Labour and Jeremy Corbyn

The Telegraph claims that Jeremy Corbyn faces a dozen shadow cabinet resignations if he wins Labour leadership

Jeremy Corbyn faces the resignation of up to a dozen shadow cabinet ministers on the first day of his leadership as senior Labour figures refused to serve under the hard-Left MP. With Mr Corbyn expected to win the leadership contest today, Labour’s most experienced politicians will refuse to serve after deciding they cannot publicly support his policies.

Other cabinet ministers wavering will demand Mr Corbyn stops calling for Britain to leave NATO, quit the European Union and start printing money through quantitative easing if he wants their support. A group of centrist MPs dubbed ‘The Resistance’ will also begin holding a series of public policy debates about Labour’s future in a move that will be seen as open defiance of his leadership.

The Guardian meanwhile bangs the drum for him in “Jeremy Corbyn: it’s time for a new kind of politics

Jeremy Corbyn, odds on to be elected Labour party leader on Saturday in one of the most stunning electoral upsets of postwar politics, is to attempt to offer a new era of civility in Westminster politics, promising to end “throwing clubhouse theatrical abuse across the floor of parliament”. The largely untested Corbyn believes a new style of serious politics could end the alienation from the political process. His ideas, at odds with the image of a firebrand extremist, are expected to be tested at prime minister’s questions, in a bid to show he wants to run a collective, thoughtful leadership.

The winner of one of the most momentous leadership races in recent times will be announced in London at around 1130. Corbyn told supporters at his final rally he was determined to win back those who do not vote at general elections. “Fundamentally many people are turned off by a political process when the major parties are not saying anything different enough about how we run the economy, and totally turned off by a style of politics which seems to rely on the levels of clubhouse theatrical abuse that you can throw across at each other in parliament and across the airwaves.”

The Independent interviews Andrew Smith: Former cabinet minister who unleashed Jeremy Corbyn says he has no regrets

Andrew Smith, the former cabinet minister who unleashed the Corbyn phenomenon, said he had no regrets, even though he had backed a rival candidate for leadership of the Labour Party.

Though his first choice was Yvette Cooper, Mr Smith argued that it would have been “indefensible” to have kept Jeremy Corbyn off the ballot paper, because the party needed an “open debate” on its future.

At the final rally of the Corbyn campaign, with the election seemingly in the bag, his agent and fellow MP, John McDonnell, revealed that, back in June, with only 10 seconds to go, the Corbyn campaign was still one nomination short of the minimum required to get his name on the ballot paper so that he could enter the leadership race.

Tony Blair and his Wealth

The Mail has a report about Blair: “Humbling of a Master of the Universe: He paid Blair $1million for a day’s work to create a corporate colossus with a stranglehold on the world’s resources

After midnight, in the early hours of a September morning in the sumptuous environs of Mayfair’s Claridge’s hotel, a garrulous high-roller called Ivan Glasenberg sealed his reputation as the world’s greatest trader. The year was 2012, and huddled around the table of his lavish suite, with a phalanx of highly paid advisers and lawyers, were two rich and very powerful men: Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber al Thani, the Prime Minister of gas-rich Qatar, and former British premier Tony Blair.

Together, the trio were orchestrating one of the biggest and most audacious deals in the City of London’s history: the merger of Glasenberg’s sprawling commodities firm, Glencore, with the mining giant Xstrata, whose fate was controlled by the Sheikh.

This transaction, the culmination of months of tortuous negotiations, would create a £73 billion corporate colossus. Glencore Xstrata’s tentacles were to extend to every corner of the globe, with its shares owned, via pension funds invested in the FTSE 100, by almost every worker in Britain.

Pulling off blockbuster deals is of course never easy. But Glasenberg, a short, pugnacious man with receding hair and boundless energy, rarely knows when he’s beaten. To get this mega-merger over the finishing line, he’d taken the extraordinary step of personally telephoning Blair, an old chum, to act as a ‘mediator’ who could help iron out some crucial differences between the two sides.

In return, the former Labour PM — and Middle East peace envoy — was to be paid $1 million. A million bucks, the equivalent of £650,000, may sound like an awfully large fee to pay a fixer for a few hours’ work. But to the self-made billionaire it represented mere loose change.

Terrorism

The Telegraph reports that Cabinet ministers’ email hacked by Isil spies

Jihadists in Syria have hacked into ministerial email accounts in a sophisticated espionage operation uncovered by GCHQ, the Telegraph can disclose. An investigation by the intelligence agency has discovered that extremists linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) have been targeting information held by some of David Cameron’s most senior ministers, including Theresa May, the Home Secretary.

It is understood that at least one of the plot’s ringleaders was killed by a drone strike in an operation disclosed by the Prime Minister this week. By hacking into the private offices of senior ministers, the extremists could have discovered events that government figures and members of the Royal family were expected to attend.

The Mirror reports the same incident.

Syrian War

The Telegraph has a leader by Bassam Abdullah, who is The Syrian National Coalition’s representative in Germany that suggests how to slow the refugee crisis in Europe: stop barrel bombs in Syria

Germany has been at the forefront of supporting refugees from the Syrian crisis. It has resettled more Syrians than any other European country and deserves utmost credit for its leadership. There is no doubt that the European Union is facing a major refugee crisis as an overspill of the Syria conflict. But this is not just because countries neighbouring Syria cannot cope with the influx. It’s that those fleeing the world’s worst humanitarian crisis see no prospect of improvement. If you want to slow the refugee crisis in Europe, provide hope to Syria’s refugees: enforce a no-fly zone in Syria.

Syrians are by far the largest group embarking on the perilous journey to seek asylum in Europe. There is good reason for this. For the past four years Syrians have endured a crippling conflict that has seen the use of chemical weapons against civilians, a growing extremist threat, and daily bombardment of innocent people at markets like the recent massacre in Douma.

Indiscriminate bombardment of civilians by Assad’s helicopters now account for the largest share of daily civilian deaths in Syria. Assad’s military strength has weakened to the point that regime forces are now making bombs out of scrap metal and barrels, thus earning them the name “barrel bombs”. They sound rudimentary, but barrel bombs are deadly weapons that when thrown from regime helicopters are awfully imprecise. Barrel bombs are killing far more Syrians than Isil. And there is no doubt that the Assad regime is responsible because it is the only one that possesses the helicopters from which to throw the barrels. Yet the international community is doing little to halt the killing even while US-led coalition forces are flying in Syria’s airspace.

Meanwhile, over at the Mail, they report that “ISIS are making and using chemical weapons in Syria and Iraq says US official as horrific pictures of Kurdish soldiers’ injuries caused by mustard gas emerge

ISIS terrorists are making and using chemical weapons in Syria and Iraq, US officials believe. The government is aware of at least four occasions in both countries where militants have used mustard gas, according to a US security agent. The news came as horrific images emerged of injuries sustained by Kurdish soldiers exposed to the toxic weapons while battling the barbaric Islamists.

The US source told the BBC that the mustard powder added to normal weapons, such as mortar rounds. ‘We’ve seen them use it on at least four separate occasions on both sides of the border – both Iraq and Syria,’ the official said.  They added that ISIS are believed to have a small ‘research cell’ and are developing their own chemical weapons.

And the Express reveals “School teacher ‘brainwashing primary kids to write jihadis supportive letters’

The letters – which are written in childish handwriting – are addressed to fighters in the war-torn country and are believed to have been written in an afternoon class.  They refer to terrorists as “diamonds among stones” and even call them “heroes” – while they also vow support for savage acts and are signed off with decorative handprints.

One of the letters is written to “my brothers” in Jabhad Al-Nusra – a jihadist militant group.  Another letter refers to the mujihideen as “all our heroes and role models” and even states that when they are made “mothers of sons we will send them to you to become heroes like you”.

The teacher, who has been allegedly “brainwashing” children at an unnamed British school tweeted their work under the Twitter handle @irhabiyya_18 – which reportedly translates “terrorist_18”. She tweeted: “Lil kids put their heads together to ‘post’ letters to the muhajideen.” The worrying letters were picked up by American think tankThe Middle East Media Research Institute.

Refugee/Migrant Crisis

The Independent cherry picks refugee/migrant stories in “Three stories from Syrians who have made a new life in the West

Hozaifa Adl Al Mnin could finally relax this week for the first time since he swam from Turkey to the Greek island of Samos in the middle of August. “It was a challenge,” the 19-year-old says with a grin, as he describes negotiating the currents of the mile-wide Mycale Strait. “I was going to go with the people smugglers, the mafia, but I couldn’t trust them, so me and my friend, we decided to swim.”…

In a small garden in the suburbs of Coventry, Sozdar Ayo’s brothers collect slugs and spiders. The new family home, its garden and medical care at the local hospital came too late for Sozdar. The young Syrian girl, who loved to play guitar and enjoyed the outdoors, died in Turkey nine months ago. She was 14…

In the early hours, Murad Abdul was still waiting for the train that would bring his relatives to Germany. The 30-year-old Syrian Kurd had not seen them in a decade. When the last train pulled into Munich station, police barred Mr Abdul and other waiting Syrians from entering the platform. Mr Abdul jumped up and down, waved, and called out the names of his loved ones. Another Syrian began lashing out at police, shouting that his mother was on the train and he needed to see her. To the waiting Syrians’ frustration, the new arrivals were immediately herded on to another train, as Munich was overcrowded. But Mr Abdul stayed calm even when that second train left the station. He later thanked police for their work, shaking his head at the other Syrian’s outburst.

Donald Trump

The Guardian reports on Trump’s appearance on the Tonight Show with “‘I will apologize … if I’m ever wrong

Republican frontrunner Donald Trump made his first appearance on a late night show on Friday when he joined host Jimmy Fallon on NBC’s Tonight Show. Trump appeared in a sketch with Fallon and then later participated in a short interview.

The sketch featured Fallon impersonating Trump into a mirror where, in lieu of a reflection, the actual Republican frontrunner appeared. The two then engaged in a humorous dialogue between fake Trump and real Trump.

In the sketch, the two discussed Trump’s jobs plan, where he would create jobs just “by doing it” as well as Trump’s opinion that actor Gary Busey was not a potential vice-president and instead “more supreme court material” (Trump suggested Kanye West instead as a potential running mate).

In the interview, Trump spoke about his candidacy, which he said was drawing support because “people are tired in this country of being ripped off, seeing poor things happen”. Instead, the Republican frontrunner thought, “we have to become rich again and we’re going to become great again”.

British Pakistani Community

The Guardian reports that “Queen’s representative resigns after saying British Pakistanis need to learn civility

One of the Queen’s personal representatives has resigned after leaked emails showed him saying British Pakistanis must be taught “basic common courtesy and civility”. Paul Sabapathy, CBE, Her Majesty’s lord lieutenant of the West Midlands, made the remarks in an email after attending an event at the Pakistan consulate in Birmingham on 14 August to commemorate Pakistan Independence Day.

Apparently unhappy about the lack of respect he and colleagues were shown as the Queen’s representatives, he said: “Pakistanis are lovely people individually but there is a lot of work to do to teach them basic common courtesy and civility.” He went on: “They talk to themselves and do not engage with the wider community. They are living in the UK not Pakistan. Whilst being rightly proud of their Pakistani culture and heritage they need to explain better and engage more with their non-Pakistani brothers and sisters if they want their children to succeed as British Pakistani citizens.”

Sabapathy, who was born in Chennai in India and moved to the UK in 1964, was the first non-white lord lieutenant.

The Mail also reports on this.

Warmist Scaremongering

The Independent quotes a report that claims “London, New York, Hong Kong and Tokyo among cities that will be submerged under water if we burn all fossil fuel reserves

London, New York, Tokyo and Hong Kong are some of the cities that would be submerged under the sea if the world burns all of its accessible fossil fuel reserves, a new report has warned.

The carbon emissions given off by the coal, oil and gas would fuel global warming to such an extent that virtually all of the Antarctic ice sheet would melt, pushing the sea level up by 60 metres and flooding the homes of more than a billion people worldwide, the researchers found.

Most of the focus on the Antarctic ice sheet has been on the west, where the melting is far more advanced. This is the first research to look at the impact of fossil fuel burning on the entire sheet and finds that the east sheet also gives cause for alarm.

Feminism

Amanda Platell in the Mail reckons that men are the REAL oppressed sex today

One minute Charlotte Proudman was an unknown 27-year-old barrister finishing a PhD on female genital mutilation and the law. The next she was at the centre of a global media storm, hailed a martyr by the sisterhood and a ‘Feminazi’ by her many detractors. All it took to trigger this toxic debate was a brief message, posted by solicitor Alexander Carter-Silk, in response to an approach Proudman made to him on the professional networking site LinkedIn.  His crime? To say he thought her picture on the site was ‘stunning’.

She blasted back by posting his comments on Twitter for all to see, adding that his comment traduced working women and that ‘sexist’, ‘unacceptable and misogynistic’ comments like his subjected them to ritual humiliation, silencing them professionally .

What she forgot to mention is that she regularly posts on Facebook comments like ‘oooo lalala!’ and ‘hot stuff’ about attractive young men. Such hypocrisy aside, Ms Proudman believes she has given a voice to women in the battle of the sexes and will not be silenced. Well, she certainly does not speak for me — nor for any women I know, young or old.

The Mirror reports on this “young lady” too: “Sexism row barrister Charlotte Proudman said men had created “repugnant world” in workplace

THE barrister who outed a male solicitor’s “offensive” LinkedIn message once accused men of creating a “repugnant world” in the workplace. Ms Proudman, a human rights lawyer, accused him of “unacceptable and misogynistic” behaviour and then posted what he wrote on Twitter.

She was then subjected to an angry backlash online – including criticism from legal figures who said she will now struggle for work. It emerged yesterday that Ms Proudman made her “repugnant world” comments in a blog post before the current furore. Writing on the left-wing website Left Foot Forward, she said she was a campaigner for feminism, not equality.

She wrote: “Men live and work in a brutal society, which is maintained through stratified social order based on ritual humiliation, gentleman’s clubs, fights, rites of passage, sexism and banter. When women enter the male realm .. they find themselves in a repugnant world in which their only means of survival is by undergoing a fundamental transformation leaving them with little opportunity to make any change.”

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