Labour is preparing for a new influx of members after former PM Tony Blair again meddled in party business. Blair has created considerable amusement among insiders after an intervention in which he said he considers himself a ‘moderate’ and the words “it doesn’t really matter what I think or what MPs think” actually came out of his mouth:
Labour’s formal statement was dismissive enough:
Labour is giving a voice and hope to communities that have been held back and ignored for years.
Our policies to end austerity and bring water, energy and rail into public ownership are popular and reflect the mainstream of public opinion.
At last year’s election, when all the pundits and critics had written us off, Labour had our biggest increase in vote share since 1945 and deprived Theresa May’s Tories of their majority.
However, privately insiders were talking of yet another membership boost – as has happened on previous occasions when Blair has attempted to talk down the party and its leadership.
The likely reason was succinctly identified by Labour activist group EL4C on its Twitter feed:
Journalist Paul Mason added a very contemporary twist, although his chart needs updating to reflect the summer membership surge apparently occasioned by months of smears against the party’s leader by the Establishment of which Tony Blair is unquestionably part:
As Blair clutches his Saudi-financed pearls … it's not Corbyn they are worried about, it's a left government backed by half a million politically educated + active members. A mass movement. pic.twitter.com/P08s6JSQ47
— Paul Mason (@paulmasonnews) September 7, 2018
A party insider told the SKWAWKBOX: “It’s like clockwork – Blair bleats and we get new members.”
The Labour party thanks you, Mr Blair. Keep it up.
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