Op-ed; Google The Labour Party Wednesday morning and expect a wave of negative news reports including many opinion pieces like this one.
But of course THEY get full prominence as so many are courtesy of the usual anti Corbyn suspects within the Labour Party and via the well-funded mainstream media.
With a by-election and local elections a few weeks away now is not really the time for a torrent of negative Labour Party news. We have political opposites who are perfectly able to damage the party's reputation without high-fliers linked to and part of the Labour Party leading the charge.
The latest furore centres around former London Mayor and Labour Party veteran Ken Livingstone and comments made last year during what looked to be a carefully crafted set up.
Labour MP John Mann was on hand last year with convenient camera crew to challenge Ken Livingstone over comments made and viewed as anti Semitic.
Tuesday following an NCC ruling on the affair Wes Streeting, Tom Watson, Michael Dugher, John Mann, David Miliband and a few others have opted once again to publicly attack a political party they claim to love.
Watching a Newsnight clip of Wes Streeting saying his piece on their offering Tuesday night I was struck by his well polished appearance and words. There was no passion just well rehearsed words.
Presumably these usual suspects had been rehearsing their next moves ahead of Tuesday's NCC ruling.
Big boy of the Labour Party Deputy Leader Tom Watson according to BBC News Wednesday is 'ashamed' Livingstone still in party. Of course many Labour Party members suspended from the party last year may have similar feelings toward people like Mr Watson.
Watson has also been busy on social media however as this blogger is one of many party members blocked by him online I can only quote, if I wanted to, via resources such as the BBC.
Failed former Labour leadership contender David Miliband has also been quoted as he apparently "grieves for state of Labour Party."
He does this from a distance as he turned tail and quit the U.K. moving over to the U.S.A. following his leadership defeat.
If he cares so much about the party one has to wonder why he did not stick around and actively work to help the party win elections.
Still he could not even help his brother Ed win the general election so why would he help Jeremy Corbyn who is a socialist?
The Labour Party elects ruling bodies and cannot cherry pick decisions it likes. A ruling has been made. That is it end of story.
As supporters of Ken Livingstone and those who would prefer him hung out to dry fill the Internet with news and views they guarantee election losses in May.
The anti Corbyn brigade will somehow make any losses all about him and his supporters but negative news from fat cats within the party will cause untold damage
The NCC has made a ruling and we either respect that decision or give up. The other alternative and one that looks increasingly the only way forward is the party splits.
But hey I am no one just a retired woman who has voted Labour all her life, only joined the party during Ed's time, talked up the party at each and every opportunity, consistently criticised the Tory Party and who wonders why new young things in the PLP feel it is fine to disrespect and bully veteran politicians within their own party.
Is it more to do with who donates the most to the party? Who has bought their way in? He who pays the piper calls the tune and all that.
Good luck to Afzal Khan the excellent Labour Party candidate standing in the Gorton by-election. Good luck to all the excellent Labour Party candidates standing in local elections around the country. We have our work cut out particularly with Article 50 in mind and political opportunism from the Tory party and the Liberal Democrats and now our candidates have public party division thrown in for good measure.
If we fail in the May elections there may be many reasons including KenGate. And if we fail we fail some of the most vulnerable and poorest people of our country.
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Following our Open Letter, to Iain McNicol, Tom Watson, the NEC and Jeremy Corbyn as party leader, and petition, we received the following Tuesday November 22, from Tom Watson or someone in his team.
I have replied but first Tom's email reply:
"Thank you for your email Eileen.
As I said in my speech to conference earlier this year, the 11 years of Labour government between 1997 and 2008 were a completely unbroken period of economic growth.
We made the economy work like never before or since; and we lifted half a million children out of poverty; and lifted a million pensioners out of poverty; and gave millions of low paid workers the decency of a national minimum wage; and introduced a radically redistributive system of tax credits; and winter fuel payments, free TV licences, free bus travel for older people.
More than 100 new hospitals, more than 200,000 new doctors, nurses, teachers, police officers, firefighters – bringing waiting lists down, school standards up, crime down. More than doubling our overseas aid budget.
I know we didn't get everything right, and I know that some people have strong objections to some of Tony Blair's policies. I respect that. But to use the word Blairite as a term of abuse is something I cannot support.
I agree with you that any talk of splitting is reckless and short sighted and serves only to rob the working people we seek to represent of a voice in Parliament. Equally reckless is launching ourselves into a war with our past, to try and discredit our own record in government. That's doing the Tory's job for them.
The work of the compliance team is tough and sometimes controversial. It's right that they work to tackle abusive behaviour and behaviour not appropriate in our party. With that said it's also right that the NEC, elected by members oversees that process and has the final say on suspensions. Ultimately it's not party staff that decide to suspend people it's the NEC. Our staff work tirelessly and diligently and deserve our respect and gratitude.
I know we may not agree, but I appreciate your candour and I hope you'll stay in touch.
Like me you may note that Mr Watson has not really addressed the issue of fair play when it comes to allegations of abuse.
So my quick reply back:
"Thank you for your response which is appreciated.
The way I and many others see it is some people have been suspended for silly spats online. That undermines justice when there is real abuse.
No decent person thinks it is right to be abusive online but social media does get heated. People are often baited into saying something they would not say face to face and are then reported to the NEC.
But all the Labour purge has done is remove those reported. It has done nothing to address real abuse.
Some members were simply prevented from voting in the leadership race and have now had their suspension overturned.
That has led to people concluding it was more about removing voting rights than abuse. The timing of the purge was telling.
As for calling a person a traitor if you think someone has let you down or betrayed you that is the word you use.
Sharing a report in the Independent late last night "independent.co.uk/news/uk/politi…" I wondered if at some future date I could be purged because of that word Blairite.
I joined the party April 2015 but have voted Labour all of my voting life as did my parents before me. As I told a local Labour councillor in many ways I wish I had not joined. Ignorance as they say can be bliss.
But I did and I believe in fair play.
If Tony Blair is allowed to call Corbyn a "nutter" and other MPs and Labour veterans able to be abusive online the party obviously has no concept of fair play.
Last week you visited Israel along with Luke Akehurst a man who has been abusive online many times.
That joint venture is a bad look.
Having worked in housing benefits and then for the NHS in administrative roles pre retirement yes I know first hand that the Labour Party made some positive changes for us all.
In my opinion it is nothing to do with bad mouthing Blair's Labour years but is more about getting the party back to its roots.
Jeremy Corbyn is a breath of fresh air and could already be well on his way toward election success if the Labour Party had not spent a year infighting, trying to remove him and more.
Having attended a Jeremy Corbyn rally and an Owen Smith gathering on separate occasions in Hull for me it had to be Corbyn all the way.
If it matters I voted for Andy Burnham and yourself in 2015 but unlike many in the PLP I respected the election result.
I am not alone in believing some in the PLP acted disgracefully this year and as yet they have to be held to account.
Until there becomes one rule for all I cannot accept your comments about the word Blairite.
Our initial petition at 38 degrees was pulled so please sign and share "Apply fairness in the Labour Party treating senior members and ordinary members equitably" if you are in agreement with the petition's aims.
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