Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn continues to hold members of the Tory government to account and so do we.
The Conservative Party may have tried re-branding theselves as the party of hard-working families but that description is wrong on so many levels.
Firstly it excludes a range of people including single, childless, those with severe physical and or mental disabilities, the elderly and retired, those unable to secure full-time employment, students and more.
But in real terms the Tory Party has used a banking crisis created by poor management in that sector to hammer home an austerity message and implement nasty cuts to social security.
Don't fall for the rebranding to some sort of handout labelled welfare - it is social security and paid for by contributions.
But the Tories would like to privatise the NHS and more removing the safety net of social security and setting the country back to Victorian times
They only want a health service if it is a private enterprise and fat friends can make some money along the way. It has nothing to do with health care or improving the service.
The Bedroom Tax was a sharp reminder of the widening gap between them and us in the UK.
Only the nasty tory party could come up with a bedroom tax and sell it to the electorate as a fair way to ease the housing crisis.
The bedroom tax is not applied to housing in the private sector though it may now also include housing associations.
MPS and the establishment occupy properties, sometimes grace and favour ones, funded by we the people. Too often properties are greatly under occupied and we are expected to accept that. But woe betide you if you are a married couple with one child occupying a two-bedroomed council property. Once the child leaves home expect an income hit if you are in receipt of housing benefit.
You will get stung by what the government likes to call the spare bderoon subsidy but is in truth a bedroom tax.
You have a few choices including taking in a lodger or moving, perhaps across country if there are no local properties suitable. In other words you have Hobson's choice.
But then there are the Panama Papers
Earlier in 2016 a series of revelations highlighted the lengths some people went to to avoid paying tax and on huge sums of money.
Amounts of money involved in some cases were dismissed as peanuts but to most of those so-called "hard working families" it was a small fortune.
David Cameron was implicated but the story quickly died a death.
Similarly in the summer news of a criminal investigation into accusations of Tory Party election expense fiddling in 2015 were swept under the carpet. That investigation is ongoing but don't expect too much. And the party of ordinary people, the Tory Party, still looks dodgy even though Dodgy Dave Cameron has resigned.
Take Hastings Tory MP Amber Rudd.
This is what she has on her website:
Thank you for contacting me about the panama papers.
But since Amber posted that in 2016 she has been implicated; and since that post has also been promoted in Mrs May's new cabinet.
Last week the Guardian reported " Leaks reveal Amber Rudd's involvement in Bahamas offshore firms. Exclusive: UK home secretary named as having been director of two Bahamas firms, while a co-director at another company was jailed over a false statement."
Miss Rudd is currently Home Secretary. It is a senior position in government.
The Guardian report continues "The Guardian has also discovered new details about her previous career in venture capital during the boom and bust 1990s. One enterprise led her to become a co-director of Monticello, a company that was at the centre of a share ramping investigation. She was also involved in a company prospecting for diamonds in Siberia that was traded on a notoriously unregulated stock exchange. Rudd said that her career in business prior to politics was public knowledge but declined to answer questions, including whether she had invested in the Bahamas companies or whether either company had paid tax in the UK. A rising star of the Conservative party, Rudd has provided scant details about her career before she became an MP in 2010."
Just an ordinary working woman nothing to see here, move along!
Expect Tory Party conference to use key phrases including "hard working families" and take it with a huge pinch of salt.
If you believe they are a party of the people you have been played for a fool and suckered in.
The Conservative Party conference is imminent. It will be unelected party leader and Prime Minister Theresa May's first conference as leader. The Tory Party has deep divisions but unlike the Labour Party it is good at closing ranks and showing a united front to the world.
Sadly the Labour Party has traditionally aired all its dirty laundry for the world to see or has it?
Watching BBCQT Thursday the rightwing's ongoing game plan was obvious. Jeremy Corbyn was bad-mouthed as soon as the show kicked off and he featured throughout, negatively of course.
These days though it is not just a hostile media concentrating on Labour negatives but enemies within supplying damaging leaked information.
Thursday Rod Liddle a Sun journalist stuck it to the Labour Party and Corbyn relentlessly.
But remember he is a Rupert Murdoch puppet.
Billionaire Murdoch has undue influence in British politics. If you think that is paranoia or a conspiracy theory consider why potential and elected British leaders meet with that man.
Thursday the Guardian reported "Theresa May had private meeting with Rupert Murdoch. PM met Times and Sun owner last week in New York despite her reputation for keeping the media at arm’s length."
Could you conceive Jeremy Corbyn having such meetings with Murdoch?
With previous Sun political headlines claiming "it was the Sun wot won it" when Tony Blair was elected socialists are extremely wary of the Sun and Murdoch.
The Sun, with its despicable reporting record including phone hacking, misreporting the Hillsborough tragedy and supporting Thatcher while adding lies to reports of the miner's Battle of Orgreave, was banned from the Labour Party conference this week. They could not give The Sun away and free copies were binned.
So Mrs May has received advice and support from Mr Murdoch and the stage is set.
Expect a slick conference with:
If she does will it be that tired BRexit means BRexit mantra?
It may be worth tuning in if you can face "Tory love and mutual admiration."
The saying goes know your enemy well and Mrs May and the Tory Party is no friend of ordinary working and middle class people. If you disagree remember Murdoch is pulling at least a couple of strings.
Andrew Neil finished Thursday's This Week which followed BBCQT with his "funny" aside which last night was "nighty night don't let Mr Corbyn bite." BBC bias to the bitter end.
We are all being played. And ultimately it is the greedy 1% who want the status quo maintained.
It has not been about austerity but waging class war and making the poorest and most vulnerable pay for the fat cats banking crisis.
But is that what you want?
Progress is a right wing group within the Labour Party that opposes Corbyn and harks back to the power grab years of Tony Blair. The mainstream media prefer to concentrate on attacking Momentum allowing progress a free rein to undermine party democracy.
Plotters plotted in the Labour Party and there is no indication that they are ready to respect the vote which returned Jeremy Corbyn as party leader Saturday.
Scheming is the order of the day for some but why?
It has nothing to do with Team Corbyn's electability and all to do with self-servatism, the politics of greed and personal opinions about what should be the direction of Labour.
Is the Labour Party policy moving to the left or the right? Does the electorate really need another centrist or right-wing political party? Surely after years of Tory cuts, at times propped up by the Liberal Democrats, we need a left of centre political party in the mix. A real left-wing political party not a pretence.
Tuesday the BBC's Daily politics is debating conference events this morning.
They are reporting on an angry morning when internal party politics is the main news.
Yes UNITY is something the hard right who like to call themselves centrists or moderates will never accept.
Polly Toynbee and Andrew Neil are picking the bones out of this morning but they are not letting a few facts get in the way.
Ordinary members of the electorate, those who do not follow politics deeply and rely on media sources such as the BBC, are as always getting an anti-Corbyn view with salient points missing.
Today the right-wing of the Labour Party had a win. The BBC reports:
But remember that is the BBC's angle.
Labour conference: Row over proposed NEC changes
Veteran Labour politician Jeremy Corbyn is a nice guy. Even those who quit his shadow cabinet posting resignation letters on social media to thoroughly humiliate him commented that. Unlike most of us Jeremy does not do personal abuse even when attacked but you sometimes have to fight fire with fire.
As Mr Corbyn tries for appeasement and a Labour Party family welcome all approach dissenters on the right-wing of the Labour Party, some who like to call themselves "centrists" or "moderates" are already plotting:
message from Luke Akehurst of Labour First after Corbyn's victory Saturday:
How vile is that on the day that Jeremy is re-elected?
Mr Luke Akehurst is a thorn in the side of Mr Corbyn, party members and Labour voters.
The Labour Party has purged many members from the party for often ridiculous allegations of abuse but Akehurst is allowed a free rein to spread his hate; and make no mistake it is bitter hatred.
It is way past time for Akehurst to be purged like a vile stomach bug that lingers until you act.
His "Labour First" should really be named "me and my pals first."
The publication is inclined to demonise "Momentum" and its members but gloss over the party within a party "Progress."
Akehurst is tied in with Progress which is a regressive section of the party with links to the Tony Blair years.
As people report others with sometimes silly accusations of non-compliance with Labour Party values I urge you to do the same as far as Mr Akehurst goes.
Mr Corbyn may not do personal but he and his team must act on this one or allow a poison to spread through the party from the parasitic host Luke Akehurst.
Good Morning comrades.
Well today is the day.
The mainstream media including BBC rolling news is in Labour Party leadership election overdrive.
The result of the election will be announced around 11.45am Saturday and though political pundits are declaring a win for Jeremy Corbyn hours earlier "it aint over till the fat lady sings."
We remember recent poll predictions regarding the 2015 General Election and this year's EU referendum and remain cautious.
The mainstream media are ignoring #LabourPurge2 which has removed thousands from the vote; add to this reportedly thousands of eligible voters who never received ballot papers after trying till they were blue in the face to get them issued; add to this those who would have liked a vote in the election but were excluded when an eligibility timeline of January 2016 was implemented and the vote is expected to be closer than last year.
Don't expect to see or hear mainstream reports today that include Labour Party shenanigans that may have mainly hit Jeremy Corbyn supporters.
But though cautious this Labour Party member remains hopeful.
I do not believe Jeremy Corbyn is unelectable; I do not believe that if Corbyn is unelectable the challenger Owen Smith, an apparent physical clone of many other politicians, is somehow electable.
If, and it is a big IF, Owen Smith wins I expect his time as party leader may be brief.
The silly, damaging and nasty "chicken coup" has been about removing Jeremy who refused to simply roll over and quit when over-paid politicians and fat cat donors wanted a return to the "same old politics."
But enough - later we will update this brief post and complete the headline "And the Labour leadership election winner is...." and hopefully it will be with the name Jeremy Corbyn.
And the winner is JEREMY CORBYN well done all.
"674,006 eligible voters. 506,438 votes cast. Spoiled votes 1,042
Jeremy Corbyn - 313,209
Owen Smith -193,229"
Part one - http://www.thejeremycorbyneffect.com/jeremy-corbyn-blog/tale-of-two-ferretts-miss-politics-and-labour-party-abuse
Part two - http://www.thejeremycorbyneffect.com/jeremy-corbyn-blog/part-two-labour-party-suspensions-and-abuse-the-elder-ferrett-john
Part three Miss "potty-mouth" Politics.
Miss Politics is a strange click-bait come troll account on Twitter.
At times it has been adorned with an Owen Smith Twibbon and at other times one for Jeremy Corbyn.
A day ahead of the Labour leadership result it is just Miss Politics whoever or whatever that is.
It could be a man, a woman or a group of people.
But one thing is clear the account is abusive and anti-Corbyn.
Take a look at the tweet above and tell me that is not abusive, inappropriate, baiting and more.
Perhaps as the leadership result draws near the account will disappear but that could depend on who wins.
Miss Politics bio days "Former Labour SpAd We need to stand up to Comrade Corbyn and his trots who are destroying the working classes chance of electing a government" and the location is given as London.
The account could be simply vindictive, a sick joke or run by someone of a different political persuasion but if it is a Labour Party member or affiliate the person must surely be suspended from Labour during the current witch-hunt McCarthy period in Labour history?
Friday the anti-Corbyn trash is less visible on Miss Politics timeline as she opts to wind people up about Iraq and Saddam Hussein.
One tweet that will amuse Corbyn supporters says "@lukeakehurst Wish you were an MP."
Most of us have our own wishes concerning Mr Luke Akehurst.
When challenged by one comment she tweets "@Kosmogrrrl @bristling You are a cunt. How dare you make up lies about me. You are scum."
She is still retweeting Mr Blair's former spin doctor John McTernan and other anti Corbyn accounts from within Labour.
As Owen Jones, journo, and Chuka Umunna, MP, appeal in some ways for unity a series of Labour MPs including Chuka make it clear they will not serve in a Corbyn Shadow Cabinet if Corbyn is elected with some saying the same will apply if Owen Smith wins.
Add to that accounts such as Miss Politics who not only tweets some Labour accounts but is actually retweeted by Labour MPs and you see it is a farce.
We will close with Miss Politics new tweet "Corbyn supporters are a nasty, horrible uncontrollable mob. They don't want us to unite. They just want us to conform. #LabourLeadership."
Unity my backside!
Opinion: [Labour] Party members will have to explicitly promise “to act within the spirit and rules of the Labour party in my conduct both on and offline, with members and non-members." The statement they will have to sign adds: “I stand against all forms of abuse. I understand that if found to be in breach of the Labour party policy on online and offline abuse, I will be subject to the rules and procedures of the Labour party.” Punishments could include being suspended from the party or eventually being expelled."
I will not sign up to such a draconian piece of garbage.
I am not abusive though like many people if I am goaded or attacked on social media I may respond accordingly.
But here's a thing or two.
I have a series of vile, abusive and in some cases simply rude comments made on social media by some Labour Party MPs and officials.
As party members and affiliates have been suspended from the Labour party due to a series of unproved and non-transparent allegations how many of these officials have been held to account or reprimanded?
My guess is non.
As an online blogger I sometimes push the boundaries for various reasons and share images that could be viewed as contentious but as a retired British citizen my time is my own.
I do not break the law.
I am old enough to know what crosses the boundaries of decency and real abuse. I may be a Labour party member, supporter and sometime donor but that does not give them the right to spy on me online, gather information when they want to and ultimately use it against me.
I opposed Theresa May's so-called snooping charter and continue to do so. So why would I sign a social media behaviour contract with a political party I support and pay for the privilege?
The answer is I would not.
Perhaps this is the latest way to oust Jremy Corbyn supporters from the party.
It is not that they are more abusive but simply most would oppose Big Brother tactics from the Tories and be ashamed if Labour adopted similar moves.
Anti-Corbyn Labour Party members may have more in common with Ms May than they like to admit.
If I leave the party my vote goes with me. There is only so much bull any person can stand.
Having seen and heard most of it before life will be easier becoming apolitical.
And if I do leave due to a ridiculous addition to the Labour Party member contract I will be like a woman possessed.
I have a few axes to grind.
I have voted in the Labour leadership 2016 but many friends have been excluded; some suspended, others never receiving their ballot papers or caught out with the implementation of early deadlines.
Like most genuine socialists I look after my own.
Ironically Big Brother Watch was at the Labour Party Conference 2015 https://www.bigbrotherwatch.org.uk/our-events/labour-party-conference-2015/
But the party leader fully backed this latest action and has said that he has also suffered abuse and “will absolutely not allow any sort of it, whatsoever, anywhere around our campaign”.
Opinion: We are two-days away from the Labour leadership election result but the smear-a-day campaign trundles on.
Thursday it is David Miliband.
The mainstream media are running with the story that David Miliband has written a stinging article condemning Jeremy Corbyn as unelectable. Yes that old chestnust that drip feeds into the minds of some and becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
It is gathering pace like a round robin as the media run with various versions of the story.
It strikes me as odd that ordinary working people struggling with all that life throws at them are being suspended from the Labour Party for using angry words on social media but people like David Miliband, and my MP Alan Johnson, are allowed a free rein to attack and undermine us all in the mainstream media.
Labour MPs on the right of the party such as Wes Streeting are tweeting it is worth reading Miliband's article but one man on social media hits the nail on the head.
"Aaron BastaniTwitter › AaronBastani "David Miliband earns £425,000 as head of refugee charity International Rescue ibt.uk/A6RUR?utm_sou… he ain't fighting no by-elections!"
In other words those who think he may be about to step back into British politics for real are deluded but it does not stop him sticking the knife in.
Little wonder David Miliband like other Labour fat cats Peter Mandelson, Tony Blair, Ed Balls, Alastair Campbell et al do not want real Labour politics with Jeremy Corbyn in pole position.
Is it really because voters will not go for Corbyn or that THEY do not want such politics?
David Miliband was expected to be elected leader of the Labour Party back in 2010 but he lost out to his younger brother Ed.
"David Wright Miliband (born 15 July 1965) is a British Labour Party politician, charity chief executive and public policy analyst who was the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs from 2007 to 2010 and MP for South Shields from 2001 to 2013."
David said he would not serve in Ed's shadow cabinet as he did not want the two brother's to be compared and presumably Ed somehow undermined. He left politics in 2013 triggering a by-election and moved on to pastures new.
He took up the posts of President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee in New York City.
But he has always been in the mix and in some people's eyes remains a natural successor to Tony Blair.
The BBC reports ""The main charge against Jeremy Corbyn is not just that his strategy is undesirable because it makes the party unelectable. That is only half the story. "The real issue is that his strategy makes the party unelectable because it is in many aspects undesirable" but undesirable for whom we wonder?
Voting closed Wednesday at high noon but the right-wing of the Labour Party appears to have no intention of embracing the leadership election winner if it is Jeremy Corbyn.
They continue to call Corbyn supporters hard-left and themselves moderates or centrists but who are they trying to kid?
Though political pundits are predicting a win for Mr Corbyn remember such poll predictions have been wrong before.
With a large number of eligible voters removed it could be a tight result.
First it was a ridiculously early date for eligibility, then it was changes to the cost of being an affiliated supporter, then it was people removed in many cases for silly or non-existent comments on social media, it moved on to those who heaven forbid may have supported another political party in the past and possibly finally tens of thousands who did not receive ballot papers in time.
Was the latter incompetence or foul play?
Look at those ruled out of voting for any of the above reasons and you tend to find Jeremy Corbyn supporters.
This has led to most people drawing to the conclusion that a fix is on. Whether it will be enough to return Owen Smith as party leader is doubtful but stranger things have happened and are continuing to happen.
And as always you need to follow the money trail.
Opinion: Our tale of two brothers and one political social media click baiting account continues with Councillor John Ferrett.
To be fair he was partially included in part one "Tale of two Ferretts, Miss Politics and Labour Party abuse."
Currently ordinary members of the Labour Party are being suspended from Labour but there is a big BUT.
In the summer we were warned that the use of certain words could result in party suspension or even expulsion. Of course there you have problem number one. Those in the know are able to avoid the certain words but remain abusive on social media, in some cases goading others to cross that invisible red-line of abuse.
The party is justified in removing enemies within but it is currently undertaking a divisive witch-hunt and suspending long standing party members, young, old and it has to be said by and large Jeremy Corbyn supporters.
Suspension notification letters tell the recipient that they are excluded from holding office in the party. That means they cannot be a secretary or chair person in their CLP or at ward level but also excludes them from going a step further into politics perhaps as either a Councillor or an MP.
It also prevents them attending the Labour Party conference 2016 which is imminent.
If the Labour Party wants to even put on a show of being fair it must include people such as Mr John Ferrett in its suspensions but that would cause local council problems.
The same goes for MPs.
But if the Labour Party cannot show itself to be fair with its members it says something and not something positive.
Reasons for suspension range from the sublime to the ridiculous with the downright crazy in the mix.
Councillor John Ferrett posted on Twitter recently that Labour's Compliance Unit has a dossier on him, in other words complaints re perceived abuse on social media, but that he has been cleared.
The conclusion then must surely be that the majority of party members currently suspended will be exonerrated?
Because when you look at the reasons given and examples of social media activity that has resulted in the suspension of members Mr Ferrett is up there with the worst offenders.
However if exonerrated it will be too late for input in the 2016 Labour leadership contest.
Mr Ferrett on the contrary will have voted and be able to attend party conference if he wants to.
Opinion: In the smear a day campaign against all things Corbyn Monday, ahead of what is expected to be a damning report on Momentum scheduled for airing this evening, the Jeremy Corbyn supporting group is the latest target.
It is as if the Labour plotters and the mainstream media are working to the same nicely timed agenda as the leadership election enters its final days.
The Guardian opts for "Momentum to start children's wing to boost 'involvement in labour movement" and you can read into that whatever you want to and people have been doing just that.
To be fair the report is not that loaded but anti-Corbyn activists on social media are spinning the story and running with it to suit.
On Labour supporting forums on Facebook battle lines and deep divisions are all too plain to see. The brief post in the Guardian is being used to make comparisons to the Hitler youth movement, fascism and more; Momentum are assessed as bad news in sweeping statements which tar all its members with the same feathers.
The Guardian reports "Momentum is organising a fringe festival, The World Transformed, alongside next week’s Labour party conference in Liverpool and Momentum Kids will launch with a creche for parents attending the event. Momentum claims it will then spread nationwide, aiming to provide cooperatively run childcare, including breakfast clubs, for parents who want to get involved in political activity but find it hard to fit around their caring responsibilities. The new group is also aimed at “increasing children’s involvement in Momentum and the labour movement by promoting political activity that is fun, engaging and child-friendly”. "
Here comes the loaded statement aimed to drip feed into the readers minds "Momentum’s leaders insist it is an open, democratic movement aimed at boosting political engagement and pursuing some of the ideas championed by Corbyn, but its critics claim it is a hard left caucus aiming to seize control of Labour using the tactics of Militant, the organisation ejected from the party in the 1980s."
So the main aim is creche facilities enabling parents to become more politically active.
Is there more to it than that?
If you read the mainstream media yes there is.
But here's the thing.
Many young people do not vote; even some older citizens are proud to say they do not vote either. Some young people were angry that the majority voted for BRexit in the summer but many of them opted not to vote.
Somewhere along the line people stopped engaging with British politics and there have been various discussions about the best way to address this.
Tim Farron leader of the Liberal Democrats, you know the political party that was happy to prop up a Tory government for five years, has also stuck his oar in but of course he is hoping to pick up disenfranchised Labour Party members and MPs if Mr Corbyn is re-elected.
Sky news says "Dubbed "Tiny Trots" by Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron, Momentum will run a kids' programme at a four-day festival on the fringes of the Labour conference next weekend. Children will be able to attend campaigning workshops and story-telling sessions as part of the arts, music, politics and cultural event in Liverpool."
"Momentum Kids will provide creches, breakfast clubs and after-school sessions for children as young as three to allow single parents to keep up with their political engagement in the 18,000-strong organisation."
Most if not all political parties and groups try to involve younger people.
One older Labour supporter says "Well I joined [Labour] at 15 - now 71 so I think there has been a youth party in ours for a very long time. We were the Young Socialists and before that it was the Labour League of Youth. Anyone else remember them!"
So ignore the spin aimed at demonising Momentum and think again. If you want to have mind manipulation by the media just carry on your merry way believing what you are told to believe.
Responses on Twitter include:
LisaMuggeridge– @LisaMuggeridge NO am really sorry someone needs to step in and tell @peoplesmomentum this is not ok. THis is actually beyond the fucking pale.
Frances Hinde– @franceshinde Hitler Youth comes to mind https://twitter.com/LisaMuggeridge/status/777625887122530305
But me, I suggest you draw your own conclusions and that includes about those who comment as above on social media.
Opinion: Sunday Eoin on Twitter has gone for "Andy Burnham manages to fight a leadership campaign last summer without abusing Corbyn or his supporters. Why can't Owen Smith so the same?" and he has nailed it once again.
This blogger attended an Andy Burnham event in Hull in the summer of 2015 and an Owen Smith one in 2016.
They were both held at the same venue and both organised at least in part by East Hull Labour MP Karl Turner.
In 2015 former deputy Prime Minister and local MP John Prescott played host. He added some humour to the event and veteran politics at one point saying he would have preferred the meeting included others standing for election and he mentioned Jeremy Corbyn in particular.
That mention was as a positive and it was the only time the other leadership hopefuls were "in the room."
The Owen Smith event was a very different affair.
For one thing Alan Johnson West Hull MP attended but Prescott did not. In 2015 Mr Johnson threw his political support behind Yvette Cooper although his CLP failed to agree on a nomination.
There were also less people at the Smith event.
The question and answer session was similar to last year but those who asked some questions were labelled, probably correctly, Corbynistas. One man who seemed to be a Corbyn supporter wanted to ask in depth questions about the NHS but was told by some including Mr Johnson to sit down.
To be fair time was limited and the event did overrun as Mr Smith was late.
Last year I was a novice at events.
I was inspired by Mr Burnham who seemed the best candidate for the job of party leader. For me Jeremy Corbyn was too old and I say that as one of his contemporaries.
So I voted Burnham last year but accepted the democratic result and have supported Mr Corbyn who has in my eyes proved himself more than worthy over and over again.
I also attended a Corbyn rally in Hull this summer and was more than impressed; finding the right word is not easy.
The rally was fun, informative, entertaining, inspiring and more. And challenger Owen Smith was not "in the room."
Corbyn has held many of his rallies outdoors to keep costs down and to accommodate the huge number of people attending.
The Owen Smith event was ticketed. In order to attend you had to apply online giving an email address.
But it did not take long for Corbyn to be "in the room" thanks to Mr Smith.
One giggle for Smith supporters was a dig at Jeremy commenting he was "perhaps making jam" when he was not available.
And sadly that was not the only dig.
If Mr Corbyn wins the leadership election, and I seriously hope he does, he will have done so by fair means.
If Mr Smith wins will he have been helped along by an unfair and biased purge of Labour Party members and attacking Mr Corbyn time and time again?
From someone else who went to an Owen Smith rally http://www.newtekjournalismukworld.com/your-voice/so-i-went-to-an-owen-smith-event-in-halifax
Saturday Alan Johnson Hull West and Hessle MP has joined the anti Corbyn smear a day campaign. To be fair he has been openly opposing Corbyn before Jeremy was even elected as party leader.
Alan Johnson is my MP in Hull West and Hessle. He represents the Labour Party and unlike many of his colleagues in the party he is from working-class stock.
Wikipedia writes "Just three weeks before the 1997 general election, Johnson was selected to stand for parliament in the safe Labour seat of Hull West and Hessle when the previous incumbent, Stuart Randall, stood down suddenly. Randall was subsequently elevated to the House of Lords."
According to a local source Randall stood down in exchange for the elevation to the Lords and Johnson was as they say "parachuted" into Hull. Johnson was not a local man.
He had a tough start in life and you can read his story in "This Boy." Reviewing the book Chris Mullins writes in the Guardian of Johnson's childhood:
It was a world of slum landlords, gang warfare, race riots and, it must be said, a strong sense of community. His first home was two rooms in a tenement that, even before the war, had been declared unfit for habitation. There was no indoor toilet, no bathroom, the kitchen was a stove on the landing and the electricity was metered, which meant the family were constantly scrabbling for shillings and often had to rely on candles for light. As a young teenager he recounts walking the streets with an old pram scavenging for coal and the repeated humiliation of having to ask local shopkeepers for goods on tick.
But so many other ordinary people shared a similar childhood in the 50s and 60s.
We may have had a Mum and working Dad and a small rented slum property but we had many problems. We also had to shop on tick at times at the local corner shop, experienced a stabbing in our local laundry, went to school with a family of brutal thieving rogues, lived in a two up two down, with no inside loo or bathroom, played on bomb sites and more.
While some things have improved each decade for successive generations there remain various challenges for the working and middle class.
The only constant winners are the very wealthy and what used to be called the upper classes.
But Saturday in the smear a day campaign against Jeremy Corbyn Alan Johnson has featured across the mainstream media bad mouthing Mr Corbyn and his supporters. His careless disregard for the Labour Party, its reputation and its electability are sickening.
The Telegraph opts for "Labour crisis: Alan Johnson demands relentless rebellion against Jeremy Corbyn's leadership."
Mr Johnson's opinion piece is in all the main right-wing publications. These days of course he could hardly describe himself as working class.
Some of us will always be working class but it is unlikely Johnson feels that way.
Is he burning his labour bridges attacking Corbyn or has he nothing to lose?
Aged 66 he could be about to retire but he does have an eye on a mayoral role in the Northern powerhouse plans. Then there are local boundary changes which could hit Johnson's constituency and election chances.
He has openly opposed Jeremy Corbyn from day one, at times childishly citing Corbyn's rebellious track record in the House of Commons but the timing of his latest attack stinks.
I guess the difference some MPs fail to recognise is Corbyn rebelled due to principles while others such as Johnson do so out of spite.
When in the summer of 2016 Johnson's CLP held a meeting to vote on supporting Mr Corbyn Johnson was not present. He was, some would say conveniently, away. It could have been re-timed of course had he wanted to attend. When Mr Corbyn held a rally in Hull city centre non of the three Hull Labour MPs attended unless they did so incognito or by proxy. But at an Owen Smith event in Hull two of the three local MPs attended and one confirmed the third would have been there but she was on holiday. This blogger attended the meeting and the two rallies.
Johnson's, my, CLP voted unanimously to support Corbyn:
"Mr Johnson, the former Home Secretary, condemned Mr Corbyn as “useless”, “incompetent” and “incapable” of running a political party, and called on rebels not to give up their efforts to oust him."
The use of words such as moderate, soft left, left, hard left and "bourgeois concept" highlight how out of touch Johnson is.
"They've captured the castle," he said. "Just as the [Left-wing] Campaign group carried on year after year undermining whoever was the Labour leader, so we've got to do the same. We've got to recapture this party again otherwise it's dead and finished and gone."
Jeremy Corbyn is set to win the leadership election again although nothing is ever certain in this life apart from death.
The number of people being purged from the party for sometimes silly reasons continues to grow. The majority if not all appear to be Corbyn supporters. A series of MPs and hard right members of Labour, that is my tit for tat retort to hard left, are abusive on social media but still sitting pretty.
I have voted Labour all my eligible years and for Mr Johnson since he arrived in the city. I will never vote for him again and I am not alone. How could I when he no longer represents me?
This was to be a single post but it did not take much digging to realise it needs to be in three parts.
So Saturday in part one we planned to take a look at Labour Councillor John Ferrett but instead this report features his brother Ken.
Bear in mind that currently some Labour Party members are excluded from the leadership election, suspended from the party for activity on social media deemed abusive.
John Ferrett and his "kid brother" Ken represented Labour at local level, Portsmouth, and John still does however Ken quit.
On September 25 2015, 13 days after Corbyn was elected, Ken quit saying "he had to leave due to ‘fundamental political differences’ with Jeremy Corbyn." He added he was "also ‘horrified’ by the level of abuse thrown at loyal Labour members for not embracing ‘Corbynmania’.
Portsmouth News reported "Cllr Ken Ferrett, who serves the city’s Nelson ward and has represented Labour for 21 years, has made the decision due to ‘fundamental political differences’ with the veteran left-wing politician [Jeremy Corbyn]."
Portsmouth News published his resignation letter in full which you can view by a link below. The following quote is just a small part of it:
I absolutely respect the result of the leadership election as representing the democratic will of the members and supporters of the Labour Party and recognise the leader has a significant mandate with which to transform the party. However, what I cannot and will not respect, is the party and its leadership abdicating their responsibility to present themselves to the British public as a credible alternative government to the Conservatives. Ultimately, I have faith that the wider electorate will never elect Jeremy Corbyn as prime minister and will continue to show their very British and very dismissive contempt for those who indulge in the fantasy politics of the far-left.
According to Portsmouth News his heart was no longer in the role by February 2016.
Ken Ferrett left the Labour party but stayed on as an Independent councillor before quitting February 2016 ahead of a scheduled re-election.
But Saturday Mr Ken Ferrett is busy on social media posting vile abusive tweets.
Ken Ferrett @Ken_Ferrett Disband/proscribe Momentum, sack McDonnell, sack Milne, expel Livingstone, state clear commitment to NATO & Trident (link: https://twitter.com/Pooolitics/status/777078371201212417) twitter.com/Pooolitics/sta…
He appears to be sharing with an account most people especially Jeremy Corbyn supporters have blocked. It is one called Miss Politics.
The account currently has an I'm with Corbyn Twibbon but until very recently it brandished one supporting Owen Smith!
As already suspected it is a click-bait troll acount aimed at sucking people in perhaps before reporting offenders to Labour's compliance unit.
Who or what is behind that Miss Politics troll account is not known but it is shared far too often by Owen Smith supporters.
Ken Ferrett's timeline is full of anti Corbyn tweets from fake accounts, trolls and abusive MPs.
Ken Ferrett may hope to be welcomed back into the Labour fold if plotters manage to oust Jeremy Corbyn but surely his behaviour must warrant a long term party expulsion.
16 Sep Ken Ferrett @Ken_Ferrett @PortsmouthSail It's not Europe that's splitting Labour - it's inept leadership and an inflexible, electorally unpopular far-left agenda]
And John Ferrett's latest tweet Saturday is a reply to "Real Labour @gossipcelebrity@John_Ferrett @Anna_Soubry @johnmcdonnellMP when Jez wins next weekend you will need to reassess your situation #jeremy4pm" He replies "No I won't - I will join Alan Johnson and others in working even harder to undermine Corbyn."
And this blogger who is a member of Mr Johnson's CLP has noted that.
Tom Watson Deputy Leader of the Labour Party has emailed party members allegedly highlighting what he has been doing during his year in office and including a link for recipients to reply.
I voted for Mr Watson to be Deputy Party leader in the 2015 election but like many other members I regret that vote.
If there is another election for Labour Party Deputy he will not get my vote.
But at this time it is Jeremy Corbyn who is fighting to remain leader of the party while Mr Watson is sitting pretty.
Mr Watson will have received a mixed bag of responses though in light of the ongoing Labour Party purge many people may have not responded. What follows is one man's reply to Mr Watson and he probably speaks for many of us:
Me I would describe him a little differently.
His character is in the movie The Queen. "Badass Boast: Blair chews out Alistair Campbell when he insults the Queen three times in a row, Blair proudly explaining his admiration for the Queen for her sense of duty and dignity."
Campbell comes across as arrogant in the Queen but it is just a movie or is it?
Mr Campbell quit his role in 2003 "Downing Street media chief Alastair Campbell is to step down, it has been announced.Mr Campbell, Tony Blair's director of communications and strategy, said his family had paid a heavy price for the "real and intense" pressures of his job and it was "time to move on and do other things"."
He has had a recent sibling bereavement; a testing time for anyone.
But look at a sample of his tweets shown above; consider the above footage from June 2016 ahead of the orchestrated Labour coup; search out Portland Communications online and make up your own mind where Mr Campbell stands.
Sources report Campbell was abusive to McDonnell on BBCQT Thursday helped along by Tory woman Soubry and the show's former Bullingdon Boy host David Dimbleby.
I am told it wreaked of bias and many people have logged formal complaints.
While it is good to put in a formal complaint past experience tells me the BBC will reply with hogwash.
I did not watch enough to complain and have no intention of putting my high BP through such trauma but I am taking action today on Campbell's vile abusive tweets.
A series of friends, online and in real life, are currently suspended from the Labour Party depriving them of a vote in the Labour leadership election.
People are being suspended for supporting and sharing petitions, retweeting words that Labour's Compliance Unit deem abusive, excessive, vulgar and more. Some are even suspended for previously supporting the Green Party!
Yet Labour know they have to win back voters from other parties. Does this mean they want people to vote for them but exclude them for being an official party member or supporter?
But this report is about Alastair Campbell and his abusive activity on social media and the following complaint:
To Iain McNicol Labour NEC General Secretary,
Alastair Campbell appears to enjoy rattling people!
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