Jennie Formby (pictured, right) with Jeremy Corbyn (left) and John McDonnell (centre). Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA

Yet again, The Guardian shows that it is no friend of progressive politics since it came under new management.

Have a read of this:

Labour is facing serious questions about the role of of hard-left activists within Jeremy Corbyn’s grassroots movement after the party’s decision to expel four alleged Trotskyists was challenged by Britain’s biggest trade union.

The most senior political figure in the Unite union, Jennie Formby, intervened after Labour’s national executive this week recommended that four members of the Alliance for Workers Liberty (AWL) be barred from party membership.

According to two accounts, Formby, Unite’s political director and a Labour national executive member, argued that the AWL had dissolved itself by deregistering with the Electoral Commission two days after Corbyn was elected party leader and that its members should now be entitled to join the party. Her challenge was rejected.

The four people were Vicki Morris from Nottingham East, Daniel Randall from Hampstead and Kilburn and Ed Maltby and Liam McNulty, both from Hornsey and Wood Green.

McNulty is the founder and organiser of the Haringey branch of the Momentum movement, which he says is not a separate party within Labour. The group’s stated aim is to make Labour more democratic and create a mass movement for real progressive change.

There is concern in the Parliamentary Labour Party that several hard-left groups such as Left Unity, the Socialist Workers party (SWP), the Socialist party and the AWL are trying to attach themselves to Momentum to gain entry into the party. Party moderates are fearful that Labour’s largest affiliated union is too relaxed about opening the party’s doors to the hard left.

Source: Unite challenges expulsion of alleged Trotskyists from Labour party | Politics | The Guardian

How the Graun can claim organisations like Left Unity are “hard-left groups” defies belief, but shows how far the Overton Window, the theoretical “window” that opens onto the range of ideas that the public will find acceptable, has shifted to the far right of the political spectrum.

It seems nobody in the UK can contemplate political policies that benefit the whole nation any more, without being labelled a Communist.

But what can we expect from a media organ that embraces the current definition of the word “moderate”? This Writer prefers the sentiments expressed here:

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If that is what passes for “moderate” in the Parliamentary Labour Party, then a little movement to the Left would not go amiss.

In fact, it seems downright advisable.

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