WATCH: “Patriotic” Starmer Boasting He Wanted to Abolish the Monarchy

Starmer’s rebranding of himself and the Labour Party as flag waving patriots who, like their lost Red Wall voters, “love their Queen and country”, has hit some authenticity issues. Guido has got hold of a video of him smirking about how he supports abolishing the monarchy, despite being made a Queens Counsel. He’s not such a loyal leader of Her Majesty’s Most Loyal Opposition, after all…

The 2005 interview following the McLibel case shows Sir Keir smugly boasting about his long-held republican views. Sir Keir, reflecting modestly on his other achievements, brags “I also got made a Queen’s Counsel, which is odd since I often used to propose the abolition of the monarchy” before smirking. After last night’s Guardian leak this might pacify his left-wing opponents a bit, though it won’t go down so well in Bishop Auckland or Ashfield…

UPDATE: Owen Jones et al are blabbering on about the past tense of “I often used to propose the abolition of the monarchy”. That strictly reads as he used to propose the abolition, now he does not. Doesn’t necessarily mean Starmer has changed his mind, just his campaigning priorities. As he embarks on his patriotic makeover, it is reasonable to ask; is that a tactical change or has he truly converted to the merits of a constitutional monarchy? If so, what was it about becoming a knight of the realm that converted him?

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Clive Lewis Promises to Hold Another Referendum

Flagging leadership contender Clive Lewis is attempting to pick up the Corbyinite republican vote, not by refusing to sing the national anthem or kneel for the Queen, instead by offering the public a referendum on whether or not to abolish the British Monarchy. Because referendums are so popular right not. Although who’s to say he would respect the outcome if he disagreed with it…

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Corbyn Suggests Queen Should Apologise

Hang on a minute, does this mean Corbyn thinks McDonnell should apologise for his pension investments being managed offshore?

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Corbyn Refuses to Bow to the Queen

As everyone around him nods their head to acknowledge Her Majesty, Corbyn stubbornly refuses to bow. He then winks to a colleague. Emboldened, Jezza not selling out on his republican views…

UPDATE: Team Jez say Corbyn observed the correct protocol and that he was not expected to bow. They reckon Theresa May got the protocol wrong…

UPDATE II: Guido and Damian McBride have had a look through the archives at previous State Openings of Parliament to check the precedent. Neither Dave nor Jez bowed last year, though in 2013 Cameron and Ed Miliband did bow their heads to acknowledge the Queen. In 2009 Gordon Brown bowed his head too, so the previous Tory and last two Labour leaders all felt bowing was appropriate at some point. Guido reckons it is fair to say bowing is very much optional and not mandatory, and Corbyn – as expected with his long-held republican beliefs – decided against…

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Diane Abbott Won’t Say If She’ll Swear Allegiance to Queen

The Shadow Home Secretary who once said she wanted to “dismantle” the “police, armed services, judiciary and monarchy” refuses to say if she’ll swear loyalty to the Queen. McDonnell sold out, will Diane?

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Sovereign Grant Doubled to Pay For Buckingham Palace Makeover

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The taxpayer will foot the bill for a £370 million makeover of Buckingham Palace over the next ten years. The Treasury has approved a doubling of the sovereign grant, which will go up from £40 million last year to an estimated £76 million next year. This will continue for the duration of the works being carried out. Have they got Baroness Scotland in to do it up? Guido has asked the staunch republicans in the Labour leader’s office if they will be standing up for the taxpayer…

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