Local Labour group speaks directly to local people about so-called ‘Tommy Robinson’ and the dangers he poses – and lays out an important lesson for Labour supporters and the party
A Merseyside Labour group has sent a message to local residents after the visit of far right European Parliament candidate ‘Tommy Robinson’.
The message, published in a Twitter thread, thanks those who turned out to help stand against Robinson’s message – but crucially, it also has something vital to say to those who turned out to listen to him: “we are not your enemy and the problems we face can only be solved together”:
The tone of the message is a crucial lesson to many Labour supporters – especially those who want to stay in the EU – and to many of Labour’s elected representatives.
No punches were pulled about ‘Robinson’s hateful message, or in condemning those who behave abhorrently. But by talking to those who feel angry and frustrated – or just curious – as equals, as friends and as people who face the same problems so many of us do, Knowsley for Corbyn reached across the divide, instead of building a wall.
Some Labour supporters are horrified by the rise of the far right exploiting anger over the failure of the Tories to enact Brexit and by those Labour MPs and MEPs who push the idea of another referendum – but react to their horror by attacking or talking down to those whose anger is being exploited.
But Knowsley for Corbyn talked to local working class people as people – as equals, friends and potential allies against common hardships.
If all of us who support Labour do the same, much of the power of the far right will be drained. And of course, more ears will be open to this week’s essential message to vote Labour – and to find solutions together.
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