Labour Party democracy ended by ruling committee in landmark Corbyn vote

Facepalm: Jeremy Corbyn is now free to stand as an Independent candidate in Islington North, if he so chooses. He knows the Labour Party has harmed itself by blocking him.

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It’s done, then.

The Labour Party’s ruling National Executive Committee has voted to override the wishes of party members in Islington North, denying them the opportunity to re-select Jeremy Corbyn as their Parliamentary candidate in the next general election.

This will not be a big deal for Mr Corbyn. He’ll just stand as an independent and win his seat again anyway. He’s won it at the last 10 elections and he’ll probably be helped by many soon-to-be-former members of Islington North Constituency Labour Party.

But for the Labour Party it is massive.

It means that Starmer has reneged on a promise he made when he was trying to trick Labour members into making him party leader.

He stated: “The selections for Labour candidates needs [sic] to be more democratic and we should end NEC impositions of candidates. Local party members should select their candidates for every election.”

His motion to the NEC to ban Mr Corbyn from standing is a clear betrayal of this.

What is Labour Party democracy now? That local party members can select any candidate they want – as long as that person has been pre-selected and approved by Keir Starmer?

That is not democracy. That is dictatorship.

Picture the scene in the House of Commons after the next election: Keir Starmer sitting on the front bench, surrounded by his cabinet of red Tories. And behind them, row upon row of identical Starmtroopers, itching for their turn to stand up and regurgitate whatever words the Starmperor puts into their mouths.

Picture them performing a version of the Nazi salute as the lurch to their jackbooted feet, because they might as well.

And those feet will spend the following five years stamping on your face in true Orwellian tradition.

I’m not keen on that.

I’d rather give it a miss.

The trouble is, in a two-party monopoly where the only other popular choice is the Conservatives, I’ve been left with no choice at all.

It’s either one set of fascists – and I use the term advisedly – or another.

In a country that is predominantly left-wing – the only reason the Tories keep getting in is the First Past The Post system that allows candidates with the largest minority of the vote to take the seat – it means the vast majority of voters are disenfranchised. We have nobody left to vote for.

So we come back to Mr Corbyn’s option – to stand as an Independent candidate.

Is it time for others who have been pushed out of Labour for their popular views to band together with him? He already has an organisation – his Project for Peace and Justice. Perhaps it is time to make it a political party. Perhaps it could link up with other such groups that have sprung up over the last few years.

Perhaps they could offer us an alternative that we could all support.

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5 thoughts on “Labour Party democracy ended by ruling committee in landmark Corbyn vote

  1. Mike Craig

    Just when you thought that Starmer could not sink any lower, he comes out with anti democratic decision. Think of North Korea and you would not be far off of describing this so called Labour Party under Starmer! John Smith, Tony Benn and other prominent members of a real Labour Party will be turning in their graves
    A total betrayal of Labour values which will hopefully stir up the anger of true Socialist who will now hopefully rise to the challenge of creating a new political party for the many disenfranchised ex Labour supporters. He should ashamed of himself

  2. flttymartyn

    I sincerely hope that Starmer and his fake Labour, tory party are soundly trounced, along with Sunak’s tory criminal cartel in the next General election…..If indeed there is one!

  3. mohandeer

    As I have said already I will not vote for Starmer & his cabal and because I have a brain I most certainly will not vote Tory, I must vote for anyone offering an alternative to Right wing and Far right wing. If Corbyn get his skates on he can have a huge following, I’d vote for his party.

  4. Hecuba

    Welcome to fascist Little England with just two political parties both of which are fascists. On the left are the now fake Labour Party ruled by dictator Starmer and his puppets and on the right currently Sunak ruled by his fascist tory puppets!

    It’s a win win for the fascists – either fascist tories will win next election or the fascist labour boys will win!

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