Will Iain McNicol expel Tom Watson?

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Tom Watson has been caught calling Labour Shadow Defense Secretary Emily Thornberry a traitor. That happens to be one is one of Iain McNicol‘s off-limits words, words that gets you to forfeit your right to vote in Labour’s leadership election. Given that he’s disenranchising others for saying such things, will he expel Labour’s deputy leader? Doubtful. But there’s more damning evidence that can be brought against him, if you are one of Owen Smith’s voters that is.

Tom Watson very publicly denounced Labour MP Tristram Hunt as a ‘scab’. That is yet another word on Iain McNicol’s censored list, a surreal list he uses, arbitrarily, to get rid of tens of thousands of Jeremy Corbyn voters. So what is Labour’s general secretary going to do about that one?

Will Iain McNicol expel Tom Watson for calling Tristram Hunt a ‘scab’? Or might he instead, belatedly, get around to confiscating Tristram Hunt’s illegitimately held party card for crossing picket lines, proving, as if any more proof were needed, that he doesn’t share Labour’s values,  the values that lead to the formation of the Labour Party a century ago?

I don’t want to frighten Iain McNicol, but he can’t be in any serious doubt that his behavior is being carefully scrutinised by over half a million Labour Party members and many, many more Labour voters. His McCarthyite purges will inevitably lead to a class action lawsuit by hundreds of thousands of his victims.

All the Tory trolls that Iain McNicol gives a vote to, to get rid of the man Owen Smith calls a ‘lunatic’ and Christina Patterson calls a ‘nutcase’ and who Owen Smith’s voters (Labour councillors, btw) are demanding is sectioned under the mental health act (which constitutes detention without trial) will have their twitter feeds exposed before a judge and jury to expose his outrageous lack of impartiality during this totally unnecessary Labour leadership election.

During the court case, the motivation behind Iain McNicol’s industrial-scale ballot rigging will be explored in considerable depth. One highly probable explanation is that he is on MI5’s payroll.

In Tony Benn’s last televised interview, he reminded everyone that a member of MI5 once told him that if he was ever elected Prime Minister MI5 would assassinate him! Ballot-rigging to stop Benn’s favourite MP (that’s Jeremy Corbyn for those who were not aware) become Prime Minister is a lesser charge than actually murdering him. It’s still pretty serious though. And if MI5 are sanctioned to pay – tax free – the general secretary of the Labour Party, to rob voters of our right to get the leader of Her Majesty’s Opposition as Prime Minister, then that is highly reminiscent of what Richard Nixon did before he launched the Watergate coverup. Impeachment of Britain’s zero percent Tory dictator is not at all impossible in such circumstances. The sooner the better, imho.

Labour voters are being denied our right to elect socialist MPs. Iain McNicol looks determined to do everything he can, not letting legality stand in the way, to stop this ever happening. If he’s colluding with police spies to corrupt the democratic process, and if he is on the payroll – tax-free – of these police spies, and if a 0% Tory Prime Minister is working with him to do this, then Iain McNicol won’t just be expelled from the Labour Party. If this turns out to be the case, then he is going to jail for a very long time.

Have a nice day, Comrade McNicol.

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Jeremy Corbyn, Theresa May, Article 50

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If I’m a member of a Jeremy Corbyn cult, I haven’t got the hang of this cult thing. I disagree with him on a lot of things, but I’m still over the moon that he’s Labour leader, and am proud of what he’s achieved, expressing 100% solidarity with him in the face of a smear campaign by the British Establishment, including all five broadcast networks and over 80% of his own MPs.

I am nobody’s yes-man. And I know Jeremy Corbyn doesn’t want such people flattering him, telling him he’s right when they secretly think he’s wrong. We’re all helped by sharing ideas. Critical feedback isn’t being cruel to be kind. It’s us helping others sharpen their ideas and/or giving them an opportunity to help us improve our own. It’s mutually beneficial. Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters thrive on this polemical to and fro. We are more than the sum of our parts if that’s what we strive to be. And that’s why I want to offer Jeremy Corbyn some critical feedback on the issues surrounding Brexit.

Before elaborating a few relatively important differences with Jeremy Corbyn, I want to set the scene. Context matters here. To begin with, Owen Smith was seriously out of order when he repeatedly, during the Glasgow Labour Hustings, cast doubt on how Jeremy Corbyn voted on Brexit. Jeremy Corbyn was right to dignify the question with an answer. Owen Smith ought to have just moved on. But he refused to give up until he got an answer. Thanks to Owen Smith’s vile behavior, BBC News Channel and SKY News are now insisting that Jeremy Corbyn was trying to avoid the question because he didn’t want to lie. So Owen Smith has succeeded in helping Tory editors paint the Labour Party’s choice for Prime Minister as a liar. Owen Smith must be feeling really proud of himself.

Paul Mason said it was a calumny when Jo Coburn cast doubt on how Jeremy Corbyn voted. And that’s how Labour members should respond. It’s disgusting that Smith is still doing this. Seriously nauseating.

Secondly, Jeremy Corbyn has nothing to be ashamed of about his role during the EU referendum. Both Jeremy Corbyn and Paul Mason found a way to persuade me to call for a vote against Brexit. This wasn’t easy, but they found a way to do it. My preference had been to abstain, until Corbyn found a formula that worked for the left, one that I believe Tony Benn would have come round to had he been round to cast his vote.

However, for every success Jeremy Corbyn had in winning people like me on the left over, Sadiq Khan, Alan Johnson, Harriet Harman, Angela Eagle, Jacqui Smith, Emma Reynolds, Chuka Umunna, Tristram Hunt, Rachel Reeves etc pushed me back towards abstention, or would have had I not kept in mind what Corbyn said. Furthermore, while I was never going to be convinced to actually vote for Brexit, it was clear why many on the left – including some close political friends – did contemplate that. Will Straw’s official campaign ended up destroying the case against  Brexit for the left, and if I do have criticisms of CCorbyn during the campaign it was for not finding a way to rein these people in, giving the enormous damage they were doing; whether he could have stopped them destroying the left’s case though is another matter. But at least Will Straw did succeed receive a big reward from David Cameron for reducing most Labour MPs to nothing more than a megaphone for MI5, the CBI and Dodgy Dave’s 24% Tory dictatorship.

Thank God for Faisal Islam. He is one of Britain’s best broadcasters on any network. And he recognized that Jeremy Corbyn could reach the parts other politicians couldn’t reach. Faisal retweets a lot of abuse he gets on Twitter, and his responses tend to be extremely funny: his sense of humour is one of the things that contributes to his being sucha good broadcaster. While I like Faisal, some of the criticism of him is understandable, but still twisted by some extremely unpleasant right-wing trolls.

Faisal Islam is criticised for being biased against Brexit, despite the fact that his interview with David Cameron was, I believe, the thing that turned the tide, and if he agrees with me on that, it’s something he may wish he’d handled differently. Faisal is a great broadcaster not just for his entertainment value; he is good because he knows that being fair requires him to do his best to test the ideas of every politician, making the best case he can for the prosecution, even if he secretly agrees with the politician in question, at least on that particular point.

In his interview with David Cameron, Faisal played devils’s advocate. And he totally wrecked the Prime Minister. But, despite that interview, his biases revealed themselves more often than not. He clearly didn’t want Brexit. And he, unlike pretty much every other broadcaster, realized that Labour’s voters needed the special kinds of arguments that Jeremy Corbyn had honed to win people like me over.

Corbyn did well every chance he got, as members of The SNP accept, MPs like Alex Salond for instance. Alas, as Corbyn’s arguments only went down well with the left whose votes were key to stopping Brexit, Faisal Islam’s experiment was rarely, if ever, repeated. That wasn’t Corbyn’s fault. It was Alan Johnson, Sadiq Khan’s Will Straw’s That’s why David Cameron lost. It’s why we all lost. There was too much the anti-Corbyn wing of Labour did that turned the EU referendum into a populist anti-Cameron referendum. It didn’t have to be that way, but it was – thanks to Sadiq Khan and everyone else who ended up as nothing more than David Cameron glove puppet.

Where do we go from here?

What do we do now? This is where I have anxieties. I am not going to spell out a prescription for getting everything right. We live in interesting times. A week used to be a long time in politics. Now seven minutes can change everything. We need to play it by ear. We can’t see too far ahead. And that’s why I don’t want Jeremy Corbyn to box himself into a corner unnecessarily. Stealing other people’s ideas isn’t necessarily a bad idea if they’re good ideas. And if we have to adapt them to changed circumstances, then so much the better; undermines the charges of straightforward plagiarism.

Is Owen Smith right on Brexit. Up until the referendum, he got everything wrong, just like the rest of the anti-Corbyn MPs got everything wrong. However, we are in a very complicated situation now. And we need to keep the big picture in mind. Owen Smith is boxing himself into a different corner from the one Corbyn is in danger of occupying. In theory that could win him a few left wing votes, but these are votes he won’t deserve.

Jeremy Corbyn is 100% right in exposing the anti-democratic credentials of anyone who says voters should be ignored until they vote the way the politicians want them to. Jeremy Corbyn understands this fact of life. Expressing contempt for the electorate will exacerbate the contempt many core Labour voters feel for their old party,  pushing them further into the arms of UKIP.

When we lose votes, we need to accept defeat – unless we chose to boycott, due to the process being deemed somehow illegitimate. To be frank, the EU referendum wasn’t conducted fairly. However, those who broke the rules can hardly complain when they still were defeated. And David Cameron’s rigging the referendum was supported 100% by the anti-Corbyn MPs like Owen Smith. Voters will hold Labour in contempt if it does what Owen Smith tells it to do. However, that doesn’t mean we need to surrender to the xenophobes whose anti-immigrant prejudice often crosses into outright racism, or prejudice of ethnic groups that threatens to degenerate into violent forms of action. The Brexit brigand should not be helped and nor should that zero percent dictator – AKA, Theresa May.

Jeremy Corbyn should never forget just how weak the Tories are at the moment. The left can exploit their weakness if we only stop wasting our time listening to the deluded megaphones at BBC, SKY News, Channel4 News. In exploiting the Tories weaknesses, it is possible for some common purpose to be found between Jeremy Corbyn’s voters, inside and outside the Labour Party and most of the 172 MPs who have tried so hard to topple him. This could be mutually beneficial to every anti-Tory including the parts of the left who ended up voting for Brexit. Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters have so many good cards to play here.

Theresa May won’t be able to get MPs to sanction the triggering of Article 50. The anti-Corbyn MPs, for the most part, are happy about this. To be frank, so am I. Jeremy Corbyn has implied he takes a different attitude, but I believe this is a case of him not having thought everything through. Take time and ask if Theresa May has any mandate to set the ball rolling when she, Boris Johnson, Liam Fox and David Davis will determine what will happen next. Surely Jeremy Corbyn will agree with me that these are not politicians to be trusted with protecting the red lines of the labour and trade union movement. Scotland wants input. So do the other nations in the United Kingdom. And so do England’s regions. This is a wondeful opportunity for the entire democratic left to get our act together. Please don’t throw this away.

The pro-Brexit left may cry foul, but they should be debated with, without allowing them to lay down any veto about what the rest of us do. We need a united strategy, and it’s time for all the left to start talking to each other again about what we did, and what we did not get right during the EU referendum.

‘Brexit means Brexit’ is tautological gibberish. People voted for very different things. Faisal Islam’s excellent documentary proved this if people didn’t already know it. Disillusion hasn’t taken hold just yet, but it will do. The left has to prepare the ground now, and not help Theresa May do what the  hells she wants with neither Members of Parliament nor voters having any say in the matter. This is a golden opportunity for Jeremy Corbyn’s MPs to inflict a body blow against Theresa May, doing so alongside The SNP, and most of the other parties – as well as a very substantial wing of the Tory Party in the House of Commons. We will also find that most of the capitalist class is opposed to Theresa May triggering Article 50 without any game plan whatsoever, purely to save her political skin, and that’s her sole motivation here. A game plan is something that Theresa May and her Brexit ministers don’t have today. And isn’t likely to fall into their laps out of the sky any time soon.

Delaying the triggering of Article 50 is frustrating for many. But unless the left can secure guarantees that ethnic minorities won’t pay the price, then we have every right to deny powers to Theresa May that she doesn’t already possess. If we believe that Theresa May will have a bonfire of workplace regulations to boost profits at the expense of health and safty wages, other employment rights, etc, then why on earth would we want to let an unelected Prime Minister obtain such powers?

Tories will split on these issues at Westminster. Those drawn to UKIP will want to savagely cut immigration. However, that’s the last thing the capitalists want. They need an ever growing supply of cheap labour from parts of the EU, as that does, inevitably, push up labour costs; and that is a fact that Sadiq Khan and Owen Smith refused to address. Profits will decline under Brexit for almost every capitalist, and they’re not keen to let that happen. Some capitalists will find niches. But they’ll be the minority. If they can drag the process out for a while, that’s what they’ll do. And they’ll find more than enough Tory MPs to give them voice – and votes – at Wesminster. Theresa May will be living precariously if she thwarts the will of the majority of MPs. Her government can easily be toppled over this. And that gives Jeremy Corbyn a great deal of power.

Theresa May could face the end of her government if she triggers Article 50 without parliament’s approval, but getting the snap election she might want won’t be a piece of cake. It is true that anti-Corbyn MPs have been begging her to call such an election in order, they hope, to destroy the Labour Party because, they reason, that’s now their only hope of knocking Jeremy Corbyn off his perch. However, they’d find it frightfully hard to justify an early election on such a basis to Labour voters/members. None of these anti-Corbyn MPs would be selected as the official Labour candidate with such a pitch. They’d have to stand as unofficial candidates who only called the election in order to help Theresa May win a landslide victory for another five years in which to ride roughshod over all working class people and most of the middle classes. As an electoral strategy, that one’s got quite a few holes in it.

Furthermore, we’d be entering an election in which half Tory MPs would demand an approach to Brexit that Theresa May rejects. Under first-past-the-post, this would be an appalling strategy for Tories to take. UKIP might persuade half the Tory MPs to stand under a joint ticket, at least unofficially, agreed at a constituency level. Theresa May wouln’t be happy with that. And nor would the CBI fund MPs who called an election in such circumstances. They’d be far happier funding the Blairites instead, or the Lib Dems, or a new parliamentary group cobbled together from the Lib Dems, 80% of the PLP, and about half the Tory MPs. But can these politicians agree to any of this within the next few months? Why would they risk calling such an election? Far too big a gamble, surely.

Jeremy Corbyn shouldn’t rule out a second referendum after the next general election. That may or may not be a good idea. Since it’s supposed to be four years away, there’s no rush in dotting all the Is and crossing all the Ts. If there’s an general early election, then Labour members at the time could decide on whether a second referendum would be a good idea. They shouldn’t rule it out as another party may put that to voters, and win a majority government on that basis. Maybe, for all sorts of reasons, a second referendum could make sense. Just don’t rule anything out at this stage.

If Theresa May calls an early election, she’d need the support of the anti-Corbyn MPs. And if she got that expressly to help her win a landslide, then Labour would not let those same MPs be selected as the official candidates. Labour could win a victory, and win it easily –  just with an entirely new set of MPs, a much better PLP, one in the image of the half million party membership. Such MPs/candidates may or may not have put a second EU referendum into their manifesto. There are good arguments both ways. The decision doesn’t have to be taken right now. And it should not be taken in circumstances where such an early election could only happen if Blairites joined Theresa May in calling such an election in order to help Tories win a landslide victory. That’s not something Owen Smith is going to be boasting about this  side of conference.

There is a second reason why Blairites will feel too intimidated to help Theresa May get an early election: the capitalist class doesn’t want one at this stage. They have no desire to gamble with getting a Brexit majority in parliament when there isn’t one at the moment. The political makeup of the next parliament could be much worse from the point of view of the employers. They know that society is polarizing at an alarming rate from their point of view. This is clearly happening in Britain as it is all across the world. Blairites could be wiped out in an early election. And there could be a split to the right from the Tory Party that that wanted policies the bosses don’t want: UKIP’s policies. The bosses are conservative with a small ‘c’. Never forget that.

Labour has enough time left before the next election. We should use that time wisely. Handing the trigger for Article 50 to Theresa May would not be using our time wisely. On that much at least, I’m more than happy to admit, “I agree with Owen.”

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Expel Iain McNicol’s Scatological Tendency

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Labour’s general secretary Iain McNicol has descended into industrial scale electoral fraud. He is nothing short of a vicious McCarthyite whose supporters accuse Jeremy Corbyn voters of flirting with the most disgusting – and criminal – fetishes. Here is one piece of evidence: https://twitter.com/GlamorousLeft/status/768897242635919365.

Iain McNicol’s cheerleaders denounce Labour’s overwhelmingly popular leader as ‘a lunatic’. Owen Smith’s supportive councilors are, in plain sight, tweeting that they want Jeremy Corbyn to be detained without trial by sectioning him under the mental health act!

The obscene trolling by Owen Smith’s voters is beneath contempt. But Iain McNicol doesn’t give a damn about, he turns a blind eye to all of this abuse, including neverending abuse by Owen Smith himself.

Iain McNicol has had all the chances he deserves. More than enough. Half a million members want  nothing less than the expulsion of Iain McNicol from the Labour party, and the sooner the better. That at any rate is what I think.

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Vote of no confidence in Kezia Dugdale


Kezia Dugdale is a disgrace. She has been bringing the Labour Party into disrepute, helping Jim Murphy reduce Scottish Labour’s MPs from 41 to just one at the general election and then, on her todd, reducing the party to a status of not even the official opposition at Holyrood, overtaken by the hated Tories.

Kezia Dugdale blames Jeremy Corbyn for the mess she’s gotten herself into. But he wasn’t leader when she and Jim Murphy joined platforms with David Cameron’s hated Tories during Scotland’s independence referendum, echoed the anti-working class rhetoric of the bosses’ CBI – threats to punish voters with mass redundancies should Scotland not vote the way the employers tell us to.

The Scottish National Party have stolen Labour’s core vote, and many of their best activists too. That is why united fronts across the left is inevitable in Scotland for years – maybe decades – to come: for the Green Party as well as The SNP. Jeremcy Corbyn can’t reverse what had looked like terminal decline so long as Scottish Labour is controlled by Kezia Dugdale and her small band of supporters.

Kezia Dugdale banned Corbyn’s voters standing as candidates at the Holyrood elections. And she’s smeared him repeatedly. She insisted Corbyn would never play any role in determining Labour policy in Scotland. However, when her deluded strategy was punished by the voters (partly on the basis that everyone has a natural tendency to hate devious traitors even more than we do our honest enemies), she tried to blame Jeremy Corbyn.

Kezia Dugdale is the disgrace to the Labour Party in Scotland. She is an impediment to a Labour general election victory at Westminster, or any to any hope of a revival at Holyrood. Socialists need to pass a vote of no confidence in Kezia Dugdale, and votes of no confidence in all those north and south of the border who are helping Tory editors at the BBC, SKY News, Channel4 News etc. Time for Labour Party democracy. Time to clean out the stables.

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Owen Jones is wrong about Sadiq Khan

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I’ve written a lot about Owen Jones recently. What I’ve argued may appear a tad inconsistant, but I’m pointing the finger of blame at him for that, not me. I have defended Owen Jones against many on the left when he’s got something right, and he isn’t wrong about everything. However, always without explanation these days, as soon as Owen pins his colours to the mast on Tom Watson’s Chicken Coup, he jumps ship again.

It’s getting next to impossible for anyone on the left to defend Owen in print when he’s all over the place. Owen Jones reminds me of the sub atomic particles referred to in Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle: simply by trying to analyse what he’s tweeting we contribute to him shifting in an entirely new direction. Owen Jones will be shot by both sides until he climbs off the fence and picks a side. Which side are you on, Owen? Which side are you on?

Owen Jones concedes that Jeremy Corbyn is going to win. He’s been using that plausible ‘prediction’ to defend his right not to be criticized for trying his damndest to minimize the scale of Owen Smith’s electoral humiliation. But he knows that when he first criticized Corbyn, Huffington Post heralded this intervention as a realistic bid to save Owen Smith’s bacon,  thereby unravelling every single success of the left since Corbyn got on the ballot paper first time round.

Owen Jones’s criticism wasn’t retweeted by all Corbyn’s critics like nothing they’d ever retweeted before without good reason. They took it as a given that he had crossed the floor and sold himself to them as their secret weapon. When he tried to defend his intervention Owen merely made matters even worse. Then, unexpectedly, he turned on his new friends on the right. Eventually, it looked like, without admitting it, he’d changed his mind. And now he’s off again. What the hell is Owen Jones he playing at?

Owen Jones defends Sadiq Khan. Why? Sadiq Khan’s interventions this weekend has been utterly disgusting. He is no longer a Labour London Mayor. He is a self-confessed supporter of Theresa May’s Tory government, just as he acted as a glove puppet for 24% Tory dictator David Cameron during the EU referendum.

Sadiq Khan works with Tory bosses at SKY News and at the BBC News Channel to tell a pack of lies about Jeremy Corbyn. He knows their editors won’t permit any right of reply. This man is a coward who conned Labour members to get himself seleted as their candidate, then conned them into canvassing for him. Sadiq Khan is a liar, and if he thinks he can get away with it without Jeremy Corbyn’s voters fighting back he’s deluded, and is deliberately provoking his own expulsion and that of all those who echo his vile lies.

Sadiq Khan is to blame for the EU referendum result. Jeremy Corbyn did his bit to defeat the Brexiteers. It’s not his fault that the Tory editors at BBC, SKY News, Channel4 News censored his left-wing arguments against Brexit. It was Sadiq Khan coming across as Dodgy Dave’s glove puppet that was the last straw for many low paid victims of Cameron’s 24% government of millionaires, by millionaires, for millionaires.

Sadiq Khan copied Kezia Dugdale’s idiotic Better Together ‘strategy’. She, alongside her then boss, Jim Murphy, and John McTernan, drove Scottish Labour from 41 to just one MP in Scotland; then reducing the party north of the border still further until the Tories are now the official opposition at Holyrood!

Sharing platforms with the hated David Cameron’s Tories – including Dodgy Dave himself -, dancing to the tune of anti-working class organizations like the CBI, promoting the secret police behind Bob Lambert’s Special Branch ‘state rape’ squad, mass murderer Freddie Scappaticci, decades of establishment coverups of the Kincora pedophile scandal… How dare Sadiq Khan blame Jeremy Corbyn for the Brexit vote. It’s his fault.

Sadiq Khan is the idiot who shared a platform with Tory extremists. He’s the one who expressed indifference to the CBI’s supporting EU membership on the basis that it cut wages for the employers, which their pals at the BBC (who are members of the CBI, btw) say is a good thing. It’s no wonder that there was a massive anti-Tory vote within the north of England. Had Sadiq Khan done what Jeremy Corbyn succeeded in doing, it would have been possible to expose the fundamental flaws in the left-wing case for a Brexit vote. However, everything Sadiq, Alan Johnson, Will Straw did undermined all Jeremy Corbyn’s good work, driving more and more Labour voters into the arms of a politically illiterate populist anti-Tory vote.

If I was running Corbyn’s public relations, I’d have exposed the lies of Alan Johnson, and of Owen Smith on Brexit. But we’ve not got our message across. Partly this is due to divisions within Corbyn’s camp as to how to achieve maximum unity within the Labour Party. As I’ve written in great depth (well, with a hell of a lot of words anyway), I want olive branches extended to anti-Corbyn MPs who accept their defeat in the leadership election: if anyone needs proof that I want this, read this article: Strategy for a Jeremy Corbyn landslide

Everyone appears to acccept that Owen Smith will lose, and lose badly. However, it’s clear that precious few of his 172 MPs intend to respect democracy. They’re boasting about how they’ll drag Labour into a four year civil war to help Theresa May. They may very well help her get an early election if they think they can help her secure a landslide victory before Corbyn’s voters have a chance to undo the damage they’ve done this far. They even boast to Newsnight’s political editor, Nick Watt – on terms of unattributed briefings, naturally, cowards that they are – about how they consider obliterating Labour’s representation at Westminster to be a price well worth paying provided it topples Jeremy Corbyn and allows them to purge over half of the party’s membership, maybe a hell of a lot more than half.

What do we do given the behavior of David Blunkett’s immanent split? Paul Mason wants Corbyn’s supporters to pile intolerable pressure on Owen Smith and his MP supporters to rule out joining Blunkett’s bid to split Labour using the courts to seize assets: The sound of Blairite silence. But the most vocal of the 172 MPs clearly have no intention of ruling this out. On the contrary, Sadiq Khan, Lisa Nandy and Kezia Dugdale have effectively declared their intention to make Labour as unelectable as it could possibly be until half a million Labour members finally surrender to what are now the political equivalent of suicide bombers, or the US general general who said he had to destroy a village in order to save it.

Before I get accused of implying something I clearly am not saying, the reference to ‘suicide bombers’ is a metaphor. It is a metaphor intended to capture the idea that those destroying Labour have no problem destroying their own careers provided they destroy Corbyn’s in the process. The lost hopes and dreams of Labour members, candidates and voters determined to secure liberation from Theresa May’s zero percent Tory dictatorship are to be sacrifised on the alter of a mob of cynical Tony Blair cheerleaders. These people possess a psychopathic attitude to ‘colateral damage’. That, by the way, may explain why they so freely boast about incinerating millions of innocent men, women and children with their costly Trident nuclear missiles.

 

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Sadiq Khan is Theresa May’s glove-puppet

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Dodgy Dave and his CBI MI5 glove puppet utterly turning off Labour voters.

Sadiq Khan exposed himself as the shallow little man I already knew him to be during the EU referendum. Like Will Straw, Alan Johnson, David Blunkett, Angela Eagle, Tessa Jowell, Harriet Harman, Tristram Hunt, Chuka Umunna, Caroline Flint, Emma Reynolds et al, Sadiq Khan reduced himself to an utterly pointless shadow for Dodgy Dave, Britain’s disgraced 24% Tory Prime Minister.

Like the rest of the charlatan MPs we are not allowed to name because words associated with Tony Blair’s name are now outlawed under Iain McNicol’s McCarthyite rein of terror, Sadiq Khan spreads a pack of lies about Jeremy Corbyn’s role during the EU referendum.

Had it not been for Corbyn, I would almost certainly have called for a boycott of both sides. But Corbyn, and Paul Mason, managed to persuade me to back REMAIN. Had the BBC, SKY News, Channel4 News not censored Corbyn almost 100% out of the picture, then Labour voters would have turned out in much greater numbers for REMAIN than they in fact did, which was still much better than Tories, who Sadiq doesn’t have a problem with, and about as good as The SNP.

It was not Jeremy Corbyn’s fault that things did not work out the way we would have liked. This relatively low Labour figure was caused by the anti-Corbyn MPs, by their Lords and by assorted opinion formers who turned out to be nothing more than David Cameron’s backing band.

It was in fact your lot, Sadiq Khan, who utterly poisoned the EU referendum campaign. This is your fault, Sadiq Khan’s, not Jeremy Corbyn’s. You and your anti-Corbyn buddies stole the degraded popular front ‘strategy’ of the Scottish Labour Party leaders, Jim Murphy, Kezia Dugdale and John McTernan. The ‘Better Together cross-class alliance deployed in Scotland during our independence referendum reduced Labour from 41 Members of Parliament to just a single MP, then reduced the party still further so that the Tories are now the official opposition at Holyrood. You lot are losers, Sadiq Khan. Go home and think again.

David Cameron’s cheerleader-in-chief, Sadiq Khan, succeeded in conning a hell of a lot of people due to his nominating Jeremy Corbyn to be a candidate for the Labour leadership last year. But it was always clear to me that this was done cynically. It was nothing more than a populist PR exercise to trick Labour member into backing him as some kind of serious left-wing candidate for London Mayor. And now we find him backing Owen Smith.

Owen Smith is a third rate nobody who looks forward to negotiating with the genocidal psychopaths of so-called Islamic State. He told Sophy Ridge that he remained unapologetic over six hours after saying how proud he was for calling for smashing women off their heels. What kind of rhetoric is that, comrade? This man is bringing the Labour Party into disrepute, and there is no way he would be trusted to be Prime Minister. No one trusts  him.

Sadiq Khan is working overtime to help this disgusting Tory Party get itself reelected. He is stabbing the Labour Party’s half million members in the back. What he is doing has so alienated members and voters alike that he has guaranteed he will never be more than a one-term London Mayor. He is already dismissed by voters as merely an independent who has nothing whatsoever to do with the Labour Party. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

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Strategy for a Jeremy Corbyn landslide

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Do I possess the secret key to securing a Jeremy Corbyn landslide victory at the next general election – whether that’s the ‘snap election’ Owen Jones is so terrified of that he’s flirted with siding with Owen Smith, or the one four years down the line? Of course I don’t. Nobody does. Nevertheless, such a victory is a real possibility, and I don’t care how many Tory bastards passing themselves off as ‘journalists’ at the BBC, SKY News or Channel4 News tell me it simply cannot happen. While Corbyn can be elected as Prime Minister in a majority Labour government, it is far from inevitable. The question is: how do we make it happen, how do we prepare the ground in the here and now?

I laugh in the face of anyone dismissing me a member of a cult, whether that is one lead by the living Labour leader or a cult dedicated to the long dead Leon Trotsky, a socialist who was, btw, a lifelong victim of anti-Semitism, a fact that kinda exposes the sheer incoherence of Tom Watson’s witch-hunt.

Jeremy Corbyn doesn’t want yes-men, or yes-women: no one with any brains or self-respect deserves such people. We all change our minds in the course of debate. And we are all genuinely grateful to those who acccelerate the proccess of our correcting mistakes, and giving us our opportunity to help them correct theirs; rational debate on the basis of facts, logic, and respect makes Corbyn’s supporters much more than the sum of our parts. Long may that continue.

I disagree with Jeremy Corbyn on many things, and that’s not about to change anytime soon. But an attack on Labour’s democratically-elected leader is not just an attack on a decent person (Corbyn’s gender is irrelevant, so I’m not going to call him a ‘decent man’); Tom Watson’s Chicken Coup is no more and no less than a calculated attack on over half a million Labour Party members, and many more Labour voters. It is an attack on party democracy and on all those resisting this microscopic elite of self-important, pampered Members of Parliament, anti-socialists whose definition of democracy is telling voters we can have any government we like so long as it is always on the side of the rich and powerful, and of their menagerie of agent provocateur police spies, sending trade unionists to jail, getting them pregnant, psychologically torturing them, detaining them without trial and – no doubt – every now and then sending one or two to an early grave.

As Paul Mason wrote in the latest of his excellent strategy papers – The sound of Blairite silence -, opinion polls are for a variety of reasons not worth a damn at the moment. Until the majority of the Parliamentary Labour Party is brought to heel by the membership, they are held primarily responsible for the meltdown in the polls. Let’s face facts, comrades: voters are laughing at any party asking for the right to form a government that would have a Prime Minister most of whose MPs insist is utterly unfit to be Prime Minister, an MP they’ll try to topple the very first chance they get, which could be the day of the budget or Queen’s Speech immediately after the general election.

Voters are not stupid, and should not be treated as such. Labour’s voters expect this shambles to be sorted out one way or another. Until members decide to discipline MPs publicly committed to destroying their own party, there is no hope of it ever winning a general election. So naturally Jeremy Corbyn’s voters have a lot of work still to do. The only credible choice that does not involve Jeremy Corbyn being toppled, then hundreds of thousands of party members purged, has to involve votes of no confidence in MPs deliberately sabotaging Labour every chance they get.

Should all 172 MPs be expelled? Of course not. Many of them have burned their bridges and know there’s no way back. They are planning to split the party and if they are divided still it is merely on questions of timing. But they are more than happy to exploit Owen Smith to help them damage Labour on the way out. They hope to drag all the 172 out of the PLP asap, not necessarily in order to unite them all on the other side, but simply to stop Labour holding on to any of them. Should we help David Blunkett purge all 172 from the PLP? Absolutely not.

There is a lot of talk in cyberspace about this being a battle between two monolithic camps: nothing could be further from the truth. Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters disagree with each other. And we will continue to disagree on matters big and small. There will be ample room for debate, with minorities retaining freedom to criticize the majority, thereby, eventually, persuading others they were right all along, then to themselves become the majority. However, there are reciprocal rights for both sides. Those who lose votes need to allow those who won to put their plans into action, a right that the minority cannot deliberately ignore. Let’s test who was right, and that requires patience on the part of the minority.

Corbyn’s camp is divided on much. But our divisions are relatively small, and easily handled, compared to those ripping apart Owen Smith’s camp apart under the cover of darkness. The reality is most of the 172 MPs are itching for this leadership contest to end so they can finally put the boot into Owen Smith, with Angela Eagle’s supporters first in the queue to do that. They now detest (rightly detest) his proud rhetoric of smashing women off their heels, and calling for negotiations with the genocidal psychopaths of ISIS.

Owen Smith’s insistance on wasting another four years sulking on the backbenches, calling on all Labour MPs following his example to undermine attempts to defeat Theresa May’s 0.0% Tory government may impress many of the 172 MPs, but their CLPs will pass overwhelming votes of no confidence in any MP behaving like that. One MP has already unresigned. Might there be others? Too soon to say. Nevertheless, olive branches should be extended.

Jeremy Corbyn and all his supporters need to occupy the high moral ground. A wing of the 172 MPs are on their way out. They’ll probably try to delay leaving until they’re deselected. But they’ll do everything they can to provoke their expulsion, and that of as many MPs as possible. Another wing of the 172 will say this is premature and can only guarantee the end of all their careers as politicians. Once all 172 MPs succeed in purging themselves from Labour’s half a million members (assuming they did that, which is at least a possibility), they’ll have no trade union finance, nor activists, nor mass meetings or rallies all across Britain that Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters intend to organize until the next election. The more of the 172 MPs join David Blunkett’s split, the quicker we will discover that the only thing that glued them together was their personal hatred of Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour party’s membership.

If Tom Watson sets up a new party with 172 MPs, they’ll find they have to deal with at least two dozen would be leaders of their party, but virtually no members eligible to pick one of these tedious wannabe Prime Ministers. They’d have to rely on union-busting multi-millionaire asset strippers and money launderers to bail them out. That will hardly endear them to Labour’s voters. Furthermore, Owen Smith will be told he can shove his ‘Corbyn lite’ policies where the sun don’t shine,  which won’t bother him as his commitment to them was never more than rhetorical anyway; but this will pose existential problems for Labour members he succeeded in conning, with a little help from those who should have known better – people like Owen Jones.

Labour MPs may not think with their hearts when they accept Jeremy Corbyn has won a majority vote for a second time, but that’s hardly the most important thing. Whether their climbing back on board the front bench is due to a heartfelt commitment to democracy, or simply out of sheer careerism, provided they contribute to defeating the Tories at the next general election – and in parliment in the meantime -, then where’s the harm in welcoming them back?

The last thing Corbyn’s supporters should do is back all the 172 MPs into a corner. Don’t help them unite when their prospects of doing that without our help is nil. Exploit their many divisions. Attempt to neutralize those who fell into a bad crowd and who now desperately want to be rehabilitated. People – including MPs – can change their minds: after all, Tony Benn didn’t start off as a left-wing MP.

The 172 will fester on probation if they try to unite with the membership after Owen Smith leads them all to electoral humiliation. Nevertheless, if some of them at least try to make it work, then the left have to help them do that. We’ll never forget what they did, but if they prove they want to be forgiven, asking for a new beginning, never again descending into an electorally-damaging civil war, then let’s make it happen.

And what if none of the MPs actually do try to help Labour win the next election? That can’t be ruled out. But at least all members, and all voters, will be able to see for themselves that at least we tried. We’ll win the high moral ground. And we’ll be rewarded in the ballot boxes for being the real champions of democracy and Labour party unity.

 

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