Jealousy is a terrible thing. It can cause terrible misjudgements.
I’m terribly jealous of all those who were able to attend and participate in the huge Labour Live festival this weekend.
I live right out in the wilds of Mid Wales and have to make up for this remoteness by helping run a cultural festival here: The Radnor Fringe Festival at the Rock Park, Llandrindod Wells from 6pm on Friday (June 22) until around 10pm on Sunday (June 24). It’s a very friendly event so if you can make it and you like to sample music from bands you haven’t heard before, new theatre, debate and discussion, community events and comedy, come on down.
But I know the Fringe won’t be anything like Labour Live, which attracted thousands to a mix of music and debate that had real appeal for young people – unlike the Tory attempt at such an event last year, which attracted very few attendees. Can anyone even remember what it was called?
Here are a few reactions from people who were there:
They said Labour Live wouldn’t work. They sneered at it. They mocked it.
Thousands came, listened to music, heard speeches, discussed politics and will leave inspired.
— Owen Jones 🌹 (@OwenJones84) June 16, 2018
— John McDonnell MP (@johnmcdonnellMP) June 16, 2018
Jeremy is storming it at #LabourLive. Welcome commitment to ending the #Carillion culture, bringing mail, rail and water back into public sector and investing in secure, high skilled jobs and giving back rights at work.
— Len McCluskey (@LenMcCluskey) June 16, 2018
There's a political party doing things differently in Britain – it's called @UKLabour
— Aaron Bastani (@AaronBastani) June 16, 2018
— ARTIST TAXI DRIVER (@chunkymark) June 16, 2018
There were the inevitable naysayers, though. Apparently some of our friends in the mainstream media tried to pretend it wasn’t popular by suggesting the crowd was small at the start. Here’s Richard Burgon with the fact of the matter (which, as a festival organiser myself, I can confirm):
Note to help out journalists who’ve never been to a festival before: audience numbers never reach their peak early on in the day! pic.twitter.com/egtr3z9lwr
— Richard Burgon MP (@RichardBurgon) June 16, 2018
Here's some real photos of the incredibly successful event. pic.twitter.com/bwktMyA92P
— ❄ Flowerchucker 🇵🇸 (@flowerchucker) June 16, 2018
Inevitably, some commenters wanted to use the event to raise criticisms of Labour’s current policies – like Brexit:
— Tom Brufatto (@brufatto_tom) June 16, 2018
It seems the Daily Mail even tried a bit of reverse psychology, praising Jeremy Corbyn as a hero of Brexit in order to try to turn his supporters against him:
Says all you need to know about Corbyn – who ‘saved May from a calamitous defeat’ – that he’s the Mail’s hero today https://t.co/MTdDZwBhFY
— Tim Walker (@ThatTimWalker) June 16, 2018
But Mr Corbyn didn’t save Theresa May from a “calamitous defeat” – he just kept her on the straight and narrow road to a disaster for the Conservative Party when her attempt to impose a selfish Tory Brexit collapses, as we know it will.
And the critics can’t deny the obvious:
It’s hilarious how the mainstream media have been desperately trying to frame #LabourLive as a failure considering there’s probably more people in this photo than the Conservative Party have active members. pic.twitter.com/3BoMhhtCld
— Evolve Politics (@evolvepolitics) June 16, 2018
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