Newspeak is the fictional language in the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, written by George Orwell. It is a controlled language created by the totalitarian state Oceania as a tool to limit freedom of thought, and concepts that pose a threat to the regime such as freedom, self-expression, individuality, and peace.
The Labour Party establishment rebellion against Jeremy Corbyn has now entered the realms of Orwellian Newspeak as Corbyn’s opponents use language and rhetoric to present the world as the exact opposite of how it is in reality.
In this PLP Newspeak universe, Momentum are ‘thugs’; Corbyn is unscrupulous and the professional politicians and Party bureaucrats are defenders of democracy and ‘victims’ of abuse and threats. Continue reading
This morning on a BBC discussion between various members of the Commentariat one commentator who was American by birth, but a British citizen, said something to the effect of, “I don’t care about Labour Party members, that’s not democracy. Democracy only happens at the ballot box for official elected office.”
The argument being put was that ‘Representative Democracy’ necessarily, and desirably entails, a sort of ‘elected dictatorship’ and that the political parties and their members who supported and nominated the candidate for office, are irrelevant to the policies and actions of elected politicians, once elected. i.e. that elected politicians owe their entire loyalty to ‘the electorate’, some who voted against them, and that therefore they cannot and MUST not be bound by specific Party policy promises they made to the electorate in order to get elected. Continue reading
A very angry little man recently asked me if I “wanted Labour to win an election?” This was in the context of the Corbyn Crisis and he was implying that because I had joined the Labour Party in September to support Jeremy Corbyn as Party leader, that I was an ‘entryist’ to the Labour Party determined to purposefully stop it winning elections.
My reply to this man was, as it always is to this question, “it depends what the policies of the Labour Party are at the time of the election.” Continue reading
Some of my left-of-centre friends are so gutted by the Referendum vote that they are lashing out at Corbyn and calling for his resignation or removal as leader. I would suggest they need to stop and think. Supporting a coup against Corbyn just so that at least some one will have paid for their pain, is NOT going to help ease that pain.
On the contrary they will be actively contributing to the dramatic shift to the right in UK politics. In a couple of months we could have a Tory Party run by Boris, a Labour Party run by a Blairite and UKIP on the rise as a credible electoral force and the left once again defeated and disenfranchised. Continue reading
This constant banging on about people wanting ‘facts’ upon which to decide on the EU referendum is driving me crazy.
All the ‘facts’ are contested and those that aren’t are inconclusive.
As always in politics we are each of us going to have make a judgement based on our experience and values.
Calls for ‘facts’ are an attempt to avoid having to make such a judgement, the idea being that the ‘facts’ will determine that only one choice is rational. But this is rarely the case in politics or indeed economics, as the meaning of ‘facts’ always has to be interpreted, especially if they are being used to ‘predict’ future outcomes. Continue reading
I am a huge fan of Varoufakis and Paul Mason and would like to buy into their progressive reasons for staying in the EU. But what they aren’t convincing me of is ‘how’ the EU could be reformed? What is the road map for reforming the EU? And even what a ‘democratic’ EU would look like?
But more profoundly They are failing to explain what the purpose of a ‘democratised’ EU would be? Continue reading
It was put to me a few days ago by a mate in the SWP that the “left v right divide in the UK isn’t between the Labour Party and the Conservative Party but right down the middle of the Labour Party.”
This rang very true to me after my experiences in the Labour Party over the last 9 months and perhaps explains a lot about why we are where we are. Continue reading