The #FBPE hashtag on Twitter started off as a pro-EU movement on the continent, but it’s clearly morphed into a radical anti-Corbyn, anti-Labour rallying cry in the UK.
People who use the #FBPE hashtag repeatedly claim to be opposing Brexit, but a scroll through the latest #FBPE hashtags at any time usually reveals hardly any Tweets criticising Theresa May, but dozens of comments attacking Jeremy Corbyn and Labour, despite the fact that Labour actually voted against Theresa May’s hard-right and profoundly anti-democratic EU Withdrawal Bill.
Why would anyone who opposes Brexit spend more time attacking the party in opposition that is at least trying to moderate the shambolic hard-right Brexit that Theresa May is pushing, rather than criticising the Tories who are actually in power and pushing this extremist interpretation of the Brexit vote?
There seem to be three main camps within the anti-Corbyn #FBPE campaign.
- The most obvious are the ever-cynical Lib-Dems, who see creating divisions within Labour as their best chance of scratching together a few extra votes in the vain hope that people will have forgotten how their wilful collusion with ruinous Tory austerity dogma and their unprecedented wage repression policies created the wave of public anger that made Brexit possible in the first place.
- Another clear component of the #FBPE campaign are the Tory concern trolls, who pretend to be disillusioned Labour supporters abandoning the Labour Party over their Brexit stance in order to trick others into doing the same. To anyone with a grain of sense these concern trolls are easy to spot, but there doesn’t seem to be much sense in the #FBPE community given the extraordinary amounts of likes and retweets some of these right-wing wreckers keep getting.
- Possibly the largest component of the anti-Corbyn #FBPE mob are the politically clueless. They’re not blaming the opposition rather than the government and spreading blatant lies about Labour on purpose. They’re just genuinely clueless people who are shockingly naive about the reality of the situation. They simply don’t care that Labour voted against the Tories’ anti-democratic EU Withdrawal Bill, and they simply don’t care that the “sore loser” cancel Brexit position they want Labour to adopt would render Labour totally unelectable (like the Lib-Dems at the 2017 General Election) and actually end up being a massive gift to the Tory Brextremists who are the ones who are actually imposing Brexit!
In this article I’m going to look at one extraordinary Tweet from a group calling itself Labour Against Brexit to illustrate the shockingly naivety that abounds in this third #FBPE demographic of politically clueless people.
It doesn’t matter a jot to these people that Tory austerity dogma has spectacularly failed over the last eight years, they just see the threat of more of it as convenient propaganda to fear-monger with.
So here you have a man who was clearly and undeniably responsible for six years of economically devastating hard-right austerity dogma, who is now using his propaganda rag to pin the blame for future Tory austerity onto Labour!
This is the man who tried to dress austerity dogma up as a good thing for six ruinous years now using his propaganda rag to attack Labour by trying to hold them responsible for Tory Brexit, the Tory post-Brexit meltdown, and any future Tory decision to use this meltdown as an excuse to impose even more of his ruinous hard-right austerity dogma!
And them when you look at who the author of the piece is, it’s none other than Chris Leslie, one of the clueless Labour right-wingers in the 2015 Labour shadow cabinet who gave George Osborne such an easy ride by meekly imitating his hard-right austerity dogma, rather than confronting it head on.
After chucking the 2015 General Election with their inept austerity-lite strategy Chris Leslie and his ilk should have resigned in shame, but instead here he is scrawling anti-Labour pro-austerity propaganda in George Osborne’s propaganda rag for the Tories to use as a hard-right wedge strategy to attack the current Labour leadership with!
The worst thing isn’t that pro-austerity right-wingers are colluding to use such a ridiculously cynical piece of concern trolling to attack the current anti-austerity Labour leadership (such dishonest and manipulative propaganda is bread and butter to the Tories and the ever duplicitous Labour right), it’s that this brazen propaganda has actually been picked up and recycled by a supposedly pro-Labour group!
The Evening Standard article is clearly hard-right concern trolling, because the editor who commissioned it is Mr Austerity Dogma himself, and the author is one of the hard-right pro-austerity Berserkers still embedded within the Labour Party.
Yet the shockingly clueless people behind the Labour Against Brexit page have uncritically lapped it up and Tweeted it out to their followers as if it’s a genuine critique of Labour’s Brexit stance, rather than a deliberate right-wing wedge strategy designed to split the Labour Party, present ideological austerity as an unquestionable response to economic crises, and allow the Tories to carry on ruling in the interests of their mega-rich donors with as little opposition as possible.
It would obviously not be Labour’s fault if the Tory Brextremists get their way and trigger an economic meltdown with their extremist version of Brexit, then the Tory government uses this self-made crisis as an excuse to impose even more destructive hard-right austerity dogma on the British economy.
However it is increasingly difficult to see how Labour could ever govern efficiently when the party is infested by people who are ideologically wedded to the hard-right theory that more austerity dogma is the only conceivable response to an economic crisis, and so gullible that they can’t even spot right-wing divide and conquer concern trolling tactics, even when it’s been published in a newspaper edited by the former Tory Chancellor of the Exchequer!