What @JeremyCorbyn proves, in spades @UKLabour, is that a lack of talent or intellect or ability or empathy with #BAME or women or the working class or Jews still no barrier to a middle class white male getting to top in UK politics …

Corbyn loyalist claims Labour leader suffers “abuse reserved for black people” from enemies out to “destroy him” …
If you are born white, male and into an affluent middle class family, living in Wiltshire, then you have won the lottery of life in the United Kingdom, if not the world …
Such was Jeremy Corbyn, born on the 26th May, 1949 in Chippenham and brought up in nearby Kington St Michael in Wiltshire.

“It’s quite surprising to discover that I am not old enough or posh enough to be the front-runner of this current leadership election,” joked Harriet Harman, a Harley Street surgeon’s daughter and St Paul’s Girls’ School Alumna, shortly before handing the mantle of Labour leader to Jeremy Corbyn.

And, indeed, at 68, Corbyn is a year older than Harman.  But posher?  He is no champagne socialist (he barely drinks), and while he is MP for Islington North, which includes the grand Georgian houses overlooking Highbury Fields, he is hardly a member of the Blairite Islington Mafia.  If Harman is solidly metropolitan upper middle, Corbyn’s poshness is harder to discern.  “Or perhaps it’s heavily disguised,” says one who knows him, “because he certainly wouldn’t see himself as posh.”

Corbyn’s parents changed “Manor” to “House” to downgrade its grandness

But hold on, he is called Jeremy.  His childhood nickname was ‘Jelly’ (his brother Andrew was “Dumbo”).  Another brother, an astrophysicist and meteorologist, is called Piers.  And the children grew up in bucolic bliss, first in the village of Kington St Michael, in Wiltshire, and then at Yew Tree Manor in Chetwynd Aston, a hamlet on the Herefordshire/Shropshire border, a pretty red Georgian property that was once part of the Duke of Sunderland’s estate.

Corbyn’s parents changed “Manor” to “House” to downgrade its grandness, a move reversed by the current owner, a retired solicitor.

Yew Tree Manor

Last week, there were rabbits bouncing across the lawn, a cockerel strutting under the copper beech, magnolia and wisteria in bloom.  The rambling outbuildings are older than the wood-panelled manor, but the Corbyn boys could romp everywhere and fish and play bicycle polo with hockey sticks.  “Jelly” built a sundial in one of the outbuildings and put it up in the garden.  Every morning in term-time, their mother, Naomi, drove them up the road to Castle House prep school, a private school.

According to Rosa Prince, Corbyn’s biographer, it was a “thoroughly upper-middle-class, scruffy country upbringing”.  His father, David, was an electrical engineer, and Naomi studied science at London University in the Thirties, when women made up only 27 per cent of students.  They saw themselves as left-wing intellectuals (the house was “full of books”, says one school friend), and their backgrounds were in law and surveying.

Orwell has not troubled Corbyn’s mind

Ma and Pa Corbyn gave Jeremy, on his 16th birthday, a set of the complete works of George Orwell.  I am convinced they remain in mint condition, unread.

Nothing about Corbyn’s intellectual outpourings suggests his mind has been troubled by the wit, the wisdom and the thought provoking observations and insight of George Orwell.

Orwell has not troubled Corbyn’s mind, but the Corbyns of the early 1930s, led by their principled, working class leader, George Lansbury, troubled Orwell greatly.

I refer you, dear reader, to the second half of George Orwell’s The Road to Wigan Pier and, in particular, this caricature of the membership of the Labour Party of the 1930s …


“lived in the big house and went to a posh school with a posh uniform”

In outlook, Corbyn’s parents were like the Webbs, Beatrice and Sidney, who helped found the London School of Economics, the New Statesman and the Fabian Society.  David Corbyn worked a lot in the Soviet Union and even tried to learn Russian, “but it was too hard”

Nonetheless, Jeremy’s less well-off childhood friends remember him as “the boy who lived in the big house and went to a posh school with a posh uniform”.

One has visions of Ma Corbyn visiting the poor in their hovels; dispensing homespun wisdom to the other ranks; distributing home made conserves and apple jam to the lower orders.  A sort of Socialist officer class take on noblesse oblige.

By 1967, the working class had risen, according to the Scouse git on the tv

Today, at the drop of a hat, Jeremy condescends and patronises the other ranks, without even breaking into a sweat.  He expects them to be happy with a few extra quid an hour on the National Living Wage; a diminishing chance of renting a Council house (thanks to the Brexit for which Corbyn campaigned for forty years) and, at best, a crack at an NVQ3.

By 1967, the working class had risen, according to the Scouse git on Till Death Do Us Part.  Somehow,  I do not imagine Ma Corbyn would have approved of all the swearing so it seems highly unlikely that Corbyn, during his grammar school years, was ever aware of that carefully drawn archetype of a working class Tory (yes, Jeremy, they do exist) that is Alf Garnett.

Jeremy was always different from the other boys, even at school

During a talk at the Edinburgh Festival in 2017 Corbyn spoke about his school days, remembering how his posh grammar school was divided between the better-off children who went out shooting birds at the weekends and those who did the beating of the birds, while he did neither.  One feels that Corbyn has always been a bit of a prig.

Adams’ Grammar School is a grammar school for boys, located in Newport, Shropshire, offering day and boarding education. It was founded in 1656 by William Adams, a wealthy member of the Worshipful Company of Haberdashers.

In an interview with ITV on 15th May 2017, Jeremy Corbyn reflected on a “wonderful” and “very liberal” upbringing in Shropshire, but revealed his discomfort at attending a private prep school and then a very posh grammar school.

He said he did not like his grammar school, “because of its selectivity” and “aspects of implicit privilege that all the boys that went there were taught”.  In no way, of course, did that sense of implicit privilege infect Corbyn.

Dictum meum pactum

Corbyn does, however, have a tendency to become irritated during interviews, especially when asked to clarify an answer that he has just given.  A trait he shares with Nigel Farage, who also went to an all boys’ secondary school, Dulwich College.

One might almost think that as members of the officer class they expect not to be contradicted or cross questioned.  Dictum meum pactum, as Nigel’s former colleagues in the City of London might say, and that should be more than enough for the other ranks.

“I’ve once debated with Corbyn and (separately) with Nigel Farage, and—though there is a 15-year age gap between them—was struck by their essential similarity.  Their bonhomie is skin-deep and swiftly dispensed with when they’re contradicted.  Despite their respective privileged backgrounds and expensive private schooling, the sense I get from their behaviour around Brexit is that they don’t know much, don’t speak foreign languages, don’t read books and don’t especially care for foreigners.  For us on the centre-left, Corbyn’s dominance of Labour is a dismal prospect.  For young people who, under Tory plans supported by Corbyn, will be denied the automatic right to live and study in the European Union, it’s a historic tragedy.”

Oliver Kamm

Corbyn’s first wife, Jane Chapman has said, “He never read anything, all the books were mine.”

Michael White

Left Adams’ with two Es at A Level, then went on to teach in Jamaica …

Instead of going to university, Corbyn signed up with Voluntary Service Overseas (later the gap-year choice of Sloanes) for a two year gap year and, despite being a grammar school failure who left Adams’ with two Es at A Level, went to teach in Jamaica, which was then just emerging from its colonial past.  He has said that it was a profoundly moving experience, and the exposure to the real hardships of poverty shaped his politics.

Corbyn did enrol on a college degree course on his return from Jamaica, but dropped out after two terms.  He then had a number of jobs as a trades union official, never as a shop steward, became an Islington Councillor at 25 and at 33 was nominated to be a Labour candidate in a safe Labour seat.

Corbyn first contested his Islington seat at the 1983 General Election and unsurprisingly won it for Labour.  He did, however, get a lower proportion of the vote than his predecessor had received in 1979.

Jeremy Corbyn has been an MP for 34 years now, half of his life, in fact.

Not wealthy because of “where I put the money”

Corbyn also said, during that ITV interview, that despite earning a salary of more than £138,000, he was, he insisted not wealthy because of “where I put the money”, although he refused to elaborate on that.

“I consider myself adequately paid, very adequately paid for what I do.  What I do with it is a different matter,” he said.

“I consider myself well paid for what I do and I am wanting to say to everyone who’s well off, make your contribution to our society.”

When pressed on whether he considers himself wealthy, he said: “No, I’m not wealthy because of where I put the money, but I’m not going into that.”

Jeremy does a lot for charity, but he does not like to talk about it?

Nepotism, a discriminatory practice by any other name would smell as rank

Corbyn’s son, Seb, also went to grammar school and then on to Cambridge.  On graduation, Seb went to work for Uncle John, his dad’s best mate, John McDonnell.

Seb has never had a job that his dad has not arranged for him.

Corbyn loyalist claims Labour leader suffers “abuse reserved for black people” from enemies out to “destroy him” …

A middle class white man, who, by his own words, was born into affluence and privilege, is experiencing the same sort of abuse that someone from an ethnic minority background may well have had to endure since they first comprehended racism?

Shadow Minister Kate Osamor has said, Corbyn’s Left-wing allies had to “get dirty and ugly” to hit back at “brutal” Labour enemies out to destroy him.

It was shocking that a “‘white man” had been treated so badly, she said and harder to counter than attacks routinely dealt out to “a man of colour” by “the system”.

Would that be the same class system from which Jeremy Corbyn has benefited greatly all his life?

Urgent action needed to secure the Labour leader’s control of the party

Osamor called for urgent action to secure the Labour leader’s control of the party over moderate rebels when she addressed a rally in London on Friday 17th November.

Acknowledging her remark would stir controversy, Osamor said, “I couldn’t believe that, and I’m going to say this, as a white man, he’s been treated the way he has been treated.”

“If he was a man of colour, the way the system has attacked people of colour, I would have accepted that and said, “This is what happens.” I know how to defend that person.”

“But for someone like Jeremy to be attacked in the way he was, it was brutal.”

Corbyn insisted he does not condone or authorise the abuse of any politicians

The Labour leader has, in the past, insisted he does not condone or authorise the abuse of any politicians.

But in an interview in July 2016, he said, “I know that I have received more abuse than I ever used to.  But then maybe I’m better known these days.  But I receive more abuse than anybody else.  The best way of dealing with abuse is: ignore it.”

There you go Osamor, Jeremy Corbyn empathises so much with people on the receiving end of abuse that he suggests they should just grow a pair.

Corbyn a real life David Brent?

In 1970s blokey parlance, Corbyn thinks the best way for dealing with abuse is to grow a pair.

Meanwhile, in 2017, responsible employers do not tell their staff, male or female, that the best way to deal with abuse, physical or verbal, is to ignore it.  Instead they urge their staff to report instances of such abuse to their manager so the appropriate action may be taken.

If Corbyn wants to play the victim card then that is a matter for him, but it is not a practice that any well run organisation, considerate of their staff, would encourage.  In fact, they would discourage it so as to deter further instances of abuse that might affect other members of staff.

Corbyn could give David Brent lessons in poor people management.

“No one has threatened to rape Jeremy Corbyn, have they?”

Corbyn angered a number of MPs when, on another occasion, he said that he too had suffered personal abuse.

“No one has threatened to rape Jeremy Corbyn, have they?” one MP asked HuffPost UK.

Corbyn tacitly endorsed the bullying and intimidation of Labour staff

On Wednesday 13th July 2016, Corbyn tacitly endorsed the bullying and intimidation of Labour staff, both women and BAME, by voting against the proposal for a secret ballot at the NEC meeting that day.

Johanna Baxter, a trade union official and a representative of constituency parties on Labour’s National Executive Committee, said she had never criticised Corbyn since his election victory and generally avoided speaking to the press but called the NEC meeting “an utter disgrace to our movement”.

Focusing on the debate over whether to hold a secret ballot on allowing Corbyn on to the leadership ballot, Baxter said the Labour leader’s supporters opposed allowing a secret ballot, though they were eventually outnumbered by the rest of the committee.

“The leader of the Labour party voted against the proposal that we conduct our vote in private in order to protect NEC members who were receiving threats, bullying and intimidation.  He voted against it.  He endorsed bullying, threats and intimidation, by the fact of that vote.”

“The only reason to vote against that is so the intimidation can continue.  It’s the most shameful act I have ever seen.  He showed his true colours in that vote.  I have had people tweet and post my personal mobile online, directing people to me, directing their mob at me.”

Jeremy can’t be held to account for everyone in the world

“They just say: ‘Oh it’s nothing to do with us, Jeremy can’t be held to account for everyone in the world.’ I’m sorry, but he endorsed it,” she said.”

Jeremy Corbyn was sent the following letter just over a week later:

On 29th July Corbyn responded to the above letter, not in writing, but after being prompted to do so by the media.

Corbyn reiterated his “condemnation of all abuse”, called for a kinder politics

Corbyn said he had responded in a public statement, and reiterated his “condemnation of all abuse” and called for a kinder politics.  Take note, Osamor?

Corbyn’s letter also defended the fact that he had not wanted a secret ballot during a Labour NEC meeting, which was to decide whether he could automatically stand in the leadership election.  He said he opposed it on grounds of “lack of precedent and perceptions of accountability” and said transparency was important.

John McDonnell was once opposed to trades unions holding secret ballots

Back in the day, John McDonnell was opposed to trades unions holding secret ballots on the grounds every member taking part in a vote should know how each other member had voted.  The ‘good old days’ of car park ballots with a show of hands, intimidation, chap next to you holding your hand up for you and similar.

Unsurprisingly, Osamor, such practices tend to be biased against women and BAME folk.

It is very hard to see how Osamor and Corbyn can claim Corbyn is a victim of abuse or harassment in the way or to the level that it is experienced by anyone, who is not an elderly, affluent white male from a very middle class background.

Jeremy Corbyn did not die in Wiltshire for the sins of the working class

Jeremy Corbyn and his disciples may think he suffered for the sins of the working class, the dispossessed (of Glastonbury!) and all those at a disadvantage in our society, whilst he endured the hard life of a middle class white boy in Chetwynd Aston …

They may think Corbyn rose as the saviour of the downtrodden in Islington and that he is now on the road to Calvary that ends at Number 10 and public crucifixion in Downing Street.

Jeremy Corbyn is not a woman, BAME, working class, disabled, gay …

They may think that, they may believe that, but their belief does not make Jeremy Corbyn a woman, BAME, working class, disabled, gay …

To quote Aneurin Bevan, “Damn it all, you can’t have the crown of thorns and the thirty pieces of silver.”

Jeremy Corbyn cannot be Labour leader, possibly a Prime Minister, and also be a martyr for the cause.

If Jeremy Corbyn is unable to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, the insolence of Office, and the spurns that patient merit of the unworthy takes, whilst he is Labour leader then he is unfit to lead the party and, by extension, become the next Labour Prime Minister.

Has Corbyn really lived the life of a Lammy or a Lewis?

Is Jeremy Corbyn leading the Labour Party, because he is a talented, hard working, insightful leader and skilled orator, who has done much for society in his long, well paid political career?

Or because he is a rather unremarkable, awfully mediocre male, who was born into an affluent, white middle class family in 1949?


.@JeremyCorbyn may soon @UKLabour get the opportunity to address his own Anti-Semitism in his natural home, the House of Commons … #EnoughIsEnough

Jeremy Corbyn has been a Member of Parliament for nearly 35 years, not half his adult life, but half his life …
The House of Commons is his natural home.

I would welcome the opportunity to see him, like a stag at bay at the Despatch Box, refusing to give way to members from all sides of the House, asking him to honestly answer a simple, straightforward question,

“Do you accept the right of Israel to exist as a sovereign nation?
Yes or no?”

In front of a Parliamentary committee, the only answer Corbyn would give to that question was that he accepted Israel existed.

Elsewhere, at other times, he has felt that countries in Eastern Europe should not be allowed to join NATO or the EU, denying those countries the fundamental right of self determination.

Some days, Jeremy Corbyn cannot help, but come across as an old school Imperialist, racist and anti-Semite …

Rev Owen Jones, the Vicar of Bray, the lifetime beneficiary of the Parish of St Islington in the Fields, tries to get back in Corbyn’s good books, by offering him some thoughts for a generic sermon on the topic of anti-Semitism …

Owen, he knows it by heart, he has repeated it so often, it has lost all meaning …

It is a vacuous liturgy when voiced by Jeremy Corbyn.

There is no compassion, no empathy, in his voice.

He just drones through the motions.

Time, perhaps, for Jeremy Corbyn to heed the advice of one Oliver Cromwell, who in 1656 encouraged the Jews to return to these Isles?

“You have sat too long for any good you have been doing lately …
Depart, I say; and let us have done with you.
In the name of God, go!”

.@UKLabour? Want to give your political opponents head start at #LE2018 Council Elections? Then invite @OwenJones84 & @PeoplesMomentum gang to help out your #Labour Campaign. You know it makes sense, if you’re @Conservatives candidate …


“… fed up with Momentum bullying and intimidation and the last straw was an Owen Jones event in their patch …”

Ashfield Cllr Lee Anderson defected to the Tories this morning, Tuesday 20th March and, posed for pictures with local Tory MP Ben Bradley.

A second Labour Councillor in Ashfield, Chris Baron, a former Labour council leader, has also defected to the Tories alongside Anderson.

These defections have reduced Labour’s overall majority on Ashfield Council from five to one.  Labour now holds 18 out of the 35 seats on the Council.

It is understood the pair were fed up with Momentum bullying and intimidation and the last straw was an Owen Jones event in their patch a few weeks ago.

The Hard Left is always asking Labour moderates, “why don’t you just go and join the Tories?”

Well it seems these two have taken their advice …

Ashfield Labour Councillors defect to Conservative Party

If @UKLabour wins Barnet in May then @JeremyCorbyn will have swept the board at #LE2018 Local Elections in England, according to @LabourList’s @SiennaMarla … #ABTV #WATON #FBPE

In no way is Sienna spinning the idea that Labour winning Barnet in London means success for Labour in the local elections across England this May …

Full list of local elections on Thursday 3rd May 2018

If Labour lasts a 1,000 years then May 1940 will always be one of its finest hours … There is no Left, Centre or Right in a foxhole …


If Labour lasts a 1,000 years then May 1940 will always be one its finest hours …
There is no Left, Centre or Right in a foxhole Jeremy Corbyn as Ernest Bevin would tell you …

I am convinced he would have thought twice about extending the Royal Air Force’s strikes from Iraq into Syria, but I am even more convinced that he would shape any response to ISIS in the terms of this philosophy that he expounded in 1950:

“Foreign policy is a thing you have to bring down to its essence as it applies to an individual. It is something that is great and big: it is common sense and humanity as it applies to my affairs and to yours, because it is somebody and somebody’s kindred that are being persecuted and punished and tortured, and they are defenceless. That is a fact.”

I mention Bevin for two reasons, he is more in tune with those who vote Labour today than is Jeremy Corbyn and he was in very much the same position in his own day. He also persuaded the Labour Leader of his time, considered to be the one with whom Corbyn has the most in common, to resign as Leader of the Labour Party.

He addressed George Lansbury thus:

“You are placing … the movement in an absolutely wrong position by hawking your conscience round from body to body asking to be told what to do with it.”

They say history repeats itself, first as tragedy then as farce. Is Corbyn now setting the stage for a farce? Bevin ended the tragedy of the early 1930s thus:

“(George) Lansbury has been going about dressed in saint’s clothing for years waiting for martyrdom. I set fire to the faggots.”

Lansbury’s successor was Major Clement Attlee.

I am ever more certain that Corbyn does not look at how policy, foreign or domestic, applies to an individual. He thinks in terms of abstracts.

Corbyn recently said, “How dare Cameron’s Conservatives pretend that they speak for Britain.” I assume that this was an attempt to challenge any suggestion that Corbyn, personally, is unpatriotic. Corbyn went on to remark:

“We stand for this country’s greatest traditions: the suffragettes and the trade unions.. the Britain of Mary Wollstonecraft, Shelley, Alan Turing and the Beatles… and perhaps our finest Olympian – and a Somalian refugee – Mo Farah.. an Arsenal fan of course.

And for the working people of this country who fought fascism.. built the welfare state.. and turned this land into an industrial powerhouse.

The real patriots.”

Setting aside the fact that Corbyn’s idiosyncratic list is one requiring many footnotes, he succeeds in making his definition of patriotism an exclusive one. He divides when he should be seeking to unite, even in the margins of quite a lengthy, rambling speech. Please, Seumas Milne, I beg of you, get Jeremy Corbyn enrolled on some public speaking and presentational skills courses, pronto! And fire his speechwriters whilst you are it!

Corbyn could not, it seems, bring himself around to put the case, the extremely credible case, that, without the support of Major Attlee and Arthur Greenwood in May 1940, Winston Churchill might well have been forced to sue for terms with Hitler by the leaders of the rump of the Conservative Party, Neville Chamberlain and Lord Halifax. Churchill, supported by Attlee as his Deputy Prime Minister, went on to lead a coalition of all the political parties, represented in the House of Commons. Any other Leader of the Labour Party, except seemingly Corbyn, may cite the history of the darkest days of 1940 to show just how patriotic the Labour Party is when it really matters. One in the eye, surely, for Tories like Cameron?  Tories, who have much more in common with a Halifax than a Churchill, but not one in the eye for many a Conservative voter who would, I am sure, recognise the contribution that Labour made, alongside their chosen party, in defeating Nazism.  There is no Left, Centre or Right in a foxhole.

On 2 September 1939, Neville Chamberlain spoke in a Commons debate and said, in effect, that he was not declaring war on Germany immediately for having invaded Poland. This non declaration greatly angered Leo Amery, a Conservative Member of Parliament present in the House at that moment, and was felt by many present to be out of touch with the temper of the British people. As Labour Party Leader Clement Attlee was absent, Arthur Greenwood stood up in his place and announced that he was speaking for Labour. Amery called out to him across the floor, “Speak for England!” —which carried the undeniable implication that Chamberlain was not. England then meant the United Kingdom.

Corbyn now has the chance to speak for the UK (and not just Islington Man and Woman), to craft a compromise that would put him at the head of the Labour Party and allow him to create a (temporary) coalition within the House of Commons to defeat David Cameron’s plan to extend the Royal Air Force’s strikes from Iraq into Syria. He must, however, do more than merely oppose the Government. He must stop adopting the persona of a rather irritated headmaster of a third rate prep school, who, a few months off retirement, is wearily having to correct, once more, the homework of the school dunce. He might start by arguing that extending the RAF’s operations into Syria would be a diminution of force, a weakening of its efforts in Iraq, and that its schwerpunkt, its main effort, should remain Iraq and Iraq alone.

Corbyn must also accept that he is not only the Leader of the Labour Party, but the Leader of the Opposition, a role which requires him to make alliances across party lines, if he is to be effective. He must articulate an alternative course of action around which his party may unite and which will attract the support of the other opposition parties and those members of the Conservative Party, who are doubtful of the arguments presented to date by David Cameron. Corbyn must accept the fact that until now he has managed to do what Miliband never did, make Cameron look statesmanlike!

If Corbyn needs any advice about how to build a consensus on a single issue then he need look no further than Labour’s leadership in the House of Lords, but of course the party there is headed by a woman and Jeremy shares David’s disease, when it comes to women. If he needs advice about what might constitute an effective considered amendment to that being put down by Cameron then he should consult with, not lecture, his colleagues in the Shadow Cabinet and Parliamentary Labour Party. He should speak with the leaders of the other opposition parties, including Nicola Sturgeon; experienced statesmen like Lord Ashdown; foreign affairs and defence experts and last, but not least, representatives of the victims of ISIS.

Corbyn must not think, for one moment, that his 50:50, Phone a Friend and/or Ask the Audience approach is anything, but an abrogation of his responsibilities as the leader of the Labour Party, his own 21st Century take on Lansbury’s “hawking” his “conscience round from body to body asking to be told what to do with it.”

Corbyn needs to understand and seek to address the genuine concerns and positions being taken up by MPs, like Chuka Umunna. Umunna has said he would vote on his conscience whatever the leadership decides and is minded to vote in favour of the government’s plans:

“My own personal view is that where are our national security is threatened it would be wrong simply to leave it to others to deal with it. We can’t ignore the barbarity of this death cult, who throw gay people off buildings, systematically rape women, [and] carry out mass executions. Now, do I think that military action – and by the way I am minded to support military intervention, but we have yet to see the wording of the motion – is going to resolve this conflict? Of course not. Do I think it is the only solution? Of course not. But what I do think it can do in the interim is … start to dismantle what Isil are doing.”

Corbyn may be paralysed by Iraq, but others genuinely fear that inaction may have worse consequences than action. No one, I am sure, wants to see any reruns of what happened in, for example, Rwanda. Yes, the deaths there were on a massive scale and one hopes unrepeatable, but then how often before has the human race said that? Moreover, one preventable death is one too many and to misquote Harold Wilson, to the murdered man or woman, murder is 100%.

Corbyn runs the risk of not just portraying the Labour Party, under his leadership, as unpatriotic, but as a national socialist party. A party for whom troubling issues in faraway countries, of which we know little and care less, are best left to media columnists, those with views of disturbing certainty, and the echo chambers of the Internet. Such an isolationist policy is similar to that advocated by Farage. The Labour Party of Bevin was, as is today’s, an internationalist socialist party. Bevin spoke for the many not the few and, especially the working classes when he said, “I’m not going to have my people treated like this!” The people of whom he was speaking at that moment? They were the Jews and trades unionists being persecuted by the Nazis.

Corbyn’s indulgence of the (self appointed) fascists of Momentum (aka New, New Labour’s Sturmabteilung or Thought Police) and their bully boy tactics provides unwanted echoes of the 1930s and is a sure fire recipe for splitting the support that brought him to power. Momentum’s bend your conscience to our way of thinking or face deselection approach is not endearing itself to many who voted for Corbyn as Leader of the Labour Party. People, who I am convinced, believe in freedom of conscience, even for elected politicians.

Will Momentum, the militant wing of the Stop the War Coalition, soon don (ethically sourced) oatmeal coloured hair shirts in order to police Labour Party meetings? Many of them are not Labour Party members and would fall foul of its rules, if they tried to join the party today, but will that obstacle be removed in the coming months as dissatisfaction with Corbyn’s leadership increases and he feels ever more besieged?

Corbyn’s “sudden consultation with party members” is one “for which there is no constitutional basis in the party, and anyway is so haphazardly organised that it cannot be a reliable test of party opinion,” and it “also looks like an effort to ally the leader with the party rank and file against MPs.” In fact, Corbyn’s poll was “statistical junk”.  Yet another example of Corbyn adopting an exclusive, not an inclusive approach which is unlikely to be sustainable in the medium to long term.

Corbyn won the leadership of the Labour Party not a General Election in September 2015. He was elected leader of the Labour Party with 251,485 votes out of the 422,664 cast. The turnout was 76.3% and the total number of eligible voters was 554,272. The party’s national poll ratings are currently around 27%. They are heading towards parity with the polling figures for the Scottish Labour Party, currently at 25%. The Labour Party received 9,347,304 votes on May 7th 2015. Jeremy Corbyn’s 251,485 equates to 2.7% of the voters represented by the Labour Party as a whole.

“A mooted emergency meeting of the national executive, asserting that the terms of the Labour conference motion on Syria have not been met, would also portray him as the party democrat fighting his out of touch MPs.” A viewpoint that may be undermined when people wise up to what Corbyn means when he talks about indicative online polling. Such polls will not result in binding resolutions and may well be ignored, if they produce results which do not accord with the views held by the person who put the poll in the field.

Corbyn is considered to be doing badly or very badly by 13% of those who voted for him as leader and 1% are unsure about him. A 14% drop in support in about 3 months that equates to a decline in support from 59.5% to 51.2%. Does Corbyn really want to be remembered as the Leader of the Labour Party, who ruled, not led the party, with the help of Ken Livingstone, George Galloway and Diane Abbot and the support of intimidatory tactics deployed by Momentum? One might think that Momentum, going on current form, see themselves as the descendants of Mosley’s boot boys.

Chamberlain’s Government fell at the end of the Norway Debate in May 1940. Amery spoke in that debate, “This is what Cromwell said to the Long Parliament when he thought it was no longer fit to conduct the affairs of the nation. You have sat too long here for any good you have been doing. Depart, I say, and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go.”

Corbyn may face that injunction, possibly from the trades unions, if he does not stop following a Bushite line. Remember if you are not with us then you must be against us? The Labour Party is a broad church and rarely has less than three strands of opinion on any issue. And you may not call yourself a socialist, if unable to start a disagreement about ideology, with yourself, in an empty room!

Oh, and, if you are unfamiliar with the biography of Ernie Bevin, he was a British statesman, trades union leader, and Labour politician. He co-founded and served as General Secretary of the powerful Transport and General Workers’ Union from 1922 to 1940 and as Minister of Labour in the war-time coalition government. He succeeded in maximising the British labour supply, for both the armed services and domestic industrial production, with a minimum of strikes and disruption.

Bevin’s most important role came as Foreign Secretary in the post-war Labour Government, 1945 to 1951. He gained American financial support, strongly opposed Communism, and aided in the creation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. Bevin’s tenure also saw the end of the Mandate of Palestine and the creation of the State of Israel. Bevin was arguably the greatest British Foreign Secretary of the 20th Century. He was, to quote his own words, “A turn up in a million” and he never forgot “it is somebody and somebody’s kindred that are being persecuted and punished and tortured, and they are defenceless. That is a fact.”

Vincible Ignorance


David Paxton

Here we go again. The problem of antisemitism within Labour cannot be solved until its causes, depths and manifestations are properly acknowledged. Getting these properly acknowledged is the task of Sisyphus.

The writer David Collier has managed to get the boulder a little further up the hill with his voluminous report on the secret Facebook group called Palestine Live. We are 3 years into this Corbyn shambles and experience tells us that the boulder is probably due to roll straight back down again. We’re condemned to keep pushing it all the same.

Palestine Live was a river of filth. Innumerable and relentless comments and posts of extreme, and often violent, antisemitism. These included flat-out Nazism, links to David Duke, your standard conspiracy theories, holocaust denial, in short, the complete smorgasbord of Jew hatred. Seemingly, that wasn’t all there was but there was more than enough of that to make it…

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The burden of proof


Excel Pope

Last night, on Facebook, I shared a link to David Collier’s astonishing report on the appalling Antisemitism found on the ‘Palestine Live’ Facebook group.

The second reply I got was this:

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Colin isn’t a close friend of mine, but I’ve met him a dozen or so times and we’ve known each other on-line for the best part of twenty years. Over that period I’ve always found him to be intelligent, thoughtful, balanced and moderate. I’d say that, over many on-line debates, I’ve been on the same side as him far more often than not. He’s one of those people where, if you find yourself on the opposing side, you do a little mental check, to make sure you’ve actually understood the issue properly.

In short, I have a great deal of respect for Colin, which is why I found his reply so disappointing. I told him so:

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Colin replied just…

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