British media anti-left Labour witchhunt

This video from Birmingham in England says about itself:

Stand Up To Racism | Jeremy Corbyn

12 October 2015

Jeremy Corbyn stands up against racism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism and fascism.

Filmed and edited by Adam Yosef

By Felicity Collier in Britain:

Pro-Corbyn Labour roots protest at Blairite brochure

Thursday 6th April 2017

GRASSROOTS Labour activists will rally outside the offices of the New Statesman today in protest at the magazine’s “bias” in running a 30-page attack on Jeremy Corbyn.

A series of editorials, articles and contributions in the liberal weekly’s edition last week urged opposition to the Labour leader, including a call for Mr Corbyn and his shadow chancellor John McDonnell to quit the party.

One article headline reads: “The stench of decay and failure coming from the Labour Party is now overwhelming,” and betrays its prejudices when editor Jason Cowley admits: “From the beginning we were opposed to the Corbyn leadership.”

Elsewhere, the editor of

Rupert Murdoch owned

The Times is given a guest spot to state: “It will probably require a resounding general election defeat to make Labour come to its senses, root out Momentum and retake the territory that Tony Blair so successfully occupied.”

It looks like the ‘New’ Statesman has become an old ‘New’ Labour=old Tory statesman.

A Momentum Camden member, who did not wish to be named, told the Star: “Thousands of members voted for Jeremy Corbyn to lead the Labour Party — yet the media and the Establishment are trying to sabotage democracy.

The group will protest outside the magazine’s offices at 71-73 Carter Lane in central London from 5 to 6pm.

The one-eyed attacks on Mr Corbyn have continued in the broadcasting media. On Tuesday, Jeremy Corbyn was asked by an ITV News presenter: “If you’re so concerned about what the Conservative government is doing, wouldn’t it be an idea to step aside?”

Mr Corbyn answered: “We have a strong opposition in Britain — if you bothered to report what we are doing; if you bothered to report what Jon Ashworth is doing on the health service; what Angela Rayner is doing and saying on schools; if you bothered to report what the Labour Party is actually saying.

“It’s your responsibility to make sure the opposition voice is heard as well as the government’s.

Mr Corbyn commented later: “The media must stop treating politics like a game and do its job of informing people about what the government is doing and what we’ll do differently.”

9 thoughts on “British media anti-left Labour witchhunt

  1. Thursday, 6 April 2017

    PM May hammers the poor as 7,585 families receive 50p housing benefit

    PM MAY makes a lot of noise about her concern for the ‘just about managing’, ie the middle classes in crisis-ridden Britain.

    In fact, she is seeking to prop up the Tory base while she wages a ruthless war on the working class and the poor of a type that has not been seen since the establishment of the Welfare State in 1948 by the Attlee government.

    Her government is now throwing the working class and the poor overboard, with thousands of families being hit by the introduction of Universal Credit and its benefit caps that have seen many families, after they have bought food, clothing and paid for heating, being left with just 50p a week towards their rent, a BBC investigation has found.

    The cuts are part of the government’s drive to force unemployed people into any kind of work and super-exploitation – into Deliveroo-type precarious employment without any trade union protection and rights – by removing their benefits.

    As the government explained: ‘The amount of the benefit cap is changing, even if your benefit is capped already … The benefit cap is the total amount your household can get in benefits … What this means for you is that your Universal Credit may go down, so that the total amount of your household benefits is not more than the new amount of the benefit cap.

    ‘This may mean you have to manage your money differently to budget on a monthly basis and pay your bills. The new level of the benefit cap may apply to you, so we want to make sure you are ready for this change.

    ‘Finding work could mean the benefit cap wouldn’t apply to you. Your household will be exempt from the benefit cap if you earn £430 or more per month or if you live with a partner and you jointly earn this amount per month.’ The government is seeking to drive people into super-exploitation and using hunger and the fear of eviction to do so!

    ‘The benefit limits are £23,000 in London and £20,000 in the rest of the country. This means that the amount of money above the limit is taken from housing benefit or Universal Credit.’ It means people can lose all their housing benefit, except for a nominal amount of 50p. The BBC Panorama survey of hundreds of local councils across Britain has discovered that 7,585 families had their weekly housing benefit cut to 50p.

    Welfare delivery minister Caroline Nokes says of the measure: ‘What we sought to do was incentivise work because we know that the outcomes for children will be better if they are in families that are working.’ What is meant is that hunger and homelessness is now being used by the government to cut the massive debts of British capitalism by forcing families into 19th century conditions.

    The latest measure, a new cut limiting Universal Credit to the first two children in a family – starts today. It will push another 200,000 children below the official poverty line. The biggest group affected will be working families with three children, who will miss out on up to £2,780 per year as a result of the cut. Larger, non-working families already have their benefit awards limited by the benefit cap so are not the main target of the policy.

    Overall, upwards of an estimated 850,000 families with more than two children are likely to be affected, around two thirds of whom will be working. Families hit by the cut will include those who were not on Universal Credit when the children were born but who will need to claim in future because of an unforeseen change such as redundancy, ill-health, separation or even death of a parent.

    Children in families with more than two children are already at a higher risk of poverty: 39% of children in families with three or more children live in poverty after housing costs, compared with 26% for those in families with one or two children. British capitalism is seeking to resurrect itself at the expense of the working class and the poor. After all, most workers have not had an above 1% pay rise since 2010.


  2. Wednesday 12th April 2017

    posted by Morning Star in Features

    by Nina Lopez and Sam Weinstein

    ON APRIL 6 2017 members of the Labour Party and of Momentum gathered outside the New Statesman offices to protest against its grossly biased coverage of the Labour leadership.

    We pointed to the March 31-April 6 issue with the front cover headline: “Wanted: An Opposition,” which attacks Jeremy Corbyn and the programme on which he was overwhelmingly re-elected by members last year.

    Our banner proclaimed our purpose: “Labour members demand 30 pages.”

    Jason Cowley’s editorial sets the tone: “The stench of decay and failure from the Labour Party is now overwhelming.”

    It is followed by 30 pages of articles and vox pop contributions trashing the Labour leadership. Compare this to Cowley’s February interview with Theresa May: a front cover and 6,000 respectful words analysing the Prime Minister’s record. “I take her seriously,” he is quoted as saying.

    We expect the Sun and the Daily Mail to sabotage the Labour leadership, but a Labour publication?

    Our placards said it all: “With a New Statesman like that who needs Murdoch!” and “Attack the Tories not the Labour leadership.”

    As some of the hundreds of thousands who elected anti-sexist, anti-racist, anti-imperialist leader Jeremy Corbyn, we are appalled at the issue’s content and timing.

    It undermines the Labour leadership, and therefore Labour’s prospects, in the lead-up to major elections. A former trade unionist reminded the New Statesman that the working class founded Labour to be the parliamentary arm of the movement for social justice.

    He likened the New Statesman issue to those who attack union officials just before contract negotiations: “We would call it scabbing and treachery, and that’s exactly what it is.”

    An Italian protester warned against the consequences of discrediting the opposition: “These are dangerous times. I know fascism when I see it.”

    An outraged 15-year subscriber attempted to cancel her New Statesman subscription but was not allowed into the building to hand in her letter.

    It said: “The March 31 – April 6 issue has proved too much for me…

    “Editor’s note: ‘What is most striking about Corbynism is its absence of ideas.’

    “Is absence of ideas what brought tens of thousands of us, young and old (like myself) to a rally in Parliament Square last summer, at a few hours’ notice, when Corbyn’s leadership was under threat from the PLP?

    “Are we all just stupid? How condescending can you get? Is it absence of ideas that got us into the Labour Party under Corbyn, swelling the membership by 500 per cent?

    “It is precisely the absence of ideas of the past decade or more in the Labour Party, its failure to win two elections, and our relief at the arrival on the scene of a REAL OPPOSITION that has got us lot onto the streets and into the party. You would know that if you talked to us.”

    The Labour leadership and those of us who elected it are accused of putting principles before power. We are told that Corbyn is decent and honest, but what we need is another Tony Blair. Blair, after all, won three elections. But he also destroyed the party and much of the world.

    Despite their horror and disappointment, voters who opposed the Iraq war and extraordinary rendition, private finance initiatives across public services — causing particular damage to the NHS and social care — and welfare “reform” targeting single mothers, people with disabilities and asylum-seekers, had nowhere to go.

    Blair’s economic policies laid the basis for electoral destruction in Scotland where Labour was referred to as “Red Tories.” Blair shares with Thatcher a reverence for the market and vies with her for the dubious honour of being the most hated prime minister.

    When he left, Labour’s membership was down by 50 per cent — 190,000 — the lowest since Ramsay MacDonald split the party in the 1930s. We haven’t forgotten or forgiven.

    May is the latest Tory incarnation of power without principles, holding hands with fascist Donald Trump, selling arms to Saudi Arabia despite its appalling human rights record and bombing in Yemen, her Trade Secretary Liam Fox claiming that Britain “shares values” with the Philippines president, a self-declared mass murderer who approves of police shooting people on the street.

    People are disgusted by widening inequality and politicians’ greed and corruption. As we chanted during the protest, voters want “power with principles.”

    The current Labour leadership offers a unique possibility of achieving this, of dismantling the corrupt policies that continue to enrich the 1 per cent at the expense of most of us.

    Momentum members demonstrated their ability to mobilise to win against the PLP coup-plotters in the second leadership election and the Ukip demagogues in Stokeon-Trent.

    The Tory media is working overtime to hide Corbyn’s policies from the electorate because they know they are popular.

    One protester reeled some of them off: renationalisation of the railways, the NHS and social care; a cap on rents; ending tax havens for the rich and the corporations; raising the minimum wage to £10; high-quality non-selective education; free school meals for all primary school children; green energy… She asked New Statesman political editor George Eaton, who had come out and was busy tweeting, what he thought of these policies. He refused to answer.

    Is the New Statesman also opposed to these policies? Is that why it is sabotaging the leadership that could make them a reality? Is it protecting the financial interests which have benefited from PFI, obscene rents and the benefit cap, opening the NHS to full privatisation and socially cleansing London for the billionaires?

    The membership of the Labour Party has increased hugely under Corbyn; it is now the biggest left party in Europe. We joined or rejoined because, as one protester put it, “I want my children and grandchildren to see that things can be different and better.”

    This New Statesman attack is part of a wider media witch-hunt aimed, first of all, at demoralising and sapping the energy of the Labour leadership and of a new movement hopeful again of real political change.

    A major obstacle is the media focus on toppling Corbyn and shadow chancellor John McDonnell. Even Unite’s leader Len McCluskey, who is campaigning for re-election, is a target of what he called the “skilled masters of the dark arts” in their “proxy war” against Corbyn.

    We demand 30 pages for the Labour leadership to explain its policies and how it intends to carry them out, and for the membership that elected it to say why we support them — vox pops from people who back Corbyn to counteract those the New Statesman published.

    To quote a New Statesman unsubscriber: “Wanted: A fair, balanced, truthful press.”

    To watch a video of the protest visit


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