Guest Post by the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg 69


Project Corbyn, that astonishing tidal wave movement of a tiny minority of hard left activists and other entryists which swept Labour into the ocean of unrealistic economic policy and unelectable beliefs, has run aground within 48 hours on the issue of alphabetical discrimination.

Many senior Labour sources have, within the last hour, told me that Corbyn had proved he was out of touch and a complete throwback to the 1930’s by his appointment of a shadow cabinet consisting of “old people from the start of the alphabet.”

Most people believe it has been a terrific mistake to appoint a shadow cabinet dominated overwhelmingly by people whose names begin with just the first few letters of the alphabet. Is Corbyn totally unaware of the identity politics of the modern media, many are asking. One very senior former Labour Cabinet Minister told me “Look at the key figures here. Abbott, Benn, Burnham, Corbyn. That is four of the most important posts and it doesn’t take you past the first three letters of the alphabet. This is disgusting and Labour MPs simply may not put up with it. Eagle does not take us much further and her first name is Angela. Why was there no space for Umunna?”

This kind of whispering from his own benches has the ability to undermine the completely unelectable Corbyn. A great many anonymous people have told me they were hopeful that Watson would provide balance, but these hopes were dashed by the appointment of Abbott.

Significantly I tried to query John MacDonnell on this but the aged terrorist supporter kept talking about income inequality and seeking completely to avoid the genuine issues which are worrying so many formerly very important Labour MPs, and so many in the media, today.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, a senior former Labour Prime Minister told me “I predicted the Labour Party would fall off a cliff and they ignored me. Corbyn will be out by Christmas.” It does seem that the unelectable Corbyn, who refused to answer questions on alphabet balance, has no answers to these key questions.

Laura Kuenssberg, BBC


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69 thoughts on “Guest Post by the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg

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  • Mick

    Is it really hounding to ask the Leader of HM Opposition questions relating to his frontbench appointments? Does that line of thinking extend to the PM and Tory Ministers? Asked a question once and if they don’t answer there must be no ‘hounding’ from the media? Somehow I doubt it.

    Also is referring to Nick Clegg as ‘Cleggover’ or David Cameron as ‘Agent’ Cameron not as demeaning and insulting as referring to Corbyn’s supporters as Corbynistas? Or is it one rule for Mr Corbyn and another for every other politician?

  • Pan

    I gave up watching BBC news long ago. I had to – my throat was always sore afterwards from shouting back at the box out of sheer frustration.

    I have occasionally, though, had to suffer hearing the pompous, judgmental tones of the ‘news’readers when visiting a friend’s house, so I am aware of just how far the BBC has become a parody of itself.

    So I can perhaps understand why there are some who have apparently failed to instantly recognise this post for what it is – a bloody brilliant parody of a parody!

    Thanks for giving us such a good laugh, Craig!

  • Sweethearts Of Dunblane

    This from some partisan dimbulb is fun as far as it goes. But her ritual jeering hews strictly to the rules of synthetic left-right conflict defined for you by CIA. Could you please find someone brighter and more plugged in with the colonial masters, someone who can articulate their real fears of Corbyn? That would be a treat.

    Problem is, Corbyn is your Mielke. A conscientious party functionary in a decomposing satellite state, he will be forced to let your regime break down and transform. History’s repeating itself. Great Britain is America’s DDR, its premier hard-line satellite. The rot is far advanced. Looting, malinvestment, organized pedophile predation, grave state crime, and crippling Neo-Soviet repression have taken their toll. Pity, the Pentagon was counting on you for cannon fodder for some feckless fist-shaking at Russia.

  • Republicofscotland

    Have l fallen asleep, and begun dreaming of the surreal pages of the Spectator? I knew I shouldn’t have eaten that can of alphabet spaghetti last night.

    Add to this I’ve been humming a tune from the car radio all day ABC its easy as one two three, Michael Jackson I think.

    So read your guest post is well almost prophetic, poor Jeremy in the eyes of many he can do no right. Luckily the names he picked have vowels in them, or he’d have resign in quick fashion.

    Anyway if this is a satirical post by the guest commentor, just remember to watch your P’s & Q’s.

  • harry law

    Laura Kuenssberg, Scottish Journalist, Daughter of Scottish business man, grew up in Glasgow, studied history at University of Edinburgh and worked in local radio and cable television in Glasgow. Avid reader of Craig Murray’s blog, and fearless fighter for a sovereign independent Scotland.

  • Jemand

    The only way forward for the UK is to elect Corbyn as PM and let him wreak havoc on the country in pursuit of the elusive Rainbow Dream Unicorn™.

    Commenting on Australia’s capacity to take in more Syrian refugees than the government was willing to receive, Corbyn made the profoundly astute observation that the last time he visited, Australia had plenty of *space*. Of course, as a communist, Corbyn doesn’t factor in the irritating details of reality demanded in the maintenance of a modern society because ideological purity is supreme and everything that denies it is an evil force of corruption that needs to be ignored or eliminated. So Australia, being on the other side of the world with its tiny population and almost zero political influence in global affairs, was responsible for Syrian refugees. Well done, Jeremy. You’ve got the right stuff for the top job.

    So, hey everybody, please Vote #1 – Jeremy Corbyn for Labour PM so that every child living in poverty will receive a free unicorn and a job for life working in a shoe factory.

  • Bert

    How staggering. Can any sensible person possibly take this Kuenssberg girl seriously. Apparently, alphabet obsession is more important than income inequality!

    Then she goes on to say: “Speaking on condition of anonymity, a senior former Labour Prime Minister told me…”

    Excuse me! May I ask, how many Labour Prime Ministers are still alive? Well, let’s see:

    James Callaghan died in 2005; Harold Wilson died in 1995 and Clement Attlee (if you wish to go so far back) died in 1967. So who do you think this ANONYMOUS Labour Prime Minister.

    I wonder why Craig bothered to post such a sarcastic diatribe by this member of the NewsNight commentariate (who is almost certainly part of the 1%).

    Bert

  • fred

    “Excuse me! May I ask, how many Labour Prime Ministers are still alive? Well, let’s see:”

    I don’t think being dead should automatically preclude someone from taking an active role in politics. It’s a discrimination which has not hitherto been properly addressed I feel not giving the dead a voice in the running of the country, they don’t even have the vote yet.

    It is a matter which I feel Jeremy Corbyn, by the time he becomes Prime Minister, will have a personal interest in.

  • Bert

    May I make a second remark? I have read a few of these comments and one has suggested that Kuenssberg is on £200,000/annum.

    A quick check indicates that she is in the top 0.03%. But that is global not national. I still think she will be inside the top 1% on a national scale.

    Her own best interests are served by sucking up to tory nonsense.

    Bert.

  • Habbbakuk (la vita e' bella!)

    “Also is referring to Nick Clegg as ‘Cleggover’ or David Cameron as ‘Agent’ Cameron not as demeaning and insulting as referring to Corbyn’s supporters as Corbynistas? ”
    _________________

    As it was – if memory serves – our friend Mary who complained about the use of the word “Corbynistas, I thonk it is only right to point out that it is the same Mary (or should I say Merry?) who most frequently uses the words “Cleggover” and “Agent Cameron” on this blog.

    Mary is an apalling hypocrite.

  • Suhayl Saadi

    You missed your vocation as a satirist, Craig. Wonderfully hilarious post, really hits the nail on the head.

    Perhaps, next, there will be a rumour spread by highly-paid columnists and political commentators that all the Cabinet members, including the women, have been instructed to grow beards and answer only to the name, ‘Jeremy’. No doubt we also will discover that Jeremy shared a flat with Josef Stalin and Attila the Hun. Now that would make interesting meal-times.

  • Habbbakuk (la vita e' bella!)

    Suhayl

    “No doubt we also will discover that Jeremy shared a flat with Josef Stalin”
    ______________

    You got the wrong bloke, Suhayl, you must have been thinking about Mr Goss

  • Republicofscotland

    “I don’t think being dead should automatically preclude someone from taking an active role in politics. It’s a discrimination which has not hitherto been properly addressed I feel not giving the dead a voice in the running of the country, they don’t even have the vote yet.”
    ___________________

    Pffft….. We all know how giving the dead a vote turned out in 1979 on Scottish devolution under that Red Tory snake Callaghan.

    I doubt you were in Scotland back then…then again.

  • Mary

    Her venom was even more evident in her report on the 6pm BBC News.

    A written version

    Jeremy Corbyn and the issue of loyalty
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-34250109

    Her tweets are vicious. The one about wearing a tie is petty.

    Why does she look so bitter and twisted and full of hate for Corbyn?

    Latest Tweets
    From Laura Kuenssberg @bbclaurak

    Is the free for all reshuffle Corbyn’s new politics? http://t.co/Jm4tsRXUeM
    1 hour ago

    What really happened in the Commons corridor last night http://t.co/v3Oe6VB1lX
    3 hours ago

    Corbyn and McDonnell together on the front bench – Corbyn wearing a tie
    4 hours ago

  • fred

    “Yeah just as you’ll be voting SNP.”

    I won’t be voting SNP, as readers to this blog will know I’m a long time fan of Tom Watson and think I will support him as deputy leader by voting Labour next May.

    So will you be voting SNP next May?

  • chu-teh

    10 years ago there was a website that was both helpful views/data and a magnet for early trolls/paid manipulators/spoilers. Because of its popularity a reader could not scan fast enough to filter -out the unwanted repetitive actors.
    The solution was simple and effective and in every readers control. To wit, each reader could select those authors who posted useless/distracting posts by simply entering that username into a filter box.

    All further posts from that username would be auto-eliminated from the user’s screen. This elimination had no effect on other users screens.
    A retest of the eliminated author’s posts could be had merely by deselecting that username from the filter.

    E.g., author 123xyz’ posts are a total bore and useless. I select 123xyz to be filtered. His clutter is now gone from my view/attention. Thus I can scan quickly thru the entire comments. In fact, I am fully responsible for my time/attention effectiveness.

    Can we have this option on Craig’s website? Surely a site manager could figure how to do or re-invent this tech.

  • Republicofscotland

    “I won’t be voting SNP, as readers to this blog will know I’m a long time fan of Tom Watson and think I will support him as deputy leader by voting Labour next May.”
    ____________________

    Ah yes Tommy “two dinners”Watson as he’s known around Westminster, I read an article on him a while back in the Express not my chosen rag, where he cost the taxpayer over £ 300 grand due to nepotism, when found out two dinners wasn’t even sure what his wifes job description was, but she was well paid.

    A long time fan…..well if you say so.

  • Suhayl Saadi

    Habbabkuk, on sharing accommodation. I would’ve liked to have shared a flat with Ho Chi Minh when the latter was working in France or the UK (as a dishwasher) or when he was a manager at General Motors in the USA. Or with Zhou Enlai. That would’ve been really fascinating, I think.

    How about other interesting fantasy flatmates? Please don’t say Idi Amin, Jean Michel Bokassa or Catherine the Great (unless you were a horse).

  • fred

    “Ah yes Tommy “two dinners”Watson as he’s known around Westminster, I read an article on him a while back in the Express not my chosen rag, where he cost the taxpayer over £ 300 grand due to nepotism, when found out two dinners wasn’t even sure what his wifes job description was, but she was well paid.”

    Yes, nobody has managed to work out exactly what it is “Dr” Monaghan’s brother does either.

    Did you say you would be voting SNP next May?

  • John Spencer-Davis

    Suhayl Saadi
    14/09/2015 8:48pm

    My motley crew of people I would really like to have as flatmates:

    Musonius Rufus
    Epictectus
    Isaac Newton
    Thomas Paine
    Jeremy Bentham
    Bertrand Russell
    Charles Hamilton
    Melanie Klein
    Jessie Taft
    Karen Horney
    Roscoe Arbuckle
    Carl Rogers
    Paul Baran
    Erin Gray

    Other people’s would be really interesting to me.

    Kind regards,

    John

  • Republicofscotland

    “Yes, nobody has managed to work out exactly what it is “Dr” Monaghan’s brother does either.

    Did you say you would be voting SNP next May?”
    __________________

    Then there’s the case of the South African car bomber Hein Grosskopf who suddenly found himself in a influencial position within the NSPCC, and when Tommy “two dinners” Watson was asked by other workers and concerned citizens to investigate the matter, he refused.

    A big of Tommy….if you say so mate.

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