Unity pledge written by Labour members goes viral, rattles Establishment
A unity pledge written by Labour members has gone viral within hours of its publication and is being signed by increasing numbers of Labour MPs and MSPs, as well as parliamentary candidates, councillors, other officials and ordinary members.
A united Labour Party threatens elite interests – which is why so much effort is expended in trying to create or portray division – and the surest sign of how quickly this public and spontaneous show of unity has rattled the Establishment is in the rapidity of attacks against it.
On social media, comments supporting and signing up to the pledge have drawn large responses from obvious bot and troll accounts, along with dismissive reactions from some ‘mainstream’ journalists.
And in the national media, it was immediately misrepresented as a ‘Corbyn loyalty pledge’ – even though Jeremy Corbyn’s name receives no mention and the pledge is to drive Labour into government because any Labour government is better than the alternative.
On this morning’s BBC Andrew Marr Show, for example, Marr described it as a ‘loyalty pledge going viral on social media where all Labour MPs are signing up to be loyal to Jeremy Corbyn‘.
It was fortunate that Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell appeared on the programme to put him right:
A Labour Party working as one to get into government terrifies the self-appointed ‘elites’ running (down) the country for the few. It seems that’s enough to have them scrambling to misrepresent a simple pledge to pull all wings of the party together.
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