Murdoch paper’s latest attack fiction, according to Labour insiders
Rupert Murdoch’s Sunday Times has been accused of wholesale invention by Labour insiders in its latest attack on Jeremy Corbyn’s ‘LOTO’ (Leader of the Opposition) team – and of displaying a breathtaking level of ignorance of left politics in the process.
The paper printed a series of wild claims attributed to supposed ‘multiple sources’ within the party – including a claim that Corbyn is considering stepping down, in spite of the Labour leader’s absolutely clear, televised statement that he will lead Labour into the general election and serve a full parliamentary term.
And one of the wildest – and silliest – claims is that Corbyn’s chief of staff Karie Murphy applied for and failed to get a job as the Cooperative Party’s general secretary.
A number of senior Labour insiders told the SKWAWKBOX that the Murphy claim was nonsense – mostly using far stronger wording.
Another noted that even the suggestion showed a ‘surprising’ ignorance about the realities of Labour politics. While the Co-operative Party is a sister party to Labour, with a number of MPs standing under a ‘Labour and Co-operative’ banner, the Co-op Party has for a long time been dominated by the right of the Labour movement, without the left resurgence seen by Labour itself:
It’s invented bollocks that nobody who knew anything about Labour politics would fall for for a second. I’m surprised that even the Sunday Times has demonstrated quite that level of ignorance.
The Co-op Party is a haven for centrists – its chair until a couple of months ago was Gareth Thomas, who supported Owen Smith in [the 2016 leadership contest] and its new chair is Anna Turley. There’s just no way anyone who had a clue would think for a second that they’d take on someone as left – and as loyal to Jeremy – as Karie Murphy.
Their new general secretary was with [Labour affiliate] SERA for years and it’s no secret they’re dominated by the right as well. Stirring trouble again, but talk about feeble – and the rest of their article was no better.
The media smears are ramping up even higher. General election’s coming.
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