There has never been a Labour leader such as Jeremy Corbyn or an election quite like the general election in June 2017. On the run up to the election there was a terrorist attack in Manchester and then another in London. Despite an amazing police response Corbyn blamed Tory police cuts (without any evidence that the two were in any way connected). At the election Labour did better than expected and the Conservatives did worse the predicted after a poor campaign, although got over 50 seats more than Labour. The celebrations that followed were extraordinary. Corbyn was acting as if he had won, supporters were partying like they had got a landslide and Corbyn said that Labour were a Government in waiting. Theresa May who remained the Prime Minister was accused of squatting in Downing Street and the Shadow Chancellor called for people to take to the streets to overthrow a democratically elected government.
As if things couldn’t get worse, the nation awoke to see on their TV screens the horror that was the Grenfell Tower fire (North Kensington). As the country looked on in shock, Corbyn stood in front of the burning building that still held the bodies of the dead and blamed Theresa May’s austerity policies. No evidence, no proven connections, no respect, no sense of appropriateness, he turned the horrific incident into a political point scoring exercise that was all about him. He caused division between the rich and the poor in Kensington, called for the requisition of property and wiped up anger against the Tory government. He personally vilified Theresa May in a way that only served to cause unrest in a Country who had suffered enough.
Later Jon McDonnell went on the accuse politicians of murder. He seemed intent on winding up the raging lefties as they prepared to take to the streets. Even members of his own party began to distance themselves and call him irresponsible, as he incited young people to riot and stirred up a mob that quite frankly would kick off at the drop of a hat.
This Tweet to Labour’s Clive Lewis summed up what many of us felt;
In the days that followed there were several protests. Everyone understood that the people of Grenfell Tower were angry. They had lost everything and had the right to be heard. However, in the most opportunist, repulsive piece of politics I have ever witnessed, the far-left descended on the community to take advantage, stir up trouble and protest against the government. Momentum, Movement For Justice and other Corbynite groups hijacked the community’s grief to take their particular brand of toxic politics to the street in an attempt to shake an elected government. This all seemed to be with the blessing of Labour, who also seemed to think that they had the right to take over and form a government or force a second election.
Even before the election there were many cases of the far left showing aggression. Momentum bullied MP’s who dared to oppose Corbyn, lefties bullied and harassed candidates who stood for democratic election against Labour, Tories had the election signs destroyed and defaced and innocent people were terrorised and threatened on social networking platform. There seemed to be no room for democracy any more.
Internet trolls attempted to breakdown those in power and election campaign tactics become more and more vicious as faceless thugs storm social networking sites. Tory MP’s and Labour MP’s who are not Corbynite, have paid the price for daring to disagree with Corbyn. When Michelle Dewsberry stood as an Independent in Yorkshire, her and her volunteer team came in for abuse from the left and Amber Rudd has been terrorized on facebook by vile trolls;
It seem that bullying, threats, violence, street protests, vandalism, humiliation and grief tourism are now part of campaigning. Trampling over people’s grief to score political points is now permitted (apparently). Taking advantage of the most vulnerable for political gain and calling for people to take to the streets to overthrow democracy is seemingly ok now.
At some point this became scary. It was no longer about the future of the Labour party or the Tory party but instead became about the future of democracy. If we become scared to stand for election, scared to vote for the party we like, scared to speak, scared to express an opinion, our democracy will be gone. We will become a one party state.
We must hold strong. We cannot be bullied. We must not believe that claims and comments on Momentum’s face book page that the Tories have committed fraud (ironic given that many students voted for Labour twice). Whether you vote Tory, Labour, Green, Lib Dem, UKIP or any other party, democracy belongs to us all. If we allow them to take it from us, we will all suffer.
There are Muslim extremists and right-wing extremists, but the growing amount of left-wing extremists are inherently dangerous due to the fact that they actually believe they are morally superior and above any and all questioning or debate concerning their far left-wing thinking and ideology.
This is one of the reasons that those of far left-wing extremist views will never debate with you but will always revert to name calling in an effort to shame you into silence and kill the debate. Democracy means nothing to them.
At the first Prime Minister’s Questions, at the end of June 2017, female Conservatives complained about the abuse that they faced during the campaign. It was felt that the behaviour of Corbyn’s foot soldiers was a deliberate attempt to put candidates off from standing for the Tories. Women were targeted the most (and this is common place in Corbynite terror tactics). Their online presence alone is enough to make traditional Labour voters weap. My poor old Grandad who voted Labour all his life, would turn in his grave if he saw this kind of behaviour.
And then the beginning of Momentum’s deselection campaign began in Liverpool. Deselecting MPs is a perfectly honourable part British parliamentary politics. Or at least it was, until the hardline leftist mob currently running the Labour Party gained power. Now deselection smacks of bullying tactics, falling into Leninist line, and committing wholeheartedly to the Dear Leader, Jeremy Corbyn. Stray from the party line and Corbyn’s henchmen from the ‘grassroots’ Labour movement Momentum will be paying you a visit.
In the case of MP Luciana Berger,currently facing deselection in her constituency of Liverpool Wavertree, the dynamics at work demonstrate the extent of the Labour party’s sinister new normal, in which tones of anti-Semitism are ubiquitous. The idea is quite simple; Labour handover the task of candidate selection to local party committee’s. For a candidate to be selected to run he or she must have the backing of a majority of the committee. That sounds fair until you realise that Momentum are taking over these local branch and committees. In Liverpool Wavertree 9 out of 10 committee members are now Momentum. They forced Luciana Berger MP (who has a majority of almost 30,000 to write a letter of allegations to Corbyn and made it clear that she complies with the hard left or goes. It is clear that with Momentum calling the shots democracy means little.
A local branch of Momentum (South Tyneside) supported the deselection of Labour MPs although they later panicked and denied it. The South Tyneside region of the left wing grassroots network faced a backlash from MPs after its social media page hosted a blog attacking 49 MPs as “usual suspects” and urging them to “join the Liberals”. The list, reproduced on the front page of the Times newspaper, included a clutch of MPs who defied Corbyn’s orders to vote for a Commons amendment calling for the UK to stay within the EU single maket.
Labour MP Yvette Cooper, highlighted the “unacceptable” and “utterly shameful” abuse directed at Labour MP Luciana Berger, who has been targeted by supporters of Mr Corbyn over her past criticism of the leader. If I was a moderate Labour MP I’d be nervous right now.
A Tory MP said that Left-wing activists were responsible for the “majority” of abuse directed at MPs and voters during the general election campaign. There was a parliamentary debate about the issues on Wednesday 12th July 2017.
Simon Hart told HuffPost UK that “silence” from Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour grassroots campaign organisation Momentum had meant the intimidation of candidates had increased. Labour immediately hit back, expressing “deep dismay and concern at the vitriolic personal attacks” carried out and financed by the Conservative Party.
And a spokesperson for Momentum dismissed Hart’s criticism as a “ludicrous smear.” The war of words ahead of the debate in parliament’s Westminster Hall looked to have sunk hopes of any early cross-party agreement on how to deal with the problem.
On a later date when a debate about the abuse was meant to be heard, Labour procrastinated so much that they managed to close down the dialogue. I guess it’s an uncomfortable subject for them.