Attacks on Pidcock show moral bankruptcy of right – in or out of Labour

It seems yesterday was ‘slam Pidcock Sunday’ – just as pretty much all last week was ‘whack Pidcock week’.

Labour MP – real Labour MP – Laura Pidcock’s ‘crime’? Well, twofold, really. First she talked to the SKWAWKBOX and not to one of the Establishment rags, which got some of said rags in a lather, even as they were busy, very busy, using this blog’s material. Financial Times ‘journalist’ Sebastian Payne decided that this was ‘astonishing’, but his arrogance backfired on him.

Ms Pidcock also transgressed by voicing her disdain for the cosiness and clubbiness of Parliament for some MPs who may ham up their differences in the Commons Chamber, but are all too happy to be chummy with their opponents, forgetting or not caring that political decisions are a matter of life and death for many people.

It. Is. Not. A. Game.

But some seem to think it is – and Laura Pidcock’s frank statement that she has no intention of making friends with MPs from a party that is pushing policies that are damaging lives and even killing people threatens it:

I have met a couple of Tories who were genuinely really anxious for me to see that they weren’t horrible people and really believed putting everything into private enterprise will achieve better results.

Whatever type they are, I have absolutely no intention of being friends with any of them. I have friends I choose to spend time with. I go to parliament to be a mouthpiece for my constituents and class – I’m not interested in chatting on.

I feel disgusted at the way they’re running this country, it’s visceral – I’m not interested in being cosy. I hate those Tory questions that start with ‘Does the PM agree with me..?’ – when one Tory MP stood up and asked one I told him I think those questions are disgraceful. His response was ‘you mustn’t be a very good MP‘!

For this ‘crime’, although she was widely praised by ordinary people, Ms Pidcock was the target of a massive Establishment backlash that ranged from condescending to vicious, with journalists and pundits labelling her naive, childish, immature, hateful and worse.

Some critics even stooped to making the comparison with the late Jo Cox – even so far, inexcusably, as to accuse Pidcock of making the death of another MP more likely. Scum.

On Sunday, two examples of attack stood out, one for its two-facedness and the other for its arrogant idiocy. 

The first was an article in the Guardian by Labour MP Jess Phillips. Ms Phillips chose a faux-friendly approach, quasi-defending Pidcock in her opening but then painting her colleague as naive with the rest of her article and descending into the inanity of ‘my gran was a racist but lovely really so can’t we all get along’, before this chestnut:

Personally, I find the decisions and actions of my Tory colleagues appalling, but I also know plenty of Labour voters who are less than perfect.

as if Ms P’s disdain for palliness with Tory MPs was hypocritical intolerance. Ms Phillips took the coward’s route, basically – condescending toward a colleague while maintaining enough cover to claim she was actually defending her. Which is exactly what she later did, when challenged:

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She fooled few people. Twitter’s response to her article was frank, with these not untypical:

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‘Punished Corbyn’, of course, hit the nail on the head regarding the vast majority of criticism, including that of Ms Phillips – Laura Pidcock’s comments were specifically about MPs, not about anyone else. But that was conveniently omitted – why let the facts get in the way of a good bit of faux-outrage, smearing or condescension?

Others were even more direct. A senior Labour source said to the SKWAWKBOX:

Isn’t she the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Women’s Labour Party? Not forgetting this was a position she gained after Dawn Butler was ousted last summer. Dawn’s crime? She refused to take part in a plot to oust Jeremy Corbyn. Jess gleefully boasted about telling Diane Abbott to fuck off and about stabbing Jeremy Corbyn in the front.

Now she’s writing articles that include criticism of fellow Labour women MPs for not wanting to personally befriend Tory MPs. She’s spent two years causing division. She thrives off it. Her ultimate aim is simply indulging her own hugely inflated ego and generating self-publicity. She is not Labour in any meaningful sense.

The other example today was a deeply vile piece in the Sunday Times by Kate Glass. Ms Glass took the ‘proxy attack on Corbyn’ route common to most of the right-wing press during the week, but did so explicitly:

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Glass also ‘forgot’ that Ms Pidcock was talking exclusively – and clearly – about Tory MPs, and descended in her first paragraph into personal insult:

at least [Rees-Mogg]’d be a laugh and rather more charming than the Labour MP Pidcock. She informed us last week she had “absolutely no intention of being friends” with Tories because they’re “the enemy”. Which sounds like the ridiculous fighting talk of someone who’s been playing too much Call of Duty rather than the sentiments of an elected MP.

She then moved on to smearing all left-wingers as antisemitic misogynists, because don’t forget this is a proxy attack on Corbyn’s Labour and the antisemitism smear is one of the few weapons the right still thinks might work:

At its worst it means watching the hard left viciously troll the soft left on social media, particularly if their targets are female and Jewish

I have no idea of Ms Pidcock’s religion or lack of it, but considering Glass’ whole article is attacking a woman, to say this tack was contemptible doesn’t come close.

Glass then plumbed even deeper, by equating Ms Pidcock’s comments with racism:

How would Pidcock respond to someone spouting such offensive nonsense towards any other group? She’d (rightly) call it hate speech.

Utterly despicable – and utterly hypocritical. A quick look at Ms Glass’ Twitter feed reveals that, when the hapless Sebastian Payne tweeted an excerpt from her article, she had happily retweeted a racist response to it:

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The racism was so deep and so ignorant that the original tweeter didn’t even bother to distinguish ‘Arab’ from ‘Pakistani’, but that didn’t stop Glass propagating it to her followers. Not to mention the inconvenient fact that Sarah Champion resigned and wasn’t sacked, with Corbyn even asking her to retain her activities on behalf of abused women in spite of her resignation.

You might not think there’s much room to go downhill from there, but Ms Glass managed it, regurgitating the Jo Cox smear in ugly terms:

After the murder of MP Jo Cox proved political rhetoric had real consequences, Pidcock should be ashamed for peddling what the Tory MP Nadine Dorries rightly calls the “politics of hate”.

This is disingenuous as well as base. Ms Pidcock’s comments were anything but ‘rhetoric’. They were a bald, factual and completely justified statement based on the actions of the Tory Party that its MPs enable – and their terrible cost.

Yet Ms Glass – rhetorically or otherwise – would rather sit by the Aga eating artisan bread with a Tory, promoting ‘cross-party collaboration and adult debate’.

Both she and Jess Phillips are seemingly happy to utterly miss the real point as long as it gets their name in print and their face in the papers: this is not two grans getting on in spite of voting for different parties – and this is not ‘debate’. It’s not a game.

This, for thousands, even millions, of people outside the Westminster bubble, is real life – and death.

People facing life and death recognise that those who are imposing poverty, pain and death on them and their class are, in every meaningful sense, their enemies.

They don’t need moral bankrupts who are prepared to ignore or twist facts for the sake of a smear. They don’t need ‘clubbable’ MP types who’ll be seduced into identifying with those who are hurting them more than with those they’re supposed to be representing.

They need representatives in Parliament who recognise there’s still a class war going on, with life-and-death consequences – and who refuse to be drawn into chumminess with those enemies.

In other words, they need people like Laura Pidcock.

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  1. I hope her (jess Phillips’) CLP does not reselect her because she is not doing the job of a Labour MP, she is doing the ‘work’ of a Tory MP. I’ve had enough Not ONCE have I seen her use her power in media to expose the Tories.

  2. I see gobshite Jess Phillips is in the Observer this week 27.8.17 stating “This might be the only time I ever do this, but I shall cut Chris Williamson MP some slack” over his comments re this issue

    What an incredibly conceited person she is , then continues with the articles main piece on Laura Pidocks ” not being friends with any Tories ” comments and the criticism that caused , and Phillips sees no hypocrisy here with her attack on a fellow Labour MP , not to mention Phillips attacks on her own Labour party membership. At least Laura had the right target in the Conservatives , unlike the vacuous empty headed idiot Phillips is . Time for re-selecting a more mature adult candidate for her replacement as Labour MP for Yardley

  3. Jess Phillips & Stella Creasy went for Chris Williamson’s jugular last week over women-only carriages. Patently didn’t read article and got short shrift for it. As someone who was attacked on a guard less train I said I would welcome any kind of idea to make women safe. Ms Creasy got herself in such a tangle by members of the public questioning her real motive for attacking Chris. He was calling for consultation. Ms Creasy was deeply patronising & condescending towards me & others. Someone told Stella to have her spat with Chris elsewhere. She promptly blocked everyone who disagreed with her including myself. Anything that an MP from the “Left” suggests is open warfare for these people. None of them seem to think they must do a bit of research before they go headlong into attacking a fellow MP. A man has just said that he wants to help women to be safe on trains. Two women – calling themselves ‘Feminists’ think it is their right to undermine him. Just infantile.

    Laura Piddock on the other hand is a breath of very welcome fresh air. She reminds me of Aneurin Bevan: “What is Toryism but organised spivvery? … No amount of cajolery can eradicate from my heart a deep burning hatred for the Tory Party … So far as I am concerned they are lower than vermin.” from speech at Manchester, 4 July 1948! Mhairi Black has similar vein of contempt for Tory “spivs!” Go for it Laura.

  4. As noted, the deperately coordinated straw-man attacks against the excellent – and refreshing! – Lara Pidcock echo those against Chris Williamson and are equally counterfactual and deranged. Your senior Labour source has Philips bang to rights and Glass is a clown.

    The only fitting reward for collaborating with MSM-corporate interests in attacking Jeremy’s outriders is deselection.

  5. The Tories, many educated at elite schools and universities, are taught how to be charming and ‘win hearts and minds’ socially… what Laura has done has thrown down the gauntlet that the current situation is serious and she is not going to be softly and cynically brought into line by faux charm and expensively taught social graces. When so many are suffering, even dying, due to Tory policies and actions at home and abroad the time for cosy, cosy is long over. Pidcock is another breath of fresh air Labour MP truly committed to the never ending class battle. Labour has no common ground with Tories and trying to find it got us Blair and the failed New Labour, neoliberal ideology…Thatcher’s ‘greatest achievement’.

    Most British citizens can no longer afford the luxury of extreme centrist ‘neo’ politics and accompanying vicious economic dogma that siphons wealth up to the already wealthy and where society provides benefits/subsidies and unlimited insurance for irresponsible private banking and corporate actions..

  6. Careerist, westminster elitist labour MP’s…Terrified that someone recently elected has exposed them for the abject frauds they are.

    Peter Hitchens has been absolutely spot-on about the overwhelming majority of them – but especially about the labour party since kincock. They dragged the party so far to the right there was no discernable difference between them & the toerags; as a result the electorate have been badly let down.

    Twunts like that vacuous, halfwitted, mouthpiece phillips (Mouths off about members in the same party, but seldom – if ever – the opposition) more or less telling her electorate they should know their place.

    And they’re generally the ones to have the temerity to complain loudest of ‘abuse’. Get tae f… you imbecilic, self-serving/promoting hypocrites.

  7. Ownership of the media has historically been enough for the Tories not to have to try too hard.

    Despite that anti-democratic advantage they complain loudly about the BBC’s so-called “left wing bias” while their tool Nick Robinson edits its political output.

    Now they want to suppress free speech by “preventing abuse and intimidation” of MPs in social media.

    Lord Bew’s CSPL Inquiry is intended to report around Christmas but the end date for submissions is 8.9.17
    I don’t trust anyone to define “abuse and intimidation” precisely enough to stop the Tories deciding that it means whatever they want it to mean.



    1. Ah yes, nick robinson – bbc political chief correspondent – former president of Oxford university conservative association…Cheshire YC chairman…And national campaign director of ‘Youth for multilateral disarmament’…

  8. Laura Pidcock is welcome on my Twitter page anytime just as she remains true to who & what she represents (her constituents who put her in Parliament) . Shame on those pretender MP’s who say one thing in public & another to private investors & the media & press.


  10. aving conversation on twitter about how important it is to do research when confronted with Tory rags and Tory MPs & even Labour MPs inexcusable lies. For instance, just yesterday Mr James Cleverly replied to Rachael. His sheer arrogance left door open. I told him he’d have to get up very early in morning to catch out Rachael. He didn’t listen.

    Why did you vote against making homes fit for human habitation? You’re a landlord
    James Cleverly
    Your comments would be more meaningful if they were based on facts.

    Research: Indy x 2 articles and his name was on both lists. He was bombarded. What happened? He disappeared from scene of his own crime!!!

    Don’t get angry just confront them with facts. They all hate it.

  11. I’m looking forward to a Labour Party Conference that will address the issue of Labour MPs supporting the tories, when they should be fighting against them, and MPs who prefer to attack their Labour colleagues than the tories. This has to be stopped. Distorting the words of their own colleagues to harm them is unforgivable.

  12. Excellent journalism. So refreshing to read articles that get to the nub of the matter.

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