during the last uk general election the daily mail ran 14 pages of smears against jeremy corbyn and the labour left. with just weeks away from the local elections we’re now seeing a repeat of what happened in 2016.
the fact that 5 billionaires hold so much power to determine political outcomes through lies and smears continues to be a threat to democracy.
after the 2016 uk general election result (when jeremy corbyn led labour to its largest increase in the vote share by any leader in any election since 1945), blairite alan johnson said that he was “disappointed” in the labour gains because it meant that the right couldn’t take back the labour party from the left.
at this point it’s become clear that centrists and blairites don’t want
a labour government and would rather sabotage labour in the upcoming local elections if it means they can use the results to undermine jeremy corbyn’s leadership. unfortunately the same people who planned the failed coup in 2016 want to once again help theresa may and the tories win so they can assist the right faction and try to stop corbyn from becoming
prime minister. with no actual policies or solutions to offer their only tactic is to
increase the smears and attacks.
the main aim of centrists and blairites still appears to be to get rid of corbyn at any cost (despite his being democratically elected leader with an overwhelming majority twice). they would rather have endless tory austerity and a tory managed brexit than have a leftist prime minister who would actually change the status quo. when there are so many examples of the cruelty of the
current conservative government the main objective right now should be to finally get the tories out of power and get labour into government.
the local elections are on thursday 3 may. if you want to help get the tories out you can find a local campaigning event [here].
So if Labour still lose the next election, who are Corbyn’s loyalists going to blame for it now?
Spooling backwards to March 2003, and the eve of the invasion of Iraq,
when Blair told the house that Saddam Hussein’s weapons on mass
destruction not only justified invasion but necessitated it as an urgent
act of self-preservation, 412 MPs voted for the war, 149 against.
Leading up to the vote, the government whips subjected Labour
MPs to every kind of inducement and coercion – much of it highly
unpleasant – in an effort to get them to support invasion. Those who
held out were branded appeasers and cowards. Among them? No prizes for
guessing: Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell.
When it comes to foreign military intervention, do I look to strong
leaders or to someone who has, over 30 years in parliament, consistently
shown that he makes the right call? Those MPs who now shake their heads
in dismay at the utter calamity of Cameron’s bombing of Libya and
Blair’s invasion of Iraq had the chance to make the right call. But they didn’t. They failed. At the time when it really mattered,
when the vote was before the House, when the issue was live and front
and centre, they failed. Their judgment, their principles, their ability
to stand their ground – they all went missing. [x]
you can always count on centrist jess phillips to use any opportunity to needlessly attack the left with false equivalencies.
a reminder that the hard right actually murdered the labour mp jo cox in 2016; the
supposed “hard left” just want to follow international law and prevent
senseless violence. let’s also remember that this is the same jess phillips who said “i will knife you in the front” regarding jeremy corbyn, and told the uk’s first female black mp diane abbott to “fuck off”.
let’s contrast this with how jess described conservative tory mp jacob rees-mogg (someone who opposes same-sex marriage and abortion, even in cases of rape, and most recently met with steve bannon) as “charming and funny, kind”. jess and jacob also held a joint event together in october 2017.
centrists always talk about the left causing division, but it is centrists who time and time again sow division and actually side with the conservative party and their policies. that is the centrist version of “unity”.