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Corbyn’s Labour and The Path to Power

After the Queen’s Speech

Theresa May is clinging to power, but she must know the clock is ticking.

Having called a snap election with the aim of boosting her parliamentary support, she’s been left trying to scrape a majority with the help of the Democratic Unionist Party — a homophobic, anti-abortion party with a history of support for loyalist paramilitaries. The DUP, for their part, seem to be reveling in their role as kingmaker. They’ve taken every opportunity available to publicly humiliate May: contradicting her after she prematurely announced a deal, publicly calling on her to show respect and expressing dismay at the “level of negotiating experience” in her government.


Tory advisors will spend the coming months working out how to give the party a facelift. Conservative grandee Lord Heseltine has warned that the Tories’ older base are dying off at a rate of 2 percent per year. Every week that goes by, demographic changes make a Labour electoral victory more likely. Finding a way to appeal to younger voters will be key if they are to prevent Jeremy Corbyn from becoming prime minister.

But this is far from straightforward. Young people have been disproportionately targeted by spending cuts over the past seven years. They’re most likely to be in insecure, low-paid employment. Many consider owning a home an unrealistic prospect and are forced to hand over a large chunk of their income to unscrupulous landlords. Younger generations are less likely to consider capitalism a force for good and more inclined to believe radical economic change is necessary. It’s hard to see how the party of capital, which has treated young people with contempt for so long, is going to convince them it has to answers to their problems.

A Labour win in the next general election is now the more likely outcome. It will only take a few point swing to secure an outright majority, and a minority government propped up by the Scottish National Party and/or Liberal Democrats is more achievable still. A campaign with a left-wing Labour party starting as favorites would look very different to the recent one — but it is now eminently winnable.

But the British left can’t fall into the trap of waiting for this government to fall. It is weak, but the forces keeping it in place will be determined. The opposition to it must be built — not just in parliament but in every community. A constant campaign footing will be the only way to prevent the Tories restoring solid ground beneath their feet.


'Day of Rage' Protesters Target Queen's Speech To 'Bring Down the Government'

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Clinging to austerity will kill this government – the small-state dream has evaporated

You can pretend there’s a government, delay the Queen’s speech, substitute bluster for a coherent Brexit strategy. When all else fails you can simply hide from public view. But you cannot use make-believe when it comes to the government finances.

If there is to be a pullback from austerity, as signalled by the chancellor, Philip Hammond, on Sunday, that raises the question: what to? Because for the Tories, the deep cuts in spending over the past seven years were not designed simply to balance the books. They were part of a dream about how Britain’s economy would be reshaped: with a smaller state, a more vibrant private sector, more balanced trade, and growth less dependent on families borrowing to consume. That dream has evaporated.


Fortunately there is a clear and costed alternative to austerity. Labour’s biggest contribution to the national mood-change this spring was not the Corbyn rallies but the enunciation of a clear alternative fiscal doctrine. Large numbers of voters appear to have understood what the Institute for Fiscal Studies did not: that the wealth of rich people and corporations is more taxable than existing models suggest.

The best remedy for all the nightmares facing Hammond is growth. Growth above trend and above average; growth stolen from other countries in a process of selfish competition. Those who claim this cannot be achieved under the rules of globalisation are forgetting that China, Germany and Canada are all signatories to the self-same rules. Their elites operate a concept of economic national interest that has become alien to the British ruling caste, moulded as it is around the money of foreign property speculators, yacht owners and hedge fund managers.

What must replace austerity is clear: massive investment into the left-behind heartlands; improvements to the creaking transport infrastructure; social housing built on a massive scale; funding for public services and pay for those who work in them sufficient that they no longer operate in crisis mode.

But that’s only half the story. Industrial strategy must be visionary and expansive; monetary policy innovative and loose. That means loosening the inflation target, delaying interest rate rises and mandating the Bank of England to print more money. These are the classic tools not just of social democracy but of liberal conservatism. The tragedy is that an entire generation of Tories has been groomed to view such tools as “Marxist”, and to mistake urgent popular demands for change as “mob rule”.

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Jeremy Corbyn Allies Plan ‘Purge’ Of Labour HQ In Bid To Stamp His Authority On Party

Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters are seeking to stamp his authority on Labour with a “purge” of the party’s HQ and a fresh move to clip the wings of deputy leader Tom Watson, HuffPost UK has been told.

In a bid to build on the Labour leader’s acclaimed general election campaign, senior figures are determined to oust general secretary Iain McNicol and key officials.

Corbyn allies are also set to launch a fresh move to sideline Watson by creating a new post of female deputy leader, to end the ‘male duopoly’ at the top of the party.

Labour MPs and other ‘centrists’ are dismayed that the leadership is turning to internal party issues just at a time when the Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP) is more united than ever and Theresa May is under real pressure.

But the package of measures is viewed by left-wingers as necessary to entrench his authority after Labour secured 30 extra seats in the general election and deprived Theresa May of her Commons majority.

Aides to Corbyn have drafted an “organogram” that involves a restructure of the party’s senior staff at its HQ, which is seen by some of his supporters as out of step with members who twice elected him on a landslide.

Among those being targeted for criticism are McNicol, Patrick Heneghan, the party’s executive director for elections, and Simon Jackson, director of policy and research.

In the last few days, key aides to Corbyn have signalled their wish for a restructure to build on the momentum of his election progress.....


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If they had any sense of decorum the Blairites in the headquarters would tender their resignations. But since these are the people who by their relentless attacks on the leader put their own partisan centrist politics ahead of the party I suspect they will have to be dragged kicking and screaming away from the gravy train.

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From the Guardian, a look at Corbyn's popularity among the crowd at Glastonbury:

Corbyn receives hero's welcome

A week in politics, as they say, is a long time, but it must be a bit cheering for Corbyn to set aside the politics of the moment, and bask in the glow.

And if it comes to that, he deserves it. An unbelievable uphill struggle against the right-wing of his own party, the uphill struggle of overcoming a huge deficit in the polls, the uphill struggle of sticking to his guns despite the mud thrown at him. 

Over the last year, Corbyn has been a tower of strength. Let's hope he can put that strength to good use against the neo-liberals...



Elections, Absenteeism, Boycotts and the Class Struggle  -  by James Petras

"...Corbyn recognized that introducing real class-based politics would increase voter participation. The vast majority of citizens in the wage and salaried class do not trust the political elites. They see electoral campaigns as empty exercises, financed by and for plutocrats.

The social-economic promises made by Jeremy Corbyn and his left-wing of the Labor Party energized working class voters, but if it does not fundamentally  challenge capital, it will revert to being a marginal force. [hence the NDP malaise]

In the final analysis class rule is not decided via elite elections among oligarchs and their mass media propaganda. Once dismissed as a 'vestige of the past, the revival of class politics is clearly on the horizon."

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Corbyn tells anti-austerity demo he's 'determined to force new election'

Jeremy Corbyn said he was determined to force another election at an anti-austerity protest attended by thousands of people in central London.

After marching through Oxford Circus and Regents Street, the crowd gathered in a packed Parliament Square to hear the Labour leader and other politicians and union leaders speak.

Protesters carrying banners and placards, many of which focused on the Grenfell Tower disaster and cuts to public services, sang the now infamous “Oh Jeremy Corbyn” chant as they marched.....

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Momentum Activists Take Control Of Local Labour Parties Ahead of Brighton Conference

The grassroots campaign group Momentum is building on Jeremy Corbyn’s general election “surge” by taking control of local parties ahead of the annual Labour conference, HuffPost UK can reveal.

In a move to entrench Corbyn’s vision and direction, the left-wing campaign has scored a string of notable victories in securing the crucial delegate numbers needed to shape conference decisions and votes.

As constituency Labour parties (CLPs) across the country hold their annual general meetings ahead of the Brighton conference in September, Momentum has been quietly building a powerbase as part of a bigger move to make MPs more in tune with the new members.....

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It will be quite interesting to see what they actually pass at that Labour conference. Will they create a more democratic party, with some accountability to the members, or will they simply insert themselves in place of the former bosses?

epaulo13 epaulo13's picture will be interesting. i have found that democracy is an ongoing project subject to ebbs and flows. at least now though that discussion can begin. not to mention that it was democracy that got them to this place.

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Labour's right wing draws up new plan to undermine Jeremy Corbyn

Labour’s right wing has launched a new plan to rein in Jeremy Corbyn’s power despite his growing standing within the party following the general election result, The Independent can reveal.

The battle plan, issued to activists just a week after Labour overturned Theresa May’s majority, would water down Mr Corbyn’s influence on the party’s powerful executive by drafting in extra members likely to be hostile to him.

The manoeuvre is the latest sign of the continuing guerrilla warfare taking place behind the scenes in Labour, with Mr Corbyn’s own supporters undertaking a counteroffensive to try and cement the left’s grip on the party....

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Corbyn critics win election to Labour parliamentary committee

Critics of Jeremy Corbyn have won election to the party’s parliamentary committee, as the struggle between allies and opponents of the leader continues despite a new eight-point poll lead for Labour.

Among those elected to the influential backbench body, which has a weekly meeting with Corbyn, were Neil Coyle, Graham Jones, Angela Smith and Ruth Smeeth. They will now play a role in the committee’s work as shop stewards for the party’s backbenchers.

Clive Lewis, seen as a potential future leader from the left of the party, and Ian Mearns, a staunch supporter of Corbyn, did not have enough support from fellow MPs to make the cut.

The elections show that critics of the leadership in the parliamentary party are not ceding power lightly to Corbyn, despite the strengthening of his position after Labour performed beyond expectations in the general election.

A poll for YouGov and the Times has put Labour eight points ahead of the Conservatives on 46% of the vote, suggesting Corbyn could win a national vote.....

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Corbyn critics banned from official Durham Miners' Gala reception

Labour MPs who have been critical of Jeremy Corbyn have been banned from the official reception of the Durham Miners’ Gala for the second year running.

Alan Cummings, the secretary of the Durham Miners’ Association, said “quite a few” Labour MPs were not welcome on the platform for the annual procession, which he predicted would attract crowds of more than 200,000 people on Saturday.

Cummings told the Guardian: “The Durham Miners’ Association has supported Jeremy for a number of years and we’re fully behind his leadership. Obviously we’ve had problems with some Labour MPs who didn’t support him … They can come on the day, we can’t stop that, but they won’t be enjoying our hospitality.”

Several Labour MPs from the region were blacklisted from the official reception at last year’s gala, which came at the height of a leadership challenge against Corbyn.

Cummings said those disinvited this year included Phil Wilson, the Labour MP for Sedgefield; Helen Goodman, the MP for Bishop Auckland; Anna Turley, the Redcar MP; Emma Lewell-Buck, the South Shields MP, and MPs for Sunderland.


Cummings said he expected “Corbynmania” to attract crowds of more than 200,000 to celebrate “the great performance by Jeremy leading up to the election and the election result”. Last year’s gala attracted 150,000 people to the streets of Durham.

Corbyn will give a speech at Saturday’s “Big Meeting”, the 133rd annual celebration of the north-east’s mining heritage and one of the biggest trade union gatherings in Europe.

The Labour leader will share the platform with the filmmaker Ken Loach, a prominent supporter of the Labour leader, as well as the shadow education secretary, Angela Rayner, and union bosses including the Unite chief, Len McCluskey.

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..includes a video interview

Corbyn to Talk Brexit With EU's Barnier, Sensing May Won't Last

U.K. Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn will meet with the European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier next week as he stands ready for a snap election that could make him prime minister.

The “extended meeting” with Barnier on July 13 will give Corbyn the chance to “outline what our issues are,” he said in an interview with Bloomberg Television in London on Thursday. An EU official confirmed the meeting and said it was Corbyn who requested it.

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Corbyn critics win election to Labour parliamentary committee

Critics of Jeremy Corbyn have won election to the party’s parliamentary committee, as the struggle between allies and opponents of the leader continues despite a new eight-point poll lead for Labour.

Among those elected to the influential backbench body, which has a weekly meeting with Corbyn, were Neil Coyle, Graham Jones, Angela Smith and Ruth Smeeth. They will now play a role in the committee’s work as shop stewards for the party’s backbenchers.

Clive Lewis, seen as a potential future leader from the left of the party, and Ian Mearns, a staunch supporter of Corbyn, did not have enough support from fellow MPs to make the cut.

The elections show that critics of the leadership in the parliamentary party are not ceding power lightly to Corbyn, despite the strengthening of his position after Labour performed beyond expectations in the general election.

A poll for YouGov and the Times has put Labour eight points ahead of the Conservatives on 46% of the vote, suggesting Corbyn could win a national vote.....

​Good God-Corbyn has Labour eight points ahead(a situation they wouldn't be in right now were the party led by anyone the Labour Right would approve of)and they're STILL on his case?


​Corbyn has proved the party doesn't have to be rigidly "moderate"(or even rigidly pro-military intervention)to be electable.

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Ken Burch wrote:

​Good God-Corbyn has Labour eight points ahead(a situation they wouldn't be in right now were the party led by anyone the Labour Right would approve of)and they're STILL on his case?


It seems likely to me that these are shallow careerists, who see their personal fortunes more in alignment with the desires of their big corporate donors, and future employers, than with the desires of the working class.

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..more on that yougov poll

Corbyn surging everywhere

The poll now puts Labour ahead of the SNP in Scotland (36%/31%). Corbyn’s party also leads in all areas of the UK except the south. And Labour has managed to gain both Conservative (3%) and Lib Dem (29%) voters from the general election. But the YouGov polling gets even more interesting when you compare it to the last survey before the election.

YouGov’s final election polling, conducted from 5 to 7 June, put Labour on 35% and the Tories on 42%. So according to YouGov, Corbyn’s party has surged 11% while May’s has dropped 4%. And Labour has gained:

  • 10% more male voters.
  • 11% more 18-to-24-year-olds.
  • 14% more 25-to-49-year-olds.
  • 13% more 50-to-64-year-olds.

The YouGov results for socioeconomic status also show a Labour surge. There are six socioeconomic grades, which group people together by wealth, employment, education etc. A is the ‘highest’ and E the ‘lowest’. And in groups A, B and C1, Labour has gone from being 6% behind the Tories before the election to now leading them by 12%. It has also drawn level with the Conservative Party in statuses C2, D and E.

Finally, Labour has surged in London. Prior to the election, the party was on 41% in the capital; a 4% lead over May’s Tories (37%). But now, Corbyn’s party is sitting at 57%. And the Tories have collapsed, with YouGov predicting that they’d only pick up 29% of London voters if an election was held.

When’s the next general election?

But how does the latest polling compare to YouGov’s post-election voter analysis? Again, it’s good news for Labour. According to YouGov’s survey of how 52,615 people voted on 8 June, the party has gained:

  • 9% more 18-24 year olds.
  • 2% more 25-49 year olds.
  • 8% more voters from socioeconomic statutes A, B and C1.
  • 4% more male voters.

There could be myriad of reasons for Labour’s polling surge over the Tories: May’s £1.5bn ‘magic money tree’ deal with the DUP; the Grenfell Tower tragedy; continuing chaos around Brexit; and the Tories’ unwillingness to move on the public sector pay cap, to name but a few. And while polling should always be taken with a pinch of salt, it would appear that, if a general election were to happen tomorrow, the PM could be in serious difficulty. Because Corbyn is now in his strongest position yet.

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..while i highlight this i recommend reading the rest of the piece. it is chock full of tidbits. 

Momentum is getting ready to help Labour win the next election – and beyond


Permanent campaign

First, it is clear that the Conservatives will seek to trigger another general election and run on a less laughable platform than the farce we’ve just seen. Though they make the mistake of adhering to dated assumptions about campaigning on the centre ground of British politics, they will not repeat the mistake of putting forward flagship policies which are categorically unpopular and taking a complacent approach to campaign infrastructure. There is even talk of a Conservative equivalent of Momentum being set-up, though the prospects for such a project are dubious.

Momentum has already accepted that there will be fewer open goals when there is another snap election. Last week we launched our general election campaign and we already have our sights set on the constituencies of Tory ministers Boris Johnson, Amber Rudd and Iain Duncan Smith. Momentum is aiming to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for any upcoming election and we’ve already begun crowdfunding. Local Momentum groups in safe seats are being encouraged to twin with groups in nearby marginals to expand the size of our grassroots election campaigns in previously unwinnable seats.

The success of Labour in Canterbury also indicates the huge potential of collaboration between the grassroots left and the student movement. If this kind of collaboration came to full fruition Labour could win almost every university town in the country. Nicky Morgan’s seat in Loughborough, for example, could go our way.



Whitewashed: Anti-Semitism in the Labour Party

JTV: Zio agit-prop on evil LP Goyim

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'Great repeal bill' human rights clause sets up Brexit clash with Labour

The government has set itself on a collision course with opposition parties by insisting that it will not bring the EU charter of fundamental rights into domestic law on Brexit day.

The EU (withdrawal) bill – published on Thursday and known as the “great repeal bill” which will formally enact Brexit – includes a clause that says: “The charter of fundamental rights is not part of domestic law on or after exit day.”

The shadow Brexit secretary, Keir Starmer, has made the incorporation of the charter – which interprets EU human rights – one of the six tests he will apply when Labour decides whether to vote for the bill when it returns to parliament in the autumn. The Liberal Democrats have also made it a key demand.

The government believes the charter, which interprets existing EU rights rather than creating new ones, will no longer be necessary after “exit day”, when Britain leaves the EU. But refusing to incorporate it will set up one of a series of parliamentary struggles as Theresa May tries to get the legislation through parliament....

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Jeremy Corbyn sets out Labour's vision for Brexit on Brussels visit

Labour pitched an alternative vision of Brexit to the EU on Thursday during nearly two-and-half hours of talks with Michel Barnier and his deputy negotiators, which pointed the way for potential compromise on access to the single market.

Jeremy Corbyn’s private session at the European commission headquarters in Brussels lasted almost half as long as the British government has spent in formal negotiations in total since triggering article 50 in March, but went further by also including discussion of Britain’s future relationship.

“They wanted to hear what our overall approach is and to let us know what their overall approach is, not only for article 50 but also for transitional and final arrangements,” the shadow Brexit secretary, Sir Keir Starmer, told the Guardian....

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..18 min video

Naomi Klein and Jeremy Corbyn Discuss How to Get The World We Want

The Intercept's Naomi Klein interviews Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the UK Labour Party.

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Opening Labour

In the litany of scaremongering stories about the British left, the “Trot plot” is an evergreen favorite. The Labour left, the line goes, is overrun with Trotskyists who are endlessly scheming. And so it was with the latest story about a “hard left plot to out MPs” — as the Times put it — which, it turned out, was a Facebook post from a local branch of Momentum, in South Tyneside, suggesting that fifty Labour MPs should “join the liberals.”

It was ill-advised, swiftly removed, and not representative of Labour policy. Nor was it a position taken by Momentum, the grassroots organization of supporters for party leader Jeremy Corbyn. One of the MPs mentioned by the original post was Luciana Berger, Labour’s MP for Liverpool Waverside. According to the Liverpool Echo, in a story that quickly spread across social media, Corbyn supporters had gained control of the local Labour group and demanded an apology from the MP, who had resigned from the shadow cabinet last year during the party’s leadership challenge. A response from the new constituency Labour party secretary made clear this one officer’s words were not shared by this new Labour executive, who looked forward to working with Berger.


But it’s clear that democratizing the grassroots should go beyond that, with more engagement, participation and accountability in the relationship with both constituency MPs and the parliamentary party. This is where things rub against the centralizing instincts of Blairism, with, among other things, its practice of parachuting MPs into constituencies, often against the wishes of local activists, and penchant for remote, technocratic candidates on a career trajectory.

This began to shift with Labour’s 2015 intake of MPs, some of whom are now key members of the shadow cabinet. And you can see development in 2017’s newcomers, too. Laura Pidcock, the new Labour MP for North West Durham, pointed to this new reality in comments about parliament during her maiden speech, saying that the building “reeks of the establishment” and that its “intimidating nature is not accidental — the clothes, the language, the obsession with hierarchies, control and domination is symbolic of the system at large.”

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Jeremy Corbyn back on the campaign trail as he begins national tour

Jeremy Corbyn has said his party is in “permanent campaign mode” as he heads to Cornwall on a national tour that aims to place Labour on a more offensive footing.

The Labour leader has chosen dozens of Conservative-held seats across England and Wales, and SNP ones in Scotland, for a series of campaigning events to prepare for the next election.

The move comes after sources said there were tensions within Labour over whether the party was too defensive during the 2017 general election campaign after polls suggested major losses.

Corbyn said he wanted to take a “message of hope to marginal seats” as he explained that the focus on Tory-held seats, rather than those with Labour MPs, was about winning a parliamentary majority....

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A new centrist party would split the Tories, not Labour

One Thursday night in the next couple of years we could go to sleep knowing that, by Friday morning, neoliberalism in Britain will be over. If a left-led Labour party comes to power, leading a coalition determined to scrap free market economics, that will be a good day for working people. It will be a bad day for Virgin Care, Portland Communications and Saudi Arabia.

If this prospect appals you, there is now a clear course of action. James Chapman, a former Daily Mail journalist and former spin doctor for George Osborne and David Davis, who now works for the PR firm Bell Pottinger, wants to launch a new centrist party called the Democrats, consisting of diehard anti-Brexiters from all parties. He claims that two cabinet ministers, several former Tory frontbenchers and even members of the Labour shadow cabinet have been “in touch”.

Chapman’s gambit is welcome because it comes after the early summer promise of a Tony Blair-led move to create a new centre party (emulating Emmanuel Macron’s) fizzled out. Private Eye claims that Blair asked Labour donor and Brexiteer John Mills for money, to no avail. At the annual conference of Progress there were few takers for my suggestion that they “do a Macron”; in fact, Progress itself is a shrunken force inside the Labour movement and does not look capable of launching anything in the near future....


Why don't they just join the Liberal Democrats.