Hogwash: Cameron, Ashcroft, and the steaming pile of Oakeshott

Unlike the fauxporters in the Tim Hunt scandal I need to start by declaring my interests.

I am a Conservative party member and activist, and a former MP. I am a columnist, and sometimes I am a journalist (as with Tim Hunt). I am a follower of David Cameron and loyal to him, although George Osborne and Sajid Javid are slightly closer to my personal conservatism.

Additionally, I am a friend of Lord Ashcroft whom I have always admired, and I received money from Lord Ashcroft (before I knew him) as one of the marginal seat candidates the party supported in 2009. I raised a lot of money on my own, incidentally, and I took the seat in the 2010 election.

Lord Ashcroft donated money to the Conservative party and he targeted it at marginal seats. He made us prove how we would use it. My Labour opponent had far more money and reach than I did, with union funding and party-branded red and yellow government funded leaflets. Ashcroft wanted the Conservatives to win and took a businessman’s approach.

This was extremely public spirited of him. It can’t be emphasized enough that at this point, Ashcroft already had his peerage, his title. There was nothing further of any significance to be done for him. Ashcroft also commissions polls and lets the public see them. He supports our military massively. He saves Victoria Crosses for the nation. He is a man of huge public service and public achievement. In addition to all the above, Ashcroft commissioned research and showed it to the Tory party. Without him, Gordon Brown might be Prime Minister today.

The UK public doesn’t like rich men and women, it often seems, whereas America admires them. Ashcroft’s career is heroic. He started in poverty with an actual outside loo. I think he is something of a genius. And for all the sneering, to give away millions and millions to the nation and to politics is a highly selfless act. I have said the same about J.K. Rowling’s one million pound donation to Labour, calling on Twitter for it to be rewarded with a peerage. Without these donors, there will be laws and public funding. Donating to your party is selfless. Ashcroft already had the title. He wanted to work, to contribute.

I think it was wrong of the Prime Minister not to keep a clear promise to Lord Ashcroft and then blame it on Nick Clegg. Ashcroft deserved to be a minister. His ability is quite evident, his passion for our military unmatched and he had worked for our party  at the highest level for many years. Without Lord Ashcroft Cameron would probably not have become PM. I say that with regret. I don’t like criticizing the PM whom I admire. But I need to start there. There was no good reason, no moral reason, not to keep the promise to Lord Ashcroft. It was wrong not to do so.

Ashcroft is the more to be admired because he scorns to lie. He will not say that he is not angry. Is the book ‘revenge’? It’s portrayed that way. I do not think so, however. To my knowledge, Ashcroft is interested in the Prime Minister and wanted to cover him in depth – good, bad, warts and all. I know for a fact too that a version of the book could have come out before the election, and he held it back out of party loyalty. I know further that Lord Ashcroft could have published during party conference. Want revenge? Pig-gate during conference. Release it the day of Cam’s speech.

And here’s the but – the bacon buttie, if you will.

The book (I shall buy it) has smeared the PM in ways no journalist ever should. Ashcroft ought not to have released it in its present form. He made the mistake of relying on Isabel Oakeshott, a former journalist, presently the contempt of the entire UK press corps. She had a good reputation. She was senior. She was meant to do the legwork and the research. Ashcroft clearly believed her and as a non-journo, would not be aware that you need to actually double-source stories or see some proof.

Here’s what Oakeshott did – she ruined her own reputation and grossly harmed that of Michael Ashcroft. Whatever else the book has to say it will now not be believed even if true. I am angry at her for insulting the PM but more so for the damage she has inflicted on Lord Ashcroft, who paid her to help him research an in-depth biography. He had to trust her judgement.

Oakeshott knew how her quote would be spun – Ashcroft did not. She was the national editor, he is a businessman and pollster. I would bet Lord Ashcroft is shocked and dismayed at how this one unsourced piece of hogwash (eye thank yew) would ruin all the other parts of his work. It was Oakeshott’s job as a journalist to say to her co-author who hired her, ‘Look, we can’t use it because we can’t stand it up.’

As I read it, her alleged “source” doesn’t even claim to have witnessed the pig incident. But he says he knows somebody who did and has a pic. So it’s not single-sourced – it’s zero sourced. She hasn’t got a witness. She’s got a guy who says he knows a guy who knows.

And what about the fiction over friction? Cameron is not accused even of “having sex with a pig” as mad Corbynites claimed on twitter. He’s accused of something I won’t repeat here involving cooked food and placement of bits thereon, not a sexual act. It was an “initiation ceremony” for a society he wasn’t in. There’s nothing to it, other than that one shouldn’t get drunk and take clothes off. But she, Oakeshott, made something out of it. She knew that the pure fiction of this ninicident (Not an incident) – even if true – would be turned into a fictional sexual act. Not even her doubtless imaginary source claims that the guy he says he knows saw a sexual act. What if there were a photo? We’d have no idea what it showed without a reliable eyewitness account, either. Oakeshott’s alleged, citation-needed “source” does not say he was even there.

I am reminded of Private Eye sending up Mohammed Al Fayed’s account of the “nurse” who saw Princess Diana in the tunnel



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Since Oakeshott is prepared to try to ruin a man by printing a nonecdote from a non-witness who says he knows a witness who won’t talk, why should we think the non-witness even exists?

Nothing else in this book matters. Nobody will now believe a word of it. Cameron is above it. His wife and children have a right to be angry. Lord Ashcroft hired the wrong woman. He ought not to have published this book, that is true. David Cameron ought to have kept his promise, that is also true. Isabel Oakeshott is not a politician who should be keeping promises or minding her manners, but of the three, she is  – or she was – the sole journalist, whose job is to have integrity and present the truth, warts and all. That’s what Ashcroft wanted and the fact he held publication shows that mere ‘damage’ was not his aim.

But Oakeshott did not give us “warts and all”. She gave us hogwarts. And in so doing she damaged the reputation of both David Cameron and Lord Ashcroft.

She may well work again, sensationalism sells. But her reputation as a journalist is finished, and rightly so. She’s made a pigs’ ear of the work Ashcroft hired her to do. I, meanwhile, shall not forget that despite this silly story, Lord Ashcroft helped David Cameron save the entire UK from a disastrous Labour government. That really matters, to Ashcroft’s credit and Cameron’s. That will last. That has affected the economy of the UK, has affected 65 million people. That is why I am, though a fan of David Cameron’s, still extremely proud to know Lord Ashcroft and am still extremely grateful to him.

We all make errors of judgement – some at college and some afterwards. I’m for moving on and getting on with the job – in this case, protecting the nation from Corbyn and Labour.

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Tom Watson Starts His Leadership Bid

Should have seen that before; now I understand why moderate unions supported corbyn; is really support for Tom Watson

I think I was the first to suggest that the Corbyn leadership was being backed by the unions as a front for Tom Watson to take over the Labour leadership:

Another is that Corbyn wins, Labour MPs immediately rebel (two months perhaps – but they would be better declaring the leadership election infiltrated and ripping off the plaster right away than waiting) and a second election is scheduled. Tom Watson will be elected Deputy Leader in the forthcoming election, and would therefore be Acting Leader at the time. I can see Tom running, and he would win any second contest easily. I know and like Tom and he is a pragmatist. Compared to Corbyn he will look like Margaret Thatcher. Compared to Andy Burnham or Yvette Cooper he will look like Jeremy Corbyn, however. Tom’s support in the Union movement is total. He would be an effective leader of the Opposition if (and my advice here is as his friend) he worked hard on understanding the shift he’d just made, and above all other things, controlled his temper and moderated his speech.

And so it proves. Corbyn endures a truly dreadful 48 hours as leader, with silence at the PLP, a fight over Remembrance Day poppies, and Labour women incensed at the sexism of their party.

But by the end of Corbyn’s first day as leader, Tom Watson has already made his move. There is an extraordinary headline in the Times today:

Unions join attacks on Corbyn’s top team

One senior trade union source described the appointment as mad and added: “I’m honestly shocked at how bad the operation has been for the past 48 hours. I honestly thought [Mr Corbyn] would be better than this.”

Even Len McCluskey, the Unite leader who has hailed Mr Corbyn as the future, was among those said to be pushing for alternative candidates to lead Labour’s economic strategy.

In public, trade union bosses were barely more polite — either about Mr McDonnell, or on Mr Corbyn’s electoral appeal. Dave Prentis, general secretary of Unison, said that Mr Corbyn would have to “grow into the job”. Sir Paul Kenny, general secretary of the GMB union… “Let’s see what the voters say. Because at the end of the day, they are really the important ones.”

What? The Unions, bastions of the left, move against the hardest left leader Labour has ever had?

Two words: Tom. Watson.

Even Len McCluskey, the Unite leader who has hailed Mr Corbyn as the future

Unite is Tom’s union. He’s been running Unite candidates to get selected as Labour MPs. “Hailed Mr. Corbyn as the future” until Tom’s been elected Deputy Leader. Thanks for that. Now off you go.

Dave Prentis, general secretary of Unison

Watson is very connected in Unison.

Labour MPs know that their barking mad membership who voted for lunatic Corbyn 60% will ruin any future contest. They need a man who can command armies. For whom they have already voted. That man is my friend Tom Watson. He’s clever. He’s a patriot. He’s pragmatic. Like I said a while ago, compared to Corbyn he’s Margaret Thatcher; compared to spineless Andy Burnham or moderate Liz Kendall, he’s Jeremy Corbyn.

And if he gets himself a good speechwriter, Tom is a very dangerous, very credible, alternative Prime Minister.

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Corbyn And Why Labour Lose

Credit to Twitter legend @jamin2G for this tweet, which prompted a revelation:


Labour sure know how to pick ’em..

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It’s just a funny montage of Labour’s most recent leaders from the left of the party, looking rough. And yes, we Tories have had plenty of that, with Hague’s baseball cap and so forth.

But boy do they look unelectable.

And in fact, they were unelectable.

The missing leader is Tony Blair – and I now realize he was an aberration. My twenties gave me a false impression that we were in a competitive two-party system. We really aren’t. The only time Labour won in modern times, they were represented by a centrist who could, easily enough, have been a Clarke-ite in Cameron’s Conservative party.

But Labour don’t really believe in the center. They believe in left. And they keep losing. Because they are wrong. The country is mildly centre-right. It doesn’t like very right and it doesn’t like left or very left. It can deal with centre-left.

Corbyn’s policies are simply evil, and I don’t mean to demean decent politicians like Ed Miliband and Gordon Brown or Neil Kinnock by putting them in a bracket with an extremist like Corbyn. But nevertheless, all of these people were unelectable. Labour will be wiped out under Corbyn, but if I am honest, they would lose under Cooper, too (the strongest candidate) if not by quite such a landslide.

But sometimes you can’t see the wood for the trees in politics. Conservative politics are just right, and Labour policies are wrong. They mean well, and all that, but they are wrong. The country knows they are wrong. It won’t vote for socialism. Margaret slew that dragon for all time in 1979. We will never have a socialist government ever again.

Labour don’t win elections. Callaghan, Attlee, Wilson – red splashes in the blue sea. Basically, it’s been a steady diet of varying shades of blue since World War II finished. Since Ramsay McDonald and before Tony Blair, I count 24 Labour years and 44 Tory ones. Almost a 2-1 margin. Add in Blair’s victories and Labour had 13 more years because of him; almost 30% of their total time in power.

And they hate him. They want to go back to ideological purity and losing elections, their natural order. It’s like the Tea Party who think the answer to Obama is to double down on Palin.

Blair was indeed Tory-lite; it’s why I joined Labour in 1996. I left again in 1997 because the rest of his party wasn’t.

Social democrats are better off either splitting from Labour and founding a non-sexist and racist LibDem-type party (practice, not principles – few women, no ethnic minority MPs) or joining the Conservatives and trying to move us left.

Britain is centre-right and Labour can’t win because Labour are wrong*.


Louise Mensch aged 44 1/4

*I mean it though

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At the Rathbone youth charity on St Peter’s Churchyard, is PM  Margaret Beckett.

Margaret Beckett Can Save Labour From Corbyn. Here’s How

Update: Labour supporter Ben points out a problem with this plan: a sitting Labour leader doesn’t need the nominations. in that case, there’s one extra step. Mainstream Labour would need the NEC  to meet at once and change the leadership rules so that a sitting Labour leader would also need 35 nominations. At the same time they should ditch the ‘£3 to hijack our party’ rules. Then Beckett could stand.

OK, after all the journalism on Corbyn and his racist, homophobic and ‘every dead British soldier is a victory’ frends / parliamentary guests, I thought it might be fun to just speculate a little on the politics of a Corbyn victory.

Politically, Corbyn is making big mistakes. He hasn’t seemed to realise that after this ballot he reverts to being at the power of the PLP. First Corbyn said he’d allow election to Shadow Cabinet; then he reneged; then he threatened Labour MPs and councillors with deselection mechanisms.

What do you expect from a fan of Putin and Iran?

Only 15 Labour MPs support Corbyn. He has 100 Shadow Ministerial posts to fill. He won’t get close. Let’s say it’s Transport questions. At best there will be one person at the dispatch box to question all the ministers. It just won’t work. At PMQs Labour MPs will be silent or even agree with Tories when they have a pop at Corbyn.

Meanwhile the voting public will recoil at the sight of the jubilant hard left, new-minted ‘Labour affiliates’, on the streets shouting for nuclear disarmament, deals with Russia and terrorists in Parliament and hurling ugly hatred at Jews (sorry ‘zionists’). Labour itself will be tainted. It would be as if Militant Tendency beat Neil Kinnock. Cameron will have 15 point poll leads and a totally free hand.

Labour MPs can stop this of course, but only if they break the habit of a lifetime and get together to do something quickly. The best way is to do it immediately. It is simple. 47 Labour MPs can trigger a fresh contest but they must nominate one person. The following Labour MPs should do this. 1. All those who made the mistake of nominating Corbyn when they didn’t want him to win. 2. Labour MPs who plan to retire anyway in 2020 – the party’s elder statesmen. 3 anybody brave/sensible – in five years nobody will care who was on that renominating list.

But wouldn’t the nominated MP then face anger from the party? Sure. That is why an MP should lead this effort saying that they will put themselves up for election but not really campaign. In other words they’d accept this nomination but not try to win the process it would trigger. A stalking horse.

And the ‘Save Labour’ paper candidate I like best could be Margaret Beckett.

She went on TV and agreed with John McTernan that it was a mistake by those who, like herself, had nominated Corbyn to give the party a ‘debate’ whilst hoping he’d lose. She is a respected former Acting Leader of the Labour Party and Foreign Secretary. She likely might retire next time anyway. Beckett would receive a hero’s welcome from Labour MPs and the sensible party for doing this. She would in point of fact write herself into the history books with a selfless act of political bravery.

In a fresh contest Corbyn wouldn’t come close the MP nominating threshold and wouldn’t be a candidate.

The option Labour MPs normally take is to wring their hands and do ‘wait and see’. Learn from Brown and Miliband, two successive candidates who you guys followed into disaster. The general public think MPs must be an organized bunch because ministers seem well-briefed. That’s because of the clerks, Spads and staff. One of the great secrets of political life is that MPs are just sitting there going ‘ooh God what do we do.’

This is what they should do. They should act right away. Current party rules state that if not before this year’s conference then Corbyn can be in place for a year. That would be a political disaster for Labour but it would also be immoral. The party of Bevan and Attlee should not allow a man who openly consorts with known anti-Semites to stand at the despatch box as its leader. Rarely in politics do you have a moral over a  political choice. As a Tory, Jeremy Corbyn would be a dream leader, hence my twibbon. It was the discovery he’d donated to a Holocaust denier that shocked me out of it. Yes, Corbyn Labour = Tory landslide but I don’t want victory at any price.

Corbyn is politically harmless. If Labour MPs do nothing (again) he won’t be able to impose all his bonkers ideas on the party. However he could pack the NEC and strip Labour MPs of their seats, kick moderate councillors out. Ideologically however he will say nasty things about the Labour movement to the wider public AND he will tell the electorate that Labour MPs who think Corbyn is a disaster and immoral don’t have the courage to act.

47 MPs need to get together now, privately, get a stalking horse candidate (Margaret Beckett if she will serve) and announce a challenge the second Jeremy Corbyn is elected by this tainted electorate of entryists. Beckett should brief now that she is willing to do it.

Labour MPs who really want the leadership job would be afraid to strike Corbyn, as the old political maxim is ‘He who wields the knife never wears the crown’ (ask Heseltine). Therefore an outsider must do it. History calls another Margaret, this time to save the reds. She – or somebody else – should precipitate a second contest, if called for.

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Corbyn: Hard For Syrians to Choose Between ISIS and USA

‘No-one should share a platform with an avowed racist’ – Jeremy Corbyn MP

Earlier this year, Jeremy Corbyn MP gave an interview, inside Parliament, to a group of antisemitic conspiracy theorists. He said it was hard for Syrians to have to choose  sides between the “rather shadowy leadership of ISIS” and the “more open and obvious leadership of the USA and the West who are propping up the government [of Iraq].” (18:40) Corbyn said this was ‘not a happy position to be’ in. Syrians were:

stuck between a war between the rather shadowy leadership of ISIS and the more open and obvious leadership of the USA and the West in propping up the government [of Iraq]……  it’s not a happy position to be if you’re a poor person stuck anywhere in Syria or Iraq



1. La Rouche And CEC Interview in Parliament

Jeremy Corbyn MP gave this interview just this year to the CEC,part of an antisemitic La Rouche cult. The video opens with the CEC banner. CEC’s current website says it supports La Rouche. La Rouche is a famous Jew-hater and Holocaust denier. This interview was this bloody year. Why did Jeremy Corbyn talk to them?

At 21:30, the interviewer says the organization had links with Corbyn from 2013 over Glass-Steagall

That’s why we came to the UK, it was such an extraordinary debate on the floor of the House of Commons.

To me this implies a CEC member sat in the Gallery as Corbyn’s guest and listened.

What is the excuse for this? How can Corbyn have brought La Rouche supporters into our Parliament? What due diligence was done? How long as he been involved with them? La Rouche is a barking mad holocaust denier.

And here’s Corbyn’s insane, full quote to these cult fantasists:

but also some sort of process where [Iraqis and Syrians] can feel a sense of security in their lives rather than being stuck between a war between the rather shadowy leadership of ISIS and the more open and obvious leadership of the USA and the West in propping up the government that’s selling off their oil resources very cheaply – it’s not a happy position to be if you’re a poor person stuck anywhere in Syria or Iraq.

It is utterly sickening that Corbyn could compare ISIS to America and the West in any way at all – much less draw an equivalence between them or say Syrians and Iraqis aren’t in a happy position when they have to choose.

2. Paul Eisen and Gilad Atzmon of Deir Yassin Remembered

When confronted with Corbyn’s platform sharing with anti-Semites the campaign has issued a non-denial denial on antisemitic views:

There is no question [they] have expressed them in Jeremy Corbyn’s hearing.

That is very carefully put. The real question is ‘Did Jeremy Corbyn know of the antisemitism of those he shared a platform with?’ Not ‘did they say the words next to Corbyn?’ His campaign must stop calling this question a smear, or trying to get away with saying, as they are now, that Corbyn must meet ‘those whose views he finds reprehensible.’

Before this leadership campaign, I challenge readers to give me one instance where Corbyn has ever called these people’s views “reprehensible” or called any of them out. Corbyn is acting like an ordinary politician with the non-denial-denials and the hypocrisy. For Corbyn himself said of Nick Griffin of the BNP

No-one should share a platform with an avowed racist and a fascist

Jeremy Corbyn told Cathy Newman of Channel Four that when he supported Deir Yassin Remembered it was not anti-semitic. Is that true? Here’s some evidence not so far covered in the press:

In 2005, Jeremy Corbyn went to a DYR celebration with Paul Eisen – where the famous anti-semite Gilad Atzmon was performing. Here are the photos:

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Here is a link to the PDF invitation to this event which speaks of “Jewish” disdain for Christians: speaks of the Deir Yassin massacre as a “Jewish” slaughter, and says “Jews” (not Israelis, Jews) currently “persecute Christians and Muslims”. It also draws an equivalence between Deir Yassin and the Holocaust where six million Jews were slaughtered.

Jews persecute Muslims and Christians in Palestine

What of Jewish disdain for Christians

Deir Yassin, the site of the great atrocity against Palestinians and close to the site [Yad Vashem commemorating the great atrocity against Jews [the Holocaust] – from the invitation to the Paul Eisen DYR event Jeremy Corbyn attended in 2005

Now what had Paul Eisen published in 2005? Was he a known anti-Semite then? He was indeed. Here are all the blog posts by Eisen in 2005. (and for completeness 2004, 2003 as well). Directly below his piece reproducing the above anti-semitic language and pulling out photos of Jeremy Corbyn and Gilad Atzmon, Eisen gives us Holocaust denial and antisemitism:

Palestinians ..are not just facing the might of the Israeli state but also the power of organized world Jewry and its primary arm, the Holocaust – Paul Eisen, Dec 2004

And from the post immediately prior to the DYR one with Gilad Atzmon and Jeremy Corbyn, Paul Eisen writes:

After all, people once believed the earth was flat and sat on the back of four elephants riding on a turtle….People today …believe in astrology and fortune telling, iSo what is so hard to believe about theslaughter of six million Jews?

Eisen denies the gas chambers too and says Zyklon B was used for delousing. Awesome. On the board of DYR at this time, when Corbyn attended, was the anti-semite Israel Shamir.

Nor were these facts obscure. They made the national press. David Aaronvitch wrote this in the Times:

a Swedish fascist, Shamir sits on the 16-person board of advisers of .. Deir Yassin Remembered (DYR)… Shamir argued the Jews..were guilty of kidnapping Christian children and drinking their blood.

Now let us recall that Jeremy Corbyn has said ‘Nobody should share a platform with an avowed racist.’ Paul Eisen is one, DYR was anti-semitic at the time, and it was well known.

Further, Gilad Atzmon performed at this event. Was Atzmon a known anti-Semite in 2005? You bet. In 2003, Atzmon started his anti-semitic rants against Jews:

there is no anti-Semitism

we should …regard any act against Jews as a political reaction rather than an irrational racist attack…we must begin to take the accusation that the Jewish people are trying to control the world very seriously. ..American Jewry makes any debate on whether the ‘Protocols of the elder of Zion’ are an authentic document or rather a forgery irrelevant. American Jews do try to control the world

That was two years before Corbyn shared a platform with him and Eisen. In 2004, Gilad Atzmon  told students:

“I’m not going to say whether it is right or not to burn down a synagogue, I can see that it is a rational act”.

And 2005, Atzmon circulated Eisen’s Holocaust denying post above. Labour, even the far left, ran a mile.

But Jeremy Corbyn went along, to an event by the antisemitic DYR, with an antisemitic invitation, and shared a platform with two very well known racists, in 2005. How can he say he did not know? It was his duty to know. And is it true? What correspondence exists? Can he say it was never flagged up to him?

Six years later (!), in 2011 Eisen praised Corbyn again. This is the original piece from which his notorious 2015 “Jeremy Corbyn:the finest man in British politics” is taken.

I’d hardly begun my pitch before his cheque book was out and he was a paid-up member. From that day on, Jeremy, without fuss or bother, attended every single Deir Yassin commemoration. 

A little later the Jewish peace group Just Peace UK wanted to hold a vigil at the Edith Cavell statue near St Martin’s in the Fields but the authorities were being unhelpful. I wanted to impress them, so impetuously I said that I knew Jeremy Corbyn and I’d get him to sort it out. “Oh great” they said leaving me wondering what on earth I was going to do now. Well I did contact Jeremy and he did sort it out and the vigil did take place

The statue of Edith Cavell is in St. Martin’s Place, WC2. It is miles from Corbyn’s constituency of Islington North. Hansard records Corbyn as saying that he attended the demo in 2001.

So now we have Jeremy Corbyn with Paul Eisen in 2000, 2001, 2005, and 2013 (at least). In 2007 the PCS movement finally disassociated themselves with Eisen as an anti-Semite and holocaust denier (two years after he denied the holocaust). This led to Eisen stopping his DYR “celebrations” as nobody would come. But, he says, Jeremy Corbyn stuck by him:

During the time when I felt so marginalised and isolated 

The implication here is that when Eisen’s antisemitism made him a pariah even in the PCS, Corbyn, whom he says is a patron of PCS, was kind to him.

In 2007 DYR day was deserted. Eisen didn’t blog again til 2011  (with the Corbyn blog). Eisen was not “obscure”, as some of todays Corbyn defenders have said. He was a massively well-known anti-semite to the Palestinian movement.

On what possible grounds then did Jeremy Corbyn attend another DYR event in 2013?

By now he must have been well aware of his constituent Eisen’s wild antisemitism. Was the eye-watering anti-Semite Gilad Atzmon present again? Atzmon advertises the event here and here. I think not because it seems he was at DYR Glasgow where, damningly for Corbyn, Jewish groups had succeeded in canceling the antisemitic groups’s event. By this time even BDS had disassociated from Eisen.

So ‘There is no suggestion he has said [antisemitic] thing in Jeremy’s hearing’ won’t do.

The question is did Corbyn know of Eisen’s antisemitism in advance? Of Gilad Atzmon’s antisemitism in advance? He must either have known or have been criminally negligent.

2. Dyab Abou Jahjah’s antisemitism

My last blog demonstrated that Jeremy Corbyn was fully aware that Jahjah had published an anti-Semitic cartoon and celebrated 9/11 when he organised Jahjah’s appearance at a Stop the War Coalition meeting. The blog ‘Harry’s Pace’ had published both two days earlier and bombarded the Quaker House with ’emails and calls all day’ over ‘accusations of antisemitism’ said John Rees in Corbyn’s hearing.

So Jeremy Corbyn absolutely knew that Dyab Aboujahjah had published this cartoon



and celebrated 9/11 as “sweet revenge” when he hosted him at Stop the War and in Parliament. Corbyn also knew, as he sat on the stage as it was discussed, of MASSIVE protests from the Jewish community including over the specific charge Abou Jahjah’s antisemitism.

Corbyn knew. Whether Jahjah said these words “in his hearing” surely does not matter.

3. Paul Sizer’s Antisemitism

Jeremy Corbyn defended  the Church of England’s Paul Sizer, banned from social media for antisemitic posts, in 2012, writing a letter to his bishop.

Sizer had posted a link from Holocaust-denying website The Ugly Truth. Corbyn said this was merely a mistake.

MP Jeremy Corbyn, a patron of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, claimed the use of the link had been “a technical oversight”.

He added: “The internet is a complicated piece of technology and with the best will in the world, imperfect links are made.”

Mr Corbyn wrote that Rev Sizer “seems to have come under attack by certain individuals intent on discrediting the excellent work that Stephen does in highlighting the injustices of the Palestinian Israeli situation”.

He claimed the criticism was “part of a wider pattern of demonising those who dare to stand up and speak out against Zionism”.

OK. But actually Sizer was told about the link long in advance and didn’t remove it for four months. Was it known about then? Yes, it was hugely covered in the media. The Board of Deputies brought a complaint using an ancient act of Parliament. They pointed out that far from Corbyn’s “accidental” antisemitic link Sizer had made no fewer than FIVE of them:

The matters complained of disclose a clear and consistent pattern of activity on the part of Rev Sizer. The evidence indicates that he spends time trawling dark and extreme corners of the internet for material to add to his website. Rev Sizer re-publishes such items… introducing his readers to the racist and antisemitic websites..As the evidence demonstrates, there are five instances of this over the 11 month period from July 2011 to June 2012.

The Council for Christians and Jews protested:

We have paid particular attention to a link posted by Mr Sizer on his Facebook page to ‘The Ugly Truth’, an antisemitic website. We consider this to be wholly unacceptable. We cannot accept it was an accident, because Mr Sizer was alerted to the antisemitic nature of the website in November and again in December, but only removed the link in January when contacted by the Jewish Chronicle

So that was the situation in 2012 when Jeremy Corbyn wrote that letter. It is quite obvious he knew then of Rev. Sizer’s views.

Sizer continued to write antisemitic blogs

  • The section dealing with the writing of Mark Braverman has been heavily edited so as to remove his most penetrating comments on the Holocaust and Jewish ‘specialness’.

until he was banned by the C of E from using any kind of social media.

Therefore it is time for the Corbyn campaign to be absolutely open about what Jeremy Corbyn knew of the anti-semitism of:

CEC and La Rouche

Dyab Abou Jahjah

Paul Eisen, Gilad Atzmon, and DYR

and Paul Sizer

at the times he shared a platform with Eisen and Atzmon, defended Sizer, and provided platforms by his own invitation  to Dyab Abou Jahjah and CEC/La Rouche. He should also be asked by mainstream journalists what Jewish groups said to him at the time. Pleading no knowledge of the antisemitism just won’t cut it.

Credit to Anna Gizowska

I want to credit the freelance journalist Anna Gizowska, @AnnaGiz, on Twitter. Anna alerted me to Dyab Abou Jahjah’s antisemitic cartoons published and his quote that ‘Every dead American, British and Dutch soldier I consider as a victory.’ I then spent a fair bit of time tracking down the originals and finding Abou Jahjah’s racist and homophobic blog before writing my piece. Anna originally did not want to be credited for her discovery as she was still researching Corbyn, but I asked her permission to credit her for finding the tweet where Abou Jahjah said Corbyn was his “friend”, which sent us both down the research rabbit hole, with good journalistic results.

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‘People Here Must Realise They Are Defeated’ – Corbyn’s Parliamentary Guest [UPDATE]

People here in the West have to realize that they are defeated.

I don’t want the G20 to succeed in lifting the world economy. I want them to fall off a cliff.

Holding the meeting in Parliament is very important to usmany people thought it would not be possible… it’s about linking the militants and the politicians

Dyab About Jahjah, while  sitting next to Jeremy Corbyn


Tomorrow evening it will be my pleasure and my honour to host an event in Parliament where our friends from Hizbollah [Aboujahjah,] will be speaking ….so far as I’m concerned that is absolutely the right function to use parliamentary facilities… to invite [Aboujahjah] to meet members of Parliament

Jeremy Corbyn MP, next to Aboujahjah


They’ve been under considerable pressure all day to cancel the meeting… getting people to email and call… anti-semit[ism] was still an accusation made today

John Rees of Stop the War introducing Corbyn and Aboujahjah describing the protests over Aboujahjah’s anti-semitism

My last blog reported on how Jeremy Corbyn’s guest in the British parliament, Dyab Abou Jahjah of Hizbollah, had said:

I consider every dead British …soldier as a victory

as well as writing a hate blog replete with anti-semitism and homophobia that referred to ‘Aids-spreading fagots’ ‘the cult of the Holocaust and Jew worship,’ and ‘hoax gas-chambers’ among its many other delights.

My story was picked up all over the British press and finally forced even the BBC to ask Corbyn about it. Jeremy Corbyn first denied even knowing Dyab About Jahjah.

Corbyn then did a U-turn when a photo was posted by the extremist of the two of them sitting in the Grand Committee Room of the Commons.

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But his staff were still making excuses for him to the Jewish Chronicle:

If the views expressed are indeed Aboujahjah’s there is no question he said them in Jeremy’s hearing.

The implication given is that when Jeremy Corbyn invited Aboujahjah, he did not know of his anti-Semitic views. But I’m afraid he did. They were discussed at the Stop the War public meeting, where the two spoke together, in Corbyn’s presence.

UPDATE: I am indebted to @Carlgardner on Twitter for pointing me to the real smoking gun here, which shortens my blog considerably. Corbyn and Aboujahah are introduced  by Stop the War’s John Rees. He refers to protests over Dyab’s antisemitism: ’emails and calls all day’ (0:27 and  4:30). He specifically refers to the blog ‘Harry’s Place’ published two days earlier “Stop Abou Jahjah“.

Harry’s Place had cried foul on the antisemitism of Corbyn’s guest, by reproducing this cartoon.


Harry’s Place also showed Aboujahjah celebrating 9/11 and advocating violence in demonstrations. Mr. Rees says it’s not antisemitic; it’s to do with “zionism”. Right. Sure. Because there was a modern state of Israel when Anne Frank was sent to die in Auschwitz.

So did Corbyn know of his guest’s views? Evidently, he did. The campaign should come clean.

Corbyn’s guest Aboujahjah had  also published his notorious blog containing the gay and Jewish slurs listed above.

So how does Jeremy Corbyn react, sitting there, after hearing of the Jewish protests “all day” against Aboujahjah?

“Tomorrow evening it will be my pleasure and my honour to host an event in Parliament where our friends from Hizbollah [Aboujahjah, on the platform next to him] will be speaking ….so far as I’m concerned that is absolutely the right function to use parliamentary facilities….” [applause]

Corbyn then takes very specific responsibility for organizing both events, this first one as far as Stop the War Chair and the second as an MP. He refers to the ‘International Union’ Abou Jahjah is heading as ‘we’, i.e. he is a member of it;

it is historic. And I’m very pleased that the Stop the War Coalition and the Palestinian Parliamentarians have come together to do tonight’s meeting and indeed what we are doing tomorrow night [hosting Aboujahjah in Parliament]

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Corbyn goes on: (5:38)

And part of that is to invite our friends from Lebanon [Aboujahjah] …to London to take part in those meetings, and to meet a number of members of Parliament – I can’t speak as to whether any government ministers will be there, I doubt it…

Abou Jahjah refers in his own speech, where he was right next to Jeremy Corbyn as his guest, to his role in the Arab European League including accusations of terrorism. He goes on to say: (10:30)

People here in the West have to realize that they are defeated.

And he’s charming about the financial crisis raging in the UK: (11:28)

I don’t want the G20 to succeed in lifting the world economy above the hill. I want them to fall on the cliff.

Did Jeremy Corbyn object to Aboujahjah saying ‘People here have to realise they are defeated?’ No he didn’t.

Aboujahjah (12:33) talks of Corbyn’s key role in supporting his organization in Parliament was thought to be impossible to get into the UK Parliament:

The IPUFP is holding tomorrow the meeting in Parliament at the House of Commons, which is for a us a very important moment because …many people thought it will not be possible… we are also very proud to be your guests here today at the Stop The War Coalition because for us it’s about linking the militants, the activists and the politicians who are willing to talk.

Incidentally this was planned deeply by Corbyn and by Aboujahjah as a way to get the Hizbollah and Hamas terrorist groups into parliament, as a way of legitimizing these terror groups. Corbyn ‘It is absolutely the right function of parliamentary facilities’ – he even refers to the role of parliament for the furtherance of his guest’s cause:

I consider every dead American, British and Dutch soldier to be a victory – Dyab Abou Jahjah

To the Jewish Chronicle, Corbyn boasted at the time that Aboujahjah’s partner on the trip was ‘the first Hizbollah MP to speak in the House of Commons.’

Aboujahjah was trying to use Parliament to gain legitimacy for Hizbollah, with Jeremy Corbyn’s help. And it was part of a pattern for him. In Dec 08 year he had boasted of tricking the Belgian Parliament to allow a Hizbollah man in, again, to lend legitimacy:

A seminar on Palestinian prisoners in Israel was a ruse to smuggle Hizbollah leaders into Parliament and let them speak.

[House authorities] felt tricked by Ecolo MP Fouad Lahssaini. Abou Jahjah wrote jubilantly on his website AEL ‘Hezbollah was at a conference in the Belgian parliament.” About Jahjah, involved as the director of the organizing association, speaks of a “milestone for the parliament,” a “special day in his life, for the AEL and the Belgian people.”

John Rees has just banged on interminably about the rights of ‘the resistance’ i.e. Hamas and Hizbollah.  And of course the videos put up by ‘Stop the War’ are entitled ‘Meet the Resistance.’

So yes, Jeremy Corbyn didn’t “accidentally host” About Jahjah nor was he unaware of his anti-Semitic views. He knew there were Jewish protests. He knew why. He knew about the Anne Frank cartoon, and the rejoicing in 9/11. He sat there, next to Abou Jahjah, as the latter said ‘People here must realise they are defeated’ and said sod all.

Jeremy Corbyn was clear: it would be ‘my honour and my pleasure’ to host this man who gloried in the deaths of British soldiers. Corbyn intended Aboujahjah’s parliamentary visit to legitimize him.

Days later, Jacqui Smith as Home Secretary barred Jahjah from the UK.

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‘Every dead British soldier is a victory’ – Jeremy Corbyn’s Parliamentary Guest

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“I consider every death of an American, British or Dutch soldier as a victory,” Dyab Abou Jahjah said in an interview with Flemish newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws on Monday.


Everything Europe holds holy… fake gas-chambers…Aids-spreading fagots [sic] – Dyab Abou Jahjah

the cult of the Holocaust and Jew-worshiping [is Europe’s] alternative religion – Dyab About Jahjah

Muslims cannot express…their disgust from [sic] homosexuality...and clearly state that they believe it’s a sickness.. without being persecuted as homophobic – Dyab Abou Jahjah


Examining Jeremy Corbyn’s association with anti-Semites is unpleasant, but necessary. It is quite stunning that the BBC refuses to ask the favourite for Leader of the UK Opposition any difficult questions about the racists he’s supported. For example, ‘Did you donate to the anti-semite Paul Eisen’s DYR organisation?‘ Not ‘do you condemn antisemitism,’ but the specific question: Did you donate to this racist?’

Corbyn is not exactly refusing to answer; the BBC is obligingly just not asking him. I wonder how it would fly if Boris Johnson were found to have given money to Nick Griffin, attended his rallies, called the English Defence League his “friends,” and then added airily ‘but I hate racism and I’m just opening a dialogue?’

It wouldn’t work and rightly not. But because the racism in this case is directed at Jews, the BBC is washing its hands.

I will produce more on Eisen and Corbyn later. But this blog is about Corbyn’s backing for a truly rabid racist and homophobe, Dyab Abou Jahjah.

In 2009 Dyab Abou Jahjah was invited as Jeremy Corbyn MP’s special guest to Parliament. He spoke in the Grand Committee Room, as the Director of International Parliamentarians for Palestine. Next, as a guest of Stop the War Coalition, Corbyn hosted him at a public meeting where they spoke together (Entry: £20).

Abou JahJah, who a few days ago was calling himself Corbyn’s “friend”, was excluded by the Home Secretary a few days later. But Corbyn most definitely invited him to Parliament personally, and organised with him to speak for Stop the War – two separate events. So this is more than ‘sharing a platform.’ This is ‘giving a platform’ and ‘organizing multiple events for’ a man who is a sickening racist, a vicious homophobe, and who glories in the deaths of British soldiers.

In 2004 Jahjah told a Flemish magazine ‘I consider every dead American, British and Dutch soldier a victory.’

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In 2006 Abou Jahjah’s antisemitism boiled into the open, as did his homophobia. He published an astonishing article entitled ‘Walking the Thin Line.’

Can’t a bigot freely express disgust at homosexuality without being called homophobic?**

Muslims and other religious people can not express their disgust from homosexuality and clearly state that they believe it’s a sickness and a deviation without being persecuted for being homophobic

Holocaust denial and revisionism:

People in Europe are not allowed to do a free historical examination of the Second World War and the holocaust and freely express an opinion on it that is different than the dominating dogmatic line.  Any attempt to have deviant historical examination of the holocaust will earn you the title of revisionist, anti-Semite

‘Holocaust cult and Jew-worshipping’

Europe had made of political correctness and the cult of the Holocaust and Jew-worshiping its alternative religion [sic]

And Dyab Abou Jahjah wants to mock everything Europe holds holy, such as ‘Aids-spreading fagots [sic]’ and ‘hoax gas chambers’

To illustrate every wall with graffiti making fun of everything Europe holds as holy: dancing rabbis on the carcasses of Palestinian children, hoax gas-chambers built in Hollywood in 1946 with Steven Spielberg’s approval stamp, and Aids spreading fagots.

Below: Dyad Abou Jahjah speaking with Jeremy Corbyn, as Corbyn’s guest. Now, I don’t suppose that the vicious left, having been shown how deep and long Corbyn’s promotion of anti-semites has gone, will care about this particularly. It’s absolutely clear to me that they are prepared to any racism or backing for racists and forgo asking questions like ‘Did you donate money to Paul Eisen’ as long as the candidate is ultra-left. But that doesn’t change the need to report on it and to speak truth to power. The vicious racist statements Abou Jahjah wrote were long public knowledge when Corbyn invited him into our Parliament, as was his statement that ‘I consider every dead British soldier to be a victory.’

In 2010, the Jerusalem Post asked Corbyn if he had severed links with his ‘friend’ Abou Jahjah. He did not say he had. Rather, he responded that he did not maintain links with anybody he thought was a racist. That means Corbyn thinks saying ‘the cult of the Holocaust and Jew-worshiping’ is not racist. July 23 and July 30 Dahdah posts Facebook and Twitter support for Corbyn, calling him his friend. I’d like to think the BBC, the Guardian and the left-wing media will ask Corbyn why he would invite somebody who wrote such a blog in 2006 into our Parliament as his guest, or would speak with him at a Stop the War event, or who would give his backing to an ‘International Parliamentarians’ group that had this vile racist and homophobe as its international director.

But I doubt it. Which goes to show that for the wider Labour movement, who are happy to elect as leader somebody who has backed racists like this, racism is bad, unless it is aimed at Jews, in which case: who cares! Corbynmania!

* Yes, I am perfectly well aware that you can criticize Israeli policy without being antisemitic. This has nothing whatsoever to do with Israel, and everything to do with gay people and Jewish people.

** For those following my Tim Hunt reporting, this line is “irony,” meaning humour is being used to negate the sentiment ostensibly expressed, by mocking it.