LABOUR PARTY CONFERENCE

THE S WORD IS BACK!

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We leave the Labour Party Conference with one word of the Great Leader Corbyn’s final speech ringing in our ears: “socialism”.

Since the days of Saint Tony Blair the word’s been a bit of dirty word in the Labour Party establishment. But now it’s back and Jeremy is even talking about “socialism for the 21st century.” Wow!

Just saying the S word brought huge roars of approval from the packed conference audience.

For the first time this year they had an overflow room for the leader’s speech where people watched JC on a giant video screen and that was pretty well fully, too.

Having finished his speech in the main conference, Jeremy popped into the overflow room and, in true Corbynesque fashion, ended up giving the cheering hordes there an impromptu summary of the speech they’d just heard. The comrades lapped it up.

But not everyone’s so keen on the S word.

Take anti-Corbyn MP Chuka Umunna for example. The other day a mischievous TV presenter asked Chuka if he considered himself a socialist. Chuka squirmed a bit and said that he saw himself as a “democratic socialist.”

That struck Old Mole as quite funny in the light of what’s going on in the Labour Party at the moment.

Chuka, pal, would you say it’s really all that democratic for a small fraction of the Labour Party to use every dirty trick in the book to try to subvert the will of the vast majority of the members? To suspend large numbers of people likely to vote the way you don’t want on any manner of ridiculous pretext?  To even command an end to all meetings at a local level in case members have the audacity to discuss the election and the monstrous shenanigans going on?

Is any of that democratic, would you say, Chuka?

Your answer on a picture postcard please to general secretary Iain McNicol.

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WHERE’S THAT BRICK?

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The delightfully chaotic Momentum-organised festival “A World Transformed” continues to be far more interesting than the Labour Party Conference itself. Went to a fascinating meeting the other day where there was huge support for nationalising the big banks. Ah Tony Blair if only you were alive now.

And the whole place was packed out for a meeting with Paul Mason, former Channel Four and BBC TV economics commentator. Paul very clearly explained why Jeremy Corbyn is never going to get anything like fair coverage in the mainstream media.

From the Sun and the Mail to the Guardian and the BBC, the whole industry is weighted against JC, in particular because of the class bias of the key reporters and managers who run everything.

And in that connection I’ve also invented another Old Mole Guessing Game. It’s called “Find The Brick”.

Remember when the soaring Angela Eagle put himself forward to valid challenge Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership and there was huge media coverage of a brick being put through her window? And how the BBC then trailed items talking about “bricks going through windows” as though there were gangs of bullies stalking the land attacking anyone who dared to oppose JC?

Well, I can tell you that despite extensive investigations, not one brick has been found or even the smallest bit of evidence that a brick was ever thrown.

So start guessing now. Where is that imaginary brick do you think? And who invented it? Entries to inmeds@yahoo.co.uk.   Your prize will be a life sized Tom Watson vodoo doll.

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MCDONNELL MAKES THEM WAIT

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One of the most extraordinary features of this Labour Party Conference is the Momentum festival which is running in parallel just a mile or so away.

This is called “A World Transformed” and it is a lot more exciting and noisy and sweaty than the conference proper and it takes place in some massive old building that used to be an old church.

It was in one of its many rooms that stalwarts of the Momentum Thanet put on an impromptu workshop in which they shared with other Momentum people the secrets of their success.

Thanet is now famous among political people from across the country as the place which denied Nigel Farage the parliamentary seat he set his heart on winning. And members of Momentum Thanet got laughs and applause when they recounted the famous day when the Thanet Stand Up To UKIP group dumbfounded the massed ranks of Kippers in Ramsgate by meeting them with a continental breakfast and cakes.

Hard on the heels of the successful workshop came an absolutely splendid  huge meeting with star speakers including Matt Wrack of the Fire Brigade Union and Ian Hodson of the Bakers Union. People spoke angrily of the barrage of unfair suspensions they’d experienced as shadowy figures inside the party tried, unsuccessfully, to stop Jeremy Corbyn winning the leadership for a second time.

Most moving was Greg Hadfield speaking about the way his entire local Labour Party in Brighton and Hove has been suspended in the most unjust manner to try to subvert the course of democracy.

Oh, and yes, some bloke called John McDonnell was due to speak, too. Except it was getting very late and he was nowhere to be seen and for a moment or too the organisers seemed to be going potty and it was announced he wasn’t coming.

But then, at the last gasp, he did turn up and he spoke, too. And everybody cheered until the rafters rattled. Seemed a terribly nice chap. I think he’s the Shadow Chancellor or something…

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WHY DID MP “SNITCH” ON HIS CONSTITUENTS?

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The other big topic of discussion at the Labour Party Conference is anti-Semitism, false allegations of which have been used to suspend innumerable members of the party and so stop them voting Jeremy Corbyn for leader.

Most of these allegations have come either from anti-Corbyn Labourites or anonymous characters, presumably supporters of the state of Israel.

But our own Thanet MP, Tory Craig Mackinlay, tried a novel variation on the practice.

A few days before Jeremy came to the Great Ramsgate Rally, which obviously propelled him to victory in the leadership race, Craig wrote to him claiming that four of the Tory MP’s constituents (including our very own Christine Tongue) were “examples of anti-Semitism,” – quoting, I have to say, pretty pathetic evidence taken from social media.

Christine was so horrified by Craig’s attack on her that she submitted a formal complaint to the Comssioner for Parliamentary Standards.

In the event the four constituents were quite rightly not suspended and, I’m sure, all ended up voting for the triumphant Jeremy.

But why ever did our Craig go in for this bit of nastiness? A desire to combat anti-Semitism in the Labour Party?   Really? On the part of a Tory MP who was actually one of the founders of UKIP?

No, I don’t think so either.

More likely it has something to do with the fact that three of the people he picked on recently took part in a demonstration against local arms maker Instro Precision.

Instro are owned by an Israeli company and Craig declared the demonstration an act “reeking of anti-Semitism.”

Now this seems a bit odd, not to say nonsensical, as the demo was actually organised by the Campaign Against the Arms Trade a long-standing pressure group who for many years have been protesting against the arms trade – utterly irrespective of the nationality of the arms-maker. In fact mostly CAAT go after our own British “dealers in death”.

So maybe, just maybe, it has less to do with Craig’s concerns about anti-Semitism in the Labour Party more to do with the fact that back in February our boy Craig was funded to the tune of £2,000 by Conservative Friends of Israel Ltd to go on a “fact finding” trip to Israel.

What do you reckon?

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