The Left Must Take Back Labour 363


The hundreds of thousands of Corbyn supporters who carried him though multiple leadership challenges have not vanished from the face of the earth, even though many have vanished from the Labour Party.

If you believe that the Starmer project was a genuine belief that a right wing agenda would get Labour back into power, then the Starmer Project has totally failed on those terms.

If you believe that the Starmer project was a scheme to neutralise any threat from Labour to the vast disparity of wealth in the UK and internationally, then it has spectacularly succeeded.

Firstly, it seems to me that anybody who believes the Starmer project was ever the former is a fool. It was at best an insurance policy, so that in the improbable event of a Labour victory nothing radical would happen to discomfit the rich. The Labour victory was in itself seen by Starmer’s backers as an event to be avoided, and Starmer’s job was to mitigate any Labour victory.

Corbyn never returned any election result remotely as bad as Labour suffered on Thursday. At previous council elections, we were told by Blairite after Blairite that Corbyn would have to resign if he achieved a result even 10% better than Starmer just achieved. Does anybody remember all those Guardian front page articles featuring focus groups led by right wing charlatan Professor Rob Ford of Manchester University, at which small groups of denizens of the M4 corridor or Northern England were led to repeat unbecoming things they had read in the papers about Corbyn, and it was claimed disaster loomed were he and his policies not immediately removed?

It was not becoming of Jess Phillips, Ian Austin and others to display openly their delight at Labour defeat in the last general election. But I cannot understand the passivity of the left now. Get off your backsides, you lazy defeatists, and start to lay into Starmer very heavily indeed. You owe him no loyalty – he lied through his teeth in the leadership campaign about willingness to maintain left wing values, then went straight into ditch and purge the left wing, and supercharge the witch-hunt, once he had won.

Starmer is down now. To quote a left winger who did know how to grasp the moment, I beseech you in the bowels of Christ. It is time now to announce a leadership challenge. It has to come from John McDonnell. Get people back into the Labour Party. Give the people of England some hope and inspiration again, and at least a chance to hear about, and vote for, the possibility of a truly fairer society.


363 thoughts on “The Left Must Take Back Labour

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  • Allan Howard

    I don’t know if anyone has ever posted the following on here – ie a massive Big black Lie by Maria van de Zyl – the president of the Jewish Board of Deputies – about Jeremy Corbyn, and it’s proof in effect – if anyone on the left needs it – that the whole anti-semitism thing was a black op smear campaign:

    ‘The video you’re watching in this post is from August 2018 and it’s of Marie Sarah van der Zyl, the current and 48th President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews. She’s being interviewed by i24News – a right wing Israeli news channel. In the interview, Van der Zyl claims, repeatedly, that Jeremy Corbyn had been “spending more and more time with terrorist and extremists” and “with people who threaten the security of Britain”.’

    https://www.jewishvoiceforlabour.org.uk/article/expose-who-are-the-board-of-deputies-of-british-jews/

    van de Zyl repeats it THREE times in the space of four minutes, first at the beginning, then again about a minute later, and then at the end of the clip, just to make absolutely certain that viewers got the message. Odd though that the MSM in the UK didn’t pick up on Jeremy spending more and more time with terrorists and extremists! And note that van de Zyl doesn’t name who they are on the one hand, and the interviewer very conveniently doesn’t inquire who they are! I wonder why not?!!

    • Allan Howard

      I was just looking to see if I could ascertain what sort of size audience the channel gets, but couldn’t find anything. But there is a wikipedia entry for them. And here’s a short clip:

      Haaretz, in a report on 2 December 2019, indicated that i24 News, in order to secure an English broadcast license, gave Benjamin Netanyahu more positive coverage.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I24_News

      • Allan Howard

        I just quickly went on the Haaretz’ website to look up the report, which is really long, but the headline and sub-headline probably sum it up anyway:

        How i24News Turned pro-Netanyahu to Secure Broadcast License

        Haaretz investigation finds a host of puzzling staff departures, banned guests and a flagship show taken off the air for being ‘leftist’ in efforts to weaken criticism of the prime minister

        https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium.MAGAZINE-how-i24news-turned-pro-netanyahu-to-secure-broadcast-license-1.8216249

        • Wikikettle

          Very interesting interview on the history of the left and education and more by “Peter Hutchins on the Soviet Union, Marxism & the far left, Blair far more revolutionary than Corbyn” on the new cultural forum channel on YouTube.

    • DunGroanin

      As hundreds are killed children included and the Nuttyahoo goes for broke to stay out of jail , the Israelis have fermented by provocation a retaliation and shown their extremists, even the Groaniad is reporting

      “ Demonstrations by far-right Israelis broke out in several cities on Wednesday night, leading to clashes with police and sometimes Arab Israelis.”

      https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/may/13/live-tv-shows-israeli-mob-lynch-motorist-in-tel-aviv-suburb

      So it’s ok to have a label ‘far-right Israelis’ but not to call them Zionists ? As they prepare to escalate with mass murder and more military attacks on civilians along with an invasion of Gaza?

      So what has the GKH said about it so far?

      What indeed the New Hope across the pond? Still building the Trumpian embassy in Jerusalem?

      Are they really serious? Goodbye to the desalination plants…fucking far right morons

  • Carl

    “No, the problem with Keir Starmer is not that he hasn’t announced enough policies”

    http://newsocialist.org.uk/transmissions/no-problem-keir-starmer-not-he-hasnt-announced-enough-policies/

    “What underlies the reluctance of left commentators to articulate what the dogs in the street know, and has been dazzlingly obvious to everyone else for months? Why are they so unable to acknowledge, loudly and clearly, that Keir Starmer is a committed ideologue of the Labour Right, whose demise as leader is a necessary (but not sufficient) precondition for any advance on the left?”

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