The Labour Left has not been so busy campaigning against nukes and Israeli apartheid and such like over the last year because they are so busy fighting for survival within the Starmer party.
For those who have not left in disgust or been thrown out for (fill in any excuse) they are battling to have a voice, even if it is ignored when not being vilified.
After their huffing and puffing over Jeremy Corbyn’s on, off and on again suspension in the most transparent fit-up since Rebecca Long Bailey’s show trial, all they have achieved is to hold an online rally where the great and good of the Labour Left tell the silenced audience that solidarity is all.
But this solidarity – never seen during Corbyn’s reign of sacrificed friends and supporters – goes no further than words. How many Left MPs even attend these rallies that Starmer/Evans and their new HQ Spy are watching what they say and who they talk with!
Not a single Left MP has shown solidarity with Corbyn and joined him in exile nor spoken out in defence of CLPs and lay officers who were disciplined for daring to stand up to the bullying from General Secretary David Evans.
They may argue that Corbyn’s review is now up and he may be allowed back into the PLP any time soon. If they say any such thing they are lying. He stands zero chance of being allowed to return unless a court orders him back. Even that it is doubtful and pointless. Corbyn is out, for the count!
He and they had their chances and fluffed them.
Now he’s off the scene the Labour left has launched – a petition – for a return of democracy in the party!
A single Labour MP, Richard Burgon, is named as a speaker along with a mixed bag of unions and centre left groups such as the CLPD which did not even fight for its own long-standing leader and NEC member Pete Willsman and the shifting sands of the ever fading Tribune.
Regular partygoers, yesterday’s Momentum men and women (sans Lansman) are there of course along with Grassroots Voice Five (huh?) and Save our Socialists (huh!) to also voice their “deep concern at the actions of the Labour leadership over recent weeks (do not they mean a year?), undermining the party’s proud democratic traditions with a clampdown on legitimate party discussions and a wave of suspensions of respected CLP officers and members.”
(The truth is it is quite normal for a Right leader and or the bureaucracy to cull the Left over some nonsense or other every couple of years when they are getting too big for their booties.)
“At a time of crisis for working people and their families up and down the country, we need a leadership focused on confronting Boris Johnson’s disastrous conservative government and supporting party and trade union members in their struggles. Instead the leadership has issued instructions to CLPs about what they can and can’t discuss and suspended CLP officers for reflecting the wishes of their local party members. It continues to deny Jeremy Corbyn the Labour Party whip despite the NEC lifting his suspension.
We are united in our determination to stay and fight for democracy in our party. We call on the leaders of our movement to: End the attacks on party democracy and legitimate discussion; Reinstate the whip to Jeremy Corbyn and Withdraw the unjust suspensions.”
The wording “our determination to stay” gives their game away, to achieve what, more farcical suspensions and expulsions?
The unions and members have to face the fact that Labour is a failed, right-wing party that represents nothing but is a repository for careerists hankering after power, whatever the price, even though they know they will now never achieve it no matter how many millionaires they seduce into paying their piper.
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