British state-Murdoch attack on Labour party

British Labour leader JEREMY CORBYN addressing a 'Refugees Welcome' march in Hyde park, London

From daily News Line in Britain:

Tories in a crisis over state attack on Corbyn

2nd July 2019

THE REVELATION that senior British civil servants have been briefing the capitalist press that Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn is too sick and unfit to be Prime Minister has caused a major crisis for the Tory government.

Britain’s top civil servant, Cabinet Secretary Mark Sedwill, is to write to Corbyn after the health claims which he himself admits are ‘unacceptable’. Yesterday Sedwill did not confirm that there would be an inquiry.

Corbyn has demanded an explanation from Cabinet Secretary Sedwill following reports in [Rupert Murdoch owned] The Times that quoted two senior civil servants as saying there is a ‘real worry’ and that Corbyn is being ‘propped up by those around him’.

Labour has already demanded an independent investigation into the allegations.

Asked about the issue, Theresa May’s spokesman said: ‘Impartiality is one of the fundamental values of the civil service and underpins its ability to effectively serve the government of the day.

‘It would clearly be inappropriate and unacceptable for comments of this sort to have been made or briefed to the press. The cabinet secretary will be writing to the leader of the opposition shortly.’

Asked if this meant there would be an inquiry, he added: ‘I don’t think you’d expect me to divulge the contents of that letter in advance of it being sent.’ Any news on an inquiry would come ‘shortly’, he said.

Labour leader Corbyn said: ‘The idea that civil servants should be briefing a newspaper against an elected politician, against a prospective government, is something that should be very concerning to all of us.

‘The Civil Service has to be independent; has to be non-political and has to be non-judgmental of the politicians they have a duty to serve. If we were elected to government, we have a very clear framework of things we want to do in this country on housing, education, health and the environment and so much more.

‘We would explain those to our colleagues in the civil service and expect them to carry out those policies.

‘That is the way British democracy must work. There must be an investigation into which senior civil servants are spreading fictitious information to the press and in the process compromising the integrity of the Civil Service.’

Dave Wiltshire, secretary of the All Trades Union Alliance, told News Line: ‘The idea that the British state is some independent body that will serve whatever government of the day is just nonsense, the civil service is part of the capitalist state and serves the ruling class.

‘The state is very worried – not that Corbyn is sick but that an election of a Corbyn government will bring millions of workers onto the street to fight for their jobs, their wages and their basic rights.’

Trump-Pompeo anti-British Labour coup plot

This 8 May 2019 video from the conservative Daily Mail in Britain says about itself:

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo has issued a humiliating warning to the UK that it could lose access to vital American intelligence if it does not distance itself from Chinese tech firm Huawei – before taking an apparent sideswipe at Theresa May.

After meeting Mrs May on a visit to London, and in a stinging criticism of the Prime Minister, Donald Trump‘s top diplomat invoked the memory of ‘Iron Lady’ Margaret Thatcher, asking: ‘Would she have allowed China to control to control the internet of the future?’.

It came just hours after he had stood alongside Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt to praise the ‘special relationship’ between the UK and the UK. Giving the Margaret Thatcher Lecture for the CPS think tank at Lancaster House in London, with Hunt looking on, he said: ‘Ask yourself: would the Iron Lady be silent when China violates the sovereignty of nations through corruption or coercion?’.

From daily News Line in Britain:

Pompeo Pledges To Prevent Anti-Tory Regime Change In The UK By Smashing Corbyn Labour Leadership

1st July 2019

WITH THE Tories in what is being called an ‘existential crisis’ over breaking with the European Union, the British ruling class and its allies in the USA are becoming alarmed. They fear that a Corbyn-led government could take the place of the Tories, and touch off a massive revolutionary movement by the working class to get rid of British capitalism.

The capitalist press is already now saying quite openly that Corbyn is a sick man and is too sick to rule and that he should be retired from the political scene by Labour’s right wing.

Unite union leader Len McCluskey yesterday tried to steady the Labour ship from the ruling class storm, saying ‘there is no panic’ over Labour’s Brexit policy and the party should trust Corbyn. He told the BBC, Labour should not rush to back another referendum, and should wait for the party’s consultation.

McCluskey dismissed reports about Corbyn’s health as ‘fake news’. However, Jeremy Corbyn has called for an inquiry after newspapers reported two civil servants had said he was ‘too frail’ to lead Labour or become PM.

An article in [Rupert Murdoch owned] The Times reported an official saying there was a ‘real worry’ the 70-year-old is not up to the job ‘physically or mentally’, is ‘losing his memory’ and is being ‘propped up by those around him’.

The unnamed official is quoted as saying: ‘There’s growing concern that he’s too frail and is losing his memory. He’s not in charge of his own party.’ The Times said it was briefed by two senior state officials that civil servants were suggesting the Labour leader may have to stand down over supposed health issues.

Corbyn has condemned this ‘farrago of nonsense’ and ‘tittle tattle’. He said: ‘The civil service has to be independent’, adding: ‘It has to be non-political and has to be non-judgemental of the politicians they have a duty to serve.’

Of course, the capitalist state is the exact opposite, it is the 100% servant of the ruling class. Corbyn continued: ‘I would make that very clear if we were elected to government. There must be an investigation into which senior civil servants are spreading fictitious information to the press and in the process compromising the integrity of the civil service.’

In fact, the civil service is part of the capitalist state that exists solely to protect the ruling class from the working class. It has no integrity! However, the origins of this campaign are not just located at the Israeli embassy. They are products of the Trump regime itself.

A tape has been leaked to the Washington Post which has the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo saying that the United States ‘won’t wait’ before beginning to ‘push back’ against a Jeremy Corbyn-led Labour government in Britain.

According to the Washington Post, Pompeo’s response was to say: ‘It could be that Mr. Corbyn manages to run the gauntlet and get elected. It’s possible. You should know, we won’t wait for him to do those things to begin to push back. We will do our level best’, he said … ‘It’s too risky and too important and too hard once it’s already happened,’ he said.

In fact, the propaganda that Corbyn is a sick man is the preparation for a CIA-backed right wing coup in the Labour Party. The CIA and Pompeo have already marked down Corbyn as the UK’s Allende and are no doubt preparing the same bloody fate for him. The onslaught that has begun on Corbyn must be the signal for the millions of UK trade unionists to force their unions to take mass action.

British state attacks Labour party

This 3 April 2019 video says about itself:

British soldiers use picture of Jeremy Corbyn as a shooting target

The British Army has launched an investigation into a video circulating of British soldiers using a picture of the Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn as a shooting target.

After British generals threatening a military coup against an elected Labour government … after British soldiers in occupied Afghanistan practicing killing Labour leader Corbyn … after the British Royal Navy attacking Labour for opposing Donald Trump … after the Consevative government spending millions of taxpayers´ money on the misnomed far-right ´Integrity Initiative´ smearing Corbyn

From daily News Line in Britain:

‘INVESTIGATE CIVIL SERVICE!’ – demands McCluskey after state attack on Corbyn

1st July 2019

UNITE leader Len McCluskey yesterday demanded an investigation into claims made by two journalists in an article in [Rupert Murdoch owned] The Times newspaper that senior civil servants had told them that they believe Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is ‘too frail’ to become prime minister.

Appearing on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, the leader of the largest union in the UK said: ‘No wonder British journalism is held in such low esteem throughout Europe. It was a disgraceful thing. It was fake news, it was lies. It was distortions.

‘Jeremy Corbyn is as fit as a fiddle. He’s one of the strongest individuals I’ve ever met. People 20 years younger can’t keep up with him. There’s nothing wrong with Jeremy.’

McCluskey added: ‘First of all, I don’t trust the two journalists. But if there’s an element of truth that civil servants have made these comments, then the head of the civil service has to conduct an investigation. It’s a clear breach of a code of ethics. But I don’t trust them.’

McCluskey went on to refute a poll quoted by Marr claiming that the majority of Unite members favour a second referendum [on Brexit], saying: ‘Here’s the truth: my union constantly talks to 20,000 Unite members across all sectors.

‘I have 300 constitutional committees, none of whom are seeking a second referendum. I have 100 convenors from all our top manufacturing companies who met in March, none of whom are seeking a second referendum.

‘I don’t need YouGov or the Public Vote people to tell me how my members are thinking.’

Marr persisted: ‘Okay. When did your union decide to be pro-Brexit?’

McCluskey responded: ‘Our policy conference, our policy conference that brings together representatives of over a thousand people from every sector of our economy.

‘Nobody campaigned more or put more money into the remain referendum than Unite.

‘But – and this is an inconvenient truth to some people – we lost. And having lost you have to accept a democratic result and try to negotiate the best deal possible.

‘That’s what trade unions do. There is no panic, there is no panic to do anything. We’ve got a policy conference coming up in less than 12 weeks. Let Jeremy Corbyn consult.

‘My message to Labour MPs and to our Labour members is Jeremy’s done okay so far, so let’s trust him to consult and see what emerges.’

Marr came back with: ‘The Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell, has said this morning, “we need to move now”. Maybe there needs to be a little of urgency, if not panic at least urgency on this.’

Marr warned: ‘Your position is losing inside the Shadow Cabinet visibly, if Jeremy Corbyn goes with that and changes the position to a referendum now and to campaign for a referendum in which you backed remain, what do you do?’

McCluskey replied: ‘Andrew, you’re wrong. The position of the Shadow Cabinet 100 per cent is they want a general election. That’s my position.’

Pompeo admits Venezuelans don’t support regime change

This 11 June 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

Mike Pompeo Insinuates the US is Willing to Meddle in UK Elections

From daily News Line in Britain:

Pompeo admits US-organised uprising in Venezuela has ‘no popular support’

14th June 2019

US SECRETARY of State Mike Pompeo had a secret meeting last month … in which he spilled the beans on the manoeuvrings of US imperialism to effect regime change in Venezuela and he outlined the determination of the Trump administration to block any possibility of a Corbyn-led Labour government in the UK.

This was revealed in a clandestine tape of his speech leaked to the Washington Post. On Venezuela, Pompeo admitted that the official US narrative, that it is supporting a popular pro-democracy movement against the elected president Nicolas Maduro is a complete fiction.

He admitted that there is no popular movement to oust Maduro, saying that there was no movement ‘worth talking about’. In fact, Pompeo was scathing about the so-called opposition and its leader, the self-declared ‘interim president’ Juan Guaido, admitting that Guaido does not have any popular support amongst the Venezuelan people.

Pompeo went even further when he lamented that the handful of bourgeois ‘oppositionists’ cobbled together by the US are nothing more than a rabble fighting one another over who will grab the spoils if regime change is achieved.

He said: ‘Our conundrum, which is to keep the opposition united, has proven devilishly difficult. The moment Maduro leaves, everybody’s going to raise their hands and say, “Take me, I’m the next president of Venezuela.” It would be forty-plus people who believe they’re the rightful heir to Maduro.’

The complete failure of US imperialism to orchestrate the overthrow of Maduro was exemplified in the humiliating debacle of a military coup attempt on 30 April led by Guaido which fizzled out before it even began.

Pompeo also candidly admitted that US efforts to conjure up an opposition had been going on long before Maduro was overwhelmingly re-elected as president last May. He said: ‘We were trying to support various religious … institutions to get the opposition to come together … since the day I became CIA director. This was something that was at the centre of what President Trump was trying to do.’

Pompeo made it clear in his speech that the Venezuelan people are not alone in being the subject of attempts at regime change. The Trump administration is also determined to prevent the election of a Corbyn-led Labour government and intends to try and stop Corbyn from ever becoming prime minister.

Pompeo was recorded saying: ‘It could be that Mr Corbyn manages to run the gauntlet and get elected. It’s possible. You should know, we won’t wait for him to do those things to begin to push back. We will do our level best. It’s too risky and too important and too hard once it’s already happened.’

His remarks surfaced after Trump’s three-day visit to London where he contemptuously … saying Corbyn was ‘somewhat of a negative force’ while going out of his way to endorse Boris Johnson as his pick for next UK Prime Minister.

Trump, as Pompeo confirms, will mobilise the US resources, being Labour right-wingers, to dump Corbyn before any election – this is the meaning of Pompeo’s pledge of a ‘push back’ against the Labour leader. …

Trump’s rampaging around the world attempting regime changes while waging trade wars with China and the EU is a product of the acute weakness of US capitalism.

In the face of a rapidly developing banking crisis, a crash in industrial production and a US working class taking mass action against low wages and poverty, Trump is forced to fight it out with his capitalist rivals to either destroy them or turn them into servile client states of US capitalism through regime change.

Pompeo’s speech has established that the enemy of the Venezuelan people is the same enemy of the British working class. The only way forward is for British workers to carry out their own regime change by organising a general strike to bring down the Tory government and go forward to a workers’ government and socialism.

Donald Trump’s CIA coup against British Labour?

This 11 June 2019 video from Britain says about itself:

[United States President Donald Trump‘s Secretary of State and ex-CIA boss] Mike Pompeo Threatens To Stop Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn In Leaked Recordings

By Robert Stevens in Britain:

US Secretary of State Pompeo threatens “push-back” to prevent a Corbyn Labour government

11 June 2019

In a closed-door discussion last week, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo lifted the veil on plans to prevent a Jeremy Corbyn-led Labour government from coming to power in Britain.

In an audio recording of a meeting held last Tuesday with the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, Pompeo is asked if Corbyn “is elected, would you be willing to work with us to take on actions if life becomes very difficult for Jews in the UK?”

Pompeo replied, “It could be that Mr. Corbyn manages to run the gauntlet and get elected. It’s possible. You should know, we won’t wait for him to do those things to begin to push back. We will do our level best … It’s too risky and too important and too hard once it’s already happened.”

The recording was leaked to the Washington Post

The statements were made as US President Donald Trump was in Britain during his three-day state visit. Pompeo’s sinister language confirms that moves to remove Corbyn from the political scene before he is ever allowed to take power are being actively discussed.

Extreme right-wing and fascistic elements have been behind the moves to remove Corbyn from the outset. Central to the “Get Corbyn” operation, in place since the day he was elected Labour leader in September 2015, were the US intelligence services—in league with MI5, MI6

The operation has been organised via the Blairite faction of the Labour Party, backed by the ruling Conservative Party and leading representatives of the military.

The Socialist Equality Party warned in 2016 that the “putsch against Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is being mounted by a right-wing cabal, working in intimate collusion with the security services in Britain and the United States.”

Pompeo didn’t outline what would be required to prevent Corbyn from being elected and what a “push-back” against him would involve. But senior figures in the UK military have already made clear what they are prepared to carry out: a coup d’état along the lines of that which the CIA engineered in Chile in 1973 that ended with the murder of elected social-democrat leader Salvador Allende and thousands of his supporters.

Just a week after being elected Labour leader, with the backing of hundreds of thousands of Labour members and supporters, the [Rupert Murdoch owned] Sunday Times carried comments from a “senior serving general” that in the event of Corbyn becoming prime minister, there would be “the very real prospect” of “a mutiny”.

The general revealed that the military would be prepared to use “whatever means possible, fair or foul”. He warned, “You would see a major break in convention with senior generals directly and publicly challenging Corbyn over vital important policy decisions such as Trident [nuclear weapons], pulling out of NATO and any plans to emasculate and shrink the size of the armed forces.”

Just a few months later, Britain’s then Chief of the Defence Staff Sir Nicholas Houghton, asked by the BBC’s Andrew Marr about Corbyn’s statement that he would never authorise the use of nuclear weapons, replied, “Well, it would worry me if that thought was translated into power.”

In recent weeks, the Blairites have deepened their offensive to smear Corbyn and the wider left as supporters of anti-Semitism. Leaving the Labour Party in April to set up their now almost defunct Change UK group—which a number of them have since abandoned—the Blairites involved, such as Luciana Berger and Mike Gapes, said that Labour had become a “sickeningly institutionally racist” party (Berger) under Corbyn, and a “racist, anti-Semitic party” (Gapes).

Following the expulsion last month from the party of Blair’s former spin-doctor, Alastair Campbell—after voting in violation of Labour’s rulebook for the Liberal Democrats in the European elections—complained he was being disciplined while party members he described as anti-Semites were not.

Everyone knows that Corbyn is not and has never been an anti-Semite. He is being targeted, utilising filthy lies and slanders, because US and British imperialism will not allow a government to come to office that is in any way associated with the denunciations of imperialism and NATO that Corbyn once articulated.

The forces attacking Corbyn fear that if he won office—under conditions of growing social polarisation set to escalate under Brexit—millions of workers and youth would demand he make good on previous pledges to oppose austerity, militarism, war and attacks on democratic rights.

Pompeo’s latest attack must be seen in the context of his denunciation of Corbyn—on these very issues—made just last month. Prior to Trump’s visit, Pompeo held talks with senior figures in the May government. During a press conference in London, he was asked by a right-wing website his thoughts on Corbyn’s “endorsement” of the Maduro government and his statement opposing “outside interference” in Venezuela.

Pompeo replied, “It is disgusting to see leaders, in not only the United Kingdom, but the United States as well, who continue to support the murderous dictator Maduro. … It is not in either of our country’s best interests for those leaders to continue to advocate on their behalf.”

In order words, anyone who even indicates the slightest opposition to imperialist wars and regime change operations cannot be allowed to take office.

This 9 June 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

How corporate forces are lobbying for a coup in Venezuela

Thomas Hedges looks at the forces behind the Venezuelan regime change lobby in Washington, DC and the campaign of disinformation the opposition and its US backers have waged to gin up support for sanctions and even military intervention.

Trump administration‘s threat to sabotage Corbyn reveals its ‘contempt for democracy’. The British left hits back at US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo‘s sinister remarks: here.

In a tweet Sunday, President Trump announced that he will nominate ultra-right Republican Representative John Ratcliffe to replace Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Dan Coats, who has submitted his resignation effective August 15. Coats filled the position as the nominal head of the vast US intelligence apparatus for more than two years. The DNI controls no intelligence resources of its own, but is supposed to act as the spokesman for the 17 agencies that report through him to the president. In practice, however, the CIA provides the “President’s Daily Brief” and other key intelligence documents to the White House: here.

Labour expels Blair’s Iraq war liar Campbell

This 2007 video from Britain says about itself:

IRAQ: The sexed-up case for war

The infamous dodgy dossier, WMD claims in Iraq, sexing up allegations by the BBC and the whitewash of the Hutton report.

When left winger Jeremy Corbyn campaigned to become British Labour party leader, and also after his victory, right-wing Blairites still had strong positions in the party bureaucracy.

Bureaucrats often banned left-wing Labour party members for ridiculous reasons. Like for calling a Blairite a Blairite. For singing a rock song. For having voted years ago for the Green party, or a socialist party.

Certainly as long as Iain McNicol was party General Secretary, Blairite bureaucrats practiced Blairite dictatorial dirty tricks; eg,with musical preference as a pretext. Witchfinder General Iain McNicol banned a woman because she would probably vote for leftist Jeremy Corbyn in the party leader election (with as McNicol’s pretext that this woman, Ms Catherine Starr, liked United States rock band the Foo Fighters). At the same time, McNicol banned the leader of the baker’s trade union for supporting Corbyn. A poet was banned for writing a satiric poem on Tony Blair. And McNicol banned a retired miner who had been a Labour party member for 45 years for criticizing Owen Smith, the Blairite candidate in the party leadership election

Eventually, some right-wing politicians were also expelled. Not for calling Corbyn Corbyn or for singing. But for sexual harassment.

And now, Tony Blair’s Iraq war liar Alastair Campbell.

From daily News Line in Britain:

Blairite Campbell Expelled From The Labour Party

29th May 2019

FORMER Blair spin doctor Alastair Campbell has been expelled from the Labour Party after he revealed that he voted for the Liberal Democrats in the European elections. …

He received a message of support from his former master, Blair, who organised the war on Iraq in 2003 based on lies.

British Conservatives smear Labour with taxpayers’ money

This 31 December 2018 video from Britain says about itself:

The Tories and their friends in the media pulled out all the stops in 2018 to try to discredit and undermine the increasing ‘threat’ of a Jeremy Corbyn led Labour Government. In March Corbyn was accused of betraying the country and selling British secrets to communist spies. The BBC photoshopped Corbyn’s image to support the notion that he was in the pocket of Russia.

Throughout August and September the neo-liberals in his own party accused Corbyn of anti-semitism, conflating that claim with the Labour Party’s handling of complaints of anti-semitism. The media stoked the fire telling us we had reached ‘peak Corbyn’.

Then in November, the hacking syndicate Anonymous published a series of files from the Integrity Initiatve, an off-shoot of the Institute for Statecraft, a registered charity with significant Government funding, and run by ex-military intelligence officers.

Statecraft’s declared mission is ‘Defending democracy againts disinformation‘ yet, as in an Orwellian dystopia, disinformation is precisley what they were peddling, including, it emerged, against the Leader of Her Majesty’s Opposition. Many of these smears were earnestly challenged, including by a detractor of Corbyn‘s, Andrew Neil.

By Lamiat Sabin in Britain:

Monday, May 20, 2019

Chris Williamson calls for public inquiry into the Institute for Statecraft’s ‘integrity initiative’

CHRIS WILLIAMSON made a renewed call today for a public inquiry into the “shady” Institute for Statecraft and its “integrity initiative” smearing Jeremy Corbyn and Labour.

The Labour Derby North MP made the appeal on Twitter alongside footage showing him having had a door slammed in his face by the organisation’s co-founder Daniel Lafayeedney.

Mr Williamson wrote an account of his own probe into the the Institute for Statecraft for the Morning Star (January 2) after it emerged in December that the government-funded “charity” had been encouraging the spread of anti-Labour propaganda.

The “charity”, registered as being located at an abandoned mill in Fife, Scotland, had shared articles online that described Mr Corbyn as a “useful idiot” for Moscow.

Mr Williamson said the reaction at the IoS’s London office had been “appalling.” He told the Star yesterday: “I tried repeatedly knocking and shouting questions through the door, but he never responded.

“The ministerial responses to my questions have been less than satisfactory.

“After initially confirming that the Foreign Office had paid around £2 million and the Ministry of Defence several hundred thousand pounds to this shady outfit, they have refused to answer my questions.”

British Navy attacks Labour for opposing Trump

This 3 April 2019 video from Britain says about itself:

SHOCKING video of British soldiers in Afghanistan shooting at poster of Jeremy Corbyn

A shocking video taken a few days ago, has been confirmed by #MOD as genuine. The video shows British soldiers in Afghanistan at a firing range shooting at a poster of Jeremy Corbyn! “When in zooms in you can see a number of bullet holes in Jeremy Corbyn’s head!”

Before this British army practicing of killing the Labour party leader, there was the army general threatening to stop Corbyn from becoming Prime Minister with a violent military coup.

And now, after the army, the Royal Navy. What next? The Royal Air Force dropping a bomb on Jeremy Corbyn´s allotment?

By Phil Miller in Britain:

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Labour complains to Navy over anti-Corbyn tweet

LABOUR is complaining to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) after the Royal Navy endorsed anti-Corbyn content on social media.

The move comes as an official navy Twitter account “liked” a tweet by ITV breakfast anchor Piers Morgan.

In the tweet, Mr Morgan criticised Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn for planning to boycott Donald Trump’s state visit dinner in June.

Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable and [Conservative] Commons speaker John Bercow have also said they will not support the US President’s trip to Britain.

But on Friday Mr Morgan focused his anger on Labour, tweeting: “Hi @jeremycorbyn — why would you …. refuse to dine with the President of the United States, our most important ally? Genuinely curious.”

The tweet was subsequently liked by the official Twitter account for Her Majesty’s Naval Base Devonport, Britain’s largest navy base.

A Labour Party spokesman told the Morning Star: “This is unacceptable and we are contacting them with our complaint.”

The armed forces are notionally politically neutral and are not allowed to support any domestic political parties.

An Afghan war veteran called for an independent investigation, warning that this was not an isolated incident.

Veteran and author Joe Glenton told the Morning Star: “This follows on from threats of a coup by a serving general, images of paratroopers shooting a picture of Corbyn and increasing evidence of far-right activity among serving personnel.

“There needs to be a thorough investigation into the scale of this issue by a body completely independent of the military.”

British soldiers’ anti-Labour death threat, why?

This 4 April 2019 video says about itself:

U.K. Troops Used A Poster Of Corbyn For Target Practice

A video filmed on Snapchat shows four soldiers with handguns in Afghan capital Kabul firing at a large poster of the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn

By Lucy Wood in Britain:

Friday, April 5, 2019

Happy with that? Who has fed our young soldiers a diet of hatred for the Labour leader?

A VIDEO circulates via social media of four soldiers firing guns at a shooting range with a banner stating “happy with that.” The camera then pans across to their target, a picture of Jeremy Corbyn, leader of Her Majesty’s Opposition.

This has caused shock and outrage from many political commentators but it is no wonder that animosity has grown towards Corbyn since he became leader of the Labour Party.

The press he has received has gone from him being a bumbling “nice” man to terrorist sympathiser and traitor, among other accusations such as Czech spy, Russian stooge and anti-semite.

It has been an insidious attempt to undermine the leader of the opposition and becomes more absurd and heightened as he steps closer to government.

However, to see our own armed forces filming themselves shooting a target with Jeremy Corbyn’s face on it is chilling. An action like this legitimises violent action against politicians and perhaps even those that support them. Our military are meant to protect us, but this is the second time in only a few months that they have shown that young members of the armed forces are being drawn into the fascist right-wing propaganda spreading across our country.

Comments left by people watching this video showed the contempt in which they have for the Labour leader but also repeat the lies that they have been told by the mainstream media. …

[The Labour party manifesto says:] “Under the Conservatives, our armed forces have been hit by rent rises, pay restraint and changes to tax and benefits, putting real pressure on service personnel and their families. We will ensure they get the pay and living conditions that their service merits.”

It is obvious that these soldiers are not aware of the benefits that a Jeremy Corbyn-led Labour Party offers them and their families and why would they be?

Mainstream media perpetually push any other narrative apart from an honest one regarding the leader of the opposition and the narrative that the Conservative Party supports. Theresa May herself shouted it last week at PMQs: “The biggest threat to our standing in the world, to our defence, to our economy is sitting on the Labour front bench.”

Jeremy Corbyn has already been attacked and yet even that assault has been trivialised by the mainstream media, making light of it by perpetuating the narrative that only an egg was thrown at him. To the point that some outlets are questioning the arrest and conviction of a man that physically attacked a 69-year-old man, unprovoked.

After the tragic murder of Labour MP Jo Cox and the story that came to light yesterday of a 22-year-old man plotting to murder his local Labour MP Rosie Cooper, this behaviour is beyond irresponsible.

The threat of murderous intent by people that have been inspired by a far-right narrative is growing and not enough is being done to challenge it. Last week Tommy Robinson was given a platform outside Parliament despite him being banned by Facebook and Twitter for encouraging hate speech.

Someone that has been continually proven to be lying about refugees and minority groups to incite hatred had a platform to speak outside the Houses of Parliament.

Although we may not always agree with our politicians, presenting them as a target for violent attack in any form is unacceptable, especially by our armed forces.

An army spokesperson says: “We are aware of a video circulating on social media, this behaviour is totally unacceptable and falls well below the high standards the army expects, a full investigation has been launched.”

Many will berate these soldiers for their actions and they would do so rightly. However, the investigation shouldn’t stop at these young men but also their direct superiors. Questions should be asked, what has influenced these soldiers to behave like this? Is itmainstream media or have they been influenced by hierarchy within the military?

Instances like this just make the case stronger for Leveson II. We must hold our media to account for the lies and stories they are promoting. The media should be a tool that holds democracy to account and it should be trusted by the people who consume it.

However, the fear of a leadership that would encourage a fairer tax system and rules that would ensure the media publish accurate information is enough for them to present continuous smears against the opposition leader.

British soldiers, corporate media incite anti-Labour violence

Screenshots from the video of British paratroopers shooting an image of Jeremy Corbyn circulating online today

By Lamiat Sabin in Britain:

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Corporate media’s ‘relentless’ attacks on Corbyn ‘to blame’ for army’s target practice outrage

CORPORATE media came under fire today over its constant smearing of Jeremy Corbyn after footage emerged of British troops using the Labour leader’s picture for target practice.

The army confirmed it was investigating the incident of soldiers shooting at his image in a video shared on social media, which was described by a Labour spokesman as “alarming and unacceptable”.

Footage captured this week in Kabul, Afghanistan, shows four soldiers from 3rd Battalion Parachute Regiment using the Labour leader’s picture for target practice on a Simunition range.

Lined up in a row, they are seen firing handguns before the camera turns to show a large picture of Mr Corbyn with small coloured wax pellets targeted at his face.

It comes after John Murphy, 31, was jailed for 28 days last month for hitting Mr Corbyn on the back of his head with an egg while inside Finsbury Park Mosque.

Award-winning media watch group Media Lens said that the “entire mainstream media system has been waging a relentless, fanatical smear campaign demonising Corbyn.”

It referred to the Daily Mail having mocked up a picture of Mr Corbyn in a coffin with the headline: “Labour must KILL vampire Jezza.” It noted that after the newspaper received a backlash, it had changed the word “kill” to “dump” on the online version.

Media Lens warned that it was not just the right-wing press that were complicit, as the Independent and the BBC had also stoked the fire in portraying him as a security threat.

It pointed to Independent articles claiming that the British army could “stage [a] mutiny” under a Corbyn-led government and also noted an anonymous general’s comment that “generals would not allow a prime minister to jeopardise the security of the UK.”

Media Lens added that BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg was broadcast “wagging a finger at Corbyn” and saying “do you acknowledge there is a risk that it looks to voters like you would put your own principles ahead of the protection of this country?”

Sky News, in reporting the target practice, explicitly linked the footage of the soldiers shooting at Mr Corbyn’s picture to allegations from Tories that he would threaten national security.

The broadcaster also interviewed Tory MP Mark Harper who said that Mr Corbyn sided with Russia over the apparent attack on the Skripals in Salisbury – an allegation based on Mr Corbyn having asked for evidence before endorsing action against Russia.

Media Lens, which won the 2007 Gandhi Foundation International Peace Award, tweeted: “Let’s be clear, they learned this hatred of Corbyn from a single source – corporate media.

“It’s astonishing how journalists have turned this honest, compassionate, thoroughly decent politician into a hate figure.”

Commander of 16 Air Assault Brigade Nick Perry said the army was conducting a full investigation, is keen to get to the bottom of the incident and is “obviously taking this extremely seriously”.

However, media critic and journalist Jonathan Cook suggested that the investigation could be compromised as the army is being led by “a general who explained to the [Rupert Murdoch-owned] Times that he and his colleagues would make sure Corbyn was never allowed to reach No 10.”

This 3 April 2019 video from Britain says about itself:

Jeremy Corbyn as target practice? What comes next could be worse | Owen Jones talks

As a video emerges of British soldiers firing rounds at a Jeremy Corbyn poster on an army base in Kabul we must remember that words have consequences. In the past four years we’ve seen an growing dangerous radicalisation on the right against the Labour leader who has been demonised as an “enemy within” and been accused of siding with terrorists and if we don’t continue to call it out we could see more violence ahead.

By the Socialist Equality Party (UK):

UK elite Parachute Regiment use Corbyn poster for target practice

4 April 2019

Footage of soldiers in the elite Parachute Regiment firing rounds into a poster of Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is a grave warning of the climate of political violence being fomented by Britain’s ruling elite.

The video was posted on Snapchat, before being leaked yesterday onto Twitter. Four paratroopers are seen repeatedly firing at the Corbyn poster with handguns. The words “happy with that” are captioned on the video, before the camera pans to the poster of Corbyn, zooming in to show his head peppered with bullet holes. Some of the soldiers can be heard laughing.

The video was reportedly shot in recent days and its authenticity has been confirmed by the Army. Around 80 members of the 3rd Battalion Parachute Regiment (3 PARA) have been stationed in Kabul in Afghanistan since 2018 as part of the Resolute Support Mission. The footage was apparently shot in the loft of what Sky News reported is the “New Kabul Compound”.

Immediate efforts were made to downplay the seriousness of the event.

Ex-Colour Sergeant Trevor Coult told the Daily Mail, “It should never have gone online. But it was tomfoolery, nothing serious. There should not be an investigation.” Coult had shared the video with the comment, “Not looking good for a Labour leader” and a laughing emoji. Conservative MP and former soldier Johnny Mercer joined the defence effort, tweeting, “every organisation has good people who make serious misjudgements.”

The Ministry of Defence said an investigation would be undertaken, but Brigadier Nick Perry, commander of 16 Air Assault Brigade, also downplayed the incident as “a serious error of judgment.”

All attempts to portray this event as bad behaviour by a few individuals must be rejected. The Parachute Regiment is one of the most elite infantry regiments in the world. It strains credulity that no senior officers were aware of what was happening.

The use of Corbyn’s image for target practice takes place against a background in which the Labour leader has been repeatedly subjected to death threats by far-right forces. Only last month, as the politically toxic atmosphere over Brexit intensified, he was violently assaulted by a right-wing thug at Finsbury Park Mosque, who had threatened online that he would like to kill [Muslims and politicians].

Moreover, this latest attack on Corbyn comes from a unit specialising in counterinsurgency operations. In recent decades 3 PARA was stationed in Northern Ireland where it brutalised the Catholic population and fought in the Falklands/Malvinas War.

Decades of unrestrained militarism have forged a professional military caste, increasingly hostile to any form of civilian control or restraint. In response to the army video, former soldiers and their supporters have taken to social media issuing online threats to assassinate Corbyn. One, identifying as “Army Veteran Royal Signals”, tweeted, “I am an Ex soldier. I would shoot Corbyn for real for free.”

Such threats are made all the more significant as they come just one day after the fascist Jack Renshaw was found guilty of planning to kill Labour MP Rosie Cooper.

More fundamentally, the target practice against Corbyn by 3 PARA soldiers in Kabul gives expression to views widely held by the leadership of the Armed Forces.

For the last three years, senior military figures have repeatedly warned that a Corbyn government would be unacceptable because of Corbyn’s previous opposition to war, NATO and the use of nuclear weapons.

Within one week of his election as Labour leader in September 2015, the [Rupert Murdoch-owned] Sunday Times cited an anonymous “senior serving general” that in the event of Corbyn becoming prime minister “direct action” would be taken.

“There would be mass resignations at all levels and you would face the very real prospect of an event that would effectively be a mutiny… The general staff would not allow a prime minister to jeopardise the security of this country and I think people would use whatever means possible, fair or foul, to prevent that.”

Months later, in breach of the constitutional principle of the political neutrality of the Armed Forces, Chief of the Defence Staff Sir Nicholas Houghton told the BBC’s Andrew Marr that Corbyn’s statement that he would never authorise the use of nuclear weapons “would worry me if that thought was translated into power.”

The Tory government, the Labour Party’s Blairite faction and a frothing right-wing media have united to attack Corbyn as a threat to “national security”, a friend of terrorists, a stooge of Russia’s Putin government and an anti-Semite.

In 2016, a Daily Mail article by Blairite Dan Hodges was published under the headline, “Labour must kill vampire Jezza”, accompanied by a photo of Corbyn in a coffin. The article was published just 10 days after the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox by a fascist. “Jezza’s jihadi comrades”, “Corbyn ‘the collaborator’,” “Corbyn and the commie spy” and “Blood on his hands” are among the countless headlines to have dominated the British press for the past three years.

After the video’s existence was widely reported yesterday, Tory MP David Jones asked Prime Minister Theresa May in parliament, “is it still the position of the prime minister that the leader of the opposition [Jeremy Corbyn] is not fit to govern the UK.” May replied, “When we suffered a chemical weapons attack on the streets of Salisbury… [Corbyn] said he preferred to believe Vladimir Putin than our own security agencies. That is not the place of somebody who should be prime minister.”

This was the cue for pro-Brexit Tories to denounce May for entering talks with Corbyn over Brexit. Caroline Johnson said May risked “ushering in a Marxist, anti-Semite led government.” Former international development minister Priti Patel tweeted, “A man who sides with terrorists and socialist dictators, would surrender our nuclear deterrent, has let anti-Semitism run rife in his Party and would bankrupt Britain has now been given the keys to Brexit.”

This follows apocalyptic newspaper headlines that a failure by the Tories to resolve the Brexit crisis risks allowing a Corbyn-led government, in the words of the Sun, to “force their Marxist agenda down our throats.”

Referring to Operation Yellowhammer being enacted in the event of a no-deal Brexit, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said ministers were not “specifically” planning for martial law, “but did not rule it out as an option.” In such a situation the target practice using pictures of Corbyn would be revealed as preparation for gunning down demonstrators and striking workers.

This 3 April 2019 video from Britain says about itself:

Alleged neo-Nazi Jack Renshaw admits to plotting to kill MP | Matthew Wright

A man who plotted to kill his local MP with a 19-inch knife has avoided a retrial after the jury was unable to reach a verdict on whether he was a member of a neo-Nazi group. Jack Renshaw, 23, admitted making preparations to kill West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper and a female police officer …

Hope Not Hate‘s Matthew Collins joins the Matthew Wright show to talk about the story.

By Robert Stevens in Britain:

Neo-Nazi planned assassination of second UK Labour MP

4 April 2019

The plot by a neo-Nazi, Jack Renshaw, to murder Labour Party MP Rosie Cooper was finally revealed following the end of a seven-week trial at London’s Old Bailey.

Renshaw was on trial, accused of being a member of a fascist organisation, National Action, which was banned by the Conservative government in November 2016 and proscribed as a terrorist group. Last July, the leader of National Action, Christopher Lythgoe, was jailed for eight years after being found guilty of membership of the group. Another fascist, Matthew Hankinson, was jailed for six years for membership. They had been arrested by police who were investigating the plot to kill Cooper after a tip-off.

That court heard evidence that Lythgoe was aware that Renshaw, then aged 22, intended to kill Cooper, the MP for West Lancashire. At the beginning of that trial, Renshaw pleaded guilty to preparing to kill Cooper and admitted that he purchased a replica 19-inch Roman Gladius sword for that purpose.

He had spent just under a month planning to kill Cooper, explaining, “I wanted to send a message to the state that if you beat a dog long enough it bites—she [Cooper] just happened to be my local MP.”

He planned to “turn up at one of her social events” and then “hack” at her jugular vein with the knife. He also admitted planning to kill a police officer, Victoria Henderson, who was investigating him for sexual offences, including grooming children for sex.

The plot to kill Cooper was initiated just one year after the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox by the fascist Thomas Mair, who stabbed and shot her to death outside a library in her west Yorkshire constituency of Batley and Spen. The killing took place on June 16, 2016 …

National Action, which was established in 2013, was banned after it hailed the murder of Cox.

At their trial, Lythgoe, Renshaw and four other defendants denied membership of National Action between December 2016 and September 2017. The court heard that just days before the ban, Lythgoe sent out an e-mail to National Action members as to how they would respond: “It’s going to be a piece of p**s. We discard the name and symbolism of National Action… The important thing is that what we’ve built up stays together… Secondly, at the regional level we should all split up into autonomous regional groups. Though behind the scenes it’ll still be run much the same. We’ll keep away from the proactive stuff for now… just focus on effective activism.”

The plot to murder Cooper came to light after a former National Action member, Robbie Mullen, contacted Matthew Collins, a member of the Hope not Hate anti-racist organisation in July 2017. Mullen became disillusioned with the fascist outfit and began to inform on its activities that April.

Collins said he received a message from Mullen while on holiday in Portugal, asking him to “call me ASAP”. When they spoke the following morning, Mullen told Collins that Renshaw had discussed killing Cooper during a meeting in a pub in Warrington.

The jury failed to reach a verdict on whether Renshaw was a member of National Action after it was banned, leading to a retrial, which began last month. At his latest trial, another jury were also not able to reach unanimous or majority verdicts on whether Renshaw was a member of National Action. He will be sentenced on May 17, in relation to his admission that he planned to kill Cooper.

Still in his early 20s, Renshaw has been heavily involved in fascist organisations since his youth. Aged 15, he joined the English Defence League (EDL), founded by Tommy Robinson before joining the British National Party (BNP). He met its then leader, Nick Griffin, and became a leading figure in BNP Youth. In October 2014, he stood as a candidate for the BNP in a Blackpool council ward by-election. As a BNP member he worked for a period at the European Parliament in Brussels. He was forced to leave a university course at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2015 after an investigation into his incitement of racial hatred.

By 2015, Renshaw was a member of National Action. At a “Yorkshire Forum for Nationalists” event of the group, he called for Jews to be “eradicated”. Described as a National Action “spokesman” he stated, “Hitler was right in many senses but you know where he was wrong? He showed mercy to people who did not deserve mercy… As nationalists we need to learn from the mistakes of the National Socialists and we need to realise that, no, you do not show the Jew mercy.”

Last July, Renshaw was charged by the Crown Prosecution Service for incitement to racial hatred related to statements made at a demonstration in 2016 in Blackpool of another fascist group, the North West Infidels (where he described Jews as “parasites”) and at a Yorkshire Forum for Nationalists event the previous month.

In January 2018, Renshaw was convicted and sentenced to three years in prison for the offences.

Between this conviction and sentencing he was jailed, in June, after being found guilty of four counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, after grooming two boys online, aged 13 and 15.

The cases of Renshaw and Mair and the horrific massacre of 50 Muslim worshippers—carried out at two mosques in New Zealand by Australian fascist Brenton Tarrant last month—confirm the warnings made by the Socialist Equality Party that a significant layer of the far right are now engaged in the planning and carrying out of terrorist activity, including the killing of elected politicians.

Under conditions of a systemic crisis of the capitalist system and mounting social and political tensions in every country, fascist and other right-wing forces are targeting those they consider to be the “left” and “Marxists”. On March 3, while Renshaw was appearing in court, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was violently attacked by a pro-Brexit thug who had previously stated on a Facebook page that he would like to kill [Muslims and politicians].

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