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