The usual Blairite uber-cutters Yvette Cooper, Hilary Benn, Ben Bradshaw, Pat McFadden and Chris Bryant were among those who offered their support to Teresa May’s jingoistic stance on Putin’s Russia, while lining up to yet again plunge the dagger into Jeremy’s back. The Russian state, Cooper said, ‘should be met with unequivocal condemnation’. May, gushingly thanked Cooper for her support.
Jeremy’s crime? He suggested that a little more evidence should be available before drawing the conclusion that Putin, the plunderer of the state-owned Russian resources, and friend of the Russian oligarchs who contribute to the Tory Party, should be found guilty.
The howls of outrage from the right wing are similar to the attacks on those MPs who dared to question the decision to invade Iraq. Remember Jack Straw’s slur that they were appeasers comparable to those who sold out Czechoslovakia to Hitler at Munich in 1938.
The whole world now stands aghast at the turmoil in the Middle East which was triggered off by the catastrophic decision to support the crazy in the White House (Bush not Trump) and invade Iraq.
Socialists don’t need any lessons about Putin’s gangster State from the Tories. Remember they celebrated the avalanche of privatisation and plunder of State resources which followed the collapse of Stalinism after the wall fell. The Russian working class were reduced to dire poverty as a result.
The stance of the Blairite MPs makes nonsense of those on the left who argue that mandatory re-selection is not necessary as the PLP are now on board with Jeremy.
‘There’s no crisis – what’s all the fuss about’
Key features missing from the media debate are the massive cut in funding; nurses and other essential staff, deprived of a decent wage rise for 8 years, leaving the profession and being replaced by expensive agency staff – a rip-off for the privateers.
This goes on while the Tories have transferred some £56billion extra into the wallets of the spivs who donate 70% of the Tory Party’s income.
The BBC flagship Newsnight questioned Hunt about the crisis. They didn’t land a glove on him. Not one of these key issues were raised with him.
The time for hand-wringing about the appalling consequences for patients resulting from the Tory private vision for the NHS is past.
It’s time to develop a strategy, particularly from the NHS trade union leaders, to turf the Tories from power and replace them with a Corbyn-led government.
Lord Adonis gets the headlines, but the Garston 3 are not going away.
I bumped into Garston 3 luminary Jerry Tyrrel on New Year’s eve. I asked him had he heard from McNichol’s thought police about his appeal against expulsion by the Blair wing of the Labour Party. He told me ‘No, but the Garston 3 won’t be forgotten. We’re not going anywhere. We’ll make reinstatement our life’s work,’ he said.
The outcome of their campaign can symbolise whether the Blair wing ultimately prevails, or the movement of Jeremy Corbyn stamps its authority on a vibrant socialist Party of Labour with the Blairites cleansed from the ranks of the PLP.
‘I used to be a Blairite – but you’ve got to go with the flow’
The Tories are so politically corrupt and shambolic, that even Heseltine’s mucker Lord Adonis is looking radical. This worshipper of the fat cats’ Euro Club is the same Lord who headed Tony Blair’s policy unit and was a key driver of the decision to impose tuition fees on university students, although he now recognises the scheme has turned into a Frankenstein monster.
Adonis joined the Labour Party in 1995, the day after Tony Blair ripped the socialist Clause IV from the party’s constitution, saying ‘That was when I decided that the liberals had achieved a takeover of the Labour Party.’
It’s noticeable that he doesn’t call for the resignation of the government, just Grayling will do.
When even the crypto-Tories are deserting them, a determined campaign of demonstrations and industrial action by Jeremy and militant trade union leaders could create the conditions for a general election and blow away this ramshackle shambles of a government and give immediate respite to the embattled working class.
You should see what I really got away with…..!
I told you I’d get him!
Damian Green’s much publicised downfall conjures up the image of a burglar who ransacks a house, steals all the valuable gear, but then is convicted of breaking a window as he leaves with the loot
The Daily Mail’s mouthpiece of bile, Richard Littlejohn, penned an indignant defence of Green with this morsel of balanced journalism: ‘It’s easy to forget how Britain was transformed into a virtual one-party state during the Tony Blair/Gordon Brown years – aided and abetted by the highly political former met commissioner Ian Blair, who effectively turned the police into the paramilitary wing of new labour.’
In Littlejohn’s world Green is the victim of a plot to avenge his crashing the career of former Scotland Yard assistant commissioner Bob Quick and a retired detective called Neil Lewis.
Littlejohn may have a point about a one-party state since the working class were effectively disenfranchised during the Blair/Brown years, but that’s not quite what he means.
What are Green’s true crimes?
How’s this? – He
Voted against laws to promote equality and human rights
Voted for the Iraq war
Voted for replacing trident with a new nuclear weapons system
Voted against a right to remain for EU nationals already in living in the UK
Voted for the bedroom tax
Voted against raising welfare benefits in line with prices
Voted against paying higher benefits for those unable to work due to illness or disability
Voted for a reduction in spending on welfare benefits
Voted against spending public money to create guaranteed jobs for young people who have spent a long time unemployed
Voted against increasing the tax rate applied to income over £150,000
Voted against a banker’s bonus tax
Voted for more restrictive regulation of trade union activity
Voted against restricting the provision of services to private patients by the NHS
Voted for raising England’s undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,000 per year
Voted for academy schools
Green might have slinked off into political oblivion but his crimes live on.
Can the many tolerate the greed of the few for much longer?
It’s up to Jeremy Corbyn and his allies to provide the answer.
I can’t be expected to fight the cuts and build houses
Has Mayor Joe come around to our socialist way of thinking about remedying the shortage of affordable housing.
‘Affordable’ meaning not for the rich, but for working class people. A growing number of councils are also talking the same talk.
Has Joe admitted that after all the council can build houses without the sky falling in? Will he now retract his slurs about the 1980s council?
His plan begs the questions: Will rent controls apply? Will they be prevented from being flogged off to housing spivs who in turn let them for exorbitant rents? What real power will the council have?
The plan should also be the cue to drop the fetish for allowing developers to target every park in the city. No blacklisting companies should be entertained and proper apprenticeships followed by proper jobs should be assured.
The Mayor maintains that they are prevented from building council houses. Surely councils can do whatever they want with the money they borrow from the Public Works Loan Board or from the banks. He should put this restriction to the test by declaring his council will build the 1000s of houses that are needed. After all, the Localism Act appears to mean whatever suits the situation.
Jeremy Corbyn has called on councils to build houses. Shouldn’t Liverpool’s Labour Council act on this policy?
If they build houses with the same alacrity that they implement Tory cuts, the problem will quickly be resolved.
‘Swiftly?……er…I don’t know! Is she a Socialist or a Blairite?’
Hate Incident Angers Merseyside Pensioners
The Merseyside Pensioners Association (MPA) have called for the resignation of a Liverpool City Councillor Clare McIntyre following a comment she posted on social media against one of their members.
The post has been investigated by Merseyside police as a hate incident. The victim of the incident was MPA member Phil Maxwell who is also the ‘Disability Lead’ for Wavertree constituency Labour Party.
Labour Party General Secretary Ian McNichol will also be informed of this situation and we trust he will take appropriate action to ensure this behaviour by a Labour Party councillor will neither be tolerated or repeated.
Chair of the MPA Julie Lyon-Taylor said “In full knowledge of Phil’s condition as a disabled person living with cancer, Cllr McIntyre cruelly taunted Phil with an invitation to campaign “on the doorsteps”. Understandably Phil has been acutely distressed by this abuse. It is clear that Cllr McIntyre has broken the Liverpool City Council code of conduct, which states that councillors must “treat others with respect” and must not “discriminate against people on the grounds of disability” or “bully” or “intimidate”.”
Cllr McIntyre’s comment came after Phil posted a photograph of Jeremy Corbyn with a quote about how a Labour government would increase the minimum wage.
After being contacted by the Merseyside police hate crime coordinator Cllr McIntyre emailed a short ‘apology’ to Phil that was grossly insensitive and has resulted in putting Phil under further emotional and psychological stress. The message was posted for 12 days even though a following message, posted on the same day said “Clare your comment is offensive and discriminatory towards a disabled member of the party.”
Marie Harrison, MPA secretary said “Our public servants must be held up to scrutiny in exactly the same way we would hold other employees and citizens up to scrutiny for their conduct, especially when it involves questions of discrimination and abuse on the basis of race, gender, sexuality or disability.”
Following advice from his GP Phil has left the site where Cllr McIntyre posted her comment. Merseyside police have referred Phil to their victim support service and is now receiving counselling from the Anthony Walker Foundation.
The MPA has made a formal complaint to the Council and is seeking an urgent meeting with the Chief Monitoring Officer of Liverpool City Council and the Labour Chief Whip Cllr Alan Dean.