The Great Ron Rafferty says*:
A brief history of the world …. From the time of Kinnock, there was an ever-increasing vetting procedure of new Labour candidates. That started off from a relatively weak administrative point from the Central Office perspective, but it quickly became more and more controlling over the past 30 years, and what better cover than deciding that only people from certain groups could stand as candidates. So we ended up with a massive percentage of “on-message” MPs.
Now fast forward to last summer, and the sudden realisation by the on-message ones, that they were no longer on message with the people they claimed to represent. Their own manifesto demonstrated this. As the media had tried to paint Ed Miliband as Red Ed, the Labour Party machine moved forever towards the right until in several aspects it WAS to the right of the Tories! This is the “being in power” bollocks that is constantly uttered. Being in power …. for what? If being in power is to be worse than the Tories, then it IS actually better having the Tories FFS!
The election of Corbyn, who, despite efforts to paint him almost as a communist (the new Red Ed) was centre-left, saw a whole cadre of the Labour machine rejecting him, and rejecting their membership.
He was never ever given a chance to be a leader. Sniping from the Coup-ers** NEVER stopped. They used social media to keep in contact with the mainstream media (oh, how hollow their protests now sound about others using social media …..), placed anti-Corbyn stories, and the continuing line that only the coup-ers were true Labour, not their leader, and certainly not their membership!
Planning for a coup for 10 months. No principles. But the membership – now there’s a bit of a problem!
The coup, which was intended to psychologically attack the leader failed, because he stood up to the outrageous deceit and bullying. (In any other context on earth, the Guardian would have railed against the bullies, and quite rightly!). But Corbyn wasn’t broken. Did the coup members bother that this was anti-democratic? Did they bother that it was against their memberships expressed wishes? Did they bother that it was against the wishes of most CLPs?
As that didn’t work …. over to the NEC, and the same coup-ers not quite in charge of things. Sob stories about representatives being threatened (a bizarre bit of histrionics compared to what they had attempted on Corbyn!). No sticking to the normal rules of committees, and what is the solution to the membership “problem?” Cut off as many members as possible! Stop the membership meeting in the CLPs!
This is NOT a group of people trying to “save” the Labour Party. This is a group of people who believe they OWN the Labour Party, and will do precisely what they want. It is a right-wing takeover. And the people hark back to the days of Blair where they say one thing, and mean another, where war is good, where the class from which their members are taken is good as cannon fodder without equipment, where a useless and expensive piece of nuclear gear is more important than ships that work, and where those same poor folk will continue to pay for the errors of the rich.
But, there again, time after time, it is the rich who pay for their coup “friends.” A few millions promised here, a few hundreds of thousands there, a “helpful” but restricted legal challenge (that’ll do nicely).
There are TWO Labour parties now. The small controlling party of Blair, and the party of the membership.
Whose side are you on?
*Comments thread https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jul/15/labour-death-spite-bullying-working-class-base
NB This is important
Wise words – ‘Keep Calm and Support Corbyn’
‘The last thing anyone on the Left must do in response to these outrages is to be outraged however. There will be more to come.
More members will be suspended. Applicants for registered supporter status will be excluded – even in some cases if they have been accepted as Labour Party members (after the January cut off date). Other local parties will face unjustified administrative sanctions.
All of this has a dual purpose. First – and vitally – to diminish Corbyn’s support in the election. Secondly – and this is not unimportant – in the hope of provoking an angry response which can feed the narrative that the left are vile bullies.’