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Video: English Blairites meddle in Scottish Labour to undermine Leonard

Scottish Blairites attempting to bring down leader Richard Leonard receive helping hand

Scottish Blairites attempting to bring down Scottish Labour’s more left-wing leader have received a ‘helping hand’ from their English counterparts that will infuriate many Scottish Labour members.

Four MSPs have called on Richard Leonard to stand down in a manoeuvre reminiscent of the staged resignations of the 2016 ‘chicken coup’ that attempted to bring down Jeremy Corbyn.

And when Labour front-bencher Rachel Reeves – who recently escaped any sanction from Keir Starmer after calling for a statue to be erected to an notorious antisemite and infamously promised Labour would be tougher on benefits claimants than the Tories – was asked whether Leonard should resign, she agreed he should ‘consider his position’:

The Blairite narrative depends, of course, of a rewriting of history to erase two clear facts:

First, that it was Blairite former leaders who threw away a half-century of political dominance in Scotland and took Labour into the catastrophic loss of 40 out of 41 seats.

And second, that it was five years of right-wing sabotage that undid Labour’s limited resurgence in Scotland in the 2017 general election.

But the golden rule of devolved politics is that English Labour figures do not meddle in the affairs of the devolved parties.

Reeves tries to cover this base by saying it’s not her place to comment – but did not ‘no-comment’ the question as she could have and clearly comments anyway, agreeing that Leonard should consider his position, which as interviewer Kay Burley points out is shorthand for resign.

Whether this English intervention helps or harms the Blairites’ attempt to consolidate their power by effectively annexing Scotland remains to be seen. But it’s unlikely the intervention, with support for independence rising, will wash well with many Labour members or the wider public in Scotland.

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24 comments

  1. Why did the stupid mealy-mouthed bint go on the stupid programme if not to try to sabotage Leonard – she knew what she was going to be asked about and probably agreed her answer with St’unt beforehand.

    1. Yes, probably a bbc televised “politics in the making” event like when chicken coup centrists managed to fill hours and hours of bbcnews schedules with “spontaneous” resignations from A different labour leader’s shadow cabinet.

    2. Once again in seems David needs a lesson in politics. And once again I feel obliged to step up.
      Of course Rachel Reeves went on the programme to sabotage Leonard. Rachel Reeves will have been asked by Keir Starmer to go and stick the knife in because KS wants rid of RL. It is as simple as that. KS wants his own man in Scotland. Someone he can trust. Someone who might turn the ship around. Under RL leadership Labour polled 9.3% in last years EU elections. Fifth place. KS thinks someone else can do a better job. That is not an unreasonable expectation.
      Also, Reeves isn’t stupid. You don’t like her David, we get that but stupid she is not. And the programme isn’t stupid. (I could spend an hour explaining what that says about how you think David, but I wont embarrass you any further).
      PS I just looked up ‘bint’ in the dictionary, and this is what it says;
      NOUN
      BRITISH
      informal
      derogatory

      Watch your language David

      1. Eat shit and die, Toryboy. All David needs from you is your address.

  2. Just came across the following in my inbox from Labour Against the Witch-hunt:

    Open letter to Jermain Jackman’s “Socialists of Colour”

    We feature below an important open letter from the Labour Left Alliance. One of the candidates in the current NEC elections supported by the LLA, Carol Taylor-Spedding, has outrageously been accused of holding “openly antisemitic view” – simply for stating in a questionnaire that she feels “inspired” by Jackie Walker and that she opposes her expulsion from the Labour Party. The group “Socialists of Colour” even reported Carol to the Labour Party for antisemitism! Clearly, these are no socialists.

    Worryingly, the group has recently been set up and is run by another NEC candidate, Jermain Jackman……..

    http://www.labouragainstthewitchhunt.org/campaigns/open-letter-to-jermain-jackmans-socialists-of-colour/

    1. Well Howard, we are going to find out how “left” the Labour establishment think that Socialist of Colour really are. One of their questions is to name black men socialist and another question touches on the fact that never a black man has been a member of the NEC.
      In the context of the little exposure, to put it midly, that black men have in the Labour Party I don’t find the questions improper.
      However, it hasn’t stop the right of the Party from spinning a complaint before from similar statements. Hence, if presently the right wing of the LP sees Socialist of Colour as a “left irritant” I am not going to be surprised if they turn around and label them misogynist and sexist in return and use it to start a which hunt against them.

      1. Apologies Maria, but I’m not quite sure what you’re trying to say and what your point is, and what it has to do with Carol Taylor-Spedding being falsely accused of anti-semitism. And blatantly so!

      2. Howard, my point is that the right wing of the LP is grateful to be able to suspend Carol Taylor-Spedding, while keeping their hands clean.
        But, I don’t believe is going to stop, a few right wing women to put a complaint against Socialist of Colour for misogynism, if Socialist for Colour are regarded as a “left irritant” by the right.
        Hence, if they aren’t suspended for alleged “misogynism” we will know that Socialist or Colour are “socialist” only in name.and most probably they are a bunch of opportunists jumping on the bang wagon; Trevor Phillips comes to mind.
        I nominated Jermaine Jackman at my CLP, needless to say I am not voting for him now, black man or no black man, this isn’t a way to behave.
        .

    2. And the following article by George Galloway perfectly sums up the absurdity of the ‘Russians’ having tried to assassinate Alexey Navalny with ‘Novichok’:

      German ‘Novichok poisoning’ claims over Navalny will prompt familiar circus of sanctions & Russia demonisation. But who benefits?

      If the Russian state had attempted to assassinate Navalny, they would never have allowed his stricken comatose body to be flown out of the country to Germany in the first place. He would have died on the operating table in Russia, where nobody could “detect traces of Novichok” in a NATO capital.

      If the Russian state was responsible for trying to kill Navalny, surely the LAST weapon in the whole world it would have chosen with which to do so would be Novichok?

      https://www.rt.com/op-ed/499721-navalny-novichok-germany-russia/

      PS In a recent article on his blog Craig Murray points out these ‘anomalies’ as well. And more!

      1. The “surely the LAST weapon” logic can be turned on its head – as a double bluff it could be the weapon of choice – and Putin’s enhanced ‘strong man’ image was said to have gained him an election boost from Skripal in Mar ’18.

        I’m not arguing that Putin is guilty.
        For all I know non-State or even non-Russian actors could be responsible – but the number of possible suspects who could have been present at the scene is “surely” limited.
        Airlines keep records and didn’t I read that he was taken ill on an internal flight?

        A postulated “CIA operative” – “surely” wouldn’t be that hard to find?
        Doesn’t one have to assume massive US competence to get away with a poisoning on an internal Russian flight – and also assume massive Russian INcompetence in failing to find the culprit?

      2. And whether it was carried out by “The West” or not, what’s to stop Putin picking some Russian dissident, accusing them of committing the crime on the orders of the US and convicting them in a show trial if he felt under pressure?
        All he has to do is say nothing, look inscrutable and the Russian electorate will just chuckle knowingly.

      3. If the Russians/Putin wanted him dead, he’d be dead! And given that they denied and dismissed being responsible for ‘Salisbury’, the last thing on this planet they would do is use ‘Novichok’ to try and kill him. And given the blatantly obvious likely cancellation of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline if the ‘Russians’ were to do such a thing (which is worth £billions to them)…… yeah, well I mean it’s just the sort of thing you would do isn’t it!

        But trust McNiven to come up with the ‘Double Bluff’! And needless to say, he is spouting complete propaganda garbage (being a paid shill, as he IS!) about Putin poisoning Sergei Skripal because he needed an ‘election boost’. He DIDN’T, and it’s complete and utter testicles.

        NB And in case there’s anyone who’s not aware of it, the (alleged) poisoning of Sergei Skripal (and his daughter and Nick Bailey) on March 4th 2018 was EXACTLY *two* days before the ‘celebratory’ events to mark one hundred days to go until the World Cup Football Tournament began (and just a little over three months to the event itself starting of course) as is customary for the host country to do, but you see Mr Putin was Ohhh So desperate to bump off Sergei Skripal that he was more than happy to jeopardise the football tournament (which they were hosting for the first time), let alone all the sanctions that would follow. And as I’ve pointed out on more than a few occasions during the past couple of years or more, it is inconceivable that two people who came into contact with a nerve agent would BOTH become incapacitated at EXACTLY the same moment several hours later, and that one of them didn’t have the time to call 999 for an ambulance before THEY became incapicitated. Skripal and his daughter were acting, and the WHOLE thing was staged!

      4. “Merkel pressured to end Nord Stream 2 support after Navalny poisoning” says the Guardian.
        She won’t, because the alternative the US is offering is LNG ship tansports – a massively inferior solution in logistical, convenience, cost and safety terms.
        Also security of supply – the pipeline only goes to one place so seller and buyer are equally dependent on each other.
        Ships can go to any port with storage so US gas is a seller’s market.

        OF COURSE the US would fit up Putin for a murder in a heartbeat to sell Germany & the EU its gas – the question is whether they could realistically expect to get away with the poisoning and what the consequences of exposure would be.
        To believe “the Yanks done it” you have to believe they’re smart and Russians are thick – and that’s the opposite of the truth.
        The average Russian is far better educated and far more cultured than the average American – Putin’s like Russia’s Trump, so not the best example.

      5. And just WHO exactly would they be Double Bluffing?! And how incredibly fortuitous that it just HAPPENED to be GERMANY that offered to take Navalny given the Nord 2 pipeline situation, and NOT France or the UK or Sweden or whoever……. I mean it’s just so blatantly obvious that the whole thing is a set-up so as to give the ‘Germans’ an excuse – a reason – to abandon the pipeline AND that this should allegedly happen just when the pipeline is near completion.

        https://www.businessinsider.com/germany-under-pressure-abandon-nord-stream-2-pipeline-from-russia-2020-9

        PS Yes, one could argue that the ‘Germans’ would have still been giving IT – the pipeline – ‘second thoughts’ had it been France or the UK or whoever that had sent a plane to bring him back and give him medical attention, but IF you’re writing the script – as I have no doubt they DID – then given the pipeline, Germany was the obvious choice!

      6. How long was the ‘perfume bottle’ supposedly in the charity bin before her boyfriend found it, a charity bin that got emptied every single day?! And as if any assassins would get shod of the very thing they used to carry out an assassination attempt in a charity bin! It’s just too absurd for words (but then again, it’s too absurd for words that they would carry out an assassination attempt using such a substance AND coating it on the front door handle!).

        But perhaps you could explain how the perfume bottle of Novichok somehow remained in a charity bin that was regularly emptied for nearly four months? Or how it was that Sergei Skripal and his daughter became incapicitated in exactly the same moment, several hours after (allegedly) coming into contact with a nerve agent. Or how it is possible that despite the chemical weapons experts et al only discovered the Novichok on the front door handle some three weeks after the Skripals and Nick Bailey were poisoned. In the Real World they would have been at Skripal’s house the day after he was allegedly poisoned, and the front-door handle would have been the FIRST thing they checked before entering the house!

        I’ve said all this before of course, but McNiven just conveniently ignores it all AND the total improbability of Putin ordering such an assassination just TWO days before the 100 days to go celibratory events (which are pre-recorded of course), and just three months or so before the World Cup footie tournament kicked off! Yeah, sure, it’s just the sort of thing you would do, isn’t it!

      7. OR how it was that the guinea pigs died and the cat was in such a bad way that it had to be put to sleep, when not only did Nick Bailey and a couple of other officers go to the house on the Sunday evening (on March 4th) and wear protective suits when checking the house out, but ALSO that Sergei Skripal’s vet immediately phoned the police on learning that it was Sergei Skripal (on the Monday afternoon when his name was first being mentioned in the MSM) to tell them about the pets AND saying that if there is anything he can do to help to please contact him.

        Needless to say, McNiven knows that the whole episode was staged from start to finish. As for Dawn Sturgess, well I know ONE thing, and that is that it is inconceivable that a ‘perfume bottle’ somehow remained in a charity bin for four months which was emptied every day (except Sundays perhaps).

  3. Rachel Reeves should be careful. Her own CLP is very uncomfortable and tense with her very obvious ‘sectarianism’. Even if the more left-wing members of Leeds West CLP do not leave the Party to escape her obvious sectarianism, very few of them would be likely to apply much effort to help this centrist incumbent keep her seat.

    This is what centrist ideologues do when they take over a democratic socialist party. Loose seats and piss people off.

    Call it a day Rachel. Please go and join change uk.

  4. Reeves shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near office shes as compassionate as a brick. Shes helped facilitate the early deaths of thousands of sick, disabled and poor people by her comments before 2010, “I would be tougher on claimants than the tories”

  5. PURE Neoconservative “Centrist” New-Labour Party TORY! The EVIL OOZES form her Tone, her Lips, her GLARE, like DARK GREEN BILE! What a Vile Excuse of a Human Being!
    Yet some people will defend her and her Ilk at the NEXT Elections, a woman who said “Labour will be tougher than Tories on benefits”, a woman is totally obsessed by Astor who Hated Jews, Catholics and Homosexuals and Praised Hitler and the Nazis!
    Really it must take some SPECIAL KIND of MSM indoctrination to still be BLIND to the fact that The New-Labour Party TORIES are the Right Wing of the UK Labour Party, they MOST CERTAINLY are Right Wing, but they are NO PART of UK Labour Party, they are a Parasite Infestation within the HOST UK Labour Party!
    We had a Once in a Lifetime opportunity to get rid 2017/2019 but their internal Infestation and Direct links to the Elites and MSM proved too powerful, now we only have the hard way! Cut That CANCER out of the UK Labour Party!
    If you have a New-Labour TORY MP/Candidate vote Conservative TORY or the Next Svtrongest Opposition to New-Labour TORIES! Get to know your UK Labour Party Candidates and MPs and start Canvassing NOW! This is especially vital in Scotland and Wales, wherever there is a New-Labour TORY, MP/Candidate, design and post FACT SHEETS about who and what these People REALLY ARE!
    The real goings on behind Julian Assange ALONE for ONE example, makes Johnson look like a fluffy kitten compared to Starmer and CO!
    Comrades if you want your children the have the choice we had in 17/19 THE PEOPLE vs THE TORY ELITE but without the Internal Sabotage and International Interference, we must be prepared to take the beating of another Conservative TORY defeat, IF WE DON’T our children’s Choice will be THE TORY ELITE or THE SAME TORY ELITE!

  6. If the Russians/Putin wanted him dead, he’d be dead! And given that they denied and dismissed being responsible for ‘Salisbury’, the last thing on this planet they would do is use ‘Novichok’ to try and kill him. And given the blatantly obvious likely cancellation of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline if the ‘Russians’ were to do such a thing (which is worth £billions to them)…… yeah, well I mean it’s just the sort of thing you would do isn’t it!

    But trust McNiven to come up with the ‘Double Bluff’! And needless to say, he is spouting complete propaganda garbage (being a paid shill, as he IS!) about Putin poisoning Sergei Skripal because he needed an ‘election boost’. He DIDN’T, and it’s complete and utter testicles.

    NB And in case there’s anyone who’s not aware of it, the (alleged) poisoning of Sergei Skripal (and his daughter and Nick Bailey) on March 4th 2018 was EXACTLY *two* days before the ‘celebratory’ events to mark one hundred days to go until the World Cup Football Tournament began (and just a little over three months to the event itself starting of course) as is customary for the host country to do, but you see Mr Putin was Ohhh So desperate to bump off Sergei Skripal that he was more than happy to jeopardise the football tournament (which they were hosting for the first time), let alone all the sanctions that would follow. And as I’ve pointed out on more than a few occasions during the past couple of years or more, it is inconceivable that two people who came into contact with a nerve agent would BOTH become incapacitated at EXACTLY the same moment several hours later, and that one of them didn’t have the time to call 999 for an ambulance before THEY became incapicitated. Skripal and his daughter were acting, and the WHOLE thing was staged!

  7. David McNiven
    04/09/2020 at 1:41 pm,
    The name calling doesn’t bother me. When you stoop to name calling you’ve lost the argument. But don’t threaten me David. Moderate the tone of your comments.

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