For some strange reason, top Labour insider and part-time librarian ‘Dr’ Eoin Clarke has deleted this tweet saying there wouldn’t be a reshuffle until May. Please, Eoin, tell us more about the misinformation peddled by the “gutter press”…
All is not well in Momentum. Disgruntled members of the Corbynista campaign group have leaked a cache of embarrassing Facebook discussions, accusing fellow activists of “bullying and intimidation”. Max Shanly is an ally of Momentum chief Jon Lansman and is on the executive committee of the Labour youth wing. He calls himself an “unofficial agitator” for Corbyn and has been described to Guido as a “Leninist” and a “poundshop Mark Clarke”. Judging by these leaked messages, he lacks Clarke’s charm…
You can read all the messages here.
Shanly has previously called for Labour MPs who oppose Corbyn to be dealt with “brutally“:
“I think Jeremy will face problems not just inside the Parliamentary Labour Party, which I think is likely to split if he wins with the Blairites buggering off to form a new SDP, but also from the Labour Party bureaucracy. New Labourism is still a hegemonic force at Brewers Green (Labour Party HQ) and despite having resigned as leader eight years ago, Blair is still the piper who plays the tune many party staff listen to. The Labour left will have to act swiftly and I am afraid brutally in many cases. The PLP will have to be brought into line, some members of party staff will need to be pointed towards the exit”
Since the leak, Shanly has deleted his Twitter account and locked his Facebook page. Though it is clear where his political affinities lie:
Momentum members want to know what Lansman is going to do about Shanly, accusing him of “ignoring” the “bullying“. As Lenin said, “A scoundrel may be of use to us just because he is a scoundrel…”
Labour have ditched plans to move their party HQ to Kensington after everyone laughed at the idea of socialists setting up base among London’s super-rich. Instead, they have signed a lease on a new office at Southside, a plush office block at 105 Victoria Street. Just one problem: they will be sharing the building with the headquarters of G4S, who Labour’s NEC voted to boycott two weeks ago.
Which make for some awkward chats around the water cooler…
Two months ago Labour’s Shadow City minister, Richard “farting commie“ Burgon, admitted that he hadn’t actually met anyone from the City. Last week, City AM were forced to ask “Have you seen this man?”, as clueless Burgon was still missing from the Square Mile.
Guido can reveal that – finally – Burgon has had a genuine, real-life, sit-down discussion with representatives from the financial sector. He recently met with ‘Labour in the City’, a networking club for bankers and other financial services workers who are (or at least were) sympathetic to the party. How did it go? “It was very tough,” sighs a pinstriped source. Still, small steps…
Just when you thought Stop the War couldn’t get any more insane, this article emerges. Headlined “Sociopaths united: the West versus ISIS is a marriage made in hell”, it was posted on Stop the War’s website last year. It begins by arguing that Britain and America are “no less sociopathic” than ISIS:
“Beneath the veneer of humanitarianism, the United States, Britain and their allies are no less sociopathic than the enemies they propose to ‘hunt down’ and eliminate.”
It goes on to accuse the British and American governments of exaggerating the threat posed by ISIS:
“Both governments have deliberately and shamelessly magnified the threat that IS poses, with barely a trace of nuance or analysis, and presented the snuff videos as prima facie evidence of a psychopathic ‘death cult’”
Tell that to the victims of the Paris and Tunisia attacks.
The article then repeats the original premise, concluding that the western “Imperium” are “no less sociopathic” than ISIS:
“they have demonstrated once again, that beneath the veneer of humanitarianism, the Imperium and its allies are no less sociopathic than the enemies they propose to ‘hunt down’ and eliminate, and that ‘terrorist propaganda’ can help the state as much as the terrorist.”
How long before this article is taken down from the Stop the War website?
Stop the War have hit back this afternoon with a rambling statement arguing that ISIS actually aren’t that bad after all. The ten point riposte emphasises STW’s links with the Labour leader – “We, along with Jeremy Corbyn…”, “They did so following the lead of Jeremy Corbyn…” – before remarkably playing down the crimes of ISIS:
“We have always objected to the way that current wars are justified by reference to the Second World War. Bin Laden, Hussein, Gaddafi, Assad or ISIS are none of them Hitler. Hitler ruled one of the major military powers in the world and occupied most of Europe. Calls to fight fascism as a justification of these current wars might convince MPs with little grasp of history but they only serve to obscure the real situation.”
So Stop the War’s defence is that ISIS and Bin Laden are not as bad as Hitler and that any MP who thinks fighting ISIS is a “call to fight fascism” has “little grasp of history”. Caroline Lucas has distanced herself from these clowns, yet Corbyn remains their number one public cheerleader…
“Caroline was specifically troubled by some Stop the War Coalition statements after the Paris atrocities. Though the pieces were subsequently taken down she felt unable to associate herself with them. She was also concerned that some Syrian voices were not given an opportunity to speak at a recent meeting organised by the StWC in Parliament.”
This is the article in question, which was later removed from the Stop the War website. It was headlined: “Paris reaps whirlwind of western support for extremist violence in Middle East”. The victim-blaming piece added:
“Let’s be as clear as possible. The hellish world we live in today is the result of deliberate policies and actions undertaken by the United States and its allies over the past decades.”
You can read 14 other reasons why she might have wanted to quit here.
Stop the War might be too nutty for Caroline Lucas, though Diane Abbott is still a patron and Jeremy Corbyn is still speaking at their Christmas fundraiser. Labour have been outflanked on the right by the Greens…
Jeremy Corbyn has ignored pleas from Labour MPs and said he will attend the Stop the War Coalition’s Christmas fundraiser. His spokesman Seumas Milne tells HuffPo Stop the War have “organised the biggest demonstrations in British history and has repeatedly called it right over 14 years”. Well, have they? Guido brings you Stop the War’s greatest hits…
This is not an exhaustive list…
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The police formed a line to protect Labour HQ from Jeremy Corbyn and Richard Burgon’s Stop the War protesters this evening.
Unfortunately, most of […]