July 29, 2022 at 6:36 am #231819
That’s good. The more that do that the merrier. But let’s hope he’s not going to join the Scotch Nats. In any event he is wrong about Starmer & Co going after voters in “the shires of England”. Labour’s leaders know that it has no chance there and have left the field(s) there free for the Liberals to go after Tory voters. Their strategy is to win over voters in urban areas of England. They may have miscalculated this time as there is quite a bit of sympathy from other workers with the RMT and other strikers.
Starmer seems to be following Neil Kinnock’s advice of “getting the betrayal in first”, ie, before being elected, instead, that is, of waiting to be in government to do this. As a self-styled “government in waiting” he wants it to act as it will, and will have to if it was the government.
(Incidentally I’ve searched on the internet to find this quote from Kinnock but haven’t been able to find it, if anyone knows when and where — and if — he said it.)
Sharon Graham of Unite hit the nail on the head when she said that Labour was “becoming more and more irrelevant to ordinary working people”.
I don’t know if it means anything but we have received a couple of enquiries in recent weeks about membership from people resigning from the Labour Party.July 31, 2022 at 6:22 am #231853
I have found a reference to Kinnock saying getting betrayal in first, though not to when he would have originally said it. It is in an article in the Independent by Andrew Marr on 19 April 1995.
It is no accident that the article was about the relationship between the Labour Party and the trade unions. Here’s what Marr wrote:
”One day, it seems, Tony Blair is likely to be in Number Ten and, therefore almost certainly, will be in confrontation with public sector workers. He has, in Neil Kinnock’s rueful phrase, got his betrayal in first.”
Substitute “Keir Starmer” for “Tony Blair” and Marr could have been be writing today.July 31, 2022 at 1:10 pm #231883james19ParticipantAugust 14, 2022 at 5:21 am #232183
Surprisingly, I cannot recall the mainstream media having a sit-down with Jeremy Corbyn so he could offer his opinion since the Forde Report emerged. He is indeed the forgotten manAugust 22, 2022 at 8:33 am #232314
Are the SNP now the left-wing proponents of nationalisation rather than the Old Labourites?September 23, 2022 at 10:23 am #233538
The data reveals how the party’s bureaucrats, whose nominal function is to serve the interests of the party, attempted to undermine members supportive of Jeremy Corbyn, Labour’s leader from 2015 to 2020.September 25, 2022 at 3:14 pm #233630
The Labour Party conference sings God Save the King. Simply expressing what has always been their position.
Will the sing the Red Flag at the closing of the conference?September 25, 2022 at 7:47 pm #233646
Yes, a new depth for them. They are completely bankrupt and worse. What a despicable, unprincipled gang of self-seeking opportunists they are.
That won’t stop trots and other leftwingers (Lynch, Ward, Graham and other left trade union leaders) calling on workers to vote for them at the next election.
As the song says, jokers to the right, clowns to the left. I know saying this encourages people to be anti-politician and even anti-politics but it’s true.September 26, 2022 at 5:47 am #233655Lizzie45Participant
“The Labour Party conference sings God Save the King. Simply expressing what has always been their position.”September 27, 2022 at 1:12 am #233694
New New Labour
Lisa Nandy said the party was “coming back to finish the job” of New Labour, with the party undergoing a dramatic transformation and now “fit to govern”.September 28, 2022 at 11:52 am #233767
It was Al Jazeera that brought to the public The Lobby, Israel’s attempts to discredit Corbyn.
Now they have a series called the Labour Files delving deep into the smears against Corbyn.
Seen along the ignored Ford Report, it seems as if the UK media goes in for self-censorship, hoping that investigative reporting by a foreign TV is sufficient to question its credibilityOctober 23, 2022 at 9:11 pm #234872
We shouldn’t be surprised
“prawn cocktail offensive 2.0”
Labour is accelerating meetings with leaders of Britain’s biggest companies, as it steps up its efforts to woo the CityOctober 24, 2022 at 2:30 am #234879October 24, 2022 at 1:30 pm #234888
Starmer has said he would continue with Tory plans for stiff sentences for climate protesters who block roadsNovember 1, 2022 at 1:31 am #235397
Labour Together – a network of MPs, staffers, members and thinktanks – has been appointed to build a more “coherent narrative”.
It is all to be about the message from now on.
“What matters isn’t that Labour has a huge long list of policies that covers every area. It’s that people understand what Labour’s priorities are. That’s the most important thing. And what it needs to communicate that effectively is a few very focused policies…”
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