Jeremy Corbyn and his Labour front bench team may have won plaudits in Brussels for their latest Brexit initiative, to the clear discomfiture of Theresa May, but not everyone out there is happy about The Red Team. And someone who is never happy about The Red Team under Jezza’s leadership, especially late at night, is Z-list actor Frances Barber, who has once more gone over the top in no style at all.
Ms Barber had not exactly gone out of her way to win friends and influence people last month when she ranted “The Corbynites stack up against any decent person. I was piled on by Matt Zarb Cousin. RT’d by Owen Jones. So a massive bitchfest. I called them out. More. They despise women. They despise normal discourse . And it appears they allow anti Semitic bullying”. She had to say “appears” or they’d have sued her. Successfully.
But there had, since then, been a modicum of silence. That all changed after Owen Jones expressed his frustration at increasingly semi-detached Labour MP Chuka Umunna. “Ever since Chuka Umunna ran to be Streatham’s Labour candidate in 2008 on an anti-Trident, anti-Blairite ticket, then abruptly tried to reinvent himself as Blair Mark II, he’s had one priority, and one priority alone: his own political career. Enough”.
Ms Barber wasn’t having that. “Your hate won’t stop millions of Remainers back Chuka & all those who stand with him . Because the Working Class will be devastated by a Corbyn Brexit”. Plenty of false assumptions there, then. Jones reminded her that she had used the C-word against him, telling “You're in no position to lecture anyone on hate”. True, that.
What say The Great Thesp? “I stand by it. You & Matt Zarb tried to bully me. I’m not a pushover”. Jones corrected her. “No, Frances. You made defamatory claims about @mattzarb - claiming that he had set up a series of anonymous fake accounts to attack you - which Matt tweeted to refute, and I retweeted his refutation in solidarity, and then you called me a ‘cunt’. You are the bully here”. This bloke came up to me, once more.
By now, Ms Barber was off and running, or perhaps merely staggering hopefully. “If Corbyn gets into Number 10, Owen Jones, Aaron Bastani, Matt Zarbo, & various other aggressive outriders will be in charge of our Democracy”. They’re running for office too? Whatever.
Well, she was becoming ever more creative with her claims. “I called him a cunt because he & Matt Zarb tried to bully me. Look at the facts. I couldn’t care less about him except he’s a hypocrite & mouthpiece for Milne. That’s what is important. He is now A Lexiteer . That is what is at stake”. Meanwhile, Zarb-Cousin had replied to Owen Jones.
“I’m blocked but I presume whatever’s been said could be summed up by this emoji [wine glass]”. Well, as Ms Barber has admitted to Tweeting while Elephant’s Trunk And Mozart, that’s a fair assumption. Whatever was oiling her wheels, though, it wasn’t helping her credibility: after she Tweeted “You are a Political Advisor? Lol” at Labour advisor Zeshan Araf, he put her straight in short order. “And you’re a shitty backup actress?”
Frances Barber Tweeting late at night is like Winshton’s opinion of Austen Chamberlain: he always played the game, and he always lost. Don’t drink and Tweet.
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