Right-wing headbangers have been laying into the UK’s most successful Labour politician – because he is to attend a discussion of a favourite project at a Labour Conference fringe event.
He will be speaking at Where next for Universal Basic Income? Turning a Transformative Policy into Action: UBI pilot in Wales alongside Welsh Labour MP Beth Winter and co-president of the Basic Income Earth Network, Guy Standing – neither of whom have attracted any criticism at all.
Yet again, the weapon being used is guilt by association; the event is to be attended by people who have been falsely smeared as anti-Semites so the loony right is using this as an excuse to smear Drakeford.
Perhaps they’re just jealous because Drakeford actually wins elections while Keir Starmer’s record in that area is singularly lacking.
So we see Eluned Anderson, a regional ambassador of the Holocaust Educational Trust, saying, “The First Minister of Wales should not be sharing a platform with members who have been expelled from the party. The damn state of this.”
Yes indeed – look at the “damn state” of her comment. A man goes to an event to raise the profile of an idea that will improve the lives of millions and she’s bleating because somebody else will be somewhere nearby. Pathetic.
Then there’s swivel-eyed John Haywood, a Labour councillor for Ringwood North in Hampshire, which is nowhere near Wales so we may conclude that he doesn’t know Drakeford or have any qualification to comment on him.
He’s the origin of the catchphrase “Trot jamboree” that has been taken up by the press: “Very very disappointed that Mark Drakeford is on the bill at Twit Festival, which is basically a Trot jamboree taking place in Brighton at the same time as UK Labour party conference.“
For the record, not a single Trotskyist person or organisation has been invited to the event.
Next up: Wales Against Antisemitism: “Why does Mark Drakeford, as First Minister of Wales, think it appropriate to speak at this event, given antisemitism controversies involving many of his fellow speakers?”
I wonder whether this straightforward guilt-by-association smear would provide enough grounds for Ms Winter and Mr Standing to sue for libel.
These attacks are repellant and so are the people making them. They are indicative of the worst kind of political opportunism – accusing people, not because of something they have done, but because of unsubstantiated accusations against completely different people who won’t even be at the event.
(Or at least, we have no reason to believe that Jeremy Corbyn or Ken Loach will be at the talk. It would be nice if they were, though.)
Of course there has been an online backlash from people who seem to be more mentally-balanced.
Here’s a very pertinent comment:
Nobody had a problem when Ed Miliband and Lisa Nandy attended The World Transformed over the last few years so why are some getting so angry at Mark Drakeford attending this year??
— George Aylett (@GeorgeAylett) August 30, 2021
How do the creepy extremists listed above feel about Starmer and Nandy attending a “Trots convention” alongside people who may have been excluded from the party since they were there.
That’s enough reason for Starmer and Nandy to be excluded, isn’t it? According to current Labour disciplinary practices, that is.
Ah, but here’s a possible explanation of why that is unlikely to happen:
The First Minister of Wales is a socialist. That makes him the enemy of 80% of Labour MPs and councillors. https://t.co/hPFyFCMpxl
— Frank Owen's Legendary Paintbrush 🟨🟥🥀🇵🇸 (@WarmongerHodges) August 30, 2021
Well we certainly can’t accuse Starmer or Nandy of socialism!
There has also been a lot of straightforward support for Drakeford, from people who want to hear what he has to say:
Let’s show @MarkDrakeford our love and support.
If you believe that he is doing the right thing with speaking at the @TWT_NOW event
Retweet this tweet and give him some encouragement in the comments below.
Solidarity Mark ✊❤️🏴
— Emz The Socialist #OrdinaryLeft ✊❤️ (@EmzTheSocialist) August 30, 2021
I’m sorry but how are we meant to unite with the Labour right “to get rid of the Tories” when the Labour right are going to war with us – the left – instead of the Tories?
— Jess🌹 #BLM (@Jessthelefty) August 30, 2021
It’s so interesting how many of the anti-Corbyn brigade are so rattled by people getting together to share ideas, to engage, debate & agitate, and to organise.
What did they think? We’d just shut up & go away? Not bloody likely.
Cry some more.
— James Foster (@JamesEFoster) August 30, 2021
The World Transformed @TWT_NOW is a wonderful space to share knowledge and to network with people who are passionate about social justice and equality for all.
— Prof Gayle Letherby 💙 #PeaceAndJustice (@gletherby) August 30, 2021
Prime Minister in Welsh is Prif Weinidog. First Minister in Welsh is Prif Weinidog.
Mark Drakeford leader of Welsh labour is our Prif Weinidog.
I stand with Mark Drakeford support his attendance at #TWT21 he will address a large youth audience just as Lisa Nandy & Ed Miliband did
— Maria Carroll #No Child Left Behind (@Maria4CarmsEast) August 30, 2021
Anas Sarwar – Loses Seats – "Really turning things around for Scottish Labour!"
Mark Drakeford – Wins Seats – "Mr Chairman of the Trot Jamboree!"
— Labour Accelerationists (@LabourAccel) August 30, 2021
If The World Transformed is 'a Trot jamboree', how come there's not a single member of a Trotskyist organisation on the entire programme?
— David__Osland (@David__Osland) August 30, 2021
UBI would make life easier for a lot of people https://t.co/oX3oZAwjK2
— Held der Arbeit (@HeldinEU) August 31, 2021
— Sonali Bhattacharyya (@sonali_db) August 30, 2021
Of course the Labour Right headbangers are going after Drakeford. Its what they do. Cannot have anyone not belonging to their weird little sect being broadly popular with the electorate. Crabs in a barrel dressed as fucking clowns
— The Human CentiPeeb (@_Peebs69) August 30, 2021
Ultimately, this could be interpreted, not as an attack on people who have been accused of holding controversial views – but an attempt to silence a progressive idea.
In attacking Drakeford, these swivel-eyed loons are dragging the idea of Universal Basic Income into disrepute – again, by “guilt through association”. Is that the real agenda?
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