Plight of middle class will propel #Labour to victory under #Corbyn

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George Orwell remarked that the middle class have an uncanny knack of praying in aid the working class when the middle class are seeking to defend or extend their perquisites.  Their goal achieved the middle class would then leave the working class back where they found them, albeit may be a little better off on occasion.

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose?

Incidentally, taking people on low incomes out of Income Tax does not take them out of tax.  A mistake usually made by a certain type of ukip or Tory supporter.  Middle class supporters, perhaps?

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The box I ticked … #LabourLeadership #Labour #LabourHustings #Corbyn4All #Owen2016 #WeAreHisMedia

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I have to come out and say something. I don’t think I have ever really felt such anxiety writing anything before and I am a self proclaimed worry wart.

Yesterday I cast my vote for the Labour leadership election and the box I put my X in…was for a Mr Owen Smith. There. I have said it.

I have to be honest. I have beenbuilding up the courage to write this all day. I genuinely feel frightened. However I don’t want this to be jumped upon as an argument of all “Corbyn” supporters, theyare a baying mob that I am afraid of. Of course I have no doubt that I am in for some abuse, it is unfortunately to be expected in this day and age. At the same time it is worth noting that I have made some fantastic allies on Twitter through my original support of Corbyn. These…

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#Unite Shop Stewards urge members to vote #Owen2016 for #LabourLeadership #UNISON #GMB #USDAW #UCATT

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uniteLogoThe 29 officials have signed an open letter to their members declaring that the party needs a “radical and credible” person in charge.

The surprise move comes just weeks after Unite boss Len McCluskey announced that the union was supporting Jeremy Corbyn.

Significantly, many of the stewards backing Mr Smith represent workers with Babcock and BAE Systems – defence companies heavily dependent on the renewal of Britain’s Trident nuclear submarines.

While Mr Corbyn opposes the UK’s nuclear deterrent, his challenger is a strong supporter.

Other firms represented in the letter include Rolls Royce, Siemens and Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services.

The letter says, “Britain needs a Labour Government to defend jobs, industry and skills and to promote strong trade unions.

As convenors and shop stewards in the manufacturing, defence, aerospace and energy sectors we believe that Owen Smith is the best candidate to lead the Labour Party in opposition and in government.

Owen has made clear his support for the industries we work in. He has spelt out his vision for an industrial strategy which supports great British businesses: investing in infrastructure, research and development, skills and training.

He has set out ways to back British industry with new procurement rules to protect jobs and contracts from being outsourced to the lowest bidder.

But Owen has also talked about the issues which affect our families and our communities.”

The shop stewards add, “The Labour party is at a crossroads. We cannot ignore reality – we need to be radical but we also need to be credible – capable of winning the support of the British people.

We need an effective Opposition and we need a Labour Government to put policies into practice that will defend our members’ and their families’ interests. That’s why we are backing Owen.”

The letter exposes deep splits within Unite, where Mr McCluskey faces a battle to be re-elected as general secretary. He has also been criticised for deciding not to ballot his members before endorsing Mr Corbyn.

The shop stewards’ support is also a timely boost for Mr Smith, who bookies make a distant second favourite to be named leader on 24 September.

#Corbyn is out of the #Labour office, period …

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Labour-Leadership-Contest-Comes-To-Scotland“I find if you are in an office, the crisis finds you. If you’re not in the office, the crisis finds somebody else.”

Corbyn had, before becoming leader, power without responsibility and now he has both.  Does the way in which he is handling his new responsibilities explain his failure to be a fully rounded, effective leader of a political party?

“Our problem is simply the capacity to respond to everything. After only two or three weeks in office we discovered we had a backlog of a hundred thousand emails sent to me. We had a backlog of a thousand invitations to speak at places all over the country, and all over the world for that matter. We started from scratch with our office, so just the sheer management of issues off this is huge. It’s now much better, it’s getting better. We’ve got more staff in place, a better team in place, it’s growing but it is quite difficult.

Also I’m quite concerned that if I spend time in the office someone will always find something for you to do. There’s always a crisis that needs your urgent attention. If I wasn’t there, either the crisis wouldn’t happen or it wouldn’t need your urgent attention. But the fact I’m there means that it becomes my problem, not somebody else’s. So I’m quite assertive about the need to ensure I go travelling round the country. I’m doing basically three days travelling every week. So we’re going everywhere. I did over a hundred events during the leadership campaign and by the end of the year I will probably have done 400 to 500 public meetings.”

“I feel constantly concerned that I’m spending all this time doing everything involved in all my leadership activity and sometimes I feel a tear between that and my responsibilities to the community that I represent. So I have a weekly fight over the schedule set out in my diary. That’s where I do get quite assertive, because I insist on spending time with those people and groups I always have represented even while now also travelling across the country – and also I make sure that I have time for myself. Half a day, or a day a week, so I can dig my allotment.

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“He keeps his feet on the ground by visiting not just his own constituency, but also by getting out of London altogether. Corbyn has built into his new routine a strict edict that nearly every week he only spends three and a half days at Westminster and that the rest of the time he’s out on the road, away from the Parliamentary bubble.

“There is a sort of relentless demand on one, so every week Prime Minister’s Question Time comes round, every week there’s a whole lot of things that have to be done.

And it’s balancing that with the need to not spend one’s whole time in one’s office, dealing with whatever crisis appears. I find if you are in an office, the crisis finds you. If you’re not in the office, the crisis finds somebody else.

And so I’m very insistent on doing my constituency work and constituency surgery. I had to cancel two interviews yesterday because so many people came. I was there for five hours [which is two and a half hours longer than he’d put in his diary].”

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When does Corbyn find the time to deal with matters such as the charges of anti-semitism?  Or, are such matters crises that are best left to somebody else?  And, if so, who is dealing with them?

Power, like nature, abhors a vacuum.  Who, then, is the Sergeant Towser, exercising power in the Labour leader’s office whilst Corbyn is perfecting his portrayal of Major Major for an upcoming remake of Catch 22?  Seumas Milne?

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#Corbyn4All TSSA Campaign Co-ordinator gets fellow #TSSA official to lecture #Labour members on loyalty

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Labour would not need a purge, Andi, if I may call you that?  Clearly you are a friend I never knew I had.  We would not need a purge if so many people who have:

  • stood as candidates for other parties
  • publicly supported other parties
  • been members of other parties
  • freely admitted having voted for other parties

had not chosen to join Labour in many cases, as they publicly admit, to just vote for Jeremy Corbyn.

A stance made worse by the fact that some of Labour’s new found supporters have, over decades now, displayed a visceral hatred towards the Labour Party much greater than that they have ever displayed for the Tories.

It is more than a bit rich that some Corbyn supporters, who have never missed a trick when it comes to attacking Labour, now seek to lecture loyal Labour members, many with decades of work for the party, about loyalty and commitment …

Help us win the election after this one

Dear John,

My name is Andi Fox and I sell tickets in the travel centre at Doncaster station in the town where I’ve lived almost all my life. And all that time, I’ve been a Labour supporter and a trade union activist too.

I’m sorry we’re having another leadership election this summer. Owen Smith says he agrees with Jeremy on most policies and, to win the general election, we need to show a united party to the voters, and trust in our members.

This week, we should all be concentrating on the hospital closures the Tories plan to make, and the dreadful cuts they’ve already made to social care. Last year I had to beg for funding to provide my Da who’d worked hard all his life with just the basic necessities of care and dignity in his dying days.

Instead, our party is taking votes away from a union leader, an Orgreave justice campaigner, and thousands of ordinary party members including one young woman for doing nothing worse than to “love the Foo Fighters”.

Like Jeremy Corbyn I want to eliminate all forms of abusive behaviour, but party members will form their own judgments about the fairness of this election. Presently, very wealthy members who support a different candidate can donate over £2million to the Lib Dems (Editor’s Note, a barefaced lie with regards to Lord Sainsbury, but spin clearly not Sam Tarry’s forte as #TrainGate has shown) who put the Tories in government for 5 years, or can compare Labour members to Nazi storm troopers.

Labour doesn’t need a purge. We need to trust our members, stick to our principles, and take our message into our communities and workplaces. We need a reforming Labour government to rebuild and transform Britain.

Yours in solidarity,

Andi Fox
Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association member on
Labour’s National Executive Committee

Sam Tarry of the TSSA is co-ordinating Corbyn’s re-election campaign