No matter how The Guardian dresses it up, it signals a return to the bad days of New Labour, when the party’s direction was dictated by a small number of wealthy donors – for their own gain – rather than by its members for the good of the UK as a whole.
Look at this, from the Guardian‘s article:
“I would not give Labour money under Corbyn, but I would now be happy to give money to Labour,” said one significant former donor.
Those are the words of a person who is “for the few, not the many” – an inversion of Labour’s famous slogan.
The article also quotes Michael Levy, “Labour’s leading fundraiser under Tony Blair”, as follows:
Whereas I would say major donors would have had no interest over this last period, I think there is a real possibility now that they will return to the fold. The party needs to be funded by people who believe in the cause.
Some of us have very clear ideas about that:
That’s the deal – screw the members, lose members, donors replace them, corruption is embedded even further, job done for Starmer https://t.co/pnW0N2xd8X
— Jackie walker (@Jackiew80333500) August 9, 2020
Consider this, from a sitting Labour MP:
‘Big private donations dried up almost completely under Jeremy Corbyn’
Astounded this is written as if it was a negative
A party funded by its members & trade unions operating in the black.
A brilliant, ethical achievement by the former leadership.https://t.co/T6AbWBYsPr
— lan Byrne MP (@IanByrneMP) August 8, 2020
That is absolutely right. And a return to a situation where private donors have more say than the rank-and-file members is simply unacceptable.
Look at a few other comments and consider the implications:
Jeremy Corbyn built a crony donor free, self financing, people powered political movement. The largest self financing, crony donor free, socialist movement in the world.
Can we take a moment to acknowledge that achievement.
— Tory Fibs (@ToryFibs) August 8, 2020
If Corbyn’s Labour was “crony donor free”, then Starmer’s isn’t – and that is a bad thing.
Perhaps we should talk more about what it meant, for the first time in a long time, for a major party to be funded by many people and not individual wealthy backers. How long had it been since that was a reality before Corbyn?
— Kam Sandhu (@_kayayem) August 8, 2020
Again, “individual wealthy backers” = bad.
Why would you celebrate “big money returning to the Labour Party”.
It wasn’t needed & it was proven that it wasn’t. @JeremyCorbyn led a party where the money came from the people.
That is right. That’s great.
Because the @UKLabour party should be about the people. Always.
— James Foster (@JamesEFoster) August 8, 2020
“The Labour Party should be about the people. Always.” But the presence of wealthy donors will prevent that.
James Foster is right. As are the others.
Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour didn’t need “big money”. It had plenty of “small money”, if that’s how some people want to describe it.
The fact that “big money” is coming back to Keir Starmer’s Labour indicates that “small money” is leaving.
It also indicates that “big money” wants to support Starmer’s appeasement of those staffers who are accused of sabotaging the Corbyn project, of racism, misogyny and in some cases anti-Semitism. Because it makes Corbyn look bad without actually proving anything either way?
This is a very bad look for Starmer’s new New Labour.
We already have evidence that indicates around 2,000 people are leaving the party every week.
This may multiply that outward flood into a deluge.
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