The misrepresentation of Corbyn as “Hard Left” or “Extreme”

The darkest figure of European history declared infamously that the mass of a nation’s people fall prey more easily to a great lie than to a small one. The great lie is repeated, and repeated, and repeated – until it becomes engrained in the public consciousness as a self-evident truth.

Cllr Adrian Jones puts the case that Jeremy Corbyn is very much in Labour's mainstream.

Cllr Adrian Jones puts the case that Jeremy Corbyn is very much in Labour’s mainstream.

The British Establishment’s survival-instinct is a powerful force. It recognised and well understood the stark reality that its positions of excessive privilege were at greater risk from the re-emergence of “Mainstream” Labour than had been the case for a generation.
Its voices needed no orchestration to chorus its great misrepresentation of Jeremy Corbyn.

Not since the great, reforming, Mainstream, Labour government of Clem Attlee had the UK’s “workers by hand or by brain” chosen a leader so closely meeting their aspirations – and their legitimate needs – as Jeremy Corbyn.

Denigrated as “Extreme” and “Hard Left”, with almost clinical skill by the master-propagandists of an overwhelmingly Tory-biased news media it was only a small step for Corbyn to be perceived by those (some even of our own Party – schooled in a generation of neoliberalism) as “well-meaning, but unelectable”. Some, like Owen Smith, have since declared publicly that they were wrong. In her general election victory speech, following an overwhelming increase in her own electoral support, Angela Eagle paid tribute to Corbyn’s role – and to the relentless work of Party members.

Cllr Chris Jones:" We never doubted that Labour could win with Corbyn as leader.  Despite all the propaganda we very nearly did - and we are ready for an election as soon as it comes.

Cllr Chris Jones:” We never doubted that Labour could win with Corbyn as leader. Despite all the propaganda we very nearly did – and we are ready for an election as soon as it comes.

Overcoming the unprecedented propaganda-onslaught, Corbyn emerged as a phenomenally successful leader. Against all the common wisdom, that he was “unelectable”, he emerged to those who had doubted him as startlingly effective. But to those of us who supported Labour during the Mainstream Wilson Governments, and who never doubted (nor, like Corbyn, ever deserted) our Labour Party he was not seen as startlingly, but as predictably, effective.

He is now recognised, justifiably, as one of the most capable, far seeing, and publicly popular figures in Labour history.

At last, when Mrs May went to the polls last month (convinced it seems by her own side’s propaganda) in what she believed was the certainty of a great Tory victory, she had no idea of the collapse of support she faced.

We had every confidence that it would collapse!

All over the UK people were demonstrating today, 23rd January, just as your Labour (and ONLY Labour) Councillors and members were in Liscard shopping Centre.

All over the UK people were demonstrating today, 23rd January, just as your Labour (and ONLY Labour) Councillors and members were in Liscard shopping Centre.

For months before the general election your three Seacombe Labour Councillors, Chris, Paul and Adrian, were out in Seacombe, and neighbouring wards, knocking doors, and on street stalls along with other Labour activists – old, new, and very welcome returners. We were patiently explaining the Manifesto, and winning over those whose belief in the Establishment’s relentless propaganda-bombardment was already being shaken thin by Corbyn’s excellent performances on television – and by the inability of the Tory-biased media to repulse our message.

Cllr Paul Stuart:  "As the campaign went on we were winning people over to Corbyn, on the doorstep, and his television appearances were crucial. At last voters could see through the propaganda.

Cllr Paul Stuart: “As the campaign went on we were winning people over to Corbyn, on the doorstep, and his television appearances were crucial. At last voters could see through the propaganda.

We were always absolutely confident that when Corbyn could no longer be denied reasonable television and radio-time, minds would be changed. And increasingly they were.
When hundreds of thousands of supporters all over the country knocked doors, posted leaflets exposing the truth, and used social media – the chosen means of information-exchange for a new, young, generation – then the Great Deception, the Establishment’s denigration of Corbyn, would at last be challenged.
What was it that was so utterly convincing about Corbyn that, despite the relentless media and “Establishment” war against him, Labour came so close to winning and the super-confident Tories so close to disaster?

It was simply that he, and the Labour Party he leads, offered a Manifesto representing the interests of the great mass of the people – not the few, the very tiny few, whose interests had for decades taken precedence.

Clem Attlee, Labour Prime Minister who re-built our country after Hitler's war would have found nothing in Corbyn's Manifesto that was not mainstream policy.

Clem Attlee, the greatest of Labour Prime Ministers, who re-built our country after Hitler’s war would have found nothing in Corbyn’s Manifesto that was not mainstream policy.

The Manifesto was not “Hard Left” – it was not “Extreme”; it could have been presented by Clem Attlee or Harold Wilson. It embraced Labour’s timeless principle that the directly productive, and the socially useful, people in every land must not forever continue to be milked by a minority who have gathered the ownership of wealth-creating property to themselves.

It offered the hope of fairness for all; of controls to prevent merciless property-grabbing of a spiv-economy that condemns millions to poverty. Through the privatisation and concentration of ever more of the country’s existing housing stock into the hands of private landlords, home ownership has become yesterday’s dream for a huge chunk of the present generation. The Manifesto offered the restoration of workplace employment rights, the protection of the NHS and public health care, the restoration of public ownership of key parts of the “commanding heights of the economy”, increased rights for women, the restoration of equal educational opportunities for the young – no longer to be increasingly “rationed” to children whose parents who can afford to subsidise them during university and with their debts afterwards. And it offered greater hope for the old as well as the young.

Another great Labour Prime Minister, Harold Wilson would have been entirely at ease with Corbyn's mainstream Labour policies.

Another great Labour Prime Minister, Harold Wilson would have been entirely at ease with Corbyn’s mainstream Labour policies.

In short Labour’s Manifesto offered a future in which working people can produce co-operatively for the good of all. The bland alternative was, and remains, the Hard-right politics of our opponents – whose “ideology” (as they sometimes fancifully describe their crude dogma) regards human labour-power, the ability to work, as merely a commodity like any other to be disposed of by the workers who own it at the best wage-price they can get – and to be bought from them at the lowest market price to which employers can drive it down.

The “austerity” of the Tories and LibDems under Cameron and Clegg, and continued by Mrs May, is essentially a programme of wage depression – and the “Corbyn phenomenon” was the mass popular reaction against it.

From “ConDems” to “ConDUPs” – where next for the “willy-nilly wandering” party?

At the time of penning this note (16/10/17) the badly-leaking Tory Cabinet was widely reported on Sunday morning’s “Marr Show” and the “Andrew Neill” show just after) to be in a condition of chaos with a hopelessly divided, rudderless, party – jilted by their previous LibDem bed-fellows and now cuddling up to the DUP after conceding ££,£££,£££ from their “magic money tree”.

Yesterday, 18th July, the implosion of unity in the Tory Party was front-page revelations across even those newspapers that normally give such slavish support to them – itself an indication of the extent of confusion and internal turmoil in the Tory Party.

Today, 19th July, the media headlines tell us the Tory “rump” is biting its own head – as the main body of the Parliamentary Tory Party calls on Mrs May to sack her own Cabinet members for disloyalty. And this is the shambles of a Party that is running the country!

A new general election is badly needed. Seacombe Ward Labour Party will be ready whenever it comes.

“Seize property of the rich!” – Not exactly, read on.

Today's Times

Today’s Times


Corbyn is not suggesting, as that headline could imply, that anyone with a fairly large house is at risk of it being confiscated.
He is advocating that where there are large numbers of empty dwellings, owned often by overseas investors, standing empty (to drive rents up through shortage?) it cannot be right that people thrown into poverty by the flight of capital investment from the UK must “exist”, little more, in sub standard private housing so that the rich can get richer. So there is very much a case for taking such empty or under used housing into public administration.

The hellish deaths of so many in the Grenfell Tower horror shows what can happen when cost-cutting for profit denies ordinary (for “ordinary” read “not rich”) people are denied elementary safety, whilst others’ wealth increases. Here in Wirral we have many tower blocks but we are assured today that there are none of the kind that figured in this week’s disaster. Nevertheless, Magenta and the private renters have been asked for assurances that there are no similar risks. We are assured that there are not but the questions are still be asked and we will report more in the days ahead.

Here the decent housing that should always be the first priority of a civilised society is a LABOUR PRIORITY. That is one of the clearest distinctions between the politics of the Left – Labour’s Left – and the right of a Toryism that has produced fewer houses than in the 1920s. Scarcity of anything drives prices up.

The Tory gamble on a huge victory shows only how badly they were taken in by their own propaganda

Mrs May’s (broken) promise that she would not plunge the country into a general election before the statutory term was up, and her decision to spring a sudden election based on the propaganda fed daily to the population by heavily Tory-leaning newspaper and TV businesses, has left her and her government in utter chaos. Unfortunately that chaos affects not only the credibility of the Tory Party but also every man, woman and child in the UK.

The Tories still won, but instead of a landslide to give them the international bargaining strength they crave they emerged severely damaged not only by the number of seats they have lost, and the number Labour has gained, but by the loss of UK and overseas credibility.

Today’s “Times” reports that “Mrs May’s leadershio statement outside No 10 was criticised by Tories as ‘tone deaf’ and ‘devoid of humanity’. Hours later she made a TV appearance to express contrition for an electoral gamble that has plunged her party and country into uncertainty.”
See “The Times” front page below.

The "Times" is harsh in its brutal reporting.

The brutual “Times” reporting leaves scant room for comfort.

Mrs May’s was not the only “expression of contrition”; today’s Election 17 edition of the formidable no-nonsense “Weekend I” (below) quotes Owen Smith, who challenged Jeremy Corbyn last year for the party leadership, with the comment: “I was clearly wrong… he’s proved me and a lot of people wrong”.


The "I" reports May's "catastrophic misjudgment", "Reluctant turn to DUP for rescue", "Conservative calls for her to quit this year", "Jostling for No 10 begins!.

The “I” reports May’s “catastrophic misjudgment”, “Reluctant turn to DUP for rescue”, “Conservative calls for her to quit this year”, “Jostling for No 10 begins!.

Perhaps a little downmarket from the “Times” – but beloved of Tory activists everywhere – The “Daily Mail” Weighed in with a dramatic headline: “TORIES TURN ON THERESA”. Smaller print declares: “FURIOUS Tory MPs last night threatened to oust Theresa May within six months after her disastrous election campaign,”

(However, Mrs May’s disastrous election gamble did not take top place on the Mail’s front page, that went to a story about the Royal family.)

Well, the "Mail" keeps Tory Prime Ministers in their right place!

Well, the “Mail” keeps Tory Prime Ministers in their right place!

The weekend edition of the “Morning Star” reports on the manner in which three years ago Jeremy was widely dismissed as an improbable Leader for the Labour Party, on subsequent challenges to him and that this year his detractors “… all ate humble pie”. It also picks up on Theresa May’s desperate need to beg the DUP for support in her “desperate bid to cling to power”.

Several very interesting reports in the "Morning Star" - well worth reading.

Several very interesting reports in the “Morning Star” – well worth reading.

"Coalition of Crackpots" says the Mirror

“Coalition of Crackpots” says the Mirror

The Daily Mirror – the only mass circulation paper to provide a measure of support for the Labour Party, in a sea of anti-labour propaganda from so many of the other newspapers – dismissed Mrs May’s approaches as a “Coalition of crackpots” with a lengthy story to support its view.

What is absolutely clear, following this catastrophic blow to the Tories, is that national politics will never be the same again. The international jungle of unbridled “free market” chaos, that developed into the (entirely predictable) 2008 repetition of the 1929 crash, is never again going to be “consensus” politics in the UK.
Labour will continue, as never before, to campaign for the many – not for the few.