Gloria de Piero, the Labour mutineer who failed as Shadow Minister for Voter Registration and whose constituency of Ashfield voted overwhelmingly to leave the EU in last month’s referendum, has written an article in The Sun, trying to get right-wingers to infiltrate the Labour Party and vote Jeremy Corbyn out of the leadership.
Why she thinks she’ll be more successful at this than at getting young adults onto the electoral register is anybody’s guess but, even though she doesn’t mention Mr Corbyn by name, his spectre is between the lines of her piece. See for yourself:
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Sure, she wants people who’ve voted Labour in the past to sign up, but any reader of The Sun is invited to join up as a result of this article. Note also that, while she mentions “Labour values” several times, she never clarifies what she thinks those values actually are.
When I mentioned this article on Twitter, someone suggested I should look up the ‘No true Scotsman’ fallacy. I did; and recommend that you do, too. They seemed to be implying that I was refusing to accept that people who supported Labour could read The Sun.
It is true that, in the 1980s at least, a majority of the millions who read that rag were Labour supporters who enjoyed getting angry at it or mocking it.
But the fact remains that it is owned by Rupert Murdoch, the arch-neoliberal and far-right-wing medial mogul who works hard to ensure that he dictates who gets to be the UK Prime Minister.
The fact that she was writing in the tabloid that epitomises his values means she has laid the Labour Party open to right-wing entryism that may kill it off, as a political entity, far more effectively than anything Jeremy Corbyn might do.
It is heartening that, of the five comments listed on the web version of the story, four are pro-Corbyn. I particularly like this one:
I just ran this article through Google Translate and it came back as, “Murdoch is terrified that Corbyn might get in, so Sun readers should vote against their own interests in support of Murdoch.”
Nice one, Gloria. Still, it’s only another failure to add to the list.
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