The civil war in the LP was NEVER about antisemitism. It was and is about the threat a Corbyn led LP represents to the careers of the cynical, unscrupulous, unprincipled, centrist liberal, professional politicians who infiltrated and misappropriated the resources and history of a proud working class, Democratic Socialist party and turned it into a middle class, LibDem-light, in order to further their own miserable careers in obsequious service to monsters like Rupert Murdoch.
Corbyn was elected by a huge majority of members… twice. His leadership led to 400,000 joining the LP, most of whom had never been involved in politics before. Yet despite this, or indeed because of it, the right of the LP led by the professional cabal of professional politicians in the PLP and party bureaucracy launched the most vicious civil war in the parties history.
They corruptly managed party resources and communications to reduce the chance of the party winning in 2017; they collaborated with the vilest elements of the right wing press to defame and malign members of their own party; they corruptly managed the parties rules and disciplinary processes to suspend and expel men and women who had dedicated their political lives to the party.
And YES Corbyn himself was partly to blame for all this. His absurd loyalty to the LP and refusal to acknowledge the true nature of the brutal battle he was/is in is at the core of his failure. His ridiculously naïve attempt to unite the PLP in a ‘cabinet of all the talents’ when he was first elected was his first mistake. Then McDonnel and Lansman’s successful move to emasculate Momentum. Then throwing Jackie Walker, Marc Wadsworth, Chris Williamson et al under the anti-semitism bus… the list is endless.
The ONLY thing Corbyn had going for him from day one was the unwavering support of the membership. Yet to appease the right of the party and the right-wing press, he threw them all under the bus and was left with no organised support within the party. So when Brexit happened he was left with nowhere to go.
70% of LP members, including Corbyn supporters, were/are Remainers. Yet 70% of Labour voters in the Midlands and the North were/are Leavers. And despite everything that has been said about ‘unelectability’, this is what led to the defeat in Dec 2019. In 2017 Labour’s position was to honour the referendum result and Corbyn came within 3000 votes of an overall majority. In 2019 Labour had shifted it’s position to become a Remain party openly fighting to get the referendum result over turned. This was/is seen as a betrayal by Labour working class vote in the North and the Midlands and finally the last link that held the working class loyal to the Labour Party was broken.
Yet the right of the LP ignore Brexit and try to claim that the reason for the loss of the Red Wall, was because Corbyn was toxic and they are determined to publicly humiliate him, forcing to prostrate himself and recant for his thought crimes before they allow him to sit quietly on the back benches.
The Brexit defeat is the chance for the cynical, unscrupulous, unprincipled, centrist liberal, professional politicians to regain complete control of the Labour Party and they have already set about doing so ruthlessly. And mark my words there is going to be much more blood on the carpet before this over. Many more dedicated Labour supporters will be suspended, expelled and publicly defamed before the greed for revenge of the new New Labourites is sated.
This is a truly shocking but accurate analysis Chris. What hope is there?
Pretty much spot on as events have proved.