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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

Don’t Forget the #wowpetition!


Would you like to annoy this person? See below!

There’s been an astounding response to the petition demanding that Iain Duncan Smith back up his claim that he could live on £53 a week if he had to.

It’s a semi-jocular petition, but it has already had an impact. IDS was rattled enough to declare the petition a mere “stunt“, missing the irony that his comment, that inspired the petition, was no less a stunt.

At the time of writing this, the petition has been signed by 420,233 people. This is very embarrassing for IDS (though he would not regard it as shameful  as he doesn’t seem to have a sense of shame) and I hope many more people sign. (To do so, click here.)

If you’ve signed that one, why not sign the Wow petition? It also has the potential to embarrass IDS, but this one can do that in the heart of Parliament. It has already passed the mark where there has to be an official response from the DWP, but if we can push it to 100,000 signatures, that triggers a debate in the House of Commons.

It isn’t any more difficult to sign than the other one. The only extra thing you need to do is to click on the link in the email you’ll be sent. (If you can’t see it in your inbox, check your spam/junk folder.)

To sign the WOW petition, click here, and fill in the boxes. It’s easy!

ConDems Are Fascists – Is That Hyperbole?


Iain Duncan Smith take his boss on a tour of the Job Centre, to show off the supply of slave labour.

Iain Duncan Smith take his boss on a tour of the Job Centre, to show off the supply of slave labour.

Many people, myself included, are calling the Coalition government fascists, and occasionally I hear from other people that this is unfair, that it’s grotesque hyperbole, and that, horrible though this government is, likening them to fascists is just going too far.
It’s true that they haven’t set up death camps (yet), but people are dying as a result of their propaganda. All unemployed people are deemed to be scroungers, and that includes people too sick or disabled to even get a job interview, let alone an actual job. The emphasis seems to always be on how much “scroungers” are costing hard working, tax paying “strivers” (and this despite the fact that most of the people claiming benefits are in work!)
The divisive rhetoric employed by the government is reminiscent of propaganda from an earlier time, from fascists who had yet to set up the death camps, but who sought to dehumanise their fellow citizens for political gain.

60000 RMthis is what this person suffering from hereditary defects costs the Community of Germans during his lifetime Fellow Citizen, that is your money, too Read '[A] New People' The monthly magazines of the Office for Race Politics of the NSDAP

60000 Reichmarks
This is what this person suffering from hereditary defects costs the Community of Germans during his lifetime
Fellow Citizen, that is your money, too
Read ‘The New People’
The monthly magazines of the Office for Race Politics of the NSDAP

Now do you understand why many people regard their government as fascist?

We  haven’t quite lost all of the trappings of democracy though. We can, for now, still protest. One avenue of protest is online petitions. If you haven’t already done so, signing the WOW Petition at wowpetition.com would be a good place to start.

Wikileaks – may the farce be with you


Many think that Julian Assange is a hero, many think he’s a villain. Personally, I think hero-worship is silly. Many acknowledged heroes have ably demonstrated that they have feet of clay. I  won’t, therefore, be lauding Assange & Wikileaks uncritically. Time will tell whether their activities, on balance, have been a good thing.

For the moment though we can make a provisional judgement based on the criticisms made by their enemies. From the dubious rape allegations to the accusations of treason, these criticisms have been the model of hysterical hyperbole. Assange has not even been charged with a crime in Sweden, and police say they only want to question him, yet one commentator on American television has claimed that Michael Moore, who has spoken in Assange’s defence, and put up some of the bail money, is supporting a serial rapist!

Another claim that is persistently made is that, by releasing information in its unedited form, Wikileaks is putting lives at risk. Except it’s not true. I can’t say with certainty that it hasn’t happened, but I can say that information has been edited, and names redacted, while those screaming “treason” have yet to show an example of lives at risk. They merely shout the claim as loudly and often as they can, then use the supposition as “evidence” that Assange needs to be assassinated!

So why this extreme reaction? Here are two examples of the sort of information Wikileaks has made available, and that the Powers That Be would rather not have people know:

In Ireland a commission was set up, in 2006, to look into allegations of child abuse committed by Roman Catholic priests. The present Pope, one Mr Ratzinger, refused to allow Vatican officials to testify; he was even “furious” at attempts to question them in Rome.  If only he’d thought to vent that fury at the actual child abusers, and those who helped cover up for them, rather than the embarrassment that talking about it has caused him.

The USA’s fondness for the rule of law has been brought into question in another leak. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton directed America’s envoys around the world to gather information about other diplomats and dignitaries. Nothing sinister about that, until you realise that the information demanded included credit card details, even the P.I.N., which nobody has a right to know. Even trying to find out someone’s Personal Identification Number is a criminal act, unless you already have a reasonable suspicion of wrongdoing and obtain a warrant. I’d like to see the warrant that allowed access to the bank details of U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, one of the people specifically targeted by Clinton.

There was a time when politicians and leaders put some effort into claiming that they acted in the public interest, but these days such claims, though still made, are half-hearted. They probably know people won’t just take their word anymore,  because they or their predecessors have been caught out so often before. As information technology improves the situation will, from their perspective, deteriorate. The Iranian post-election furore involving Twitter, much lauded in the West, is not substantially different from the activities of Wikileaks.

Nor are the cries for the assassination of Julian Assange notably different from the calls for a fatwa by an authoritarian Muslim cleric.

Whether Assange is a hero or a villain, his opponents haven’t exactly covered themselves in glory.