At the beginning of this week, this blog published a ‘reasons to be cheerful‘ article that included a huge reason to be cheerful about the direction of the Labour party: the increase in its membership to an incredible 630,000.
That the party membership has increased by a further 79,000 since the leadership election – in spite of constant denigration by the media and undermining by the party’s right-whinge MPs, along with some dodgy polling, shows that the real message is still getting out there in spite of attempts to muffle it or drown it in negative noise.
Of course, the right-whinge of the party poured scorn on a number that hadn’t yet (wonder why) been officially confirmed by the party machine, with comments on this blog, on Twitter and, apparently (I don’t bother reading it) on the UK Labour Facebook group ridiculing the idea after ‘thousands’ supposedly left in ‘despair’ after Corbyn’s second election victory.
So I’m just going to leave this here, from Labour’s excellent front-bencher, Richard Burgon:
You read it here first.
Lots of work still to be done, but those spreading counsels of despair have their own agenda, so nil desperandum!
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