In the beginning was the Word
And the Word was that Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership was no good.
Well, actually, the first Word on Corbyn’s leadership was that it was dangerous:
Which led to a little of the Bullingdon bullying from the classic coward turned bully in the Commons.
An extraordinary exchange, full of bitterness and genuine spite. It is a slur on Britain that David Cameron ever held the Office of Prime Minister, his term in the highest political office in Britain will forever be shrouded in the worst excesses of a political faction of the worst of Britain that indulged itself on license from a corrupting and compromising relationship with media barons that conspired to undermine British democracy. A national disgrace.
Tin Foil Tom Watson and McTernan’s touch of career death.
The calls for Corbyn to go started before he even took the reins, with McTernan discussing the plans to “neutralise” him as leader before he was even elected:
McTernan’s view of Tin Foil Tom Watson before Corbyn’s election was that he was a successful hatchet man and could be brought onside to whatever cause he could be convinced of would be the winning one:
If that was the case then you have to wonder what Tin foil Tom Watson thinks of the losers he has been running with who are attached to Mandelson’s camp (including the perennial loser McTernan, who has successively, from Scotland to Australia and all points in between, lost at anything he has turned his reverse Midas touch to).
Talk did not publicly move straight to a coup:
…but within a very few short weeks it did:
From the very outset Britain’s opposition has been undermined from within and without. The single element that has maintained the opposition through that time has been the steadfastness of Labour’s membership, who have refused to be cowed by the “Blairites” that McTernan refers to:
The membership have refused to be cowed by Labour’s Right that McTernan refers to:
A simple narrative was formed, ‘Corbyn is no good’ and the expectation has been that Labour will do badly and when they do it can be blamed on Corbyn and that will be sufficient to oust him from the leadership. It is clear from the speed at which McTernan traveled from arrogantly predicting the neutralisation of Corbyn to the ease with which a single, more appealing, alternative candidate to usurp Corbyn would be found to a desperate plea for insurrection from the PLP, that Labour’s Right realised that their opponent had the strength of the membership support behind it. It is telling that, from the outset, McTernan was talking about the disaster of giving members a voice in Labour and it is not a leap to suggest that his proposed solution was (and is) to remove that voice; THAT is what is at stake with a replacement of the current leadership. The 100,000s of people attracted to Labour will be silenced if the current leadership are exchanged out of office.
What is also clear is that Corbyn’s leadership did not oblige with the poor results that were expected, hence the desperate attempt to engineer a defeat out of the result of the EU referendumb. After that ‘coup’ failed the ‘sniping’ continued to keep alive the ‘Corbyn is no good’ message and then Copeland and Stoke-on-Trent Central by-election defeats were engineered but the losers in Labour’s Right had as much success with those as they have with everything else, despite the ‘news’ time wasted on the Copeland loss. On the way to Copeland and Stoke-on-Trent Central by-elections we had the muddying of the waters over the Labour leadership’s position on triggering Article 50. I suspect the leadership’s position on how they manage the result of the EU referendumb will be seen as a sustained point of attack to try and soften up and split the membership.
Fear not, the local elections in May will offer more opportunities to sabotage Labour, just as they did last year, though last year’s predicted poor results didn’t show. The Deputy Leader’s job would be to steady the ship to help Labour perform at its best during those elections but what will Tin Foil Tom Watson do? I will never forget the glee with which Laura Kuenssberg read out John McDonnell’s notes for the evening at him, as if she had some major coup of her own. It is notable for the bizarre way in which Kuenssberg weaves in her own narrative to explain the notes and it is also notable that the BBC choose to show a one minute and forty six second clip of the moment, one minute and twenty seconds of which are taken up with Kuenssberg’s narrative and only twenty seconds given over to McDonnell’s reply. I will also never forget McDonnell’s obvious relief once he realised what it was she was waving about and Kuenssberg’s realisation that she held nothing in her hand, it’s funny that the BBC choose to not include Kuenssberg’s deflated reaction once her ‘scoop’ has been so easily dismissed. We can be sure to expect the same again this May.
The British public are being denied their opposition because Labour’s Right want to retake the control of the Labour party and undermine it from within and the media, including the BBC, are either lined up with the political Right (Tory or ‘New’ Labour and, increasingly the LibDems worrying lurch ever rightward), lackey’s to the Right or incompetent. Britain is being had over by the Right, acting in the interests of the wealthiest in society. John McDonnell has talked of a ‘soft coup’ against the Labour leadership but, if there is a coup, it is against British democracy and the best interests of the British public.
That Labour’s current leadership are a target of a ‘coup’ it is only in as much as a lot of different parties goals have converged on ousting them. Labour’s Right simply want to retake control of the party that they have infested. The Tories want to undermine the leadership of their opposition and it happens to be Corbyn. Part of the media want Corbyn out because his leadership have committed to breaking up the media monopolies that currently exist but a lot more of the media’s ‘soldiers’ just want to unseat a party leader and the call went out that Corbyn was fair game; they are minnows that like to think of themselves as sharks and there is chum in the water. There is an element within all those groups who want Corbyn’s leadership out because it is a threat to the current privilege enjoyed by our wealthiest 5%, and replacing Corbyn with a Labour Right lackey will pose no threat and allow the ‘establishment’ to let the plebs enjoy their ‘democracy’ without threatening their privilege.
Not a ‘soft coup’, just business as usual. The job of taking an axe to Labour’s democracy required a hatchet man and Tin foil Tom Watson raised his hand. Has anyone yet had a satisfactory answer as to why Max Mosley gave him £500,000 and what he has spent it on?