The Bleating of the Blairites 165

A sleepless night and day of drama over, I should congratulate Jeremy Corbyn and his team on a fantastic job done. This really was a watershed election. I suspect that what happened is that the mainstream media realised it is losing influence, and tried to compensate by becoming so shrill and biased it simply lost all respect. This election may be the one where social media finally routed the press barons. They may in turn start to wonder if it is worth sinking millions into a newspaper if it can’t buy an election

New media beat old media, the insurgents routed the establishment, the young insisted the old also consider their opinion, hope beat fear, altruism wrestled with selfishness, and I would personally go so far as to say good stood up to evil. The result against the combined power of state and media was fantastic. We have nonetheless still got Theresa May as PM propped up by climate change denying, misogynist, creationist, homophobe, anti-abortion terrorist-linked knuckle-draggers from the DUP. But cheer up, it won’t last long.

Tomorrow I will publish an article on the SNP. It is on the stocks, but I want to look at it again when my anger dies down. But for now, let me think about the Blairites.

The Blairites hate Labour’s good result, even though it saved their own jobs. They had put so much work into preparing the ground for their next coup attempt against Corbyn. There was a fascinating campaign to demoralise Labour chances undertaken by Blairite MPs and the Blairite Westminster commentariat.

Here for example was Michael Savage, political editor of the Observer.

Here was my response.

His Guardian colleague Polly Toynbee was on the BBC on Thursday morning explaining coming defeat would be Corbyn’s fault, and her colleague Anne Perkins, the Guardian leader writer whose soul is but a shrivelled husk of right wing hate, wrote the most horrible diatribe in the Guardian on Tuesday advising “Corbyn supporters” not to hope.

These Blairite journalists and the Blairite politicians all live in the same bubble where everybody hates Jeremy Corbyn, and nobody will vote for left wing policies.

Labour Uncut, aka Corbyn Hate Central, had a wonderfully delusional piece by the ludicrous Atul Hatwal, who went and visited a lot of Blairites all over the place and published his firm conclusion that everybody hates Jeremy Corbyn.

Just over two weeks ago I posted a projection of huge losses for Labour – over 90 seats – based on dozens of conversations with activists, candidates and officials who cumulatively had sight of tens of thousands of canvass returns.
Since then, I’ve continued those conversations as Labour has apparently surged in the polls.
In every seat, canvassers are encountering lifelong Labour supporters who still identify with the party but not Jeremy Corbyn.  This group tends to have voted for Ed Miliband reluctantly and are now either sitting out this contest or ready to vote Tory for the first time to prevent a Corbyn premiership.
These switchers represent a new generation of shy Tories, located deep inside Labour’s core vote. They are embarrassed at voting Tory, sufficiently so to deny their intent to friends, families and pollsters. Some of the older Labour officials and campaigners have reported familiar doorstep cadences from 1992 – “It’s in the eyes,” one said to me.

But Hatwul is not alone in his drooling imbecility. If anything he is out-drooled by Jason Cowley, the editor who has dragged the New Statesman to the right of the Economist. Both Cowley and Perkins quote Hatwul’s “research” and Cowley on Tuesday expected a “catastrophic” loss of 90 seats. It is a shame that a magazine with a great history has come to be edited by a bigot so blinkered he has lost the faculties of perception. This is funny from Cowley’s anti Corbyn hate fest – written just three days ago:

In recent days, I have been speaking to Labour candidates, including those defending small majorities in marginal seats, as well as to activists. The picture emerging is bleaker than the polls would suggest and the mood is one of foreboding: candidates expect to lose scores of seats on Thursday. There’s a sense, too, that two campaigns have been conducted simultaneously: candidates with majorities under 10,000 are trying to hold back the Tory tide, while Corbyn is, as some perceive it, already contesting the next leadership contest – one in which, at present, he is the sole candidate.

What a stupid arse Cowley is. Do read the whole thing, he is hilariously wrong on all counts. Anybody can make a mistake. But Cowley is making a dishonest mistake. Blinded by Blairite affections, consumed by a passionate rejection of the idea that socialism might be popular, the Labour candidates he has spoken too share his Blairite outlook and they were all engaged in a circle of delusion. A circle which includes Laura Kuenssberg, who at the start of the BBC election night coverage assured us that senior Labour figures she knew had been telling her from the doorstep that the anti-Corbyn reaction would belie the opinion polls.

This was all of course intended to be self-fulfilling prophecy. The Blairites and their media fellow travellers were engaged in a deliberate attempt to reinforce the Corbyn bogeyman narrative to the public in the last few days before the election. They were deliberately trying to make the party they ostensibly supported lose, so they could take back control of it again. The Manchester Evening News claimed “Labour insiders” as the course of its nonsense story that Labour stood to lose seats in Manchester owing to its stance on anti-Semitism.

The BBC were quick today to suggest that Corbyn should use his success to broaden his cabinet and his policy platform, to bring the Blairites back onboard. They meant that if he squeezes himself inside the Overton window he may win power eventually. I remain confident Corbyn will ignore any such blandishments and go on to further develop a radical alternative to neo-liberal policies. The Blairites need to be stamped out, not encouraged.

The parliamentary boundary review will now be a top legislative priority for May as it is reckoned to be a net advantage to the Tories of 18 seats at the next election, which may be soon. That will be an interesting negotiation with the DUP as it will cost them a seat. But the boundary review provides the perfect opportunity for Corbyn to force through compulsory re-submission of candidates to members. Jeremy also needs to concentrate on seizing the institutional control of the party that he lacks to date. His enhanced prestige at the moment needs to be ruthlessly exploited.

I rather hope we will hear a good deal more bleating by the Blairites in the near future, as they are hurtled towards political oblivion.

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165 thoughts on “The Bleating of the Blairites

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  • defo

    ps Check the two smarter bints who dive off camera, they know what’s coming.
    Arlene seems to know that it might not be prudent too, but gets carried away by the mob.

    • defo

      Emailed the link to Auntie, and CH4, but more in hope than expectation.
      The entire DUP, cheerleaded by the lovely Ms Fraser, jumping up and down whilst singing “we hate catholics” is barely newsworthy.

  • Mark Golding

    Of course this is Craig at his best affectively slamming a door in the face of privatisation and the cancer ridden philosophies of the Adam Smith Institute. Bravo!

  • Ultraviolet

    The latest nonsense I have just read from the Blairites is that some people voted Labour despite Corbyn because they felt it was a safe hit against May, with no chance of Corbyn becoming PM.

    Their desperation and denial knows no bounds.

    I think Corbyn now has a brilliant opportunity to position himself and the party as a Government in waiting, ready to pick up the reins and clear up the mess, watching while the Tories incur wound after wound, all of them self-inflicted.

    • Shatnersrug

      The next big question for us in the party now is how the hell to wheedle Scottish Labour out of the NEC. It’s intensely frustrating that an (dis)organisation like that can have so much sway over the running of the party and selecting of (blairite) candidates – but get rid of them we shall. We want a million members or more.

      On another note 7 million went unregistered to vote so I feel a registration drive is coming in the near future.

      • Herbie

        It’s ridiculous that former Tory MP hacks such as Parris can deliver their twisted nonsense without it being pointed out that they’re simply supporters of elite interest and against the interests of the vast majority of people in the country.

        This fraud has to stop or msm will simply die on its feet.

    • Muscleguy

      Turnout was up in a great many seats in England. Up to 80% in one seat while I was watching which Labour won. Corbyn got the young to register to vote and vote for him, he got the dispossessed and switched off to register and vote for him.

      But then the Blairites made a project out of turning these people off from voting since they have unfortunate left wing views. Instead they fought for soft Tories in the centre-right with the Tories and FibDems. Which begged the question of what Labour was FOR.

      Corbyn has rediscovered what Labour is for and gone and got that great mass of voters just waiting for something to vote for. He got more votes for Labour since Atlee.

  • Shatnersrug

    I paraphrase Lobster Magazine here but it’s interesting that the Tories have only managed to hold on to a majority for two years in the last 20 years. The papers don’t hold sway anymore.

  • Ba'al Zevul

    Don’t count on the oblivion. They’ve got a lot of money riding on them, and they’re fanatics. Constant vigilance required, particularly for words like ‘polarised’ (bad), ‘global’ (wonderful) and ‘strong government’ (orgasm)

  • Makropulos

    I love the last bit of the Anne Perkins article:

    “Sorry about the cold shower. Need something to keep your spirits up? Nate Silver advises that the most important thing to remember is this: never trust conventional wisdom.”

    She should take her own advice.

    • Herbie

      She’s working for some elite interest.

      She wouldn’t be should she say anything against that interest.

      She’s not a thinker, an analyst, an independent mind.

      She a ventriloquist’s dummy, like all the rest of them.

      Treat these clowns with the contempt they deserve.

  • Mark

    The willful denial of reality these Blairites display is on a par with The Maybot’s own ‘does not compute’ approach. This is indeed a watershed moment; the youth of this country are wise to the propaganda machines and the lies of spin doctors. They look elsewhere for their news signifiying an end to Murdoch’s bitter grip on this nation, and they look to honest politicians with integrity. Every channel last night sought to undermine Corbyn as I had predicted because, frankly, they had no back up plan or intention to admit just how wrong they got it. So we had Jack Straw wheeled out on the BBC to say that it’s all down to the Labour machine rather than Corbyn, a POV that was then picked up by Emil Maitlis who grudgingly admitted Corbyn had done well before adding, ‘well the Labour Party’. Owen Jones slaughtered ITV’ anchor pointing out how dead in the water Westminster bubble style political reportage now is, whilst Julia Hartley Brewer on Channel 4, just a breath after claiming that the electorate is never wrong, added that they ARE wrong about Corbyn, who has simply hoodwinked them and the meedja will be proven right in the long run. But best of all was perhaps Margaret Beckett who insisted she has always been ‘left wing’ and that it was the meedja who moved the goalposts in terms of what left wing actually means. Now the BBC seem intent to push the idea that it was the destruction of UKIP that actually bolstered Labour, meaning all the Labour votes where from Brexiteers. Nonsense! What’s the betting several MP’s are currently downloading the lyrics to The Red Flag and the Internationale in the vain hope Corbyn will offer an olive branch and they won’t seem so out of place?

      • Mark

        ‘Chukka Says he’s ready to serve again’

        I always thought he looked like a head waiter from some snide eaterie 😉

      • K Crosby

        May I apologise for the sound of hollow laughter echoing round the country following his remark? ;O))

      • Herbie

        They’ve definitely had this guy down as some sort of British Obama for a while now.

        And it’s not working out is it.

        Perhaps people just realised the Obama fraud before Chucky could get his pants on.

        Always sweet to see these vapid careerists fail.

        And the way media grooms them…

      • D_Majestic

        Well-the Tories wiil probably need a new leader by the middle of next week,S.

    • D_Majestic

      Quite a few of these ‘Left wing’ Labour MP’s are associated with the Henry Jackson Society, Which rather redefines the term ‘Left wing’ in my opinion!

  • Hannibal Lechter

    My ITV News reporter just happened to mention that if the Tories had not somehow managed to win twelve seats in Scotland, despite your reassurances that any stories about happening that were just BBC propaganda, the Maybot would now be history.

    It looks like Blairites are not the only ones without a close grip on reality.

    • Hannibal Lechter

      Oh wait; but I suppose all those 12 Tory seats were elected by lobotomised Scottish pensioners, eh, Craig?

      I do love it when your own BS comes back to bite you in the arse!

      • Hannibal Lechter

        Of course, having got an election result you don’t like, maybe you should call for another election, rather like that “indyref2” you always keep talking about? Who cares about democracy and all that, eh?

        • defo

          Certainly not “now is not the time”, “i will not be holding an early election” May. Eh ?
          The SNP campaigned in 2015, and this time, on the possibility of another referendum, and guess what ? They won. Democracy, by any other name.

      • Muscleguy

        2,700 votes is all that stand between those Tory seats being SNP.

        It wasn’t that the Tory vote surged, it was that a large part of the SNP support sat on its hands and did not vote. Because the SNP got the campaign wrong. It failed to enthuse the support to get out and vote for it.

        Apathy won the election here in Scotland.

        • defo

          Unless you know otherwise, I was sure this was a snap jobbie, so some allowance must be made for any lacking in planning and strategy. It wouldn’t be beyond the realms of possibility, that derailing Ref 2 was a strong push in the decision to make this foolhardy move.
          When the MSM are capable of setting the agenda for you, and infect public opinion against personalities with their demonizing shtick, is it any wonder some ditherers and soft Yes’s were seduced by their eau du pish.

          Unionists voted that way, as they were guided, to by the unremitting ‘Stop the Ref at any price’ omni-mantra.
          Nationalists voted for representation at Westmidden.
          And then there was Corbyn !
          We’re still sitting comfy for Yes, the timing of any 2nd referendum is in actual fact in our competence anyway, and WILL NOT be put on the back burner.
          Brexit hasn’t gone away, and if nothing else, ‘events’ seem to be happening at an exponential rate of late. NHS England seems to be now in a semi permanent, imminent state of (intentional) collapse, economic indicators are headed south, STABILITY is a running joke, our enemies are floundering in ongoing internal combustion

          Watch what happens when the Brexit implications start to hammer home, week after week. CAP repercussions, Law, Security, Human rights & the Big Brother thang, TRADE inhibitors, A scientific & educational exodus, to accompany seasonal, service, health & factory worker replacement, restrictions & barriers to the movement of European leaning Brits and Europeans, and the ‘exemptions’. (The financial heart of darkness will have first dibs)
          Hold steady, stop frightening the horses big man. 😉

          “2,700 votes is all that stand between those Tory seats being SNP.”
          With the Yoons over playing the no indy ref ticket, to the
          You could flip this on its head, and say 2,700 was a representation of the weakness & fragility of Project fear 2’s current position.

  • Soothmoother

    “climate change denying, misogynist, creationist, homophobe, anti-abortion terrorist-linked knuckle-draggers”

    Aren’t most religious types guilty of the above – Christians and Muslims etc. Do you condemn these people in those religions or just in the DUP. Is being anti-abortion (pro-life) a crime. Surely life is precious and abortion should only be used in exceptional circumstances not as a form of contraception. Using the words “anti-abortion” as a smear is pretty low in my opinion. I admire your stance on human rights but I think some of your PC, personal beliefs and politics are questionable. I’ve looked at Piers Corbyn’s weatheraction website recently and it would appear he is a climate change denier as well, or do you dismiss him as well.

    • K Crosby

      The faction that murders together, stays together. Those liberals are dearly attached to their eugenic murder policy, it’s their equivalent to having nuclear weapons.

    • The Cynic

      “Surely life is precious and abortion should only be used in exceptional circumstances”

      In case you had failed to notice, life is not precious. We eat food that has been killed every day, even if you live on a diet of carrots; are not carrot lives precious?

      And what about those babies, on my TV screen every night, starving to death unless I donate five Pounds; are they not precious?

      No they are not! What is precious is the minerals lying under the ground that they happen to live on, and they just happen to be in the way, but I don’t see the god-boys of this world protesting about that even half as loudly as they protest about abortion.

      • Soothmoother

        So many bad things are happening, therefore, I can’t complain about one of those things because doing that means the other wrong things are less important. If I campaign against cruelty to animals, I don’t care about cruelty to children going by your logic.

    • nevermind

      yep if you go into the past you will find that the DUP also killed and murdered, just as any other religion, only Craig assumed that you already knew this.

  • JOML

    Where is RobG? I’m sure he would have some interesting input here – in addition to some good music links!

  • Chris Rogers


    It would be welcome by this Poster, who, as I trust all are aware, has batted for Corbyn since July 2015 & travelled 6,000 miles last month to actively participate in the Electoral process in South Wales, if you would concede, given the Poll results in my neck of the woods, that my nation is not full of bigoted racists and that many of those who voted for Brexit voted in large numbers for Corbyn’s Labour – Corbyn most obviously not being a racist, a Little Englander or a threat to national security.

    I would also like you to admit, that a post I made a while back defending my Nation against your accusations was correct, namely, Wales has had a minority of racists within its population, alas this has never exceeded 5% of any vote – the collapse of UKIP (very much a racist Party) backing up this fact.

    Further, I’m at a loss as to why people in Scotland voted for a Party that allegedly was detested in Scotland, their votes enabling May to form a minority government.

    I’ll concede that the Scottish Labour leadership indeed encouraged Labour voters to move to the Conservatives & that all these TRAITORS must be expelled from the Labour Party, as Blair, Mandelson and all the other Blairites should be expelled for openly campaigning against the Labour Party – a further upshot of this being Scotland’s NEC seat will be vacated until the Real Labour Party re-establishes a Party structure.

    Indeed, and as stated previously, I’m open in the fact that I considered it necessary for Corbyn supporters at least to vote SNP tactically in an effort to deny the Tories any presence whatsoever in Scotland – advice its seems that was not undertaken!

    Apart from that, I was impressed by the Panel dialogue you undertook in South Wales at the end of May and am delighted that the GCHQ Bunker Boys who inhabit these boards seem to have gone to ground – I wonder why.

    One further note, could you please, please ensure that Bevin is welcome on your Blog, to not do so is criminal in my opinion and undermines any claims you may have to impartiality.

    • K Crosby

      Apart from that, I was impressed by the Panel dialogue you undertook in South Wales at the end of May and am delighted that the GCHQ Bunker Boys who inhabit these boards seem to have gone to ground – I wonder why.

      The dogs that didn’t bark….;o)

    • Herbie

      Yeah, bring Bevin back.

      His analysis will be useful in the coming months.

      Things are getting more and more crumbly, all over the world.

      • Herbie

        Don’t worry.

        There’s many who wouldn’t be in the least surprised at this, but there are laws against that sorta thing now and they’d all be disbarred from public office where they ever to be caught at anything like that these days.

        In NI at least.

        I mean, if you hate half the population, how can you properly discharge your public duties.

        • defo

          Thanks Herbie.
          Got carried away, and not long after giving one of my kids a wee talk about ‘if something seems too good to be true…’ too. Cheeks still burning.

  • philw

    No Blairites, you cant have the Party back! You are history.
    Please just go. Found yourselves a new party – the Irrelevants.

    Sad to see Osborne looking so much happier than Balls or Beckett on a great night for Labour.

      • philw

        No, Tony, afraid not. Most leading Labour MPs are Blairites. Some will no doubt come round to the idea of a truly Labour agenda, others never will.

        I do not want to see a purge, and dont think its something Corbyn would do. He has always reached out to Blairites. But I do expect the hard core to leave the party and set up their own, like the old ‘Gang of Four’.

  • Becky Cohen

    “We have nonetheless still got Theresa May as PM propped up by climate change denying, misogynist, creationist, homophobe, anti-abortion terrorist-linked knuckle-draggers from the DUP. ”

    They’re basically exactly the same crowd as the evangelical Republicans behind the Trump administration, such as Mike Pence – and when it comes to LGBT rights, scientific progress and sexism they obviously share the opinions of Daesh. Following the last two terrorist atrocities, May vowed to be tough on extremism – particularly religious fundamentalist extremism – but now it looks as if she is jumping into bed with them.

    • Herbie

      “now it looks as if she is jumping into bed with them.”

      Yeah, she told a little fib when she talked up the historic relations between the Conservatives and NI Unionism.

      That was never with the DUP.

      It was with the Ulster Unionist Party, the old elite ruling party of NI.

      Whom the DUP destroyed.

      Paisley, who founded the DUP, was first to be found in political action in the early 60s throwing snowballs at the NI PMs car as he returned from economic meetings with the leader of the Republic. These could have changed all of Ireland’s economic future, but it wasn’t to be allowed.

      The Western plan was to deindustrialise and introduce financialised economies instead.

      The NI PM who was an elite himself knew all this and sought to protect NI industry in alliance with the food power of the Republic.

      Not allowed.

      In the later 60s these elite Unionists, under much attack from Protestantism, gradually ceded power to middle class Unionism and returned to their estates in England.

      Middle class Unionism hadn’t a clue, didn’t quite know the tricks of state, you see, and they were, over time, seen off by working class and lower middle class Unionism.

      That’s the DUP.

      This is the oft hidden background to what became 30 years of low intensity conflict.

    • Kerch'ee Kerch'ee Coup

      I think Mike Pence is behind Trump as Brutus was behind Julius Caesar, although he might be a Trump choice to avoid a leftist assassination.

  • Neil Anderson

    All this talk of Corbyn (who I admire with provisos) made me think that your readership might want to look at this:

    This is a really good blog and one which thinks outside of received wisdom. Labour weren’t the real target of this election, the Scots were.

  • Hieroglyph

    I’ll give the Blairites this: they never give up. This is possibly due to a kind of self knowledge around their own criminal behaviour, as well as the likely-hood of their ever earning as much money again. So, they won’t go down easy. Still, Corbyn has to wield his might now, and vanquish his foes without mercy. He’ll never have a better chance. I also hope some enterprising left winger challenges Watson (it is allowed), and I think this is on the cards.

    May will never live down her links to the DUP. I also wasn’t hugely knowledgeable about the DUP, though was vaguely aware of their dubious links. But even her conservative leaning supporters will not like this coalition one bit. One assumes that May had no other choice, and thinks this will give her 6 months or so,, at which point we’ll see another election. However, May appear to be a deeply nasty piece of work, so may well think that she just has to outlast Corbyn. It should be noted, she got a higher vote share than Cameron, and despite a truly awful campaign, is still technically PM. It appears that lots of people in the UK have no brains whatsoever, which is a shame. As I get older, I realise just how little I learned in school (I’m graduate educated), and think this dumbing down is quite deliberate. The result? PM’s like May. Another matter for the mighty Corbyn to consider, when he becomes PM.

    It’ll be interesting watching right wingers support the DUP on twitter. Much of what they say about the left, and its’ support of Clinton, has been right on the money. However, they are in a bind now, as they can’t truly support the orange lodge, not without at least a little shame.

    • Chris Rogers


      A most interesting take, like Craig Murray’s, on events over these past 48hrs, which, really are quite unprecedented in our post Keynesian world, that is the neoliberal World post 1979 – however, appraise yourself of events in 1974 to gat some historical parallels, namely, two elections in one year with Wilson beating Heath in October of that year – I actually expect another Election in October or second quarter 2018.

      With regards the Blairites and Bitterites, I’m actually suffering an attack of projectile vomiting and head rotating 360 degrees distress at the fact these TRAITORS have the temerity to offer themselves forward for Corbyn’s next Shadow Cabinet – these TRAITORS being the ones who actually enabled a minority Tory Government today – a fact they will not admit, but a fact nonetheless backed-up by their own antics during Election process – see Phillips, Woodcock, Austin, Carwyn Jones, Ryan et al if proof were needed.

      So, I must concur, Corbyn must now act ruthlessly and impose his will on the PLP & take over the Party machinery beginning with demanding Wilson resign his position as Deputy Leader and calling upon the dismissal of McNicol for serious breaches related to the Labour Party Rule Book – the Scottish Labour Party, much like the Welsh Labour Party, requires cleansing and new officers imposed/elected by the Party membership – the re-introduction of MPs submitting to a section process each election must also be brought back ASAP and full democratic autonomy returned to the CLPs.

      On a positive note, Corbyn and his team performed above and beyond all expectations, even of his most loyal supporters. He, Corbyn, really is now seen as a Prime Minister in waiting, and Ms May’s further gamble of getting into bed with Northern Irish Terrorist will backfire spectacularly, particularly after her Terrorism hypocrisy during this election – the Tory vote will crumble, which will only benefit Labour.

      One further note, a dived Left-of-Centre is a tragedy, so at a minimum some Accord needs bashing out now with the Greens, PC & the SNP at a minimum if we are to have a truly UK-wide Labour governing Party ruling in the UK interest.

  • Peter Beswick

    I think it important to take something positive from this mess.

    I am happy to believe that Jeremy Corbyn never supported terrorism but rubbed shoulders with offenders to investigate and help steer possible peaceful solutions.

    I am extremely unhappy that Teresa May has done a deal with a party that has its roots in terrorism. But for what purpose? The answer to that is far more damning than her stupidity in chucking away a healthy majority going into Brexit.

    I was unhappy that the Daily Mail (and others) lambasted Corbyn’s terrorist sympathising goings on in a puerile attempt to blacken his name.

    I am happy now he has been shown to be a man of integrity leading to the Daily Mail dredging up the Diana tapes to divert the infantile readership from May’s deal with the devil. I am happy that May, the Tories, the Mail and MSM have been exposed for what they are

    The positive thing here being; the Daily Mail, MSM and BBC (no longer MSM) have lost all credibility.

    Corbyn: 5 ~~~~ May + Tories + Mail + MSM + BBC: 0

  • fwl

    Bleating Blairites may be sheared and whilst tempting to take them off to market (they like markets) there has instead to be some reconciliation. Blairites for their part have to eat humble pie and realise who has the upper hand in the party.

  • glenn_uk

    Eradicate Blairite scum. This ought to be the Labour Party’s mission, as a matter of urgency. They all need to go before the next election, and since this could come at any time, the sooner the better.

  • Ishmael

    The masks are slipping.

    But we should all surly long for political oblivion though right? Or “left” if you know what I mean.

    • Robert Crawford

      Did the people of Scotland forget what Thatcher did to Scotland?
      Or, was it the imports from England that voted the 12 Tory MPs in?

  • Brianfujisan

    Great post Craig, insightful and even captivating read.

    And I see even Bernie has praise for Corby –

    “People in the U.K., the U.S. and elsewhere want governments that represent all the people, not just the 1%. I congratulate Jeremy Corbyn for running a very positive and effective campaign.”

    Tony I see you are the second Appreciative one to re-post Charles_S Post 🙂

    I got your massage about Amazon too..I got caught with the Prime scam as well,, Dicks Got the £80 back swiftly though..fkn Criminal Con.

  • SA

    Interesting that Mandelsom talking to Martha Carney was making this point on Radio 4 and Alastair Campbell also suddenly supporting Corbyn on Question Time. The Blairites tactics is now a charm offensive to wiggle their way back into the Labour Party asking the rest if us to pretend that none of their skulduggery has happened and they now see that Corbyn , the unelectable, can actually win seats and turn a 20% tory lead in opinion polls to a mere 2.3% actual election result in 6 weeks.
    Also in Question time there was a repugnant journalist from one of the tabloid and of course the inevitable planted antisemirism question as well as the Tory lie that as Corbyn did not expect to win , he could promise the earth, a point made more than once, thereby insulting 12 million voters as gullible.

  • Leonard

    There was an old list of the anti-Corbyn Labour MPs here:

    But it needs updating. There are three arms of the anti Corbyn brigade, and all of them are still active. I wish it were not so but we still haven’t seen the end of them. Arm No.1 is the Labour Executive which still has in place some of the false accusers of intimidation, the crocodile tear jerkers and of course the plotters to get rid of Corbyn from the committee. They haven’t gone away.

    The 2nd arm comprises all the MPs who plotted against Corbyn. I simply do not believe they have had the epiphiny they sheepishly claimed after the election. This includes Phillips, Smith, Eagle, Creasey, Umunna and a host of other MPs whom I wouldn’t trust as far as you could throw.

    The 3rd arm are the washed up Blairites, including the fugitives from the Portland Communications crowd and various journalists like Jo Coburn, Keunssberg, Andrew Neil, Nick Robinson, Alistair Campbell, too many Guardian columnists to count, et al.

    I have no doubt that some of the above are still waiting for any opportunity to smear Corbyn, and especially those MPs who will not get a plum job in the Shadow Cabinet. I don’t think the Corbyn smearers have been purged and it is only a matter of time until they start their dirty tricks for the third time in a row. Short term memories abound.

    • Chris Rogers


      Many thanks for your considered opinion and linking in that List of Labour Traitors, whom lest we forget, have not been reduced in number, but actually increased in number following many Labour gains on Thursday evening, much of this due to the imposition of Candidates on the CLPs.

      Like many others within the ranks of Corbyn supporters, we were aware that another ChickenCoup would happen in June this year, one derailed by May’s decision to call an early election – as such, we were galvanised and ready for a fight. A matter Ms May and her advisors had little knowledge about, and therefore, this informal Grouping was mobilised to fight her instead – the irony!

      Moving forward, its fair to say that presently JCs position is unassailable as far as the Labour Movement itself is concerned – we now have 600K members again with a minimum 2/3rds being JC supporters & Len of course remains leader of UNITE. In the medium term, and if May soldiers on longer than I anticipate, we can expect a return to ‘normal’ with Corbyn’s critics venting their spleens via the MSM and plotting to remove him given any opportunity that may announce itself, such as a poor Poll in a newspaper, such is their hubris & belief in the political atmosphere they have inhabited.

      What we all need to understand is that a significant minority of the PLP will never accept Corbyn and therefore do everything in their power to remove him before he has a chance of becoming PM -which, is not a dead cert and should never be taken for granted. But the fact remains Corbyn has a lot of enemies within the Party machinery and that these enemies stand to lose much wealth and influence/power should he get around to a radical reformation of Labour, or, actually command a majority of MPs in the House, thus allowing him to become PM.

  • frankywiggles

    Surprised to see somebody like Paul Mason urging JC to accommodate Chuka Umunna, echoing the received media wisdom that Umunna is one of the Labour party’s great assets. Surely he personifies the cold, distant, triangulating, managerial, careerist politician people are sick of.

    • Chris Rogers


      I have not viewed or read any reference to Milne suggesting Chuka should be welcome back into the fold, and, it this is true would be fuming if this were to happen.

      Let us all be clear here, when the weather was stormy, with much of the storm created by the Rightist PLP itself, many wished to dump Corbyn as an Electoral Liability who lacked any leadership skills or judgement whatsoever. Thus, from day one of his leadership, not only did they, that is the hardliners, plot to remove him, they made it virtually impossible for him to lead by removing all assistance to the leaders office and cutting cash paid out to the leaders office.

      The rest we are fully aware of, but I’m sorry, but one neither forgets or forgives.

      However, here’s the more pertinent point, these doubters, that is the 173 ChickenCoup Plotters, were very much mistaken in their analysis/actions, to the extent, in reality it really does make them unfit to hold any high office.

      I ask you, if these peeps cannot actually gauge the pulse of the nation, such is their little bubble, how the hell can they govern us or lead – may as well have a computer issue instructions or stick with the Tories & Ms Mayhem.

      • Michael McNulty

        They didn’t misjudge him, they knew full well he is capable of taking the left to power. They didn’t want that so they had to lie, to say he wasn’t capable, or they’d confirm they’re rightist-reformists. It wasn’t their opinion Jeremy proved wrong it was their lies.

      • Leonard

        Hi Chris,
        Thanks for your kind reply previously. Your sentence here is key:

        “The rest we are fully aware of, but I’m sorry, but one neither forgets or forgives.”

        Well, Corbyn is a better man than me because he appears to have forgiven, if not entirely forgotten, including physically embracing those who wanted him politically dead. I completely agree with you that political memories seem to be shockingly brief. Of all the knife wielders it is Chukka who seems to be the most reluctant to apologise. He’s done more TV than any other plotter during and since the election but I haven’t heard a single sentence from him identifying anything near to circumspection. But at least that is known. What worries me more are those like Smith, who said he would never serve under Corbyn, but he’s appeared to say he was wrong, through gritted teeth, and as though it was a minor misjudgement, not a full on example of blatant knifing in the back. I have no doubt he feels entitled to a shadow cabinet job just as soon as he can get one.

    • DLL

      Armando Iannucci was on Question Time saying that Jeremby Corbyn should reach out to the talents within his party like Chuka Umunna, and to reach out to the other parties (presumably including the Conservatives as others were talking of a government of national unity), further saying that the system is broken (like that YouGov poll that Craig posted a few weeks back?).

      He also suggested a coalition of the main parties for the next two years, until an exit from the EU has been negotiated and then call another General Election.

      Likewise Ian Heslop on HIGNFY before the GE, predicted ‘A Government of All the Talents’, which if like Gordon Brown’s cabinet would mean raising outsiders to the peerage and appointing them to important posts within the Government.

      • frankywiggles

        It sounds great, doesn’t it? Yet looking back, who were the great talents that we should be grateful to Brown for elevating? Equally, what great talents has Chuka Umunna demonstrated that make him indispensable to Jeremy Corbyn?

  • John Goss

    Sound analysis. I did some door-knocking. The response I got was totally different. People are sick of austerity and encouraged by a return to the primary politics of the Labour Party. There are always the odd individuals whose brains are so addled by propaganda they become MSM’s droning echo. They are not always the rich either. When I worked on the shop-floor I could never get my head round the philosophy of working-class tories who supported the class opposed to workers’ rights. Without old Labour there would be no (or few) safety regulations, tea-breaks, wage increases or a shorter basic working week. Some of the right-wing unions were as much to blame as the obsequious individuals who curried favour with the bosses and reported perceived misdoings of their fellow-workers.

    What Jeremy Corbyn has shown is that there is a large wave of disenchanted disenfranchised people who know that with a more equitable distribution of generated wealth we can all have hospital treatment when we need it, fair wages and a good standard of living. That wave could grow into a tsunami and wash away the super-rich warmongering tyrants who live in a protected bubble bought from the sweat and brainpower of those who have earned the luxury.

  • John Goss

    On another point May took this big gamble and lost. In a way I am rather pleased the Tories are still in power because they still have to negotiate an exit from Europe. In terms of concessions this is going to be a disaster. But it is a disaster of their own (Cameron’s) making. When Brexit supporters see that those paths along the river and other assets funded by EU cash are no longer maintained because the Tories are making their super-rich richer the politics of Jeremy Corbyn will be even more attractive.

    A great result and so much thanks to the youth who made Momentum the movement behind this surge.

    My MP, Steve McCabe, is almost unassailable now with a majority almost double that of the Tories (who came second).

  • Dave

    The Labour brand is very strong (there will always be a need for a party for working people against privilege) and its no surprise, given a hearing, that a message of, for the many not the few, improve public services and make peace not war would do well. The irony is its Brexit that has made the end of austerity and spending promises possible. That said they could equally be a mainstream conservative message, but whilst May was progressing a one nation appeal, the fact is by accident or design her campaign was sabotaged by the deep state with the bobby trapped manifesto and shrill terror nonsense against Corbyn, that backfired once the mild mannered man was seen and heard.

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