Owen Smith: I Might Have Won

Sunday morning laughs for Corbynistas…

Davis and Priti Won’t Rule Out Leadership Bids

David Davis criticised “self-indulgent” colleagues plotting leadership bids on Marr, though failed to rule out a run himself, insisting: “I’m not getting into it”. Always ambitious Priti Patel gave even less of a non-denial on Peston, refusing to answer the question several times. Count them in your runners and riders…

Notable that Davis broadly endorsed Hammond’s desire for transitional arrangements (though his preference is two years rather than four). The Sunday papers are reporting a Hammond-Davis plot to take over from Theresa May, and Davis’ former SpAd James Chapman is stirring it up:

A ticket that would be tough for Leave Tories to stomach…

Shami: Labour Backs Continuing Free Movement

Shami Chakrabarti didn’t really have a grasp of the detail on Ridge but she made clear Labour would not take back control of borders and would support the continuation of free movement in some form:

“We haven’t said we’d have control of free movement of people, you can’t necessarily have control… what’s important is that jobs come first, the economy comes first and that means getting tariff-free access to the single market… There’s a lot of room for negotiation about what types of free movement, what kinds of priority… It’s possible for friendly countries in and outside Europe to give priority for certain nationals.”

Not quite what they said in their manifesto… going to alienate a lot of Labour’s working class Northern vote…

Hammond: I Wasn’t Quite Locked in a Cupboard

Phil enjoying his told-you-so revenge media round on Theresa May’s aides this morning…

Corbyn Demands Compulsory Purchase of Empty Homes

Corbyn has told Peston he would look at compulsory purchase of empty homes in London. In the week Corbynistas were claiming that the value of empty homes in London totalled £12 billion…

Sophy Ridge then took apart John McDonnell’s defence of the policy on Sky:

Diane Back as Shadow Home Secretary

Good news.

Hammond: We Never Said We Won’t Raise Taxes

Remember when May and Hammond ditched the Tory tax lock and replaced it with a mere “firm intention” not to raise taxes? Today Hammond makes the most of that wriggle room and warns: “We’ve never said we won’t raise some taxes”. (Though he also cancelled the Budget.) The Tory record is already more debt and more taxes and the highest tax burden for decades. Hammond had already extended the deficit reduction horizon to 2025, now he is talking about ending austerity. This is entirely the wrong inference from their failure on June 8 and it is starting to concern more economically sensible Tory MPs…

Hammond Backs Brexit

Philip Hammond has poured cold water on those stories in the Remain newspapers this week and backed a real Brexit outside the single market and customs union. In other words, the Chancellor has agreed with the government and voters that we should properly leave the EU. Sorry Remainers…

Labour Brexit Chaos: Starmer Backs Staying in Customs Union

Last week Corbyn and McDonnell said Labour policy was to leave the single market. Today on Marr their Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer suggested Britain should stay inside in some way. Corbyn and McDonnell have backed leaving the customs union. Today Starmer said Britain should stay in. Is Labour’s Brexit spokesman freelancing? Labour have been in complete chaos on Brexit all week.

Staying in the single market and customs union means Britain cannot take back control of borders and strike new trade deals around the world. It is not Brexit, it is going back on the referendum result. Going to annoy a lot of Labour voters…

BBC and Sky Both C-Bomb Jeremy Hunt Within Minutes

First the BBC:

Then Sky:

No matter how many times, never gets old…

Jenkin: Morgan and Soubry Pack It In Or Corbyn Will Be PM

Bernard Jenkin tells Nicky Morgan, Anna Soubry, Osborne and Heseltine to shut up or Corbyn will be in Downing Street. A view held by increasing numbers of Tory MPs this afternoon…

Osborne: May a Dead Woman Walking, on Death Row

Former May Adviser: She’s Alone & Friendless

Chris Leslie Truth Bullets: Labour Lost, This is Not a Victory

As slippery Chuka grovels for a place in Corbyn’s Shadow Cabinet and Yvette cancels her leadership bid, it is left to Chris Leslie to give some truth bullets to Labour hipsters. He says this is not some “famous victory“, with a better leader Labour would have won and that the result was “not good enough“. A helpful reminder to Twitter Corbynistas that the Tories are in charge and they aren’t getting any of that free stuff…

Ridge Introduces Leader of “Scottish Labia”

The face on Kezia Dugdale…

Corbyn Admits Meeting IRA Killers

Peston:“Former convicted IRA terrorists? Why is that not talking to the IRA?”

Corbyn:“Indeed I’ve met former prisoners who told me they were not in the IRA, but I have met former prisoners with my eyes open.”

Revealing exchange. These “former prisoners” were convicted bombers who killed civilians

The IRA chat then turned into some banter about Diane Abbott’s hair:

Diane Abbott Refuses 4 Times to Renounce Her Support For IRA

Asked four times by Andrew Marr, Diane Abbott refuses to say she regrets her support for the IRA, only saying that she has “moved on”. She says that her afro has changed, as have her views…

Amber Rudd buries her opposite number: “I’ve changed my hairstyle a few times in 34 years too. But I’ve not changed my view on how to keep the public safe”.

Corbyn Refuses 5 Times to Condemn IRA

Asked five times by Sophy Ridge to condemn the IRA, Corbyn refused. He would only condemn the bombings, and even then had to say “there were loyalist bombs as well”, just like he has to condemn Islamophobia when talking about anti-Semitism. And Labour were having such a good weekend…

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…

Gove Squirms Over Cameron

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