Former Blair adviser pines for ‘Old-New Labour’ while Corbyn shows why Labour now frightens Establishment and excites voters
Expelled former Blair hatchet-man Alastair Campbell has taken to the airwaves to attack Labour ‘outriders’, after claiming he’s ‘given up on’ Labour and doesn’t want to be a member any more. Labour sources say that in fact he was told two weeks ago, after legal advice to the party, that he wasn’t getting back in – just like he knew before it happened, in spite of the Establishment’s supposed ‘shock’, that his support for the LibDems was likely to result in his expulsion.
But this morning there has been a prime example of the stark difference between the ‘old-New Labour’ Campbell seems to pine for and the Labour Party under Corbyn that so frightens the ‘powers that be’.
This morning, after tycoon Richard Branson tweeted about what makes happiness and “the satisfaction that comes from making a positive difference”, Corbyn was prompted to respond with a cutting reference to the fact that Branson’s health company sued the NHS for an estimated £2 million for not awarding Virgin a contract:
The tweet instantly went viral, with thousands of retweets and twenty thousand likes in its first hour.
By contrast, the Labour Party Alastair Campbell longs to get back had a rather cosier relationship with the billionaire:
Its not too difficult to see why a country so thoroughly sick of ‘business as usual’ politics is less keen on a return to the bad old days than Mr Campbell – even leaving out reference to illegal wars, ‘sexed up dossiers’, meetings on yachts with Russian oligarchs and other minor details.
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