A woeful article by George Eaton in the now-LibDem New Statesman contains an extraordinary – and extraordinarily ill-advised – admission by a right-wing Labour MP.
George Eaton’s attack piece, which should be given no more credence for its conclusions about Jeremy Corbyn than any other hostile publication, tries to assume its conclusion that the Labour leader has to go – but that’s just ‘business as usual’ from hostile media. (It won’t be linked from this blog as we have no wish to drive traffic to a poor site, but you’ll find it easily enough if you’re so inclined, by searching for Eaton’s name and “Jeremy knows”.)
Of far greater significance, though, is that reckless admission:
This amounts to a declaration of war by a Labour Right that has become increasingly desperate recently – which probably explains the recklessness.
Right-wing Labour MPs and their supporters have bleated incessantly about the supposed ‘unfairness’ of Labour members deselecting their MP ever since Corbyn’s candidacy marked the start of the ‘Corbyn surge’ in membership, right up to now. Here are just a few of the many examples:
the knife-wielders like Lansman clearly do want to organise them and use them against us. (anonymous Labour MP)
There will be a large group I would hope in Parliament of MPs who will, if colleagues are unfairly treated, encourage their colleagues to stand in by-elections, to stand as independent candidates and a large number of us including myself, would go and actually campaign for them. (Frank Field MP)
But by breaking cover on their own plans to seize control of the party by expelling those in their way, the ‘moderates’ (that most laughable of terms) have essentially declared a ‘fight to the death‘.
They have no more excuse for nonsensical claims of ‘bullying’ or unfairness, no more grounds for ridiculous appeals for sympathy as if they’re the innocents who are being picked on by the nasty left-wing majority of members.
Nor do Jeremy Corbyn, John McDonnell and their supporters need to ‘pussyfoot’ around the issue, as if it’s something toxic, rather than simple democracy. On the contrary, there is no room for Chamberlain-like hopes of peace when the enemy is gearing up for war.
Instead, Corbyn and his allies need to bring out the whetstones for a Labour ‘night of the long knives’ to remove the worst of the saboteurs and bring a sharp end to their ‘war of attrition’.
If – if – the word of this declaration of open war gets out into the public consciousness, then the blairites have signed their own banishment order. If they’re prepared to ‘do to others’, they can have no complaint when the more numerous ‘others‘ do to them.
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