The Labour Party has had a tumultuous week.
It has been Holy Week in the Christian calendar but it has been one big holy mess in the Labour Party.
Today is Good Friday the day Jesus Christ was crucified.
But a few-weeks ago John Woodock MP fired the starting pistol on a right-wing attack against Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters.
It was John that kicked off the 2016 so-called chicken-coup and that was March too.
In the mix, of the latest unrest, is the dwindling group on the right-wing of the party Progress and those people wanting at the very least a second referendum plus those who want Brexit scrapped.
David Cameron certainly knew what he was doing when he allowed an E.U. referendum to shore up Tory voting but then quickly cut and run when the Leave campaign lost.
Others have been left to wade through a veritable field of quicksand.
But the Labour Party's problems this week had roots in allegations of anti-Semitism.
Events as the week has progressed actually disrespect true victims of such abuse as attacks are made against Corbyn supporters and are politicised by the right-wing of the Labour Party.
Alan Sugar, appointed as a Lord by former New Labour Party leader Tony Blair, has Good Friday evening incensed Corbyn supporters with the above tweet.
Social media activists and users have fought verbally online while many have simply been shocked and reported the tweet to Twitter as offensive.
Certainly if there is a problem with anti-Semitism what message does the above tweet send out?
For me it is notable that anti-Semitism accusing trolls on Twitter have remained silent.
Using anti-Semitism as a political tool is many things from dirty to abusive to offensive and more.
There are two tweets below pertaining to tonight’s row. One is from John Mann who said this week send any anti-Semitic tweets you see online to me and I will report if they are Labour Party members; the other is from Labour Party shadow chancellor John McDonnell who appealed to Sugar to withdraw the offensive tweet.
Obviously the tweet will act as a click-bait tweet to some and could therefore result in an offensive comment by an angry viewer.
Is that the idea lord Sugar?
As I tweeted to Mr Sugar "Once a barrow boy always a barrow boy. Money but no class. Reporting that tweet thank you.
I have included a reminder re John Woodcock in an image below.
Jeremy Corbyn supporter looks back at this week
Where did you get that hat?
Lies, Damn Lies and Corbyn’s Anti-Semitism
This is a personal view of events concerning the Labour Party this week, with a little personal background to kick this off
(Apologies this will be rather long)
Coming from a working class background, our family occupying what was deemed a slum property during my childhood in the 1950s and 1960s, I guess I was always going to be a socialist.
My parents were Labour voters though never party members and I followed that trend.
There were always some working class Tory voters, even where we lived as kids, most for a variety of reasons including working class snobbery and an “I'm Alright Jack Attitude”.
But we kids all played on the same bomb-sites, went to the same old Victorian built schools, tore around the streets playing games, washed in tin baths, if we were lucky, slept in icy cold bedrooms during the winter months and enjoyed the privilege of an outside lavatory.
But we were lucky as not far from our streets the tenants in blocks of houses all shared one outside lavatory in a communal yard with one outside tap thrown in to spoil them.
So for me once a socialist always a socialist
I have voted Labour all my adult life though at times having to pinch my nose and encourage others to vote for "the lesser of the evils", the Labour Party.
Retiring a few years ago it seemed sensible to join the Labour Party which I have always supported and put my money where my mouth has always been. It was ahead of the General Election 2015 and Ed Miliband was party leader.
I had already been joining in pro-Labour tweet-storms and other social media activity as well as posting supportive blogs so what could possibly go wrong?
What went wrong for me was the Labour Party in all its self-proclaimed broad-church splendour
People say ignorance is bliss and that is certainly true.
GE2015 was lost and Ed was the sacrificial lamb.
Ed’s own MPs, many who shy away from leadership or even cabinet positions, like to virtually throw the party leader under any passing bus in defeat and so they chucked Ed as far as they could throw him.
Which means it was strange to me that Jeremy was blamed when a majority of people in the U.K. voted to leave the E.U, as my M.P. Alan Johnson ran the Labour campaign.
Warning bells went ting-a-ling
But I digress
I initially supported Andy Burnham for party leader when Ed stepped down. My thoughts were his age compared to Jeremy Corbyn rather than anything else, and I say that as a person aged mid-sixties now.
But a new lesson was learned, never judge others by yourself.
Jeremy Corbyn has amazing stamina and resilience.
I never supported Yvette Cooper or Liz Kendall as both were just too wishy-washy and middle-of-the-road for me. I looked at those standing for Deputy Party Leader and opted for Tom Watson as best of the bunch. Like so many I truly regret that vote.
Having followed the leadership race tirelessly I actually missed the new leader announcement as the health of our old rescue dog took a terrible turn for the worse. As the new leader of the Labour Party was announced we sat on our kitchen floor, with our beloved Jessie, while the vet put her to sleep.
So it was a tearful day for us but nothing to do with politics.
I had vowed to support whichever candidate won and I have been true to my word unlike some.
However it has been an easy task to support Jeremy as Jeremy Corbyn is the best thing that has happened to British politics for many decades.
He and his political supporters offer real hope for the many not the few and a chance to create a better Britain.
Having watched Britain's decline over the decades he remains an inspiration to me and one of the few politicians that could reverse the decay and stop the rot.
But it has not been an easy ride for Mr Corbyn or his supporters.
From day one there have been accusations, smears, challenges to his leadership and enemies within the party trying their damnedest to remove him and return to the politics of Tony Blair; a man who came to the Labour Party late.
For some it is as if there was no Labour Party in existence before Blair took office.
So this week another crisis is reached in the Labour Party.
This time a huge crisis which kicked off with claims of Antisemitism levelled against Mr Corbyn relating to a comment he made on Facebook in 2012.
It is worth noting when he did not rapidly respond to the allegation made by a Labour MP she took to Twitter to ensure maximum coverage and damage.
But yes 2012, so why the huge personal urgency now?
Why not work with colleagues and address this once and for all?
For me timing is always important when we look at allegations and try to decide if they are an opportunistic smear or made with real concerns.
At the end of this blog I will share some links to this week’s events but I refuse to dredge it all up again.
This is my closure on the affair, cathartic, as we look forward to upcoming elections and begin campaigning. Those safely nestled in Westminster apparently do not give a flying fig about local people standing for election this year.
Timing as always matters
More sacrificial lambs?
There has been a plethora of nasty screenshots from closed member only Labour supporting groups flooding some twitter troll accounts for some time.
If there are real and new problems real action would have been taken by now. The ruling bodies of the NEC would have acted and new procedures would already be in place.
And the party machinery under outgoing General Secretary Iain McNicol have obviously left a backlog of work for newly appointed Jennie Formby.
Are all the issues new and only occurring now under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership?
No except possibly for the extent of in-house smears.
It is notable that today, Good Friday in the U.K. the boss of Progress Richard Angell has made sure Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters are headline news for all the wrong reasons.
As Angell and his side-kick Luke Akehurst have tried to undermine Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters from day one their involvement actually disrespects genuine victims of Antisemitism in my honest opinion.
Until I joined the Labour Party I had no idea what Progress or Momentum was but you soon wise up.
So here I stand, or rather sit at my P.C typing this blog on Good Friday, the day that Jesus Christ was crucified wondering what next?
What next for the smears?
What nest for the accusers?
What next for Jeremy Corbyn supporters like myself branded a rabble or trots and neo fascists from people within the party and from one Tory M.P. this week Sajid Javid who took the cowards way out and did his accusing in the House of Commons under parliamentary privilege rules.
And, what next for me?
I commented on social media a short while ago sensing what was coming having observed trolls in action "should I renew my Labour Party membership and why?"
I had lots of positive reactions and reasons to stick with it.
However as I watch our own MPs, some who were helped back into office by Momentum and Jeremy Corbyn supporting activists in 2017, virtually spit on each and every one of us I wonder why bother?
There are many reasons to stay but many more to quit.
One main one will be to continue to support Jeremy Corbyn from within as well as outside of the party.
But who knows which member will be deemed not fit to grace the party traditionally of the working class at any future date?
It could well be me next if someone wants to trawl social media with the software the trolls and the party use to find a reason to remove people; or even if they do not like this blog.
Of course the likes of Tony Blair and John Woodcock are allowed to stay party members while actively telling people they cannot vote for Jeremy or even telling them to vote for another party. They can also feed the media negative story after negative story and not be held to account.
Seems the software used and the people reporting are very selective.
So in case you are wondering:-
I am not a racist
I am not homophobic
I am not Antisemitic
I am not sexist
I am not abusive
I am not a careerist
I am not a journo posting click bait to make money
I do not yearn for any public office
But I am a Jeremy Corbyn supporter?
And I am angry
All I do is yearn for a Jeremy Corbyn led Labour government with a great team working with him.
I ask do other Labour people such as John Mann, Stella Creasy, Tony Blair, John Woodcock, Luke Akehurst, Richard Angell et al want that?
I think we all know the answer to that one
Will I renew my party membership?
The jury is still out on that one and here is why.
I have as little in common with Progress, its members, its supporting MPs, its bosses Luke Akehurst and Richard Angell and those on the right of the party as I do with the Tories or even god forbid Ukip.
Until I see that change why would I want to throw my hat in the Labour Party ring.
But there is a subtle difference this time.
If I leave the party my vote goes with me.
I will become non-political and enjoy a full-retirement at last.
Please feel free to comment but note due to spammers and those darn trolls comments need to be approved before they show.
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Lies, Damn Lies and Corbyn’s Anti-Semitism
Where did you get that hat?
What is anti-Semitism?
According to the EU Agency for fundamental Rights (EUAFR), anti-Semitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism that are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, or toward the Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.
In July 2017, the Campaign Against Antisemitism published the opinion of expert counsel on the adoption of the above definition as an International Definition of Antisemitism. Expert legal opinion states that The Definition is a clear, meaningful and a workable definition. Criticism of Israel, even in robust terms, cannot be regarded as anti-Semitic per se and such criticism is not captured by the Definition.
Monday, March 26, 2018 was a dark and disgusting day in British politics, when right wing hacks, Tory MPs and Mr Blair’s acolytes in the PLP hijacked the victims of real anti-Semitism for political point scoring in yet another attempt to discredit Her Majesty’s Leader of the Opposition.
Jeremy Corbyn, a man who has condemned racism in all its forms for his entire career, has been labelled anti-Semitic because he viewed a mural painted by a street artist. It mattered not that the picture, entitled ‘Fake Profits’ depicted capitalism, and the greed of the rich who made their money off the backs of the working classes, those with an agenda decided they could spin intent and use it against him.
Jo Coburn for the BBC, presenter and right-wing apologist who is rabidly anti-Corbyn, described the picture as a stereotypical depiction of Jews with hooked noses. Her comment, according to the EUAFR’s definition of anti-Semitism, could itself be described as anti-Semitic. No one suggested but she that Jews are bankers with hooked noses, and indeed many people have facial features which could, and do, lend themselves to parody.
The artist, Kalen Ockerman, has identified the men in his painting, from left to right, as “Rothschild, Rockefeller, Morgan, Aleister Crowley, Carnegie & Warburg“.
Of the six men, only the first and last in the list were Jewish. One, Aleister Crowley, was noted for his anti-Semitic views.
The people who fake outrage, and who are demanding Corbyn gives up his pound of flesh, are the same people who do nothing about the rabid Islamophobia raging though the entire British Isles, or the attacks on the Mayor of London, or the ignorant, hate-filled little Englanders who brand all Muslims as groomers, paedophiles and rapists.
The legacy of conservatism is a section of spiteful haters who are terrified that a decent man may ascend to number 10
The tabloids and the BBC are at it again.
Not content with the egging they received over fake claims that Jeremy Corbyn was passing secrets to a Czechoslovakian spy, they are now trying their hardest to discredit him using the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yuliya, who were hospitalised after encountering the nerve agent Novichok in Salisbury two-weeks ago.
The theme in the main stream media this time, is that Corbyn, by wanting to err on the side of caution until we have proof that the Russian government administered Novichok to Mr Skripal and his daughter, must mean that he is trying to protect the Russians for some nefarious reason of his own.
Most right-thinking people would undoubtedly agree that before our Government went ahead and escalated a cold war with Russia, it might not be a bad idea to check a few facts first, especially as the scientist working on the samples of the poison that were sent to Porton Down, have refused to state categorically that the Novichok was made in Russia.
‘Labour MPs round on Corbyn after he says he does not TRUST security services' evidence that Russia is to blame for spy nerve agent attack’ Screamed the Daily Mail.
Of course it mattered not to the Mail that it was totally untrue.
What Mr Corbyn said was he fully condemned the attack, and those who had committed such an atrocity on British soil must be found and punished. He simply wanted to wait for the report from the experts at Porton Down to identify the source of the poison before blame was apportioned anywhere.
Trial by media did not stop with the gutter press however.
On BBC Newsnight March 15, a photo of Jeremy Corbyn was selected to make him look as much like Lenin as possible.
His picture was set against a backdrop of Russia’s Red Square. It was obvious to Labour supporters and others that Mr Corbyn was set up to look like a Russian stooge.
Accusations of photoshopping Mr Corbyn’s hat were denied by the BBC, but it cannot be doubted that the colouring and the shadows in the photo of the Labour leader and his hat were altered to sit more comfortably with the backdrop.
The subliminal message from the BBC was look at Corbyn at home with his Russian mates.
There has been indecent haste to brand the leader of Her Majesty’s Opposition in the U.K. a Russian sympathiser and a traitor to the country in which he was born and has served loyally for 35 years as a Labour MP and it’s not difficult to see why the right-wing hacks are behaving like this.
After Ben Bradley was forced to apologise for calling Jeremy Corbyn a traitor on social media, the oligarchs who control democracy in the U.K. must have felt a little flutter of alarm.
Jeremy Corbyn is a strong and principled man who has promised to sort out the jackals in the press when Labour take office.
They only have themselves to blame, however, but, any chance they get to go a little bit James Bond between now and the next election will not be missed.
By Monday March 19 a standard email was being sent out to those who had complained to the BBC. A copy follows:
Friday March 9, 2018, a group of women, angered at some anti transgender social media campaigning which was being used by those involved as yet another stick to beat Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn got together to create #Women4Corbyn.
It is an online based focus group which in a few days has received a great deal of support.
Unlike Mayday4Women our group members support transgender inclusivity in the party, Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party.
We all want and need a Jeremy Corbyn led government and as soon as possible.
We are a mix of age groups from around the country but with one message - we are staying put.
Mayday4Women has scheduled "mass resignations" from the party and involved anti-Corbyn outlets such as the Daily Mail to publicise their cause.
They seem oblivious to the hardship felt by many by the policies of the current Tory government. Their planned action will act as another political distraction enabling the Tory Party to go happily on its merry way.
Little wonder their Twitter account has some Tory groups following them.
As a new group we do not have the same media presence or contacts and we know that Corbyn bashing is infinitely preferable to many mainstream media outlets.
We are just ordinary women from ordinary backgrounds who support politics #ForTheManyNotTheFew.
If needed an internal debate and following Labour Party procedures is the best way forward on trans inclusivity.
Instead Mayday4Women members are planning to publicly resign from the Party this week if the NEC agrees to a motion that will allow transgender women to be on all women shortlists.
However the action of Mayday4Women needed a direct reaction and this is it.
And above all #VoteLabour #ForTheManyNotTheFew
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Trans inclusive #Women4Corbyn Pam's story
Trans inclusive #Women4Corbyn
MAYDAY 4 WOMEN @mayday4women Mar 11 As for the #Women4Corbyn response, at least attempt to address the concerns of women. Pretending sex is a self-defined abstract quality is anti-materialist hogwash. So telling how anti-feminists make everything about loyalty to a man. Only through men are you virtuous, women!
MAYDAY 4 WOMEN @mayday4women Mar 11
We're in The Mail on Sunday! If you want to resign in response to self-definition onto AWS, don't do it alone, join together with other women to make a collective statement.
New member Pam at #Women4Corbyn:-
When I was invited to this group, I was asked that I write a bit about trans. I'm not very good at this, better with Q&As as I'm less likely to go off at a tangent so I'm going to keep this mainly about myself, partly to protect others identities, and partly because it's a personal perspective.
Trans people are boringly "normal".
You may have met trans people without ever knowing so as contrary to popular belief, we don't walk down the road with Trans tattooed on our heads. In fact, we don't use the Trans prefix in everyday life.
A Trans Woman is just a woman, a transman, a man.
Now, I wont go in to the full mechanics of how we come about. There are others with knowledge of the scientific happenings, and I only know the very basics.
But safe to say, the brain is wired a certain way and trans people are born not made. You can't be persuaded to become trans just as you can't be persuaded to put your hand in a fire. The belief that you can is used as the excuse by so-called conversion therapists.
Most trans people just wish to get on with their lives, and most actually do when they get into the system (support, medical interventions, other contacts, etc).
A few of us campaign for trans equality. We are not fighting to take away anybody else's rights, but just to share in them and not be treated differently.
I was a campaigner from the mid 1990s until 2008 and then I retired to get on with my life. I did my own website and took it down when it reached a million hits to the homepage (don't forget, in those days, when the WWW was relatively young, there were only a few million with access rather than the 4-5 billion now).
I also set up and ran the http://mermaidsuk.org.uk/ website for the first ten years. Mermaids is an organisations for children and young people with gender Issues, and for their families. I also campaigned along with many others for the First Gender Recognition Act and was one of the first to receive a gender Recognition Certificate and new birth certificate.
In 2008, when I retired from campaigning to get on with my life, I was 7 years post-op' and feeling a little tired, so handed over the Mermaids website, and stopped campaigning.
But then in 2017, I heard the story in the local press of a young trans girl who had been shot in the face with a BB Gun whilst at school just for being trans.
It led to me leaving retirement and coming back to campaigning, albeit mainly online. And one thing I noticed that had changed in the time I was away, was the fact that transphobia had got so much worse and a lot wasn't even based on fact.
It was based on faux science and prejudice, and trying to debate with many individuals was like banging ones head against a brick wall.
But I was really concerned that many attacks were on children and their families including the outing of children who were stealth at school. This upsets me every time it happens and I will always defend trans children with my last breath.
So that's basically where I am now. If you've any questions I'll be happy to try my best to answer, or maybe one of the other people in the group who were born trans will.
MayDay for women describe themselves as an underground resistance, standing up for the rights of women and children.
They are allegedly Labour party supporters who feign outrage at the idea that transgender women are allowed the same platform in the Labour Party as people assigned female at birth.
Desperate to see misogyny in the most harmless of situations, these people are trying to bring down Corbyn’s Labour by claiming outrage that Labour are planning to allow transgender people onto all women short lists.
Emboldened by the onslaught against LGBT people in the right wing press, this sinister and nasty group are trying their best to create a hostile environment for those in the Labour Party who support a person’s right to choose the sex with which they feel most comfortable.
This group of seemingly transphobic bigots are trying hard to get their hatred sanctioned by organising mass resignations from the Labour Party in protest at what they see as sullying their gender purity.
They are the worst kind of feminists who set the cause for female equality back a hundred years.
Owen Jones reported that in today’s Britain, eight in 10 trans young people report self-harm and nearly half have tried to kill themselves.
How is a minority so afflicted with transphobia-induced mental distress supposed to feel with this relentless campaign against them?
Note that 64% of trans school pupils have been bullied for their gender identity; and 38% of trans people have suffered physical intimidation.
True feminism embraces all creeds colours and persuasions, and that includes those souls who wish to identify themselves as female MayDay isnt motivated by sisterly love or women’s rights, they have a thinly veiled agenda which is to score points against the democratically elected leader of the Labour Party, and it doesn’t take a genius to work out who is behind it.
#Women4Corbyn is a transinclusive group of female Labour Party members showing continued support for Jeremy Corbyn as Labour Party leader.
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