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Excl: Labour’s Pidcock marks 2yrs since landmark interview with video series on Tories, Brexit, dep leadership and more

North-west Durham MP tipped by many as future party leader speaks candidly to the SKWAWKBOX on range of topics
Laura Pidcock speaking to the SKWAWKBOX

Two years ago yesterday, the SKWAWKBOX published an exclusive interview with Laura Pidcock, the newly-elected Labour MP for North-West Durham that was to dominate much of the ‘mainstream’ news and commentary for weeks afterward.

Ms Pidcock had already come to attention with a powerful maiden speech in the Commons in which she described the way – intentionally, she felt – that Parliament, ‘reek[ing] of the Establishment and of power’, was set up to be ‘archaic’, sexist and ‘intimidating’ to women and working class MPs.

But her comments about how she saw her job in Parliament and especially her insistence that she had no interest in being friends with Tory MPs, of whom she said:

The idea that they’re not the enemy is simply delusional when you see the effect they have on people – a nation where lots of people live in a constant state of fear whether they even have enough to eat.”

The comments were greeted with huge enthusiasm by many people – and not only Labour members – who were sick to death of a Parliament in which many MPs seemed intent on proving that ‘they’re all the same’ and appeared to have more solidarity with each other than with the people they were meant to represent.

The article triggered a wave of media attention, with almost every ‘mainstream’ publication across the spectrum producing its own ‘take’ on Ms Pidcock’s comments – and a few conducting their own versions.

It also resulted in a wave of outraged pearl-clutching by so-called ‘centrist’ politicians and commentators who like the cosy status quo and tried to punish Laura Pidcock for daring to challenge it – often ignoring that she had been talking about Tory MPs and reacting as if she didn’t want to represent Tory voters in her constituency. Jess Phillips wrote one article, then decided that wasn’t enough and decided to be cosy with Jacob Rees-Mogg.

Laura Pidcock’s popularity among Labour’s majority left membership has only grown since 2017 and she now sits on Labour’s front bench as Shadow Minister for Labour, with a brief to revolutionise the working lives of this country’s ‘many’.

To mark two years since the shouldn’t-really-be-controversial interview, she has conducted a lengthy discussion on video with the SKWAWKBOX in which she talks about what has happened since and speaks frankly on a range of topics.

Those topics are as diverse as:

  • the working class
  • Tories – and whether she now sees any as ‘friend material’
  • Brexit
  • Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership
  • the party’s deputy leadership and whether she would stand
  • the party’s approaching trigger ballots

As well as her own vision, hopes and plans for the people of her constituency and the wider working-class community.

The first in the series of videos is scheduled to come online this evening and the discussion promises to be remarkable. Watch this space and spread the word.

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  1. No not Galloway hes extremely dodgy. Pidcock is very impressive and spoke well at the Durham Miners Gala. She has lots of potential.

    1. And what happened to those who HAVE come out in support of people who have been fraudulently accused of A/S Jack, like Pete Willsman and Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt and Asa Winstanley AND Chris himself, in fact? Yep, they THEMSELVES then get fraudulently accused of anti-semitism. And given that that’s the case, what do you think would happen if Laura came out in support of Chris?

      1. In all likelihood she’d call out the cheaply-bought fuckers for doing the work of the Tories via Israel.
        If all those who see the truth and have a public voice did the same – the public would realise they couldn’t all be evil antisemites and that the whole thing was a con job by the right here and in Israel to hang on to power.

        Just like if all Hollywood had stood up to McCarthy the US public would have realised at the time that not all those stars could possibly be evil Commies.

        The rat-like ‘informers’ and the Manipulator-in-Chief would be the ones facing interrogations.
        Sorry, I meant ‘would have been’ obviously.

      2. I’ve only just come back to this page, but just for the record, David said:

        ‘If all those who see the truth and have a public voice did the same….’

        Yes exactly David….. IF!

        If a whole bunch of high profile musicians – rock, classical, pop etc spoke out – and artists and authors and actors and sports men and women etc, etc, etc, en masse, then they would undoubtedly have a massive impact on the general public AND – in exposing the smear campaign for what it is – bring it to an end once and for all. And what would be even better would be if it included a host of well known musicians and actors etc from numerous other countries.

        Anyway, the following is an extract from the wikipedia entry on McCarthyism:

        In 1953, after he left office, Truman criticized the current Eisenhower administration:

        It is now evident that the present Administration has fully embraced, for political advantage, McCarthyism. I am not referring to the Senator from Wisconsin. He is only important in that his name has taken on the dictionary meaning of the word. It is the corruption of truth, the abandonment of the due process law. It is the use of the big lie and the unfounded accusation….. It is the rise to power of the demagogue who lives on untruth; it is the spreading of fear……

  2. Allan Howard. Your ‘tactic’ to roll over and give in to the Zionists is what’s brought us to this point now.


  3. FFS Jack, let it drop will ya?

    On people’s priorities lists, nobody gives a flying fuck about antisemitism – invented or otherwise. The JLM, BoD & co are doing themselves NO favours at all with their hyperbolic shit-stirring and persistent whining.

    And you’re perpetuating it every bit as much as them.

  4. No, jack.

    Anyone who doesn’t do as you demand, or has a different viewpoint that’s not entirely 100% in accordance with your own, is ‘the problem’.

    I’ve aleady said that like millions of others, antismeitism is at the very bottom of a long list of priorities; most of it doesn’t even exist.

    But when the jews pipe up, so do you. You’re only adding to their distraction by your persistence as well as theirs.

    As for watson…You let him get his way over the 2nd ref and didn’t say a dicky-bird about how he went about it; yet you’re happy to have that policy now, so don’t fucking pontificate to me about letting watson do as he pleases. You also took his side when Jennie Formby suffered watson’s shithouse attack.

    You sad little hypocrite.

    1. Ah, and there is your problem Toffee, finally you couldn’t hold it back :-).

      You’ve lost the argument over Brexit so now you lash out at anyone who argued against you, using any pretext to smear them to justify your obsession. You are the child who throws a tantrum when it can’t get it’s own way.

      Just for the record, I’ve never supported Watson over anything since he became deputy leader, more spiteful accusations from you Toffee, grow up.

  5. Been found out once again, eh, plums?

    I’m the one ‘lashing out’?? Hahahaha, Read back your first reply to me again, plums. You called me the problem.

    You piled in on Jennie Formby, just like a good little watson puppy would do – don’t make me look for the post and put it on here.

    But I’M the one ‘lashing out’…

    You didn’t once complain about how watson went about getting the 2nd ref/remain option. But you’re quite happy he’s done so, else you’d reject the policy.

    Hypocritical little punk with no argument whatsoever. You’re not even a challenge, imbecile.

    Now run along quickly.

    1. Yeah, ok dullard.

      At least I’m not sucha lowlife shithouse that I didn’t pile into a woman under going treatment for cancer – like you did. Big brave fella, that y’are.

      At least I criticised watson for the way he defied the democratic process by stamping his feet and making more veiled threats to Corbyn’s leadership rather than having a policy agreed at conference.

      You didn’t.

      You criticise watson for his antisemtism palaver but you were happy enough to let him use the thinly veiled threat of more accusations to get you a policy you are in agreement with.

      That makes you complicit, in my book, hypocrite.

  6. And while we’re at it, dullard…

    What’s lost labour more votes?

    Antisemitism, or the 2nd ref/ remain option? Think you’ll find it’s the latter, prick.

  7. Toffee, I could have been wrong for calling you thick, that would have been a genuine excuse for your idiocy. It’s more likely that you are just a foul mouthed Brexiter with anger management problems.

    These little interactions have been very entertaining but sorry, I’ve now got better things to do, so please go and splutter in your coffee or shout at the telly and feel safe. You’ve got the stage to yourself 🙂

    1. That’s it, weasel….Run away. Someone’s got you owned, all ends up. A-gain.

      Dead brave… when it’s female cancer patients you’re ranting about, innit?

      Not so brave when it’s someone who’s got your number.

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