Friday 20 September 2019


The Labour conference begins tomorrow and ends on Wednesday.  We can expect five days of lunacy and not a Union flag in sight.  Infighting has already kicked off before a single delegate has even set foot in Brighton, with rows over Brexit, the student wing and Clause IV.  Having said all that, a conference characterised by lunacy certainly hasn't done the Lib Dems much harm.  They appear to be enjoying a bounce following their insane anti-Brexit conference and have overtaken Labour according to the latest YouGov poll.

Labour's conference is taking place at the Brighton Centre, facing the seafront.  The venue just happens to be right next door to the Grand Hotel that was bombed by the IRA in 1984, killing five and injuring dozens.  Corbyn was famously arrested outside the Old Bailey protesting in support of the Brighton bomber.  Could they not have chosen somewhere a little less offensive?

Speaking of offence, Labour MP Louise Ellman is worried about another phenomenon, that which has dogged Corbyn's hard left Labour since he won the leadership.  The following video appeared on Twitter yesterday.  We considered sharing it on Facebook, but given recent censorship from the humour-devoid moderators in Dublin, we decided against it.