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…

Stop the War Side With North Korea

The Stop the War fringe event at Labour conference is always a laugh. Last night Corbyn aide Andrew Murray, who has previously expressed open support for North Korea, gave this absolutely textbook example of the “Stop the War but”:

“Now North Korea’s own conduct is often provocative and belligerent, I don’t defend its rhetoric, but this is a country which perhaps has learned the lesson from the Iraq War, that Iraq got invaded when it did not have weapons of mass destruction. So being threatened continually by the Americans you go out and you get them.”

Stop the War veteran Lindsey German then argued North Korea gets unfair treatment compared with other countries:

“I don’t agree with what Kim Jong Un is doing but let’s face it, the North Koreans are testing some missiles most weeks, the Americans test something like a thousand missiles a year, the Indians and Pakistanis test nuclear weapons, nobody puts sanctions on them, nobody threatens them with war… The war in Korea which went on for three years was devastating for the people of North Korea. They had absolutely no targets left to hit because they destroyed every single town in that part of the country. They deliberately targeted dams so that they would flood the rice fields and they would therefore starve the population. This is the record of America in Korea, and they wonder why people might be a little bit suspicious.”

“I don’t agree with Kim Jong Un, but…”

Stop The War’s Free Tours Round Imperial War Museum

The publicly-funded Imperial War Museum is giving a free tour to members of the Stop the War Coalition which will be led by a notorious hard-left agitator. Activists from the group, long associated with the far-left and Jeremy Corbyn, will be granted free access to the People Power: Fighting for Peace exhibition in London. Meanwhile, ordinary families will pay to go round the show this summer: adult tickets cost £10, children £5 and concessions £7. An email to Stop The War members also reveals the museum will provide the services of a professional curator and historian:

“We are pleased to announce a free guided tour for Stop the War members of the People Power: Fighting for Peace exhibition at the IWM in London at 4pm on 3rd August, which will last for about an hour… Senior IWM curator and historian Matt Brosnan and Stop the War convenor Lindsey German will be guiding the tour. “

As noted in The Economist, Stop the War has “often been accused of being sympathetic towards (or at least, conspicuously quiet about) despotic foreign leaders.” Its founder, John Rees, said Hamas and Hezbollah are “a legitimate part of [our] movement”. When Syrian civil society groups lobbied the UN to set up no-bombing zones in Syria, Stop the War opposed it. Tour leader Lindsey German – formerly of the Socialist Workers Party Central Committee – wrote in The Guardian: “The answer to the misery of the people of Aleppo… is not a no-fly [no bombing] zone, which in fact entails military intervention.A public institution hosts a free day out for the hard left…

“Stop Trump” Rally Hijacked By Anti-Semites and Extremists

If you are going to organise a rally protesting against Donald Trump, you should probably try to make sure it isn’t hijacked by cranks, extremists and anti-Semites. Alas, the speakers at this afternoon’s “Stop Trump” rally in Westminster are a roll call of wrong ‘uns…

Salma Yaqoob 

While a Respect Party councillor in Birmingham, Yaqoob infamously refused to join applause for George Cross-winning war hero Lance Corporal Matt Croucher. L/Cpl Croucher threw himself on top of a Taliban grenade in Helmand in 2008, saving the lives of his colleagues. As decorated Croucher entered the council chamber, Yaqoob sat with her arms crossed.

Malia Bouattia (NUS President)

Disgraced Bouattia says the government’s anti-terror programme Prevent is fuelled by a “Zionist lobby“, has ranted about the “Zionist-led media” and has described the University of Birmingham as a “Zionist outpost“. She also refused to acknowledge the right of the State of Israel to exist during a Channel 4 News interview last year. Professor Carol Baxter, the NHS’s former head of equality, diversity and human rights, carried out a probe into Bouattia’s comments and found they “could be reasonably capable of being interpreted as anti-Semitic”. Rumours are circulating that she could be ousted from the NUS this week.

Asad Rehman (Friends of the Earth)

Asad Rehman is Friends of the Earth’s “international climate campaigner” but he engages on a variety of issues outside his realm of expertise: Rehman has tweeted his belief that Netanyahu and Israel are “best pals” with ISIS. He advocates banning “Zionist organisations” from climate change events. Real piece of work.

Murad Qureshi (Chair, Stop the War Coalition)

The West-hating Stop the War has praised the “internationalism and solidarity of ISIS”, blamed the French for the Paris terror attacks and refuses to oppose Russian bombing of Syria. Qureshi feebly claimed his organisation could not protest against Putin because the Russian Embassy is on a private road. As Peter Tatchell says of Qureshi’s group: “The Stop the War Coalition is in moral meltdown… over its one-sided Syria protests and its persistent failure to listen to appeals from democratic, anti-war and civil society activists inside Syria.”

Way to completely discredit your anti-Trump protest.

Boris Calls For Protests Outside Russian Embassy

Blairite MP Ann Clwyd asks why there are no protests outside the Russian embassy in London. Boris agrees:

“I would certainly like to see demonstrations outside the Russian embassy. Where is the Stop the War Coalition?”

It might look something like this:

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This time presumably Stop the War will be busy washing their hair…

Stop the War Silent on Russian Bombing, Vocal on Nicky Morgan

Despite the so-called ‘ceasefire’ in Syria, Russian planes have been accused of bombing a Medicin Sans Frontieres hospital this morning, killing nine people. According to the humanitarian aid organisation, “This appears to be a deliberate attack on a health structure, and we condemn this attack in the strongest possible terms”. Anti-war campaigners must be up in arms…

Head over to the Stop the War Coalition website today and there is no mention of the Russian air strikes in Syria anywhere. The site instead leads with a Stop the War protest against Nicky Morgan. Good to see the tankies are all over the big issues…

Stop The War’s Most Outrageous Claim Yet: Britain “No Less Sociopathic” Than ISIS

Just when you thought Stop the War couldn’t get any more insane, this article emerges. Headlined “Sociopaths united: the West versus ISIS is a marriage made in hell”, it was posted on Stop the War’s website last year. It begins by arguing that Britain and America are “no less sociopathic” than ISIS:

“Beneath the veneer of humanitarianism, the United States, Britain and their allies are no less sociopathic than the enemies they propose to ‘hunt down’ and eliminate.”

Errr… what?

It goes on to accuse the British and American governments of exaggerating the threat posed by ISIS:

“Both governments have deliberately and shamelessly magnified the threat that IS poses, with barely a trace of nuance or analysis, and presented the snuff videos as prima facie evidence of a psychopathic ‘death cult’”

Tell that to the victims of the Paris and Tunisia attacks.

The article then repeats the original premise, concluding that the western “Imperium” are “no less sociopathic” than ISIS:

“they have demonstrated once again, that beneath the veneer of humanitarianism, the Imperium and its allies are no less sociopathic than the enemies they propose to ‘hunt down’ and eliminate, and that ‘terrorist propaganda’ can help the state as much as the terrorist.”

How long before this article is taken down from the Stop the War website?

Fox: Where is Stop the War’s Anti-ISIS Campaign?

“Why don’t we see Stop the War’s anti-beheading marches, the anti-mass rape marches or the anti-crucifixion marches? Why no anti-Isis campaign?”

Not an unreasonable question…

Civil War Over Corbyn Party: Labour Internationalists Versus Stop the War

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Jezza’s attendance or non-attendance tonight at Stop the War’s fund raising party tonight is the cause celebre of the chattering classes. Pitting Guardian reader against Guardian reader, comrade against comrade.

Despite a lot of pressure Guido is pretty certain Jezza will join the coalition of commies, trots, pacifists and haters of Western democracy tonight. The likes of Michael Dugher, Tristram Hunt, Caroline Flint and Emma Reynolds have called on him to cancel his appearance at the event after the Green MP Caroline Lucas and Peter Tatchell the human rights campaigner have become more vociferously critical. 500 Labour party members have backed a new group,Labour Internationalists“, to provide a vehicle for supporters of a “progressive foreign policy” that defends rather than blames Western liberal democracies. Basically bombing baddies rather than giving them a sympathetic platform…

Labour MP: Corbyn Should ‘Grow Up’ and Quit ‘Stop The War’

Birmingham MP Jess Phillips was on fine form on Channel 4 News last night debating with Stop The War co-founder John Rees. She didn’t take too kindly to the implication she wasn’t a straight talker…

Stop the War Hit Back By Playing Down ISIS’ Crimes

Stop the War have hit back this afternoon with a rambling statement arguing that ISIS actually aren’t that bad after all. The ten point riposte emphasises STW’s links with the Labour leader – “We, along with Jeremy Corbyn…”, “They did so following the lead of Jeremy Corbyn…” – before remarkably playing down the crimes of ISIS:

“We have always objected to the way that current wars are justified by reference to the Second World War. Bin Laden, Hussein, Gaddafi, Assad or ISIS are none of them Hitler. Hitler ruled one of the major military powers in the world and occupied most of Europe. Calls to fight fascism as a justification of these current wars might convince MPs with little grasp of history but they only serve to obscure the real situation.”

So Stop the War’s defence is that ISIS and Bin Laden are not as bad as Hitler and that any MP who thinks fighting ISIS is a “call to fight fascism” has “little grasp of history”. Caroline Lucas has distanced herself from these clowns, yet Corbyn remains their number one public cheerleader…

Why Caroline Lucas Quit

Following Guido’s scoop that Caroline Lucas has quit the Stop the War Coalition, her spokesman reveals it was their statement on the Paris attacks that was the final straw:

“Caroline was specifically troubled by some Stop the War Coalition statements after the Paris atrocities. Though the pieces were subsequently taken down she felt unable to associate herself with them. She was also concerned that some Syrian voices were not given an opportunity to speak at a recent meeting organised by the StWC in Parliament.”

This is the article in question, which was later removed from the Stop the War website. It was headlined: “Paris reaps whirlwind of western support for extremist violence in Middle East”. The victim-blaming piece added:

“Let’s be as clear as possible. The hellish world we live in today is the result of deliberate policies and actions undertaken by the United States and its allies over the past decades.”

You can read 14 other reasons why she might have wanted to quit here.

Stop the War might be too nutty for Caroline Lucas, though Diane Abbott is still a patron and Jeremy Corbyn is still speaking at their Christmas fundraiser. Labour have been outflanked on the right by the Greens…

Caroline Lucas Quits Stop the War

This morning Guido was alerted that Caroline Lucas’ name had been removed from the Stop the War Coalition’s website. She had been Stop the War’s vice-president and was seen as the acceptable face of the west-hating group. Guido put the call in to her spokesman, who initially refused to answer whether she had quit. It is now confirmed.

Her office say in a statement to Guido:

“Caroline stepped back from the Stop the War Coalition a few weeks ago. Her busy parliamentary and constituency schedule means that she doesn’t have time to fully engage with the role of a Patron and, in light of some recent StWC positions that she didn’t support, she felt standing down was the responsible thing to do. Like the Stop the War Coalition, Caroline is opposed to British bombing in Syria because it will neither keep Britain safe nor help bring about a lasting peace in Syria.”

Body blow for STW, which will now up the pressure on Corbyn to distance himself too…

15 Times Stop the War Did Not “Call it Right”

Jeremy Corbyn has ignored pleas from Labour MPs and said he will attend the Stop the War Coalition’s Christmas fundraiser. His spokesman Seumas Milne tells HuffPo Stop the War have “organised the biggest demonstrations in British history and has repeatedly called it right over 14 years”.[…] Read the rest

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Stop The War Force Labour To Cancel Event

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Labour have been forced to cancel a phone canvassing event in support of Oldham by-election candidate Jim McMahon at their Brewers Green HQ tonight. The safety of those attending the phonebank could not be guaranteed because Stop the War are marching on it in protest at Corbyn’s decision to allow a free vote.[…] Read the rest

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Corbyn’s Christmas Kofte: Jez Decks the Halls With Stop the War

John Mann, Simon Danczuk et al tore Corbyn a new one at last night’s PLP for putting himself down to attend the Stop the War Christmas dinner. According to the invite, lucky attendees will get a “classic three course Turkish meal with a glass of wine”.[…] Read the rest

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