The Blairites are beginning to panic about Jeremy Corbyn

Having at the outset of the leadership contest been contemptuously written off as ‘unelectable’, Jeremy Corbyn seems to be surprising everyone that he is now rapidly emerging as a serious contender.   But they shouldn’t be surprised.   He represents what the majority of the Labour Party have been crying out for for years – a leader who does not think that we should all behave like mini-Tories, who is not an insider member of the enclosed Westminster bubble, and who genuinely engages with grassroots activists campaigning across the country and indeed internationally.

The Blairites don’t get it because they believe that their ideology of light-touch financial deregulation, market fundamentalism, privatisation of public services, relaxed attitude to people becoming filthy rich, keeping the unions on a very short leash, and hob-nobbing with the corporate elite is the natural order of modern politics.   But those are Tory themes and they are not shared by the vast majority of Labour members.  They are in fact the reasons why throughout the noughties the leadership became so estranged from the grassroots base of the party.   To return to these basically Tory themes now would risk not only alienating further a disconsolate party, but actually splitting it altogether.

Above all there is one central dominant issue at the heart of British politics today which is becoming a litmus test for party loyalties, and that is the attitude adopted towards prolonged austerity.   Right from 2010, and before, the Blairites have made the absolutely fundamental error of demanding that the way to reduce the deficit was by harsh and persistent cuts in benefits and public expenditure.   If that is the message that we’re sending out to the electorate, why should they vote for us when we’re seen as no different from the Tories?   And it’s not as though their policy, the same as the Tories’ policy, is actually working.  It isn’t: the deficit today is still stuck at a massive £90bn and has hardly reduced at all after 5 years of Osborne austerity.   It’s as though Keynes never lived.   With the Blairites it’s back to the discredited Montague Norman economics of the 1920s.   They have no vision, their only cry is for ‘fiscal responsibility’ which means making the low-paid, the jobless, and the 18-25 year olds pay the price for the arrogance, the recklessness, the greed, and the incompetence  of the banks.

The reason that Jeremy Corbyn is so popular, and could actually win this contest, is that he uniquely stands for making a clean break with Tory policies, above all by advocating growth as the way to pay down the deficit, not austerity which is being used by the Tories, with the complicity of the Blairites, to destroy the whole of the post-war social democratic settlement.



16 thoughts on “The Blairites are beginning to panic about Jeremy Corbyn

  1. Well why dont those true labour supporter’s throw them out it isnt hard to do but untill you return to those ninty nine percent who aint rich then wilderness will this party be but we had the austerity it didnt work because the poor didnt lose or swindle the monies lost but it did give back to the rich one percent wasnt about austerity but keeping them peasants down but truly they waking up to the fact many not voting for the little tory party yet if they did find their way back to a true labour party then throwing out all these yanky companies who take their proffits offshore less jobs less pay you now the ones atos french this company boss takes two million in pay yet were does the rest go no ones looking at this trail has blair set this company to task serco maximus crapita all been taking to court in the usa for fraudulent claims to the tax pot yet there are others throwing these out alone would make more jobs once again putting the government incharge prison service were they were proud to serve nhs starved by the private companies who like a vine throttle the host yes mandm talks cheap lets see the mettle not the talk has we get less every day by the great cull of the unemployed sick disabled mentaly ill you see we knew way back so why did the real labour allow this to happen action t4 one has to put that into a search engine will see this lot has surpassed that number jeff3

  2. It was a statement oft repeated during my often reckless and but not really that misspent youth; that, “the left will always sell out,” and one that has since proved to have been seminal, prophetic and even axiomatic.

    But the sight of all these, (Burnham, Cooper, Kendell, Flint, Reeves, etc.) shabby, mean spirited, sordid and far too well heeled at the tax payers expense, middle management types, waddling around blinking and bewildered in the aftermath of an election they all believed was a forgone conclusion is actually quite funny in it’s way.

    “Nobody likes me,
    Everybody hates me,
    Think I’ll go and eat worms.”

    Corbyn is the only one of them that has a clue what the Labor party is for, (other than as a lucrative career path for these horrible people, their deeply unpleasant offspring and their equally wretched families and all the other Labor hangers on,) and the only candidate with a shred of personal credibility.

    Politically, it might be best for all concerned if the rest of them finally bit the bullet and jointed the Conservative party where they all so obviously belong and if that means that Labor party splits then perhaps that’s for the best as well; because the British Labour party, (post Blair,) and now purged of every socialist principle and tradition and hamstrung by an entrenched and complicit; selferving, out of touch and unrepresentative and indifferent, middle class mafia, can only continue to be a liability to the country.

    It’s been said that sometimes, “A few honest men can change the world,” but looking at current state of British Labor party, morally and politically defunct and rotten to the very core; with exceptions such as yourself, (well honest enough for me anyway,) and Corbyn and Jackson and a mere handful of others, where would we find such people?

    Perhaps Blair’s greatest and most damaging achievement was to show almost all of them the door and to replace them with kind of sticky fingered drones like those I’ve just named above.

  3. perhaps a enquiry to ask were the profits of these companies who get to dip into the tax payers pot who gets monies from them then sacked but that is wishfull thinking has dishonesty has with the greed taken over this house

  4. Just a thought, but I actually find Blair’s infamous comment about him completely relaxed about people becoming filthy rich deeply offensive and even more than a bit sick; but particularly so in a political climate where the unemployed, the mentally ill and the disabled are being sent away to steal, beg, starve and die by the very institutions that were created to support them and yes, a number of people and organization are profiting massively from these utterly despicable policies.

    But a good start would be a cap an MP’s salaries, (and anyone who can’t live comfortably on about £60,000 pa probably has a problem with money or with expectations,) and a sponsorships, consultancy and outside business interests etc, should be completely banned.

    The root cause of much of the rot is that most MPs no longer serve the people who elected them or our intersts; but are simply available for hire to the highest bidder, which should simply be illegal.

  5. I totally agree with everything Mr.Meacher and J.P. Craig Western has written the party has become rotten to the core and side stepping the crucial issues the Labor party once stood for, it to little to late.

    They lack acumen in what they do, forgotten it is the public they serve, the ones that pay their salaries.

    I truly wish Mr.Meacher and Corbyn could start an totally new party and vet their members.

  6. Harriet Harman was on BBC’s Sunday Politics today saying that Labour won’t oppose the Welfare Bill or the Household Benefit Cap. The reason she gave was that whilst campaigning people told her they wanted bigger families and larger houses, such as people on benefits could have, but that they couldn’t afford these, presumably because they were in poorly paid jobs.

    However, this is NOT a good reason for Labour to forsake it’s founding principles. The way to look at it is WHY aren’t people earning enough to be able to afford what they want. Probably because the economy is still doing so badly that employers can’t afford to pay them any more, or they are able to get away with paying less because jobs are scarce and unemployment still very high. Education and training might also come into it. So Labour are looking at the issue from completely the wrong angle.

    Fortunately Jeremy Corbin, like Mr Meacher here, has exactly the right idea. Even Classic FM mentioned his campaign in a news bulletin this morning and played a clip where he mentioned supporting the poor and vulnerable but crucially also said that a strong economy was needed in order to do so. In other interviews he mentioned dealing with corporations that don’t pay tax and hiring economists to advise on the best way to go. So I think he’s hitting the right balance, as well as being very, very popular.

    Unfortunately, I still come across people who have never heard of him, so it’s really important for anyone who believes he’s what Labour, the country and the people need, to spread the word. Even people who have heard of him often aren’t aware they can vote themselves. So please spread the word. They can register by texting SUPPORT to 78555. Really easy.

    I’ve spoken to many people, in person and on Facebook, who are aghast at what the Labour party has now become. Many are saying that if he doesn’t get elected they will leave, and others who left years ago said they’ll rejoin the party should he win! I only wish people in the PLP and the CLPs who aren’t supporting him would understand this. They seem to be very blinkered in their views.

    I hope they’ll get a nasty shock and that Jeremy Corbyn will romp home with over 50% of the vote in the very first ballot, but it’s up to people like us to make it happen. Go to it!!

    PS JP – I’m so glad that at long last we’ve found something we can both agree on!

  7. @J.P. Craig-Weston : It wasn’t Blair who made that “…relaxed about people becoming filthy rich…” comment, it was Peter Mandelson – and while I definitely identify with the left of the party and consider the Blairite response to the recent election a mistake, the truth is that you (and many others) are leaving out the second – and very important – half of the quote, which was “…as long as they pay their taxes.”.

    I think it’s something of a mistake to deride the Blairites as being “sticky-fingered” and beholden to Tory principles by nature. I believe they are motivated just as strongly by fear of Murdoch and the Tory press, because they’re convinced that the simplistic “workers vs. shirkers and immigrants” narrative that has dominated the English right for the last thirty-odd years resonates with the electorate – and in 1997 the lack of alternative methods of outreach to the electorate was a problem. They fear that the recent Tory success shows that this narrative has been internalised and cannot be countered (at least not without alienating a large chunk of the electorate). As Chuka Umunna said in the Grauniad, “Screaming ‘you’re wrong’ at the electorate is not a good strategy for a party seeking to win back its trust.”

    However I think there is an incisive way to counter the Tory message, and that is pointing out to the electorate not that the electorate themselves are wrong, but that the Tories and their supporters are lying to them, making themselves and their cronies richer off the backs of the working public, *taking them for mugs and laughing at them behind their backs*. There’s more than enough evidence to prove this many times over, but it will take a brave stand from Labour members and MPs to go against the grain and be willing to cross the powerful.

    The next Labour leader will probably be facing off against Boris Johnson, and that’s going to be difficult in itself due to the celebrity pull he has. But there will likely be a vast potential reservoir of public anger against the Tories as the cuts really begin to bite over the next five years – I firmly believe that those willing to tap that anger and direct it where it is deserved – not at people on benefits or immigrants, but at the people making a killing from setting the 99% against each other – may well be able to stem the tide.

  8. Thanks for that information Wanda, I had no idea about the text facility appreciated. I also admit I did not know a great deal about MrCorbyn however the more I read and hear is appealing to my kind of politics.

  9. Watch out it could cost you two pounds for it they all starving it seems arms arms arms for the poor mps ops

  10. Hi, John –
    I hadn’t heard of Jeremy Corbyn either, until he came forward for the Leadership.
    After the GE I thought to myself that Labour needed a proper leader, to inspire them and the people, to speak with passion, energy and conviction and who was honest and intelligent, and also understood the economy (i.e. that austerity doesn’t work). And lo and behold – here he is! So I hope he does get elected, as it’s just what we all need.

    BTW Jeffery was trying to tell you that there’s a £3 fee for registering to vote, (which is still better than having to join a party that many people no longer believe in).

  11. Yes three pounds I wonder whot bill not pay this week just so that I can squander three pounds on starving politician you see many couldnt even afford this much jeff3

  12. having worked on shop floors through the 1970s, I’m nervous about what a switch to the left might bring. But it cant be much worse than where we’re going now. I’ve joined the Labour party (after a lifetime of voting for them and not joining) and voted for him.

  13. i am 83 years old and i am fed up with so called labour mps getting in bed with the tories why dont cooper and liz kendal join the conservatives i hope i see tru socialism back in the labuor party before i pop my clogs

  14. It does my heart good to hear corbyn talk i am fed up with so called labour mps talking like tories and getting rich in the while doing so. Why does not cooper kendal join the conservatives they will be at home there .i am 83 years old and i would love to see socialism back in the labour party before i pop my clogs

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