Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters need a broad church of the left


Even leaving aside the omens about impending asteroid collisions, The Labour Party is facing a serious problem. By The Labour Party, I am of course referring to New Labour of Tony Blair. From the point of view of those people, rats are in desperate need of lifeboats to escape from their sinking ship. But the Corbynite Phoenix that’s rising from the ashes sees thing quite differently. A few fleas are being scratched, and the irritation hasn’t gone quite yet. But from the point of view of the living organism busy being born, this is no more than a stage we’re going through. Nothing terminal. Optimism is the where it’s at.

Blairites in the Labour Party are going to be deselected, and they know it. Some of them hope the damage can be limited, and they’re willing to sacrifice a few of their daftest, most outrageously provocative MPs: Simon Danczuk, John Mann, Tristram Hunt, to name but three. But Jeremy Corbyn has opened a Pandora’s Box. Even if he wanted to close down this democratic hurricane (and he doesn’t), he wouldn’t be able to. That’s why Maria Eagle’s contempt for her leader’s 60% democratic mandate was such an own-goal from the point of view of all his right-wing critics. How could they be so stupid?

How dare those who couldn’t win a fifth of the vote disenfranchise the majority who enthusiastically voted for a principled unilateralist, an extremely popular leader with three times as many votes as their respective candidates received. Maria Eagle and her apologists have been caught expressing contempt for the basic norms of democracy. They have been, to be charitable, childish. And what they have done has not gone unnoticed by the party rank and file. It smacks of disloyalty. It is impossible to believe this was anything other than a calculated bid to publicly damage the leader of their party, knowing full well that the inevitable consequence would be the propping up David Cameron’s 24% dictatorship.

As I’ve already pointed out, Jeremy Corbyn couldn’t rein in the democratic tsunami that’s been unleashed as he’d face a left-wing challenge if he tried who would feel betrayed by him if he did this. That pressure actually strengthens his hands. The party has been shaken to its core. Nobody knows for sure how the pieces will settle. The left is no more united than the right. Neither Jeremy Corbyn’s small group of MPs nor those ‘entryists’ who have already joined/rejoined to organize factions or those others who are still debating tactics have any long-term strategy for what to do next. We need to get a few things straight. We need a debate and we may as well conduct it in the open.

Closed groups are a thing of the past. If Nicola Sturgeon – Scotland’s First Minister and a member of the Privy Council – knows Theresa May has her, and all of Scotland’s MSPs ‘legally’ under surveillance, and all 600 of the MPs, secretly – and probably illegally – under surveillance by MI5, GCHQ, Special Branch etc, then what chance do any of the rest of us have to conduct secret meetings? We’re living in an age of Big Brother, comrades: Edward Snowden doesn’t enter his computer password with a bag over his head for the good of his health. It’s not a piece of ostentatious showmanship. He knows what’s going on. So must the rest of us.

  1. The left should not call for expelling the Blairites, except in the most extreme circumstances, such as leaking to the Murdoch press, briefing against colleagues, plotting with Generals or MI5 to arrest Jeremy Corbyn for treason etc. The Blairites are desperate for a handful of ‘martyrs’ as an excuse for 90% of Labour’s MPs to decamp, purging Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet. If he loses too many, then Tom Watson won’t be willing to lend any support.
  2. Tom Watson is key. He has to be kept on board. That means not trying to impose any changes that have not been carried through after an exhaustive democratic debate, and that will require a lot of patience, give and take.
  3. Caucusing won’t work so long as Theresa May and Alan Johnson work with Special Branch to infiltrate left-wing groups, a la Bob Lambert et al. We may as well make virtually everything open in order to stop fooling ourselves that we can let our hair down, resorting to politically incorrect jokes that can look bad taken out of context. If we don’t want something to be made public, we may as well not say it or do it.
  4. Allow right-wingers a chance of redeeming themselves. No retrospective punishment for those who seem willing to abide by democratic votes from here on in. That will be painful, but it’s something we have to do.
  5. Those who continue to flout democracy are fair game, but should not be subject to summary justice. They need to have rights to fight their case if we think they’ve done something that deserves them to be deselected. They’ve lost their right to be MPs if we can prove that to a majority of those who want a say on such decisions. Deselection is a fact of life for all traitors. Simply saying this on my blog will be picked up by Blairites and their pals in the Tory press and broadcast media. They’ll portray this as an example of ‘intimidation’, which will in turn become an excuse to launch a witch hunt, demanding those who ‘Like’ this on Facebook are disciplined and expelled. Jeremy Corbyn will be threatened by most of his MPs, but he will  appeal to his activists to play fair. This is an ongoing process. Some of us will be unfairly disciplined, but others will organize for justice and deselections are inevitable.
  6. As Blairites know they’re losing their MP careers, they’ll try to destroy Labour on the way out. They refuse to call by-elections, but will set up fake parties and try to replace Jeremy Corbyn’s party as the official opposition. At the moment, they have enough MPs to do that. The left has to fight them to stop this happening. Again, Tom Watson is key. Until two days ago, I would have said that Angela Eagle is too. But her behavior on Trident suggests she’s been lined up to be the next leader of Her Majesty’s opposition. But her attempted coup seems to have backfired. After a brief bid to come together, the Blairites cancelled media outings. They ran away. One of their key leaders, Alan Johnson, said a few hours ago that the attack on Jeremy Corbyn by them was ill-judged. Reading between the lines, he clearly wants to dump Jeremy Corbyn within months but he thinks he needs time. That has damaged Angela Eagle, Maria Eagle, and Hilary Benn and, to some extent, Andy Burnham as well. Resignations from the Shadow Cabinet could happen any day, and Corbyn could face the loss of almost everyone. That’s not in his interest at the moment. He needs time to put together a set of junior minister ready to step in. Diane Abbott could get an early promotion. Hopefully some of others will be happy to do their duty, even if they have to learn on the job, very quickly. This could be messy. But members would blame those who sabotaged JC, and not their leader.

At the end of the day, all Angela Eagle can do now is split and form a new party without trade union support, any of the new activists, with fatal bitterness from voters under first-past-the-post. All she’d win from that sorry mess is a hundred odd (distinctly odd) Members of Parliament of no fixed ability, those who are for the most part hopeless, humourless, and responsible for losing votes hand over fist. Not a great idea for a politician with some talent. And Angela Eagle is not that. She is not the only one who may want to rethink. Olive branches for those willing to take them. For as long as they are willing to work with the rest of us to rebuild Labour from the ashes, into a broad church of the left.

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‘Cathy Come Home’ is the first masterpiece by Ken Loach, blacklisted supporter of Jeremy Corbyn

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Defend Jeremy Corbyn’s broad church. All England’s left should join Labour asap.

Mark Serwotka isn't deemed worthy of joining Labour, but Tory MPs are welcomed with open arms in a single day

Mark Serwotka isn’t deemed worthy of joining Labour, but Tory MPs are welcomed with open arms in a single day

Harriet Harman’s purging of trade union leaders like the wonderful Mark Serwotka exposes her as nothing else possibly could.

Labour was set up by the trade unions in 1906 when the Liberals betrayed them.  That’s well over a century ago. She complains about Jeremy Corbyn taking us back to 1983? She’s dragging all of us back to the days of Queen Victoria, when the British Empire didn’t give people a choice whether they wanted refugees or migrants: it was a question of surrender unconditionally and accept your fate as colonial slaves or die a horrible death.

Harriet Harman rejects labour values. Don’t take my word for it. That is the judgement of the editor of Scotland’s Daily Record. He pointed this out, and dismissed every member of her shadow cabinet (including Andy Burnham), not one of whom could be bothered to vote against the David Cameron’s Welfare Bill, which will drive young women, and men, to sell their bodies for sex to rich parasites like some Chancellors of the Exchequer who shall remain nameless, take their own lives, be driven to drugs to forget how miserable life is under Tory austerity.

Harriet Harman didn’t even care that she was helping David Cameron bring in a regime that is going to force women victims of rape to go pubic or be denied the benefits they need to feel their children. These people have sold their soul.

Harriet Harman tramples on the most basic of democratic values. And, I’ve got news for Harriet Harman: the trade unions will never let her get away with this.

The left have to rally around Jeremy Corbyn. We must do that with as much enthusiasm as we did Tony Benn in the early 1980s. We need to rally to him as we did our foreign comrades, such as Salvador Allende.

MI5 never had to carrying out their threat to assassinate Tony Benn if he was ever elected Prime Minister. But they may soon be planning to do precisely that to his favorite MP: Jeremy Corbyn, clearly with the connivance of those who voted for MI5’s dodgy dossier, handed them even more powers to cover up what they’ve done at Kincora.

Margaret Thatcher’s pal (fascist dictator General Pinochet) murdered the democratically-elected socialist Prime Minister of Chile, and thousands of his supporters. And Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters can’t afford to be complacent about just how bloody the ruling class can be, in Britain as everywhere else, when their unearned wealth, their privilege is under threat by democratic decisions of the majority of the voters.

Given all of this, it is the duty of every single socialist all across the United Kingdom, and beyond, to do whatever we can to undermine Jeremy Corbyn’s enemies of the right; and that clearly includes most at the heart of the Labour Party establishment.

This means those who have been witch hunted out of the Labour Party have to work as closely as we can with Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters already in his party to neutralize that section of the PLP that is bending over backwards to protect David Cameron’s 24% dictatorship.

Never forget that what we are living through at the moment is not a popular regime. What Britain is suffering (although you wouldn’t know it if all you had to go by was Rona Fairhead and Rupert Murdoch’s lie machines) is little more than a police state. There is a barely visible ‘democratic’ fig-leaf, but the reality is the brutal thug that lies behind that fig-leaf.

The House of Lords is stuffed to the brim with corrupt chums of this out-of-control Prime Minister, although still not enough for his liking, which is why he’s breeding even more of the fuckers.

We endure spying on pretty much anyone Theresa May feels likes to spy on, including Jeremy Corbyn and Nicola Sturgeon, Doreen Lawrence and Diane Abbott.

Those who can join Labour and who don’t live in Scotland (where I live it is possible to set up two, rather than just one broad churches of the left, anti-war and anti-austerity, electoral pacts whenever necessary) should apply to join Labour to work with those who have already joined.

We need  to do this today to win the ear of those who are outraged at how Harriet Harman and the three ‘Anyone But Corbyn’ candidates are behaving.

Jeremy Corbyn will need to put together a shadow cabinet with what is available to him on the backbenches: he is, after all, unlikely to get many volunteers (possibly Angela Eagle) from the existing front bench. Even Flip Flp Man extraordinaire – Andy Burnham – now says he will only join a Jeremy Corbyn shadow cabinet if he betrays everyone who voted for him. How pathetic can he get?

We don’t know how bad it will be for Jeremy Corbyn. But if some MPs are willing to extend olive branches to reach an accommodation out of a recognition of where the Labour Party rank and file and affiliated trade unionists stand, then compromises need to be made.

In the process of an inevitable honeymoon period, the left in the party can take on Tristram Hunt’s party-within-a-party. A gang of trouble-makers inspired by Tony Blair’s war criminals and MI5 stooges can be identified and weeded out without too much trouble.

We can prove in practice that we are not looking for splitting the anti-Tory vote. And we can prove that we want to bring that to an end to sectarianism with a real broad church that allows critics to think outside the box without being shouted down. We have nothing to fear, comrades. Bring it on.

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Jeremy Corbyn should transform Labour into a broad church capable of uniting the left


Those denied our right to vote for Jeremy Corbyn should welcome his now virtually-inevitable promotion to the first Labour Party leader in decades actually worth voting for with genuine enthusiasm.

We have been deemed ineligible to vote by a rabid right-wing clique under Harriet Harman. She has broken the Labour Party’s own rules. She has self-evidently breached the Data Protection Act. The spirit as well as the letter of the law has been ripped apart. But those behind this have been more than happy to take our money, and boasted about doing that. Are there any grounds for denying us a vote? I don’t think so. Not when we examine how much ambiguity there was when we were asked to buy votes. That’s how primaries work after all. Nothing is done to determine membership of other parties. Labour leaders were elected by trade unionists in the past, including those who were Tory voters. Doesn’t Harriet Harman know that?

Tory MPs have been made Labour MPs in a single day. How can Harriet Harman justify one rule for Tory MPs and a different one for Jeremy Hardy or Marcus Chown? This is sheer hypocrisy.

In Scotland, Labour collapsed from 42 MPs to just one. Does Harriet Harman seriously think she will improve the situation in Scotland by telling those who voted for The SNP  that they are deemed less than worthy of voting for Labour leader? Does she not realize Labour imploded north of the border because the SNP picked up and ran with Labour’s old discarded clothes? Just how deluded is Harriet Harman?

Those who have backed candidates in May other than Labour should remind Harriet Harman, Andy Burnham, Tony Blair and Neil Kinnock that it was their witch hunts of socialists out of Labour that made splitting the anti-Tory vote their responsibility, no one else’s.

If, once elected leader, Jeremy Corbyn opens up the gates of his party, transforming Labour into a genuinely broad church, then TUSC and Left Unity (possibly even the overwhelming majority of the Greens) would shut up shop to maximize the anti-Tory vote.

Under this archaic first-past-the-post electoral monstrosity, we have a system that’s delivered a ‘majority government’ by David Cameron based on less that one quarter of those entitled to vote, which happens to be the Tories preferred definition of democracy, at least when it comes to industrial action. Over 63% actually voted against David Cameron’s vile government. Democracy? Pull the other one.

Harriet Harman’s has lead a so-called ‘socialist’ opposition that can’t even be bothered to vote against a Tory welfare bill that humiliates rape victims, disproportionately targets ethnic minorities, one that even Yvette Cooper’s own supporters have denounced as being a eugenics bill.

And all the time Andy Burnham opt for his outrageous betrayal of Labour values, out of a misguided promotion of so-called party unity; that’s the unity of the graveyard.

Labour MPs are prepared to stuff their own pockets while turning a blind eye to profiteering parasites, the the wasting of ever greater funds on unusable weapons of mass destruction as well as dragging the victims of Tory austerity into a new series of illegal wars, intended to save NATO’s face, plunging us into even more debt to get us out of the last few decades of mission-creep nightmares.

The responsibility for the horrible division in the anti-Tory vote doesn’t lie with Dave Nellist. It lies with Ed Miliband, with Harriet Harman, with Andy Burnham and with Yvette Cooper.

This horrible Life of Brian sectarianism can finally be put to bed. Jeremy Corbyn should see to it that the Parliamentary Labour Party is willing to seize this historic opportunity to take on the Tories now and forevermore.

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Labour’s crack-pot McCarthyism leaves it looking hypocritical, incompetent and manipulative.

Originally posted on Iain Macwhirter:

If they can’t run a competent leadership election, how can they claim to run a competent government? The membership purge launched by the Labour establishment in their efforts to block Jeremy Corbyn, is not only making Labour the laughing stock of the Edinburgh Fringe, it is doing immense damage to their own credibility.

It was the right of the party who long argued, correctly in my view, for Labour to introduce one member one vote in leadership elections. It was the former leader, Ed Miliband, who finally introduced OMOV after many years of prevarication.

It was also predominantly the right of the party who argued, wrongly in my view, to import primaries into its election process. In America primaries seem to work, though there are historical reasons why that is the case. We have an intensely adversarial political culture in the UK.

But alowing non-members to vote in Labour’s leadership…

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Jeremy Corbyn is the democratic antidote to British Establisment liars.


It is not just Harriet Harman’s entire Shadow Cabinet who (according to the Daily Record‘s editor, reject Labour’s core values, and shouldn’t therefore, presumably, be allowed a vote in the Labour leadership contest) who are ganging up on Jeremy Corbyn. The British Establishment is ganging up on the MP who has electrified British politics for a very good reason.

To begin with, the most degraded party of the British Establishment (David Cameron’s  Conservatives) dismissed Jeremy Corbyn as a joke candidate who would struggle to win any votes despite his being patronized by maverick Blairites like Frank Field. Prominent Tory commentators like Toby Young went so far as to appear on television to pretend they’d pay three quid to lumber Labour with an ‘unelectable leader’. They were doing this out of mischief, as a bit of a joke. But, allegedly, they were also acting, cynically, to help keep David Cameron’s 24% dictatorship of millionaire tax-dodgers and animal cruelty sadists, in power for generations because, so we were told, they thought their cunning plan would actually work. Toby Young is the main competition alongside Peter Mandelson for the coveted title of Dunce of Darkness. His Tories for Jeremy Corbyn proposal was always a bluff. And now they no longer even pretend they’re not scared; no point pretending anymore: voters can quite literally smell the Tories fear and loathing of Jeremy Corbyn.

The first Tory to go public to say he’d be happy to pay to vote for Jeremy Corbyn is now calling for a vote for Yvette Cooper or ‘Anyone But Corbyn’. While Toby Young is now glad his Tory entryism failed, other Tory entryists like HSBC’s Stephen Bush remain in place, and still have a vote.

Stephen Bush admits Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall have all proven to be a ‘horror show’, who all deserve to lose for being ‘witless, dull and wonkish’, but must be imposed as Labour’s candidate for Prime Minister in five years time. And this Tory is not deemed worthy of being purged by Harriet Harman while thousands of Jeremy Corbyn’s recruits are? Utterly beyond satire.

Jeremy Corbyn is targeted by Special Branch and MI5 and GCHQ to be spied on, illegally, (as are Diane Abbott, Doreen Lawrence and so many others) for a reason.

MI5 told Tony Benn they’d murder him if he ever became Prime Minister. Given Margaret Thatcher’s support for fascist dictator General Pinochet and his bloody overthrow of Salvador Allende’s democratically-elected socialist government, this is hardly some far-fetched conspiracy theory invented by a senile old man.

Everyone who has heard Tony Benn believes him. Unfortunately, voters in Britain have mostly not heard what MI5 said because the BBC, SKY News, Channel4 News, ITV and C5 desperately bury Tony Benn’s last televised interview as they do everything that exposes British Intelligence criminality.

MI5 may not have told Jeremy Corbyn they will assassinate him if he ever becomes Prime Minister. But there’s a reason he was Tony Benn’s favorite MP, and no one should rule out the Chile nightmare is already being discussed inside Theresa May’s Home Office, run by an unaccountable 24% right-wing dictatorship.

Jeremy Corbyn exposes MI5 and Special Branch crimes. Unlike Yvette Cooper, Andy Burnham, Liz Kendall and Harriet Harman, he voted to stop handing more powers to MI5 spying – alongside GCHQ – to compile dossiers for blackmail, based – at least in part – on ENTRAPMENT by their own state rapists, perjurers and agent provocateurs like Bob Lambert and god-knows how many others now trying to cozy up to the left to try to trick the Jeremy Corbyn movement. Bob Lambert types are still out there, and they are being paid out of OUR taxes specifically to allow Theresa May, David Cameron, Harriet Harman, Andew Marr, Evan Davis, Cathy Newman, Caroline Quinn, to blame Jeremy Corbyn for crimes committed by one of these corrupt, and violent, undercover cops. These corrupt cops masquerading, troll-like, as one of us, in order to discredit us, and to set us against each other. The left needs Jeremy Corbyn discover the extent to which Britain’s democracy has been mangled out of shape by this criminal use of corrupt cops paid out of general taxation, and we need to hold all Home Secretaries and Prime Ministers who have died yet to be put on trial if they sanctioned any of these crimes against the electorate.

Everyone makes mistakes, even decent political activists. When you have a sense of humour it’s not impossible you’ll cross the line of good taste, at least appearing to do so when something is taken out of context. But Jeremy Corbyn can’t be held responsible for what someone he met years ago said subsequently, or some fact buried in an obscure article that no one brought to their attention. Cathy Newman doesn’t seem to get that; but given her penchant for Islamophobic invention, expecting fairness from her is too much to ask. Nor is anyone in the Jeremy Corbyn movement responsible for one of these corrupt undercover cops who have been paid by Theresa May – or previously by Alan Johnson, Jack Straw, Jacqui Smith, David Blunkett, John Reid, Charles Clark to rape women (zero ‘informed consent’ does constitute rape, by the way) paid out of general taxation by the 76% of the electorate that never voted for this Tory dictatorship.

Let’s face facts, comrades. The real reason Cathy Newman is dragged out to smear Jeremy Corbyn as a racist is because the British Establishment that controls BBC, SKY, Channel4 News, ITV and C5 know what Jeremy Corbyn intends to do: he will use Prime Minister’s Questions every single Wednesday to pin down David Cameron’s 24% dictatorship on his continued role in protecting the criminals at MI5, GCHQ, Special Branch, MI6 (as well as foreign so-called intelligence agencies like the CIA, Mossad and NSA) over a network of pedophile for half a century. This is a message that will strike a chord right across the entire British electorate. This will prove a radical tsunami that will draw in UKIP voters as well as everyone else. They will be as outraged as SNP voters, Labour, Lib Dem and Tory voters that Margaret Thatcher has been known to be at the heart of this protection of a British Establishment that helped Jimmy Savile and Cyril Smith for a reason.

Our children, for generations, have been at risk because the spotlight has not been turned on the criminals who are the dark heart of this rotten British Establishment. No wonder they are inventing lies in order to try to stop the unstoppable juggernaut that is the Jeremy Corbyn for Prime Minister Campaign.

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Yvette Cooper supports MI5 entryists. Jeremy Corbyn is the antidote

Yvette Cooper helps MI5 and Special Branch entryists in the Labour Party. To spy on Jeremy Corbyn?

Yvette Cooper helps MI5 and Special Branch entryists in the Labour Party. To spy on Jeremy Corbyn?

I have not been ‘weeded out’ by the Blairites who are themselves Yuppie Entryists, the ones who used MI5 to draw up a dodgy dossier to get them their illegal Iraq War. I can’t prove (yet) that the three hour extension in registering to vote as a Labour Party supporter was a devious ploy by Tony Blair acolytes to help MI5, Special Branch and GCHQ ballot-rig, dumping hundreds of thousands of ‘supporters’ into the pot, paid for by Theresa May’s out-of-control Home Office. But I’m definitely on the case.

Yvette Cooper has always supported the investment of the British State in committing perjury, state rapist, agent provocateur entryists like Bob Lambert and his Special Branch undercover cop team, 90% of whose members had illegal sex with their women targets paid by OUR taxes, a cross between state sanctioned prostitution, physical rape as no informed consent was agreed and subsequent psychological torture as women were left abandoned, with children, and the grieving for years as the father of their child, the man they thought was their soul mate turned out to have been paid by the Home Office to destroy these women’s lives. If you don’t shed tears hearing this story, then you’re simply missing a piece of your soul.

Yvette Cooper voted alongside every single one of Jeremy Corbyn’s critics to give more powers to Bob Lambert’s Special Branch to, for example, threaten to imprison investigative journalists determined to work with courageous whistle-blowers and rape victims to expose decades of child sex abuse by Cyril Smith and other senior public figures.

MI5 were spying on Jeremy Corbyn and Diane Abbott, doing so illegally, crimes sanctioned by ex-Home Secretaries Jack Straw, Alan Johnson, David Blunkett and every other supporter of Tony Blair’s ‘Anyone But Corbyn’ smear campaign.

I condemn Harriet Harman and Yvette Cooper for their support for the illegal deployment of Special Branch and MI5 and GCHQ against Jeremy Corbyn MP, Diane Abbott MP, Doreen Lawrence, and probably the overwhelming majority of my Facebook friends.

Let’s be frank. There almost certainly is a very real problem of entryism inside the Labour Party. But the source of that problem is not Jeremy Corbyn. He happens to be the antidote to entryism by the forces of darkness of the paramilitary wing of the unelected House of Lords, secret courts, and the rest mangling democracy in the labour movement, and inside British society more generally.

Jeremy Corbyn has struck a chord. He is electable. Of course he is. And he is going to prove the center of gravity of a radical democratic movement that will turn the British Establishment to dust. Onwards and upwards, comrades. Onwards and upwards.

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