Lansman condemns ‘uncomradely and divisive’ Azim article

Momentum founder Jon Lansman has come out in condemnation of an article by Open Labour’s Owen Smith-supporting Jade Azim, after a fraught twenty-four hours or so in which too many well-known young left-wingers who should have known better had defended Azim and her article, which sought to pit ‘Lansmanites’ against the abusively-termed ‘cranks’, as well […]

Azim on ‘mental health slur’ anger: ‘crank’ is common among ‘young high profile activists’

On Wednesday, LabourList published an article under the inflammatory, “The real battle for Labour’s soul? Lansmanites vs Cranks” As an article, its aim is fairly transparent – and it is not to promote unity among the Labour left. It has lazy and unevidenced assumptions in abundance and dismisses people on the wrong side of her […]

New party plan really is a “coward’s coup”. Here it is – and a Labour response

‘Chicken coup’ part X? The SKWAWKBOX warned at the weekend that the next anti-Corbyn coup was already underway – and showed yesterday that it is a ‘coup of cowardice’, with right-wing malcontents attempting to inflict maximum damage on the Labour Party before peeling off to form a tiny new party. This was subsequently confirmed by […]

Brexit Secretary Raab calls Scotland an English region

Dominic Raab – is anybody home? Dominic Raab has been Brexit Secretary in name only since Theresa May decided she’d handle negotiations personally – what could go wrong? But a comment he put out on Twitter today suggests that he’s overstretched talking about UK affairs, let alone haggling with the EU. Raab – and the […]

Javid visits poverty-hit North-East – and talks to Bentley-owners

Home Secretary Sajid Javid – who still has not properly apologised for libelling Jeremy Corbyn last week, in spite of beating a hasty retreat when Corbyn’s lawyers got in touch – has been in the North-East today. Javid and the rest of Theresa May’s Cabinet had been in Gateshead for a Cabinet meeting – and […]

Raab new Brexit Secretary. Twitter: ‘One t**t out, one t**t in’

David Davis’ resignation last night as Brexit Secretary seems to have presented Theresa May with a quandary – how to find someone just as hapless to take his place. Readers could be excused for thinking that finding an incompetent replacement for a Tory minister would be as easy as finding turds in a septic tank, […]

Tories’ Brexit incompetence again – they can’t even get Brexit Secretary right

The Tories’ Brexit incompetence has become increasingly transparent uselessness next to the focused, well-prepared professionalism of EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier and his team the longer the negotiation process has gone on. From attacks on the UK’s own ambassador to the death-stare Boris Johnson received from Theresa May during Prime Minister’s Questions for his ‘meltdown’ […]

Video: Speaker has to silence Tory contempt as Corbyn represents workers under threat

On Wednesday, Liverpool Labour MP Dan Carden tweeted a comment triggered by a display of arrogance and contempt by Tory MPs during Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) that was astonishing even by their low standards. The tweet clearly struck a chord with the people of this country, as it was widely shared – but the display […]

Sandwell Establishment’s ‘contempt’ for process as suspended officer appears at Labour bash

The SKWAWKBOX has covered at length the dramatic developments in Sandwell, the West Midlands core of the Labour right – including the ‘earthquake’ of the suspension both of the LCF (local campaign forum) and of its secretary, Tom Watson ally Derek Rowley. Former Sandwell mayor Derek Rowley Mr Rowley was suspended after allegations not only […]

McVey screw-up costs thousands of DWP staff meagre pay-rise, with insult on top of injury

Incompetent DWP Secretary Esther McVey A screw-up – at best – by Work & Pensions (DWP) Secretary Esther McVey means that tens of thousands of DWP employees will be deprived of their paltry 1% annual pay-rise for an indefinite period. Last Thursday, 7 June, DWP staff received a message via their internal intranet system informing […]