Fuck the Labour Rebels

True Labour Jeremy Corbyn favours a kinder way of doing politics. He probably wouldn’t approve of the title of this post, nor some of the content.

That’s OK. I admire and respect his straightforward, but polite, approach, but I’m not Corbyn.

I’m pretty sure that Jeremy Corbyn, like all of us, has character flaws. I don’t think he’s a Messiah, however much his opponents try to smear him and his opponents by insisting support for him is a cult.

He is, however, conspicuously honest.

The coup attempt that’s going on now has been planned for months, but the plotters have used his supposed “lacklustre” campaigning in the EU referendum as an excuse, claiming he lost for the Remain side.

In fact, his guarded support for Remain seems to have struck a chord with many Labour supporters, and maybe others too. It was a refreshing change for around ⅔ of Labour voters, and probably a good few people who don’t normally vote because “they’re all the same, aren’t they?” His campaign was not lacklustre, just lacking in lies and hyperbole.


So now 172 Labour MPs have voted against Corbyn, with 40 supporting him. The message from the rebels seems to be that “he’s a decent man, but no leader.” This phrase has been repeated verbatim, which makes it pretty damn unlikely that it’s a sincere sentiment, but rather a scripted conspiracy.

The rebels also seem to be complaining that Corbyn is “out of touch” because the majority of Labour MPs don’t support him, yet the can’t see how out of touch they look when a MASSIVE majority of Labour Party members do support Corbyn, and not them.

The plotters want Corbyn to resign, ostensibly to avert a crisis in the Labour Party.

There are two problems with this. Firstly, the crisis is of their making. part of their plot, albeit an inept one.

Secondly, Corbyn has declined the opportunity to cut his own political throat, and the rebels only other recourse is to put up a challenger in a leadership. Such a challenger has practically no chance of getting elected, which is why they wanted Corbyn to resign. If he did so, he’d have to be nominated by 50 MPs to get on the ballot, not very likely given the confidence vote. If he remains in place he, as the incumbent, is automatically added to the ballot.

By refusing to resign, he’s thrown the conspirators’ plans into disarray.

How will they manage to cover up the Chilcot report, due on July 6th, with Corbyn still there to throw a spanner in the works?

Fuck ’em.


Read more elsewhere:

MP Reed never consulted us on Corbyn, say Labour members

The truth behind the Labour coup, when it really began and who manufactured it (EXCLUSIVE)

A disgustingly self-serving betrayal of the entire labour movement

The ‘Labour Coup’ against Jeremy Corbyn – in an ugly little nutshell

Jo Cox, Paul Golding and Britain First’s indelible shame

ExposingBF Blog

We’ve waited a few days to post this. We wanted to let the dust settle a bit. We wanted to show respect for a grieving family and we didn’t want to join so many others in capitalising on the internet frenzy that always accompanies high profile killings. Jo Cox was many things apparently but she should never become mere clickbait at the height of a media frenzy.

Reuters Jo Cox MemorialLike the rest of the EBF team I’ve been unsure how to respond to this awful attack, not only on a young mother of two but upon the very nature of British representative democracy. The vigils that were held over the weekend across the country were not for Jo Cox personally. How could they be? Most of the attendees at these events, like me had never heard of her before Thursday. The mood of the nation isn’t grief – it’s outrage.


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Jess Phillips: Voice Of Doom With An Agenda

Turning the Tide

When I read this yesterday: ‘Asked if Labour could win [the next general election] she [Jess Phillips] said: “The honest answer is: ‘no, absolutely not;’ my initial reaction was curiosity.

So please tell me Jess, how long have you had this gift of prophecy? Long odds betting must be a nice little earner on top of your ‘meager’ MP’s salary of £74,000 plus expenses. I expect you had a little flutter when Jeremy Corbyn was a 200/1 bet to become Labour leader. And what odds did you get when you placed your bet on the Tories winning a majority? Must have a nice little nest egg by now.

Ok yes, I’m being sarcastic, but that’s because none of us can predict the outcome of the next general election, particularly in such uncertain times. The ripples set in motion by the financial crash are altering the electoral landscape across the world…

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Dinosaurs Are Among Us

If someone knowingly gets drunk and has a fall, they can’t blame anyone else if they are injured. They are, however, vulnerable, because of the intoxication and the injury. If someone else is abusive and threatening, the police should be involved. However drunk you are, you’re not responsible for the actions or inaction of others.

It’s not always easy to contact the police these days. Most people have a mobile phone, so telephone boxes have become scarce. If you don’t have a mobile, or if you forget it, you have to rely on the charity of others in emergencies, or suffer.

In Newcastle there is a scheme called “Safe Haven“, which is intended to keep revellers safe, regardless of the reason for their distress, so that the worst they can expect to suffer is a hangover.

While the bulk of the work is done by Ambulance Service staff, and St John Ambulance volunteers, door staff at the various nightclubs are also an essential element.

They also seem to be a weak link, if the bouncers at a strip club called “For Your Eyes Only” are typical. They have had the training to assist in situations like the one in the account linked below, but failed miserably to implement it. Worse, they thought the whole episode was hilarious, though they have obviously been told it wasn’t, because they proceeded to lie about their actions (and lack of action), when the story started to get attention on social media.

The vulnerable person in this case happened to be a woman, so I fully expect some “Mens Rights Activist” to dismiss or excuse the whole episode as “feminazi propaganda” but, while women can be, in some circumstances, more vulnerable than men, that’s really irrelevant here, except that it involved bouncers at a strip club, and it looks like the disdain for women inside such places may well extend to passers by.

The Safe Haven” scheme is being extended to other towns and cities. Hopefully without the poor attitudes displayed by these “trained staff”.

Read the Storify account here. It’s from someone whose word I trust, though there were other witnesses.


Tory Voters Hit With the Truth

CameronForkedTongueIt’s tempting to say that people who voted Conservative, and who are now suffering from their policies deserve all they get.

Tempting, but wrong.

It’s easy to stick your head in the sand, and almost everybody does so, to some extent. I’m not immune myself, though I try to minimise the effect.

On last night’s “Question Time” on BBC1, an audience member, Michelle Dorrell, tore into the Tory panellist, Energy and Climate Change Secretary Amber Rudd, about the proposed cuts to Tax Credits, cuts that David Cameron insisted (before the election) weren’t even being considered. Rudd couldn’t give a satisfactory reply, and didn’t bother to try. She couldn’t even bring herself to look at Dorrell.

That Michelle Dorrel now realises what the Tories are really about should be cause for celebration, rather than rebuke.

The exchange will very likely have a wider effect, prompting others to switch from the Tories, perhaps even to Labour.

There are even a good many Conservative Party members opposing the Tax Credit cuts:




The Anti-Jeremy Corbyn People: How They Sound to Me

Mark Fiddaman

I may not have read any of Corbyn’s policies. But I have imagined what he might think, on the basis of an unorthodox hat he once wore. And let me tell you— never have I heard such barmy, bleeding-heart, loony-left, pie-in-the-sky, stuck-in-the-past, socks-and-sandals, mouth-frothing, terrorist-licking, weirdo-beardo Islington pinko codswallop in all my life.

I’m told Corbyn has some fanciful, Trotskyite notions about not treating the poor like vermin and avoiding imbeciliceconomicpolicy. Pfft. Go back to Russia, mate. I think I also read somewhere that he wants to reduce the deficit with a growth strategy, the like of which has never worked ever, apart from all the times it has.

Well, Corbyn can’t trick me with that old ‘saying things that are true’ routine. He can’t pull the wool over my eyes with his manifest skill at harnessing grassroots momentum and his ability…

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Labour Supports Tory #WelfareBill


Keir Hardie must be spinning in his grave.

Politicians are forever telling us, the plebs, that if we don’t go out and vote, we have no place complaining about the result.

I did vote in the last election, as I do in every election. The MP I voted for was one of those who abstained rather than vote against a Welfare Bill that will push already struggling people further into poverty. When they lose votes, I expect they will forget not to complain, and will instead blame the voters. They might pick up a few votes from people who normally vote Conservative, but that will be a drop in the ocean compared to the disaffected Labour voters, who are getting sick and tired of giving Labour “one more chance”.

The support that has been shown for Jeremy Corbyn in the leadership contest (the only candidate to vote against the bill) ought to inform the party that there is a need for more left-leaning politics, but they just accuse his supporters of being “out of touch with the rest of the country”, as if they have a finger on the nation’s pulse. If they did, they would have noticed the clamour for them to provide a real opposition to the Tories.

Still, at least the MPs get their pay rise, so not everyone has to endure austerity.