You may be aware that a concerted attempt to remove Jeremy Corbyn from the leadership of the Labour Party is being carried out – in a very underhanded way – by certain elements who have chosen to resign in protest against him.
In response to this despicable behaviour, Mr Corbyn’s supporters organised a rally in his support, to be held yesterday evening at the same time as the weekly meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party. The meeting was cancelled but the rally went ahead. It looked like this:That’s around 10,000 people, packed into Parliament Square. Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, who tweeted the photograph, commented: “10,000 people in Parliament Square with just 24 hours notice. @jeremycorbyn going nowhere.”
Mr Corbyn came out to address the throng, asking for differences between party members to be addressed in a civil manner.
That wasn’t acceptable to his opponents. Tristram Hunt, that well-known socialist, tweeted: “and what a progressive message they had… #kindergentlerpolitics” along with this image:
It’s a shocking image, right enough. The use of language such as “eradicate” and “vermin” at a time when the same, or similar, words are being used against people who have immigrated here from Europe and further afield, in the wake of the EU referendum, means they are extremely emotive.
But this was just one woman (and her two friends) in a crowd of 10,000. It is wrong of Mr Hunt to try to equate the sentiment expressed on one T-shirt with the sentiment of the crowd.
So the next attack was to say the rally was organised by the Socialist Workers’ Party and contained very few Labour members (in fact, Labour supporters were believed to have outnumbered representatives of other organisations nine-to-one and the event was organised by Momentum, which right-wing Labour has been trying to smear ever since it was formed to support Corbyn’s leadership last year).
Then Jess Philips MP tweeted: “So the Shadow Chancellor misses votes on the Finance Bill to address a rally calling me and others vermin. What a time to be alive.” It set off an extraordinary argument when she refused to amend her tweet after Mr McDonnell pointed out that it was inaccurate and he had not missed any vote.
The upshot? “I was mistaken about John MacDonell and the rally he didn’t miss the votes, even though while I was voting he was speaking must have rushed.”
Ms Phillips also admitted, in another tweet: “I may not have covered myself in glory tonight.”
After all the argument and in-fighting, we are left with the simple fact that, yesterday evening, Parliament Square was full of people protesting against the ill-treatment of the Labour leader by members of his own party who could not muster a single valid criticism against him or them.
And let’s not forget that their lively little coup is a conspiracy engineered against Mr Corbyn months ago, and not in response to any failings in his referendum campaigning, as Vox Political commenter Malc Cowle made clear yesterday evening: “I, Malc Cowle, was told in front of witnesses in the Railway pub in West Didsbury as long ago as April, by Lucy Powell MP’s husband, that ‘Jeremy Corbyn would not be leader of the Labour Party by October.’ When I asked why before October?, I was told that ‘the coup’ would be after the referendum. In other words this particular coup was planned a long time ago and has nothing to do with the referendum campaign. Labour Party members can draw their own conclusions.”
Yes. After being subjected to a string of lies that perverted the course of the EU referendum, we are being asked to swallow yet more self-serving falsehoods from power-hungry Fake Labour plotters.
They deserve nothing but contempt.
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