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I am fewer than 280 characters. Previously Jeremy Corbyn's speechwriter and I also wrote this book: https://t.co/iD5oLaJbT7
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May 7 6 tweets 2 min read
It's fair enough that people are unclear why this is significant.

It's not the breach, it's the hypocrisy.

To accept Keir's denial that he didn't break lockdown rules you have to believe he went back to work after his curry & beer, otherwise he was just socialising after work.> If Labour had any evidence of work after 10pm on a Friday night, believe me they wouldn't have sat through a week of bad front pages and excruciating interviews without producing it. If there were zoom calls there would be emails arranging them. And then there's the ops note...
Jan 19 5 tweets 2 min read
In his Guardian interview today, Keir Starmer says nationalisation isn't something "I’ve ever thought is right."

Yet when he wanted Labour members' votes in 2020, he promised to nationalise water and electricity not in some private meeting, but on national TV, on BBC Newsnight. He wasn't just asked if he generally liked nationalisation, he was asked specifically if it would be in Labour's next manifesto. "When you go into the next election, would you have any of these in your manifesto," he was asked, "renationalising water and electricity?"
Jan 17 4 tweets 1 min read
"I'm not in favour of nationalisation," Keir says, which might come as a surprise to anyone who voted for him in 2017, 2019 or 2020.

Just 2 weeks ago Keir "stood by" his pledge that energy "should be in public hands, not making profits for shareholders."

"Renationalising electricity" — he raised his hand for it in the leadership election.

Nov 13, 2021 5 tweets 2 min read
As I was saying...

Corbyn: "Nobody who was in a front bench position...would be allowed to take a second job...I made that very clear to everybody including him [Starmer]."

“He’s saying there was no such request made.”

“There was an absolutely clear request and decision made.” To recap, Starmer's assertions about this second job business have now been flatly contradicted by Jeremy Corbyn on the record, by three then-members of the shadow cabinet, and by email and text evidence from the time.

Why he chose to dig this hole I do not know.
Nov 12, 2021 6 tweets 2 min read
Contrary to claims by Starmer’s spokesperson yesterday, Starmer did turn down a lucrative second job in 2017 AFTER an intervention from Corbyn and his office. Since I reported that on Weds, Starmer has claimed it is "completely untrue." But emails and texts show that to be false. Starmer decided to turn down the job down on Tuesday 25 July 2017, saying "I have decided not to further the discussions." He now claims this was before Corbyn's staff "were even aware of it."

But this was more than 24 hours after Corbyn's staff had intervened.
Nov 10, 2021 11 tweets 3 min read
Corbyn stopped Starmer taking a second job doing high-paid consultancy work for law firm Mishcon de Reya in 2017, several key figures from the Corbyn leadership have confirmed to me.

Starmer argued he should be free to take up the role, but Corbyn decided "absolutely no." >>> Starmer has tried to capitalise on Tory sleaze despite ditching Labour's 2019 pledge to ban MPs' second jobs.

Yet sources say Starmer wanted to take a lucrative second job while in the shadow cabinet, was blocked by Corbyn, and then pretended otherwise.
Nov 8, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
"You were in talks to take a job yourself."

"No I wasn't. I was in discussion." Credit to @SamCoatesSky for asking the question.
Sep 22, 2021 17 tweets 4 min read
There's a lot of nonsense being spoken by the Labour leadership & its friendly media about how Keir fixing the leadership election rules for his faction is intended to empower trade unions. It isn't, and it won't. It's just a factional power grab. Here's why. > Even under the electoral college, trade union members have one member one vote in their section. They have minds of their own. Often, they don't vote for the candidate their union recommends (e.g. they voted for Blair). This change won't give union leaderships any more leverage.
Sep 13, 2021 17 tweets 5 min read
Len McCluskey's revelation about the deal with Starmer to lift Corbyn's suspension has forced a response from Starmer's office. It's contradictory, weird & accidentally damning.

Most important: they don't contest any of the direct quotes Len provides.
theguardian.com/politics/2021/… For example look at this: direct quotes from Starmer, including the admission "He put me in an impossible position and I had no choice."

They don't deny he said it, they just say it doesn't mean what it means. "Labour sources denied those words were tantamount to an admission."
Sep 11, 2021 18 tweets 4 min read
The real story of what happened with @JessicaLBarnard yesterday is incredible.

The party said she was sent a notice of investigation “in error”. That was mocked—how do you investigate someone & send them an intimidating letter at 1 am by mistake? But it was actually true. > True in the sense that it was done completely outside the official processes in what must count as the definition of bringing the party into disrepute.
Sep 10, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
The letter sent to Jess reportedly asks if she regrets "posting such comments on Facebok [sic]" when it was Twitter.

Spelling mistakes, errors, sending the email at 1am, the sheer absurdity... I'm hearing there's a story here about someone very senior in Labour HQ going rogue. If it's true that a senior member of staff with a vendetta went outside all the usual disciplinary processes to do this, isn't that a disciplinary matter itself?
Sep 10, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
After @JessicaLBarnard went public to expose that Labour's leadership and bureaucracy was sabotaging @YoungLabourUK's conference, suddenly she is under investigation on the most obscene and baseless grounds I have ever seen.

They're coming for Jess; she needs our solidarity. It is an outrage—a pure outrage—that Labour's leadership is blatantly abusing the disciplinary system for a cheap political win. It's directly against the EHRC report but they don't care how it looks, they just want to punish a young working class woman to shut her up. Depraved.
Jul 30, 2021 5 tweets 2 min read
I remember when the press had real news values & Labour losing a single council seat brought the leader's job into question...

These days that kind of thing just isn't covered. Must be due to budget cuts, right? It can't be political because journalists & editors are objective. Here's the May 2019 result for the council seat Labour lost last night. As you can see by contrasting the big victory in the ward under Corbyn to the heavy loss under Starmer, Labour must distance itself further from Corbyn if it wants to carry on achieving these kind of results.
Jul 6, 2021 6 tweets 2 min read
Labour unsuspended Trevor Phillips, its most high profile member investigated for alleged Islamophobia, before the NEC heard the case.

Coincidentally, Trevor Phillips started his job hosting a Sunday morning politics show, interviewing Labour frontbenchers, the following week. "LabourList has been told that the investigations officer working on the case – the only Muslim staffer in Labour’s governance and legal unit – was not included in the process."
labourlist.org/2021/07/labour…
Jun 28, 2021 12 tweets 5 min read
This article is a goldmine of stupidity. The quotes from Labour MPs and officials show a bunch of people flailing around as they drown, unable to understand the situation they're in.

But amid that, it contains useful glimpses of the Labour right's aims. >
huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/can-keir… It's nice of them to set out the Labour right's big objective: "A big bang change to water down members' hold."

Is that what 56% of members voted for last year? To have less say? To be made powerless?

Which number was that among Keir's 10 pledges?
Jun 22, 2021 5 tweets 2 min read
6 weeks ago Keir Starmer said Labour had to stop "looking internally."

Since then he's tried to sack his deputy, botched a reshuffle, dumped his chief of staff, director of comms & political secretary, & allowed endless obsessive briefing against the left After the disaster of Hartlepool Keir Starmer said “I will set out what change is needed over the next few days” & present a “bold vision for a better Britain.” A month-and-a-half later, with another potential by-election disaster looming, where is it?
Jun 18, 2021 11 tweets 4 min read
According to @politico Angela Rayner insists "Corbyn photobombed her by sliding into the shot [on the left] unnoticed" & "she did not know he would be there in advance and did not talk to him"... yet she then posed for the shot on the right!

Such cowardly and pathetic behaviour. In actual fact, Angela Rayner took the microphone from JC to speak, yet somehow didn't "notice" he was there.

Just beneath contempt.
May 6, 2021 8 tweets 2 min read
Keir Starmer has made himself a hostage of the Labour right, and at a time of their choosing (not yet) they'll cast him aside. He dynamited all his bridges with the left, cutting himself off from any sources of counter-pressure, so no one's coming to save him. > I think the political dynamics of bad election results are: the worse Starmer does, the more dependent he is on the right, which can make his survival conditional on him kicking the left more.
May 1, 2021 6 tweets 1 min read
It's awkward for Labour that Human Rights Watch—far from the most radical human rights organisation—has concluded that Israel's treatment of the Palestinians amounts to apartheid, a crime against humanity. Labour seems to view the accusation of apartheid as antisemitic. > In Feb, after Israeli human rights orgs B’Tselem reached the same conclusion, a Labour member proposed a motion to their CLP supporting B’Tselem's call for an end to apartheid. It was ruled out on the grounds that accusing Israel of apartheid runs counter to the IHRA definition.
Nov 22, 2020 4 tweets 2 min read
It's all my fault. According to the Mail on Sunday:

"Sir Keir is also said to have been ‘infuriated’ when former Corbyn speechwriter Alex Nunns tweeted that Mr Corbyn’s readmission as an ordinary member was ‘a huge climbdown from the leadership and a victory for the Left’." Obviously this is nonsense. Starmer buckled under pressure from the right, so they're scrambling for any way they can blame the left. Hilariously, the best they can do is put it about that Starmer withdrew the whip from Jeremy Corbyn because of this tweet:
Nov 1, 2020 7 tweets 3 min read
They decided that whether that staffer was or wasn't put there by the leadership for political reasons, "some people" perceived him to have been, and that undermined confidence in the independence of the complaints process. Image That's very interesting because in June, when a new Executive Director of Legal Affairs was hired to oversee GLU, the press was told he was Starmer's "trusted ally," his "enforcer," and GLU staff should fear for their jobs.

Didn't that undermine the independence of GLU? Image