Letter published today in Guardian attacks Jeremy Corbyn – but the background of its signatories suggests alternative motives
Today, some 64 Labour peers – unelected members of the House of Lords, which Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has promised to abolish as PM – placed a paid, full-page advert in the Guardian’s print edition attacking Jeremy Corbyn over antisemitism.
One of the signatories, Lord Winston, admitted today:
Ultimately I don’t think it’s about antisemitism.
It’s not hard to see what he means.
Labour activists on social media have pointed out that the list of signatories reads like a ‘Who’s Who’ of Blairite leftovers:
The considerably less than spotless record of some signatories on race has also been highlighted:
Others have pointed out that most of the signatories have been incessant critics of Corbyn:
But one of the most telling – and perhaps shocking – hints can be found in the parliamentary register of members interests, which one Labour insider described as reading “more like it’s from the days of the British East India Company than something from the 21st century .
Of the 64 Lords who have signed the letter, at least twenty-four are corporate lobbyists or on boards of hedge funds, banks, ‘global security consultancies’ and, particularly, private health firms. Others have family links to similar enterprises.
Jeremy Corbyn plans to renationalise the NHS, rail and utilities, opposes needless wars and has reconfirmed his intention to abolish a House of unelected Lords who can draw £300 a day just for turning up.
Why on earth would unelected peers sign a letter attacking him – and just at the right time to allow their cowardly colleagues in the Commons to take cover?
It’s a real conundrum.
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