Momentum founder Jon Lansman has come out in condemnation of an article by Open Labour’s Owen Smith-supporting Jade Azim, after a fraught twenty-four hours or so in which too many well-known young left-wingers who should have known better had defended Azim and her article, which sought to pit ‘Lansmanites’ against the abusively-termed ‘cranks’, as well as promoting Ann Black for Labour’s NEC (National Executive Committee).
The piece had caused anger among mental health activists because of the ‘flaky’ associations of the word ‘crank’ used repeatedly by Azim, who denied there were any such links and said the word was used routinely among ‘young high profile’ activists.
Lansman dismissed the article as ‘uncomradely and divisive’ and condemned its exaggeration of divisions on the left, which reaffirming the importance of all parts of the movement:
This welcome intervention should serve as a salutary reminder to those who were quick to jump on a bandwagon that misrepresented the Labour movement – and as a rebuke to right-wingers hoping to stir division by promoting the lamentable article.
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