Former Home Secretary’s record disqualifies him from comment
Blairite relic David Blunkett has waded into the new series of attacks on the Labour Party, taking aim at Jeremy Corbyn’s staff who are working hard to bring their boss’s vision of hope to a nation desperate for change.
Blunkett appears in tomorrow’s Observer calling for the dismissal of Karie Murphy and Seumas Milne, as laughably-named ‘moderates’ attempt to strip Corbyn of his most loyal supporters. It’s a tiresomely familiar tactic.
Blunkett’s record disqualifies him from commenting, let alone being taken seriously.
Blunkett was involved in the founding of anti-Corbyn group Labour Tomorrow (LT), set up even before the referendum that was used as the right’s excuse for the lamentable, failed ‘chicken coup’ – and was funded by a former Blairite spin-doctor:
Not only that, but LT was founded by people with a record of working hand in hand with S*n owner Rupert Murdoch:
Blunkett not only backed the illegal Iraq War, but told the media that he hoped it would give ‘New Labour’ an electoral ‘bounce’:
And of course, Blunkett resigned in disgrace from his position as Blair’s Home Secretary after emails revealed that he had intervened to obtain a visa for his lover’s nanny:
While still a backbench MP, Blunkett joined the advisory board of global wealth consultancy Oracle Capital Group – and piggy-backed on the Tories’ push to privatise education by becoming chair of what was then one of the UK’s largest academy chains, but resigned in 2017 when the chain was mired in a scandal after Ofsted criticised its poor governance.
David Blunkett is a relic of the worst of the Blair era. Instead of trying to whip up another painfully transparent proxy attack on a Labour Party that now genuinely represents real change and hope for millions suffering under the Tories, he should be sitting quietly at the back of the House of Lords, thankful he’s got the opportunity to rake in £300 a day through an unmerited peerage.
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