British Blairite anti-Corbyn anti-left Labour death threaths

British Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn and his wife Laura Alvarez marching on international women's day

By Lamiat Sabin in Britain:

Monday, April 13, 2020

Labour HQ staff joked about burning Jeremy Corbyn and shooting his supporters

JEREMY CORBYN was actively undermined by senior party HQ staff who said that “death by fire [was] too kind” for him, a leaked internal report has revealed.

The sickening language used while discussing the then Labour leader, left-wing MPs and ordinary members of the party was revealed when the report on Labour’s handling of anti-semitism in the party was leaked over the weekend.

The transcripts show that Mr Corbyn’s economic adviser Ali Moussavi said of Mr Corbyn to other senior staff in 2015: “We need to finish him.”

Press officer Sarah Brown responded: “Hanging and burning does seem like overkill.”

Mr Moussavi said: “We can figuratively do that but not literally.”

After Ms Brown commented “you don’t get my joke,” Mr Moussavi responded: “I didn’t think it was a joke.”

Then head of broadcasting Jo Green said that any Labour MP “who nominates Corbyn ‘to widen the debate’ deserves to be taken out and shot.”

Then policy communications officer Dan Hogan added that a staff member who “whooped” during Corbyn’s speech “should be shot.”

And senior staff member Sarah Mulholland said she hoped that a young Labour member on the left of the party, who it was acknowledged has mental-health issues, “dies in a fire”.

Then audit director Mike Creighton responded: “That’s a very bad wish, Sarah. But if he does I wouldn’t piss on him to put him out.”

It is interesting to compare the behaviour of these supporters of Tony Blair, Corbyn’s predecessor, to critics to the left of Blair. I don’t recall anyone calling for murdering Blair by fire or firearms. I do recall South African Archbishop Tutu calling for Blair to stand trial in The Hague for killing over a million Iraqis, and hundreds of thousands of Afghans, Yemenis, etc.

The report states that party staff are expected to act impartially regardless of who the leader is. But it shows that many of the Labour HQ staff who were “aligned to Labour’s right” had worked to directly undermine Mr Corbyn since 2015.

This includes purging his supporters during the 2016 leadership election and working to hinder his campaign in the 2017 snap general election.

The report includes claims that then governance & legal unit director Emilie Oldknow expected staff to “fabricate a case” against people “she doesn’t like/her friends don’t like” because of their political views.

During the 2015 leadership election, her department and others internally described their work as “hunting out 1,000s of Trots” and a “Trot hunt”, which included excluding people for having “liked” the Green Party on Facebook.

One staff member commented: “Everyone here considers anyone left of [Gordon] Brown to be a Trot.”

During the 2017 general election, staff also shockingly described “working to rule” when Mr Corbyn was elected and “coming in to the office and doing nothing for a few months.”

British film-maker Ken Loach voting Labour

This 8 November 2019 video from Britain says about itself:

Ken Loach on Why Labour Will Win the Election

“Empathy, solidarity, supporting each other. That’s the essence of our political system, it’s the opposite of their political system”.

Today, 12 December 2019, is the general election in Britain.

By Ken Loach from Britain:

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Election 2019

Why I’m Voting Labour: Ken Loach, film-maker

Labour’s Charter for the Arts could transform lives

I WAS lucky. In the Midlands town where I grew up, a touring theatre company played for three days every three weeks. It was a varied programme from farce and West End comedies to Shaw and Shakespeare.

With enthusiasm bordering on an obsession, I went to every play, soaking up the atmosphere and staying late to get a glimpse of the actors, exotic beings from another world whose names I can still recall.

There are many reasons for voting Labour. Major issues of social justice, re-founding the NHS on its original principles, a foreign policy based on international law and human rights, reasserting common ownership as the basis for a socialist economy. And, of course, the urgent need to invest massively in green technology and tackle the impending climate disaster.

The regions, so neglected by the Tories and Labour when led by Blair and Brown, should have these new industries, with secure jobs and rights won by generations of trade unionists.

But you know all this. What has barely been mentioned is Labour’s Charter for the Arts. These bold proposals could transform lives. There will be an arts premium for all primary school pupils. This will allow teachers to develop children’s creativity and give every child the chance to shine.

Theatre, music, dance, the visual arts — these can bring self-confidence and just plain enjoyment. Sport does the same, but not everyone can be good at sport.

The Charter says: “Every child in every corner of the country will have the right to learn a musical instrument.”

While working in Newcastle, we met an inspirational headteacher, Judy Cowgill, at Hawthorn Primary School in Elswick.

She and the staff had created a school orchestra on the Venezuelan model. It was a huge success, featured on TV and the children played at the Sage Concert Hall. When they talked about this achievement you could see them bursting with pride.

Youth services are also vital. So much has been cut and so many young people are left with nowhere to gather. Restoring a sense of purpose and showing how young lives are valued is essential — that’s how we defeat alienation, cynicism and hopelessness.

Of course, it is tied to good, secure jobs that pay a fair wage but Labour has plans for these, too.

There will be £1 billion to transform libraries, museums and galleries. And arts funding should also go to develop regional theatres, concert halls and music venues, and – one day – cinemas that care for film more than fast food!

Labour’s Charter for the Arts reaffirms the promise made in the 1945 Manifesto: “We desire to assure to our people full access to the great heritage of culture in this nation.” As a boy, fulfilling that promise changed my life.

How many millions of young people will benefit from a similar commitment today?

115 poets back Labour: here.

Electing a Labour government this week would turn the tables on four decades of privatisation and deregulation and start the process of building a stronger, fairer and sustainable future for all of us: here.

British actress Maxine Peake on voting Labour

This July 2019 video from Britain says about itself:

Maxine Peake on Dinnerladies, Mike Leigh and More! | On Acting

The BAFTA-nominated actress talks about her prolific career across film and television, her craft, and Victoria Wood’s advice.

By Maxine Peake in Britain:

Election 2019

Why I’m Voting Labour: Maxine Peake, actor and writer

The arts are at the centre of a civilised society and Jeremy Corbyn knows this more than any other party leader

“IN ANY civilised community the arts and associated amenities, serious or comic, light or demanding, must occupy a central place. Their enjoyment should not be regarded as remote from everyday life.”

When Arts Minister Jenny Lee made this pledge in 1960, who knew that in 2019 this strategy would still be as important as it was at its initiation and, more shockingly, that it is still being fought for.

On reading Labour’s charter for the arts, I have to confess I shed a tear to see in black and white a future for the arts that I have longed dreamed of writ large.

The arts are at the centre of a civilised society and Jeremy Corbyn knows this more than any other party leader, he knows that creativity and expression are basic human needs. The human race is a race of story-tellers and performers. Since our arrival on the planet we have used song, dance and art as a way to communicate and express ourselves. It is essential not only as entertainment but also for our survival.

Art as an outlet is linked intrinsically to our health and wellbeing and the main problem we face today is inclusion. It’s common knowledge that many arts venues can have hefty ticket prices and lowering these prices is a start.

But the real issue we have to tackle is getting young people engaged in the first place, not perpetuating the idea that the arts are only for a privileged few. If we start at junior-school age encouraging youngsters to participate in an art form — Labour’s promise that every child will have the opportunity to play an instrument at school is one way to start to break down these barriers — outreach work is essential.

Arts and creativity need to become the norm within the more disadvantaged areas of society. We cannot go round enforcing this, it has to come from the people and what many of our towns are missing is encouragement and empowerment.

The Towns of Culture is a fantastic way of raising people’s confidence and giving them the facilities and finance to show off their creative prowess. The Cities of Culture have been huge successes, giving the arts and culture in cities like Hull the chance to flourish and show the nation what they are made of. This investment has a continuing legacy, with benefits for all.

Funding the Arts Council properly is another huge step. It does extraordinary work but more money is needed if it is to change more lives and support grassroots organisations that can capture talent and interest in the young and old and nurture it.

Labour promises an arts charter for all that will ensure nobody is overlooked or ignored, whatever their background. No talent will be missed and no-one will be excluded from the mental health benefits that the arts bring.

If we let the Tories — who think of the arts as a luxury and not a necessity — win, the effects on the arts, and us all, will be devastating.