Momentum have launched a new website called votedownthedeal.co.uk, encouraging MPs to vote May’s draft withdrawal agreement down. The website says the deal “will put our jobs, rights and living standards at risk.” It also confidently asserts that “this deal will leave us with the worst of all worlds, both crashing our economy and leaving us with no real say.”
But the URL was registered on 8th November, a week before anyone saw the text of the draft deal. Could it be that Momentum was planning to encourage MPs to vote the deal down, whatever was in it?
Momentum are celebrating their third birthday today. What a lot they have to celebrate. Their founding and primary purpose was the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader and his re-election and continual protection. Their role as praetorian guard is absolute, though Guido is sure they would prefer to see themselves as a revolutionary vanguard. Why have they been so successful where other left-wing factions have always failed to gain control of the Labour Party? You can talk about populism and the maco-economic situation, post-capitalist paradigms all you like, the answer Guido suspects is that they really got the internet. They are digital native lefties.
Miliband enabled it with the £3 joining scheme. Labour’s potential and actual supporters were tired of New Labour’s mix of markets and social justice progressivism, so when a digitally savvy campaign energised people to join and vote – with the genius digital insight of actually linking supporters to the Labour Party website’s joining page – it was their’s for the taking. You also have to give credit to the pied piper of Corbynism, Owen Jones. His post-Chavs celebrity gave him a campaigning platform and he ran with it whole-heartedly, energising a campaign for the leadership against a bunch of triangulating, boring suits who were the New Labour junior B-team. His latter denial of the electability of Corbyn ranks up there with St Peter’s denial of Jesus for core Corbynistas. They owe Owen a massive debt.
It was the internet that enabled the campaign, it was the ignoring of the old school lefties and their methods and language that brought them victory. Also dispensing with endless internal democracy and debates which waste everyone’s time and energy was wise. The usual unpleasantness of the hard left will ensure they seize control of the party machinery entirely for the first time in the party’s history. The Labour Party is likely to be in their grip for at least a decade, if not for ever.
Tories often ask if Guido regrets backing Toby Young’s “Tories for Corbyn“ campaign. He’s not going to win and is likely to split the left and the centre-left, so no. There is of course some risk involved…
Incidentally, Lansman’s Jeremy for Labour Limited through which he controls Momentum, whatever democratic front Momentum put on things, was actually incorporated in June 2015. So is it really their birthday today?
Visitors to Momentum’s The World Transformed conference have been enjoying this delightful piece of ‘artwork’ calling for people to have the “right” to sit on their backsides all day while living off other people’s hard work. Where do they think their kale and quinoa superfood salads are going to come from?
The left has truly gone full circle – the great campaigners of the past fought to ensure that everyone could have jobs. Now Momentum members are actively trying to promote unemployment on a national scale. Perhaps it’s inspired the many Shadow Cabinet members who’ve been popping down to TWT to address the faithful…
Pro-Jewish Labour MPs Joan Ryan and Gavin Shuker have been targeted with menacing farewell cards outside their parliamentary offices, from anonymous self described “Trots, Stalinists, Commies, and assorted hard-left.”
Both Ryan and Shuker had been vocal in their support of the full IHRA definition of anti-Semitism, and both lost votes of no-confidence in their CLPs last week.
The purge rolls on…
Momentum’s purge of moderate Labour MPs has begun in earnest with two losing Momentum-backed votes of no confidence last night. Luton South MP Gavin Shuker suffered defeat two days after criticising Corbyn over the party’s anti-Semitism crisis on BBC Newsnight, while Labour Friends of Israel Chair Joan Ryan was narrowly defeated in Enfield North amid a flurry of Twitter abuse. Gloating Corbynistas piled in on the #WeAreEnfieldNorth hashtag, with one accusing her of “using her Jewishness as privilege”:
Incredibly, Corbyn’s old friends at Press TV, the Iranian state broadcaster banned by Ofcom, were invited in to film the CLP meeting, jubilantly tweeting out news of Ryan’s defeat and joining in on the #WeAreEnfieldNorth hashtag:
— Press TV UK (@Presstvuk) September 6, 2018
Joan Ryan hit back against “Trots Stalinists Communists and assorted hard left” and insisted that she would not be resigning. Tony Blair told the BBC this morning that it may never be possible for moderates to take back control of the Labour Party from Corbyn’s supporters. This is a watershed moment. Moderate Labour MPs cannot turn a blind eye to what is going on in their party any longer…
Labour MP Graham Stringer has survived a vote of no confidence from his local Constituency Labour Party, after fellow Labour Leavers Frank Field and Kate Hoey were subject to similar votes which passed against them. It’s a setback for Momentum’s campaign to oust the four Labour MPs who voted with the Government to defeat a Customs Union amendment to the Trade Bill, allowing the Government to squeak through with a majority of 6. Momentum have savvily kept the Blairites quiet by targeting Brexiteers first. We all know who they’re going after next…
UPDATE: Fellow Momentum target John Mann also survived the attempted vote of no confidence against him earlier this week.