McNicol: ennobled for services rendered

The Labour Party Autumn Conference 2015 - Day 1

'I'll do to the House of Lords what I did to the Labour Party - 
those Socialists bring the Party into disrepute.'

Will Iain McNicol carry on the class struggle in the House of Lords?
His Lordship, fresh from cleansing the Labour Party of Socialists, has been ennobled. A reward from the capitalist state for services rendered. Corbyn nominated him, that’s a bit curious. Maybe a quid pro quo for resigning as General Secretary before he was pushed.
He will be looking forward to collaborating with his old mates Kinnock and Mandelson in his ambitious objective of rooting out any socialists who may have sneaked into the Lords. He will be invaluable in sniffing out anybody to the left of Mandelson and organising their expulsion.

Corbyn: no conspiracy? You must be joking!

 

Hercule Poirot

‘To suggest that there is no conspiracy, mon ami, is to fly in the face of all the evidence’

 

 

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Andrew Gwynne: ‘Jeremy says there is no conspiracy’

 

The definition of a ‘conspiracy’ according to the Oxford dictionary is ‘a plot, scheme, stratagem or plan by a group to do something unlawful or harmful.’ Any one of these definitions can describe the current surreal campaign to undermine Jeremy Corbyn by tarring him with the poison of anti-Semitism.
The campaign undoubtedly affected the local council election results with many Labour supporters being confused by perceived disarray in Labour’s ranks, which is caused by the constant sniping at Corbyn by the Blairites who still dominate the PLP and the Party bureaucracy.
What are the facts?
The prosecutors: The Tories, Blairite Corbyn-baiting PLP members, the Daily Mail, Daily Express, Telegraph, The Scum, and various other right-wing journals, including the Jewish Chronicle (or am I being anti-Semitic in describing the political stance of that publication?); the BBC, a relentless anti-Corbyn vehicle paid for by the tax payer.
Then there is Lord Polak, honorary president of the Conservative Friends of Israel, who has sent a letter to the metropolitan police chief urging a probe into anti-Semitic abuse in the Labour Party.
Their ‘evidence’? Innuendo, conflating the actions of far-right thugs with anti-Semitism in the LP, describing challenges to right wing MPs as creating a ‘toxic’ atmosphere in Party branches. For instance, Luciana Burger was asked to ‘come on board’ and support Corbyn by a party member, this was greeted by howls of anguish by the same Burger who stood on a soap box at the Tory-Blairite-inspired rally in Parliament Square demanding expulsions from the LP.
Mega publicity is given to the Jewish Leadership Council (JLC). This body’s pronouncements on internal Labour party affairs is treated like the final word of all Jewish people, irrespective of their class position. It is made up of a number of capitalists who naturally, given their class position, oppose socialism.
Until recently the JLC was chaired by Sir Mick Davies who in June 2017 was appointed chief executive of the Conservative Party.
The defence: Hundreds of thousands of Labour Party members, including members of 50-odd years standing, who have witnessed no instances of anti-Semitism.
The demand for concrete evidence of anti-Semitism is met with bluster or silence from the Labour Party bureaucrats.
Then there is the pro-Corbyn Jewish voice for Labour with hundreds of Jewish supporters opposed to the witch-hunt whose views are studiously ignored by the same anti-Corbyn toxic amalgam.
The examples of anti-Semitism given by the prosecution are:
Ken Livingstone being public enemy number one because of his clumsy attempt at an explanation as to the real character of Zionism.
Livingstone may have a dodgy record of political manoeuvring, cosying up to the Blairites when it suits him, abandoning the Liverpool socialist council in the 1980s for instance, but he is no anti-Semite.
When it became obvious that any charge of anti-Semitism against Marc Wadsworth would be ridiculed by any sane person, the expulsion panel decided ‘bringing the Party into disrepute’ would have to do.
This was because he made the observation that a right-wing Blairite Ruth Smeeth MP was working closely with the capitalist media. This was conflated by Smeeth into the fantasy of “anti-Semitic slurs to attack me for being part of a ‘media conspiracy’.” The poor sensitive dear, who favours pressing the nuclear button and blowing the planet to bits, was reduced to (crocodile?) tears.
You don’t have to be Hercule Poirot to detect that there is a prima facie case for a conspiracy or scheme to bury Corbyn and his policies with him.
Why, then, in the face of this overwhelming evidence does Andrew Gwynne, when being badgered by Andrew Marr, declare ‘Jeremy says there is no conspiracy.’ This ludicrous posture is echoed by the Momentum leadership.
Those caught in the spotlight of a witch-hunt throughout the ages believe that if you keep schtum or throw the slavering pack a bone it will satisfy them. The opposite is the case: they always demand more.
It is time for Jeremy to declare his belief that it is indeed a strategy by the representatives of capitalism to mortally damage him and the ideas he espouses. Anything less will, like the deranged prosecutors of Salem, whet the appetite of the anti-socialist pack.

 

Support mandatory reselection

Len &JC

‘Stand firm Jed, but I’m not sure about mandatory reselection….’

 

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‘Those who deny their guilt shall taste the rack and the ducking stool – that’ll make them confess’

Full marks to Len McCluskey for his direct challenge to the phoney charges of anti-Semitism being regurgitated daily by a toxic anti-Corbyn, anti-socialist amalgam of Tories/Blairites and self-styled well-heeled leaders of the ‘Jewish community’ who, by the way, criticise Jeremy for attending a meeting of genuine Jewish activists of which they don’t approve.
Len said he did not personally support mandatory re-selection – meaning all MPs would face an open selection battle before an election – but added: ‘I look with disgust at the behaviour of the Corbyn-hater MPs who join forces with the most reactionary elements of the media establishment and I understand why there is a growing demand for mandatory reselection.’
He added: ‘To watch as these so-called social democrats tried to demean and attack, in front of our enemy, a decent and honourable man who has fought racism and anti-Semitism all his life and who has breathed life and hope back into the hearts of millions, especially the young, made my stomach churn. To see Tory MPs cheer and applaud them was shameful.’
Fine words from Len. But his non-support for mandatory re-selection is puzzling as this fifth column in the PLP appear to be unassailable and free to continue their sabotage without the Party membership able to hold them to account.
Incidentally, Keir Starmer introduces another twist in the anti-Semitic turmoil. He said ‘there is also a cultural question. Part of that cultural question is to stop those denying that there is even a problem. That is part of the problem. So, I am afraid I disagree with Len on this.’
How dare they deny the charge of anti-semitism!
What’s next? The equivalent of the medieval rack or the ducking stool to extract confessions to a crime they did not commit?

Andrew Marr again confirms BBC’s anti-Corbyn bias. His horse couldn’t have been higher when, in his Sunday show, he quoted another shock, horror report while interrogating Labour’s Angela Rayner.

 

Marr & Neil

‘He’s always completely impartial’

Marr referred to a meeting of Bristol North Labour Party where, according to Marr’s sources – he didn’t reveal from where – the MP, Thangam Debbonaire, fresh from the anti-Corbyn rally in Parliament Square, was ‘shouted down and hounded from the meeting.’
As one who has been shouted down by right wingers (sometimes drunken ones) at meetings, and physically assaulted, I can confirm the experience is not very pleasant and there is no place for such behaviour. However, I will reserve judgement pending the version of events from the genuine supporters of socialism in Bristol North.
Incidentally I was thrown out of a Momentum so-called public meeting after my presence was challenged by a Labour councillor who had voted for every cut in social provision in Liverpool.
Marr then quoted a resolution moved at the meeting which challenged the grotesque inequality in society, with poverty existing alongside the enormous wealth of a few. Marr, in a grotesque conflation, made the bizarre observation: ‘if that wasn’t an anti-Semitic trope I don’t know what is.’ Then, really getting into his stride, he demanded to know whether Jeremy Corbyn would suspend the Bristol North Labour Party
In the world of Marr and the BBC condemning poverty and deprivation is now evidence of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party. And heaven forbid that the behaviour of a Labour MP who attends a rally with Blairites, Tories, including Norman Tebbit, and various others hostile to Socialism, should be questioned.
Unfortunately, Angela, while underlining inequality in Tory Britain, offered no challenge to Marr’s assertions.
Andrew Marr and the BBC don’t present news, their agenda is anti-Corbyn and criticism plucked straight from the Daily Verbiage is presented as fact. Instead of meekly accepting that there is ‘a problem’ every right-wing version of events should be robustly challenged.

Anti-Semitism: another shock, horror revelation hits the airwaves

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Corbyn – You’re fired!

‘Joshua Garfield stepped down as a Youth Officer of the Jeremy Corbyn campaign group’s Newham steering branch’ was a lead headline. He declared ‘he’s “experienced more anti-Semitism in the past week than I ever have in my eight years of Labour Party membership”.’
Joshua was interviewed on BBC ‘flagship’ radio Today, on Friday 6 April.
He justifies his decision with the words: ‘I felt sometimes unsafe, and most certainly untrusted as a Jewish member of the Steering Group, hence I have decided to step down.’
The interviewer didn’t lay a glove him.
The obvious question to ask should have been: ‘Give a concrete example of an anti-Semitic statement.’ This was not asked nor did Joshua give one. His response was innuendo, generalities and verbiage which has marked the ‘evidence’ of those creating this fictitious ‘devil’ consuming Labour.

In a desperate attempt to calm this frenzied debate, that paragon of impartiality Lord Polak, honorary president of the Conservative Friends of Israel, has sent a letter to the metropolitan police chief urging a probe on anti-Semitic abuse in the Labour Party. The letter was signed by high-profile members of the House of Lords including Lord Sugar.
Scandalously, Momentum leader John Lannsman’s capitulation to the pressure of the Toxic amalgam of Corbyn adversaries by suggesting there is ‘unconscious’ anti-Semitism in the Labour Party has fed the frenzy of the beast.
What’s next? Is it the ‘spectral evidence’ used by the deranged prosecutors in the Salem witch trials, captured so brilliantly by Arthur Miller in The Crucible. This means the accused could be at home in bed, but their spirit could be abroad doing the devil’s work. Miller used his celebrated work as an allegory for the anti-Communist witch-hunts led by Joe McCarthy in the 1950s.
Any sane person now views with horror the grotesque consequences of powerful forces in Salem using the witch-hunt to demonise then kill their adversaries. The innocence of the victims was eventually restored, too late for those executed.
We expect the Murdoch Press and the Daily Mail, et al, to use every dirty trick to undermine a socialist leader. But the BBC, as a publicly-funded body, charged with presenting a balanced version of the news, should be condemned for being complicit in giving credence to this anti-Corbyn hysteria.

Shock, horror: Jewish donor ditches Labour

 

 

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If it brings down Corbyn – count me in. Besides, it’s a lot fun. Anyway I’ve got my funds stashed in an off-shore bank account.

 

Wild accusations, alternative facts, special prosecutors—the Salem witch trials of 1692 had it all. Sound familiar?

 

Witch-hunts from Salem to McCarthy are rooted in preserving the material interests of powerful people who ruthlessly exploit fear and prejudice to undermine those who threaten their privileged position.

 

The current anti-semitic hysteria, generated by a toxic mix of Tories, Blairites fearing re-selection, right wing self-styled representatives of the ‘Jewish community’, cheered on and encouraged by a feral media, meets all the classical traits of the witch-hunt.

 

The latest body-blow to the Labour Movement and, allegedly, further proof that anti-semitism is a ‘problem’ for Corbyn’s Labour Party is the resignation of Sir David Garrard, who according to the headline in the so-called quality Observer, ‘ditches Labour over anti-semitism.’

 

Garrard exemplifies the forces being mobilised to undermine Corbyn. He was loyal to Blair, Brown and Miliband. He was listed by the Sunday Times Rich List with a fortune in excess of £100 million.

 

Following the discovery of a loan to Labour in the course of the Cash for Honours political scandal, Garrard withdrew his nomination for a peerage. When Corbyn was elected leader of the Labour Party, he immediately called for the loan to be repaid.

 

Leon Trotsky famously stated, repeated years later by George Brown, ‘No ruling group ever leaves the scene without a struggle, and that means a struggle with no holds barred.’

 

It’s the job of the leadership, not to bend to this pressure by sacrificing individuals in the hope that this will assuage the appetite of the beast. The right wing will never be satisfied until the ideas of Socialism are buried. The policy should be to intensify the campaign against austerity and to call out the lies of the right wing for what they are. No more apologising, go on the offensive, elevate the campaign for the Socialist alternative to the brutal anti-working class policies of the Tories and their shadows on Labour’s back benches.

 

McCarthy and the Salem witch-hunters were eventually exposed as charlatans and phonies, and not a little insane. Stand firm and the current onslaught will suffer the same fate.

 

Blairites gang up on Corbyn and pledge their undying loyalty to Teresa May

 

 

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Who? Me?

 

 

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Yes. You!

 

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.