Why are the media making such a fuss about a right-wing report that blames Labour’s defeat in the last general election on the party’s then – lefty – leader?
It makes the blood boil to read the distortions in this so-called report, put together by a cabal of Starmer-supporting right-wingers with an anti-Corbyn chip on their collective shoulder who have the cheek to brand themselves “Labour Together”!
Labour backstabbers, more like!
It should be no surprise that all the major members of Labour Together now have prominent roles in the shadow cabinet of Keir Starmer: Ed Miliband, Steve Reed, Lisa Nandy and Jim McMahon. Other right-whingers writing the review included Lucy Powell.
The report claims that the biggest issue in the election was Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, which had fallen in popularity. It does not correctly describe the reasons for that fall in popularity.
So for example, the report – falsely, in This Writer’s opinion – claims that the departure of backstabbers including Luciana Berger and Chuka Umunna to form the unpopular and ill-fated Independent Group/Change UK/whatever-they-ended-up-calling-themselves led to a collapse in Corbyn’s approval ratings.
It does not state that this could have been because those now-former Labour MPs immediately went on media junkets trashing his leadership and spreading falsehoods about anti-Semitism.
In fact, after his success in the 2017 election, it is widely accepted that Jeremy Corbyn suffered the longest-running and most unfair hate campaign, possibly of any political leader in UK history – with a complicit media lapping up every lie.
Labour's election review cites cliff-edge drop in Corbyn's popularity after 2017 as a key factor in historic 2019 electoral defeat.
It neglects any mention of the huge simultaneous spike and slew of fake news headlines brandishing him a communist spy, a terrorist and a racist..
— Justin Schlosberg (@jrschlosberg) June 19, 2020
Labour “went into the 2019 election without a clear strategy of which voters we needed to persuade or how”, and failed to settle on a coherent message with the power of 2017’s “For the many, not the few”, the report says.
It states: “It was unclear who was in charge” of the election campaign, and relationships were soured by years of infighting which had created a “toxic culture” and “significant strategic and operational dysfunction”.
And it says: Labour was outgunned by the Tories in the digital war, with messages poorly coordinated and most of them failing to reach beyond the party’s base.
All of these three issues can be related to a single cause: treachery against the party leader. We know this because it was very clearly highlighted in the leaked report on the way the party handled anti-Semitism allegations under Corbyn.
Party officers worked hard to present Corbyn as an anti-Semite, to undermine his leadership and to ensure that Labour could not win a general election with him as leader, that report stated.
You wanna talk about why Labour lost so badly? Suspend those who:
– bullied Diane Abbott & others
– diverted campaign funds
– sat on AS complaints to embarrass Corbyn
– were horrified by the close 2017 result
– smeared their own leader
And then apologise for the PV policy!
— RD Hale (@RDHale_) June 19, 2020
The Labour Together Analysis on 2019 GE failure seems to have no notable mention of the internal sabotage that was so clearly evidenced in the Labour Leaks report three months ago
Given the huge part this would have played in Labour's GE defeats of 17 & 19, it's a big omission🧐
— TheLuckyHeron 🌍 (@LuckyHeronSay) June 19, 2020
Mr Starmer has launched an investigation into that leaked report, apparently with the intention of clearing those accused of treachery (and in many cases racism) and tarring the whistleblowers.
One criticism that rings true is the fact that the Conservatives’ “Get Brexit Done” message was more popular with voters than Labour’s offer of a new referendum on membership of the EU. But the report seems to forget that this particular policy was the brainchild of the current Labour leader, Keir Starmer. I wonder why?
Here’s a more accurate analysis of that part of Labour’s defeat:
Of the 54 seats that Labour lost in England and Wales at the last election, 52 voted to Leave the EU. In that election Labour promised a second referendum on EU membership.
This analysis is provided free of charge.
— Liam Young (@liamyoung) June 19, 2020
Nobody with an ounce of knowledge about politics in the last five years has been fooled by this self-serving pack of distortions from Starmer’s new New Labour elite. See the responses for yourself:
I think the Labour Party blaming defeat on those that were actually trying to win the election, rather than those actively trying to lose it, is quite a stretch.
— Guy Fawkes (@blunted_james) June 19, 2020
FBPE, the Guardian, People Vote, hardcore remain Labour MPs will never admit they handed the election to Boris Johnson.
— K 🌸 🦋 🖤💚 (@dreamingalonee) June 19, 2020
Public dislike for Jeremy Corbyn played 'significant' role in Labour’s historic election defeat, independent post mortem finds https://t.co/N4nLtMIEkj I wonder why with Panorama shite and , lies of being pro IRA, hostile MPs and a press that is the pits
— Lary Mary 😡 🌹🌹🌹🌹 (@larymary60) June 19, 2020
"LABOUR TOGETHER" (sic) REPORT
Things to blame:
Corbyn supporting members
Things not to blame:
Saying "fuck you" to Leave voters
Five years of demonisation of Corbyn by Labour MPs & the entire news media. https://t.co/wgZur70L2V
— GET A GRIP (@docrussjackson) June 19, 2020
The barely regulated tax doging media, half the Parliamentary Labour Party and others threatened by an internationalist socialist getting into power spent five years making up horrific lies and peddling disgusting distortions about a genuinely decent man and it worked shocker! https://t.co/DBLv07GrSQ
— Ed Poole (@edwardpoole1975) June 19, 2020
This Writer was even tempted to respond to some of the usual suspects who have trumpeted this travesty as though it were the Word of God:
Yes – it seems to have been written by people who share your political leanings. I look forward to hearing that you have voted for Keir Starmers new New Labour after the 2024 election.
— Mike Sivier (@MidWalesMike) June 19, 2020
Did you think the leaked Labour report on anti-Corbyn behaviour in the party was a must-read too, Owen?
— Mike Sivier (@MidWalesMike) June 19, 2020
But media Toryism of the last 10 years has created a generation of ignorance, with most of the public happy to be spoonfed lies rather than think for themselves about the Age of Hypocrisy into which they have voted themselves.
The Guardian all but ignored the leaked review showing that Labour's Blairite officials sabotaged Corbyn's chances at the 2017 GE. But it gives front page billing to a new Labour report suggesting the party must swing dramatically rightwards to win in 2024 https://t.co/sEfDcHIWJf
— Jonathan Cook (@Jonathan_K_Cook) June 19, 2020
The hypocrisy is strong in this report. How sad that the same people who lapped up the “Corbyn is a racist/Corbyn is a traitor/Corbyn is the devil” bull will be happy to do the same with this.
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