Early on Christmas morning the SKWAWKBOX covered the initial centrist ‘humour fail’ toward Labour front-bencher Chris Williamson’s tongue-in-cheek Christmas message.
Not realising when to stop digging, Labour’s right-wingers went into full-on outrage mode, claiming Williamson’s humorous and warm appeal to nay-sayers to get on board and help Labour into government to put Labour’s policies into practice was not only threatening MPs with deselection..
The quotes, in a PoliticsHome article titled “EXCL Labour frontbencher criticised for deselection hint in Christmas message“, don’t merely tip over the edge into surreality – they leap over it screaming, feathers ablaze.
One called the satirical video ‘creepy’, while:
Or perhaps the point is simply to mimic the setting of the Queen’s Christmas message for humorous purposes. The quotes are so far over the top and so clearly silly that they raise a question: why publish the article?
Taking off the kid gloves he wore for his Christmas video, Williamson told the SKWAWKBOX:
These anonymous so-called Labour MPs should get real. The zeitgeist has moved on from the discredited New Labour era.
The country doesn’t need Establishment forelock-tuggers in Parliament. People want politicians who will stand up to the elites and corporate vested interests who want to preserve the status quo – a status quo that is increasing their wealth pots while simultaneously impoverishing millions.
Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party is defining the politics for the 21st century, which embraces democracy and solidarity. If these unnamed Labour MPs can’t embrace this new kind of politics perhaps they should look for another ‘career’.
As the late Tony Benn said,
“Ideas without action will for ever remain as academic works, scholarly but sterile, and leaders are only important in so far as they truly represent those whom they serve.”
The real history of any popular movement is made by those, almost always anonymous, who throughout history have fought for what they believe in, organised others to join them, and have done so against immense odds and with nothing to gain for themselves, learning from their experience and leaving others to distil that experience and use it again to advance the cause.“
The lessons for Labour, which Williamson touched on in his video, are plain.
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