#Momentum with 27k members is as much affiliated to #Labour Party as National Trust with its 4m members

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Momentum, with its 27,000 members, is as much affiliated to the Labour Party as the National Trust with its 4,000,000 members.

Arguably, the membership of the National Trust is more representative of the population of England and Wales than is that of the Labour Party and it is certainly more representative than that of Momentum (seen here in Birmingham in 2017):

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“Activists will be taught a range of campaigning techniques, including how to make viral videos similar to Momentum’s parody of middle-class people (Ed: Many of whom voted Labour for the first time in the 2017 General Election?) sitting around discussing the Labour leader’s policies which reached nearly 2 million people in less than 24 hours.

Other topics will include “persuasion-style canvassing” (Ed: Vote Labour or Max Shanly, Corbyn’s loyal Mr Creosote, will come round and eat you out of house and home?):

 

and generating local press coverage (Ed: So painting murals of Corbyn in prominent locations and very public acts of anti-Semitism will be covered under that heading?  Will Jackie Walker be performing excerpts from her one person show?), as well as understanding how the Labour party works (Ed: Might they not do that through the Labour Party?) and community organising.”

“Momentum said the training programme, which will start with sessions in London, Manchester and Birmingham, was part of its “permanent election campaign”.

Beth Foster-Ogg (Ed: The hyphen is ironic, right?  Oh, her mum is an art therapist, who helped at the refugee camp in Calais, and her dad is a book dealer), Momentum’s training coordinator, said, “This election showed what a groundswell of ordinary people (Ed: 77% ABC1?), knocking on doors and campaigning for the Labour party can do.

“Now we want to skill up the hundreds of thousands (Ed: Fact checked?) of new Labour party members so they can be better, more effective campaigners when the next election comes, and so they can campaign and organise in their communities outside of election time.

“If we are out talking to people, campaigning and making the Labour party the heart of our communities all year round, we will be ready to beat the Tories when this weak and unstable government inevitably calls another election.”

Momentum is affiliated to Labour (Ed: Fact checked?) and has been growing in force within the party since Corbyn cemented his position as leader after gaining substantial ground at the election (Ed: Bit ambiguous there.  Do you mean leadership or General Election?).”

Boris Johnson to be target of Momentum campaign

For what is a new Party?

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Waiting for Godot

Let me go over; that the men of Gilead said unto him,Artthou an Ephraimite? If he said, Nay;Then said they unto him, Say now Shibboleth: and he said Sibboleth: for he could not frame to pronounceitright. Then they took him, and slew him at the passages of Jordan.

(Judges, Chapter 12)

A shibboleth is a splendid way of identifying your enemies. But it has little to recommend it as a way of conducting first-past-the-post-politics. Why single out and alienate those not of your tribe?

I ask because it has become a practice of many Grand Men of the Left. The frequent epithets: “Blairites,” “neoliberals”. They are so protean, so bereft of content, as to shrink to little thing more than a desire to articulate a loathing of some other.

It’s foolish politics. Bad enough to hate Conservatives who, like it or not, form a large part…

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