14 thoughts on “British Seven Dwarfs Blairite MPs, parody song

  1. Tuesday, 19 February 2019

    Splitters should stand down & fight by-election – demands McDonnell

    ‘THE HONOURABLE thing, the usual thing for them to do now, is to stand down and fight by-elections, back in their constituencies,’ shadow chancellor John McDonnell said yesterday after a group of seven Labour MPs quit the Party.

    McDonnell said: ‘All of these MPs stood on our manifesto in 2017, Jeremy Corbyn’s manifesto, they all increased their majorities, now they are on a different platform.’
    The seven MPs who have been dubbed ‘the splitters’ called a press conference yesterday morning to announce their move.

    Ardent Remainer Chuka Umunna called for MPs from the LibDems, Tories and other parties to also split and join them. He said: ‘We have taken the first step in leaving the old tribal politics behind and we invite others who share our political values to do so too. You might come from a Labour background, but you might come from other political conditions.’

    He added: ‘We invite you to leave your parties and help us forge a new consensus on a way forward for Britain. We will sit together as a group of independent MPs in the House of Commons.’

    Labour leader Corbyn commented on the defections saying: ‘I am disappointed that these MPs have felt unable to continue to work together for the Labour policies that inspired millions at the last election and saw us increase our vote by the largest share since 1945.
    ‘Labour won people over on a programme for the many not the few – redistributing wealth and power, taking vital resources into public ownership, investing in every region and nation, and tackling climate change. ‘The Conservative government is bungling Brexit, while Labour has set out a unifying and credible plan.’

    The full list includes Luciana Berger (Liverpool Wavertree), Chris Leslie (Nottingham East), Angela Smith (Penistone and Stocksbridge), Gavin Shuker (Luton South), Mike Gapes (Ilford South), Ann Coffey (Stockport) and Chuka Umunna (Streatham).

    They are all united in their opposition to Brexit and for a second referendum. Berger, at the press conference, insulted the Labour Party claiming that it is ‘institutionally anti-Semitic’. She said: ‘The leadership has wilfully and repeatedly failed to address hatred against Jewish people within its ranks, and it is for these reasons and many more that I have made this decision today.’

    She alleged: ‘I am leaving behind a culture of bullying, bigotry and intimidation.’
    Tim Roache, GMB General Secretary, said: ‘It’s hugely disappointing that a handful of MPs chose to attack policies that would change the lives of millions of people as they exit stage right. ‘A new party for tinkering around the edges is categorically not what people in the UK need.

    ‘Of course anti-Semitism must be tackled, GMB Union has been very clear on that, but it’s obvious from the contributions made today that for those leaving it’s about far more than that – they fundamentally disagree with policies that GMB Union believes would change lives.

    ‘I gritted my teeth through the Blair era, when I disagreed with the Labour government on a host of issues. But I stayed in the party because Labour in power is always better than the alternative. ‘It would be unforgivable now for those who have resigned to stand against good Labour candidates, risking a Tory government.’

    https://wrp.org.uk/news/15137

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  2. Tuesday, 19 February 2019

    Labour right-wing renegades split, time to kick out the rest and demand a socialist Brexit

    AFTER weeks of speculation, seven right-wing Labour MPs announced yesterday that they are resigning from the Labour Party, citing ‘institutional anti-Semitism’ and the ‘shameful’ leadership of Jeremy Corbyn and his handling of Brexit.

    The seven MPs proclaimed that the Labour Party had been ‘hijacked by the politics of the hard left’, that they would from now on be sitting as ‘independents,’ and they appealed for Tory MPs to defect to them and help develop a new party.

    Immediately, parallels were drawn between this split and the one that took place in 1981 when four former Labour ministers – Shirley Williams, Roy Jenkins, David Owen and Bill Rodgers – left the party and formed the ill-fated SDP. The justification for that split was also that Labour had been captured by the ‘hard-left’, when it elected Michael Foot as leader and passed a conference motion that reduced the absolute power enjoyed by MPs in electing party leaders. This split came at a time when the Tories had just formed a new government under the leadership of Margaret Thatcher.

    Thatcher was deeply unpopular at the time, in fact, she was reviled when she made it clear that she would cut public spending and benefits, famously declaring that ‘there is no such thing as society’. The split in 1981 threw a lifeline to Thatcher by splitting the Labour Party, but any parallels with today are extremely superficial and misleading.

    Thatcher was starting her attack on the working class when British capitalism was strengthened by the discovery of North Sea oil. It was this oil boom that allowed her government to survive the economic crisis of the 1970s. Crucially, the oil wealth bankrolled Thatcher’s war against the working class.

    The Tories were still reeling after the government of Edward Heath was brought down by the miners strike in 1973-74 and they had devised a strategy (the Ridley plan) to ensure that never again would a Tory government be brought down by the working class.

    Their plan was for the Tories to prepare for taking on the most powerful union, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), and smash it by carefully building up stocks of coal throughout Britain and Europe, a massive campaign to recruit scab drivers to deliver this coal, and by cutting off all money to striking miners.

    This carefully devised plan was only possible because of the riches from North Sea oil, and the prize which made squandering this wealth worthwhile was to completely smash up the unions and leave the working class defenceless and open to the most extreme exploitation by capitalism.

    Thatcher never succeeded in smashing the working class. The miners’ strike of 1984-85 was betrayed by the TUC but the Tories never managed to destroy trade unions, instead, Thatcher herself was brought down over the Poll Tax. These were the conditions that existed in the Labour split in 1981 and they couldn’t be more different from today where British capitalism is bankrupt and the Tories themselves are crushed by splits.

    The fear of the ruling class, exposed by this desperate split, is that the Corbyn leadership can’t be trusted to buckle under to rescue British capitalism and will be forced by an insurgent working class to break with the EU and stand by the socialist policies that Labour fought the last election on – policies that won the support of millions of workers and young people and destroyed May’s parliamentary majority.

    https://wrp.org.uk/news/15139

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  3. With 600,000 or so members, it would be surprising if there would not be any anti-Semites in Labour. These people should be expelled. Including for being paid by the anti-Semitic and murderous Saudi regime, which is the case for at least one of the ‘seven dwarf’ MPs.

    However, accusations that Corbyn is an anti-Semite are spurious, and are not about the real evil of anti-Semitism. They have the ulterior motive of bringing Labour back to the Blair days of privatisation, demonisation of people on welfare as ‘spongers’, not minding if billionaires get ‘filthy rich’, and warmongering. Investigation of anti-Semitism in the Conservative, DUP, UKIP and Liberal Democrat parties would probably find more anti-Semitism there than the unique Chakravarti investigation found in Labour. There was very probably anti-Semitism in Labour under Tony Blair. Then, you did not hear those now accusing Corbyn about that.

    The British Labour Party is very unique among social democratic parties in Europe. While Labour under Corbyn grew in numbers of voters and members (contrary to the decline in the later Blair and Brown years; with still hardly a recovery in Jim Murphy’s Scotland), about everywhere else Blairism caused sharp declines: eg, in Germany and the Netherlands from traditionally 35-over 40% of the vote to 15% in Germany, 8% in the Netherlands. What next? 0%??!!

    United States sociologist Stephanie Mudge wrote very interesting things on this trend:

    https://dearkitty1.wordpress.com/2019/01/10/blairism-clintonism-lethal-for-social-democratic-parties/

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