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What’s happening? New online news show highlights grassroots activism to improve lives

This is interesting – and may work if it gets a chance:

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Now we are three: Not the number of Tory ‘youth’ movements – their mental age

First there was:

Then came:

Now cower in trepidation at the arrival of:

This latest one is a real pearler. Apparently Jeremy Corbyn can’t be trusted to help blow up the planet in a nuclear fireball. Personally, This Writer could do with a few more world leaders like that.

Does anybody see any signs of intelligence in these groups? Because I can’t.


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If Tory Momentum HAD been called ‘Inertia’*, it wouldn’t be worse than Activate

British comedy hasn’t been this good since Rob Grant quit Red Dwarf.

Yes, that is a reference to an ancient science fiction institution, in keeping with the #meme** used by Activate UK – the Conservative Party’s answer to Momentum (stop laughing!). Here it is:

I know!

For a start, they were using an image from Internet pre-history to attract young people – something likely to appeal only to their target audience’s dad. Then there’s – oh, please, do I have to explain the sheer awfulness of it?

The Twitter address on the #meme is wrong, by the way – it’s @ActivateBritain now. @Activate.UK.Net was vacated and subsequently adopted by a satirist who has been having great fun with the name.

Activate has a website, where it proudly proclaims: “Activate is an independent national grassroots campaign organisation that seeks to actively engage young people in the right of centre politics, make a case for what conservatism can offer and provide a platform to enable their voices to be heard.

“We intend to reclaim the voice of young people in politics, bringing together individuals and groups in our education system, workplaces and communities. We will campaign and organise to ensure that issues that are important to them are heard, discussed and addressed.”

Fine, if you like that sort of thing. It’s just that the public turns out not to.

The first sign of trouble is on the parts of the website relating to money – membership and donations. Full member, aged 25 and over, are encouraged to spend anything between £10 and £500 – yes, really! – on their membership. This Writer has no idea how many people have signed up to that, but as a possible indicator, let’s look at the “Donations” page, where we see the most that has been offered so far is £2.06, from a person with the unlikely name “Theresa May is wildly incompetent”.

Other donors at the time of writing include “Harold Shipman”, “Jimmy Savile” and “Communism Will Win”.

So it seems the public has not taken Activate seriously…

Perhaps they have taken their cue from the Conservative Party – one glance at the “People” section of the website showed that it is not a grassroots campaign at all, but run by old-hand Tory apparatchiks. I say “showed” because that page has disappeared from the website for some strange reason – teething troubles, perhaps?

Fortunately, Twitter is there to show us what we were missing:

https://twitter.com/askforcombi/status/901913151419150336

Actually, let’s stick with Twitter, because this is where Activate has really come into its own – in parody. This is how the public sees the Tory version of Momentum:

https://twitter.com/ActivateUKNet/status/902345642881814529

https://twitter.com/ActivateUKNet/status/902347461066452992

Yes. To complete the science fiction comparison, Activate has now become the Tory equivalent of The Black Hole, attracting all comment into its self-parodying gravity well. Even this (mocking) query about tax avoidance couldn’t escape the inevitable:

https://twitter.com/J_A_Colwell/status/902596253216858112

This Writer hopes that Activate enjoys a long life on the Internet and beyond. I also enjoy a good laugh. But I fear that this may be a phenomenon without enough momentum (ha ha!) to last until the end of the week.

*I joked that the Tory version of Momentum should be called “Inertia” in a previous article.

**”Activate shared their first meme on Twitter with the hashtag “#meme”. Hashtag meme. They also – save yourself, read not on – finished the tweet with #retweet and #rt,” according to New Statesman.


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Corbyn is right to support Labour’s grassroots against critics


Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is making his position clear, as the UK political scene quietens down for Christmas: Grassroots members are not out of line; his Parliamentary opponents are a minority; and it’s time for Labour to come together.

It’s a good message: Togetherness at Christmas.

The message, delivered in a Sunday Times interview, makes it clear that he won’t tolerate any criticism of grassroots members who have expressed dissatisfaction with dissenting MPs.

Those Parliamentarians are upset because their decisions – to attack Corbyn in the press, to support the Conservative Party over air strikes in Syria – have been roundly condemned by the party at large. They seem to think their choices should be above criticism.

Corbyn is telling them, “No”.

They aren’t above criticism; they do need to consider the repercussions of their actions among the wider Labour Party and their own constituencies in particular.

Conversely, they shouldn’t need to fear deselection at this time – as he has already said. This is probably more than he can promise. Labour members have long memories and will be making notes in the run-up to the next round of selections.

But then, Corbyn is asking the rebels in his Parliamentary party to come back into the fold; accept the new order and contribute their talents toward it. If they don’t, he may change his mind.

The BBC, of course, Tory mouthpiece that it is, has concentrated on Angela Eagle’s apparent failure to show support for the Labour leader. It’s a complete non-story that does nothing other than reinforce the fact that the BBC newsgathering staff must be purged of pro-Tory political bias.

Asked if he expected to lead the party in the 2020 general election campaign, Mr Corbyn said: “Absolutely. I’m not going anywhere.”

He urged MPs to recognise the support that swept him to to the leadership and dismissed suggestions his supporters were attempting to intimidate his opponents.

“They should recognise that I was elected with a very large mandate from a very wide variety of people from all parts of the movement,” he told the newspaper.

“There is no imposition of any mob. What there is is a development of participatory democracy. The parliamentary party is a part of the party, a very important part, but it is not the totality of the Labour party.”

Source: Jeremy Corbyn tells critics: I’ll lead Labour in 2020 – BBC News

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