The Labour leak made a big fuss of the 2017 election – why aren’t we talking about last year’s?

Keir Starmer: is he happy to be stained by the corruption alleged against Labour officers over the last few years?

We’ve all heard the claims from the leaked Labour report into factionalism in the party that interfered with anti-Semitism investigations – it also stopped the party winning the 2017 election.

Nothing was done about the right-wing faction that was said to be sabotaging Labour’s election hopes.

While some of the faces changed, we may take it as read that the same attitudes prevailed in Labour HQ – even after last year’s Panorama documentary, Is Labour Antisemitic?, revealed the rot at the heart of the party (although the perpetrators were claiming to be the good guys).

So this should come as no surprise:

Labour officials ran a secret operation to deceive Jeremy Corbyn at last year’s general election, micro-targeting Facebook adverts at the leader and his closest aides to convince them the party was running the campaign they demanded.

Campaign chiefs at Labour HQ hoodwinked their own leader because they disapproved of some of Corbyn’s left-wing messages.

They convinced him they were following his campaign plans by spending just £5,000 on adverts solely designed to be seen by Corbyn, his aides and their favourite journalists, while pouring far more money into adverts with a different message for ordinary voters.

What was the message – “don’t vote Labour”?

The more were learn about the rot that has been growing in the heart of Labour since before the days of Tony Blair (This Writer personally believes it started to set in during the leadership of Neil Kinnock), the worse it seems.

Jeremy Corbyn was certainly at fault for failing to take action, although he may have felt constrained by the spin that may have been put on it – by, for example, the organisations who lobbied so strongly about alleged anti-Semitism.

Keir Starmer is under no such constraints, although he will be if he fails to take swift and decisive action (something he has hitherto been reluctant to attempt).

It seems to This Writer that the Americans have the right idea after all.

When they change government from Democrat to Republican, or vice versa, the incoming administration changes everybody – all of the civil servants – to ensure that the workers enacting their policies are fully supportive of them.

I had always considered it somewhat extreme.

But recent revelations suggest that this is exactly what should happen in the Labour Party – certainly if a left-wing leader ever gains ascendance there again.

And Starmer will have to do the same, sooner or later.

Whether deservedly or not, the party’s reputation is now one of corruption.

If the new leader doesn’t make a show of purging it, then he will be stained by it.

Source: Labour HQ used Facebook ads to deceive Jeremy Corbyn during election campaign | News | The Times

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  1. Growing Flame April 22, 2020 at 9:05 pm - Reply

    But would we need to go that far. I mean, to change all the officials and administrators when the leadership changes?
    Surely, we should expect the admin staff to be non-executive ie not making any significant decisions of a political nature, but just carrying out the decisions made by the elected leadership.
    We need to know why the unelected officials were allowed to garner such power for themselves without close scrutiny. Being “left to get on with it” without senior elected figures checking up.
    As , I think, John McDonnell , has said, that is how the UK Civil Service works. Not perfect, as I suspect that the public-school old boys network still functions there, but better than the wholesale betrayal perpetrated in the admin echelons of the Labour Party.

  2. Jeffrey Davies April 23, 2020 at 6:54 am - Reply

    If if if but Corbyn being a honest guy didn’t think stammer and co would stoop so low but they did giving us stammer the spammer which now has brought Tony Blair out of the woodwork we just going back to the little Tory party were labour will lose very many members and put the people of voting for them

  3. Not Lucy April 23, 2020 at 10:05 am - Reply

    Labour’s “for the many not the few” slogan seemed DESIGNED to deeply offend and alienate Jewish voters.

    It is near identical to words spoken in synagogues and homes every Hanukkah for over 2000 years, celebrating the liberation of Jerusalem by Jewish Maccabean freedom fighters (“the few”) from the oppression of the Seleucid Empire (“the many”}.

    Could the publicists who dreamed this up really have been unaware of the true origin of this phrase, as well as how damaging its use would be? Labour ascribed it to the poet Shelley, but every Jewish Labour official MP and journalist, like every Jewish child, would have known exactly what Shelley had been alluding to.

    Can Labour really have been oblivious to how deeply intimidating and menacing it must have been for Jewish people to have a historic victory seemingly twisted against them like an antisemitic rallying cry from a major political party?

    • Mike Sivier April 23, 2020 at 7:04 pm - Reply

      Your comment betrays a sinister lack of education.

      The phrase used by Labour is derived from a Poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley – The Mask of Anarchy – written after the Peterloo Massacre in 1819. It contains the lines:

      “Rise like Lions after slumber
      In unvanquishable number,
      Shake your chains to earth like dew
      Which in sleep had fallen on you –
      Ye are many – they are few.”

      The phrase was adopted by the Labour Party by Tony Blair in 1995, when he re-wrote Clause IV of the party’s constitution to include the words: “The Labour Party is a democratic socialist party. It believes that by the strength of our common endeavour we achieve more than we achieve alone, so as to create for each of us the means to realise our true potential and for all of us a community in which power, wealth and opportunity are in the hands of the many, not the few.”

      Nobody with any understanding of history would try to twist the phrase’s meaning in the way you have.

      But then, I notice that you aren’t a real person. You’re just a pseudonym for a troll. Get thee hence.

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