Owen Smith wants Momentum banned from Labour because the name starts with ‘M’ – like Militant

With an expression like that on his face Owen Smith can either be sucking a lemon or saying the word "Momentum". Which do you think it is? [Image: BBC.]

With an expression like that on his face Owen Smith can either be sucking a lemon or saying the word “Momentum”. Which do you think it is? [Image: BBC.]

Oh, the embarrassment of being a supporter of Owen Smith!

He thinks Momentum is a resurrection of the Militant tendency that was purged from the Labour Party in the 1980s, and should go the same way – and his evidence is that both groups had names beginning with the letter ‘M’.

This Writer discovered Mr Smith’s latest musing (oh no! begins with the letter ‘M’) on Twitter, where a nasty thought quickly occurred.

“Wait a minute! I begin with the letter ‘M’!” I spluttered (if it’s possible to do that on Twitter). “How long until I’m rumbled?”*

I was very swiftly advised to change my initial – possibly to a small ‘m’. I can’t say I’m enthused, so I think for a real departure I’ll change my first name to ‘Pharquar’ – with a ‘P’.

I’m sure Mr Smith would approve – it’s the same first letter as that other famous ‘party-within-the Labour-Party’, Progress.

Oh yes… and Pfizer.

Smith suggested that Momentum was in reality a re-branding of the Militant tendency in the 1980s.”We have seen these tactics in the past under Militant. Momentum is not terribly subtle. Creating a big ‘M’ at the front of their name should give the game away.”

He said that Momentum had to be fought in the same way now that Militant were then.

“We had to fight Militant in the 1980s, we have to fight to save the party we love today.”

Source: Owen Smith: Momentum members could be banned by Labour party – Westminster

*Gosh, what about McDonalds? Their ‘M’ is huge! Is every McDonalds outlet a hotbed of socialist subversion?

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14 thoughts on “Owen Smith wants Momentum banned from Labour because the name starts with ‘M’ – like Militant

  1. Phil Woodford

    My understanding is that Dispatches airs its undercover investigation into Momentum on Monday. Should be interesting. M for Monday.

  2. Fibro confused

    That’s me banned then 52 yr old disabled woman gawd I’m such a threat, maybe it’s the inclusive part of Momentum he doesn’t like, like the survey for disabled members, and the check lists for meeting to make sure they are disabled friendly what ever your disability plus the bit where they want to turn local groups into community groups to help out in various ways locally whether its clearing up litter, planting a few flower beds helping homeless people you know just generally being decent people doing decent things in our own communities, very militant.
    Have you seen these Mike? http://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/momentum/mailings/1704/attachments/original/Momentum_Access_Checklist_FINAL.pdf?1471995733

    http://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/momentum/mailings/1704/attachments/original/Momentum_Disability_Equality_Consultation_document_0816.?1471995737

    ok it’s not a bad way to pick up extra voters too
    I would include the survey now the deadline has passed but i’ve no idea how to include a word doc

  3. joanna

    Don’t you dare change your name to suit him! Just because he is a Mammothrept (spoiled child) and has Manqué (having had unfulfilled ambition; failing to achieve expectation) and talks a lot of Macaroni (nonsense; foolishness)

  4. foggy

    Owen smith is on to something here Mike;

    Beware of those cashiers in ‘M’orrisons, they’re not taking money for groceries, oh nooo, they’re taking secret donations and membership fees and watch out for those shelf fillers with those scanner guns- they’re not really scanner guns; one zap from them and you’re completely immobilised so as the under cover shelf filler can utilise that old Trotskyite arm twist and swiftly frogmarch you to the warehouse freezer whereby you get brainwashed into swearing your allegiance. Nurse nuuuuurse 🙂

  5. A Grumpy_Old_Man (@Hairyloon)

    As I understand them, the rules prohibit members from supporting any political organisation that is not officially approved by the Labour Party… I am a little surprised that they have not already kicked out Momentum members under that rule.

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