It’s long been believed by many Corbyn supporters that the right wing of the party wanted Labour to fail badly in the General Election under Jeremy Corbyn – and by almost as many that they were doing their best to make it happen.
How better to explain the constant briefings and whinings to press and broadcasters about unelectability, the manufactured misogyny smear (and worse), the damaging interventions by New Labour dinosaurs no longer in Parliament and the attempts by right-leaning HQ staff to undermine Corbyn and weed out his supporters? Hard to think of a better explanation that fits the facts.
‘The truth will out’, as the saying goes – and former New Labour front-bencher slipped up and let it escape his lips during a television interview.
Asked whether he was disappointed by Labour’s surge in the General Election because it spoiled the chance of getting rid of Corbyn, Johnson admitted: “yes”:
To put icing on the cake, Johnson – whose faction has persistently labelled Corbyn’s mass support as ‘trots’, ‘rabble’, ‘entryists’ and even ‘dogs’ – bleats about a
narrow, sectarian left that is intolerant of other views.
Right. Clearly Johnson and other blairites still feel it’s ‘their’ party, in spite of the fact that blairism was in fact the entryist into what was always meant to be a socialist party.
And in spite of the fact that the vast majority of members – grannies, teenagers, rich, poor and everyone in between – are both solidly behind and inspired by the very leader Johnson wants to topple.
And he was not only ready, but actively hoping, for Labour to tank last month in the hope it would further that goal.
Yet the right-wingers still complain about supposed intolerance by the members who want rid of them. The real question is, how can anyone not want rid of people who want the party to fail so they can get back their prestige and perks – and who were so delusionally confident it would happen that they cancelled the HQ door passes and email accounts of Corbyn’s team on election night?
The full interview will be broadcast on RT at 10.25pm tonight and repeated at the same time on Sunday.
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