Life Has Been Made Hell For Those Who Least Deserve It ..
Who could have failed to be angry looking at the photo of the skeletal 64-year-old Stephen Smith who, despite having multiple debilitating illnesses, weighing six stone, and barely able to walk, was denied benefits by this Government and deemed fit for work.. It was only when he went for free advice at the CASA community centre in Liverpool, where volunteer advisers appealed and won his case, that he received the benefits that kept him alive.. There was a typically rabid response from the right in this country to Tusk’s remarks about those who sold Brexit without a trace of a plan deserving a place in hell. But many of us agree with him.. Because they are the dangerous ideologues behind the three years of political paralysis that has made life hell for those who least deserve it.
( Brian Reade, 08.02.2019 )
If you think things are bad now, wait until we get even closer to Number 10.
They will stop at nothing to demonise Jeremy.
They’ll lie, cheat and slander in ways you couldn’t dream of right now.
We’re expecting it and so should you.
( John McDonnell, 2016 )
Jeremy Corbyn Has Never Had Sympathy For IRA Terrorist Tactics ..
Whilst he condemns ‘all bombing’ carried out by the IRA, he has also been insistent on acknowledging the joint responsibility of ‘the British Army’ for the Troubles, not only because of such atrocities as Bloody Sunday but also because he believes that ‘the treatment of IRA prisoners’ was a key factor in their radicalisation.. Corbyn has never claimed to be neutral on this issue — and there are many who would hotly contest his point of view — but it does not follow from what I have just outlined that he has ever had any sympathy for IRA terrorist tactics.. As he has explained repeatedly , his campaigning on this issue in the past was shaped both by a belief ‘that Ireland should be reunited’ and by a desire for ‘a peace process’.
He claims to have always been insistent that there would never be ‘a military victory for either side in Northern Ireland’.
( Luke Davies, 28.07.2016 )
On 29 April 2016, and after considerable concern and controversy leading to high-profile and senior suspensions from the Labour Party, the Leader Jeremy Corbyn MP asked me to conduct this Inquiry into antisemitism and other forms of racism.
( Shami Chakrabarti )
The Shami Chakrabarti Inquiry into antisemitism and other forms of racism in the Labour Party was published on June 30, 2016.. Professor David Feldman, Director of the Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism, was appointed as Vice-Chair and lent his expertise to the Inquiry.. The report is the result of two months consultation with a wide range of groups and individuals and more than 1,000 written submissions.
( Pears Institute )
I Think It Dangerous To Argue Guilt By Association ..
There can be little doubt that Corbyn reacted swiftly and decisively by commissioning the country’s leading human rights lawyer to conduct an independent inquiry.. But what does the report itself actually say? And does it cast a light in any way on the controversies surrounding Corbyn?
The take-home point of the report is that whilst the Labour Party ‘is not overrun by antisemitism’ there remains evidence of ‘minority hateful or ignorant attitudes’.
In the second paragraph of her foreword, Chakrabarti also criticises ‘an occasionally toxic atmosphere’ that is ‘in danger of shutting down free speech within the party rather than facilitating it’.
In the report Chakrabarti singles out for attention those who ‘build cases of criticism against people on the basis of those with whom they have “shared a platform”’.
She objects: ‘I think it dangerous to argue guilt by association and in so doing to undermine the kind of dialogue and debate that is the basis of peace, progress, and greater understanding in the world’.
Far from condemning Corbyn for tolerating or associating with antisemites, or for dismissing antisemitism within his own party, the Chakrabarti report appears to endorse his approach of engaging in dialogue and to strongly criticise those who have attacked him on this basis.. I’d be grateful if anyone can point to a single piece of media coverage of the report that makes this obvious point.
( Luke davies, 28.07.2016 )
Jeremy Corbyn Is A Scapegoat Par Excellence ..
Jeremy Corbyn has not been cast away to die, thank heavens – so we should keep a sense of perspective. But in modern terms, no question, he’s a scapegoat par excellence. And in British politics, unlike Thatcher or Blair, he hasn’t done anything to deserve it.. He’s scapegoated for Brexit. He’s scapegoated for MPs opposed to him from the outset of his leadership having left (when was John Major blamed for the rebel Tories under his government? It’s they who were deservedly blamed most of the time).. He’s scapegoated for not being able to wave a magic wand and change the Parliamentary arithmetic out of nothing. He’s scapegoated for not having a ‘credible plan’ for Brexit, despite Donald Tusk having said it’s a plan the EU could work with.. He’s scapegoated for there being no 2nd referendum, despite himself proposing a Parliamentary amendment in such regard which was voted down. He’s scapegoated for the obviously appalling crime of the poorest in society actually being given a voice at last.
He’s scapegoated for not winning the 2017 election – despite having spent the previous 21 months constantly undermined by his Parliamentary Party, who were completely wrong in just about all of their analysis. Above all, their belief that Labour was now too left wing.. Scapegoated for not winning an election which Labour started 20 points behind. A snap election called by Theresa May for the express purposes of destroying Labour for at least a generation and ‘crushing the saboteurs’. The result? A hung Parliament.. He’s scapegoated for not making greater inroads in Scotland – despite the damage having all been done by New Labour’s arrogance and complacency. Labour’s image is dirt to many Scots. It’ll take a generation to undo that.. He’s scapegoated for opening up party democracy. Scapegoated by political illiterates who don’t understand our archaic electoral system, and think he can afford to abandon working class Leave voters who voted Leave because they’d been betrayed for decades.. He’s scapegoated for being a ‘Marxist’, ‘Leninist’, ‘Trotskyist’ or ‘Stalinist’ (what, all of them?!) – by people in such a bubble that they can’t see the world changing all around them and do not care about skyrocketing poverty, homelessness, inequality, rent or house prices.
He’s scapegoated for not being an autocrat then scapegoated for being one (even though he’s the exact opposite of one). He’s scapegoated as some terrible ‘economic danger’ having stood on a moderate, centre-left platform in 2017. A platform of European-style social democracy.. He’s scapegoated as a ‘liar’ on Brexit despite that manifesto supporting Brexit. Scapegoated for the obviously disgraceful crime of respecting democracy.
He’s scapegoated for ‘not being able to get his message across’ when virtually the entire media is implacably opposed to him; and even the public broadcaster is openly, wilfully, deliberately biased in its treatment of him and his party.
( Shaun Lawson, 19.02.2019 )
A Country Made Poorer And Less Civilised ..
Twisted words, half-truths and outright lies are the weapons that have kept this country locked in a state of arrested development for the past three years as all political energy has been spent on failing to deliver an imaginary freedom from invented tyrants.. Meanwhile, the issues that affect the lives of the vast majority living in the real world are ignored, leaving the weakest to go to the wall. Hence the mass use of foodbanks becoming an acceptable part of life in the world’s sixth biggest economy.. I was one of 16 reporters who spoke to some of the thousands of people forced to live on our freezing streets every night.. The reasons behind their soaring numbers are complex but the scourge is beatable. And surely every rich and civilised country wants it beaten?.. But what happens when your country is made poorer and less civilised due to devoting its resources to solving one political party’s insoluble dilemma ?.. In the past three months alone, the Cabinet Office has handed £14.6 million to outside consultancy firms helping them with Brexit. How many people could that have taken off our streets ?
( Brian Reade, 08.02.2019 )
It’s Not Corbyn Who Has The Problem ..
He’s scapegoated for antisemitism despite his party taking more steps to combat it than any other party in British history.. His policies aren’t scrutinised; they’re caricatured, by a media whose only interest is ridiculing and excoriating him and all his supporters, which could not care less about the causes of his rise: the sheer perniciousness of neoliberalism. The failure of our entire system.
Even his personality and appearance are scapegoated. His raincoat. His mild manner. His refusal to speak in soundbites at Prime Minister’s Questions. “We just can’t have someone like him as PM! He’s a danger, a danger I tell you!”.
And all this, at a time the public is sick to the back teeth of oily, slick-haired salesmen who speak with forked tongue then sell them all down the river the moment they get into power. ‘Power’, please note, not ‘office’. Our leaders are supposed to be our democratic servants. Corbyn is. Corbyn understands that perfectly. That’s why his expense claims were so low. Meanwhile, the Tories publicly bribe a party of bigots to stay in power; and were even trying to bribe Labour MPs the other week too.. Jeremy Corbyn cannot be both ‘useless’ and magically able to solve all our ills – or else – at the same time. The truth is: he’s inflicted more defeats on the government than the opposition to Major, Blair, Brown and Cameron combined. ‘Useless’, obviously.. The truth is: he oversaw the largest rise in Labour’s share of the vote since 1945 – despite standing on a platform which the media and his own Parliamentary Party insisted would destroy Labour forever.. The truth is: he saved Labour from a quite hideous post-2015 fate: bankrupt, bereft, without a clue, hemmed in from all sides. The truth is: he, personally, has given so much hope to so many millions ignored, shut out and walked all over for decades on end.. And here’s the thing about much of the left. Many of us have known the kind of adversity which our political opponents never have. That adversity, that – in many of our cases – trauma – is why we reach out and empathise with those who’ve experienced similar things.. It’s why we see causes, not symptoms. It’s why so many of us are in caring professions, while so many on the right disappear off to enrich themselves and give nothing back (including, in many cases, even taxes: which they avoid through their accountants and offshore havens).. And it’s also why, when we see someone under such sustained, never-ending attack (constant abuse every single day: why is it the media doesn’t care about that, but does care about disgusting abuse of others?) for the crime of representing us, we stand by him.. The more abuse he gets, the more steadfast our resolve becomes. The unprecedented nature of this onslaught can only mean one thing: much of the British establishment is up to its neck in cronyism and corruption, and terrified of what would come out under a Corbyn government.
I can’t speak for my followers – but I’d like to think most of them, like me, would be delighted to discuss issues people have with Corbyn’s leadership *constructively*. Through analysis based on facts. Not just opening your mouths and letting your bellies rumble.. Not cliche, not caricature, not lies, not ill-informed nonsense. But actual detail. Real, thoughtful analysis. There’s loads of things that can be criticised about his leadership. He’s not the Messiah.. but he’s not a very naughty boy either. The truth lies somewhere in between.. But if you just join in with the scapegoating – if you have some ritualistic desire to blame seemingly everything on the planet on a kind, decent, gentle man – the truth is: it’s not Corbyn who has the problem. It’s you.
( Shaun Lawson, 19.02.2019 )