Lefties Go Mental Reviewing ‘Socialist Monopoly’

Last night, Twitter user Nick Kapur decided to launch into a 21-Tweet thread critiquing Hasbro’s Monopoly: Socialism edition. Who amongst us can say they haven’t? 

In the increasingly hysterical Twitter chronicle, Nick managed to attract an audience of 20,000 like-minded revolutionary board game fans who watched in agog as Mr Kapur went into microscopic details reviewing the game, from the design of the box to the names of the spaces, which this Militant Moaist decreed to be containing too great a level of ‘snark’.

Perhaps Hasbro’s greatest faux pas in the eyes of this cabal of communists was being “entirely uninterested in trying to understand what socialism actually is and how it might function”, which is – as any academic will tell you – the basis of all good comedy.

The game highlights the effect of socialism by scrapping the famous ‘$200 when you pass Go’ in favour of a $50 living wage, and introduces a ‘community fund’ which tops up the wages of players if they can’t afford a property, helping teach the real world effects of socialism to the whole family (aged 18 and up).

The Twitter thread damningly concluded that the game was not really a socialist model, but “more of a billionaire philanthropy model”, which will no doubt be looked into seriously by the advertising standards agency…

McDonnell: “I’ll Find the Magic Money Tree”

John McDonnell, probably after a few pints of (unpaid) Workers’ Beer, finally explained to the LabourLive fans how he would “find the magic money tree” that opponents accuse him of relying on to fund all that “free” stuff he promises. Surprise – he’s going to put up taxes…

Not the smartest quip. Suspect it will be used against him in the future…

Rich’s Monday Morning View

McDonnell’s Socialism (With Diagram)

Picture credit: Jim Pickard

This graphic is from a presentation presided over by John McDonnell today. It apparently explains the structure of McDonnell’s proposed Strategic Investment Board. If it looks to you like a diagram of the power grid for the Central Electricity Generating Board circa 1949 it is because it comes from the same mindset that designed the CEGB. Does it look like the kind of nimble financial organisation to take on and beat the Silicon Valley investment giants creating our world?

Not impressed? It is only when you see the kind of nonsense being pumped out by the people around McDonnell trying to update state socialism (with an iPad) that you remember that only 3 years ago McDonnell was typically spending his evenings giving his alternative economics briefings to two old tankies, an adolescent plastic-bag carrying trot and a confused old lady keeping warm. Now the FT comes along to wonder at his ideas.

Royal Mail’s Tweets Deliver Truth About Nationalisation

Corbyn tweeted a call to people to “rise up” against privatised Royal Mail’s shareholders, claiming it was suffering under-investment as a result of privatisation. The revolutionary rhetoric shows Corbyn is ideologically blind to free enterprise – profits are a bad thing in his socialist mindset. “Shareholders are top-hatted baddies, workers are downtrodden goodies.”

Something great happened yesterday: unlike many firms under political attack, Royal Mail didn’t shy away with a boring press release to the FT, they hit back with facts on social media, tweeting truth bullets:

We are proud to be one of the most widely held stocks in the UK. 20% of our business is owned by our employees and small investors.

Royal Mail is one of very few companies to pay more in pension contributions than dividends.

Corbyn plans to renationalise firms with compensation, if any, decided by John McDonnell. Firms owned by everyone who has a pension, firms that thrive in the private sector, firms like Royal Mail that are owned in large part by the firm’s workers. The reality is many firms have just had a near-death experience at the snap election. It is time they started fighting back instead of gawping from the sidelines, because be in no doubt, Marxist McDonnell will nationalise them. Shareholders should be demanding action from their boards to defend shareholders’ interests. Corbyn and McDonnell want to turn Britain into Venezuela without the sunshine, it will be a dark day for pensioners and investors if they do.

Mail Goes Easy On May’s Red Toryism

Before the general election when Ed Miliband proposed fixing energy prices the Mail was scathing, branding it a return to the bad old days of 70s socialism from “Red Ed”. Today the Mail welcomes Theresa May’s return to the bad old days of price controls from the Red Tories…

Hat-tip: Matt Zarb

Corbyn and McDonnell Exposed as Thatcherite Sellouts

It’s finally happened: Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell have been exposed as sellouts by the ultra-hard left. Trots, Marxists and splitters over at the World Socialist Wesbsite have published a takedown accusing McDonnell of being a Thatcherite:

“McDonnell’s statements had more in common with the economic nostrums of Margaret Thatcher than even the thin gruel of mid-twentieth century Labour Party reformism.”

Corbyn is apparently a moderate sympathiser, who even allowed “Blairite warmongers” into the Shadow Cabinet:

“His statements on economic policy are in line with an unbroken chain of reversals by Corbyn of the pledges on which he was elected, carried out in the name of preserving “party unity”—that is, capitulating to the party’s right wing on all fundamental issues…Corbyn set the rightward course of his tenure immediately after his election by naming a shadow cabinet prominently featuring various Blairite warmongers, including Hilary Benn as his foreign secretary.”

Even worse, he let them vote freely, tacitly “supporting war”:

“Despite this backing, Corbyn authorised a free vote by Labour MPs, meaning they would not be censured or disciplined for supporting war. He did so knowing that a large contingent of Labour MPs would line up behind the Tory war resolution.”

Finally they expose Corbyn and McDonnell as secret agents, and “guardians of the interests of the British borgeoisie”:

“Corbyn and McDonnell are seeking to position Labour as trusted guardians of the interests of the British bourgeoisie should a general election be called. Their sole aim is to preserve social order, while carrying out the anti-working class policies required by the ruling elite, dressed up in the language of “equal sacrifice.””

The article finishes with a clarion call “to arm the emerging mass struggles of the working class with a revolutionary socialist and internationalist programme”Why don’t Corbyn and McDonnell just join the Tories?

Socialist With An iPad

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John McDonnell has had his Harold Wilson moment today, or at least he wants you to think he has. The Shadow Chancellor is unveiling his latest plans for a technological revolution in socialism, moving on from Wilson’s “white heat of technology” to the slightly less inspiring “socialism, but socialism with an iPad“:

“How we work is changing. Shifts in technology are opening up new possibilities. The spread of information technology, in particular, with the long-term decline in the cost of computing power has created opportunities that simply did not exist before. Airbnb, for example, simply could not have existed before the internet. It does not own or rent rooms itself. It provides a space through which others can do so.”

Yes, John, Airnbnb, an online rent lodging service, could not have existed before the internet. Finally a McDonnell statement we can all agree on…

SWP Seeking Corbynista “United Front”

swssAll over student campuses the toy town Trots of the Socialist Workers Party are trying to exploit the the swing to the left by the Labour Party. Cadre have been given their marching orders:

“Comrades should continue to relate to Labour Party events and meetings. We will often be welcomed by some, derided by others. This should not stop us continuing to relate in a comradely way. If we combine a united front method with ideological clarity, the SWP can make the most of an exciting new situation.”

One seasoned observer of the hard left tells Guido that the SWP’s renewed focus on Corbyn’s Labour Party could be seen as a defensive rather than an entryist tactic. Labour is now attracting the naively hard-left socialist student types who would previously have joined the SWP…     

Diane Reveals More Than Intended on New Campaign Graphic

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Diane Abbott has been tweeting out this graphic trumpeting her Corbynite credentials as she vies to be Labour’s London mayoral candidate. But has she revealed more than she intended? Peeking over her right shoulder is the £14,886-a-year private school to which she sent her son…

Diane, who in the past criticised Tony Blair and Harriet Harman for sending their kids to selective schools, opted to send her son to the exclusive City of London school in the shadow of St Paul’s instead of one of the comprehensives in her Hackney constituency. Please, Diane, tell us more about your love of public services…

Champagne Socialists Back Corbyn

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Jeremy Corbyn has been lagging behind the other leadership candidates in the donations race, but his backers pulled out all the stops at last night’s “Stand up for Jeremy Corbyn” event at Covent Garden Community Centre. Attendees were invited to enter a raffle for a bottle of Heidsieck & Co “Monopole”, a fine vintage noted for its soft, yet citrusy flavour.

Other prizes included a well thumbed copy of red Ken’s “You can’t say that” and a signed “JezWeCan” vest…

Red in the Fed: Housing Critic is Paid Up Labour Member

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In response to the Conservative manifesto announcement that Right to Buy will be extended to include housing association homes.

Ruth Davison, Director of Policy and External Affairs at the National Housing Federation said,

“We fully support the aspiration of homeownership but extending Right to Buy to housing associations is the wrong solution to our housing crisis…”

Blah blah blah, etcetera.

That would be Ruth Davison who is a member of Islington North constituency Labour Party.

It is on days like this that the hidden red sleepers in the third sector come to the surface. Organisations like Shelter are stuffed to the gills with former Labour apparatchiks, sitting out opposition in the comfort of quangos and charities. The last Labour government – particularly the Prime Mentalist – stuffed these supposedly neutral groups with sympathetic lefties. Many of whom have direct links to the party, having worked for him.

This Gramsci inspired march through the institutions was one of the more pernicious elements of the Labour years. Should Miliband get the keys to No 10, he would unleash a new wave of this patronage. You thought Brown was a leftie? Just think who a Miliband administration would court, promote, and place…

Socialist Disease is Returning Support for Nationalisation of Railways on the Rise

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This YouGov poll courtesy of The Times’ RedBox is disturbing, it shows runaway support for re-nationalising the railways.  Crowded commuter trains and shoddy services are blamed on the privatised rail companies. People forget how truly abysmal the railways were when they were nationalised and called British Rail. Despite more people using the railways and higher satisfaction levels the rail companies have a terrible reputation.

The left goes on about public subsidies to private profit, which is true and something of which Guido would normally disapprove, however the alternative is to close the railway network. The truth is that very few railway services anywhere in the world outside metropolises are economically viable. This has basically been the case since the automobile became ubiquitous, and the situation has worsened as flying has become relatively cheaper. So either the taxpayer subsidises rail travellers or we tarmac over the railways and introduce speed limitless auto-routes…

The rail companies and the utilities better start investing in self-defence and explaining their case to the public, if they don’t, the most left-wing socialist government since Clement Atlee will nationalise them – with popular support. The Blairite vaccination of the Labour Party has worn off and the socialist disease has returned.  Red Ed and his increasingly probable coalition partners in the SNP are gagging to nationalise the railways…

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