Left-wing commentator Ellie-Mae O’Hagan appeared on today’s edition of the BBC’s Daily Politics programme to discuss Labour’s possible new rules for the democratisation of the party.
These have already been screamingly misrepresented by the Murdoch press and others as:
Ms O’Hagan was taken to task by a Labour baroness during the discussion for smiling off-camera when the baroness was saying how inappropriate it would be to let Labour members decide who should be in a party leadership contest or who should represent the party as a council leader – but it wasn’t the affronted peer’s strange idea of ‘democracy’ that she had found amusing:
O’Hagan tweeted the real reason after her appearance:
This raises obvious questions about the programme’s impartiality – certainly enough to raise a smile for Ms O’Hagan.
However, just as interesting was the claimed mystification of Labour peer Baroness Prosser about how giving members a say in choosing leaders and preventing hard-right ‘moderates’ from blocking members’ preferred candidates is advancing democracy.
It was an interesting insight into the mentality of those within the centrist ‘bubble’ – as was her equal mystification about Jeremy Corbyn’s appeal on the same programme:
“The idea that Jeremy Corbyn appeals to all these young people, I find quite confusing to be honest” says Margaret Prosser
— BBC Daily Politics and Sunday Politics (@daily_politics) June 28, 2018
It was also interesting to hear that MPs and councillors have some special expertise in knowing who should represent us as party or council leaders. After all, so-called ‘moderates’ spent a year and a half telling anyone who’d listen – especially mainstream media – that Jeremy Corbyn was unelectable and Labour was on course for a disaster last June.
The end-result of that was a lot of faces like this on TV:
Bet on members’ ideas and instincts any time above those of ‘bubblistas’.
The SKWAWKBOX contacted the BBC for comment on the questions the situation raises. The broadcaster pointed to a response by presenter Jo Coburn to Ellie Mae O’Hagan’s tweet and declined to provide any further comment:
I always have notes for interviews. Those words were part of a question. Other phrases in the notes were “empowering the membership” and “transformation of the Labour Party”.
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