Since Claire Kober announced that she was stepping down as Haringey council leader after May’s local elections, she has been awarded almost saintly status by the Establishment and most of the mainstream media (MSM).
Every accusation she has made against ‘Momentum’ and the supposed ‘hard left’ – and she has been given airtime and print space to make many – has been uncritically accepted as factual, while allegations that she herself used a ‘high-handed’ style and bullied opponents have been almost completely ignored.
Ms Kober even admitted, in an email that was exclusively revealed by the SKWAWKBOX, to preparing ‘dossiers’ against prospective left-wing or anti-HDV council candidates. That has so far escaped mention by MSM.
The fact that objections to the ‘HDV‘ project came from residents, members of all political parties or none and almost every local union has been similarly ignored.
The MSM has appointed itself as judge and jury, ignoring any suggestion that the facts of the matter have not been established until properly investigated.
The target, of course, is Momentum and the left generally – Kober’s claims feed neatly into the prevailing current MSM narrative of a bullying left, which is of course nonsense when left-wing Labour front-bencher Diane Abbot receives fully half of all online abuse and of the vilest nature.
But the flailing smear attempts reached a new low with an extraordinary sequence on today’s Sky News broadcast, in which Adam Boulton repeatedly interrupted journalist Rachel Shabi to claim that Momentum is full of middle-class people who want to keep others poor to make a political point:
The interjection by the right-wing guest is no less nonsensical. He criticises a protester’s placard that said ‘Danger, gentrification in progress‘ as being anti-aspirational – but either ignores or doesn’t know what ‘gentrification’ actually is.
Pretty much every online dictionary includes, in its definition of ‘gentrification’, an element of forcing or driving existing residents out from an area so richer people can enjoy it, for example this from the Cambridge dictionary:
Other dictionaries are even more blunt.
‘Gentrification’ has nothing to do with aspiration – and everything to do with replacing the people in an area with richer people.
Another term for it used by the protesters is ‘social cleansing‘.
As Ms Shabi pointed out, the ‘promise’ of a right of return for displaced residents had evaporated from the HDV plan long before the plan was ‘put on ice’ – and the residents of Heygate had similar ‘promises’ of a ‘right of return’.
Here’s what happened to them, according to the Guardian’s Dan Hancox:
But whatever the rights and wrongs of the HDV, Sky News plumbed new depths today with its ridiculous anti-Momentum claim. With its billions in resources, it would certainly take it no time at all to speak to people and find out the truth instead of creating nonsense.
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