Groundswell of support for Jeremy Corbyn as Starmer flounders

Last Updated: April 1, 2023By Tags: , ,

Firstly, to explain the image above, read this:

That should explain the strength of feeling in Jeremy Corbyn’s Islington North constituency after the Labour Party’s National Executive Committee voted in defiance of democracy to have him removed as a possible candidate there at the next (and any subsequent) general election.

It is a show of solidarity that has been spreading across the UK.

Online magazine Jacobin had this to say:

The section on how right-wing Labour factionalists rigged the 2019 election result and then blamed Mr Corbyn for it is particularly enlightening:

Egged on by Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson, some of the Labour officials who had responded with horror to the 2017 result went on national television to present a story about the handling of antisemitism complaints under Corbyn that was, in the words of Martin Forde, “wholly misleading.”

The main priority for Watson, Peter Mandelson, and their associates during the same period was to use an entirely cynical form of anti-Brexit maximalism to drive a wedge between different segments of the Labour electorate. They got precisely what they wanted in December 2019 when Labour’s vote share in the Leave-voting constituencies of northern England, Wales, and the Midlands dropped from 50 to 39 percent, costing the party fifty seats.

There was an immediate push after the 2019 election to deny that Labour’s newly minted Brexit policy was responsible for these losses. This was particularly important for Starmer, who had insisted upon the need for that policy every bit as stridently as Watson, Mandelson, and the People’s Vote campaign.

However, Starmer tacitly conceded that his Brexit strategy was a fiasco for Labour by ditching it as soon as he became leader. Having invested so much energy in the push for a second referendum on Britain’s EU membership, Starmer ended up whipping Labour MPs to support Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal.

It goes on to dismiss Momentum founder Jon Lansman’s hope that Mr Corbyn can quietly settle down to a post-Parliamentary life, in order not to put the Socialist Campaign Group in a difficult position, as implausible.

Finally, it suggests that Mr Corbyn has every right to run for election again – as an Independent – with the principal focus of his campaign being to demonstrate that “the policies a Starmer government is going to enact if he becomes prime minister will range from inadequate to malevolent in their impact on Britain’s social crisis”.

And Progressive International, an online organisation that claims to “unite, organise, and mobilise progressive forces behind a shared vision of a world transformed” has launched a document supported by international political leaders, to show support for Mr Corbyn – against the machinations of Starmer’s party:

And of course, members of the public are doing their bit to support Mr Corbyn:

Meanwhile, in Plymouth, Keir Starmer was meeting – well…

“Looks like a gathering of Young Conservatives.”

Doesn’t that tell you everything about the Labour Party Starmer is leading?

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