Monthly Archives: July 2016

The nasty party returns

Like many citizens of this country I was pleased when a Prime Minister was appointed – albeit a Tory.  I was further encouraged by her statement about supporting ordinary people over the rich.

Alas for innocence. Her first PMQ session set new standards of vicious, triumphalist point-scoring brushing aside the polite welcomes of opposition speakers.  No wonder the Great Leader was taken aback.

So, back to small-minded party squabbling from the Tory side.  The GL can be relied upon to steer clear of it, but alas for grown-up politics.

Anti – Corbyn press bias confirmed

Take a look at

http://www.lse.ac.uk/media@lse/research/pdf/JeremyCorbyn/Cobyn-Report-FINAL.pdf

This provides documented evidence of what many of us have seen for ourselves – that the press of all colours is biased against the Great Leader.

 

Meetings suspended during Leadership election

The following letter has been sent out to established Party members:

Following this week’s meeting of Labour’s National Executive Committee, I can now confirm the full timetable for the Leadership Election, and the role you can play in it.

Because you are a party member who joined on or before 12 January, you are entitled to vote to decide who leads the Labour Party. You must keep your membership payments up-to-date or you will lose this right.

You can find the full timetable and details at labour.org.uk/leadership, but here are the key dates:

Monday 18 July at 7pm — Nominations open (MPs and MEPs)

Thursday 21 July at Noon — Nominations close

Friday 22 July — Hustings period begin

Monday 8 August at Noon — Members must be fully paid up and in compliance to be eligible to vote

Week beginning Monday 22 August — Ballots packs will begin to be despatched (you’ll receive yours in the fortnight following)

Wednesday 14 September — last date to request a reissue of your ballot

Wednesday 21 September at Noon — Ballot closes

Saturday 24 September — Special conference to announce result

In recent months there has been a marked increase in reports of intimidation and threatening behaviour taking place at party meetings. Whilst the NEC recognises that the majority of our members hold vigorous yet collegiate meetings, the NEC has a duty of care for individuals who feel that their safety is threatened. It was therefore saddened to have to take the decision to suspend all normal party meetings at CLP and branch level until the completion of the leadership election.

However, in recognition that there is some essential business which must be agreed by CLPs, the NEC has made a number of exceptions to this suspension while this timetable is in place.

Meetings able to go ahead as agreed by the NEC include those Meetings solely for the purpose of making a supporting nomination in the leadership contest and for essential Annual Conference businessCampaign planning meetings for by-elections or devolved mayor campaignsAny other meetings (Such as Executive Committee meetings) with the explicit permission of the Regional Director (General Secretary).Meetings which go ahead under these exceptions will not consider ordinary motions or other business, except as explicitly agreed by the Regional Director.

This means any CLP meeting already scheduled should be postponed until after the completion of the leadership election. This is with immediate effect.

You will receive ballot papers in the post, and electronically by email.

The election will be contested using a One Person One Vote system. For full details of the voting system, go to labour.org.uk/leadership.

Thank you for your support.

Iain

Iain McNicol
General Secretary of the Labour Party

 

 

Racism and Labour

A very interesting project in Wales is described at https://www.opendemocracy.net/rocio-cifuentes/think-project-brexit-and-urgent-need-for-better-citizenship-education

The Think project was set up to combat radicalism in young Muslims, but it also worked with young members of far right-wing groups and claims 95% success rate in changing racist views during a three day programme.

One of the most disturbing aspects of the EU Referendum was the sharp rise in racism and xenophobia, much of it in Labour-voting areas of the country. We must bring these people back to the Party, which has a long-established anti-racist tradition.  Perhaps the Think project offers a way of doing this at local level.

The Leader speaks

If you are not a regular Guardian reader take a look at https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jul/08/jeremy-corbyn-labour-negotiations-europe-tories-exploit-cheap-labour

In it the Great Leader sets out his plan for dealing with Brexit in characteristically measured terms.

The dust settles . . .

Referendum dust, that is: and what can we see now that was obscure before.

This is a revolution.  The down-trodden masses, handed pitchforks by swivel-eyed agitators, have risen up to destroy the neoliberal Bastille in which many of their liberties were confined.  That they have destroyed many other good things at the same time is an unfortunate byproduct of all revolutions.

It is easy to see why politicians dislike referendums.  They are said to encourage short-term decisions which might later be reversed: only the settled consideration of long-term elected representatives can run the country.

The danger of that is long-term inertia. Once in place they get comfortable and forget where they came from: it takes a revolution or referendum to remind them.  This we have had: what can we do to reform and rebuild.

Here our Party, led by the Great Leader can move into the political vacuum – but only if the renegade Blairite running dogs come to heel and listen to their constituents.

A toad and the Somme

I try to avoid personal remarks in this site, in emulation of the Great Leader; but it seems I lack his forebearance.

Watching the Somme commemoration ceremonies on TV this morning brought home to me the enormous contribution made by many thousands of working class men laying down their lives for their country.  The News then went on to the launch of Michael Gove’s campaign to become leader of the Tory party.

At first sight this was just one more lying, double-dealing, duplicitous little toad stabbing a colleague in the back to advance his career; but then I got to thinking. Boris seemed much stronger in the Party than Gove: why had he folded his tent so quickly?

Glancing at the Telegraph as I picked up a Guardian, I saw a story that Boris has offered to stand aside in favour of Theresa May if she agreed to resign in his favour before a 2020 election.

So, more than one lying, duplicitous little toad is abroad in Tory politics.  Being so slow to see this may be a sign of my charming naivety, but I prefer to call it a belief in the high standard of public life.