The reason Corbyn’s winning is that he rejects the Tory austerity ideology, and so do a majority of the public

The arrogance and intolerance of the Blairites is breathtaking.   Faced with the prospect of a runaway victory for Jeremy Corbyn who has come from repudiated outsider to front-runner in scarcely more than a month, their sole response is to prepare a coup against Corbyn if he is elected leader under the section 47 procedure of the Labour Party rules.   It is hard to exaggerate the folly and selfish indulgence of such a move.   For the Party to spend 3 months in continuous debate and hundreds of hustings in accordance with the legitimacy of Party democracy, and then have an insider palace coup seek to overturn it via back-rooms intrigue within the PLP would be utterly disreputable.   It would split the PLP and likely also the Labour Party as a whole.   Maybe that is what they want: if they cannot get their own way, they would prefer to bust the Party rather than accept democratic choice.   That has always been the way: the Right has always used the Party as a base for its own domination and access to government, while the Left has always remained loyal to the Party it seeks to represent.

Of course the Blairites think their clinching argument is that if the Party moves away from their chosen course – or as the obsessive and delusional Blair himself has said: “a millimetre from my path” – Labour will lose.   They like to recite endlessly that Blair won three elections (though he lost 5 million votes along the way), but what they never draw attention to is that his regime, copying the Tory one of course, led to the most cataclysmic collapse of the banking system and the global economy for 100 years – not something to write home about, apparently, particularly when Blair himself played a major part in causing the collapse by his so-called ‘light regulation’ (i.e. let the markets rip and hands-off laisser faire).

What the Blairites can’t get their head around is that there is now a monumental continent-shaking tide of public opinion building up against the cruel ideology of austerity that the Right, including the Blairites, have inflicted on the public.   It is happened in Greece, Spain, Italy, and even France, and it is now in full swell in Britain.   Jeremy Corbyn is its champion here, and he has the further advantage, as his appearances have repeatedly shown, of manifesting conviction, principle, integrity and above all authenticity.   Nor is this just about austerity alone, though that is central.   It is also about sweeping away the Right-wing ideology of  financial de-regulation, market fundamentalism, privatisation of all public services, and suppression of all institutions that truly represent real working people.   The road to a Labour victory at the next election does not, repeat NOT, lie through continued austerity and an utterly discredited ideology; it lies through growth, the revival of wages, and the restoration of public services.

46 thoughts on “The reason Corbyn’s winning is that he rejects the Tory austerity ideology, and so do a majority of the public

  1. Accountability is out the window all across the board, not just parliamentary although Blair’s infamous, “presidential,” style of government established an evil and utterly pernicious. precedent for, well almost anything.

    Even the housing associations are not immune, we’ve just received, what they’re laughingly calling a consultation document from from First Choice Homes about changes to management board, (as if it wasn’t already a done deal,) that will remove council participation and tenant representation from the board of directors , because they need people with, “the right skills,” in the current commercial and legal climate, blah, blah, blah…….

    Regenda; of whom we used to tenants, have already gone down more or less the same route and the impact on their tenants is already extremely negative, (the change for the worse in the accounts we get from other tenants we still know is quite marked and dramatic,) of they are already far from being, “the land lord of choice throughout the Northwest,” which use to be in their mission statement they increasingly acting like another sleazy slum landlord.

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  4. Why did the MP cross the road?
    So she could claim a second homes allowance

    What’s the difference between Parliament and a catering service?
    One books the cooks …

    Gordon Brown announced that no MP’s will be able to claim furniture expenses from now on.
    It was a cabinet decision

    What’s the difference between an MP and an acrobat?
    An MP can make a lot more from flipping.

    Why did the MP bang his head?
    Because he’d blacked out all the lightbulbs he bought on expenses

  5. Im afraid the blairites rule its shown in the voting I even asked my neath mp why the answer shes in america ops cant you even vote before one goes off on subjects off great importance it seems that a barrister cannot see the legal issues in this matter sadly to many tb in this party and the scots have shown the way are we to look to Scotland to supply real labour mps or we to suffer more at these devils hands even the bishop is auiet on this matter jr the oilman ex god man jeff3

  6. At last, someone who wants to put into practice ways of fixing the economy that Mr Meacher has been advocating for years! Such a pity that Jeremy Corbyn wasn’t standing in GE2015. I do hope he’ll succeed in making his vision of a better society a reality.

    There’ll be a revolution if he gets in and then isn’t supported by the PLP. They seem to forget that it’s the people who vote, and a tremendous number of them want JC and his policies.

  7. Trouble is he has get rid of the tb in this party and then he can change its policys of greed but to do so will he be ale to has they out weigh the few

  8. Blair seems to have done Jeremy Corbyn a favour. Many people still hadn’t heard of JC but they will have now! They’ve both been on the radio news every hour and on the TV news as well. Many people don’t like Blair, mainly because of the wars he led us into, so if “my enemy’s enemy is my friend” still holds true, it’s no bad thing.

    Interesting statistics:
    Only 24.4% .of eligible voters actually voted for the Tories, and only 2% of these had previously voted Labour. Yet Labour are trying to make themselves more like the Tories to win Tory voters!? No wonder Jeremy Corbyn is doing so well, as he’s appealing to the remaining 75%.

  9. “If the Party moves away from their chosen course – or as the obsessive and delusional Blair himself has said: “a millimeter from my path” – Labour will lose. ”

    But Labor did lose, massively.

    Some years ago I worked for several years in a food factory in Ashton; controlled to some extent by the usual suspects an sort loose internal mafia, who were frequently just a complete pain in the arse and sometimes quite simply a complete liability to the company and to everyone else who worked, (anyone who’s ever worked in industry probably knows who I’m talking about.)

    But they absolutely didn’t care.

    I can still remember talking to one of them, (one the self styled chosen few,) who told me quite frankly that. “we’d see this place close before we’d lose our grip on it.”

    In the end guess what happened ?

  10. Caveat to the above:

    To blame, (well to blame entirely,) only those people, (mafia,) that I have described so unfalteringly above for the eventual closure, (well overdue for a number of other reasons,) of a factory that had provided decent jobs for about 1000 employees for decades would be to buy into their own inflated sense of their self importance and an exaggerated regard for their own influence and interests, but in the end and well prior to the closure, when change was both increasingly necessary even imperative they certainly didn’t help matters.

    Which probably tells us something interesting, informative and useful: both about human nature and about the psychology of the toxic Blair legacy, (the Blair babes,) specifically ?

  11. Splendid analysis, thank you Micheal Meacher. At last , a lot more people are waking up to the reasons behind the nightmare we’ve walked into under the last 35 years of Neo-Liberalism. But there are huge challenges ahead – countering the largely right wing Media in this country (fed by all those corporate sponsored right wing think tanks), and also the decimation of industries in this country that can hold their own in this free-trade world. An over reliance (and Lionisation) on “financial industries’ has turned us into a country owned and run by usurers. Properly enforced taxation of corporations and banks would provide more than enough income to finance an alternative to “austerity”**, as Gideon well knows. But that was never his goal, was it? It is merely the excuse to dismantle the Welfare State. (Re: Taxation. I cannot recommend highly enough The Great Tax Robbery by ex tax Inspector Richard Brooks https://bookshop.theguardian.com/great-tax-robbery.html

  12. JP –
    Labour did not “lose massively”.
    They actually increased their vote since 2010. In fact, someone worked out that only 900 votes, but in the right seats, would have made all the difference and given them a minority government. It was that close!

  13. Wanda Lozinska-

    They really did; only about 24% voted for the Tories but most people, myself included simply turned away sickened; in complete disgust and I vote for UKIP who I have little time for before I’d see those thieving reptiles get elected again.

    And that hurt.

    Labor keep trying to count the people who didn’t vote Tory as somehow tacitly supporting them, this is completely dishonest, mistaken and wrong, even with the electoral system was biased heavily in their favor to start with.

    But regardless of, “massively,” or not they still lost and the poorest and the most vulnerable in our country are already paying the price for that failure.

  14. Wanda Lozinska-

    It’s also been estimated that Blair cost the labor party 5 million votes anyway and you just can’t keep, “excluding,” anyone you simply don’t like, Walter Wolfgang, the disabled delegates at the conference, the unemployed and not expect it to eventfully catch up with you in the polls.

    Harriet and all her thieving lying mates seem to conceive of labor as a narrow, (and wholly unrepresentative and unaccountable,) very exclusive club, (clique,) with membership, and it’s advantages ( jealously guarded,) and confined only to themselves and their well heeled middle class, “set.”

    In the end they got so far up their own rectums that they completely forgot that people still have top vote for them; and we didn’t.

  15. I do not think I am exaggerating, but when I heard two leadership candidates refusing to work in the cabinet with Jeremy, I got the feeling of deja vu from a history lesson at school about the rise of the dictators.
    This is surely a rather fascist stance to state that members will either accept me and my ideals or I will not cooperate? How long before the neoliberals request the enabling act?
    I feel it is rather sinister. I would not feel this if they were at one with the public. But they are so obviously out of tune.
    Labour got trounced in Scotland by an anti austerity Party. There is the rise of the Greens, who are anti austerity. There is UKIP, who are mostly anti austerity but blame it on the wrong things.
    The Blairites should wake up, as neoliberalism is quite obviously a busted flush.
    People like Blair made good out of it, http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/01/06/tony-blair-fortune_n_4547935.htmlbut the tide is turning – and they are getting very worried – hence the attack on Corbyn.

  16. JP –
    You wrote “But regardless of, “massively,” or not they still lost and the poorest and the most vulnerable in our country are already paying the price for that failure.”

    So whose fault is that?
    Is it Labour’s for not being “inspiring” enough, or people like you who didn’t trust them enough? Or Russell Brand for telling his followers not to vote?

    The only redeeming factor is that had Labour won, we probably wouldn’t be having our mini-revolution in the form of Jeremy Corbyn! If he doesn’t win the leadership I’ll be even more unhappy with people who didn’t vote for Labour than I already am!

  17. The Truth about Greece is coming out now and the evidence is mounting, that which the Greek government has been saying all along and Yanis Varafoukis was pilloried for.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-07-23/lagarde-push-for-greece-debt-relief-sets-up-showdown-with-merkel

    Those that stand up to the Neo-Liberal agenda must be crushed, but after so long now the public are beginning to see through it all.

    The truth has to come out in the end, Blair has called on those to trust him far too many times and as time has passed reality dawns.

    Jeremy needs only to remain consistent for the rest to expose themselves for what they are.

  18. Wl how can you blame those who didnt support the little tory party how when we get the same policys given has their bigger brother nay rather than ask why why dont you say its the blair babies fault they are nasty greedie lot but blaming those who didnt vote isnt their fault but the partys mps who are far to the right if people had voted then youd be sorry has the blair babies would still be incharge and going left would have been squashed atleast now they trying to get a left mp but dont hold your breath has the blair babies will not go easy rather theyd take the party down than give in jeff3

  19. Just had a letter from the utterly vile Yvette Cooper asking me to vote for completely indifferent to fact that she and people like equally thieving and unpleasant husband are exactly and precisely the principle reason that people like me voted UKIP in the first place.

    I don’t know which is the more irritating, frustrating or demoralizing characteristic of, “these people,” their arrogance that I might be prepared to vote for her or their complete disconnect with reality.

    That they seriously imagine, even for one moment, that anyone who has recently registered, with the Labor party to vote might have done so for any other reason than to support and vote for Jeremy Corbyn is extraordinary.

    Which somewhat answers the rhetorical question above.

    You wrote “But regardless of, “massively,” or not they still lost and the poorest and the most vulnerable in our country are already paying the price for that failure.”

    So whose fault is that?

    Not mine; I made the best, (if still appalling,) decision I could and the only alternative was electing low life Cooper and Balls and giving them a mandate. As I pointed out previously individuals such as Cooper, Balls, Laws, Miller and so on, etc. were they not MPs would almost certainly be facing criminal prosecution and would definitely not still be in their jobs. How can voting for lying and dishonest people, (criminals would not be too strong a description,) ever be good ?

    Look where it’s got us as a society and as a country; look at the states.

  20. A good article in Left Futures about the cuts to Further Education; which evoked this comment from James Martin:

    “But given the unfolding education cuts tragedy that is ending second-chance adult learning and destroying jobs for college workers and course options for young people, the scandal is where is our shadow education minister Tristram Hunt?”

    “The only time you ever hear from the useless picket line crossing tosser is when he is either supporting privatisation of English state schools via academies or attacking those not supporting Cuts Kendall.”

    And so it goes………………………………………

  21. Mr Meacher; note that you’ve not posted an article here for a few days.

    If this is due to having grown weary of the constant negativity and hostility of many of the comment being presented here, (from people such as myself,) I can easily understand that and perhaps you’re right.

    If it’s due to ill health or personal problems, (or just to other more important work commitments,) then I sincerely hope; as I’m quite sure does everyone else who reads this blog regularly, that any such issues can be resolved positively and quickly.

    But perhaps in future I should also try to restrain my considerable if not wholly unwarranted bile ?

    Take care JPC-W

  22. Jeffery Davies-

    What can I say; do you know something I don’t?

    Brilliant clip of Alice by the way loved it loads.

  23. My own perception of outsourcing organisations like Serco, Capita, Liberata etc, is that we are witnessing the formation of a structured corporate government: A shadow government if you will, designed to operate in parallel with our dog and pony show that is described by our inimical fourth estate as democracy.

    If you look at the top executives of say Liberata who boast of managing the affairs of 170 supposedly democratic (answer to the people) local “authorities”, as well as GovCorp departments such as the MoJ, (itself an incorporated entity), one sees through checking past ‘achievments’ that former employers are Serco, Capita, etc. A lord of the flies’ boys club?

    In the club is at least one executive formerly employed by Xansa: A company renamed after the takeover by a French IT company named Steria. It was formerly owned by one “Steve” Shirley, when it was called Freelancer international. This company enjoyed very strong ties to India: Call centres anybody? Steria supposedly has very strong ties to BT (a French owned communications giant flogged off by our corp Gov rodents.

    BT owns virtually this countries entire comms network infrastructure. GCHQ anybody?

    So these executives make for interesting research.

    Looked at carefully, the structure being put in place might best be described as a Panopticon. Bentham would be so proud of his Nulab and Tory accolytes. It is structured to maximise coercion: I believe that I am myself receiving some of this due to my dispute with TFL in the Bromley area. No point writing to my MP (Joe Johnson) whose voting record speaks volumes.

    British people may indeed be too late to stop what is happening: Leaving revolution the only alternative. This is sad as revolution solves nothing: Always the result is that after considerable catastrophe one ends up where one began.

    Mr Corbyn has spoken well on matters of great import: My heart goes out to him if he holds to his path.

    The doors are slamming shut very quickly. Can the British people awaken?

  24. I trust Mr Meacher is on holiday and hope he’s having a an enjoyable break.

    Here’s the latest news on the Leadership contest:

    CPL Nominations closed yesterday, 31/7/15.
    Jeremy Corbyn 162
    Yvette Cooper 121
    Andy Burnham 118
    Liz Kendall 21

  25. Just in case anyone’s looking in, here’s a really good article, by Martin Williams in The Independent, Friday 31 July 2015

    It’s not Corbyn who has failed to adapt to the 21st Century. It’s his critics.
    A network of Blairites in the media bullies the party away from the left :-

    It’s true: some parts of the Labour party are living in the past. Their ideas are stuck in a warped nostalgia, from a time when politics seemed a much easier game. But it’s not leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn who has failed to adapt to the 21st century, it’s those who oppose him. His rivals and critics have never moved on from 1997.
    Since his candidacy gained momentum the attacks on Corbyn have been stark, if lacking in detail or bite. Tony Blair warned the man would take the party, indeed the country, “backwards”. Liz Kendall said a Corbyn win would see Labour “marching into a 1980-style wilderness”, criticising him and his supporters for failing to move on from the 1983 general election.

    Personally, I wasn’t even alive in 1983. Accusing Corbyn’s young supporters of being stuck in that decade seems a little odd.

    But I do remember 1997. I remember the hope and excitement. I remember the celebrations on election night. And I remember the bitter disappointment and resentment that followed. But such was the scale of Labour’s victory that a cult of Blairite politicos nestled down into a warm glow of pride and power – and have never been able to look beyond it since.

    It is not Corbyn but his critics who have forgotten that time passes and situations change. Tacking the party to the right and appealing to middle-class voters means basing an electoral strategy on the politics of two decades ago, refusing to accept that the party has since haemorrhaged votes to marginal players from Ukip to the Green party right across the nation.

    The reasons for Labour’s successive victories at the turn of the century were more complex than the party has been willing to accept in defeat. Yes, the move to the centre ground played an important part. But the election came after years of tumbling support for the Conservatives.

    Events such as Black Wednesday had left the reputation of John Major’s government in tatters; ministers were tarred with accusations of sleaze and infighting. As a public figure, Major had nothing on Blair, whose energetic charisma won people’s hearts (if not all their minds). Crucial also was the fact that most working class communities would have voted Labour regardless, even if they didn’t agree with the party’s lurch to the centre.

    Today, a network of Blairites extends throughout the political and media establishment; a sharply-dressed political mafia who bully the party away from the left. They will tell you that success by maintaining the centre ground can – indeed, will – be repeated as long as Labour chooses the “right” leader (a heavily operative word). This approach to politics feels as outdated in today’s world as Tamagotchis and dancing the Macarena – the long discarded relics of the 1990s.

    If the party really wants to learn the lessons of 1997, they should do it properly and accept that there is a feeling of betrayal among working class voters towards the party that may never be forgotten. In its early days New Labour could bank on their support – so leaning to the centre would only ever win over new voters. That’s no longer the case.

    The Blairite old timers of the Labour party may never come to terms with losing; their taste for power has left them so hungry for more that it is now the only thing they care about. But when there are desperate cries for social and political change, Labour should be looking to the future – not the past

  26. To vote for Jeremy, who believes in creating a much fairer and more equal society, please register at

    http://support.labour.org.uk/ or by texting SUPPORT to 78555

    by noon on 12th August; there’s a £3 fee.

    You do NOT have to join the Labour Party (unless you want to)!
    Thank you.

  27. Yes yet again that 3pound fee staggers belief how many can afford this when they just about to afford a few crumbs on their table its becoming all about money again why its so far like American politics its farcical austerity in voting for seems a no no yet you go on about jc I think this partys dead mandm had it right the bb of this party rather go down with the party than leave a labour true colours to shine

  28. Wanda Lozinska-

    I always enjoy your posts even when, as I so often do, I completely disagree with you.

    But not this time; an excellent post with which for once I entirely agree and almost without reservation; in fact it’s indicative of strength and breadth Corbyn’s support that even two people usually, (though far from always,) with such divergent views are on the exactly the same page on this one.

  29. Corbyn’s stand breathes like fresh air for me. It has only recently occurred to me (yes, I’m dim) that for some 18 years there has just been a notion that being returned to power is the be-all-and-end-all. The fact that the Liberals admitted it after GE2015 woke me up to that fact, and now the leadership contestants (bar Corbyn) are stating “we won’t get back into power unless we take x number of Tory voters with us”.

    Only Corbyn has the integrity to say “we must base our values on those that the Labour Party has traditionally stood for”. How true. he must have read the book “Roots of Labour”.

    I can see a Labour Party split taking place, but maybe that is for the better. I just hope that Corbyn’s Party merges with the Green Party to work towards a sustainable, meaningful and fair economy.

  30. Thanks, JP.
    At the end of the day, I think we have the same aims; that of a government that will look after ALL it’s people without ruining the economy.

    Jeffery – Just to clarify:
    The £3 goes to the Labour Party, not towards Corbyn’s campaign.
    Let’s hope he’ll succeed in getting “Labour’s true colours to shine”!

    Thanks for looking in, guys!

  31. Yet they get it but how many sick unemployed people who been sanctioned can afford this better if they just let you register but its not a labour party his it little tories yet jc if he gets in theres to many bb and these can and will do all in their power not to leave him taake over

  32. This from Todays Telegraph:

    Labour must back big business, says Balls, as party lurches Left
    Burnham: Corbyn’s backers risk splitting Labour

    Says it all really.

  33. JP –
    The centre ground has shifted so far to the right that by pulling it back towards the left Corbyn is placing it where it should be! His policies are hardly “hard left” and even people who voted for the Tories agree with many, eg public ownership of the railways.

  34. This is from Today’s Independent:

    “Jeremy Corbyn’s anti-austerity agenda will harm the poor, says Labour shadow Chancellor Chris Leslie, blah, blah, blah…………………”

    Talk about mixed messages?

    This is just a cheap and cynical sound bite from a sad, frightened and desperate little man who can sense his seat on the Nu Labor gravy train slipping quietly away.

    As if Leslie, (one of lest attractive personalities out of pretty repellent bunch,) and his equally horrible and equally sticky fingered mates, Cooper, Balls, Burnham, Kendell et al somehow suddenly give a damn about, “the poor?”

    These are the same vermin that ejected Walter Wolfgang from a Labor party conference under Blair, moved the disabled delegates off camera to make a photo opportunity for Miliband’s, “vile young things,” at the last conference and who described unemployed and disabled people expecting, “something for nothing,” and were going to be, “even harder on people on benefits that the Tories.”

    But they’ve apparently suddenly realized; albeit belatedly, that many, most normal people, (“There but for fortune go I,”) actually really do give a damn about the growing number of poor and destitute and it’s both confused the hell out of them and frightened them deeply because they really just don’t, “get it.”

    Well traveling through Manchester every day and seeing the poverty and desperation of the hundreds of utterly destitute people now living by begging and probably other forms of petty crime and by scavenging, on the streets, it already looks a lot like the slums of any third world country and we’ve still got five more years of this crap to go.

    Meanwhile the only solution offered so far by the fat Labor piggies who run Manchester council is injunctions and the criminalization of the destitute whom they want send to jail for up 2 two years for being vulnerable, homeless and broke.

    Lovely.

  35. Ah filling up the jails for their mates serco maximus crapita hum yet untill those ninty nine percent who aint rich wake up to the fact that its all one big lie for robbing you of your taxes paid into their grubby hands how quaint hay

  36. I can’t quite believe the mentality of people such as Andy Burnham or Chris Leslie.

    It is extraordinary that they should think that PFI schemes and QE for the Banks is perfectly fine, but when Jeremy Corbyn proposes a QE for the UK Public, he becomes a far left loonie.

    It is about time that Andy Burnham and Chris Leslie went back to Economics class and studied more about how money is created and how austerity casuses the overall money supply to shrink. They should learn that wages can reduce while House Prices and Financial Speculative Prices can increase – why? Because Banks create money when they lend and create 97% of all our money. The QE for the Banks was Central Bank Money that was created only for the Bankers. £375 billion was used to buy assets from Banks and other institutions and much of this money laid dormant in Banks Central Bank Accounts. Jeremy Corbyns QE would generate money that could be spent directly into the real economy – not just the Economy full of Bankers.

    It is a sad day when we realise that Andy Burnham and Chris Leslie are more concerned with serving the interests of private Banks before that of the British Public’s interests. Or they are ignorant on how money is created – I would guess both.

  37. Andy Burnham’s comments regarding a 25 year maximum period for a MP to serve just shows how idiotic the man is on a Politcal level and Practical level:

    Politically wrong: because the people who generally vote are the older generation as the younger generation have lost faith in Political Process.

    Practically wrong: As to throw MPs out after 25 years is throwing away Wisdom, Experience and Knowledge which would have been gained so allowing repeated mistakes to be made due to the lack of experience of the remaining newby MPs.

    Andy Burnham’s comments are almost as infantile as Donald Trump’s.

  38. Andy Burnham, Liz Kendell and Evette Cooper – please join the Conservative Party, big business campaign donations are waiting for you over there. You will all be much happier in your natural habitat.

  39. Hi, Conrad –
    Yes, I agree. When I read what Leslie said about Corbyn’s economic plan, my first thought was that he doesn’t understand how the economy works.

    My main concern at the moment is the press, as they are forming peoples’ opinions, as they did before the election. It’s almost like hypnosis, as people don’t realise this is happening and they think the impression they have, especially as regards Jeremy Corbyn, is all their own idea. I expect that one of the reasons he has so many youngsters supporting him is that they probably don’t read the papers and rely on word of mouth and more accurate information on Facebook.

  40. Jeremy Corbyn – and Michael Meacher – speak a lot of good sense. And I greatly empathise with the viewpoints expressed on this blog.

    However… The *biggest* challenge facing us is the very future of the planet and the life on it.

    *All* of this requires a politics of deep compassion … not just concern for the least well-off Brits and “economics”. And as one of those “least well-off Brits” and a pensioner I would like us all to transcend our view on what our politics is all about. Politics cannot just be about our own self-concerns.

  41. I do agree with this. It is desperate stuff when the Blair and right wing of Labour is teamed up with the right wing press and the Tories – we should move quickly and put Corbyn in because otherwise the concerned radical agenda to make a better world has no HOPE. We must have HOPE… Cooper is breathtakingly arrogant – I say that as a woman who wants to see women succeed. BUT we do not want them only because they are women – look at the terribly damage done by Thatcher. We need a Labour Party really fighting for justice – and that means getting off the backs of the poor and some of the middle people and helping them get a better world. Everyone needs a decent house and reasonable income (even £10 is much too low for minimum wage – but it is a start). We must have a caring society and that should extend internationally too. If people have a chance of a better life in their own country – only a small percentage want to leave… And there is a ridiculously smearing of ordinary people who can see what is happening and are intelligent and want something different and NOT what Liz Kendall, Yvette Cooper, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and Neil Kinnock thing we SHOULD have – which is putting them and their cronies in power. It is a laugh to talk of OUR POWER – they mean THEIR POWER.

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