn’t true…

Tim Shipman, the Sunday Times pol ed who received today’s anti-Hammond briefing, has shot down the theory:

“Some will see this as a plot by Brexiteers to undermine the leading remainer in the cabinet. All I can say is that the majority of my sources are not Brexiteers. Others will see a plot by Hammond’s leadership rivals to kill off his chances. Again, my sourcing doesn’t stack that up.”

A Brexiteer plot against Hammond carried out by Remainers? That’s a new one…

McDonnell Backtracks on Vow to Write Off Student Debt

During the election Jeremy Corbyn vowed “I will deal with” those who had the “historical misfortune” of large student debts, promising he would “ameliorate” their situation and write it off. Last week Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner confirmed the policy, admitting: “It is a huge amount, it is £100 billion. I like a challenge, but we’ve got to start dealing with this debt crisis that we’re foisting on our young people. It’s not acceptable”.

Today John McDonnell u-turned on that key election promise which won the votes of so many students and young people, telling Marr it was just “an ambition” and conceding for the first time “it’s very difficult” to do. All those who voted Labour to have their debts written off should watch this interview. It was fantasy politics, a pack of lies all along…

Osborne: May a Dead Woman Walking, on Death Row

McDonnell v Green Handbags

Damian Green gets under John McDonnell’s skin by claiming he doesn’t understand how the government borrows money. This pointy fingered exchange was revealing:

Green: “You don’t understand capitalism.

McDonnell: “You certainly do, don’t you.

Worth watching to see the famous McDonnell space invasion, usually only experienced by Labour MPs and staff…

Thornberry: “B*llocks”

UPDATE: Our cartoonist Rich Johnston thinks she reminds him of a Viz character:

Fallon Assad Ambush

Of course Fallon meeting Assad is not comparable to Corbyn’s support for the IRA (and Corbyn met Assad too).

Nonetheless a successful ambush from Thornberry…

John McDonnell Lies About Being a Marxist to Marr

Marr: “Are you a Marxist?”
McDonnell “No.”

Why so coy about his belief in Marxism? Has he changed his mind after decades of struggle since he has gone mainstream? He has said clearly many times before “I’m a Marxist…” Watch below:

Earlier this week he claimed he hadn’t noticed the Communist flag he was speaking under on May Day. Now he’s forgotten what he believes. Is he going senile or is he a liar? You decide…

UPDATE: Brillo follows up Guido’s line…

Corbyn Won’t Say If He’d Kill ISIS Leader

Here’s the headline from Marr: Corbyn won’t say if he would sanction a drone strike to kill the leader of ISIS if permission was sought by military chiefs. Jez did however clarify: “I am not a defender or supporter of ISIS in any way…”

Corbyn Suggests Labour Could Scrap Trident

Corbyn reopens the old Trident wounds, suggesting a Labour government would look again at its renewal and refusing to say if it will be in his manifesto. Paging Nia Griffith…

Thornberry Swerves Labour Backing Military Action

Miriam: “Two Sides” to Gibraltar

Miriam Clegg, who is being used increasingly by TV producers as an ‘expert’ pro-Remain talking head, made some revealing comments on Gibraltar on Mair this morning. She reckons there are “two sides” to the dispute and defended Spain’s apparently “conciliatory tone”. Brave tactic for the wife of Britain’s chief zombie Remainer. The only “two sides” are the right one and the wrong one…

Rudd: WhatsApp Unacceptable

Rebecca Long-Bailey Swirls Round Fiscal Black Hole

Rebecca Long-Bailey swirls round and round in the fiscal black hole that even Stephen Hawking thinks is a disaster. Marr was Brillo-like in his doggedness to get her to admit the sums don’t add up. She was Trumpian in the evasiveness of her answers…

Hammond: Brexit Bill Won’t Be €60 Billion

Hammond says he doesn’t “recognise” the EU’s €60 billion Brexit bill figure though says Britain will pay what it owes…

And we will “fight back and forge new trade deals around the world” if we don’t get a trade deal with the EU…

Nuttall Backs Carswell

Says Carswell has it in writing that he lobbied for Farage to get a knighthood, and if that is proven “I don’t see a problem…”

Mandelson: Parliament Should Be Able to Veto Brexit Deal

Mandelson says that Parliament must be able to veto a Brexit deal that is bad for Britain.

Given he thinks being in the EU is good for Britain all Brexit deals will be bad by his definition…

Watson: Polls Aren’t Great for Labour

Tranlastion: “We’re F****d.”

Thornberry: Public Has Spoken

Emily Thornberry says “The public has spoken, so we do as we’re told”, that’s why we’re back triggering Article 50. Bingo!

Zahawi: Trump’s Ban Discriminating

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Alan Sugar on Jeremy Corbyn:

“It’s clear you alluded to students refunds to get votes from young impressionable people. You are a cheat and should resign.”

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