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.
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