McDonnell Orders Labour MPs to Stop Going on Russia Today

McDonnell orders Labour MPs to stop going on Russia Today. His deputy in the Shadow Treasury team Peter Dowd went on yesterday. And does the Absolute Boy agree?

Rouble for Chris Williamson’s thoughts…

Marina Litvinenko Reads Letter From May Vowing Crime Would Never Be Repeated

From the then Home Secretary…

Pesto Asks Sturgeon If She Backs Maggie Statue

McDonnell Tells Leaders Office to Investigate Munroe

John McDonnell expertly landed the Leader’s Office in it as he comprehensively passed the buck over the Munroe Bergdorf controversy (Labour’s new equalities adviser, who thinks the suffragettes were white supremacists and “all white people” are racist). Despite being the most senior Labour figure on broadcast this morning, McDonnell refused to engage with the issue at all, and instead repeatedly made it clear that Bergdorf’s controversial views are Jezza’s problem:

“That will be a matter obviously for her employer, she’s employed directly by the Leader’s Office… I’m not sure about this particular issue, it will obviously be investigated by the Leader’s Office.”

Nicely done…

Labour Now Backs A Customs Union

Labour now backs what they previously opposed…

Red on Red: Field vs Creasy Brexit Bunfight

Check out this rather entertaining red-on-red on the Sunday Politics where Labour leaver Frank Field tells metropolitan remainer Stella Creasy what he thinks of the party’s shift on the customs union. Frank said:

“Are you going to rat on the people’s decision to leave? You come out Stella with all these things, we’ll stay in a customs union, we’ll stay in a single market – the decision was quite clear to leave… in the North Labour voters voted very, very clearly… which bus are you on?”

Labour’s bus well on the road to betraying its core vote…

Starmer: Labour Wants A Customs Union and Could Join Tory Rebels

Keir Starmer confirms Labour remainers have secured a policy shift to staying in a customs union with the EU. The Labour leadership has been gradually unravelling its previously guarded position on the issue over the past week. Starmer hinted Labour could join Tory rebels and throw its weight behind cross-party amendments, saying:

“We haven’t made a final decision on that but they are so close to our amendments … but whether it’s our amendments or cross-bench amendments.”

All eyes will be on Jeremy Corbyn’s set piece speech on the issue tomorrow to see the detail on how far the Shadow Cabinet remainers have pushed Jezza. Liam Fox warned Tory rebels:

“I hope that they will have an open mind and listen to what the Prime Minister says because I think that what the Prime Minister will set out will deal with a lot of the reservations that they have.”

May has little option but to make this a confidence vote and challenge remain rebels to back her or sack her…

Fox: Corbyn ‘Undermined UK Security’ During Cold War

Liam Fox explains (to ‘Red Andy’, no less) the big picture issue raised by Spygate:

“I think that the Labour left during the Cold War were extremely unhelpful to this country. We believed that we should see off Communism, we believed we should see off tyranny… I certainly think the Labour left were the Soviet Union’s useful idiots during that period…

“Jeremy Corbyn and others were very useful to the Soviet Union during the Cold War because they undermined the arguments of the West… I think in the broadest sense he was undermining the security of our country by siding with the Soviet Union in that argument and I think that was very damaging to the country. Luckily it was our side of the argument not Jeremy Corbyn’s that won the day. I think he certainly undermined the security of the United Kingdom by their one-sided disarmament and their very clear preference for a Soviet style communism during that period – fortunately we beat them then and we have to beat them now.”

Well put…

Agent COB is a “Proper Internationalist”

What does Thornberry think about Corbyn meeting a Czech spy, taking money from the Iranians and backing Venezuelan tyrants? It shows he’s a “proper internationalist” apparently…

Verhofstadt: We Don’t Want UK to Diverge, You Can’t Have Canada+++


Guy Verhofstadt tells Marr the EU does not want Britain to diverge and makes veiled threats about any attempt to do so. He also says a bespoke “Canada plus plus plus” deal “will not be the outcome of this negotiation”. If Verhofstadt gets his way it’s either a bad deal or no deal…

Thornbery: Bullying of Katrina Murray “One of Those Things”

After the bullying of Labour’s National Policy Forum chairman Katrina Murray yesterday, a laughing Emily Thornberry tells Peston “it’s one of those things”. So much for the sisterhood!

Labour MPs Back Brendan Cox

Brendan Cox is “showing how he’s going to change” says Jess Phillips, while Lucy Powell says “good for” him for “reflecting”.

Compare and contrast with how they went after Toby Young over some tweets.

Penny Calls For Brexit Vision and “Meat on the Bone”

More than slightly worrying that Cabinet ministers are having to call on Number 10 to give its vision for Brexit 19 months after the referendum…

McDonnell Accuses Bad Al of “Macho, Threatening Politics”

Top trolling…

Marr Tells Penny: “That Was Very Good”

Andrew Marr must have thought the cameras had stopped rolling when he gave a thumbs up and whispered “That was very good” to Penny Mordaunt after her interview this morning. He wasn’t wrong though. Made a change to see a Cabinet minister answering questions directly…

Penny Mordaunt Considering Ending Public Money For Oxfam

“If the moral leadership at the top of the organisation is not there, we cannot have you as a partner,” Penny says of scandal-hit Oxfam…

Henry Bolton: I Still Love Racist Jo

Asked if the relationship is still live, he replied “yeah”…

Former Civil Service Chiefs: Brexiters are Crazy Nazis

On the front page of the Observer the former head of the civil service Andrew Turnbull compares Brexiters to Nazis. On Peston his successor Gus O’Donnell called Leavers “completely crazy” snake oil salesmen. Guido won’t hold his breath for the same Twitter outrage as seen after the “mutineer” front pages criticising Remainers. Almost as if Rees-Mogg and Steve Baker have a point…

Raab: We Can’t Be In Any Form of Customs Union With EU

On Marr Amber Rudd fudged the question of whether we can be in a customs union with the EU. On Paterson Dom Raab was clear: we cannot be in any form of customs union “because if we were we’d have our hands tied in negotiating free trade deals with other parts of the world”. Being in a customs union would prevent us from signing comprehensive trade deals with other countries… that is not taking back control of trade. 

Rudd on Brexit Britain’s Economy: Then and Now

During the referendum Amber Rudd used her departmental Twitter account to scaremonger that the UK economy would fall into recession if we left the EU.[…] Read the rest

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