Blairite Miliband’s Murdoch press attack on British Labour

This video from Britain sdays about itself:

New evidence of UK complicity in Libya torture

8 February 2013

Exclusive: what was the role of MI6 and Tony Blair’s government in the kidnap of Abdul-Hakim Belhaj from Malaysia in March 2004, which delivered him into the hands of Colonel Gaddafi’s torturers? …

For 10 years British politicians like Jack Straw, Gordon Brown and David Miliband have flatly denied that the British state was complicit in torture during the war on terror. But new evidence in Mr Belhaj’s case appears to strongly challenge those claims.

By Keith Flett in Britain:

The other Miliband obfuscates for Murdoch

Monday 27th February 2017

KEITH FLETT takes David Miliband to school after he claimed in the Murdoch press that Labour is miles from winning power

DAVID MILIBAND, who lost out to his brother Ed Miliband for the Labour leadership in 2010 and subsequently departed for a role in New York as the president and CEO of the International Rescue Committee, has given a wide-ranging interview to Rupert Murdoch’s Times newspaper.

The Times predictably chose to run it in the wake of Labour’s low poll performance in the Copeland and Stoke-on-Trent Central by-elections.

Former MP for South Shields and foreign secretary in the 2005-2010 Labour government, Miliband is often touted by the right-wing media as a future Labour leader over the water.

Miliband does not actually attack Jeremy Corbyn in the interview, confining himself to the more potentially interesting point that he believes a more radical outcome can be achieved in different ways to current Labour policy.

He doesn’t make it clear whether this is just a retread of New Labour thinking or something else.

It is his comment that Labour is “further from power than any time in [his] life” that has particularly been seized upon, primarily by Corbyn’s opponents. As with his views on current Labour policy, it is not entirely clear what Miliband means.

Fifty-one years ago, Harold Wilson was Britain’s prime minister in the 1964-70 Labour government. One could argue that Miliband, who was born in 1965, has in mind the period before Labour was elected in 1964 with a very small majority.

Labour had lost the 1959 general election which, after the Suez debacle in 1956 and Anthony Eden’s sudden departure as Tory leader, the party had some hopes of winning.

Under the new Tory leadership of Harold Macmillan, with the economy booming after years of post-war austerity, Labour, to some, appeared out of touch with the beginnings of the “consumer society.”

After the 1959 election, a wellknown study of Labour’s support and policies was undertaken and published in 1960 under the title Must Labour Lose?

The conclusions will be familiar enough to anyone active on the left now because they are essentially the same ones that the Labour right still use to attack the left, namely that talk of public ownership must end and “free” market capitalism be embraced.

This was very much in line with the politics of the then Labour leader Hugh Gaitskell but after his sudden death Harold Wilson took over.

Wilson came from the centre-left and with his speech-writer and spin doctor, Tony Benn, had a rather different take on matters.

Wilson’s perspective on modernisation involved a technocratic future, which the Tories, under old Etonian leader Alec Douglas-Home, were certainly not in tune with.

In the interview, Miliband also compares Labour’s position now unfavourably to the 1980s when it was last out of office for an extended period.

He correctly notes the changes in Scottish politics but also argues that Labour’s core support is now weaker.

In this he is probably right. The Iraq war led to the desertion of many voters and support for both major parties has been in decline for decades. Labour and the Tories took just 67.3 per cent of the vote between them in 2015.

In 1964 the comparable figure was 87.5 per cent. Yet it was also in the 1980s, with the struggles of the miners and printers, that the left rebuilt itself after the defeat to Margaret Thatcher in 1979.

As Henry Mayhew’s Victorian London costermonger noted of an earlier period of left-wing defeat: “People fancy that when all’s quiet that all’s stagnating. Propagandism is going on for all that. It’s when all’s quiet that the seed’s a growing. Republicans and Socialists are pressing their doctrines.”

Maybe that’s not David Miliband’s idea of how to rebuild the left but it may well be Jeremy Corbyn’s.

Murdoch media help Erdogan, smearing British Labour leader as ‘terrorist’

This video from the Young Turks in the USA says about itself:

Turkish Army Van Drags Kurdish Man To Death

8 October 2015

Video surfaced of authorities in Turkey dragging the corpse of a Kurdish man with an armored vehicle. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian (The Point), hosts of the The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

The Turkish government has entered damage control mode after the release this weekend of images that appear to show authorities dragging the body of a dead Kurdish man by the neck behind an armored vehicle.

The disturbing images have garnered coverage in top international news outlets. And the Turkish government‘s response has been nearly as disquieting as the images themselves.

Pro-government media in the country initially questioned the authenticity of the images and video, which have spread widely on social media in recent days. But many media sources eventually abandoned that line of argument, instead suggesting that dragging Kurdish people through the street is an acceptable way of making sure there are no bombs on the bodies — implying that handling corpses in such a way is justified at a time when the government has renewed hostilities with the armed, outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).”

Read more here.

By Steve Sweeney in Britain:

Turkey: Activists dismiss bid to link Corbyn to PKK ‘terrorism’

Tuesday 20th December 2016

CAMPAIGNERS hit out yesterday at “shameful” attempts to link Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn with support for terrorism following the Besiktas bombings in Turkey.

The claims were made in a Times [owned by Rupert Murdoch] article over the weekend which said Mr Corbyn’s support for the British-based Peace in Kurdistan campaign amounted to support for the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) — deemed a terrorist organisation by Britain, the US and EU.

The article said that Peace in Kurdistan backs delisting the PKK as a terrorist organisation and cited its support for the Freedom for Abdullah Ocalan campaign. It also linked the group to the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons, a splinter organisation that claimed responsibility for the bombings on December 10 which killed 46 people and injured 166.

But the campaign — established in 1994 by a group of people including playwright Harold Pinter, actor Julie Christie and Lord Avebury — has long campaigned for a peaceful solution to the Kurdish question in Turkey and elsewhere.

A Peace in Kurdistan spokeswoman was not surprised by the attacks: “This is typical of those who wish to delegitimise and undermine voices of opposition to an increasingly dictatorial regime in Turkey.

“This is a serious issue. Voices of dissent are being silenced across Turkey with opposition MPs thrown in prison, newspapers and TV stations being closed down and a third of the world’s jailed journalists in Turkish prisons.

False links to terrorism are a common tactic to try to delegitimise opposition. In Turkey many are accused of support for PKK or the Fethullah terrorist organisation, often both. It is a shame the Times is joining in and acting as Erdogan’s mouthpiece.”

A spokesman for Mr Corbyn said: “Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party support a peaceful resolution of the conflict in Turkey and Jeremy is glad to work with those who share that goal.”

British Blairite dog-whistle xenophobia

This video says about itself:

Why did Tony Blair close down asylum processing in Calais?

3 August 2015

Afshin Rattansi goes underground on the migrant crisis in Calais. As the UN calls the UK xenophobic over the Calais crisis, yet another man seeking asylum dies trying to find a new home in Britain. And what is going on with the migrant ‘ghost flights’ that are separating families and destroying lives. Plus why did Labour [Tony Blair] shut down the asylum seeker centre in Calais that could be helping the thousands of people with nowhere to go.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Kinnock Jnr: Labour must force foreign to assimilate

1 December 2016

LABOUR MP Stephen Kinnock called for the party to “move away from multiculturalism” and “stand for one group, the British people” at a meeting on immigration in Parliament.

The controversial comments were made at an event on Tuesday night held by Labour pro-business lobby group Progress as attendees discussed responses to the election of Donald Trump as US president and the result of the EU referendum.

Mr Kinnock told the gathering that Labour had spent too long talking about differences and diversity.

The MP for Aberavon said: “We must move away from multiculturalism and towards assimilation. We must stand for one group, the British people.”

Stand Up to Racism co-convenor Weyman Bennett slammed the comments, saying: “We have to defend multiculturalism because the likes of Trump are attacking that saying that we must have a monocultural society.

“This does not exist anywhere in the world.”

Blairite Stephen Kinnock is the son of ex-right-wing Labour party leader Lord Kinnock. He has a history in the bureaucracies of the European Union and the Big Business World Economic Forum. He played an important role in the failed Blairite coup against elected Labour leader Corbyn.