Opinion: Labour List is an online publication allegedy supporting the Labour Party.
If you look at a cross section of its articles you may find it difficult to accept it supports the Labour Party.
Still the party is allegedly a "broad church" but sadly many of those on the right-wing of the Labour Party use that term but only mean it when it suits them.
Take a look at the following from Labour List Thursday.
Labour First, the centre-left group, has revealed plans to raise funds to recruit a paid organiser to resists the Corbynistas when a series of key grassroots votes kick off in January.
The language of the article is biased and divisive.
It is not posted as an opinion piece but is littered with opinion.
It gives a valuable online opening for Labour First which in my opinion has little to do with the Labour Party.
It is more about one man, Luke Akehurst, his masters and his vision for the Labour Party.
Akehurst has busied himself attempting to defeat and remove Jeremy Corbyn from his role as Labour Party leader. But Mr Akehurst, in spite of underhand tactics, failed to win a seat on the NEC in the latest round of elections.
But one thing about Mr Akehurst is his consistency.
He has simply said he and his gang will keep at it until Jeremy Corbyn is removed as party leader. They will push for a return to old new Labour, the politics of 1997 until around 2008.
Off all the people who have been suspended from the Labour Party surely Luke Akehurst, who remains a member of the party, is the most deserving of expulsion?
I do not personally know the man but I have been told by some who do he is vile and bitter. I also do not read Labour List these days but I am thankful some do and share. I am also thankful to those who brave high blood pressure by subscribing to Labour First to keep an eye on what Mr Akehurst and his band of anti-Corbyn, anti-party-democracy friends are up to.
The latest share comes by way of a Jeremy Corbyn supporter.
This is her reaction to Labour First's latest newsletter which we have shared in part below:
I've been fuming about this over night. Its so hurtful and divisive to all of us members, never mind about poor John McDonell. I think now is the time to send this Labour First e-mail in with a formal complaint to the party. Print it off take it to your CLPs, get the matter on the agenda and make them put through a formal complaint! Email from Labour First 30th November:
Mr Akehurst and Labour Party Deputy Leader Tom Watson paid a visit to Israel recently.
Days later Tom Watson was a guest speaker at Labour First's annual meeting Saturday November 26, 2016.
The two men appear linked in many ways. Does that mean both are trying to remove Corbyn?
We need to put in formal complaints and NOW. Many members have been suspended for much less.
Why is Mr Watson apparently working hand in glove with Luke Akehurst? If he is not it is way past time he put distance between himself and Labour First. The right-wing of Labour have pushed for Jeremy Corbyn to remove himself from some groups as Party leader, the same rules must apply to Mrs Watson as Deputy Party leader.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to formally complain.
Mr Akehurst being his usual anti Labour self on Twitter Thursday -hilarious arrogance too.
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.
Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership was never welcome amongst some in Labour.
This will not come as a surprise to many people.
Ever since before Corbyn was elected as leader of the Labour Party multiple groups of people have been attempting to devise the best way to make sure that he does not have a successful run as Labour leader.
If you don’t believe this, listen to this podcast starring Labour’s own John McTernan
These groups, which include the erroneously named “Saving Labour”, “Labour First” and “Progress” attempted to use the media initially to destroy Corbyn’s leadership. They chose to do this at a critical time for the Labour opposition, and at the expense of actually opposing the Tory government. Members of the shadow cabinet resigned to ensure that Corbyn did not have the team necessary to continue opposition.
They chose to sabotage the Parliamentary Labour Party’s ability to oppose the Tories when we could have defeated them
Now, they are at it again. Media smears have failed to topple Corbyn, and many people within the right wing of Labour believe that he will defeat Owen Smith in the Labour leadership challenge. They are not willing to accept Corbyn’s unhindered leadership of the Labour Party, even if he wins.
The new plan
The group Labour First recently sent out a mail to all of its members. I have reproduced it below, edited for brevity. The full mail can be forwarded to interested parties upon request
As you can see, Labour First are asking CLPs who have nominated Owen Smith to have official meetings, and suggest Contemporary Motions for submission to the Labour Party prior to the conference.
The choice of using Committee meetings was the same tactic used to lock party members out of CLP nomination meetings by some local parties that chose to nominate Smith. I can provide another message from Labour First’s Luke Akehurst instructing CLPs to consider this tactic, if requested.
I was interested what was contained in those proposed Contemporary Motions, so I downloaded the document. There were four motions contained inside. Due to my deletion of the tracking link, I reproduce them here for you verbatim
MOTION 1: Ensuring Working People Don’t Pay the Price of Brexit
Motion 2: Building a Health and Social Care System for All
Motion 3: Tackling the UK’s Housing Crisis
Motion 4: NATO
If those motions seem familiar to you then rest assured, you are not going mad. They are precisely the arguments that Owen Smith is putting forwards in the Labour Leadership debates.
You could reasonably surmise then, that the purpose of organising all of the Smith-supporting CLPs to pass motions containing Smith’s policy to the Labour Annual Conference is to ensure that whoever wins, Smith’s ideas are enacted by the party in the future.
This could be seen as innocuous, as they are not terrible policies.
I personally would argue that the NHS has been slashed heavily by the Tories and that 4% year-on-year increase in funding will not make up for the 60% of planned and executed cuts that have occurred after the 2015-2016 financial year, but the policy does not specify a maximum.
I would not be happy with the winner of the leadership challenge being constrained to build the arbitrary figure of 300,000 houses, or the specification that 50% of them do not need to be “genuinely affordable”.
I would prefer that the houses built belonged to local councils and kept in public possession.
The rotten core of the fruit
Contained within the mail was this line:
You can read my preview of party conference here: http://labourlist.org/2016/08/luke-akehurst-labour-rule-changes-mean-conference-is-the-first-big-battle-for-new-leader/
I looked at that article, which was also written by Luke Akehurst, and found it troubling.
Here is another excerpt. You can read the full text by following the link above
It’s the middle of a leadership election but Labour’s rival wings are already focussed on what happens when annual conference starts, literally the day after the result of the leadership race is announced.
Damage their term of leadership in the first week? Is that really the plan?
This troubles me greatly. I respect democracy, and want to see the Parliamentary direction of our party chosen by it’s leader as much as possible. I totally oppose any action which is expressly taken to damage the incumbent or the candidates term of leadership.
What should we do about this?
Beats me. I think that everyone should get intouch with their CLP to findout if there is a meeting being held to discuss conference business, and whether or not they are allowed to be a part of that democratic process.
I would like to see other motions proposed to shape the future of our party, such as:
When people who understand more about these issues pass on more information to me, I will either post it here or make a link to a more useful information source.
Many thanks to J Simpkin
Check out his own blog here https://bladeofgrassuk.wordpress.com/
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